Obama Makes History in Chicago: Designates City’s First National Park at Historic Pullman Neighborhood
After more than three years of building support in the community and in Congress, President Obama designated Chicago's Pullman Historic Neighborhood as the city’s first national park on February 19, 2015.
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.
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.
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