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What's it like to be scared of heights and go on Tilt? Jakub Rudnik shows you #throughglass.

Tilt Gives Tourists New View of Chicago

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014

If standing on a ledge 1,000 feet above the streets of Chicago wasn’t exciting enough for you, 360 Chicago now offers a way to skyscraper viewpoints more thrilling.

The remodeled lookout, formerly the John Hancock Observatory, now features “Tilt,” a new attraction that does exactly what its name would suggest. Up to eight passengers at a time step as close as possible to a full-length window, grab on to a bar with each hand and look south over the Chicago skyline.

And then they are tilted, head-first, until they are leaning over the edge of the tower’s 94th floor.

The experience lasts about a minute, with passengers getting tilted forward three times before being brought back to a perpendicular relationship with the floor.

You can’t hold anything in your hands during the experience, but there was nothing stopping us from recording it with Google Glass. So I went up on the night of May 11, the second day it was open and experienced it myself. (Full disclosure: I am very uncomfortable with heights and make that fact very clear in the video.)

“Tilt” is now open to the public 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and costs the price of admission to 360 Chicago, $18, plus $5 for the attraction itself, which is set as an introductory rate.

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