Crafting Your Experience
Welcome to Pullman / Roseland
Barely 15 years after architect Solon Spencer Beman and landscape designer Nathan Barrett laid out a Utopian community for the workers of railcar magnate George Pullman’s empire, those workers went on strike, having borne the brunt of reduced demand for Pullman’s venerated product. By 1898, the Illinois Supreme Court had ordered the Pullman Palace Car Company to divest itself of its residential properties and the community was absorbed by the City of Chicago. Pullman today encompasses that historic nexus of labor rights and urban planning as well as larger areas to the west of Lake Calumet and north to 95th Street, filled in by population growth and new developments throughout the mid-20th century. Visitors today can enjoy the newly unveiled One Eleven Food Hall, explore the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, and tour Pullman’s many historic homes. Already listed on the National Register of Historic Places in addition to a State landmark designation by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Pullman became a National Monument under President Barack Obama in 2015. Just west of Pullman, the Roseland neighborhood was built in the 1880s and named after its neat appearance and flower gardens lining residential streets. The industrial boom of the nearby Pullman Factory transformed the once rural area into a flourishing middle-class community. A stretch of Michigan Avenue between 115th and 107th known as “The Avenue” was considered Chicago’s second Magnificent Mile. However, due to a decline in blue-collar jobs in the late 20th century, Roseland experienced prolonged disinvestment. Today, residents and activists are working to re-establish Roseland as a stable and healthy community.