Chicago's Shipwreck, Liquor, and Movies

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

 
 

Online

1:00 AM

FREE

About

Ride Chicago's commuter train 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.


You'll also learn about Hawthorne Works, a factory complex of the Western Electric Company in Cicero, Illinois, and you'll see recently unearthed films depicting the Eastland tragedy.


Watch this virtual tour live on Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page.

 

Virtual Tour FAQs

How Do I Watch?

Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.

 

(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)

Can I Get a Reminder?

Yes! If you'd like an email reminder, register here for the event at least 24 hours before it begins.

Can I Watch Later?

Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.

 

In short: it's a good idea to watch live.

How Do I Tip?

If you'd like to make a donation or tip, you may do so either 

Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.

 

Thank you! 💙

 

What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:

  • HD video

  • High-quality photos

  • Expertly designed animated slideshows

  • Clips and screengrabs

  • Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)

  • Vintage newspaper articles and ads

  • Classic movie fan magazine excerpts

  • Well-researched commentary

 

Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.