The Willis Tower’s glass ledge that reaches out over the city is one of the most frightening and invigorating experiences, but has been topped by the world’s newest tourist attraction-Tilt! While many people still refuse to step out into the glass box at the Willis Tower, the John Hancock building decided to build perhaps Chicago’s most terrifying experience.
360 Chicago presents Tilt!
This experience not only puts you in a glass box overlooking Chicago’s skyline and the Magnificent Mile, but it tilts you towards it. Imagine looking out of a window as it begins to tilt you downward toward the ground. That is what Tilt is all about. Holding up to 8 brave souls at a time, Tilt gives tourists and residents the unique downward view of Chicago from 94 floors above the ground. Luckily the attraction has handles so customers can hold on for their dear life during the trip that lasts under a minute.
The major differences between Tilt and the Willis Tower Skybox is the fact that tilt moves so you can see downward, and the Skybox has a glass floor for you to look down to the city. The Willis Tower is still higher up. Tilt puts you 1000 feet over the city while the Skybox plants you 1,353 feet above.
How it works
The incredible attraction only took engineer John Peronto of Thornton Tomasetti a year to develop. Some of the challenges he faced was wind speeds at that high of a location, and finding the right glass with the proper thickness. For those who still feel uneasy about a section of glass separating them from falling 94 floors to the street, Peronto made sure the glass was up to par. The glass has inner layer laminates, and there are three layers of the fully tempered glass. His design was made for two of the three glass layers to be able to hold the weight, making the third glass panel an extra. Although the glass is very important, the attraction itself is basically a steel frame that is powered by three hydraulic pumps.
Right now there are only handles for visitors to use to hold their weight, or else they just lay flat on the glass, but in future there will be harnesses to hold people instead of them using their arm muscles to do the work.
So what do you think? Would you take the ride over Chicago?