Keep South Shore Safe

Masks are required on public transportation, as well as in LaPorte County and on national park and state government properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Most businesses still require masks. If you have quesitons, please contact the business before you go. 

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South Shore to Chicago

Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Chicago, a stay in the South Shore means an affordable getaway with easy access to all the fun and excitement of the third largest city in America. Plan a daytrip to Chicago and catch a White Sox game, watch the sea otters at the Shedd Aquarium or ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier.

You can also take advantage of the South Shore train, which travels from South Bend to Millennium Station in Chicago with 20 stations along the way, including local stations in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. Parking is free at most stations.

5/10-5/21/21 ​Temporary Bussing
Busing is scheduled to occur between Gary Metro Center, Carroll Ave. and South Bend stations, including the weekend of May 15-16. No bikes will be transported via bus. Service to Beverly Shores and Hudson Lake is suspended during busing. The following trains are canceled during busing: WB Tr 422, Tr 424 and EB Tr 401, Tr 701 & Tr 703.

For more information, call 219-926-5744.

South Shore Train Stations

Please note: South Shore Line passengers are advised that federal mask orders will remain in effect mandating the use of masks or face coverings for all SSL passengers and employees.

When you take the train from Northwest Indiana to the Museum Campus/11th Street station in Chicago, you will find yourself by the Field Museum of Natural HistoryAdler PlanetariumShedd Aquarium and Soldier Field - home to the Chicago BearsMillennium Station at Randolph St. in Chicago is near Millennium ParkNavy Pier, the Loop and North Michigan Avenue shopping. For the Museum of Science and Industry, you would get off at the 57th Street station.


New Safety Guidelines

The South Shore Line will follow stringent disinfecting standards and recommends the following guidelines for passengers:

  • Use hand sanitizing stations available on each train car
  • Refrain from congregating in train vestibules
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes while on train
  • Wash hands frequently and follow CDC recommendations for handwashing
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Respect the personal space of all passengers to the best of your ability
  • Wear a mask or face covering while in stations and while on train

Train Schedules and Fares

Visit mysouthshoreline.com or you can contact one of the Indiana Welcome Center Travel Counselors at 219-989-7979 and they can assist you in planning your trip.

South Shore Line App

The South Shore Line also has a mobile ticketing option with their app for iOS and Android.

Other Transportation Options

Chicago Safaris - Chicago Safaris provides the city’s guests and locals a “Build-Your-Own” luxury touring experience. Be escorted in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicle through a private tour of the trendiest locales, must-see Chicago architecture, and hidden marvels. Chicago Safaris will dazzle guests with buzzworthy details by their new best friend; one of their professionally certified tour guides and Chicago aficionados, delivering a standard of finesse and insider mastery of the land unsurpassed by any other tour company. Their all-inclusive packages can be customized by guests to immerse themselves in the details of any unique city experience their heart desires. Everything from museum visits, baseball games, shopping, and dinner reservations, to a completely themed adventure relevant to their special occasion or beyond. Call 219-433-9821 for more information. 

GOGO Charter Chicago - Travel around the Great Lakes with GOGO Charters! We offer bus rentals for weddings, school trips, corporate retreats, sporting events, and much more. Traveling from South Shore to Chicago? We can do that as well! Choose between a large selection of buses and premium amenities, such as power outlets and WiFi. Call us today at 312-546-3925 for a free quote!

South Shore Brew Bus - South Shore Brew Bus offers charter services, airport runs and the very popular all-inclusive brewery and wine tours. They can customize any tour to satisfy everyone in your group. South Shore Brew Bus thrives on their customer service and aims to please all groups. Call 219-477-8284 for more information. 


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Would you like more information about the South Shore and the Indiana Dunes? Use the links below to request a visitor's guide be mailed to you, download our Indiana Dunes brochure, join our e-newsletter list or sign up for text alerts.

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