Images Show Aon Center's Proposed Observation Deck, Edge-Dangling Thrill Ride
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Chicago could get a third high-rise observation deck and ride atop the city's third-tallest skyscraper.
A new proposal envisions "the tallest and fastest glass-enclosed external elevator shaft in the country" taking visitors up 82 stories to an observatory that starts at 1,117 feet. The observatory concept, designed by The Hettema Group, would offer panoramic views of the nearby Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. A lounge, restaurant and special event space are also part of the pitch, along with a new ride that dangles guests off the edge of the building
Sky Summit "takes them over the edge of the Aon Center's roof and right over Millennium Park" in a glass-enclosed vessel, designers said in a statement. The Sky Summit is estimated to hold 22 passengers at a time and about 350 each hour. The observatory will be large enough to hold about 1,000 visitors per hour.
For a better view of the proposed project, check out the photos below.