On July 8, all 84 cherubs climbed aboard an excursion boat on the Chicago River and immersed themselves in a 90-minute architectural tour of the city. They marveled at skyscrapers and views from the river and Lake Michigan and shared laughs with new friends on their first excursion out of Evanston. After the trip and a break for eating and shopping, the cherubs visited the Chicago Tribune and heard from staffers who were former cherubs.
Cherubs got to know each other better.
Shawna Chen, Joanne Lee, Emily Kim and Mina Lee enjoyed the boat ride with friends.
Shoshana Dubnow looked into the distance at the Chicago skyline while opening a bag of chips.
“I loved the part when we were in the lock and we could feel ourselves getting elevated and then going into Lake Michigan,” Oliver Trapp of Florida said. “I just thought that was the coolest thing ever. It was awesome.”
Multiple selfies! (From left to right: Danielle Malkin, Giulia Villanueva, Oliver Trapp)
“The bird poop on the seat next to me was a bit of a downer,” Ashley Jun of Illinois said, “but the trip was special because I got to spend time with the friends I made at Cherubs.”
(from left to right) Annie Wan, Winny Sun and Ashley Jun posed for the camera.
"Simply, the boat ride is what made me fall in love with Chicago and love the city more than my hometown," said Abigail Felix of California.
Even though it was windy, Abigail thoroughly enjoyed herself.
“It was very exciting and breath-taking to see a whole new world,” Giulia Villanueva of Paraguay said of the Chicago boat tour.
She waited for the perfect moment to capture the Chicago skyline.
“My favorite part of the boat tour was being with all my friends and having the Chicago wind blowing in my face,” Gabriel Gross-Sable of California said. “It was just a unique experience on Lake Michigan.”
Gabriel Gross-Sable and Michael Benrubi stared into the distance.
“I didn’t realize how cool of a city Chicago was before this tour,” Courtney Gao of California said. “The architecture is really different from where I’m from. It’s a lot taller and it was really beautiful.”
Caroline Gao (left) Courtney Gao (right) had a great laugh together.
“It was funny because our year, it was super hot and this year it was super cool, so I think less of my time was spent looking at stuff and more time complaining about how cold it was,” Natalie Escobar, community associate and cherub alumna from 2013 said. “It was cool though because now that I’ve gone to school in Chicago, I kind of know the city better and had some context from experience to use for the tour.”
(From left to right) Community associates Andy Brown, Mia Zanzucchi, and Natalie Escobar were happy to be on the tour again.
Caroline Gao (left) and Jennifer Chen (right) paused in the middle of sightseeing to take a selfie
“I was really excited to be out of the dorms and on a boat with my friends,” Lucia Kim said.
(from left to right) Glenn Billman, Natasha Roy, Nayanika Kapoor and Lucia Kim had a great time!
“It was a really good balance of getting to see the city and also getting to know each other,” Arden Shapiro of Michigan said of the tour. “We were all sharing the moment, which was really nice.”
Arden Shapiro (left) and Emma Swislow (right) had a lovely conversation.
“It was really cold but I loved watching the city go by,” Hayley Robb of Kentucky said. “I’ve always loved Chicago. It made me reminisce about home, but it also made me take in the opportunities that I had.”
Hayley showed off her signature laugh.