I woke up to a picture perfect Monday which was a great welcome after yesterday’s rain drenched Sunday. The beautiful weather instilled a desire to go to Millennium Park to take a picture of “The Bean,” which I have been wanting to do for some time now. Even though I live in a spectacular city, I don’t take full advantage of all the city has to offer. So in my mind I was visualizing the shots that I would take of The Bean and how beautiful it would be against the cloudless blue sky. But somehow I ended up Googling the Willis Tower (as I was looking for the exact address), formerly the Sears Tower, as I have been wanting to visit the Skydeck, a clear ledge that allows you to see straight down from 103 floors up. Then, somehow (again, I wasn’t searching for it) I came to the SkyRise Chicago website, which shows the stair climb benefiting The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). I participated in a similar stair climb benefiting the same organization a few years back which took place at the John Hancock Center. Back then, without training (although I do the Stairmaster as exercise) I stair climbed the 95 floors in 22 minutes. When I realized that people actually competed in this, I regretted not training as I wished I finished with a faster time. (I only wished this because the “winner” finished in, like, 11 or 12 minutes!) Then, the next thing I knew, I signed up to do this year’s climb! It takes place on Sunday, November 4th. So off I went to check out Willis Tower to mentally “prepare” for the stair climb as well as to capture views of Chicago on this clear day. I had to ignore my desire to take a picture of The Bean…for now.
The Willis Tower is the 8th tallest building in the world with 108 floors! The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai with 163 floors. As my mind focused back toward taking stunning pictures today, I thought about having a Chicago category on my blog for all the travelers of the world as I have already had over 3,300 visitors on my blog since July 1st. Yes, I will gladly do this as I LOVE Chicago. Besides, it is usually at the Top 10 U.S. cities to visit on many lists.
Now, check out the gorgeous city of Chicago on a clear day…
This could pass for a professional photo if I do say so myself!
Looking straight down from the glass ledge, 103 floors up!
Although I’m not afraid of heights, looking down through a
clear glass ledge at this height DID make me dizzy.
the glass ledge. It turns out the kids were from Eritrea. As I didn’t know where
this was, the kids gave me a geography lesson and told me
their country was in East Africa.