Special Event

Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site

Fee: Free.

Please note that events taking place at Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and State Historic Site will be free. Events will be taking place throughout the broader community led by partners, and some of those activities may have a separate cost.

Location: LAT/LONG: 41.694310, -87.608640


11001 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago IL

Dates & Times

Date:

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Time:

10:00 AM

Duration:

6 hours

Type of Event

Guided Tour
 

Activities on Saturday occur 10 AM - 6PM (CST) and activities on Sunday occur 9AM - 4PM (CST).


Description

Join us Labor Day Weekend 2021 for the Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and Pullman State Historic Site Factory Grounds! We welcome the public to attend a celebratory weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5. 

See below for a full schedule of activities. 

Please note that timed tickets for guided tours of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, tours of the first floor of historic Hotel Florence, and tours of historic Pullman-built rail cars will be available on the day-of, on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets, stop at the Information Tent, which will be located at 111th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue. The tent will be open Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. until tickets run out. 

Face coverings will be required for all indoor activities, including the rail car tours, and at outdoor events where social distancing cannot be maintained, regardless of vaccination status. We will post updates about current guidelines on our website, Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site (nps.gov). Please note that we may need to adjust some of the scheduled activities to account for current guidelines. 

We strongly encourage visitors to take public transportation to the event to avoid traffic. The Metra Electric Line serves Pullman at four stops: 103rd Street, 107th Street, 111th Street, and 115th Street. A free event shuttle will make stops at 103rd and Gately Park, the 107th Street Metra Electric Station, and the 111th Street Metra Electric Station, as well as key event destinations. Numerous Chicago Transit Authority bus routes and two Divvy stations also serve the area. The Regional Transportation Authority Trip Planner can help you find the best public transportation route for you: Regional Transportation Authority (rtachicago.org)

Two parking lots will be available, as well, with shuttle stops at both lots: Gately Park, 810 E. 103rd St., and House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St. Street parking will be available on numerous streets throughout the district. 

Follow us on social media at #PullmanGrandOpening

 

Saturday  

9AM -11:30AM Car caravan, hosted by Pullman Civic Organization (PCO), Ald. Anthony Beale (9th Ward), Calumet Area Industrial Commission, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce. Line-up at 9 a.m. at House of Hope, depart at 10:30 a.m. Must register in advance at pullmancarcaravan@gmail.com

10AM- 4PM Guided tours of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, hosted by National Park Service (free tickets available day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove) %

10AM - 4PM Guided tours of Hotel Florence (first floor), hosted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources & National Park Service (no tours between 12-12:30 p.m.; free tickets available day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove) % 

10AM - 4PM Tours of historic Pullman-built rail cars, sponsored by American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Amtrak, and Metra, and hosted by Historic Pullman Foundation. (tickets are available with a suggested donation day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove, proceeds benefiting Historic Pullman Foundation) 

10AM - 4PM Programming at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (also hosting the Urban Renaissance event from 2 to 9 p.m. on Monday, 10406 S. Maryland Ave.)

10AM - 3PM Interpretive programs hosted by National Park Service, including Songs and Stories of the National Parks, Science, Industry and Labor in the NPS, Railroad and Labor Songs, Interpretive Dance, Rosie the Riveter, and Mother Jones: Solidarity and the 1894 Pullman Strike (at the Main Tent at the historic Pullman Factory Site, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.) %

10AM - 4PM Partners providing information (at the Main Tent at the historic Pullman Factory Site, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

10AM - 3PM New exhibits and self-guided tour maps, provided by Historic Pullman Foundation (free maps available at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove, and at Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

11AM & 2PM Walking tours of Pullman, hosted by Illinois Labor History Society (free tickets available day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove) 

11:30AM - 2:30PM Food trucks, DJ, Jumping Juniors (noon), Jesse White Tumblers (1 p.m.), Megan McNeal (1:30 p.m.), hosted by Pullman Civic Organization, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th Ward), Calumet Area Industrial Commission, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce (outside Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

12PM-4PM Block House Gallery “Just Laying Around” exhibit (Pullman Artspace Lofts, 11137 S. Langley Ave.)

12:30PM-5PM Open house and historic organ concerts at Greenstone United Methodist Church (11211 S. St. Lawrence Ave.)

4PM - 6PM Pullman Good Neighbor Awards, including live music by the Mudcats and food trucks (at the Main Tent at the historic Pullman Factory Site, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

 

Sunday 

9AM  First Responder Honor Ceremony, hosted by National Park Service (at the historic Pullman Factory Site, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.) %

10AM- 4PM Guided tours of Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, hosted by National Park Service (free tickets available day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove) %

10AM - 4PM Guided tours of Hotel Florence (first floor), hosted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources & National Park Service (no tours between 12-12:30 p.m.; free tickets available day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove) % 

10AM - 4PM Tours of historic Pullman-built rail cars, sponsored by American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Amtrak, and Metra, and hosted by Historic Pullman Foundation. (tickets are available with a suggested donation day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove, proceeds benefiting Historic Pullman Foundation) 

10AM - 4PM Programming at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (also hosting the Urban Renaissance event from 2 to 9 p.m. on Monday, 10406 S. Maryland Ave.)

10AM - 3PM Interpretive programs hosted by National Park Service, including Songs and Stories of the National Parks, Science, Industry and Labor in the NPS, Railroad and Labor Songs, Interpretive Dance,Rosie the Riveter, and Mother Jones: Solidarity and the 1894 Pullman Strike (at the Main Tent at the historic Pullman Factory Site, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.) %

10AM-4PM Partners providing information (at the Main Tent at the historic Pullman Factory Site, 11001 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

10AM - 3PM New exhibits and self-guided tour maps, provided by Historic Pullman Foundation (free maps available at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove, and at Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

11AM & 2PM Walking tours of Pullman, hosted by Illinois Labor History Society (free tickets available day-of at the Information Tent, 111th and Cottage Grove)

12PM-4PM Block House Gallery “Just Laying Around” exhibit (Pullman Artspace Lofts, 11137 S. Langley Ave.)

12:30PM-5PM Open house and historic organ concerts at Greenstone United Methodist Church

1PM Meet Mitch Markovitz, the artist behind a new commemorative Pullman poster, hosted by Historic Pullman Foundation (at Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)

 

Monday

Keep the good times rolling on Monday afternoon with partner activities in Pullman. 
 
11AM Watch the livestream of the ribbon-cutting on Pullman National Monument's Facebook page
 
12:30PM, 3:00PM Historic Organ Concerts & BBQ at Greenstone United Methodist Church (11211 S. St. Lawrence Ave.) 
 
1PM-4PM "Just Laying Around" Exhibit at Block House Gallery at Pullman Artspace Lofts (11137 S. Langley Ave.) 
 
1PM-2PM Pullman Morris & Sword English country dance team, Arcade Park (11132 S. St. Lawrence Ave.) 
 
2PM-9PM The Urban Renaissance hosted at National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (10406 S. Maryland Ave.), featuring free live music and outdoor concerts 
 

 

Event partners: American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Amtrak, Bielenberg Historic Pullman House Foundation, Calumet Area Industrial Commission, Calumet Collaborative, Calumet Heritage Area, Chicago Federation of Labor, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, City of Chicago 9th Ward, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, CN, Eugene V. Debs Foundation, Far South Chicago Coalition Forest Preserves of Cook County, Friends of Big Marsh, Gately Park, Girls Inc., Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce, Greenstone United Methodist Church, HIRE 360, Historic Pullman Foundation, Historic Pullman Garden Club, House of Chloe, House of Hope, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Labor History Society Illinois Railway Museum, Metra, Mother Jones Heritage Project, National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, National Park Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, National Park Service, Preservation Chicago, Pullman Arts, Pullman Civic Organization, Pullman National Monument Preservation Society, Rosemoor Community Association, Snapology, South Suburban Genealogical Society, and Union Pacific.

 

% mobility, sight, and hearing accommodations available  

 

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Sue Bennett
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