Erika Dahl, Director of Communications
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Erika Dahl

Erika was the Director of Communications through August 2021 for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

Historic Marriage Mill Returns to Crown Point

Photo from the Lake County Historical Museum:Couples standing in line at the Clerk's Office in the courthouse waiting to obtain their marriage licenses (c1930). Years ago, Crown Point was known for its quickie no-wait weddings. Crown Point was aptly named the Marriage Mill, because it turned out countless weddings between 1915 and 1940. The reason? There was no wait for a marriage license. Couples from all over the nation came to the Marriage Mill, much like they do Vegas today and the Crown Point Courthouse is bringing the Mill back to life…

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Celestial Skies - Stargazing in Northwest Indiana

As you move further from the bright lights of the big city of Chicago you’ll be able to gaze into the celestial landscapes and bright stars along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. If you’re from a small rural town, you may be familiar with the dark vast night sky; but if you’re a city dweller you’ll take solace in the quiet and wonder you’ll find in here, in northwest Indiana…

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A trip to Jeorse Park and Beach, East Chicago

On a lazy afternoon, I wandered down to Jeorse Park and Beach located on the shores of Lake Michigan in East Chicago. The City has been working diligently on a $15.5 million makeover to the Park and Marina and it’s absolutely amazing! I was greeted by colorful, painted murals lining the entrance to the Park, which sits next to Ameristar Casino…

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Homegrown & Handcrafted Food and Drinks in Northwest Indiana

Traveling through the South Shore, you’ll find homegrown foods and handcrafted drinks at local wineries, restaurants and attractions. Harvest season brings vibrant yellows, oranges and reds to the leaves and also juicy crisp apples. From early September to October the trees are ripe with dozens of varieties of apples including: Gala, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious and Pink Ladies…

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Biking to Work along the Erie Lackawanna Trail

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).  …

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The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Fiesta Spirit for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and is touching down along the South Shore all weekend! Crack open some piñatas because it is time to celebrate the success of the Battle of Puebla throughout Northwest Indiana! Below you will find the top five ways to get in the fiesta spiritincluding authentic Mexican dining and events…

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Non-smoking areas of northwest Indiana casinos

While the casinos along the South Shore are smoking, they also accommodate non-smokers. Here's what you need to know at each location:   Ameristar Hotel & Casino - Ameristar's hotel has non-smoking floors; guests can request a room on one of those floors when booking. The casino's non-smoking section slot area is in the back on the first deck. The restaurants at Ameristar Casino are also non-smoking…

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Century of Progress Homes from the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago

Photos from the Indiana Dunes National Park. View more on their Flickr account. If you’re looking for a hidden gem in Northwest Indiana or if you’re a history buff you may want to visit the Century of Progress Homes at the Indiana Dunes National Park. These five homes were originally built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, showing off the modern architectural design of the time. The homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and once a year there is a ranger-led tour of the five homes…

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Exciting Updates at the Indiana Dunes

The National Park Service has been working diligently to make the Dunes beaches and surrounding areas family friendly. One of the most popular beach spots, Mount Baldy, reopened on July 14, 2017. This living dune has been closed since 2013 after hazards were discovered and after extensive testing, the beach has been deemed safe and the trail will reopen later in 2017…

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