Community and Economic Development
Building a stronger community block by block
National Historic Park
An estimated 500-600 people gathered at the Pullman Clock Tower to hear from National Park Service officials, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Illinois Historical Preservation Agency Director, Amy Martin, 9th Ward Alderman Anthony A. Beale, Chicago Department of Planning and Development Commissioner, Andrew J. Mooney, and others, of the plans to have the Pullman Community granted National Park Status, with the A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum as the focus of the proposed new Park 402, should the effort be successful. - by Kevin Murphy
Pullman National Monument
Located in what is now the Pullman community area of Chicago, the district includes the Pullman factory and the Hotel Florence, named after his daughter. Also within the district is the Pullman Railroad Porters National Museum named for the prominent leader A. Philip Randolph, which recognizes and explores African American labor history.
Whole Foods Distribution Center
It’s a momentous day for one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods, as Whole Foods breaks ground on a new distribution center in Pullman. The 140,000-square-foot facility is expected to bring in about 150 jobs to a neighborhood that played a prominent role in the labor movement at the turn of the 20th century, and has become the focus of revival efforts in recent years.
CTA 95th/ Dan Ryan Station
In 2014, construction will begin on the 95th Street Terminal Improvement Project, a $240 million project (projected cost) that will expand and greatly improve the 95th/Dan Ryan station (the south terminal of the CTA Red Line). The project will bring significant improvements to a station that serves thousands of customers each day and is a vital part of the South Side.
Gotham Greens 'World's Largest Rooftop Farm'
Eco-friendly cleaning products maker, Method Products, plan to top their new Pullman soap factory — which will be partially powered by solar and wind energy — with the “worlds largest rooftop farm,” a 75,000-square-foot greenhouse run by Gotham Greens.
Pullman Community Center
They'll call the 138,000-square-foot indoor sports training facility with a $15 million price tag, the Pullman Community Center. But really, it's way more than that, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said. "This is a game-changer all day long because of what it will do for the development of kids in the area," Beale said. "It's going to be a place that cultivates more smart, professional-caliber athletes who don't get access to sports training for outdoor sports for five or six months a year."
A New Wal-Mart in Pullman Park
The new Wal-Mart "means jobs, jobs and more jobs," Beale said, adding that about 40 percent of the store's 400 new employees come from the 9th Ward.
"Not only is this store going to address the jobs, but it's also going to address the high crime rate in our community," Beale said. "It's going to address the high obesity rate in our community, the high blood pressure rate in our community, the high diabetes rate in our community, the high cholesterol rate in our community."
Method moves into Pullman Park
Building our world-class factory is an important evolution in our company’s growth and we hope it serves as a model of what manufacturing and urban revitalization looks like in the 21st century,” said Drew Fraser, CEO of Method. “We aim to show that sustainable business is better business by creating an advanced, flexible and cost-effective facility that will fuel both the growth of our business and the renewal of the Pullman area.”
The new space will bring close to 100 manufacturing jobs to Chicago and Method plans to recruit Pullman residents in the hiring process for the plant’s workforce. Method has hired Chicago-based Summit Design + Build as its general contractor, known for its experience working with sustainably advanced facilities.
$1.5 Million Grant to Continue Affordable Home Rehabilitation in Pullman
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Alderman Anthony Beale, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Board Chair, Reverend Merlon Jackson today joined representatives of several housing advocates to announce $1.5 million in funding from the national foreclosure settlement to support an affordable historic home revitalization initiative in the Pullman community.
that service the 9th Ward
Chamber of Commerce
1000 E. 111th St.
Chicago, Il 60628
Calumet Area Industruial Commission
1000 East 111th Street, 7th Flr
Chicago, Illinois 60628
Chatham Business Association
800 E. 78th St
Chicago, Illinois 60619
Special Service Area #71 - Roseland
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Far South Side Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), often at odds on most issues, were all smiles on Wednesday as they celebrated the opening of a new Amazon distribution center in the Pullman neighborhood.