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Visiting Pullman for a private walking tour is a wonderful way for your group to immerse themselves in the town while learning about this unique chapter in history. We host school and private groups year-round and can customize your tour to suit your group's interests.

Start at the Historic Pullman Visitor Center
Link for directions to the district and the Historic Pullman Visitor Center.
Before starting the walking portion of your tour, visitors will start at our Visitor Center where they will have the opportunity to:

  • watch a fifteen-minute introductory audio/video presentation that gives an historical overview of the town of Pullman and the preservation activity in the community today
  • view our on-going exhibit of historic photos and artifacts: Pullman . . . The Man, The Car, The Company, The Model Town, The Strike, The Landmark Community in Chicago
  • and, if they wish, stop by our sales desk where they can purchase select books and gifts related to the Pullman area

During your tour
Your group will then take a guided walk of the town and learn about the history of Pullman, its architecture and the landmark community today. During the tour, visitors experience a walk back in time - almost all of the original 1880s housing and many original public buildings comprise the district today. Your group will also visit the interior of the Greenstone Church (based on availability).

Tours are conducted by trained volunteer guides who are residents or admirers of Pullman. We also have select guides who are subject matter experts in various topics related to Pullman’s history; please discuss any particular interests of your group with our coordinator when discussing your tour.

Details for arranging a group tour

  • Guided Group Tours are available year-round for groups of 20 to100 people (a minimum tour rate is applied for groups of less than 20 people).
  • Your tour guide will be available throughout your tour to answer questions and to focus on issues that are of interest to your group: architecture, planning, Chicago history, labor history, etc.
    Please discuss any special interests your group may have when you are booking your tour.
  • Although we recommend your group walking the tour route, our guide can board your tour bus for the walking portion of the tour.
  • Average tours last about 2-3 hours, but tour length can be accommodated to suit the needs of your group.
    Though we do not recommend tours of less than 90 minutes in length, please discuss any time restrictions with our Tour Coordinator so we can best accommodate your group’s schedule.
  • Ample parking is available at our Visitor Center for cars and buses.
  • The Visitor Center is fully handicapped accessible. We can also provide amplification devices for the hearing impaired to be used during the video presentation.

To book your tour or for further information
Contact our Tour Coordinator at 773.785.8901 to assist you in planning your tour. Please leave a message if someone is not available to take your call, leaving your contact information as well as the date and time you are interested in, the expected number of guests and any special needs you may have.

 
  Historic Pullman Foundation - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
p: 773.785.8901 | e: foundation@pullmanil.org