Pullman

Pullman is the only Chicago neighborhood that has been designated a National Historic Landmark in its entirety. Besides the unique architecture, you’ll discover the rich history of the area, great restaurants, and other highlights you shouldn’t miss.

Built in 1880 by railroad industrialist George Pullman as one of the country’s first model industrial communities planned to house local industrial workers, this four-square block neighborhood on the south side is small enough to take in over the course of one day. Start with brunch at the restored 1881 Hotel Florence, then take in the historic streets and admire the artfully designed row houses that make Pullman distinctive.

The Hotel Florence is as good a place as any to start your Pullman neighborhood visit. Have brunch in the beautiful Queen Anne-style hotel, just across 111th Street from the former Pullman factory (which was, unfortunately, largely destroyed in a 1998 fire). The hotel was built for visitors to George Pullman’s company town.

To get an idea of the extent of the damage the December 1998 fire did to the former Pullman factory, walk along Cottage Grove about a half block north of 111th Street. The center structure is all that remains of the historic clock tower, which was as defining a landmark to the neighborhood as the Water Tower is to North Michigan Avenue.

Designed by architect Solon Beman, the row houses in Pullman are nothing like their counterparts in industrial English cities. Beman took care to give each home special touches to distinguish it from the others: fish scale wood shingles adorn some of the houses, while others have dormers or are set closer to the sidewalk. Indoor plumbing, revolutionary for its time, was installed in every dwelling. If you’re dying to take a look inside, tours of row house interiors are conducted each year on a weekend in mid-October. Originally built for Pullman company workers, the row houses also mirror the pecking order of the corporate structure. Former executive homes are by far the most graceful, while less-skilled workers’ dwellings were constructed with cheaper materials.

Schools:

School Address Phone Grade
Alfred D Kohn Schools 10414 S State St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5489 Elementary Schools
Bennett Elementary School 10115 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5460 Elementary Schools
Brenan Elementary School 11411 S Eggleston Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5340 Elementary Schools
Cullen Elementary School 10650 S Eberhart Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5375 Elementary Schools
Curtis Elementary School 32 E 115th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5050 Elementary Schools
Edwards F Dunne School 10845 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5517 Elementary Schools
Evers Elementary School 9811 S Lowe Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-2565 Elementary Schools
Fernwood Elementary School 10041 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-2700 Elementary Schools
Langston Hughes Elem School 226 W 104th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5075 Elementary Schools
Mildred Lavizzo Elementary 138 W 109th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5300 Elementary Schools
Pullman Elementary School 11311 S Forrestville Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5395 Elementary Schools
Samuel Gompers 12302 S State St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5475 Elementary Schools
Shedd Elementary School 200 E 99th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5457 Elementary Schools
Theophilus Schmid School 9755 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-6235 Elementary Schools
W Smith Elementary School 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5690 Elementary Schools
West Pullman Elementary School 11941 S Parnell Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5500 Elementary Schools
Christian Fenger High School 11220 S Wallace St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5430 High Schools
Corliss High School 821 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5115 High Schools
John M Harlan High School 9652 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5400 High Schools
Bennett Elementary School 10115 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5460 Middle Schools
Brenan Elementary School 11411 S Eggleston Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5340 Middle Schools
Cullen Elementary School 10650 S Eberhart Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5375 Middle Schools
Curtis Elementary School 32 E 115th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5050 Middle Schools
Edwards F Dunne School 10845 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5517 Middle Schools
Evers Elementary School 9811 S Lowe Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-2565 Middle Schools
Fernwood Elementary School 10041 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-2700 Middle Schools
Kohn Elementary School 10414 S State St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5496 Middle Schools
Langston Hughes Elem School 226 W 104th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5075 Middle Schools
Mildred Lavizzo Elementary 138 W 109th St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5300 Middle Schools
Pullman Elementary School 11311 S Forrestville Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5395 Middle Schools
Samuel Gompers 12302 S State St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5475 Middle Schools
Theophilus Schmid School 9755 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-6235 Middle Schools
W Smith Elementary School 744 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5690 Middle Schools
West Pullman Elementary School 11941 S Parnell Ave, Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 535-5500 Middle Schools
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