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More than 6,500 Softball Players and Fans Visit the South Shore and Downtown Crown Point

More than 6,500 athletes, families and coaches will descend upon Northwest Indiana, next week, for the 2017 National Softball Association Girls Fast Pitch “B & C” World Series. The tournament will take place at fields throughout the South Shore including Crown Point, Highland, Hobart, Munster, LaPorte, Michigan City and Portage. Teams will come from as far away as Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.…More

NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit Arrives in NWI Today

The NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit will arrive at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond (7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond) at approximately 5:00 p.m. with more than 100 motorcycles from the Indiana Patriot Guard and 20-25 squad cards. The group will meet at the Indiana Welcome Center before departing to the Lake County Public Library at approximately 6:00 p.m.…More

Calling All Car Enthusiasts for the Annual South Shore Car Show

The South Shore Regional Car Show will be held at Fair Oaks Farms on August 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or make a donation to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana as admission.…More

Game Day Nationals Will Bring Thousands of Visitors to the Region

Crown Point, Ind. will soon be bustling with amateur athletes from around the nation. Game Day Nationals, held July 6-9 in Crown Point will bring 118 teams to play at the Legacy Fields at the Sportsplex, Legacy Fields at Center Ross Park, Jerry Ross Park and the Crown Point High School.…More

Goodland Grand Prix Rolls into Town June 23-25

The Goodland Grand Prix Festival is in its 15th year and features a .69 miles, 8-turn street course winding through the streets of Goodland. Enjoy go-kart racing at the Goodland Grand Prix from June 23-25.…More

South Shore Line Posters Exhibit Receives Encore

Due to the popularity of The South Shore Line Poster Exhibit: A Retrospective of Original Paintings, the 50 original paintings will again be on display at the Indiana Welcome Center from July 5 to August 6. The paintings on display are a part of the Millennium series campaign that commenced 20 years ago.…More

Summer on the Shore Contest Begins Today

The Summer on the Shore promotion offers residents and visitors the chance to win a 2017 Subaru Forester among other prizes by visiting participating attractions, shops, restaurants and events.…More

Central Park Will Be Taken Over By Blues and BBQ

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 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and July 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.…More

ChicagoLand Popcorn To Open In St. John, Indiana

Merrillville-based ChicagoLand Popcorn has announced plans to open a second location within Lake Central Plaza in St. John, Indiana. The approximately 1,500-square-foot store is scheduled to open this summer by August. It's conveniently located on Route 41 and 82nd Lane approximately two miles south of Route 30 across from Lake Central High School, and two miles north of the Shrine of Christ’s Passion, a premier attraction in NWI.…More

New Adventure Park Hosts Family Days

Edge Adventures NW Indiana – Deep River will host Family Days on June 3-4 featuring free food and special discounts to commemorate their recent grand opening in Crown Point. Children 12 and under will be able to experience the park for free during the event with the purchase of an adult admission. One adult admission is equal to one free child admission.…More

Leon’s Triathlon Set for June 4th

Hundreds of triathletes will descent upon Wolf Lake Memorial Park for the annual Leon’s Triathlon on Sunday, June 4. Leon’s Triathlon, known as “America’s Race,” is a nationally broadcast race. The race steps off at 8:00 a.m. (CST).…More

South Shore Line Posters Exhibit: A Retrospective of Original Paintings

The South Shore Line Poster Exhibit: A Retrospective of Original Paintings will be on display from May 20 to June 18 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Ind. The 50 original paintings are a part of the Millennium series campaign commenced 20 years ago.…More

The South Shore Welcomes International Travelers

The South Shore will host 15 international travelers from Great Britain during a FAM (familiarization) tour of the Midwest. The MegaFam tour group began May 11 in Pennsylvania and will travel to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.…More

South Shore CVA Announces Free Social Media Workshop

Tyler Malec, social media specialist at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, will host a free Social Media Workshop at the Indiana Welcome Center on Tuesday, May 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. The workshop focuses on building community engagement and understanding the nature of word-of-mouth on social media.…More

“The Great Emerson Art Heist” Book Showing April 28th

Kendall Svengalis, author of “The Great Emerson Art Heist” will present to the public on Friday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The book showing is free and open to the public. Svengalis will also be on hand to sign books.…More

Online Registration Ends Soon for Biggest Loser Race Series

"The Biggest Loser" Race Series is coming to Crown Point, Indiana on Sunday, April 30th, as it hosts a Half Marathon, 5K, and a new "Motivational Mile." The half marathon will start at 8:00 a.m., the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the "Motivational Mile" will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Lake County Fairgrounds. The last day to register online is April 28.…More

Kick-off the Summer at Explore the South Shore

The annual Explore the South Shore returns to the Indiana Welcome Center on April 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families will enjoy entertainment and family fun at this free event.…More

3,500+ Athletes & Families Arrive in the Region This Weekend

The South Shore will have a busy weekend as athletes, coaches and families visit northwest Indiana for the Scholastic Chess of Indiana State Team Championships and Lutheran Basketball Tournament.…More

‘Chair’ish the Children Reception to Raise Awareness of Child Abuse

The annual ‘Chair’ish the Children reception will be hosted at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond on April 26. From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. visitors can view the decorated child-sized chairs and bid during the silent auction. All monies raised benefit the Prevent Child Abuse Lake County (PCALC). The chairs will be on display from March 25 to April 26 in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Welcome Center during normal business hours.…More

TWO GREAT SHOWS, ONE AMAZING PRICE!

What's better than a great stage performance by some of Northern Indiana's finest dancers? How about TWO great stage shows by some of Northern Indiana's finest Indiana Ballet Theatre dancers!…More

YMCA State Short Course Swimming Championships Bring Hundreds to the Region

More than 800 swimmers and their families will travel to the region this weekend for the Illinois YMCA State Short Course Swimming Championships. The Championships will return to Lake Central High School in St. John for the third year.…More

South Shore CVA CEO Selected for US Travel Association’s Board of Directors

The US Travel Association announced the results of the member-wide vote for the 2017 US Travel Association Officers and At-Large Directors. Speros A. Batistatos, President/CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority was selected and will serve his first term as an At-Large Director for 2017-2019. Batistatos was one of 19 Board Members that were voted-in and will bring with him 3 decades of experience in the industry, ranging from convention and visitors bureaus to attractions.…More

SpaceIL, Google Lunar XPRIZE Team, Visits Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana

Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana will welcome SpaceIL to their Center on Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. SpaceIL, is an Israeli nonprofit organization working to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon, and through this mission, inspire children in Israel to engage in science and engineering. The community is invited to listen to SpaceIL Co-Founder and SpaceIL Vice President of Education talk about how they aim to create an Israeli “Apollo Effect” by landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon.…More

Celebrate the Region with $2.19 Specials at South Shore Breweries

Select South Shore Breweries will offer $2.19 drink and appetizer specials in celebration of 2/19.…More

Savor the South Shore Restaurant Weeks Begins Monday

Savor the South Shore Restaurant Weeks offer residents and visitors 3-course meals at discounted prices. The 14-day culinary promotion begins Feb. 20 and will end March 5. Twenty-nine local restaurants have currently submitted menus.…More

Crown Beer Fest Returns to the Region

The 8th Annual Crown Beer Fest will return to the Region on June 10th at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy more than 200 beers from 50+ breweries at this year’s event.…More

25 Cent Admission Prices offered at Dillinger Museum

The John Dillinger Museum, located inside the historic Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point, Ind., will offer admission for $.25 to all individuals for the month of February. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take an interactive and historic tour through the life and times of John Dillinger as well as learn about the advancements made in crime fighting technology and the rise of the FBI – at the cost of a movie ticket in the 1930s.…More

The Biggest LoserTM Returns to Indiana

An exciting wellness initiative is launching across the state and you are invited to join the MOVEment!…More

Fetching Market No. 10 Takes Place Feb. 10 and 11

More than 45 specialty vendors will be featured at Fetching Market No. 10 on Feb. 10 and 11 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The Feb. 10 market will open at 5:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. and the Feb. 11 market 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5/person and children under 12 are free.…More

3rd Annual Savor the South Shore

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is once again presenting Savor the South Shore – Restaurant Weeks and is seeking restaurants to participate. More than 30 restaurants participated in last year’s 14-day culinary celebration along the South Shore. Savor the South Shore takes place from February 20 to March 5 and offers diners discounted 3-course menus.…More

Commissioner Gerry Scheub will present the John Dillinger Museum with the original Lake County Court Record for the Indictment of John Dillinger and John Hamilton for the shooting at East Chicago’s First National Bank

Commissioner Gerry Scheub will present the John Dillinger Museum with the original Lake County Court Record for the Indictment of John Dillinger and John Hamilton for the shooting at East Chicago’s First National Bank.…More

Mommy’s Little Piggy Eating Contest & Special Production of ‘A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play’ This Saturday

The “Mommy’s Little Piggy” mashed potato eating contest will feature plates mounded with mashed potatoes and contestants of different age groups showing how the piggies eat. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will host the contest that pays tribute to the holiday classic A Christmas Story scene in which Mrs. Parker devises a plan to ensure an uncooperative Randy finishes his supper. Much to Mr. Parker’s dismay, she asks Randy to show her how the piggies eat and soon his giggles and messy face offer proof of Mrs. Parker’s success.…More

Annual Hospitality Awards Presented at Holiday Reception

More than 250 local business leaders, elected officials and hospitality professionals gathered to celebrate the holiday and a year of good cheer at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Each year, at the holiday reception, the South Shore CVA honors outstanding individuals and businesses that represent the hospitality industry and help further the tourism industry along the South Shore. This year marked the 33rd annual celebration.…More

Relay Race Pays Tribute to Iconic Scene from Holiday Classic A Christmas Story

From one of the most memorable scenes in the holiday classic A Christmas Story, the “Oh Fuuudge!” Relay Race pays tribute to the events leading up to Ralphie blurting out “the-queen-mother-of-dirty-words.” Join the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority as it hosts the event on Saturday, Dec. 10, with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.…More

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 shuttle service will be provided for overflow parking. Guests can park in the Homestead Athletic Complex, 8071 Kennedy Avenue in Highland from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.…More

Write a Theme, Win a Prize

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 Shields, in a theme-writing homework assignment he was given. This season, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority wants to hear what you want for Christmas. Submit an entry in the Write a Theme Contest for a chance to win a prize.…More

Heroes to be celebrated at Indiana Welcome Center Dec 8

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will be hosting the special event, Holidays for Heroes on Dec. 8, 2016. Holidays for Heroes is open to all fire, police, EMS, military and Hoosier Helpers as a thank you for their service and dedication the community and country.…More

Indiana Welcome Center Holiday Events Begin with ‘A Major Event’!

The Indiana Welcome Center’s annual exhibit, A Christmas Story Comes Home, kicks off the fun with “A Major Event” on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A special pop-up holiday market is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.…More

JT Shrimp LLC Hosts Holiday Open House

JT Shrimp LLC is hosting an open house on Dec. 10, at their facility at 4836 W 1450 N in Wheatfield, Ind. Live demonstrations will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors will learn how to clean, prepare and cook shrimp appetizers for the upcoming holiday season.…More

Saint Joseph’s College Hosts Puma Thanksgiving Basketball Classic

Saint Joseph’s College will host its second basketball classic on Nov. 25 and 26 at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Tickets are available for $8/adults; $5/students and children are free.…More

Bring your Pets to Sit with Santa on Wag Your Tail Wednesday

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will once again hold Wag Your Tail Wednesdays in conjunction with the A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, well-behaved pets are invited to have their picture taken with Santa atop Santa’s Mountain.…More

Bring in Your Ugly Lamps to Win a “Major Award”

Do you own a lamp that your family and friends find hideous or think you have what it takes to create the ugliest lamp? Enter it into the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s Ugly Lamp Contest now until Nov 27, and have the chance to win the iconic leg lamp just like Mr. Parker’s “major award” from the holiday movie classic, “A Christmas Story.” Lamps can be dropped off at the Indiana Welcome Center during normal business hours Monday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.…More

Two-day Train Show Open to the Public

Toy and model train collectors and enthusiasts will enjoy a two-day train show at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27. The show will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, and from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. Cost to attend the show is $5 per person, and free for those under 18.…More

“A Christmas Story” Comes Home Opens November 12

This holiday season, the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, presented in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will be on display from Nov. 12, 2016 until Dec. 31, 2016 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The exhibit takes visitors to the streets of downtown Hohman, a fictional Indiana town which was a disguise for author, Jean Shepherd’s, hometown Hammond.…More

South Shore Brewery Trail App Wins W3 Silver Award

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority won the Silver W3 Award – Mobile App category, presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, for the South Shore Brewery Trail App. The App is free and available on Google Play and the Apple Store and highlights 20 Region Breweries, special events and featured beers.…More

Lake Village Fall Festival Oct 22

Five bands will take the stage at this year’s Lake Village Fall Festival on Oct 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Lake Township Firehouse in Lake Village.…More

Torch Relay in Lake County Continues in Celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial on Oct. 11

Indiana’s Torch Relay, in celebration of the State’s Bicentennial, continues in Crown Point on Oct. 11 at 8:30 a.m. with a kick-off event at the Lake County Government Complex.…More

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Griffith, Ind.

The 3rd Annual Griffith Oktoberfest kicks off in Central Park this weekend. The celebration begins Oct 7 from 4:30 – 11:00 p.m.; Oct 8 from noon to 11:00 p.m.; and Oct 9 from noon to 9:00 p.m.…More

Lake County Celebrates Indiana’s Bicentennial from Oct 9 to 11

Indiana’s Torch Relay, in celebration of the State’s Bicentennial, will take place in Lake County on Oct 9 and again on Oct 11. Thirty torch bearers have been chosen through public nominations to carry the ceremonial torch through the county.…More

Lake County Torch Bearer Reception Tomorrow

Thirty Lake County Torch Bearers were selected to carry the ceremonious Torch through Lake County, Ind. in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial. The Torch Relay will take place in Lake County on October 9 and October 11.…More

R.O.S.E. and R.I.S.E. Winners Announced Wednesday, Sept. 28

Finalists for the 10th Annual R.O.S.E. Awards are being surprised throughout the region this week. Each finalist will be surprised at their workplace and invited to the annual Recognition of Service Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Awards Dinner on September 28 at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville.…More

South Shore CVA Wins Award of Distinction

The South Shore CVA’s “Mystery Solved: The Effect of Tourism” was reviewed by judges for the Videographer Awards and won the 2016 Award of Distinction. Approximately 1,500 entries were submitted for the annual awards. The Videographer Awards are one of the most coveted awards in the video industry.…More

National Singles in Agriculture Fall Festival

The National Singles in Agriculture Fall Festival will take place right here, in northwest Indiana from Sept 8 to 11. The Fall Festival is hosted by Indiana and Illinois Chapters of SIA. The singles group travels throughout the nation, experiencing attractions and inviting residents to take individual tours or trips with the group.…More

Space Race 5K Glow Run and Walk Registration Now Open

The Challenger Learning Center is seeking participants to register for the 2016 Space Race 5k Glow Run and Walk on Saturday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. The race will take place at the Challenger Learning Center in Hammond. Incentives include:…More

Holcomb presents Kenyanna Johnson with Hoosier Hospitality Award

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb presented Kenyanna Johnson of Hammond with a 2016 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair. 18 representatives of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry earned the 2016 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions and other destinations.…More

RACE TO THE RESCUE

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Port Authority are proud to announce Race to the Rescue, an event to honor our first responders.…More

Katie Holderby Receives Destination Marketing Executive Designation

Katie Holderby of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies. Holderby was recognized at the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) 2016 Annual Convention on Wednesday, August 3 in Minneapolis, MN.…More

Battle of the Bands Exhibition

Gary, Indiana will host its first Battle Of The Bands exhibition showcasing three (3) Historical Black Colleges and Universities on Aug 27. Kicking off the inaugural Band competition and exhibition this year will be Grambling State University of Grambling Louisiana, Mississippi Valley State University of Itta Bena Mississippi and Alabama State University of Montgomery Alabama.…More

Vendor Spots Still Open for American Cat Fanciers Show

More than 5,000 attendees are expected to attend the American Cat Fanciers Association Cat Show on Aug 20 and 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza. Vendors are welcome to apply for booth space with the local association: Dunes Cat Fanciers. All types of vendors are welcome to apply, not just “pet” vendors.…More

200 Years Along the South Shore Exhibit Opens Aug 29

Two-hundred years of history will be on display at the Indiana Welcome Center from Aug 29 to Oct 2 in celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial.…More

Lake County Fair Celebrates their 164th Year

The Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point has already begun the transformation for the 164th Annual Lake County Fair. The Fair begins August 5 and continues to August 14. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. daily, with free admission Monday through Thursday before 3:00 p.m. Buildings open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. except for the Industrial Building, which opens at noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and both Fridays.…More

MIDWEST TRAINING AND ICE CENTER’S KYLE BOWEN NAMED U.S. OLYMPIC COACH

Midwest Training and Ice Center’s trampoline and tumbling coach, Kyle Bowen, has been named the U.S. Men’s Trampoline coach for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.…More

South Shore Poster Unveiling This Friday

Kidstuff Playsystems Inc. will unveil their commissioned South Shore Line poster on August 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Street Gallery in Gary.…More

9/11 NEVER FORGET Exhibit Coming to Newton County

The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit will be on display in Goodland, Ind. on Aug 12 and 13. The free and public exhibit will be featured at Foster Park in Goodland in conjunction with the Goodstock: Operation Restoring Hope Music Festival on Aug 13.…More

Calling All Car Enthusiasts for the Annual South Shore Car Show

The South Shore Regional Car Show will be held at Fair Oaks Farms on August 4 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or make a $2 donation to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.…More

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