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Pullman
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

Pullman Overview

Pullman consists of: Cottage Grove Heights.

Pullman is an historic, planned community established by an enterprising railroad car tycoon. The neighborhood is no longer centered about the manufacturing business, but it continues to provide residents with comfortable homes and easy access to the rest of the Chicago city. Pullman upholds its unique roots by preserving the original buildings constructed as part of “Pullman Town.” Museum exhibits and walking tours of the streets and landmark structures are even offered, which give visitors a glimpse back in time. Fast forwarding to present day, Pullman provides all the perks of any modern Chicago neighborhood: good schools, affordable real estate, convenience shops, and a pinch of nightlife.  

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Thanks to the planning of architect Solon Beman and landscape architect Nathan Barrett in the late 1870s, Pullman enjoys a unique uniform design throughout many of its streets and homes. The Queen Anne style favored by Beman can be seen in a number of structures that dot Pullman’s residential avenues. The original 900 rowhouses still stand, many of which have been recently renovated, putting them in excellent condition while retaining their historical charm. They sit along tree-lined lanes and are aesthetically impressive once again, just as they were in the company town days.

Aside from the tightly packed rowhouses, Pullman features other residential structures were built later. Bungalows, ranches, and two-story brick homes sit on modest lots that offer a bit more space (compared to the yard-free rowhouses) and even garages. These two- and three-bedroom homes are ideal for raising families, as the nearby parks are fine places for tiny feet to scamper about.

Pullman History

Itself a relic of the industrial revolution in Chicago, Pullman enjoys a very rich history as one of the first, and perhaps the most famous, planned community in America.

In the late 1870s, George M. Pullman had a problem. Due to the increasing popularity of travel by rail, demand for his Pullman Palace Cars (sleeping and parlor cars for trains) was also growing. As a result, Pullman concluded that he needed not just a new Chicago factory, but also a way to attract good labor without ensnaring them in the life of poverty commonly seen as the factory-worker’s place at the time.

His answer was to purchase 4,000 acres of land near Lake Calumet and construct both a factory and a town. He hired architect Solon Beman and landscape architect Nathan Barrett to design and build a small community that would provide his workers with decent housing and the necessities of daily life. The end result was astounding. As opposed to the shabby tenements near ominous factories that most workers dealt with, living in Pullman (the settlement was, of course, named after the man himself) was a dream. The town, owned by the company, provided everything its citizens/workers could need: schools, parks, a theater, a library, stores, and many other amenities. The entire development was considered a work of art and a success of social planning. It won a number of awards and was dubbed 'the world’s most perfect town.' The workers and their families enjoyed life in their comfortable homes, which featured such amenities as indoor plumbing and gas. Life in Pullman, for a time, was very good.

In the economic slump that followed the Panic of 1893, however, demand for Pullman railroad cars dwindled. As a result, massive numbers of Pullman employees (and residents of the Pullman neighborhood) were laid off or received devastating pay cuts. This was bad, but the real blow to workers was their company-controlled rents, which remained high. Feeling mistreated, the workers went on strike in 1894. The Pullman Strike lasted for two months and drew the attention of the media and government. Newspapers decried the inflexible and unfair Pullman management, which was mistreating its abiding employees. In 1889 the federal government weighed in through the Supreme Court, which forced the Pullman Company to give up ownership of the residences. The town was then absorbed into Chicago as another south side neighborhood, thus shattering a little slice of the American dream.

The Pullman neighborhood changed over the years in rather expected ways. By the time the Pullman Company closed up shop completely (they’d been downsizing for decades) in 1981, the area had lost its luster. But long before that, it reached an all-time low in the late 1920s and 1930s when bootlegging and unemployment were at astronomical levels, turning Pullman into a slum. Things improved, but Pullman still had a bit of a stigma as valueless and largely vacant industrial area, so it should have come as little surprising when it was recommended in 1960 that the whole area be demolished to build a new industrial park.

Pullman residents fought this destruction. They reactivated the Pullman Civic Organization and worked hard to remove any lingering signs of blight in the community. Neighbors formed the Historic Pullman Foundation and lobbied to keep their neighborhood on account of its historic significance. They eventually won out and Pullman was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971, protecting the 900 remaining row houses and public buildings.

Today, Pullman offers walking tours of the streets and historic structures. Many of the original homes have had significant work done to improve and modernize, making them fine places to live once again. Although it may not be the world’s most perfect town anymore (after all, it’s no longer a town at all), Pullman is a unique and attractive place to live, with a long and fascinating history.

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Schools In The Pullman Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the Pullman area.

School Type Grade Rating

Kipling Elementary School

9351 South Lowe Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Neil Elementary School

8555 South Michigan Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
1

Bennett Elementary School

10115 South Prairie Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Brooks College Prep Academy High School

250 East 111th St - public

High 9-12
9

St Helena Of The Cross

10115 South Parnell Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Resurrection Lutheran School

9349 South Wentworth Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-6
NR

Ami Kids Infinity Chicago

10211 South Crandon Avenue - private

High 9-12
NR

Vivian E Summers Alternative High School

30 East 112th Place - private

Middle - High 6-12
NR

Banner Academy South High School

2330 East 99th Street - private

High 9-12
NR

Black Magnet Elementary School

9101 South Euclid Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
6

Burnham Elementary Inclusive Academy

9928 South Crandon Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

St. John de la Salle School

10212 S. Vernon - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Sanders Academy of Excellence

115 15th S Prairie Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Butler College Prep

821 E. 103rd St. - charter

High 9
6

Chosen Children Of Destiny

11429 South King Drive #2 - private

Elementary - High 1-7, 12
NR

John Amos George College Preparatory

8736 South Blackstone Avenue - private

Preschool - High PK-12
NR

Together In Love Academy

10237 South State Street - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Greater Mt Avery Prep

10558 South Wentworth Avenue - private

Elementary - High 1, 4, 7, 11
NR

Earhart Elementary Opt For Knowl School

1710 East 93rd St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
8

Turner-Drew Elementary Language Academy

9300 South Princeton Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
7

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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