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This interactive digital tour walks you through the site of the Eastland disaster, one of the worst accidents in Great Lakes history. Using our app, which features more than seventy historic images, CHM’s John Russick guides you through the tragic events of July 24, 1915, and the new safety regulations that followed.

*Participants must download the app at prior to tour. Tour runs approximately 90 minutes.

$20, $15 members

Saturday, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. | Meet at the NE corner of LaSalle Street and Wacker Drive


The SS Eastland being righted after the Eastland Disaster on the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois, 1915.
Survivors of the Eastland Disaster being led ashore by the tugboat Kenosha in the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois, July 24, 1915.
View of overturned SS Eastland in the Chicago River, with holes cut in hull, Chicago, Illinois, July 24, 1915 Rescue crew can be seen on top of the overturned ship.
Diver making a descent into the Chicago River in search of bodies during the Eastland Disaster, Chicago, Illinois, July 24, 1915.
The SS Eastland, shortly before Eastland disaster; Chicago, Illinois; 1915. Passengers are standing on the deck.
View of the SS Eastland a few hours after the ship overturned in the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois, July 24, 1915. Rescue crews are standing on the overturned ship.
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