The Friday File – “Big John” Tilts for Trusting Travelers!

John Hancock Tilt

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Now, far be it from me to try to put the kibosh on one’s fun; however, this is not my kind of fun!

I wrote a post a few months back about the John Hancock Building, affectionately known here in Chicago as, “Big John”.  Big John, as it were, has an observation deck (recently renamed, “360 Chicago”) if you are so inclined to view CHItown from approximately 1,000 feet in the air.

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 10, 2014 marks a new era in the John Hancock Building’s repertoire of “delights”, and it is called, “TILT”.


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Yes, YOU and seven of your closest, terrified friends (or perhaps enemies after this event!) can observe The Windy City by placing yourself in a glass area, while the person at the helm “tilts” you forward until 30 degrees (maximum) is reached.  The system cannot go any farther than that! Cannot go any farther than that??? My, “cannot go any farther than that” is watching you from a nice little cafe at street level whilst I smile and wave!!  Hello, wishing you were here!!

Speaking of which, would you like to see what “street level” looks like from your tilting topography?

John Hancock Tilt 4

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Here is what “TILT” looks like from the outside:  if you look closely you might just see a “tilter” or two:

John Hancock Tilt 3

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Here is a link to the “Tilt” website, for those that cannot wait to find out more:

They say Chicago has something for everyone.  But I must ask:  who are the “for everyone” folks that find themselves queuing up to tilt? From hereon-in I shall think of them as the, “Tilter Tribe”.  Elusive? Perhaps.  Brave? Maybe.  Capable of convincing me to follow their illustrious trail? No.  And with that, I tilt my hat and wish you a wonderful weekend!



  37 comments for “The Friday File – “Big John” Tilts for Trusting Travelers!

  1. May 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    My husband would love this – he used to work as a dogman on high-rise buildings and loves running around at great heights. His idea of a birthday present once was to tell me he’d take me to the top of the high-rise he was currently working on, up to the unfinished part so I could climb a ladder or something, and I would have a vista over Perth (Western Australia) and far out to Rottnest Island off the coast.He was quite puzzled when I went green and turned down his kind offer!


    • May 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      I wonder if this is a guy thing, because Andy and Don who have commented would love to do this, and your hubby as well! And guess what? Mine too! *LOL* Oh your story made me feel green, too! His kind offer indeed! *LOL* Let’s just stay on the ground and wave up to these folks, shall we my dear? Cher xo


  2. May 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I’d love that so much you’d have to rip me out of it! hell I’ll be taking photos to no end lol


    • May 9, 2014 at 11:44 am

      See, this is what I love about you, Andy! You are the explorer, adventurer, and all-round traveler! This is so cool! And you know I’d be the one sipping my java down at the cafe!!! 🙂


      • May 9, 2014 at 11:53 am

        I’d be waving at you going ‘Hi!!!!!’ lol I love anything that takes me to the edge of insanity, that’s when I know I’ve truly done something in my life 🙂


      • May 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

        *LOL* Wow, I wonder why I don’t have that in me? I just don’t but I sure wish I did, like you!!! 🙂


      • May 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Hooray and big cheers!! 🙂 🙂


      • May 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

        YEAY, YEAY, ANDY!!! Cher xo


  3. May 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Ab. So. Lute. Ly. NOT. Haha I can’t even look at the pictures! But thank you for sharing this, I never saw it before! 🙂


    • May 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Hi dear! This is just opening tomorrow, that’s why you haven’t seen it yet! Thank you, Allison! Shall reply this aft to your wonderful PM!! Big hugs, Cher xo


  4. Don
    May 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Wow! Would love to be Tilted 🙂 What an amazing thing. That street level scene is quite something. Must be pretty scary.


    • May 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Really, Don? Oh my goodness, I am such a big chicken! I am sure it is frightfully scary, but I wish I had the wherewithal to try! You really would do it, Don? Cher xo


  5. May 9, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Cher, this sort of thing transcends cultures — back in your home country, Toronto has the CN Tower EdgeWalk! Hard to say which is freakier.


    • May 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Hi Brett, I must say the need/want for seeking thrills knows no bounds (or boundaries)! 🙂 🙂 Oh, Toronto, is it not enough simply to admire the CN Tower from afar? Thanks, Brett! Cher xo


  6. kraftycatcreations
    May 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Not for me! I would barely stand at the window up there when it is not tilted!


    • May 10, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Hehehe, I hear you! I am the same! Cher xo


  7. May 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I’m laughing at this “tilt” ride, for want of not knowing what else to call it. Well, these thrill-seekers don’t know what to do anymore, and the “Big John” has evidently filled a great need! Good for them – they won’t see me there, tilting. I think these people are a little “tilted.” Wouldn’t you say? Ha!


    • May 10, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Hi Carol, Yes, I quite agree. Perhaps you are either born with the “thrill” gene, or you aren’t. Clearly I am the latter! Thanks, Carol!! Cher xo


  8. May 10, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Although this made me a tad dizzy, it still looks cool. Hope you have a great weekend Cher. 🙂


    • May 10, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I don’t get the whole idea, but I know a lot do so the tilt is for them!! Would you go up there, though? 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend too, Donna! Cher xo


  9. May 10, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I won’t be doing any tilting any time soon!


    • May 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      *LOL* You and me both, Sue!! Thank so much for stopping by The Chicago Files!! Come back anytime! Cher xo


  10. May 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Cher… loved this post.. it sent me dizzy.. It reminded me of my visit in Canada up the CN Tower and walking across the glass floor.. .. It was an experience I will never forget.. The photo’s of your views here brought them straight back..

    Thank you for dropping in to like my post.. Love and Light
    Sue xox


    • May 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Sue, thank you so much! Oh my goodness, you are much, much more brave than me! Thank you as always, dear Sue! Hugs, Cher xo


  11. Professions for PEACE
    May 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Another delightful post Cher. Thank you!! Yes I too ’tilt my hat’ but we’ll leave photos like THAT (looking straight down!) to the SunTimes photographer. Yikes. But indeed another great reminder that there really is something for everyone to enjoy in Chicago. Big hugs! xo Gina


    • May 11, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Awh, thank you, dear Gina! If those that want to tilt will come forward *biggest grin* I guess that leaves you and me to simple smile and wave! hehehhee Oh yes, there really is something for everyone to enjoy here in CHItown!! Big hugs, Cher xo


  12. May 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    On my list of things to do!


    • May 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Oh my goodness! Well wouldn’t that TILT angle make for some interesting photos!! Cher xo


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      • May 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

        Ah yes, and I would most definitely love to see those photos (whilst sipping at Timmies, of course)! Cher xo


  13. May 12, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! ❤


    • May 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

      Thank you so much! And I hope you did as well! 🙂 Cher xo


  14. May 12, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Good grief! I got vertigo just from looking at the photos 🙂 It’s not my cup of tea but I can imagine many people I know loving it!


    • May 12, 2014 at 7:44 am

      I quite agree! It is most definitely not my cup of tea either! I think it goes without saying that this is either a, “Oh yes” activity, or a “Not in a million years!” It’s clear which one we both are! 🙂 Cher xo


  15. May 12, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t think I’m an overly guy-ish guy — mostly, I just have to bring all the groceries into the house in a single load instead of making several trips to the car — but yes, I think I could go for the terrifying tilt windows. Mind, I was able to bring myself in Singapore to ride the Reverse Bungee, which puts you in a very open cage and then flings you upward. It’s on the banks of the Singapore River and a lovely way to view things moving quite fast away from you.


  16. May 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I so enjoy your posts. I grew up near Chicago and delight in your perspective. Your posts make me feel closer to home.


    • May 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      You absolutely made my entire day, Kimberly! Thank YOU and I so appreciate your wonderful blog! Big hugs, Cher xo


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