Pullman National Monument Bus Tour

Chicago's Finest Tours, Inc.

What You'll Get

Pullman National Monument Bus Tour begins at 1pm sharp from Rock N Roll McDonald's - 600 North Clark Street - east entrance. After a brief introduction, guests embark on this one-of-a-kind exclusive bus tour in a comfortable air-controlled bus to explore the wonders of Chicago's Pullman District.

Far into the second half of the 20th century, the south side of Chicago was an industrial powerhouse. Meatpacking, luxury trains and steel production were three of the great economic engines driving what seemed at the time, the city’s endless prosperity. However, like most things, the good times would not always last. As such, in the second half of the 20th century, we saw these robust industries shut down resulting in unrivaled unemployment and hardship for the 'southsiders.' As part of the demise of the Great Lakes Manufacturing states, Chicago’s Southside would become a member of the Midwestern 'Rust Belt.'

While sad but true, this tour does not wallow in the collapse of these manufacturing behemoths nor attempt to assign blame for their downfall. Rather, this tour is designed to celebrate their achievements and most importantly, illuminate their indelible legacy. Come with us on a journey that not only revisits these historic venues but brings to life two of the Southside’s most important endowments to America’s business and socioeconomic culture. 

For many, the name Pullman is synonymous with luxury train cars. While this is accurate, the Pullman legacy extends well beyond these elegant mansions on wheels. As guests will discover, Pullman became a doorway to Civil Rights, Unionization, Planned Communities and so much more.

In addition to exploring the Pullman Neighborhood, guests will also visit another 'ghost' of Chicago's manufacturing past - South Works, hand in hand with Chicago's train and rail production, steel production was a major industry and employer of the city's south side. Mistakenly, steel production was identified solely with the city of Pittsburgh. But when the Pittsburgh Plus was shut down by the government, the door opened to other markets. At its peak, Chicago’s steel production employed tens of thousands and accounted for roughly 20% of U.S. steel production and South Works was the largest steel production facility in the world at one time.

This 3-hour tour will journey to the city’s far south side and immerse guests into a thoughtful discussion of Chicago’s inimitable past and endless contributions to the American way of life. It promises to be informative, fun and above all, entertaining.

Tours include snacks, beverages and fun trivia challenge with prizes. Restroom break is included halfway.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A small amount of walking is involved
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Local taxes
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle

  • Gratuities (optional)

Departure Point
River North

Departure Time
1pm on select Sundays

3 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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