I also said that I would take the factory tour, and I did. There will only be a few more tours before they close it for restoration. First of all, the tour guide (who's lived there for almost 50 years) did a great job explaining not only elements of the building and the company, but the area's history and the more subtle issues that have arisen, such as the possibility of Section-8 housing, which means dollars for the developer (and alderman?) but headaches for the residents. Right now the neighborhood has a great, relaxing vibe that makes it a jewel within the city limits, and the people who live there want to keep it that way.
What I saw of the factory will not be the same next year, not just because of the restoration but because I reckon they're going to do a lot of publicity to get visitors down there. The place deserves it, but in the meantime, if you want to see the pre-hyped version, go there now.
|Entrance to the factory site on 111th street.|
|Pullman building in back, Acme realia in front.|
|from Acme Steel|
|Rebuilt administration building in background.|
Though these Acme items might stay.
|Steel industry art.|
|Rebuilt after the evil arson.|
But some original brick and a tiny part of the original factory remain.
I'm guessing future visitors post-rehab won't be able to wonder in such a space anymore.
As I was walking along a former carriage path that used to wind its way beside a lake...
I thought, "I'm coming back."
While the factory is being revitalized, I could just hang out at the Pullman cafe.