Designating Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood as a national park will attract more than 300,000 visitors each year, create 350 jobs annually, $15 million in annual wages, and sustain $40 million in economic activity, mostly due to visitor spending according to a report released today. The report, Economic Engine: An Analysis of the Potential Impact of a Pullman National Historical Park, is a joint project of the City of Chicago, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and the National Parks Conservation Association. Market Feasibility Advisors, LLC was engaged to evaluate the economic impact that creating Chicago’s first national park at Pullman would have on the city and region, freeways, bike trail connections, historic and cultural sites, and natural areas. The bi-state area would be anchored with two national parks: Pullman on the west and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the east.
Pullman is a Millennium Reserve Priority
Millennium Reserve is a shared vision that unifies public, nonprofit, and commercial leaders seeking to make the most of the region’s assets. Moreover, it is an ongoing initiative guided by partners who understand community priorities, and it is designed to make on-the-ground projects happen. The initiative includes projects that range from neighborhood-based in scale to those of regional significance. Millennium Reserve recognizes the work of partners, particularly those whose decades-long commitment to the region have created the foundation for this initiative.
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The Pullman Historic District, from 103rd St. south to 115th and from Cottage Grove Ave. east to Ellis Ave., was designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) District in 1970. The District encompasses about 300 acres; including Illinois State Historic Site and a vast majority of the historic residential building remain standing.
Private Investment in Pullman
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI), a partner to establish a national park at Pullman, details private investment in the Pullman community. Download Report (PDF, 9 MB)
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The proposed Pullman National Historical Park is strategically located on Chicago’s far south side within the Millennium Reserve/Calumet Region, an “America’s Great Outdoors” project. This region boasts strong public transit, a system of Interstate freeways, bike trail connections, historic and cultural sites, and natural areas. The bi-state area would be anchored with two national parks: Pullman National Historical Park on the west and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the east.
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 naming Pullman a national park.
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