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19th Century Community of Pullman Village

Step into the 19th-century community of Pullman Village, one of America’s first and best industrial towns. We journey there on Saturday, May 4.  Pullman District was designed by architect Solon S. Beman and landscape architect Nathan F. Barrett who combined the town’s unique architecture with parks, landscaped streets, and amenities to create an ideal working and living environment. The District is a National Historic Landmark and a unit in the National Park System.

George Pullman, a renowned industrialist and entrepreneur, founded the Pullman Palace Car Company, which built and leased several classes of cars to railroads and provided employees necessary to serve the passengers. Pullman and his fellow industrialist peers observed that many workers lived in slums under unsanitary conditions and social ills. Determined to provide his workers with an improved standard of living, Pullman built this model factory town in the 1880’s to attract and retain skilled workers. Pullman’s accommodations were well above the standards of the day. Visitors marveled at the town, a showplace during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

The tour has been arranged by Catherine Weaver. Laima Francis provided the attached photo.

Cost: $20 each.  Pay to Catherine Weaver morning of tour.

RSVP by April 30 online here. Please indicate your carpool needs.


8:45  a.m.  Carpool from Kenilworth Union Church. Driving instructions link here.

10 a.m.  Guided tour of Pullman Village: Historic Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628, 773-785-8901

Noon Lunch at Cal-Harbor, the local diner. 546 East 115th St., Chicago, IL 60628, 773-264-5435. It is owned and operated by Pete and Donna, who have lived, worked, and raised their family in Pullman. Most of the wait staff are homegrown Pullmanites.

1:30 p.m. Depart Village

2:30 p.m. Arrive at Kenilworth Union

Please contact Catherine Weaver for additional information.