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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. Lounge on the majestic sand dunes on the beach or take a leisurely stroll along more than 60 miles of trails at the Indiana Dunes. Spend your time here bird watching, enjoy an afternoon on a charter boat on Lake Michigan or take in one of the many other things to do along the South Shore.

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 a waterpark or rent a jet ski for an action-packed day on the lake. Try one of our many excellent restaurants, stay at one of our wonderful hotels 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.


Party Like a Pirate Day

ARRRRRG you ready for some piratey fun? Yes, I said piratey! Whiting's downtown will be the place to "Party Like A...more

Cruisin' through The Times

3/26/15 – 4/30/15
A colorful display of antique and classic cars, each paired with The Times' region headlines from the year the car was...more

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

5/7/15 – 5/10/15
The Indiana Dunes Birding Festival is an annual event that showcases the abundance of migratory birds in the Indiana Dunes....more

Baseball, Brews and Blues

RailCats fans & beer lovers alike will be able to enjoy unlimited craft beer samples from many local and national vendors....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

Fair in the Air

Fair Oaks Farms has brought some of the best professional kite teams to Northwest Indiana for a spectacular event that will...more

Mother's Day Brunch

T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub will be hosting a Mother's Day Brunch which will feature a prime rib and honey-baked ham...more

Crown Beer Fest

Join Crown Brewery for their Crown Beer Fest. Tickets are available online and in the brewery. Their VIP experience will be like...more

Corn Roast

6/12/15 – 6/13/15
An old-fashioned street celebration around the Old Lake County Courthouse Lawn and Square, featuring great food, a beer garden,...more

Baseball Season is Here

The White Sox season has begun! Plan a daytrip to Chicago and catch a game while you're here...more

Cruisin' through The Times

Classic cars, each paired with The Times' region headlines from the year the car was manufactured...more

Springtime at Taltree

Enjoy formal gardens, prairies, woods and wetlands in the 330 acres of natural inspiration ...more
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Special Offers

Free Appetizer with Purchase of Entree

March 16 – May 30, 2015
Purchase an entree and receive a free appetizer at The Farmhouse Restaurant at Fair Oaks Farms. Valid through …more





Plan Your Summer Getaway

From local festivals and a candy factory to miles of beaches and a farming adventure, there are plenty of fun stops to discover along the South Shore ... more.



Spotlight South Shore

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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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