Chicago, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, throws some pretty unusual challenges at its daring window cleaners. From heavy winds and rough weather, to falcons nesting in the tower's facade.
Experience a day in the life of the only major American city to tower over the Great Lakes from above. Explore every corner of this Midwestern metropolis from the awe-inspiring heights of its skyscrapers to the parks, harbors, beaches, and marinas that dot its lakeshore. Along the way, meet the people who make Chicagoland so special, including death-defying window washers, training firefighters, and the iconic twin "Legends of the Lake."
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