History & Culture

Ca. 1885, view of Lake Vista with the Administration Building to the left, the Hotel Florence in the rear center, and the Arcade Building to the right.
Ca. 1885, view of Lake Vista with the Administration Building to the left, the Hotel Florence in the rear center, and the Arcade Building to the right.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

Pullman National Monument was designated by President Barack Obama on February 19, 2015, making it the first National Park Service unit in Chicago. The park tells the story of one of the first planned industrial communities in the United States, the sleeping car magnate who helped create it, and the workers who lived there. The district is significant for its influence on urban planning and design, as well as its role in American labor history, including the 1894 Pullman Strike and Boycott.

Located in what is now the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago, the historic district includes the site of the former Pullman Palace Car Works shops and administration building, the Hotel Florence (named after George Pullman's eldest child), Arcade Park. and the Greenstone Church (currently the Greenstone United Methodist Church). Also within the district is the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, named for the prominent leader A. Philip Randolph, which recognizes and explores African American labor history.

The National Park Service works with many partners to administer the site, and most homes are private residences.
 
Photo of Pullman factory workers leaving the factory grounds, taken from above.

Stories

Learn about the important history and stories about Pullman.

A photo portrait of George M. Pullman in black and white.

People

Learn about key figures in Pullman history.

A photo of Pullman brick rowhouses in the fall with fall trees and various floral landscapes.

Places

Find out about the historic places that make Pullman National Monument.

Last updated: March 7, 2021

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11001 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL 60628

Phone:

773-468-9310
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