Handstand on The Ledge Skydeck: It’s totally safe

The thing about fear… is that it’s all in your head.  And even when you know that something seemingly scary is totally safe, the fear tells you to think the worst.   And though the chances of something going wrong are negligible, your palms are sweaty none the less.  At least that’s how it was for me.

This summer I was selected to be a Skydeck Ambassador for the tallest building in Chicago, The Willis Tower.  The Willis Tower was originally The Sears Tower and although Sears Roebuck and Company moved out in 1988, it wasn’t until 2009 that the tower was renamed.  This seems to be a touchy subject for Chicagoans (a la the Marshall Fields/Macy’s building renaming) so let’s just move on.  I knew the Ledge would be a unique way to to see Chicago but I would be scared.  Judging from this picture however, it seems I was wrong.

I was then invited to create a unique skydeck experience with my friends and, after much deliberation, settled on having a Photo Day with a professional photographer and a handful fun pose ideas.  And because every good party needs a great cause, I called my good buddies at the Keep On Keeping On Foundation, Tim Wambach and Mike Berkson.

I met Mike and Tim when I first moved to Chicago 3 years ago.  Mike is the inspiration and Tim is the founder of the Keep On Keeping On.  They are good guys.  I believe in them, their cause and their ability to have a good time.


So, for those of you that don’t know, The Willis Tower, is the tallest building in America and the 9th tallest in the world… or for you basketball fans, that’s 262 Micheal Jordan’s.  Now THAT is catching air.  So, at 1,353 feet in the air, 4 glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the tower, famously named, The Ledge.  On a clear day you can see four states! (IL, IN, WI, and MI)

If Ferris Bueller had his day off tomorrow, I’m sure we’d find him pressing his forhead against the glass of The Ledge.  Or planking… or maybe even trying a handstand.


Jen Knoedl is Executive Producer of JenChicago Productions, as well as its enthusiastic video host. Click here to find out about sponsorship and partnering opportunities regarding travel, Chicago and entrepreneurship. Tweet Jen at @JenTravelsLife


  1. Go Jen! You did an amazing job and these videos are super inspiring! :)

  2. JenChicago says:

    Aww- you made my day! Thanks Jen!

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