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East Chicago, Illinois

Asbestos Exposure in East Chicago, IL

Located on the far south side of Chicago, between the Calumet River and the Illinois-Indiana state line, East Chicago is one of 77 official community areas of Chicago, Illinois. The East Chicago neighborhood has its own park on Lake Michigan, Calumet Park, and its own forest preserve, Eggers Woods.

The East Chicago community got its name based on its location on the east bank of the Calumet River. Since its early days, East Chicago was socially and economically dependent on the river and the jobs that the river supported. In the early 20th century, a grouping of riverside docks and slips formed the bustling Port of Chicago. Rail lines ran adjacent to the river, making East Chicago a very desirable industrial site. Republic Steel, American Steel, Mobil Oil Company, and Inland Steel Company opened facilities on the river. Additional business became drawn to the area, such as E.I. Du Pont De Nemours, Harbison-Walker Refractories Company, and Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company. Although steel mills and heavy industries are no longer the mainstay of the East Chicago neighborhood, the area has shifted into a growing suburban community with direct access to the facilities and attractions of downtown Chicago.

East Chicago’s manufacturing and industrial settings place the community in a high risk category for asbestos exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos in East Chicago, you may benefit by seeking counsel from a mesothelioma attorney.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in East Chicago

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in East Chicago where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • American Steel
  • Cities Service Oil Company
  • E.B. Lanman Company
  • E.I. Du Pont De Nemours
  • General American Transportation Corporation
  • Graver Construction Company
  • Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
  • Imperial Electric Company
  • Inland Steel Company
  • Linde Air Products Company (Union Carbide & Carbon Corporation)
  • LTV Steel
  • Mobil Oil Company
  • Sinclair Oil Refinery - Powerhouse
  • Socony Mobil Oil Company
  • Standard Forging
  • U.S. Gypsum Corporation
  • U.S. Reduction
  • Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in East Chicago, Illinois

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Illinois, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in Illinois

Pillsbury Mills Plant Partner Faces Indictment For Improper Asbestos Removal

A partner who helped with the demolition of the former Pillsbury Mills plant is facing federal indictment for improper asbestos removal.

Over 200 Chicago Public Schools Face The Threat of Asbestos

About 200 Chicago Public Schools face the threat of asbestos health hazards inside their buildings.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 20, 2017
Emily Walsh

The Importance of Grief Counseling for Mesothelioma Patients and Families

“Mesothelioma is a disease that comes with a grim outlook with only an average of 8% of patients who survive five years after their diagnosis. Because it has such a poor prognosis, a big part of treating mesothelioma – or any form of cancer, really – includes addressing mental impact it has on patients and their family members.”