Daredevil, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda makes Chicago skyscraper crossings

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(CNN) — Record-breaking daredevil Nik Wallenda completed Sunday what he had called his most challenging feat to date: a tightrope walk between two skyscrapers 600 feet above downtown Chicago.

The seventh-generation aerialist’s “Skyscraper Live” walk was broadcast on Discovery.

The walk consisted of two parts, starting from Marina City’s West Tower, about 588 feet high. He crossed above the Chicago River to the Leo Burnett Building, finishing 671 feet above the street, according to Skyscraper Live’s website.

After he returned to the West Tower, he crossed to the East Tower blindfolded as he braced against estimated wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

As a member of the famous Flying Wallendas, founded by his grandfather Karl Wallenda in the 1920s, Wallenda is no stranger to death-defying stunts. He walked across a wire 1,500 feet above a river in Arizona in June 2013, becoming the first person to traverse the gorge near Grand Canyon Park in Arizona. Before that, he made a record-breaking journey across Niagara Falls in 2012.

Peril also runs in the Wallenda family. Wallenda’s great-grandfather Karl Wallenda was killed at 73, attempting to walk between two buildings in Puerto Rico in 1978.


  • Bill Fitzpatrick

    how about prayers for my son whose is fighting cancer. They know more about walking a wire then fighting cancer.
    Hey Osteen lets get our priorities correct. My son did not choose to have cancer. Nik chose to walk the wire.

  • richard cranium

    not impressed. if he wants a real challenge he should try walking down a street at night on milwaukee’s north side and see if he can make it 1 block without getting robbed, jacked, stabbed, or shot.

  • bowielover62

    Is he fn crazy? How about trying to impress us with a cure for cancer, or a better way to handle these a-holes that seem to think that they can go up to anyone, anywhere, and demand their money, cars, or other valuables, besides giving them only a slap on the wrist. How about helping to implement a new set of rules for drunken drivers BEFORE they kill someone! Geeze, do something that is more worthwhile and more important than walking a tight wire between two buildings! I was NOT impressed!!!

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