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Regional Impressions & Reflections

The Times, — Local artists will display nearly 100 pieces of art at the Regional Impressions & Reflections exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center from Aug. 21 to Sept. 24. Paintings, sculptures and photographs will be included in this exhibition and is free and …More

Save the Date: Century of Progress Tour

The Times, — Visit the historic homes of the Chicago World’s Fair in Beverly Shores during the annual ranger-led tour on Oct. 14. Tickets sell out fast and are available starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 11. The five homes were once a part of the Century of Progress …More

John Dillinger Museum closes

The Times, — The John Dillinger Museum shuttered unexpectedly at 11 a.m. this morning. According to a release from the South Shore CVA, the museum welcomed about 20,000 people since opening in the summer of 2015. A reason for the closing wasn't given in …More

Need for NWI event center proven

The Times, — Our Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra deserves a home venue to anchor its incredible quality-of-life offerings to our Region. Countless Region high school graduates deserve an adequate stage and auditorium in which to celebrate one of the most …More

Enjoy Summer on the South Shore Before the Season Comes to a Close

Ideas in Motion Media Groups (NWIndianalife, Portagelife, Valpolife, LaPortelife), — While the end of the summer season is coming up fast, there is still time to get out and enjoy all of the summer fun that the South Shore has to offer. Across the region you’ll find endless possibilities for great entertainment, dining and outdoor …More

Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival

The Times, — Discover new artists, enjoy fine art, listen to live music and indulge in regional cuisine at the annual Art & Artisan festival on Saturday and Aug. 20. Single-day admission is $5/person. Lubeznik Center for the Arts is at 101 W. Second St., …More

NWI must capitalize on youth tournaments, other events

The Times, — Thousands of visitors flocked to Northwest Indiana, and particularly Crown Point, last month for the National Softball Association Northern World Series. So many folks visited that the city is considering a hotel for its future development plans. …More

Crown Point hopes for hotel soon

The Times, — With thousands of visitors descending upon the city and Northwest Indiana last month for the National Softball Association Northern World Series, the question came up again. Will Crown Point get a hotel? The city not only hosted those …More

Touch of Dutch celebration planned

The Times, — Touch of Dutch in DeMotte celebrates 50 years on Friday and Saturday. The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with entertainment, food, crafts, a beer garden and parade. The fun continues at 8 a.m. Saturday with a 5K and parade at 10 a.m. Don’t miss the …More

Nominations sought for South Shore Legends

The Times, — Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 South Shore Legends to be honored on the Wall of Legends at the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority. The designation recognizes individuals for accomplishments that resonate "in and beyond …More

Lake County Fair begins Friday

The Times, — This year’s Lake County Fair will take place Friday through Aug. 13 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point. Enjoy live entertainment, grandstand motor sports, contests, carnival rides, food vendors and 4-H activities. Mega Ride Passes will be …More

NSA World Series expected to bring 10,000 visitors to the Region

The Times, — More than 10,000 visitors are expected to be in Northest Indiana this week. The National Softball Association Northern World Series comes to the Region for the third time in the past decade. More than 190 teams will compete in multiple age groups …More

Summer adventure, internships in store

The Times, — There’s plenty to do in Northwest Indiana this summer, and a new app is your ticket to finding your way around. The free app, “Summer on the Shore passport,” can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google play. Once you have it, tap on the …More

Time for Pierogi Fest

The Times, — Northwest Indiana’s wackiest festival returns to Whiting on July 28, 29 and 30. Enjoy the Polka Parade on Friday evening, live entertainment all weekend long and plenty of Polish food and specialty vendors. Snap a photo of yourself and Mr. Pierogi …More

Festival of the Lakes

The Times, — The Festival of the Lakes is back. Enjoy carnival rides, a plethora of food and live entertainment each night from July 19 to July 23 at Wolf Lake Park in Hammond. This year's entertainment includes Kool & The Gang, Bush, Limp Bizkit, Flo Rida and …More

Summer Rhapsody Music Festival

The Times, — Summer Rhapsody Music Festival Music lovers can enjoy a free concert Thursdays through August at Valparaiso's Central Park. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will range from rock to country to blues. This Thursday features Hoosier Highway. Bring …More

Sports tourism hits home run with Crown Point tournaments

Post-Tribune, — The crack of a baseball bat makes cash registers ring in Crown Point and surrounding communities as amateur and youth sports bring an influx of people to the area. Speros Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors …More

The Grape Escape

The Times, — The Grape Escape Sip fine wines from Indiana, listen to live music and enjoy the on-site Fetching Market at Munster's Grape Escape from 1 to 8 p.m. July 15 at Centennial Park at 900 N. Centennial Drive in Munster. Tickets are available in advance …More

Blues and BBQ star at notable Griffith fest

The Times, — Blues and BBQ star at notable Griffith fest The aroma of succulent barbecue and the sounds of hot blues artists will heat up the culinary scene and the musical stage in Griffith this weekend. The Broad Street Blues and BBQ Festival takes place …More

Griffith's annual Blues & BBQ Festival begins June 30

The Times, — Griffith's Central Park will transform into a three-day blues festival with sixteen blues bands, more than a dozen BBQ vendors and craft beer on June 30, July 1 and 2. The Broad Street Blues Festival kicks off June 30 at 5:00 p.m. and continues July …More

Broad street Blues and BBQ Festival

The Times, — Blues and BBQ will fill Central Park in Griffith on June 30 and July 1-2. The festival is free, open to the public and will feature 15 artists, including Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Bobby Rush, Joanna Connor and more. Festivities begin at 5:00 …More

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



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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