Nik Wallenda speaks out on plans for Chicago tightrope walk

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A seventh generation tightrope walker will make his second biggest walk here in Chicago.

It doesn't happen until November, but on Wednesday, Nik Wallenda talked about what makes him want to do it.

The 35-year-old artist says he is all about creating challenges for himself.

"The only thing I can't train for is how cold it is," he said.

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, Wallenda will walk a tightrope 600 feet above the ground from Marina City's west tower across the river and Wacker Drive to the Leo Burnett building -- no harness, not net. It's no big deal when you consider he's already walked the Grand Canyon, right? The 15-degree incline, however, is the real challenge.

Then he goes down the elevator from 50 stories up and walks over to Marina Towers' east building to tightrope walk back to the west tower again.

Wallenda says the City of Chicago has been totally cooperative. And despite some Illinois statute that says doing this stunt with no harness or net will mean he's breaking the law, Wallenda is steadfast in his mission.

"I do everything I do to fascinate and inspire people," he said.

Wallenda's great-grand father died in 1978 in Puerto Rico during a tight rope walk. He dedicates his walks, he says, to his great-grandfather.

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