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Wallenda Chicago stunt to cause downtown closures Niko Apostal 10/30/14


If you’re looking for a possibly-crazy, death-defying stunt to witness this weekend, legendary daredevil and tightrope-walker Nik Wallenda has you covered. A seventh-generation-member of the family that once performed the famed tightrope circus act The Flying Wallendas, Nik has made a name for himself in recent years by performing acts of daredevil performance art in cities across the country.

This Sunday evening, he will perform a more-than-two-block-long tightrope walk across the Chicago River — blindfolded — between Marina City and the Leo Burnett building.

The Wallenda Chicago tightrope walk this Sunday will cause the closure of the State Street and Dearborn Street bridges over the river. Wacker Drive will also be closed on the south side of the river between Clark and Wabash, and the river will be closed to watercraft from 6pm to 8pm. (The bridges and Wacker between Dearborn and State will also be closed from 9pm tonight through 6am tomorrow morning for preparations.)

*Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jeffrey Zeldman.

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