Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda walks the high wire from the U.S. side to the Canadian side over the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 2012 (Reuters)
Wallenda: Spectacle, legacy inspire Chicago walk
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Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire. Now he now has his sights on Chicago's skyscrapers.

He plans to walk between buildings 50 stories above the Windy City. He will attempt his Chicago walk Nov. 2. It will be shown on the Discovery Channel.

"I enjoy taking it up a notch," Wallenda, who is 35. He is a member of "The Flying Wallendas" family. "Chicago is home of the world's first skyscraper and my family is often referred to as the first family of the high wire.

He plans to work his way between one of the city's Marina Towers to the 635-foot-tall Leo Burnett Building. It will be the second-highest walk of his career. His longest was the Little Colorado River Gorge. That's near the Grand Canyon.

Wallenda said weather always is his biggest challenge. So he'll practice at his training camp in Sarasota, Florida. There he uses wind machines. They can be cranked up to 120 mph. He said he won't attempt the actual feat if winds are over 50 mph.

Wallenda said he'd like to make the walk without a safety net. Although using the nets is a state law, he hopes officials will allow him not to use one.

"It's art to me," he said. "I'm painting a picture, hopefully an inspirational picture (for people) that no matter what their dreams are that they can fulfill them ... as long as they work hard enough at it."

"I do what I feel will inspire and impress people. That's my job as an entertainer."

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COMMENTS (5)
  • tybreland
    9/23/2014 - 10:49 p.m.

    Like really dude your going to put your life at stake,just for you to get attention.okay cool i get you,but hello you walking in a death trap what if something happens and the state requires a safety net,But you want to bend the law a little.It good that you want to be a inspiration person to people to be co rages and stuff.Do you want to them to follow you,and then guess what they fail cause your big dream. My opinion is that what your self be careful. I mean if you want to put your life at stake then go ahead.

  • joclynbST
    9/24/2014 - 09:44 a.m.

    I'm happy Wallenda is trying to inspire people. I think its funny how Wallenda referred it to painting a picture.Do you think Wallenda should make the walk without a safety net? Why or why not? Overall, I love this article.

  • ArelyO-Saw
    9/26/2014 - 04:57 p.m.

    wow if i was him i will be having a haert atic he must of fall or pratice alot i want to be him i will probely be famons

  • sparkle345
    9/29/2014 - 12:06 p.m.

    Ahhhh! I remember over the summer Iwent to the top of the Willas tower! When I went up the elevator I was freaked out. I am not an elevator person! I can not believe that I am so safe in this nice sky scraper when this guy is walking across a flimsy little wire when he could fall of any time! I can not even stand it when I walked on the glass floor seeing the ground under me! I just can not believe that he could do this!

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    10/15/2014 - 09:57 p.m.

    Wow I've never heard d a man trying to cross the city's skyscraper from a 50 story high building. I think it is very amazing because a man is trying to have an attempt to try to cross the city's skyscraper from a 50 story high building. I don't agree that a man can cross the 50 story high building to a skyscraper. I learned that a man is trying to cross a 50 story high building to a skyscraper at the city. I am amazed because the man in the article is trying to cross the skyscraper from a 50 story high building. I might not be as courageous as the man in the article, that means that I am not courageous to cross anything on a rope. I will not believe this article because a man can't cross a 50 story building to a skyscraper.

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