There is a beach hazard statement from the National Weather Service from Tuesday morning, September 21 through Thursday evening, September 23, 2021. Expect high waves and dangerous currents at Lake Michigan beaches. Remain out of the water to avoid dangerous swimming conditions and do not venture out onto piers, jetties, breakwalls or other shoreline structures.

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Transportation

Whether by train, plane, bus, or car traveling to and around the South Shore of Lake Michigan can be done with ease. Situated along what many call the crossroads of America, there are numerous interstates that make traveling by car quick and easy.  For those traveling by plane, the South Shore is only 45 minutes to an hour from Chicago's two major airports, Midway and O'Hare. Once you arrive, there are numerous car rental and cab companies in the area to get you where you want to go.

During your stay, you can easily take a daytrip into Chicago by car or take advantage of the South Shore Train with stations in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. If you opt to drive, save time and avoid the congestion of I-80/94 by taking the Cline Avenue Bridge, a shortcut between Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

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30 Unique Attractions

We invite you to enjoy 30 of the South Shore's unique and can't miss attractions.
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Indiana Dunes

Learn about the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks. Find things to do, camping and hotels.
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Beaches

There are miles of beautiful beaches in Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, including the Indiana Dunes beaches. 
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Family Fun

Explore fun things your family can do including waterparks, beaches, farm adventures & more.
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Biking & Hiking Trails

Northwest Indiana and parts of Eastern Illinois contain 125 miles of biking and walking trails.
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Outdoor Recreation

Whether your preference is having fun in the sun or playing in the snow, there's an activity to please every outdoor enthusiast!
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Shopping

Shop the many antique and specialty stores. You'll also find an outdoor discount outlet center and enclosed shopping malls.
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Arts & Culture

Explore the arts along Lake Michigan's South Shore with museums, art galleries, theaters and more.
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Breweries, Wineries & More

Find dozens of breweries, wineries & distilleries in Northwest Indiana.
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Hotels

Hotels in the South Shore are a comfortable alternative to Chicago's prices. 
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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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