Tragedy struck the city of Chicago #onthisday in 1915. The luxury steamer Eastland capsized while docked on the bank of the Chicago river killing over 840 people. The quick excursion to Michigan City, IN was setup for employees of the Western Electric company. The boat had been purchased three years earlier after undergoing extensive modifications that left it dangerously top heavy. To make matters worse, the push to make boats safer after the Titanic disaster prompted the owners to equip the vessel with far too many life boats, which were stored on the top deck. When the boat was filled to capacity it only took a matter of minutes for her to list and completely capsize. This great catastrophe still remains the largest single loss of life in the city's history. These images from @chicagomuseum show the boat as it sat in the river on July 24, 1915. 🚢🚢 #history#chicagohistory#chicagohistorymuseum#libraries#tragedy#eastlanddisaster#igchicago#chicago#historic#maritime#maritimehistory#chicagoriver
The prettiest building in all of Chicago. Fun fact: when the building first opened there was an observatory deck on the 26th floor in the clock tower; admission was 5 cents and included a piece of Wrigley gum.
On July 24, 1915, the SS Eastland, a passenger ship bound for a company picnic on Lake Michigan, rolled over onto its side while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, drowning 844 passengers and crew in 20 feet of water within the span of a few minutes in the middle of an otherwise normal day in downtown Chicago. The dead were taken to various temporary morgues in the vicinity- including Harpo Studios, which is said to have been haunted by their ghosts. These people still linger along a train wall in Pilsen - I ride past them going to work each day #trainwall#graffitiart#chicagohistory#eastlanddisaster#viktorvalasek
1. Louis Sullivan, interior ornament for Carson Pirie Scott department store, Chicago, 1898. This is typical of his complex decorative work; the metal is patinated to appear weatherbeaten, further bringing nature indoors. Note that Frank Lloyd Wright had left Sullivan's office. *** 2. Elevator grille attributed to Sullivan, Chicago Stock Exchange, 1895. Wright was Sullivan's assistant to 1893 and the simple abstraction of nature seems to be him revising his 'dear Master.' #franklloydwright#louissullivan#brooklynmuseum#chicagohistory#chicagosigns