Chicago Skyscraper Crane Repair – 30 Stories High! A Real “Tower Of Terror!”

Welcome To Chicago!

Welcome to one of America’s great cities – Chicago!

The “Windy City” has so many great things to offer – like this spectacular view of the downtown area from 91 stories high – at the John Hancock Tower just north of Chicago’s famed “Loop” – and that building also offers a spectacular view of Lake Michigan and many of Chicago’s terrific beaches:

My wife and I live part of the year in Chicago – on the 25th floor of an apartment building that looks out at Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, and directly east of us was this empty lot, which in the beginning of November started becoming home to a new high rise building:

Since then, I have taken pictures of the new building as it creeps higher and higher into the sky – by April 2, it looked like this:

It’s not obstructing our view, so who cares, right? Then I saw they were adding another construction crane to the northwest corner of the building – except something was wrong…check out the video:


Talk About Your Tower Of Terror!

That’s right: as you saw in the video, something clearly needed to be tightened, repaired or otherwise worked on, and these two guys were 30 stories high doing it!

Fair to say you can’t take a job like this if you have a fear of heights!

Can you imagine begin on your hands and knees repairing something 30 stories above traffic?

As you saw on the video, and can see here as well, they are attached to the frame by a safety cord – but still – is this a job that YOU’D WANT??!?!?!?!

This is just one of the dangerous jobs I wouldn’t want – here’s another one – a skyscraper window washer – like this guy outside our window:

I saw this construction repair work going on and was fascinated by it – in fact, you see a lot of things from our window:

Yes, I witnessed a lightning storm once that lasted for several hours, with massive thunder as well….

Here is the video:

This thunderstorm -with lots and lots of lightning, was amazing to experience, and I was equally fascinated by this skyscraper repair work high above Chicago’s Grand Ave.

Let me know if you’d take this job!



Categories: Action Films, Books / Media, chicago, Cult Movies, Exotic Travel, Food, food blog, Food Review, Funny Pictures, Hamburgers, Memoirs, Recipes, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized, Wacky Food

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

11 replies

  1. I never really thought of Chicago having a beach, maybe a lake but there you have it. Nice to learn something new from a local. Did you ever meet Roger Ebert?

    Like

  2. Well I dug your voice John and respect you making the effort not to drone on but still provide good commentary. My God it’s like you’re a professional at doing this or something. 🙂 In answer to your question….uh fuck no. Or as some Americans would say awww hell no.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. That looks like a pretty exclusive part of Chicago to reside in, John. Was that your voice on the tape? If so, it was good to hear you! Many moons ago, I had a job selling hydraulic hose fittings. One time, I had to go up on a crane to inspect a very expensive item that the company claimed was faulty. I was wearing a suit and tie at the time, no harness or helmet! Then again, it was only just under 100 feet up, not as high as this one. (I didn’t last long in that job though…)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Pete, that’s a great story! That was my voice, wanted to give a little insight without droning on…adding more videos to my stuff – I include them on things like Barcelona, but want to add more to the everyday things as well! Thanks as always for your comment!

      Liked by 2 people

      • Looking forward to hearing you more often, John! You will probably not hear my voice. Think Michael Caine meets Bob Hoskins, add a touch of Anthony Hopkins, (when I am being ‘correct’) and you will get the idea. 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

      • Sounds like a classy mix!

        Liked by 2 people

      • Michael Caine and Bob Hoskins were in a movie together after Mona Lisa called Beetley Pete about a Ambo who had 24 hours to stop terrorists stealing millions from the Terror of London all the while driving an ambulance that could not go below the speed 80.46 kilometres an hour while rescuing Princess Diana from Kevin Costner who wanted to cast her in a bodyguard sequel. The movie was based on a real life story of a British ambo called Pete. Now that is not a lot of people that know that. The duo were cast because they sound bad ass and Pete sounded like a mix between them so both were cast.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Nicely done, Lloyd. I am still waiting for the royalty cheques though…

        Liked by 2 people

  4. Beautiful views and thrills too! reminds me of that time in NY when a couple guys got stuck on a scaffold up high and hung there a few hours before being rescued! takes someone special to do that kind of work!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Take It Easy

Retired, not expired: words from the after(work)life. And music. Lots of music!

Hey, Traveler

Sharing travel tips, ideas, and anecdotes with fellow wanderers, dreamers, doers, and lovers of life

Stevie Turner

Realist, writer, reader, reviewer and rocker.

Cornwall in Colours

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Bringing you yesterday's news from Japan and Asia, today.

Bite! Eat! Repeat!

52 Cookbooks. 52 Recipes. A Tasty 2022!

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author

BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES

Follow us as we follow the road

CarpeDiemEire

Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV

Wheelescapades

Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

You can always start now

journaling to see some answers

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Observations. Adventures. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health

JR-Sploitation!

The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!

beetleypete

The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotropic Cinema and more

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists

johnrieber

Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!

vinnieh

Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: