Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation Since 1973, the 501(c)(3) not for profit Historic Pullman Foundation has provided for preservation, restoration, education and research activities in the Pullman Historic Landmark District - now the Pullman National Monument.

The Town of Pullman, IL was one of the nation's first planned industrial communities, built in 1881 by George M. Pullman, President of Pullman's Palace Car Company. He decided to develop a model community, a total environment, superior to that available to the working class elsewhere. By so doing, he hoped to avoid strikes, attract the most skilled workers and attain greater productivity as a resu

The Town of Pullman, IL was one of the nation's first planned industrial communities, built in 1881 by George M. Pullman, President of Pullman's Palace Car Company. He decided to develop a model community, a total environment, superior to that available to the working class elsewhere. By so doing, he hoped to avoid strikes, attract the most skilled workers and attain greater productivity as a resu

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"You see the outside and you truly can't imagine what's inside behind those doors," said Pullman resident Margaret Kania...
10/08/2021
Look Inside Historical Pullman Homes This Weekend At 48th Annual House Tour Event

"You see the outside and you truly can't imagine what's inside behind those doors," said Pullman resident Margaret Kania, in Block Club Chicago's story previewing this weekend's Annual Historic Pullman House Tour. Online ticket sales have closed, but House Tour tickets are still available "at the door" Saturday and Sunday. Join us for a beautiful fall weekend in Pullman! https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/10/08/look-inside-historic-pullman-homes-this-weekend-at-48th-annual-house-tour-event/

"You see the outside and you truly can't imagine what's inside behind those doors," said Pullman resident Margaret Kania, who attended the house tours for many years before moving there. Her home is featured in the tour this year.

Check out this Choose Chicago article for a number of excellent upcoming opportunities to visit Pullman! Our First Sunda...
10/01/2021
Take a walking tour of Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood | Choose Chicago

Check out this Choose Chicago article for a number of excellent upcoming opportunities to visit Pullman! Our First Sunday Walking Tour is this Sunday, October 3, for just $15 or $10 for seniors and students. And the Historic Pullman House Tour is coming up next weekend, October 9-10. We look forward to seeing you soon in Pullman! Learn more about upcoming events and register on our website, pullmanil.org.

https://www.choosechicago.com/blog/neighborhoods-blog/take-a-walking-tour-of-chicagos-pullman-neighborhood/

Welcome to our new series of self-guided Chicago Greeter tours, presented by Bank of America. Each walking tour is created by a knowledgeable local to…

Join us this Sunday, Oct. 3, to experience autumn in Pullman! It's our final First Sunday Walking Tour of the season, an...
09/29/2021
First Sunday Walking Tour - October

Join us this Sunday, Oct. 3, to experience autumn in Pullman! It's our final First Sunday Walking Tour of the season, and a beautiful time of year to visit. On our 90-minute walking tour, you'll learn about Pullman's history and restoration as you stroll the historic district with knowledgeable docents. Learn more and pre-register today! https://www.pullmanil.org/event/first-sunday-walking-tour-october/

Knowledgeable docents will tell the story of Pullman's history and restoration, as visitors stroll the streets of this unique community.

09/16/2021
Pullman's Grand Opening Weekend

Whether you missed the grand opening of Pullman National Monument and Pullman State Historic Site, or you made it and want to relive it, watch this video for a replay of the weekend's celebrations and events. Then check out https://www.pullmanil.org/events/list/ for more opportunities to visit Pullman in October!

Can you believe October is just around the corner? It's a wonderful time to visit Pullman, with both our First Sunday Wa...
09/14/2021

Can you believe October is just around the corner? It's a wonderful time to visit Pullman, with both our First Sunday Walking Tour October 3, and the 48th Annual Historic Pullman House Tour October 9-10 (co-sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization). Make a day of it by including a visit to the newly opened Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site. Register for these events on our website today: https://www.pullmanil.org/events/list/.

(Photo by Eric Allix Rogers.)

Can you believe October is just around the corner? It's a wonderful time to visit Pullman, with both our First Sunday Walking Tour October 3, and the 48th Annual Historic Pullman House Tour October 9-10 (co-sponsored by Pullman Civic Organization). Make a day of it by including a visit to the newly opened Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site. Register for these events on our website today: https://www.pullmanil.org/events/list/.

(Photo by Eric Allix Rogers.)

Keep the celebration rolling tonight at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum’s Urban Renaissance Event,...
09/06/2021

Keep the celebration rolling tonight at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum’s Urban Renaissance Event, with music and performances by Coffee Jazz Collective, sip and paint, DJ KOOL ANT and more, til 9 pm!

Today is the big day! We look forward to seeing you all soon! Come help us celebrate Labor Day in Pullman National Monument, National Park Service!

#TheUrbanRenaissance
#TheMovementMovesOn
#HistoryInTheMaking

Thanks again to all the volunteers, new and long timers, who came out to support grand opening weekend! You made this po...
09/06/2021

Thanks again to all the volunteers, new and long timers, who came out to support grand opening weekend! You made this possible, and it came from the heart.

Thanks again to all the volunteers, new and long timers, who came out to support grand opening weekend! You made this possible, and it came from the heart.

We enjoyed hosting everyone at our Pullman Exhibit Hall this weekend, from artist Mitch Markovitz (The Art of Mitch Mark...
09/06/2021

We enjoyed hosting everyone at our Pullman Exhibit Hall this weekend, from artist Mitch Markovitz (The Art of Mitch Markovitz) to the Illinois Labor History Society, and all of our regular and new visitors. You truly made it a GRAND opening weekend for Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site.

We had a blast today with everyone who turned out *and* helped out with the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, ...
09/05/2021

We had a blast today with everyone who turned out *and* helped out with the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site! Special shout-out to American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc., Metra and Amtrak for making it possible to bring several beautiful, Pullman-built rail cars here for the occasion. They were such a hit that tomorrow we plan to offer more tour times! Come on out and join us for the fun! https://www.pullmanil.org/event/saturday-and-sunday/2021-09-05/

It’s grand opening weekend! If you're planning a visit Pullman, we highly encourage you to take public transportation. T...
09/04/2021
Event Details (U.S. National Park Service)

It’s grand opening weekend! If you're planning a visit Pullman, we highly encourage you to take public transportation. The Metra Electric Line serves Pullman at the 111th Street/Pullman station, along with stations at 103rd Street, 107th Street, and and 115th Street. Numerous Chicago Transit Authority bus routes and two Divvy stations also serve the area. The Regional Transportation Authority Trip Planner at rtachicago.org can help you find the best public transportation route for you.

A shuttle will circulate throughout the weekend with stops at key locations, including overflow parking lots at Gately Park, 810 E. 103rd St.; US Bank, 1000 E. 111th St.; and the north lot at House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St (not available on Sunday). The shuttle will run on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Visitor Center lot will be reserved for accessible parking only; enter from 111th Street near Champlain Avenue.

Find more details on the weekend's schedule on PNM’ website: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?id=766E7464-0403-85EC-CEE4262BE0DF847D

Historic Pullman-built rail cars will be at the 111th Street Metra Electric Station today and tomorrow for Pullman's Gra...
09/04/2021

Historic Pullman-built rail cars will be at the 111th Street Metra Electric Station today and tomorrow for Pullman's Grand Opening--and they are gorgeous! Ticketed tours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are available with a suggested donation at the Information Tent, near the southeast corner of 111th and Cottage Grove. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations will benefit Historic Pullman Foundation, the nonprofit partner to Pullman National Monument, National Park Service.

https://www.pullmanil.org/event/tour-historic-pullman-built-rail-cars-on-grand-opening-weekend/2021-09-04/

Historic Pullman Foundation commissioned artist Mitch Markovitz to create this beautiful poster to commemorate this week...
09/04/2021

Historic Pullman Foundation commissioned artist Mitch Markovitz to create this beautiful poster to commemorate this weekend’s grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site. Join us at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, at our Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., to meet Mitch, purchase a poster (proceeds benefiting HPF), and get it signed by the artist himself. Stay for the music of DJ Kelwin and snacks from local food trucks. #PullmanGrandOpening

Historic Pullman Foundation commissioned artist Mitch Markovitz to create this beautiful poster to commemorate this weekend’s grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site. Join us at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 5, at our Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., to meet Mitch, purchase a poster (proceeds benefiting HPF), and get it signed by the artist himself. Stay for the music of DJ Kelwin and snacks from local food trucks. #PullmanGrandOpening

We are live until 10 a.m. with WGN Morning News Around town with Ana Belaval! Tune in live for more coverage of the gran...
09/03/2021

We are live until 10 a.m. with WGN Morning News Around town with Ana Belaval! Tune in live for more coverage of the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site!

https://wgntv.com/on-air/live-streaming/

We are live until 10 a.m. with WGN Morning News Around town with Ana Belaval! Tune in live for more coverage of the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site!

https://wgntv.com/on-air/live-streaming/

“As we celebrate the opening of Pullman National Monument, we also celebrate the power of working together,” said Nation...
09/02/2021
Press Releases | National Park Foundation

“As we celebrate the opening of Pullman National Monument, we also celebrate the power of working together,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “When Pullman National Monument was designated in 2015, the core feature of the site, the historic Clock Tower, and the surrounding grounds required significant restoration. The National Park Foundation, generous donors including a lead gift from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, committed partners, and Pullman community members stepped up to provide critical investment and expertise to the project. The result is that we are together preserving and sharing Pullman’s unique history for generations to come.”

Read this press release from National Park Foundation about the grand opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site taking place this weekend.
https://www.nationalparks.org/about-foundation/newsroom/press-releases

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The Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site is just two days away, on September 4-5, 2021. Pl...
09/02/2021

The Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site is just two days away, on September 4-5, 2021. Plan to visit Pullman that weekend as we celebrate this special milestone. Historic Pullman Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity. Without them, the weekend’s festivities would not be possible:

Presenting Sponsors Amtrak and Metra
Gold Sponsors Amazon.com and Pullman Bank & Trust
Silver Sponsors BNSF Railway and American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors Pritzker Traubert Foundation, SC Johnson, A Family Company, and U.S. Bank
Iron Sponsor Gotham Greens

The Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site is just two days away, on September 4-5, 2021. Plan to visit Pullman that weekend as we celebrate this special milestone. Historic Pullman Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity. Without them, the weekend’s festivities would not be possible:

Presenting Sponsors Amtrak and Metra
Gold Sponsors Amazon.com and Pullman Bank & Trust
Silver Sponsors BNSF Railway and American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc.
Bronze Sponsors Pritzker Traubert Foundation, SC Johnson, A Family Company, and U.S. Bank
Iron Sponsor Gotham Greens

If you're planning to be in Pullman this weekend for the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Servi...
09/02/2021

If you're planning to be in Pullman this weekend for the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site, stop by the Block House Gallery, 11137 S. Langley, for PullmanArts new exhibit "Just Laying Around," a debut solo show by JustFanni. Hours below.

Enjoy this wonderful piece by the Chicago Tribune featuring Pullman's history, the decades of work by Pullman residents ...
09/01/2021
Pullman Monument supporters hope Labor Day opening of historic clock tower and factory grounds brings recognition and investment

Enjoy this wonderful piece by the Chicago Tribune featuring Pullman's history, the decades of work by Pullman residents and stakeholders including Historic Pullman Foundation to preserve this place, and the significance of the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site this weekend. https://www.chicagotribune.com/history/ct-pullman-national-monument-labor-day-20210901-rh3g6dmlzzbj5ihyhnoap6fiju-story.html

In Pullman, the history of railway innovation meets with the history of the labor struggle, the civil rights movement, immigration and urban planning.

We want to send a huge THANK YOU today to our many volunteers who have been busy sprucing up HPF's Pullman Exhibit Hall ...
08/31/2021

We want to send a huge THANK YOU today to our many volunteers who have been busy sprucing up HPF's Pullman Exhibit Hall and community areas for grand opening weekend. Your time, labor and love are so appreciated! #PullmanProud #pullmangrandopening

08/29/2021

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, those in the Pullman area are welcome to join a community clean-up event to help prepare for the grand opening of Pullman National Monument, National Park Service and Pullman State Historic Site, hosted by Citizens for a Cleaner Chicago, Chicago Police Department, CAPS Broom and Bloom team, and other organizations from the 9th Ward. The clean-up starts at 9 a.m. both days at 108th & Cottage Grove. Organizers encourage attendees to wear clothes that can get dirty, and they will supply participants with PPE (gloves and masks).

Contact Joseph Huggins for more information: 3125471294 or [email protected].

Thanks to our loyal corp of nearly 25 Pullman volunteers who over 3 hours sorted and packed nearly 14,000 items into 600...
08/28/2021

Thanks to our loyal corp of nearly 25 Pullman volunteers who over 3 hours sorted and packed nearly 14,000 items into 600 Pullman National Monument Labor Day "swag bags". This mountain of bags was a small sample of what had yet not been packed into nearly 25 tubs and boxes. Thanks also to all who coordinated soliciting donations and then the delivery and reciept of the items.

Thanks to our loyal corp of nearly 25 Pullman volunteers who over 3 hours sorted and packed nearly 14,000 items into 600 Pullman National Monument Labor Day "swag bags". This mountain of bags was a small sample of what had yet not been packed into nearly 25 tubs and boxes. Thanks also to all who coordinated soliciting donations and then the delivery and reciept of the items.

In case you missed it: Check out WTTW Chicago Tonight's feature on Pullman, with host Geoffrey Baer offering a first loo...
08/26/2021
A Look at the Pullman National Monument Ahead of its Labor Day Weekend Opening

In case you missed it: Check out WTTW Chicago Tonight's feature on Pullman, with host Geoffrey Baer offering a first look at the new Pullman National Monument, National Park Service Visitor Center. https://news.wttw.com/2021/08/25/look-pullman-national-monument-ahead-its-labor-day-weekend-opening

Six years ago President Barack Obama named the Pullman neighborhood a national monument. On Labor Day weekend, a new visitor center in the century-old clock tower will finally open. Geoffrey Baer visited Pullman to get an exclusive first look.

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11141 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL
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accessible by Metra Electric via the 111th Street station; by CTA via 95th street station and #4 Cottage Grove bus

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PLEASE NOTE TEMPORARY HOURS ...The Pullman National Monument shared Visitor Information Center is open during posted hours, Friday - Sunday, 11am - 3pm. The Visitor Center is FREE to the public. Groups over 10 people are required to make an advance reservation. For information or to leave a message contact the Historic Pullman Foundation 773-785-8901, or Pullman National Monument 773-468-9310.

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PRESENTATION IN PULLMAN ON SUNDAY (tomorrow) Click to see the article in today's Block Club newsletter: https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/02/08/down-our-own-streets-roselands-role-in-underground-railroad-detailed-in-sunday-presentation/
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Had a great time today with Curious City co-hosting a Biketropolis Graceland Cemetery cycling tour. I covered George Pullman, his early career raising houses, Cold Springs Ranch/Pullman Switch, The Town of Pullman, The Strike, Pullman Porters, and Eugene Debs. Relive https://www.relive.cc/view/2493205191 Strava https://strava.app.link/KIA4H7zSWX Photo Album https://m.facebook.com/tom.limon.3/albums/10156997639310622
MY STUDENTS PAINTED A MURAL ABOUT PULLMAN HISTORY IN PILLMAN SCHOOL.
WHY THE WORK ON CHANGE IN CHICAGO GOVERNMENT HAS JUST BEGUN To bring some sobering reality to the hip-hop euphoria of an Andre Vasquez (formerly the hip-hop artist know as Prime) achieving Tuesday what Rhymefest (aka Che Smith) narrowly came chose to achieving four years ago in upsetting a thoroughly amoral Democratic machine born in hateration against our urban fine arts community, Unkel Mawk wishes to throw some sobering science into the game: *In a legendary 1969 speech at Olivet Baptist Church on Chicago’s Low End, or Near South Side, some weeks before his assassination. Chairman Fred Hampton of the Illinois Black Panther Party observed that having black folk in high office doesn’t assure that they’ll innately look after the interests of the vast majority of chaka zulu brothers and sisters. He illustrated with several examples on shore and off-shore, the Nkrumahs and Duvaliers among the example he cited. Chairman Fred posthumously evolved into a prophet after Harold died and his legislative crew were left to pursue their own self-centered and self-serving paths in public service. See excerpy at https://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/fhamptonspeech.html. Likewise, having folk revered in elected office revered and embraced in hip-hop doesn’t assure that they’ll innate look after the interests of the vast majority of hip-hopheads as voters, taxpayers and businessfolk. To wit, 1) Detroit’s most disgraced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, identified himself as the Hip-Hop Mayor without doing a blasted thing for heads in the Motor City, is begging the Feds. With hat in hand to reduce his 28-year sentence on multiple corruption charges; 2) At the time of the 1996 Democratic National Hip-Hop Convention at the United Center—when Billary Clinton was bashing hip-hop indirectly from the convention floor, Philly slumlady and feminist Democratic Party opportunist Dolores Tucker had bewitched a clueless U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Chicago) into backing a most predatory witch hunt on hip-hop and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) was the only one speaking up for us—VIBE magazine unilaterally declared U.S. Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago) and Harold Ford Jr. (D-Michigan) the “hip-hop politicians.” Ford, who would’ve been a Blue Dog super-delegate to that nominating gathering was nowhere to be found to response to that labeling, and we were advised that he was more singularly a “house kinda guy.” During a special news conference with the black media (I was the only print journalist at the time who bothered to file published stories from and around the convention hall, providing pool print urban media coverage for the likes of The Source), when my electronic media colleagues were too mortified to ask him the hard questions, I asked JJJ what he had done to earn the VIBE-bestowed title and what he was going to do about the Tucker-led witch hunt to live up to that title. JJJ first glared at us as if I had called him out of his name and then repeated in a major cow of a huff, “These rappers better get themselves together and organize themselves.” Now his words had a basic ring of truth to them, AND the problem was that JJJ didn’t include ALL of hip-hop in his angry advice, nor did he provide specific guidance to us on closing ranks to provide for our common defense. On our end in Chicago, we expedited things and made both Moseley-Braun and Tucker back off with the warning shot of promising to expose some very potentially damaging details of proto-MeToo moments concerning violations against campaign workers by Moseley-Braun’s then South Africa-originating fiancé. Also consider that today’s hip-hop artists, etc., who put themselves out there as queenmakers and kingmakers aren’t particularly aloof from status quo establishment politics that get in the way of progressive change. To wit, Consider that Chance the Rapper’s endorsements for both the nonpartisan municipal election and run-off got kicked to the curb in the polls. Compare with Rhymefest’s endorsee in the run-off election, who won an unprecedented landslide victory of carrying all 50 Chicago wards, which Harold could not achieve in his lifetime. Ergo, like Maya Angelou for blacks and other disaffected groups, they are more political philosophers and less political strategist for hip-hop. *The U.S. Constitution, via the First Amendment, in prohibiting Congress from abridging freedom of speech, infringing on freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble and from interfering with the right to petition representatives in government for redress of grievances, implies that we the People have the clear right and responsibility to assure that our public servants our accountable to us. That collective freedom is underscored in Early American state papers with references to the concept that those who govern us may only do so with consent of those of us they govern. The Illinois Bill of Rights, Art. 1, spells that right and obligation out in Sec. 23, the Fundamental Principles clause. SUCCINCT MORAL: Our public servants—elected, appointed and hired—shall only suit hip-hop’s purposes and needs when actively compel them to do so. So as Jeanette Beatrice Taylor-Azeez, alderwoman-elected of the rehabilitating 20th Ward says, it’s not enough for us to be in spirit in the Chicago City Council Chamber, the Fifth Floor and other influential portions of Chicago City Hall AND the Cook County Bldg. to boot. We MUST physically be all over than civic complex to Ida B. Wells-Barnett agitate, Agitate, AGITATE, like we did for Phase 1 of New Council, i.e. getting Lori Lightfoot and a true progressive aldermanic caucus elected to City Council. In stubborn pursuit of power of, by and for the People, I continue to be my late father’s son, Mark F. Armstrong, Team Leader CHICAGO URBAN FINE ARTS COMMONWEALTH
Great history!!!
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Where can we see official photos of the 2017 House Tour?
Someone mentioned there being a couple of menus from the Hotel Florence from the 1920s? I'd like to create a recipe book of vintage recipes from early Pullman and these would come in handy! TIA!