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September 18, 2012 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Changing a lightbulb in your own place is one thing. Try doing it 1,500 feet in the sky while standing on the roof of the tallest building in North America with only your own balance and wits keeping you on solid ground. It's all in a day's work for Willis Tower electricians John Barker and Mike Hlavacek. "It never gets boring," Hlavacek said with the smile of a man who has clearly been asked about his day job before. "It's the greatest view, the most beautiful city in the world I think.
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November 25, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Corey Crawford is a fan of sparkly things. The Blackhawks goaltender, who led the team to the Stanley Cup title in June, will light the tree at Willis Tower on Monday. While it's not quite as shiny as the Cup, the 1,000 ornaments might make it seem that way. Crawford  also will kick off the building's holiday toy drive. The event begins at 4 p.m. with Crawford flipping the switch to the 10,000 lights on the building's 48-foot tree, joined by choral students from Catherine Cook School.
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November 3, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
Ronnie Brewer and the Bulls were only one step away from the NBA Finals last year. And on SundayNov. 6, Brewer will take a lot of steps - 1,209 to be exact. With time on his hands due to the NBA lockout and a history of charity work, even being named Sporting Generosity's September player of the month for his work with the Boys and Girls Club, Brewer will participate in SkyRise and climb all 103 stories of the Willis Tower. The event will benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
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November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook "The Daily Show" made things personal last night about Chicago pizza.  In a segment about the height of the Willis Tower and Freedom Tower finally being settled, Stewart knocked one of Chicago's points of pride: deep-dish.  Calling it "a casserole," "a corpse made of sandpaper," "tomato soup in a bread bowl" and ribbing that it's a...
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November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes , The Daily Show on Facebook "The Daily Show" made things personal last night about Chicago pizza.  In a segment about the height of the Willis Tower and Freedom Tower finally being settled, Stewart knocked one of Chicago's points of pride: deep-dish.  Calling it "a casserole," "a corpse made of sandpaper," "tomato soup in a bread bowl" and ribbing that it's a...
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May 13, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Seven months before the start of her freshman year at Roosevelt University, Mariana Luna's life changed. Around 4 a.m. one day in 2008, Luna's mother got a call from her father's co-worker. Luna's dad was an industrial painter, doing specialty jobs around the city often involving hard-to-reach spaces at places like Soldier Field, Willis Tower and other buildings and bridges. The co-worker had called to say Luna's father had fallen from a CTA platform on Wabash Avenue, breaking his hand, both of his legs and suffering a serious...
SPORTS
November 25, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
Corey Crawford is a fan of sparkly things. The Blackhawks goaltender, who led the team to the Stanley Cup title in June, will light the tree at Willis Tower on Monday. While it's not quite as shiny as the Cup, the 1,000 ornaments might make it seem that way. Crawford  also will kick off the building's holiday toy drive. The event begins at 4 p.m. with Crawford flipping the switch to the 10,000 lights on the building's 48-foot tree, joined by choral students from Catherine Cook School.
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May 5, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Spring weather isn't a sure thing in Chicago - but Chicago water taxis are determined to make spring a shore thing. Shoreline Water Taxi began its commuter service Monday between Erie Street and Willis Tower. The Wendella boats, which travel to Union Station, Chinatown and Goose Island, began running April 14, and expect to expand their schedule later this month. Wendella had to delay the start of its spring service because of the harsh weather, but operations chief Andrew Sargis is optimistic about this year.
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May 8, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
If being dipped over the city with nothing but a pane of glass stopping your 1,000-foot fall toward the pavement sounds appealing, you're in luck. 360 Chicago - formerly the John Hancock Observatory - unveiled Tilt on Thursday. The property hopes that its latest attraction will help meet Mayor Emanuel's goal of bringing 55 million tourists to the city annually by 2020, officials said. The movable platform, made of glass and steel, tilts as many as eight observers down toward Michigan Avenue at a 30-degree angle.
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August 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Before the Chicago Air & Water Show is held this weekend, downtown workers and residents may notice other aircraft swirling around the city. The movie "Jupiter Ascending," starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is filming aerial stunts this week, according to a newsletter emailed by Ald. Brendan Reilly's (42nd) office. The stunts involve low-flying helicopters in the early morning between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. around the Willis Tower on Monday, near Daley Plaza at Clark and Washington streets on Tuesday and the Chicago River locks and...
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May 13, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Seven months before the start of her freshman year at Roosevelt University, Mariana Luna's life changed. Around 4 a.m. one day in 2008, Luna's mother got a call from her father's co-worker. Luna's dad was an industrial painter, doing specialty jobs around the city often involving hard-to-reach spaces at places like Soldier Field, Willis Tower and other buildings and bridges. The co-worker had called to say Luna's father had fallen from a CTA platform on Wabash Avenue, breaking his hand, both of his legs and suffering a serious head injury.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Changing a lightbulb in your own place is one thing. Try doing it 1,500 feet in the sky while standing on the roof of the tallest building in North America with only your own balance and wits keeping you on solid ground. It's all in a day's work for Willis Tower electricians John Barker and Mike Hlavacek. "It never gets boring," Hlavacek said with the smile of a man who has clearly been asked about his day job before. "It's the greatest view, the most beautiful city in the world I think.
SPORTS
November 3, 2011 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
Ronnie Brewer and the Bulls were only one step away from the NBA Finals last year. And on SundayNov. 6, Brewer will take a lot of steps - 1,209 to be exact. With time on his hands due to the NBA lockout and a history of charity work, even being named Sporting Generosity's September player of the month for his work with the Boys and Girls Club, Brewer will participate in SkyRise and climb all 103 stories of the Willis Tower. The event will benefit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
Strolling along the Lake Michigan beachfront. Gazing into each other's eyes while coasting aboard the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Holding hands and tiptoeing to the glass edge of the Willis Tower's Skydeck. Is there a more romantic city than Chicago? No. Well, aside from 14 other cities. Chicago is the 15th most romantic destination in North America, according to MissTravel.com. The Windy City was revealed as a top choice for summer lovin' on the travel dating website, with 298 trips already planned between now and August.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Mayor Emanuel is often seen announcing new programs at press conferences, presiding over City Council meetings and meeting with dignitaries. But Chicagoans have also seen another side of him away from City Hall. The dancer: We knew the mayor took ballet lessons. But he showed off more dance moves as he took off his tie and bit his lower lip while he listened to Robin Thicke perform "Blurred Lines"  at the Taste of Chicago . Of course, a video captured the mayor dancing. Good samaritan: The mayor rushed out a...
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