The History


CHICAGO IS ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST CITIES, and millions of tourists visit every year. Every day, thousands of residents, commuters, and tourists walk past the site of the Eastland Disaster and don't even know it. Take a look at what the site of the Disaster looks like today.

The Eastland was docked near the Clark Street Bridge, the bow a mere nineteen feet from the wharf. Before the lines were cast, the ship rolled portside into the Chicago River where it came to rest in a muddy 20 feet of water. More than 2,500 passengers and crew members were on board, filled with anticipation for the day's excursion and picnic. In just minutes, 844 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families.

Scan today's scene of the Disaster yourself from the LaSalle Street Bridge.

Scan today's view from Upper Wacker Drive.