New Documentary

Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day

Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day is underwritten exclusively by the Chicago Marine Heritage Society and its chairman, Capt. Dave Truitt.

Eastland: Chicago's Deadliest Day is the dramatic story of how hundreds of immigrant factory workers and their families, setting out for leisurely summer cruise, died aboard a heavily loaded steamship that tipped over while still tied to the dock in downtown Chicago... and how the rich and powerful who were responsible got away with it.

First-generation relatives of victims recount how the tragedy affected their families for decades while original court documents dug out of the National Archives reveal that the Eastland’s owners knew of the ship’s stability problems months before the disaster yet rolled the dice as innocent immigrant passengers boarded on July 24, 1915 for a Western Electric company picnic.


This will be your opportunity to see "Eastland" on the big screen in surround sound! Seating is very limited (capacity 296), with tickets available only to current members of EDHS. (If you do not have a paid, active membership with EDHS, please follow the Become A Member link in the left margin of this page.)

Television premiere

  • Thursday evening, July 25, beginning at 8 p.m. on WTTW/Channel-11
  • Saturday evening, July 27, beginning at 7 p.m. on WTTW Prime/Channel-11.2

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