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During the months of June, July and early August, the Kankakee Sands prairies are aflutter with the stunning regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia). Though commonly seen at Kankakee Sands, regals are very rare elsewhere in Indiana.

Often referred to as “Flowers of the Sky”, these large, showy butterflies are easy to spot on the prairie. They are roughly the same size as monarch butterflies, four inches from wingtip to wingtip, and they’re strong fliers like monarchs, too. In fact, I’ve watched regals chase monarchs across the prairie, and watched monarchs chase regals. I’ve always wondered what would happen if they caught one another…


I own two mountain bikes, and rarely ride them.  I want to change that! The improvements that have been made to our miles and miles of bike/walking trails are phenomenal and inspired me to break out of my comfort zone … and ride my bike to work (and back).  



If you’re interested in seeing one of Indiana’s most unique natural areas - over 14,000 years in the making - then Pinhook Bog near Michigan City is the place for you. For those unfamiliar with the term, a Bog is a unique ecosystem that forms when a wetland only takes in water from rain or snow. Pinhook Bog is even more distinctive for being a “Quaking Bog,” where moss has grown into a semi-solid mat floating above the water. Bogs tend to be very fragile ecosystems and Pinhook Bog is no exception: usually a gate closes off the trail leading over the Quaking Bog to protect the landscape.


Take your music and performance lifestyle live for a night out along the South Shore. Open mics and music nights happen nearly every night through Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland, and here are a few that will help you reach your 10,000 hours of mastery. Know of more local performance opportunities that we’ve missed? This list is made to grow, so please let us know…  




We love to find fun, interesting, local, and cultural food when we travel. I’m always surprised when people head to the chain restaurants that they can get at home when they travel. Why? Food is one of the best parts exploring new places! We enjoyed dining in Northwest Indiana as a part of a familiarization trip with Visit the South Shore. All opinions are my own. Here are 5 Foodie Finds you won’t want to miss in Northwest Indiana!


Bright, beautiful, and brand new – Home2 Suites by Hilton in Merrillville is the perfect place to stay in northwest Indiana. We enjoyed Home2 Suites in Merrillville, Indiana as a part of a familiarization trip with Visit the South Shore. All opinions are my own.

Have you tried Home2 Suites by Hilton in your travels? We stayed in four different Home2 Suites on our Great Indiana Road Trip, and we had a great experience every time, but this one in Merrillville was our favorite.


Looking for some summer fun? Mark these things to do in northwest Indiana this summer off your bucket list!

  1. Scream for ice cream at Fair Oaks Farms! Creamy sweet treats are a must in the summer.

    Heron Rookery Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
     
  2. Hike the Dunes. Explore the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore or the Indiana Dunes State Park.
     
  3. Fly through the skies at Edge Adventures at Deep River. This is the South Shore’s newest attraction, so be sure to cross it off your list this summer!