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The City of Valparaiso is known for many things including Valparaiso University, a beautiful downtown, and their annual Popcorn Festival.
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Welcome to Lake Michigan's South Shore in Indiana

Beauty, history, fun and excitement are yours to discover along 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. Pick sweet, crisp apples at County Line Orchard or experience the Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Buckley Homestead. Enjoy the local flavor at festivals like Valparaiso's Brewfest or Hammond's Bizarre Bazaar.

If it's excitement you like, head to one of our four lakefront casino boats for the thrill of gaming. Take a drive along the lakefront or bike along one of the many trails to enjoy the beautiful fall colors at the Indiana Dunes then spend the night at one of our wonderful hotels. Sample craft beers at one of the region's many microbreweries. Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway or an exciting weekend, the South Shore has things to do for everyone.


Entertainment at T.J. Maloney's

Starting 9/4/15
T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub dishes up more than just tasty Irish fare and a brilliantly friendly staff. It's the place to...more

Hammond Hops Fest and 10K Beer Run

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Port Authority are proud to announce Hammond's first beer fest. The Hammond Hops...more

Rensselaer OktoberFest

Main Street Rensselaer invites you to enjoy a festive night of German and American cuisine from local eateries, try wines from...more

Clocktower Power Model Boat Race

9/10/15 – 9/13/15
Watch over 80 national and international boaters with nearly 300 boats traveling at speeds up to 70 miles per hour racing on the...more

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

Named the "Best Festival of the Region" by The Times readers, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival continues to offer...more

10th Annual DHC Bizarre Bazaar

Admission is free. Attractions include bands, vendors, children's games and art activities and a car show. Join the unexpected,...more

Hobart's Brews & Blues

Sample some of the best craft beer from the region and beyond while enjoying soulful sounds. General admission begins at 3pm...more

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

The Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce's annual Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show will take over downtown Wheatfield.   ...more

Free Admission Day - John Dillinger Museum

The John Dillinger Museum inside the Old Lake County Courthouse will offer free admission Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. The event is...more

Lincoln Funeral Train Display

10/8/15 – 10/11/15
On April 21, 1865, a train carrying the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln leaves Washington D.C., on its way to...more


10/10/15 – 10/11/15
Beefing up the fest with a two-day weekend packed full of fall family fun, Fair Oaks Farms is bringing in Halloween Wars Season...more

Serenity Springs Sip and Stroll Open House Festival

You're invited to discover Serenity Springs while strolling the grounds and exploring the cabins. Nestled on 85 acres, Serenity...more

Munster Ale Fest

The town of Munster welcomes you to a most - anticipated fall event. Bring your taste for great beer and spirit for fun as...more


The Hobart Chamber of Commerce will be hosting BrOOFEST 2015 at the Radisson. They will be featuring local craft breweries and...more

John Dillinger Museum

The museum has reopened in its new home inside the historic Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point ...more

Lincoln Funeral Train

View a replica of the train that carried President Abraham Lincoln's body across the United States...more

First Friday: Music by Peter Aglinskas

September 4th, guitarist Peter Aglinskas returns to First Fridays at Lubeznik Center for the Arts...more
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Special Offers

Teibel's Dining Discount

February 02 – November 30, 2015
Receive 10% off dine in or carryout order at Teibel's Restaurant in Schererville. Not valid with any other …more



Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay Nominations

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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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