Pullman Travel Guide

  • Hotel Florence
    Hotel Florence
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    Old Hotel Florence sign
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  • A home in Pullman
    A home in Pullman
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Pullman Things to Do

  • Hotel Florence

    The Hotel Florence is the centerpiece of Pullman. The establishment was namede for George Pullman's daughter, Florence. Originally opened in 1881, it was state of the art at the time, offering such "modern" features as steam heat and an electro-mechanical fire alarm system in each room.

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  • Pullman, IL

    Pullman is one of my new favourite places in Chicago! When originally built in 1880, it was a separate town, but eventually Chicago enveloped Pullman. Now it's just a small neighbourhood within the city. But what a great little neighbourhood it is!Much of it is beautifully restored, supported in no small part by the very vibrant Historic Pullman...

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  • Hotel Florence

    The hotel opened on November 1, 1881 and was named after the favorite daughter of the town's founder, railroad industrialist George Pullman. It originally featured sixty-five rooms, a billiard room, a parlor, a dining room and a bar - the only one in town. Drunk workers were not productive workers, and town residents were not allowed entry. That...

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  • Plant Manager's House

    I think the tour guide said this was the plant manager's house, in any event it was an executive mansion.

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  • Greenstone Church

    This church was intended to be non-denominational but most congregations found the rent too high and instead used rooms in other buildings.The Presbyterians were the first tenants until 1907 when the church was sold to the Methodists who are still an active congregation.The church has a rare 1882 Steere & Turner Manual Tracker organ that is still...

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  • Market Hall-apartment buildings

    This is one of the four colonnaded two-story brick apartment buildings surrounding the central Market Hall building.

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  • Guided Walking tours

    Guided walking tours of Pullman are offered on the first Sunday of every month from May-October at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.Tours start at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center. The cost is $4 adults, $3.50 seniors (+65), $2.50 students.The guided walks are mostly to view the exterior of buildings, the only building we stopped in was the Greenstone...

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  • Hotel Florence

    The Hotel Florence was named for George Pullman's favorite daughter Florence. It was built in 1881 at a cost of $100,000, mostly for use by visitors doing business with the Pullman Company. Most of the workers would not have been welcome here even if they could afford it.Pullman had a suite in the hotel for when he visited his town; the Pullman...

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  • Historic Pullman Visitors Center

    The visitor center, opened in 1993, is the starting point of any visit to Pullman. Organized tours leave from here or there is a self guided tour booklet available for purchase.The center has a collection of Pullman memorabilia including a sideboard from Pullman's Prairie Avenue Mansion. There is also a short 20 minute video about the history of...

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  • Annual Pullman House Tour

    2003 marked the 30th year that the Pullman House Tour was conducted. This year 8 homes were open for the tour, a nice cross section of the different kinds of homes including several skilled workman's homes, a home on Foreman's row and an executive mansion. Also open during the tour was the Greenstone Church, the Historic Pullman Center and a look...

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  • Greenstone Church

    Even the church, located at 112th and St. Lawerence, was meant to provide Pullman with a 6% return. Originally established as a Unitarian church, "to unite in a union body and get a broad-minded evangelical clergyman," high rents and the desire to worship with ones own kind meant the Greenstone Church sat empty for many years. In 1887 the...

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  • Annual House Tour

    Pullman's most popular event. Eight residents open there homes to visitors; interior styles range from traditional to, shall I say, quirky. A great way to meet and talk with the friendly locals. Tickets are $15 on the days of the events, $12 in advance. Held in early October.

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Pullman Transportation

  • To Pullman by train

    Metra Electric trains stop at the Pullman station (111th Street). Please take a look at the www.pullmanil.org website for detailed directions on how to get from the train to the Visitors Center. If you head in the wrong direction, the surrounding neighborhoods can be pretty rough.The trip from downtown takes less than thirty minutes by train. See...

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  • To Pullman by bus

    CTA runs buses on route #111-Pullman that runs along Cottage Grove Avenue and stops at 112th street, right across from the Visitor Center (copied from www.pullmanil.org website).See the attached website for route map and schedules.Personally I would take the train over the bus.

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  • To Pullman by car

    The best place to start is the Visitor Center.Coming from downtown Chicago, take I-94 East to the 111th Street exit (#66A). Go west on 111th St. to Cottage Grove Ave., turn left. Go one block south to 112th St., the Visitor Center is on the left, on the northwest corner of 112th and Cottage Grove. There is a parking lot at the center. The Visitor...

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Pullman Warnings and Dangers

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    by sambarnett Written Jan 30, 2003

    Community action not only makes Pullman a vibrant part of Chicago, but also a very safe neighborhood. Some parts of the outlying areas are a bit dodgey, but you should experience no problems traveling to, from and around Pullman.

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Pullman Off The Beaten Path

  • Pullman Administration Building and...

    Built in 1880, the Pullman Adminstration Building and Clock Tower was the center of the Pullman company as well as the center of town. The clock chimed on the hour and the 3-acre artificial lake in front of the complex, Lake Vista, provided water for the company's steam engines. A December 1998 fire, set by an arsonist, stunned residents. A massive...

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  • Market Hall

    The ruins of Market Hall date from 1893. Built after the original building burnt down in 1892, the lower floor of the Romanesque-style Market Hall contains stalls for selling foods and pharmacuticals while the upper levels, demolished during the Depression of the 1930s, featured meeting rooms and an banquet hall. A 1973 fire gutted the building but...

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  • Dining room-Hotel Florence

    This room was used as a dining room. In the attached photo you can see the belongings of the last resident of the hotel, Pearl White, who lived in room 111 of the annex until the hotel closed. Among the items was a glass jar of Tang and a colostomy bag.This room was recently seen in the film "Road to Perdition", I believe this room was used as Paul...

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Pullman Favorites

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    by sambarnett Written Jan 30, 2003

    Favorite thing: Start your exploration at the Visitors Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, (773-785-3828), a refurbish American Legion building. Features include a 20 minute video on Pullman, the man and the community; exhibits and a gift shop. Parking is usually available at the Visitors Center or in front of the Hotel Florence. Bounded by 111th Street, 115th Street, Cottage Grove Avenue and Langley Avenue, the compact South Pullman Historic District is best explored by foot.

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