If being dipped over the city with nothing but a pane of glass stopping your 1,000-foot fall toward the pavement sounds appealing, you’re in luck.
360 Chicago—formerly the John Hancock Observatory—unveiled Tilt on Thursday. The property hopes that its latest attraction will help meet Mayor Emanuel’s goal of bringing 55 million tourists to the city annually by 2020, officials said.
The movable platform, made of glass and steel, tilts as many as eight observers down toward Michigan Avenue at a 30-degree angle. The dip allows views from Lake Michigan to the east, as far west as visibility allows, and of the Chicago skyline.
The attraction opens Saturday, but VIP and members of the media were allowed a glimpse of Tilt during a ribbon-cutting Thursday. The full Tilt experience lasts about 1 minute and 15 seconds, with a few stops at different angles on the way down. Visitors support themselves by grasping two steel handles, requiring a bit of core and arm strength to keep from pressing against the glass. Taking out a phone or camera to snap a few photos is still possible.
COMPARING CHICAGO HIGHS
Tilt isn’t the first glass-encased nightmare for acrophobes in the city. Though it doesn’t have the mechanics to move, The Ledge at Willis Tower offers a similar high-up experience. Here’s a look at how the two stack up by the numbers.
The Ledge at Willis Tower Skydeck
Opened: July 2, 2009
Floors up: 103
Height: 1,353 feet
Capacity: 10,000 pounds, but generally only one or two users fit at a time
Angle: 90 degrees, if you look straight down through the glass floor.
Floors up: 94
Height: 1,000 feet
Price: $23 ($5 Tilt ticket, price subject to change, + $18 general Observatory admission)
Capacity: Eight people per cycle
Angle: 30-degree tilt
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