TORONTO (September 24, 2014) – Nik Wallenda, “The King of the Highwire”, is back at it again. This time, he is heading to the historic “Windy City” of Chicago to attempt his most audacious and challenging tightrope walk yet. And in legendary Wallenda family tradition, he will do it all without a net or harness. Discovery presents a World Broadcast Event on Sunday, November 2 as SKYSCRAPER LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA airs LIVE around the world in more than 220 countries beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The special will be hosted by NBC News’ Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore.
In June 2013, Wallenda became the first person to ever successfully traverse the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. The live Discovery broadcast captivated Canadians, reaching 2.4 million viewers during the event, peaking at 1.5 million viewers in the final moments as Wallenda completed the crossing and secured his 8th World Record. The broadcast ranks as the #1 special in Discovery Canada’s history – and now Wallenda stands poised to blow those records away in the Windy City.
With preparations underway, dozens of cameras will be positioned across Chicago and on helicopters, rolling as Wallenda attempts this nail-biting, two-part nighttime walk in one of the windiest sections of the city. With unpredictable weather conditions, the tightrope crossing will present countless obstacles.
For the first part of the tightrope crossing, Wallenda will walk further than two city blocks – uphill rising to a 15-degree angle – from the iconic Marina City’s west tower (179 metres tall) to the Leo Burnett Building (193.5 metres tall) across a wire stretched high above the Chicago River. Not only will this be the highest skyscraper walk in the history of the “Flying Wallendas” family, it will be the first time that he has ever attempted it at such a steep angle. The second part of the walk will span from the Marina City’s west tower to the east tower.