Nik Wallenda Chicago Skyscraper Walk (Video)

Crazy, heart-stopping, brave, and inspiring.

Tonight was all that and more for daredevil tightrope artist Nik Wallenda, who set 2 Guinness World Records atop the Chicago skyline.

For his first act, Wallenda walked on a 3/4″ steel tight rope from one of the Marina Tower rooftops across the Chicago River 600 feet beneath, and up a 19 degree incline to the roof of the Leo Burnett building. He even had the idea to take a selfie about halfway through but had the lone moment of common sense not to because of the conditions. And, you know, that he’s above the freaking Chicago River on a tightrope.

To cap it all off, he became the record holder for a blindfolded tightrope walk as he crossed the 94 feet between the two Marina Towers. Unbelievable. The first camera look down, I sensed a little shake and instability and my heart stopped. Wallenda of course made it and successfully completed a challenge he’s never done or attempted before for himself, in the process achieving his goal to inspire others to challenge themselves and do the “impossible”.

Watch or relive both videos, view more photos here, and peep an amazing timelapse that really does the distance of the first walk justice here.

I gotta hear my dad, he’s the one telling me my steps.
– Nik Wallenda