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Pullman National Park Tour

Pullman National Monument and Historic Park.

June 22, 2024

Full day curated tour

Includes bus transportation from downtown, and a box lunch

$100 for members, $110 for non-members

For Details, schedule, and to reserve, click here

This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the evolution of this site which is such an important part of Chicago's history and to admire the work which has given it a new life!

Pullman National Historical Park was established in 2015. Built in 1880, Pullman was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States. In 1995, the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, located at Pullman, was founded to commemorate both the life of A. Philip Randolph and the role of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and other African Americans in the U.S. labor movement.

>>Enjoy an early review about this park and its history from their website here.


Past Events

Prize Homes...

Prize Homes:

Chicago’s Forgotten Architectural Competition

Siobhan Moroney

Free event, at Cliff Dwellers
Wednesday April 24, optional dinner 5:15, Presentation 6:15pm


“ Chicagoland Dream Houses is an engaging addition to the growing body of scholarship concerning Chicago’s twentieth-century residential landscape characterized by a diverse group of architects and builders.”--Michelangelo Sabatino

Moroney is an associate professor of Politics at Lake Forest College. Her research on vernacular home architecture and familial relations led her to uncover the Chicagoland Prize Homes competition sponsored by the Chicago Tribune, and her 2024 book is a history of that competition.

ZOOM Presentation

Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago:
An Arts & Crafts Masterpiece

by William Tyre

Saturday, February 17th at 3pm ET (2 pm Central time)

Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago is the only church in the city to be designated a National Historic Landmark.

Recognized for its distinctive Arts & Crafts interior designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1900, the sanctuary contains significant examples of mural painting, light fixtures, ornamental plaster, carved wood, and stained glass. There are nine windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and two by the English designer Edward Burne-Jones for Morris & Co. The interior is largely intact, with the various elements working together to form a Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art – the true beauty of which is being revealed through a series of recent projects including the restoration of the massive Tree of Life mural by Frederic Clay Bartlett.

Bill Tyre is the Executive Director and Curator of Glessner House, and has served on the board of Friends of Historic Second Church since February 2007, a preservation-based non-profit for which he has researched and written extensively on the history, art and architecture of the church.