WBEZ | The Fugitive http://www.wbez.org/tags/fugitive Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A real life snowglobe: Winter comes to the Pullman neigborhood http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/real-life-snowglobe-winter-comes-pullman-neigborhood <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="377" width="503" class="size-full wp-image-14443" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//1071771.jpg" alt="" /> <code> </code> <br /><em>Hotel Florence, 111th just east of Cottage Grove (photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: left;">A blanket of snow has fallen on the city. S0 take a drive--better yet, a ride on the Metra Electric commuter rail--to the city's historic Pullman neighborhood on the far South Side.&sbquo;&nbsp; Few places in Chicago are as picturesque after a snowfall.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="336" width="512" class="size-full wp-image-14448" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//1071779.jpg" alt="" /><br /><em>111th Street Metra Electric platform looking north. <br />Pullman Clocktower on the left (Photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><!--break--> <img height="350" width="500" class="size-full wp-image-14455" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P10768471.jpg" alt="" /> <code> </code> <br /><em>(Photo by Lee Bey)</em> </p><p>The neighborhood was originally a planned industrial town--America's first--built in the late 1880s by railroad car magnate George M. Pullman.&sbquo;&nbsp; The former factory was nearly lost in a spectacular extra alarm fire more than a decade ago,&sbquo;&nbsp; but has been almost rebuilt, down to the functioning clock tower (even if the time isn't quite correct). The town pretty much stands looking&sbquo;&nbsp; the way it did in the 1890s, with its sturdy brick home and rowhouses in remarkably good condition.</p><p>This <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2008-04-30-chicago-pullman-district_N.htm">USA Today story</a> gives a pretty good primer on the area.&sbquo;&nbsp; Better still,&sbquo;&nbsp; my pal Geoffrey Baer at WTTW takes a walk through Pullman beginning at the 15:40 mark of his <a href="http://video.wttw.com/video/1348295180/chapter/3/">Hidden Chicago 2 </a>documentary. And the neighborhood makes an appearance in the 1990's Harrison Ford film &quot;The Fugitive.&quot;&sbquo;&nbsp; Ford's Richard Kimble makes a call from a Pullman row house at 112th and St Lawrence, and the coppers pull up in front of historic Greenstone Church looking for him. No snow, but you get the idea..</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="300" width="500" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Tp_nLl3q5k4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed height="300" width="500" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Tp_nLl3q5k4&amp;hl=en_US&amp;fs=1&amp;" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed> </object></p></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/real-life-snowglobe-winter-comes-pullman-neigborhood