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Red Cross BN Speaker To Attempt Chicago High-wire Act

Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:56:18 CDT
By: AP


Nik Wallenda is taking his high-wire act to the Windy City. The Discovery network says the aerialist will attempt a tightrope walk in Chicago this fall, probably in November. Wallenda is scheduled to speak in two weeks at a Red Cross fundraiser in Bloomington-Normal. Discovery will televise the event live, just as it did last year when Wallenda's walk across the Grand Canyon area of Arizona drew more than 10 million viewers. Discovery President Eileen O'Neill would not say exactly where Wallenda will walk as the network is still involved in the permit process. Chicago is home to the 1,451-foot Willis Tower, the nation's second-highest building. Like other networks, Discovery has seen the business advantages of high-profile live events.

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