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Art and culture enthusiasts have several options just around the bend from Chicago along the South Shore. 

South Shore Arts (formerly the Northern Indiana Arts Association) has open gallery space in Munster, Hammond and Crown Point and hosts regular exhibits from local, national and international artisans. Additionally, the White Ripple Gallery & Co. in Hammond has professionally curated shows that rotate monthly and features artist-made jewelry, clothing, crafts, furniture, and modern and vintage goods. A leisurely stroll through one of the Northwest Indiana's many downtowns will uncover some of the many smaller art galleries, public art exhibits and community art projects.

The Chicago-style Equity Theater Company, housed in the Theatre at the Center, regularly performs classics by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Northwest Indiana's local resident company, Indiana Ballet Theatre, has been providing timeless ballet and dance classics to the area for more than 30 years. Sold out audiences have been able to enjoy full-length productions such as The Nutcracker, Thumbelina, Swan Lake and Cinderella performed by IBT's professional dancers.

Many visitors to the South Shore include a day-trip to Chicago in their plans. Tommy Gun's Garage, a roaring 20's speakeasy featuring dinner, theater and audience interaction, is the perfect way to end a day in Chicago.

Enjoying the outdoors along the southern shores of Lake Michigan is as easy as a mid-summers breeze. Boating, sailing, fishing and swimming are just some of the activities you can enjoy on South Shore beaches. For the more adventurous, you can dive right in to Great Lakes maritime history. Lake Michigan is the final home of more shipwrecks than all other Great Lakes combined! The southern end of Lake Michigan was recently named by Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the top 10 destinations for scuba diving in the United States.

Interested in a little Las Vegas style gaming? See what lady luck has in store by visiting your choice of our five lakefront casinos. Horseshoe in Hammond is the closest casino to Chicago, followed by the newly renovated Ameristar Casino and Hotel in East Chicago, Majestic Star Casinos and Hotel and Blue Chip Casino and Hotel in Michigan City. Hundreds of games, thousands of slot machines, live entertainment, gourmet steakhouses and expansive buffets are just some of the excitement that can be found on these lakefront casinos.


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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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