Explore America's first planned industrial community. Now a National Monument, the historic Pullman District takes our guests back in time to the late 1800's and reflects a simpler but turbulent time in America.
Pullman National Monument Tour
“Hog butcher for the world, Tool maker, stacker of wheat, Player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler; Stormy, husky, brawlin City of big shoulders.”
– Carl Sandburg
Far into the second half of the 20th century, the south side of Chicago was an industrial powerhouse. Meatpacking, luxury trains and steel production were three of the great economic engines driving what seemed at the time, the city’s endless prosperity.
However, like most things, the good times would not always last! As such, in the second half of the 20th century, we saw these robust industries shut down resulting in unrivaled unemployment and hardship for the “southsiders”. As part of the demise of the Great Lakes Manufacturing states, Chicago’s Southside would become member of the Midwestern “Rust Belt”.
While sad but true, this tour does not wallow in the collapse of these manufacturing behemoths nor attempt to assign blame for their downfall. Rather, this tour is design to celebrate their achievements and most importantly, illuminate their indelible legacy. Come with us on a journey that not only revisits these historic venues but brings to live two of the Southside’s most important endowments to America’s business and socioeconomic culture.
For many, the name Pullman is synonymous with luxury train cars. While this is accurate, the Pullman legacy extends well beyond these elegant mansions on wheels. As guests will discover, Pullman became a doorway to Civil Rights, Unionization, Planned Communities and so much more.
In addition to exploring the Pullman Neighborhood, guests will also visit another “ghost” of Chicago’s manufacturing past – “South Works”, Hand in hand with Chicago’s train and rail production, steel production was a major industry and employer of the city’s south side. Mistakenly, steel production was identified solely with the city of Pittsburgh. But when the “Pittsburgh Plus” was shut down by the Government, the door opened to other markets. At its peak, Chicago’s steel production employed tens of thousands and accounted for roughly 20% of U.S. steel production and “South works” was the largest steel production facility in the world at one time!
This 3 hour tour will journey to the city’s far south side and immerse guests into a thoughtful discussion of Chicago’s inimitable past and endless contributions to the American way of life. It promises to be informative, fun and above all, entertaining.
Sunday Date available: 7-8,
Departs from and ends at Hyatt Regency – 151 East Upper Wacker Drive – 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Check in begins at 12:30 pm near concierge desk – main lobby
Tour includes luxury bus, snacks and drinks
A minimum number of guests is needed to offer tour
Please call us to make a reservation if you are using a pre-paid voucher or gift card.