Rocking the boat in Chicago

The boat tour offers has a view of the Chicago skyline as it passes through the Chicago Harbor Lock. Photo by Sarah Strubbe

After two weeks of writing articles and chasing deadlines, the cherubs ventured into the Windy City for sightseeing and memory-making.

The day began with an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Cherubs had the opportunity to see and learn about historical Chicago landmarks, including Willis Tower, the John Hancock Building and Navy Pier.

The tour started at the Michigan Avenue dock and followed the Chicago River until passing through the Chicago Harbor Lock into Lake Michigan.

It’s one thing to see all the tall high-rises when you’re just driving past them,” said Sai Rayala of Powell, Ohio. “They kind of blur together. But when you’re on the lake and see the buildings up close, it’s a new perspective. There’s modern architecture intertwined with historical buildings, and it’s a really cool experience.”

Cherubs pose for a photo on the boat tour with the Chicago skyline in the background. Photo by Sophie Boyce

The tour was a 90-minute immersive experience. It informed the cherubs of the rich history of the third largest city in the United States while getting up close with the skyscrapers and Chicago culture.

NuNu Wright of Mill Valley, California, found the excursion to be a great opportunity to meet new cherubs.

“It was so fun to get out of the classroom, get out of Evanston and get onto the water,” Wright said. “It was so nice to be in a confined space on water because I felt like I met so many more people on that boat ride and I made so many more friends.”

Cherubs then went on a tour of 303 E. Wacker Drive, home to the Medill Chicago campus. Elyssa Cherney, a Chicago Tribune general assignment reporter and Medill graduate, spoke to the group. A Medill cherub alumna herself, Cherney spoke about how to take the next step in pursuing journalism as a career.

Cherubs pose behind the broadcast desk at the Medill Chicago building. Photo by Medill staff

“She mentioned how to do these smaller taller tasks to work your way up to larger positions, like investigative journalism or long feature journalism,” Rayala said. “It was a different take on journalism. It showed that you have to go out of your comfort zone and that you end up learning a lot.”

Cherney also spoke about her experience being a woman in journalism. She gave advice on how to be taken seriously in the media and the obstacles female journalists may face.

“It’s so important that media continues to represent women not just holistically, but also bring them into the industry,” Wright said. “I thought it was very impactful.”