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Pullman, on Chicago's far South Side, was once a thriving manufacturing district, most notable for its production of the sleeping and parlor cars that were crucial to the nation's rail passenger system. Although the neighborhood fell on hard times following the demise of the rail system, it still possesses the fine brick cottages and row houses previously inhabited by Pullman workers. In 1960, consultants to the South End Chamber of Commerce recommended that Pullman be demolished between 111th and 115th to make way for industrial expansion to benefit the remainder of the Calumet region. Pullman residents successfully fought that construction and the neighborhood was designated a National Historic landmark in 1971.

LISC recently made a $20,000 project initiation loan regarding the development of live-work housing for artists in the area.


 Population (2010)  14,842  down 7% from 2000
 Racial/ethnic makeup (2010)  86% African American, 6% white, 4% Latino  


Total occupied units (2010) 5,509 down 7% from 2000
Owner occupied units (2010) 3,100 down 2% from 2000


Median household income (2010) $41,282  up 16% since 2000
Percentage above $50,000 (2010) 50% 19% above $75,000
AmeriCorps MLK Day of Service
Braving frigid temperatures, eight LISC AmeriCorps volunteers spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day teaching digital literacy at the Kroc Center in West Pullman.
Dutch Treat: Royals Salute Pullman’s Past and Future
Pullman, the historic Far South Side neighborhood that once produced railway sleeping cars, has reinvented itself as a place to host new manufacturers such as Method soap.
When Big Plans Have Big Impact
As the private sector soars and the public sector shrinks, flexibility and nimbleness rule the day for neighborhood developers.
'Suite' Deal Helps Stabilize Wheelworks
Innovative relocation strategy and timely loan from LISC help save affordable housing in historic Pullman
Setting Anchors in Pullman, Roseland
Super Walmart, Kroc Community Center and restored historic district redefine South Side neighborhoods

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