Why we love it
Wish you could time travel? Pullman is basically a time capsule, transporting you all the way back to 1880s Chicago in all its glory. You’ll find striking brick buildings, fascinating history, and picture-perfect streets (it was a planned utopia, after all).
The Pullman Historic District, the city’s first and only National Monument, was built from scratch as a planned industrial town designed by luxury railcar tycoon George Pullman for his employees. The “town within a town” included more than 1,500 company-owned houses, a church, a school, and a building that housed offices, stores, a library and a bank. The Hotel Florence, named for Pullman’s daughter, contained the community’s only bar.
While factory production lines are no longer running, many of Pullman’s original buildings remain. You can still see examples of original company houses, from executive mansions to worker cottages. The elegant Hotel Florence still stands and is undergoing a major restoration. Learn more at the new Visitor Center, where exhibits focus on the site’s history and ties to the labor movement.
Take a self-guided or guided walking tour, then head to the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum for an even deeper dive. The museum celebrates the giant strides made by African Americans in U.S. labor movement, with a collection that includes the Great Migration and the American Civil Rights Movement. If all that history made you hungry, stop by One Eleven Food Hall to sample diverse dishes from local chefs.
Explore like a local
Have coffee and a bite to eat at The Pullman Cafe — all the greens and herbs are grown right there in Pullman. Walk through historic residences during annual events like the Candlelight House Walk or Annual Historic Pullman House Tour.
Chicago Greeter: free guided tours
Taste, shop and explore the neighborhoods with a friendly local as your guide. Explore rich histories, diverse cultural traditions and hidden treasures. See sides of the city you may not have adventured out to on your own, and take away a truly authentic Chicago experience. Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.Request a tour with a Chicago Greeter