Pullman at its best! – Fra Noi


Month after month, I have told people to visit Pullman for one event or another, but in this column I have more than one event to woo you.

Three events that have been beset by the pandemic have made a comeback this year or are expected to do so: the annual Pullman Picnic, the St. Anthony Dinner Dance and the Pullman House Tour.

The Pullman Picnic was held at the beginning of August and those present had a great time. It was one of those 90 degree days made a little cooler by the canopy I provided for the event. My area was busy with visitors stopping throughout the day. Since Spaghetti-Os has stopped meeting, the picnic was a great opportunity for the members to come together.

As leaders of Spaghetti-Os, Bonny and George Sandona drew a large number of people to Pullman that Saturday. Sonia Carli and daughter Diane were from Wrigleyville, Denise Fattori-Alcantar from Pullman, Pete Guglielmi from Crete, Tina Muratori from New Lenox and John and Mary Jane Bonaguro Dyrek from Florida all stopped by.

The weather was scorching but the shade made it bearable. Antonio Michelangelo was the best-behaved dog ever, spending the day walking among the visitors sitting under our awning. My daughter, Jamie, her husband Eric, my grandchildren, Fiona and Ethan, and their dog, Molly, traveled from the Edison Park neighborhood in northwest Chicago to meet friends of my many years. in Roseland and Pullman.

St. Anthony’s Dinner Dance is back! As one of the most important fundraising events in the parish, it will take place on the evening of October 9. As in the past, it will be held at the Serbian Community Center at 18550 S. Stony Island in Lansing, Illinois.

This is a great opportunity to reach out to old classmates and schedule an informal class reunion. To request dinner dance tickets, organize a class reunion, or answer your questions, call the Rectory at 773-468-6800.

The 48th Annual Pullman House Tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 9-10. This weekend, a number of community buildings and residences are open to the general public.

These well-preserved, 140-year-old houses range from executive houses to small worker cabins and multi-unit apartments. The Queen Anne architectural style and charm of these residences is unparalleled in Chicago history. With the leaves changing to their glorious fall hues, tour participants can truly appreciate the mansard roofs and green and red trim, as well as the Illinois red brick found in Pullman.

As a preservation community, any modification of the residences must have the effect of bringing the façade as close as possible to its original state. However, what residents do with the interiors of their Pullman homes has led to many innovative and ingenious decorating ideas. Some of these interiors have been featured in magazines. The Pullman tour allows everyone to see these innovations and restorations.

The house tour weekend will also include a vintage car display, music at the Arcade Park bandstand, food and drink for sale, and much more. The tour will be headquartered at the Pullman Visitor’s Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. For more information, call 773-785-8901.

Do you like the section? Buy the book!

Copies of “Petals From Roseland: Fond Memories of Chicago’s Roseland, Pullman and Kensington Neighborhoods” are available at my house with fast delivery at $ 20 + $ 5 shipping.

More than 700 copies have been sold. The Roselandians who bought my book are delighted to see their memories come to life. I am grateful for the opportunity to have provided so many fond memories of Roseland.

My book is also available from D&D Foods, 1023 S. Halsted, Chicago Heights and Bookie’s New and Used Books, 10324 S. Western Ave, Chicago.

Contact CJ Martello at 11403 S. Saint Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60628; 773-701-6756; or pé[email protected]


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