On February 19, 2015, President Obama dedicated Pullman National Monument, Chicago's first national park. The Pullman factory and neighborhood, already a National Historic Landmark District, have long been recognized as unique and significant, and are now a unit of the National Park System. For your reference, we have included the Presidential Proclamation, a map of the Monument and adjacent areas, the Foundation Document, and the Long Range Interpretive Plan.
The National Park Service (NPS) was directed by the Proclamation to prepare a management plan. The first phase of that planning process, the preparation of the Foundation Document, was completed in 2017. The Foundation Document describes the park's purpose and significance, and provides other important information which guides all future planning efforts.
During the next phase of planning, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) are developing a joint General Management Plan for Pullman National Monument (Monument) and State Historic Site (Historic Site). The two agencies signed a co-management agreement in 2021, and this joint General Management Plan will strengthen and clarify the co-management relationship and establish a management direction and decision-making framework for the next two decades.
The NPS-IDNR planning team, with input from interested parties, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, stakeholders, and local residents, will prepare the joint General Management Plan to guide resource protection, interpretation, and visitor use. The final plan will provide a valuable tool for park managers who make daily decisions which can affect the site's resources, visitors, and neighbors.
The joint General Management Plan will include direction on how the NPS, IDNR, and other key partners will: 1. preserve the historic resources related to Pullman; 2. interpret the industrial and labor struggles, the achievements associated with the Pullman Company including the rise and role of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the history of urban planning and design associated with the Monument and Historic Site; and 3. identify opportunities to coordinate educational and visitor experiences within the Monument and Historic Site. The plan will not prescribe specific actions on private or city-owned property inside Monument boundaries where there is no direct NPS or IDNR ownership or authority.
Please check this website periodically for updates and public meeting announcements and to view documents that are open for public review and comment. There will be multiple opportunities throughout the planning process to provide comments. You may also stay informed by visiting the park's website (www.nps.gov/pull) or by following us on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/Pullman-National-Monument-National-Park-Service-1551660871753166/
The NPS may also use additional communication methods to let you know what is happening at the park.
Your input is important for the success of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site. You are encouraged to take part in this process, and we look forward to hearing from you. Public comment will be accepted November 14th through January 2nd.
Superintendent Teri Gage, NPS
Superintendent Levi Brey, IDNR
For information about the planning process, please contact:
Andrew Carl, Outdoor Recreation Planner
For information about Pullman National Monument, please contact:
Pullman National Monument
610 E. 111th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60628
For information about the park, and the planning process, please contact:
Shared Visitor Information Center
11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60628