Explore some of the South Shore's best downtowns and neighborhoods to shop local! Find antiques, clothing, unique gifts, home goods, handcrafted treasures, records, candy, toys and so much more.

Little Pink Shop - Crown Point Courthouse shopping

Downtown Crown Point

In the beautiful city of Crown Point, you can check out the architecture while you wander through places to shop, dine and enjoy. The downtown square is centered around the historic Lake County Courthouse, originally built in 1878. It is now home to various small shops and a restaurant lining the brick corridors of the lower level, with more along the streets surrounding the courthouse. Find everything from Scandinavian imports and original antiques to classic records and stylish clothing. Grab something for the kids at Candy Cove and Toys in the Attic. Afterward, dine outside at one of the many restaurants, try one of Crown Brewing’s creations or play a game at Public Bar & Rec.

Shopping downtown Valparaiso

Downtown Valparaiso

Home to Valparaíso University, fun events like Popcorn Fest and all kinds of stores and restaurants, Valparaiso is a favorite for many locals. Looking for the perfect gift? There are several shops selling special treasures like handcrafted seasoning and teas at The Spice & Tea Exchange or handblown ornaments before the holidays at Hot Shop Valpo. Browse the various clothing boutiques, specialty food stores and more. While you’re downtown, you can also watch a show at Memorial Opera House or Chicago Street Theatre, grab a cider at Aftermath, go ice skating or take a selfie with the Orville Redenbacher statue!

Shopping Miller Beach

Miller Beach Neighborhood of Gary

Visit the Miller Beach Neighborhood of Gary with its walkable downtown full of unique shops, art, restaurants and street murals. Many of these businesses are on Lake Street, just south of Lake Michigan beaches and the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Local shops like Indie Indie Bang Bang and Miller School Shops & Spaces have an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind decor, clothing and gifts. Find original art and fine crafts at Lake Street Gallery and enjoy an art-focused event or exhibit at Marshal J. Gardner Center for the Arts, home of the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District. Grab a treat at ChicagoLand Popcorn then enjoy a meal at places like The Brass Idol, Miller Pizza Company or Tiny’s Coffee Bar.