After two years of building support in the community and in Congress, a new national park in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood could be closer than ever. On August 21, hundreds of South Side residents and business owners joined National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and city, county, state and federal elected officials to discuss the pathway for preserving the Pullman story by including it in the National Park System.
After hearing the enthusiastic public feedback, Director Jarvis said he would recommend the creation of a new national park site to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for an Antiquities Act designation by President Obama—which would make Pullman our 402nd national park.
What you can do
Tell the president you support the creation of Chicago’s first national park at Pullman.
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Why it matters
Few sites preserve the history of American industry, labor, and urban planning as well as the Pullman community in Chicago. Pullman honors the unique stories of America’s industrial past, including the formation of the first African-American labor union and the development of the country’s first model industrial town. Its undisputed historic significance makes Pullman worthy of national park status.
The nearly intact Pullman neighborhood is located just a short train ride or drive from downtown Chicago. The Factory Clock Tower stands tall over the rows of managers' and workers' homes, and Arcade Park still provides a small oasis among the red brick buildings that comprise the signature architecture of Pullman.
NPCA is working with a group of local and national organizations to establish Pullman as Chicago’s first national park. Join NPCA and partners in supporting a great addition to our National Park System.
Join the numerous businesses, community groups and non-profits in support of creating a national park at Pullman.
NPCA, the City of Chicago, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives have released a study analyzing the projected economic impact of naming Pullman a national park.
Pullman honors the unique stories of railroads in America’s industrial past, labor history - including formation of the first African-American labor union, urban planning and development of the country’s first model industrial town.
Read the many articles and editorials written about Pullman and frequently asked questions.