Chicago is a city of firsts, particularly when it comes to architecture. And Pullman, the first planned industrial town in the country and the city’s first National Monument, is arguably one of Chicago’s most fascinating architectural achievements.

For one weekend only, architecture and history buffs can get an inside look at life in this historic model community. The 50th Annual Historic Pullman House Tour offers exclusive access to the interior of well-preserved private homes throughout the Pullman area, offering visitors a chance to go back in time to the 19th century.

This year, the beloved event is celebrating an impressive milestone — its 50th anniversary. First held in 1973, the Annual Historic Pullman House Tour has grown to become one of the city’s oldest continuous house tour events.

House Tour ticket holders will be able to take a self-guided walking tour of seven private homes, representing an array of 1880s residential styles. The chosen homes also depict the different types of residents that lived in Pullman during its heyday as an industrial community, from humble workers’ cottages to stately executive homes. 

While many homes maintain their era-appropriate historic details on the exterior, surprises await when you step inside. Some interiors have been carefully restored to their original glory, while others have been redone with modern sensibilities — and each reflects the current homeowners’ unique tastes. 

Along with the House Tours, the entire Pullman neighborhood will be celebrating all weekend long. Explore select public buildings throughout the National Historic Park to learn more about the area’s unique history. Plus, enjoy live music, food, antique cars, exhibits, and more. 

Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance on or before Oct. 5. You can also get your tickets in person at the Pullman Exhibit Hall from Oct. 5 through 8. Tickets can be used either Saturday or Sunday. The self-guided house tours will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 8.