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"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

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

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Stay for FREE on NYE

Bring in the New Year with your closest friends and family. Book your 3 night stay at a participating home …more

Itineraries & Profile Sheets

Click on any of the links below to see the profile page for our suggested itineraries.

Group Tour Hot Spots
Information on some of our more popular stops for group tours.

All Saints and Little Devils
2 day/1 night or 3 day/2 night package with Ramada Inn, Hammond including the Shrine of Christ's Passion, Teibel's Restaurant, Community Veterans Memorial, John Dillinger Museum and Tommy Gun's Garage.

3 day package also includes Horseshoe Casino, Carmelite Shrine, Barker Mansion, Lange's Old Fashion Meat Market, Albanese Candy Factory, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Chapel of the Resurrection and Hoosier Bat Company.

From Soup to Nuts - What You See Is What You Eat
3 day/2 night package with Ramada Inn, Hammond including Horseshoe Casino, Teibel's Restaurant, JT Shrimp Farm, Fair Oaks Farms, Albanese Candy Factory, Lange's Old Fashion Meat Market, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, County Line Orchard (seasonal), Tommy Guns Garage and the Indiana Welcome Center.

Holy Cow - It Has Everything
3 day/2 night package with Ramada Inn, Hammond including Albanese Candy Factory, Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, Horseshoe Casino, Hoosier Bat, Shrine of Christ's Passion, and Chicago attractions: China Town, Architecture River Cruise, Museum of Science and Industry, Tommy Gun's Garage and a Step on Guide for the Untouchable Gangster Tour). 

Theatre at the Center
Your group will give rave reviews!

  • Live theatre
  • Matinee lunches
  • Dinner theatre events
  • Sunday champagne brunch

Groups love their “one stop option” for Broadway-style theatre and fine cuisine with exceptional personalized service! 
Suggested itineraries:

  • Join them for great theatre and meal packages:
    • Matinees on Wednesdays and Thursdays with lunch
    • Matinees on Sundays with their famous champagne brunch voted “Best in the Region”
  • Visit the South Shore Arts Gift Shop and Art Gallery
  • Great theatre, meals, gift shop and art all under one roof at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts!

Coach buses welcome! Free parking! Accessible seating and hearing assistance devices available!

GROUP SALES: 219-836-3258
For more info:

Click on any of the links below to see the profile pages for our most popular group tour stops.

Ramada Inn, Hammond - Your Chicago Connection 

Albanese Confectionery Group

Community Veteran's Memorial 

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Hoosier Bat

Lange's Meat Market 

Shrine of Christ's Passion

Teibel's Restaurant 

Theatre at the Center 

Barker Mansion 

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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