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Bead Town: Along the South Shore

April 17-September 30, 2018

Re-opening February 2019
Indiana Welcome Center
7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond, Ind.

Be a part of history as we attempt to break a new Guinness World Records™ with Bead Town: Along the South Shore. Thousands of participants will place nearly 15 million recycled beads on a 3,311 sq. ft. mural at the Indiana Welcome Center.

This interactive art exhibit brings people together using innovative teaching methods. Visitors can place beads on the mural from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. These workshops are free and open to all ages. 

play video Bead Town South Shore

Bead Town South Shore

Bead Town: Along the South Shore will highlight iconic buildings, historic places, landscapes and people along the southern shores of Lake Michigan. The mural will also feature real people from around the globe making it an international work of art.

The mural will feature Chicago’s major skyscrapers by night and South Shore Indiana’s iconic buildings by day. The project will take two years to complete and is the latest attempt to set a Guinness World Records™ for the largest bead mosaic. 

Visitors can participate in free workshops; see the mural on the road or sign up for a “make and take” workshop like Bead and Brew. See dates below.

Previous Projects

Bead Town’s mural “Life in the French Quarter” will also be on display at the Indiana Welcome Center. “Life in the French Quarter” is the current Guinness World Records™ achievement for the largest mosaic made out of beads. The artwork is 96 ft. long and 8 ft. tall.

The mural was unveiled in May of 2017 in Gary, Indiana and celebrates New Orleans’ 300 year history. It features Joan of Arc at the New Orleans parade and many celebrities that made New Orleans their home. “Life in the French Quarter” is sponsored by the Hotel Monteleone, The New Orleans Advocate, IN Heath Integrated Care and the University of Chicago.

play video 'Life in the French Quarter' by Bead Town, 2017 Guinness World Records™ Achievement

'Life in the French Quarter'

Bead Town reclaims Guinness World Records™ title with 96 ft x 8 ft (29.3 m x 2.5 m) mosaic.

Bead and Brew Events

Bead your choice of a pint glass, tulip glass or design your own piece on canvas while enjoying a flight of beer, light hors d'oeuvres and good company. Bead and Brew events will take place from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. at Byway Brewing in Hammond. 

Tickets are available for $30 (plus fees) at Seating is limited; participants must be 21 years of age or older. 

Dates: June 21; July 12 & 26; August 9 & 23 and September 20, 2018. 

Bead Town workshop


Hosting Events

Bring your group to Bead Town: Along the South Shore for a fun and unique experience. The facility can hold more than 300 people for fundraisers, cocktail receptions or team building events (rental fees apply).  Contact us below for more information.


Since 2011, Bead Town has transformed the lives of more than 25,000 students, tourists and other volunteers in Indiana, Illinois and Louisiana. With your support, we will be able to give more teens, volunteers and seniors the chance to create art, learn new skills and their own stories.

Contact Us

If you would like information on hosting events, sponsorship or just more details about the exhibit, click on the link below.

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