Cultural & Historic Attractions

Step into the past when you visit the many historic attractions throughout the South Shore. Buckley HomesteadChellberg Farm, Bailly Homestead and Barker Mansion are all long-standing homes that give visitors a view into the region's history. 

Wander to downtown Crown Point to find the historic Crown Point Courthouse, where you can shop in the small stores on the lower level.

Stop by the Aquatorium at Marquette Park in Gary to view the history of the area's Tuskegee Airmen and Octave Chanute, the grandfather of flight.

Explore the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail and learn about the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom. The trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to learn more about and pay respect to their veterans. Included in the trail is the Memorial Opera House, built in 1893 by a local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic.


Barker Mansion

Built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker, the Barker Mansion is a…

Memorial Opera House

Valparaiso's beautiful and historic Memorial Opera House was constructed in 1893 by the local chapter of…

Civil War Memorial Trail

This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the…

Century of Progress Homes

Originally built for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, these five historic Century of Progress Homes are part…