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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

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

Contest, wish list ring in holidays

The Times, — Do you have a favorite photo taken this year, or several? If so, we have a contest for you. Our Best of 2016 NWI Photo contest is off and running, and we invite you to share your best shots. An entry form is attached to this column online. …More

Museums, attractions keep NWI relevant

Post-Tribune, — New looks and fresh perspectives keep people and institutions relevant, even while holding on to past history and traditions. This is proving to be true where our Region’s current and future museums and special attractions are concerned. …More

Bring your ugly lamps to Hammond

The Times, — Win your very own leg lamp by entering your ugly lamp into the Ugly Lamp Contest at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Bring your “born ugly” or “made ugly” lamps this week to be entered. The contest is held in conjunction with the exhibit, “A …More

Annual dinner thanks veterans

The Times, — Geisen Funeral Home hosted more than 90 guests, veterans and their spouses at the sixth annual Veterans Dinner held at the Geisen Reception Centre. Guests were treated to a complimentary catered dinner and fully enjoyed a presentation by Marc Chase, …More

Local chefs cook up cash for March of Dimes

The Times, — HOBART —Eric and Rachel Best know just how important the work of March of Dimes can be to babies as their three children combined spent more than 150 days in the NICU and they lost another at 35 weeks. “Premature birth is something nobody should …More

Avalon Manor Hosts Annual Signature Chefs Auction to Benefit the March of Dimes

Ideas in Motion Media Groups (NWIndianalife, Portagelife, Valpolife, LaPortelife), — Avalon Manor Hosts Annual Signature Chefs Auction to Benefit the March of Dimes Local businesses and hundreds of area residents packed into Avalon Manor for the annual Signature Chefs Auction to raise money for the March of Dimes. The event …More

Celebrity chefs Battle in a Cook-off to Benefit March of Dimes

The Times, — HOBART —Three Northwest Indiana celebrity chefs are willing to put their friendships aside for a couple of hours for the benefit of the March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Auction upcoming fundraiser Monday. “I love Jeff (Strack) and Speros …More

Dunes National Lakeshore to get Cinematic Treatment

Post-Tribune, — NOVEMBER 3, 2016 Home movies are a great way to celebrate a birthday, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is doing just that, but with a twist. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore turns 50 years old this Saturday, November 5, and …More

Farm to Table Experience is Saturday

The Times, — Farm to Table Experience County Line Orchard will host their annual Farm to Table event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets include an appetizer bar, beer/wine/spirit tasting, a restaurant tasting and dessert – all made from locally sourced …More

Model train show makes connection to memories

Post-Tribune, — For Bob Davey of Valparaiso browsing the tables of model train engines, cars and components Saturday at the 3rd annual Thanksgiving Weekend Model Train Show was a trip down memory lane. "When I was a kid, my dad had a Lionel train set," Davey …More

NWI Good Fit for Lincoln Funeral Train

The Times, — Our Region exhibits many promising signs of seizing upon opportunities for improving quality of life and attractiveness to visitors and prospective residents. A bid underway in Griffith to provide a permanent home for the 2015 Lincoln Funeral …More

Region Seeks Lincoln Funeral Train

The Times, — It’s a historical work of art, capturing one of the most monumental events from one of our nation’s most defining eras. Now Region municipal, nonprofit and tourism officials are lodging their bid to permanently house this gem in Northwest …More

Presidential Politics Stressing You Out? Welcome to the Club

Post-Tribune, — Is the volatile presidential election causing you too much stress? Have you lost friends over it? Do you feel estranged by your family over your choice of candidate? You're not alone. More than half of American adults claim similar anxiety amid …More

Not Everyone Wants to Follow the Pied Piper

Chicago Tribune, — Not everyone wants to follow the pied piper. When you're a leader, a trend-setter, a force of nature, there are certain powers that accrue to your vortex of influence. But to unleash the surge of primal energy, you need followers. Acolytes. …More

Lake Commissioner Debate Centers on Taxes

The Times, — Taxes, patronage politics, trains and whether voters want a change were debated Monday night in a forum for Lake County Board of Commissioners 2nd District candidates. Schererville Town Councilman Jerry Tippy, 55, a Republican, is challenging …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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