Chicagoans to Build CTA Rail Cars in Chicago for Chinese Government
Mar17

Chicagoans to Build CTA Rail Cars in Chicago for Chinese Government

Amid much pomp and circumstance, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Transit Authority, a bevy of politicians, and representatives of CRRC Sifang broke ground yesterday on a new factory in the Hegewisch neighborhood that will be used to produce CTA subway cars. Much of the hot air being blown by Hizzonor and other local pols was about how this is the first time since 1964 that rail cars for Chicago’s transit system are being made in...

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Another Example of Chicago’s Pullman Neighborhood Getting Back on its Feet
Dec13

Another Example of Chicago’s Pullman Neighborhood Getting Back on its Feet

For better or worse, the iconic architectural symbol of Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood is its shuttered and abandoned rail car factory. Manufacturing built Pullman, and brought tens of thousands of people to this corner of the city’s Far South Side. Of course, that was a long time ago.  But factories are making a comeback in this hardscrabble part of the city.  If you’ve ever bought Method soap at Target,...

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Your Click Can Save Pullman
Jun14

Your Click Can Save Pullman

If you’ve ever taken the long bus ride down to the Pullman Historic District, you know the neighborhood is overflowing with great architecture and untapped potential.  National Geographic is giving you an opportunity to help preserve the focal point of Pullman’s architecture collection — the Pullman Palace Car Company Administration Building (748 East 111th Street). The building is amazing, even when viewed from behind the...

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A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session
May01

A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session

For years, the Pullman Historic District was positioned as the next logical addition to the National Park System. It finally happened on Feb. 19 when President Obama visited the site to officially make the designation. Now that the Pullman District is a bona fide national monument, the real work begins. It’s safe to say that Pullman will be a work in progress. Planning for the future of the site is a necessary step. On April 18, 400...

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The Pullman District Could Become America’s Newest National Park
Aug27

The Pullman District Could Become America’s Newest National Park

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and a lazy afternoon devoted to the three B’s: barbecue, beer and beanbag toss. It’s also a holiday that grew directly out of events in Chicago. The year was 1894, and a nationwide railroad strike shut down most of the rail traffic west of Detroit. The origin of the strike was Chicago, where on May 11, 4,000 Pullman employees staged a wildcat strike. Things got ugly, military troops were...

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