Sears Tower unveils glass balconies

CHICAGO (AP) - Chanti Lawrence says visiting the Sears Tower's new glass balconies has helped cure her fear of heights - almost.

The Atlanta woman says - at the very least - she took the first step toward conquering her fear by walking out onto the glass more than 1,300 feet in the air.

The balconies, nicknamed "The Ledge," open to the public Thursday. Several visitors got a preview Wednesday.

Lawrence described the experience as "very cool but very scary."

Sears Tower officials say the inspiration for the balconies came from the hundreds of forehead prints visitors left behind on Skydeck windows every week.

The glass is an inch-and-a-half thick. The balconies jut out four feet from the building's 103rd floor and can hold about five tons.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.