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Beautiful architecture on a gorgeous welcoming day

SEVENTY TWO PARTICIPANTS among Fulbright students and scholars, alumni association members, an IIE representative and three consular officers enjoyed an educational river cruise that showcased the beautiful Chicago architecture.

The 2011 Fall Welcome event took place last Saturday September 17, starting at 3 pm. when citizens from all over the world met to share this invaluable experience. The day was sunny with a 72 degree temperature. A beautiful fall day that allowed everybody to appreciate clearly the different important buildings that can be seen from the Chicago River.

The Tribune Tower, the Wrigley building, Marina City (a.k.a. the Corncobs,) the massive Merchandise Mart, the Willis Tower (ex-Sears Tower and nowadays the tallest city in the U.S.) were a sample of the over 20 buildings that the tour guide presented. The tour ended at 5 pm. with an informal get-together at a restaurant on the other side of the river, where students and alumni socialized and exchanged stories. Here there are some of the beautiful views: (Photos courtesy of Cristina Sisson and Jackie Spinner)

Tourists waving from the Adams Bridge over the Chicago River.

Fulbright students enjoying the Architectural River Cruise.

A magnificent view of the buildings on the way towards the south branch of the Chicago River.

Board members Kari Burnett, Lauren Ostrowski and Stephen Hill.

A view from the front of the boat.

The Civic Opera Building on the south Branch of the river.

River City (right,) designed by Bertrand Goldberg (he designed Marina City as well) and the Willis Tower (ex-Sears Tower.)

A view towards Lake Michigan, to the east. Notice the Merchandise Mart, Marina City and the Trump Tower, on the right side.

"To the right, to the left, in front of us..." Board member Linda Gruber (left) observes carefully

Fulbright students having a good time after the architectural river cruise.

More conversation and fun at the restaurant after the cruise

What a beautiful day! A great experience to begin the academic year.

Welcome to Chicago with an architecture river cruise!

The architecture river cruise offers information about 17 Chicago renowned buildings (Photo courtesy Michael Lazarev—Wikipedia Commons)

We are starting a new year of activities here at the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

You are all invited to the Fall Welcome event in which we will meet our newly arrived Fulbrighters as well as continuing students. This first event of the year will take place on Saturday September 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. with an ARCHITECTURE RIVER CRUISE. For more info, check http://www.cruisechicago.com/tours.php

This is really exciting opportunity to get to know each other, meet the members of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association and to see some of the great architecture that Chicago has to offer. This river cruise allows us to appreciate, from the Chicago River, several of the iconic buildings of the city like the Tribune Tower, the historical Montgomery Ward Complex, the Civic Opera building, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Willis Tower, among others.

We will meet at the southeast corner of E Wacker Dr & N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 at 3 p.m.

You only need to R.S.V.P to fulbrightchicago@gmail.com until this Friday September 2 at 4 p.m. Please, write your name and country where you had your Fulbright. The cost of the river cruise is $35 (bring cash or check.) But it is FREE of charge for Fulbright students.

There is one catch. If you reserve and do not come, you will be charged the cost of the 90-minute tour which is $35. The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association needs to pay for the tour in advance and there are no refunds if people do not show up.