CNI is the master developer of Pullman Park, the former long abandoned 180-acre steel company site. Today the redeveloped, $130 million mixed-use site at 111th Street and I-94 has coordinated nearly $400 million in new investments, attracted new national and local businesses and amenities, and created over 1,500 jobs.
Understanding the need to create new jobs to bring people back to the community, CNI turned its attention to attracting new businesses to Pullman Park, the former site of Ryerson Steel. By accentuating the community’s assets, its location and proximity to transportation, large tracts of contiguous and available land and access to a skilled workforce, CNI attracted Method Products and its parent company SC Johnson, two Gotham Greens commercial greenhouses, a Whole Foods Midwest Distribution Center, and Chicago’s first Amazon fulfillment center. And near the businesses at the intersection of 111th and Doty Avenue are a new Culver’s restaurant and a Potbelly Sandwich Shop which serves Pullman Park’s employees, residents, and visitors.
CNI’s focus on attracting retailers to Pullman Park has delivered much-needed services, and amenities to the Pullman, Roseland, and the Greater Calumet Region. Among them are the Pullman Community Center, a Walmart with a full-service grocery store, a Ross Dress for Less, a Planet Fitness and an Advocate Health Care facility and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL Blue Door wellness center.
- Project: Pullman Park
- Location: 111th and Doty Avenue, surrounding area
- Results:1,500+ permanent jobs. Developed more than 1.75 million square-feet of commercial, industrial, and recreational space. Catalyzed additional investments and developments. From 2010 to 2018, Pullman’s unemployment declined 8%, and its violent crime rate decreased 34% from 2015 to 2017.