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$3 off Growlers at St. John Malt Brothers

Receive $3 off growler fills every Sunday at St. John Malt Brothers Craft Brewers.more

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The South Shore's rich farmland and thriving industry brought thousands of families to northwest Indiana and with them their cultural celebrations, foods and traditions. Throughout the year, you can experience more than 40 nationalities at our restaurants, special events and historical sites without leaving the region.

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Pierogi Fest ®

July 28, 2017 to July 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Visit Whiting, IN for tons of food vendors of all sorts, the Pierogi Parade, games, beer garden, musical entertainment and just plain fun for all ages. Admission is FREE so make sure you bring the whole family to enjoy the festivities! Where else can you see grown women dressed up like our grandmothers (bushas, as we say) in housecoats and babushkas? Or the lawnmower brigade s... More

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Independence Holiday Concert at West Beach

July 02, 2017
  • Venue: West Beach
  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303
  • Times: 7:00 PM
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882
  • Website

Celebrate our nation’s independence with a United States Military Band Concert at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Join the 85th Army Band, stationed out of Arlington Heights, Illinois, for a free concert on the beach at the national lakeshore’s West Beach on Sunday, July 2nd at 7:00 pm. The army's concert band will perform from the back steps of the West Beach bath house, so ... More

Bailly Homestead Candlelight Tour

July 08, 2017

Take a candlelight tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Bailly Homestead on Saturday, July 8, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Learn about life in Northwest Indiana 150 years ago during this free, night-time tour. Meet the ranger at the Bailly/Chellberg parking lot at 7:30 pm and be prepared for a leisurely 1/3 mile hike through the woods to the homestead. No reservation... More

Native American Heritage Day at Friendship Botanic Gardens

July 09, 2017

Celebrate the rich and enduring legacy of Native American Heritage along the very same river banks and forested valleys where the Potawatomi hunted and fished hundreds of years ago.  Visitors will also have the chance to experience Indigenous Peoples’ traditional gardening, trapping, cooking and crafting techniques first-hand.  For more information contact  info@friendshipgar... More

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Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm Open House & Cemetery Tours

May 28, 2017 to July 30, 2017 (Every Sunday)

Join rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for an afternoon exploring our historic homesteads every Sunday in July from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet at 12:00 pm in the Bailly and Chellberg main parking lot for an informative 90-minute hike to the Bailly Cemetery. Upon returning, explore the interiors of both historic homes and homesteads from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Learn about ... More

Music Heritage Series

Started July 21, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

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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
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
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
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
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