Pullman Historic District

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Pullman Historic District
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ADbomtony
New York City, NY127 contributions
There is a small museum with Pullman history, and artifacts. You can visit the hotel, the visitor center, and the historic pullman train car (at 111th St Metra station). Unfortunately, we could not get into any of them as they were sold out. There is a historic church and landmarked homes around the monument.

The monument is being restored as many of the original buildings were destroyed/burned.

Recommended if you are a train buff.
Written September 12, 2021
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kmz88
Chicago, IL362 contributions
It is a unique and beautiful neighborhood. You forget that you're still in Chicago - it's so idyllic. The buildings are well maintained and it's great to walk through the beautiful street. The visitor center has a small museum. The NPS offers a free tour of the area, which we took. It was very nicely done. The people at the visitor center are very friendly and helpful.
Written November 9, 2020
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lauralei99
Chicago, Illinois24 contributions
In October, a dozen or so resident of homes in the historic Pullman district open their homes for house tours. People who love old homes will enjoy this immensely. The homes are kept as close as possible to the original architecture, and many are furnished with period-pieces.. At the Visitor Center, you purchase tickets (also available on-line at a discount), then receive a brochure which includes addresses and a map, and sometimes, histories of the participating homes. Pullman residents are stationed at the entrances, and also without the houses, to provide information about the specific structure.The porches, front yards and walkways are kept up and decorated beautifully, in both Fall and Halloween motifs. There was food available near the Center, with limited outdoor seating. It is possible to drive the tour route, but parking could be dicey, so I advise that you prepare to walk. One of the homes is used as a private art gallery, and two of the properties and Air bnbs. Also on tour, is another museum of sorts, in which a private collector has lovingly rescued and kept thousands of Pullman Car memorabilia. Both rail and history buffs should make sure to stop in.
Picture-taking is banned within the private homes.
Written January 8, 2020
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Cobhamanne
London, England, United Kingdom44 contributions
The Pullman District is fascinating despite the fact that key buildings were closed for renovation. George Pullman created a self-sufficient company town and invested in schools and social infrastructure for his employees and their families. Having grown up in Chicago, it took a visit home 25 years later to learn about it but I will be back, post-renovations, and when the weather is more inviting! It is definitely deserving of its status as a national monument.
Written December 11, 2019
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Shelli
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great grandfather and our grandfathers worked here, so we gathered family to tour. Our docent/ranger was AWESOME!!!!!! and he lives in Pullman!! what a fascinating and important piece of history in terms of American ingenuity and industrialism, the concept of company towns, and of course the labor movement in our country. it was a wonderful day!!!
Written November 7, 2019
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chooselocal44
Chicago, IL17 contributions
Enjoyed meeting and talking to residents and learning about the area but much more work needed to be done to make it a truly memorable experience.
Written November 4, 2019
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scbfmb2015
Chicago, IL5 contributions
Wonderful group of houses to view. The range from a fully detailed period interior (a museum actually) and rooming houses (another museum) to occupied houses that remain true to the period but still have a range of upgrades.
Written October 16, 2019
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Robert W
Park Ridge, IL3,121 contributions
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The town of Pullman was George Pullman's attempt at making a model company town, but it was close to ideal for the owner Pullman and much less ideal for his workers. The workers who built the railroad cars were white men and lived in pleasant brick buildings that they might not be able to afford without working for Pullman, but they paid rent on those buildings to Pullman and bought their groceries and other necessities from the company stores. George Pullman wanted every aspect to be efficient and profitable (each part self-sustaining and profitable for Pullman and his investors) and without unions or alcohol availability in the town. In 1894, a financial recession caused a decrease in demand for Pullman cars, so Pullman laid off many workers, severely decreased the wages of other workers. But the rent and other costs were not decreased. This led to the Pullman strike and riots. President Grover Cleveland sent in federal troops who shot many workers in the turmoil. Pullman porters were Black men who had been hired for their ability to act as servants. Those Pullman porter jobs were among the only decent jobs in Chicago area for Black men (outside of the killing jobs in the Chicago stockyards), but they worked anonymously as the customers on the sleepers were told to refer to all the Black porters as "George" (representing George Pullman). The Black porters did not live with the White workers, but lived instead across the tracks in a Black neighborhood. The Pullman porters were not involved in the 1893 strike and disorder. The Pullman porters did not unionize until 1937. I spent over an hour in the museum and then went on a tour of the neighborhood - led by a National Park Service guide.
Written August 2, 2019
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Jayjay099
Cartersville, GA584 contributions
Couples
Mr. Pullman had a Walt Disney visionary’s mind, the only difference was one built a theme park and the other a city😮 So much potential is at this once beautiful city. If you walk around you can see the park system is putting up a great fight to restore much of the grounds:) Other parts in my opinion simply will be left behind:( The homes close to the factories center are pure art work:) Others don’t have the same charm nor the owners love put into them to make them equal or better than they once were:( The area outside the park looks rough and worn out:( The rangers on duty MIGHT just be some of the best we’ve come across in our #111 parks visited:) So helpful:) So informative:) So engaging:) I really loved this visit! Looking forward to getting home and reading more about Mr. Pullman’s life.
Written July 6, 2019
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Mike N
Cuernavaca51 contributions
Friends
My South Side friends recommended this place many years ago--I'm glad it is not a National Monument. It's out-of-the-way, but well worth the trip. The temporary visitors' center has a great mural, and the free tour of the neighborhood was great. You have to use your imagination since the clock tower, factory, and Florence Hotel are all being restored and you cannot enter. People in the area are friendly--one man proudly let us into his house so we could see how it had been changed.
Written April 23, 2019
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