Pullman Neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side Poised to Become a National Park Site

by Dominika Jedryczka for SUST 240

After roughly 135 years of highs and lows, the historic Chicago neighborhood of Pullman may soon be nationally recognized if and when President Obama designates the neighborhood as a national park following the Thanksgiving holiday, as he is expected to do.

Pullman's Administration Building (photo: Kendall Karmanian)

Pullman’s Administration Building (photo: Kendall Karmanian)

Originally built by George Pullman in the 1880s for workers at his Pullman Palace Car Co, Pullman has its share of historic events going all the way back to the great Pullman Rail Strike of 1894. After Pullman died in 1920, the Pullman Palace Car Company became the largest employer of African Americans workers, which also led to the first African American union, the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

Pullman is already an official city landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; however, this added acknowledgement would only increase the expected number of tourists as well as the funds needed to enhance the historic area.

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