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Visit Region's Attractions and Win

The Times, — Enter to win a 2017 Subaru Forester by visiting the Region’s attractions, restaurants and retail stores. Download the Summer on the Shore Passport App in Google Play or the iStore. More than 50 locations and events are included; users who visit at …More

Crown Point event pays tribute to 'Public Enemies'

Post-Tribune, — Tim Fealy remembers the excitement of the on-location shooting in Crown Point in 2008 for the film "Public Enemies." "We had people coming from all over the Midwest to Crown Point during those three or four days of filming here hoping to catch a …More

RDA makes South Shore commitment for Lake, Porter counties

The Times, — MERRILLVILLE — The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority on Thursday committed $3 million annually to the South Shore Line's Double Track project, part of a $290 million effort to add a second set of tracks between Gary and Michigan City …More

ChicagoLand Popcorn to expand to a second location in St. John

The Times, — Gourmet popcorn places are popping up left and right in the Tri-Town. Goody's Famous Popcorn just opened in Dyer, and now Hobart-based ChicagoLand Popcorn will open its second location this summer, in the Lake Central Plaza in St. John. "We …More

RDA commits funding for rail improvements

Post-Tribune, — A project to speed up the South Shore Line's service has funding commitments now from three of the four counties along the line. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority voted unanimously Thursday to commit $3 million a year for 30 …More

Food and Arts Festival begins Friday

The Times, — The annual Food and Arts Festival will take placefrom noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday in downtown Crown Point. Enjoy a variety of food, live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors. Learn more at Lake Effekt You’ll …More

Hometown Festival serving up Corn Roast for nearly 50 years

The Times, — It’s that time of year again. Time to head over for some ears of corn and a bushel of family fun! The Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) Hometown Festival’s Corn Roast and Family Fun Day are back, set for June 9 and 10 on the Crown Point …More

Fetching Market No.11

The Times, — Don't miss the 11th installment of Fetching Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Parish in Schererville. Fetching Market offers unique, vintage items and specialty finds. Enjoy live music, local beers and fare during your visit. …More

Crown Brewing Preparing for its Popular Beer Fest

The Times, — CROWN POINT — About 50 breweries and more than 200 beers will welcome 3,000 thirsty craft brew fans for the eighth annual Crown Beer Fest June 10 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Ten of the participating breweries set up shop at Crown Brewing …More

South Shore Line Posters - A Retrospective of Original Paintings

The Times, — View the South Shore Line paintings for the 20th Anniversary of the "Just Around the Corner" South Shore Line posters at the Indiana Welcome Center, now through June 18. The Indiana Welcome Center is located at I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in …More

'Chicago PD' episode raises Crown Point mayor's ire

The Times, — CROWN POINT — Mayor David Uran would like an apology from NBC executives or the producers of "Chicago PD" regarding an episode of the police drama that recently aired. In the episode, Chicago police are investigating the murder of a black male in …More

No Gary Air Show in 2017, mayor says - Post-Tribune

Post-Tribune, — The Gary Air Show won't happen in 2017. In a statement released Friday evening, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said that because of an inability to attract sponsors, the city could not afford incurring $350,000 in debt it would take to produce …More

Gary Air Show facing turbulence as sponsor deadline looms

Post-Tribune, — The Gary Air Show could be grounded this summer because it lacks sponsors to support the pricey $350,000 two-day flight festival, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said. Freeman-Wilson said the city is in talks with a possible sponsor, but it's likely …More

South Shore CVA Encourages Cathedral Thinking in 2017 Tourism Luncheon

Ideas in Motion Media Groups (NWIndianalife, Portagelife, Valpolife, LaPortelife), — On Wednesday afternoon, the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority invited local businesses, restaurants, and community leaders to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond to celebrate and raise awareness for the importance of tourism in a …More

South Shore CVA honors Hospitality and Business leaders at Holiday Reception

Ideas in Motion Media Groups (NWIndianalife, Portagelife, Valpolife, LaPortelife), — The Indiana Welcome Center is ready for the holidays, already sporting Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, red and green lights and displays celebrating Hammond, the birthplace of the iconic film "A Christmas Story." Each year, during …More

'Wag Your Tail' brings holiday season to the dogs

Post-Tribune, — If Geoffrey Chaucer was annoyed at the indignities of wearing a Santa costume, he didn't show it Wednesday night The year-old English bulldog instead pranced, preened and, after a while, collapsed on the Welcome Center's cold tile floor, splayed …More

Shuttle Service Available for A Major Event and Holiday Market

Ideas in Motion Media Groups (NWIndianalife, Portagelife, Valpolife, LaPortelife), — Shuttle Service Available for A Major Event and Holiday Market The Indiana Welcome Center’s annual exhibit, A Christmas Story Comes Home, will kick-off this Saturday with two events, the annual A Major Event and the new Holiday Market. A free …More

Write a theme, win a prize: tell us what you want for Christmas 2016

Ideas in Motion Media Groups (NWIndianalife, Portagelife, Valpolife, LaPortelife), — Is your heart set on getting that one special gift for Christmas? Ralphie Parker from the holiday classic A Christmas Story had his heart set on unwrapping a Red Ryder BB Gun on Christmas morning. Ralphie poured out his yearning to his teacher, Miss …More

Hotel Building Boom Sweeping across NWI

The Times, — One of Northwest Indiana’s largest and best-known hotels, the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville, will get torn down early next year and replaced with a more upscale hotel with about 100 fewer rooms. But despite the downsizing of one …More



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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