The city of Crown Point has a history with John Dillinger. Dillinger was held in the "escape proof" Crown Point jail awaiting trial for allegedly killing Sgt. William O'Malley during the robbery of the First National Bank of East Chicago. He refuted this title when he held his captors at gunpoint and escaped. The gun, later found to be a wooden gun he claimed to have whittled, is now held by the Dillinger Museum in a safe deposit box. An exact replica is on display in the museum.
The old Lake County Courthouse, affectionately referred to as the "Grand Old Lady," is a beautiful combination of Romanesque and Georgian architectural styles. The courthouse shops on the lower level offer a unique shopping experience down a brick corridor lined with elegant photographs. Visitors can shop for antiques, toys, decorations, candy, clothing and more. The gourmet store, Mescolare, carries specialty foods and unique kitchenware, perfect for gifts or preparing a delicious meal at home.
The Maki Ballroom, on the second floor, is the site of many wedding receptions, meetings, parties and concerts. For information on renting the ballroom, call (219) 663-0660.
Also on the second floor is the Lake County Historical Museum. The museum has countless historical artifacts and documents that represent the history of Lake County and specifically Crown Point. The museum includes collections of clothing, military uniforms, Native American artifacts, tools, photographs, and documents representing every city and town in Lake County.