Economic Engine: Pullman National Historical Park

Economic Engine: An Analysis of the Potential Impact of a Pullman National Historical Park

NPCA, the City of Chicago, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives have released a study analyzing the projected economic impact of establishing Pullman as Chicago’s first national park.

Full Report (PDF, 1MB)

Summary (PDF, 698 KB)

Technical Report (PDF, 833 KB)


National parks are the soul of America, telling our diverse stories and teaching valuable lessons about our shared heritage. And 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 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. Its undisputed historic significance makes Pullman worthy of national parks status.

The nearly intact Pullman neighborhood is located just a short train ride or drive from downtown Chicago. The Factory Clocktower 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 Pullman, Chicago, 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.

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