CHICAGO (CBS) — Crews worked overnight to install the first high-wire cable that tightrope walker Nik Wallenda will walk across on Sunday, 50 stories above the Chicago River.
Barry McSweeny’s apartment at Marina City has quite a view for Wallenda’s high-wire act.
“It’s being publicized in 220 different countries, and different people are texting me, or sending messages on Facebook, just saying ‘Just excited about it,’ seeing if I have a view of it, and I do,” he said.
Wallenda’s father, Terry Troffer, supervised as crews worked overnight to secure the steel cable Wallenda will walk across on Sunday, 50 stories above the river. In the daylight it’s possible to see the network of cables and lines supporting the system.
Wallenda will first walk from the west tower of Marina City on the north bank of the river to the Leo Burnett Building on the south bank, with the wire at a 15-degree incline. It will be the highest and steepest high-wire walk in the history of the Flying Wallenda family.
He will then be blindfolded for a walk from the west tower of Marina City to the east tower.