Open today 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This interactive digital tour takes you to the site of the Eastland Disaster, the worst accident in the history of Great Lakes shipping. Using our new app that features more than 70 historic images, CHM’s Vice President of Interpretation and Education John Russick guides you through the tragic events of July 24, 1915, and the new safety regulations that followed. Whether you are visiting Chicago or walk along the river every day, this experience will give you a new perspective of the waterway that winds through our city.

Participants must download the app at prior to tour. Tour runs 1.5–2 hours.

$40, $30 members

Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 a.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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