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Eastland Boat Disaster (1915)

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  • Burn and learn: Running tours of Chicago kick off this weekend

    Chuck Betzold, the man I once christened "Geoffrey Baer in spongy shoes," will kick off this year's series of "historical fun runs" Sunday morning with a jogging tour of Bridgeport and the Illinois Michigan Canal. Our run begins with a...
  • Remarkable Woman: Marjorie Stueckemann

    Remarkable Woman: Marjorie Stueckemann
    Marjorie Sladek Stueckemann grew up largely unfamiliar with her Bohemian heritage. It was only after retiring as a science teacher in 2001 that she got involved. Immersed might be a better word. Her curiosity led her to research her roots, which in...

    Eastland survivors dedicate plaque

    Eastland survivors dedicate plaque
    Libby Hruby can still remember exactly how her sister pulled her out of the SS Eastland and saved her from drowning when the vessel capsized 88 years ago in the Chicago River. "Somehow she got into position and I put my hand up, and she pulled me closer,...