I’m home from the city and my meeting on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), which happens to be Skydeck Chicago, otherwise known as the observation deck and home of The Ledge! I have so much to share with you and yet today I will only scrape the surface.
I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to be (along with three others) an Ambassador of Skydeck Chicago for the summer. It will be my job to showcase and share the various features that make up the whole Skydeck Chicago experience, and hopefully get a bunch of you to go and visit so you can see for yourselves! (Disclosure: In exchange for my participation in the Skydeck Chicago Ambassador program, I have limited, complimentary access and will be given other benefits I will share news about later.) I am crazy-happy about this partnership because it’s a perfect fit for me: what Chicago-loving girl wouldn’t want to go behind-the-scenes and share information about one of the world’s most iconic buildings, coincidentally located in the Chicago Loop?
My meeting today was with Randy Stancik, the General Manager of Skydeck Chicago and–whoa–the mind behind The Ledge. (Can you IMAGINE coming up with something that huge and then seeing it through?) I spent about 75 minutes with Randy and got a private VIP tour of the entire Skydeck Chicago experience. I’ve visited several times over the past few years, but only twice since the multi-million dollar renovations and the installation of The Ledge in 2009. The bonus information I took in during my tour today was beyond amazing. Randy is, like me, a passionate Chicagoan, and it’s always exciting to chat with someone who “gets” my excitement for this toddlin’ town. I really could have spent another couple of hours walking around the building with him and learning great tidbits of information, but he had other business to tend to!
I slept only about three hours last night, partly because I was running strategies through my head regarding The Ledge. On my two previous visits, I was unable to walk out onto those glass floors (ahem, 1353 feet in the air with nothing below that glass except buildings and pavement) because I was panic-stricken, “shakes” and all. (I don’t even like ladders. Seriously.)
Since I was chosen for this Ambassadorship, I’ve put lots of thought into how I believe that in order to represent Skydeck Chicago, it’s personally important for me to experience ALL of it, The Ledge included. Last night I ran dozens of scenarios and pep talks through my own head, and it continued on the train to the city this morning.
We didn’t even arrive at The Ledge until about 45 minutes into the tour, and by then, I had decided that the best strategy, like with almost anything having to do with fear, was to just GO FOR IT. Randy was telling me about how they can pull the glass boxes into the building so the window washing mechanism can go down the side of the building, and suddenly–believe it or not–I was raring to go. We walked to the box on the far left (where the official Skydeck Chicago photographer was set up), and I just…stepped in.
I didn’t look down though. I faced the camera and the photographer said, “Will you step back a bit, please?”
Oy vey. I didn’t want to turn around, so I reached behind me to feel the glass wall and scooted my feet back a couple of inches.
“That’s good!” he said, and then he took my picture.
After the picture was snapped, I looked down. And you know what? It wasn’t so bad!
A couple things:
Number one: This picture confirms for me that when I accidentally purchased Garnier Nutrisse’s Medium Golden Brown (Chestnut) and decided to go with it anyway, it was a mistake. I hate it. I’m going back to Medium Natural Brown (Truffle) tout de suite. (<—-That’s for you, Momo!)
Number two: I absolutely love how, at this angle, my hips have all but disappeared. I plan to look into getting an ordinance passed by which it will be mandatory for all pictures of me to be taken from above.
Number three: I AM STANDING 1353 FEET IN THE AIR WITH ONLY ABOUT 3 INCHES OF GLASS SEPARATING ME FROM CERTAIN DEATH, AND I AM SMILING. I am fairly certain that, because of how easily I stepped out there, Randy thinks I lied about how scared I was before, but I didn’t. (True story, Randy!) I am so proud of myself for going out there, and will definitely do it again.
All in all, a fabulous morning at Skydeck Chicago! I look forward to sharing more with you over the next couple of months: maybe I’ll even see you there!
YAY! I love the pic. LOVE it.
Don’t even think about it. My daughter, yes. Me, no.
Secret Agent Mama/Mishelle Lane
I soooooooooooooooooo wish!
I seriously almost crapper myself when I saw the pic. OMFG. I cannot believe that you did it! I’m SO PROUD OF YOU!
tracey - justanothermommy
I’m so proud of you!! You were really scared, I can attest to your conversations about it a week prior. Nice pic! I agree that angles that flatter us should be made law.
First off, what a great – and perfect – opportunity for you!
And for finally conquering the glass box – so proud! I get shaky legs too…maybe this will give me the confidence to try it n myself someday. 🙂
That is awesome news. They could not have picked a better ambassador!
I’m so happy for you but I couldn’t do it. Just could not. Yay for you though. What a great opportunity.
I threw up just looking at you in the picture. Oy, I could never. Gotta run, feeling another wave of nausea coming on.
I got vertigo just looking at your photo. I could never do that – my fear of heights is far too strong! Good for you for having the courage to do it!
Brava, my friend. They are very, very lucky to have you!!!
So great to see you smiling and having a great Friday!!! congrats on the Ambassadorship!! I so need to go there, what a view!! xoxo
Congratulations on the Ambassadorship, makes me so proud. I would love to try the look out on my kind of town “Chicken in the car and the car won’t go”
Yay you for 1. being chosen for Ambassador! That is awesome! and for 2. going out on that ledge. OMG. I seriously would have to crawl around the Skydeck or hug the wall or something. Seriously. GO YOU!
That is so cool! When i get better i would love to come and take a tour with you.
Tiaras & Tantrums
congrats!! There is no way you would ever catch me out there!! I tried once and literally almost passed out!
LOL…my haircolor? Chestnut (Medium Golden Brown). 🙂 Has been for, oh…5 years or so. LOL!
I’m proud of you for stepping out there! Way to go!!! And yes, you look TINY!
Congratulations! You are the PERFECT choice for this Ambassador Program. I LOVE the picture and I know how scared you were but you did it! YAY! Melisa! I want to visit Chicago 🙂