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Visit Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area through December to see thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrating through the area
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Welcome to Lake Michigan's South Shore in Indiana

Along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy. Just a short 30-minute trip from Chicago’s downtown, the South Shore is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Midwest.

As the leaves turn and fall fades into winter, be sure to enjoy some time outdoors. From the majestic dunes along Lake Michigan to the Kankakee Sands and savannas in the south, our corner of the state is home to diverse landscapes and ecosystems. More than 10,000 Sandhill cranes visit the shallow marshes at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area during their annual migration to the southern states. 

If the cool air sends you indoors, be sure to try your luck at one of our four lakefront casinos; enjoy dinner and a show or visit one of the region’s microbreweries to find your favorite craft beer.  Want to brush up on your skating skills before the lakes freeze over? Enjoy open skate or drop-in hockey at the Midwest Training and Ice Center this season.

Find your quiet getaway or your exciting weekend, here in the South Shore. 


Hammond Holiday Parade

Join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2015 Holiday Season.  The parade begins at Gavit High School and runs north on...more

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

11/7/15 – 1/3/16
The Indiana Welcome Center features six animated displays depicting scenes from the holiday classic "A Christmas...more

Hobart Holiday Market

Enjoy a Sunday filled with shopping from our great vendors; baked goods by our very own Maria Reiner Senior Center....more

New Years Eve

Sage Restaurant will be offering a limited prixe fixe menu on New Years Eve from 5-10pm. Limited seats and RSVP is required,...more

The Art of Pasta Cooking Class

Join Sage on January 19th for "Perfect Pasta" with Chef Joe where you'll learn the art of making pasta at home!...more

Sandhill Cranes Fall Migration

Watch as thousands of sandhill cranes visit the shallow marshes at Jasper-Pulaski Wildlife Area...more

Hammond Holiday Parade

On December 5th in Hammond, join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2015 Holiday Season...more
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Special Offers

Majestic Star - $59 Special Room Rate Offer

July 02 – December 29, 2015
PRINT THIS COUPON! $59.00 Per night based on single or double occupancy. Sunday through Thursday excluding …more



Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay

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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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