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Chicago's Shipwreck, Liquor, and Movies

Learn about the S.S. Eastland tragedy via a suburban Chicago speakeasy and film


In the virtual tour below, ride Chicago's commuter train with us to the unique house of a cigar maker and "blind pig" owner who lost family in the S.S. Eastland disaster, a shipwreck that killed 800 passengers before it ever left the Chicago River.

Along the way, you'll also learn about Hawthorne Works, a factory complex of the Western Electric Company in Cicero, Illinois.

Finally, you'll see recently unearthed and painstakingly restored films that depict the aftermath of the Eastland tragedy.

This virtual tour was streamed live on Facebook in July 2023.

Watch Full Virtual Tour (25 min.)

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