“Tours of antique Pullman train cars, an exhibit featuring World War II-era photos of American railways and virtual reality experiences are among the attractions during a weekend-long celebration.
“The Historic Pullman Foundation will host Pullman Railroad Days May 14-15. The festival honors decades of railroad innovation in Chicago and the United States.
“The celebration kicks off the tourism season in the neighborhood, which hosts Chicago’s only national park, the Pullman National Monument. Attendees will be able to enjoy a mix of ticketed events and free attractions.
“Tickets include guided tours of the Pullman factory site and surrounding neighborhood; entry to the Hotel Florence at 11111 S. Forrestville Ave. for self-guided tours; and entrance to the “Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography” exhibit at the Pullman Exhibit Hall, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
“Without a ticket, visitors can enjoy tours of Pullman passenger cars built 1914-1980 at the 111th Street Metra station; a trip to the Pullman National Monument Visitors Center, in the historic clock tower building; a locomotive simulator to learn how to operate a train; and a virtual reality experience exploring freight railroads.
“‘Pullman has the greatest concentration of historic buildings in Chicago — every corner is a building that’s well over a century old,’ said Julian Jackson, Historic Pullman Foundation executive director. ‘There are so many fantastic stories in the Pullman neighborhood.’
“A Ford Model A car club will visit the celebration Saturday, while photographer and model railroader Bon French will give a presentation on the Jack Delano exhibit 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greenstone Church, 11211 S. Saint Lawrence Ave.
“Entry to French’s presentation is free with a Pullman Railroad Days ticket or $10 on its own. Click here to buy a standalone ticket to the talk.
“French will ‘expound upon Jack Delano’s railroad photography and the stories he was able to uncover [about] families working on the railroads,’ with a focus on the role the rail industry played in World War II, Jackson said.” (Evans, Block Club Chicago, 5/2/22)
Enter Antique Train Cars, Control A Simulated Locomotive And More At Pullman Railroad Days, The Historic Pullman Foundation’s weekend-long celebration of the iconic train company and its namesake neighborhood takes place May 14-15, Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago, 5/2/22