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Welcome to Lake Michigan's South Shore in Indiana


Beauty, history, fun and excitement are yours to discover on the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Just a short 30 minute drive away from the heart of downtown Chicago, the South Shore is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the country's Midwest. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Buckley Homestead, or experience the winter beauty of the dunes' shelf ice. Spend some time exploring any of the South Shore's museums to discover history, art and culture.

If it's excitement you like, head to one of our four lake-front casino boats for the thrill of gaming. Or you can take the family to any of the South Shore's hills for exhilarating sledding and cross country skiing. Try one of our many excellent restaurants or take in a show and enjoy top name entertainment. Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway or an exciting weekend, the South Shore has something for everyone.



Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln

2/24/14 – 4/30/14
Learn about the state and region's contribution to our nation's bloodiest war through a series of special events and exhibits....more

Spring Chimes Exhibit

4/1/14 – 5/31/14
Artistic wind chimes are showcased throughout the arboretum. Chimes will be clustered by material or sound. 1....more

Green Gary Day

Join rangers to celebrate Green Gary Day and start the spring season out right! Activities include a Junior Ranger program, kids'...more

Waterscape Weekend Garden and Pond Expo

4/26/14 – 4/27/14
Exhibits include wind twirlers stone bird houses, yard art, patio benches, koi and goldfish, aquatic plants, landscape...more

Explore the South Shore

Explore the South Shore is a FREE event featuring the “Family Fun” activities and events in the Northwest Indiana...more

2014 Champions Experience Promotion

Enter now thru June 6 for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the Encompass Championship with GOLF NOW! Chicago…more

125 miles of trails

Plan to bike or walk along some of the winding trails in the South Shore this spring with these trail maps...more

Summer CAMP at JAK's Warehouse

Kids will love the seven indoor attractions, team building, face painting, art classes, robotics and more...more
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Special Offers

Inn at Aberdeen $30 Off Per Night

February 03 – December 23, 2014
The Inn at Aberdeen is offering $30 off per night with printed coupon from the website below. Not valid with …more




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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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