Designed as the first self-sufficient industrial community in the United States, George Pullman’s “model” town has survived a world-famous strike and almost total demolition for an industrial park. However, in 1972, the residential area south of 111th Street was designated a Chicago Landmark District and has been thriving ever since. Unfortunately, the historic district north of 111th Street, created in 1993, is in dire peril.
Update: The city of Chicago created a grant program drawn from TIF funds that allows owner-occupied residents to receive up to $12,000 to make immediate structural repairs to their historic North Pullman row houses. The program has so far been an overwhelming success.