Metra Offers One-Of-A-Kind Tour Of Pullman National Monument

Bernie Tafoya
June 21, 2019 - 11:02 am
Pullman Company Administration Building and Clock Tower

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Metra, and the National Park Service are partnering to host a unique train excursion and walking tour at Pullman National Monument on Friday.

The "Pullman by Train" event offers scheduled excursions on five Metra trains from Millennium Station in downtown Chicago to 111th Street/Pullman. Each train, running on the hour from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., features a host who will highlight how the Pullman neighborhood became a National Monument.

Once on site, guests will receive one-hour guided walking tour led by National Park Service rangers "showcasing the significance of Pullman National Monument to America’s industrial past, labor history, the civil rights movement and its place as the country’s first model industrial town." 

"It’s a great way to see a community that people might not immediately think of, but it’s a very important part of Chicago’s history and it’s very accessible," said Metra’s Meg Reile. 

Reile said the goal of the event is to let everyone know that the Pullman National Monument is one of the few National Parks directly accessible by public transportation.

"If you want to have a great day trip with your kids, it’s only 40 minutes from downtown on Metra. If you walk across the street, you’re at the park," she said.

Participants will also learn about the more than $100-million of investments in transit, road, historic renovation to establish a visitor center and other enhancements for visitors and residents alike. 

"It’s a peek into history, but it’s also a place where people live. You’ve got that blended together so it makes it a very unique site," she said.

The "Pullman by Train" event was offered free to the public and was fully booked within hours of its initial promotion.