querbesboatAn architectural cruise along the Chicago River drew all four levels of the Querbes Scholars program to see the city’s skyline from a whole new perspective: on the water.

“The city looks so different when you’re on the water,” said Patrick Burns ’21. “You can really see how the buildings are connected.”

Ritarose Battin ’19, added: “I thought I knew the city so well, but I had never seen it from this view.”

Students and faculty members traveled by bus to Navy Pier, where they boarded a boat operated by Shoreline Cruises and managed by alumni parent, Larry Van der Bosch.

querbes3Their tour guide pointed out historical and architectural landmarks throughout Chicago. Students heard the story of the Great Fire of 1871, which ultimately led to the rebuilding of the city and eventually establishing Chicago as home of the skyscraper.

During the 75-minute tour, students also learned the history behind some of the city’s most prominent buildings, including those designed by famous architects like Helmut Jahn, Mies van der Rohe, and the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

“It was fascinating to learn about the different designs of the buildings and how they reflect the many time periods of Chicago,” said Sara Hankinson ’19.

querbesboat2Freshman Keely McClellan added that she especially enjoyed learning more about the Great Chicago Fire.

“I was intrigued with the story about the Chicago fire and the rebuilding of the city,” Keely said. “It was great to see where it actually took place.”

The cruise was the first trip of the year for these Querbes Scholars. As part of the academic and enrichment program, scholars leave Saint Viator at least one time each semester for extended learning outside the classroom walls.

These trips, combined with invited speakers and challenging coursework fulfill the program’s mission, which is to foster personal growth, intellectual independence and faith enrichment.