A live-cam is up and running for tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. On Sunday, November 2 he plans to walk on a high wire between the west and east towers of Chicago’s Marina City located in the River North District.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the Chicago Tribune reported one of the live-cams is now up and running.
Viewers can log on to skyscraperlive.com and watch a 24/7 feed from the camera mounted on the Wyndam Grand Chicago Riverfront. By the day of the event, more than a dozen cameras, on rooftops and helicopters, will be rolling including one vertigo-inducing camera which will be attached to Wallenda and pointed straight down at the river, more than 50 stories below.
Not only will the daredevil walk on a wire above the city, he is planning to do it blindfolded. “It’s about challenging myself, and hopefully through challenging myself, inspiring other people to challenge themselves. I’ve never performed blindfolded,” he said. “I’ve trained a lot, intensively actually, blindfolded.”
In a two-act performance, Wallenda will walk more than 50 stories above the Chicago River on a wire angled at 15-degrees from the Marina City’s 534-foot-tall west tower to the 635-foot-tall Leo Burnett Building. In his second act, he will be blindfolded as he walks from the west tower to the east tower of the Marina City located on State Street.
Why pick the windy city with its unpredictable weather and extreme winds? Wallenda said on the Today Show, Chicago was alluring to him. “It’s my passion,” he said. “It’s what I love doing. Chicago, the Windy City, that was, believe it or not, very alluring to me. Most people think a wire walker doesn’t want to go to the Windy City, but I enjoy the challenges.”
Wallenda is taking precautions and plenty of training for this challenge. He plans to use a specially coated cable to deal with potentially frigid conditions that could arrive in early November.
In 2013, Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a 1,400-foot wire across the Grand Canyon. In an interview last summer with the Christian Post Wallenda said, “I believe that with persistence and with hard work and with that ‘never give up’ attitude, you can accomplish anything…and with the grace of God.”
The high-wire act will be televised live on the Discovery Channel November 2, 2014. Viewers can watch the live-stream online or go downtown to see it in person. Marina City sits on the north bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago and is next door to Chicago’s legendary House of Blues. This is sure to be a risk-taking and thrilling event.