See thousands of sandhill cranes - more info here
Visit Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area through December to see thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrating through the area
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Welcome to the South Shore

Along Lake Michigan

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.

Get ready for the holidays with a shopping trip to the local shops, malls or outlet stores. Or enjoy one of the many holiday events in the area.

As winter moves in, cool air and snow along the southern shores of Lake Michigan make it the perfect place to enjoy winter activities. Sled down the majestic dunes, cross-country ski along miles of trails, enjoy a quiet afternoon ice-fishing or grab some time on the ice with your skates.

If the chilly 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.

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


Experience the Season in Whiting

11/26/16 – 1/8/17
Experience the enchantment of the season and embrace family tradition in the City of Whiting. Enjoy the 2016 holiday events...more


11/24/16 – 12/31/16
Pete, Tina, and Petey Basala's amazing Christmas display in Hammond, Indiana! Come by and see the new reindeer for this year....more


12/14/16 – 12/15/16
Indiana Ballet Theatre will transform the Star Plaza Theatre into a winter wonderland while performing this timeless holiday...more

Holiday Express

12/3/16 – 12/17/16
Taltree’s Railway Garden & Depot are transformed into a winter wonderland, with a train-themed tree, holiday décor, special...more

Winter Solstice Hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Join a ranger for a late afternoon hike at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s West Beach on Saturday, December 17, from 3:00 pm...more

South Shore Brewery Trail App

Download the app to find craft breweries and brew fests plus get alerts on the latest brewery news...more

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Featuring six animated displays depicting scenes from "A Christmas Story" ......more
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Special Offers

Inn at Aberdeen $30 Off Per Night

February 03 – December 24, 2016
The Inn at Aberdeen is offering $30 off per night with printed coupon from this website. Not valid with other …more



South Shore Brewery Trail

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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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