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Watch Gutsy Tightroper Nik Wallenda Walk the Chicago Skyline

Last night, some of Chicago's best-known skyscrapers became the hair-raising backdrop for two record-breaking tightrope walks by veteran daredevil Nik Wallenda. Wallenda, who previously became the first person to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls, completed the steepest bit of funambulism in history, managing a stomach-turning 15-degree incline from the corncob-like Marina City Towers at 588 feet to the fortress-y Leo Burnett Building at 671 feet. He then followed up with a blindfolded walk between each of the Marina Towers at over 500 feet, which set the record for the highest blind-folded walk. Wallenda completed both feats without a harness or safety nets in about eight minutes altogether, but here's a four-minute highlight reel.

The Video:

· Nik Wallenda Conquers Chicago Skyline [Youtube via ArchDaily]