A protective coating on the popular attraction The Ledge cracked on Monday, prompting its immediate closure, but there was no danger to visitors at Willis Tower, according to a representative for the Loop skyscraper.
“The protective coating which acts like a screen protector for the Ledge experienced some minor cracking,” said Willis Tower spokesperson Terri Cornelius in an email.
“No one was ever in danger and the Ledge was immediately closed. We replaced the coating Monday night and the Ledge was open for business as usual yesterday,” according to Cornelius.
The Ledge, a glass viewing box on top of Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, is a popular attraction consisting of four glass boxes that extend a little more than 4 feet out from the skyscraper, about 1,350 feet above the ground.
A similar incident appeared to have happened at least once before when, for a few frantic seconds, Alejandro Garibay thought the only thing between him and the street 103 stories below was a pane of glass that was rapidly cracking as he sat in the clear box jutting out of Willis Tower.
Back then, in May 2014, Willis Tower officials said Garibay was never in any danger. Only a 6 millimeter thick protective coating cracked. Three half-inches of structural glass underneath the coating that are capable of holding five tons remained intact.
“I had my palms on the floor and I could feel it cracking,” said Garibay then, as he posed for pictures on the skyscraper’s Ledge with his brother and two cousins. “Honestly, I was in shock, in disbelief. I was scared.”
A representative for the city’s Department of Buildings could not be reached immediately.
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