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Monday, December 17th, 2018

  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills at the Merrillville library. You must register for this program.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 1:00pm - | Local Events, Hammond Public Library, Library, Read, Kids, Family Events, Books, Hammond
    - Beyond Our Borders discussion of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
    Hammond Public Library
    564 State Street Hammond IN 46320
    Hammond Public Library 219.931.5100
  • | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Library Events
    - Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If
    so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we
    discuss and plan future teen programs. Ages 11-17.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Teen Services 219.365.5379
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 5:00pm - 10:00pm | Charity, Fundraiser, BINGO
    - Come join us for Weekly Monday Bingo. Every Monday (except when Monday is a Holiday) Tri-Town Safety Village along with our friends at Patrician Banquets will host a Monday Night Bingo. Great payouts, reserved seating is available by calling 219-865-9600 and asking for Jodi.

    Come early for the Patricians fantastic food at great prices, and stay for the fun and excitement.
    Proceeds go to help fund Tri-Town Safety Village, and to keep surrounding community children safe. Our children are our future.
    Patrician Banquets
    410 E US HWY 30 Schererville IN 46375
    Jodi Kobak 12198659600 admin@safetyvillage.us
  • | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, christmas
    - Boys and Girls are invited for some magical storytelling of Christmas stories and songs in the glow of the firelight. Holiday cookies and drinks will be provided to all participants . Dress in your pj's bring your sleeping bags and pillow for a relaxing good time. This is a free event
    Schererville Community’s Center
    500 E Joliet Street Schererville IN 46375
    Irene Mireles 2198655530ext6102 imireles@schererville.org
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road., Beecher
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Inner tubes for sledding are available for rental at Plum Creek Nature Center for use on the sled hill at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve when conditions allow after December 1. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 3 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $2/tube
    click for details
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
    click for details
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St., Crown Point
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.

    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    The sledding hill at Lemon Lake will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows. The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. Call after 9 a.m. to see if the hill is open before you come out. Call Lemon Lake at 219-663-7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at 219-663-2418.
    There are no rentals, so bring your own tube or plastic sled. No wooden or metal runner sleds or snowboards are allowed for safety purposes.
    click for details
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place, Dyer
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    The sledding hill at Oak Ridge Prairie will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows. The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    Call after 9 a.m. to see if the hill is open before you come out. Oak Ridge Prairie at 219-884-7238.
    There are no rentals, so bring your own tube or plastic sled. No wooden or metal runner sleds or snowboards are allowed for safety purposes.
    click for details
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue, Hammond
    click for details

    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue, Hammond
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Outdoor recreation isn’t only for the summer! Each winter, hundreds enjoy activities in and around the Hammond Port Authority properties.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St., Hammond
    219.932.4653
    click for details
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road, La Porte
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street, La Porte
    219.326.9600
    click for details
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St., Leroy
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Looking for a great way to exercise in a beautiful setting? Then come out to your Lake County Parks and cross country ski. Each park that offers this activity has several miles of trails through wooded areas as well as open fields. The trails are designed for a beginner as well as the experienced skier, so don't worry if you have never tried cross country skiing before.
    Cross country ski rentals open at Lemon Lake and Stoney Run on Fri, Sat, Sun and school holidays 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Weather and snow conditions permitting. All equipment must be returned by 4:30 p.m. Note: Closing times may vary due to darkness. The equestrian trail is clossed at Stoney Run from December through March. Ski trails are groomed at Lemon Lake and Stoney Run when there is at least a four inch snow base.
    click for details
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St., Lowell
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway, Merrillville
    219.980.8790
    click for details
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr., Munster
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6, Portage
    219.762.1675

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage
    219.762.1675
    click for details
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular in the wintertime. Visitors must bring their own snowshoes and cross-country skis, as there are no rentals available. A 4-6 inch snow base is recommended. Trails are not groomed.
    click for details
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr., St. John
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some winter fun.

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street, Valparaiso
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
    click for details

    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Beach, Swim, Summer, Family, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
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    Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
    1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
    (219) 926-2255
    The stress of everyday life melts away the instant you arrive at any of the beaches within the Indiana Dunes. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach as gentle waves lap the shore around you, strolling along the shore, or playing frisbee, it’s apparent why this natural wonder is called Nature’s Masterpiece.
    click for details


    Central Avenue Beach Access
    151 Central Ave., Michigan City
    (219) 395-1882
    A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, marshes, and woodlands. Lifeguards are not provided at Central Avenue Beach.
    click for details


    Cowles Bog
    1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
    (219) 395-1882
    If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grows on a floating mat of peat moss. Starting near the guardhouse in the northeastern part of the site, a boardwalk trail passes marshes and ponds that host horned grebes, black-crowned night herons, buffleheads, and a myriad of other water birds. You can hike right out to the beach and back on 4.5 miles of interconnecting loop trails. Two trailheads serve the trail system, each with a portable toilet. Parking is very limited and needless to say there are no lifeguards making the trek out to this secluded beach.
    click for details


    Dunbar Beach Access
    300 W. Lakefront Dr., Beverly Shores
    (219) 395-1882
    Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.
    click for details


    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
    (219) 926-1952
    Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.
    click for details


    Kemil Road Beach Access
    27 N. State Park Rd., Chesterton
    (219) 395-1882
    You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.
    click for details


    Lake View Picnic Area
    50 W. Lake Front Dr., Michigan City
    (219) 395-1882
    With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.
    click for details


    Mount Baldy Beach
    U.S. 12, Michigan City
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    The BEACH is open but the DUNE is closed for public safety and dune protection.
    click for details


    Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
    100 Riverwalk Dr., Portage
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    The popular location is open daily, sunrise to dusk. Year round, the location is a great place to view the ever changing seasons along Lake Michigan and watch dramatic weather and clouds build over the lake. It's an easy location to watch for migrating birds in the spring and summer, and observe shelf ice that forms along the beach edge in the winter. (Keep in mind that walking on shelf ice is dangerous). During the busy summer season, the 125 vehicle parking lots are often full by mid-morning.
    click for details


    Porter Beach Access
    3050 Wabash Ave., Porter
    (219) 395-1882
    A popular gathering spot for splashing in the water, playing beach sports and catching some rays. Bathrooms and small foot wash. Limited parking. No lifeguards.
    click for details


    Wells St. Beach
    9501 Lake Shore Dr, Gary
    Phone: (219) 938-8275
    WSB beach front parking and concession now has a patio with table side dining serving beer, wine, and food. Located in Miller, Indian on Lake Michigan, just a short drive from Chicago, Michigan City, LaPorte, and Valparaiso. Enjoy a day on the beach with family and friends. Don't forget to indulge in the season must have, our Wells Street Burger!
    click for details


    West Beach
    376 N. County Line Rd., Portage
    (219) 395-1882
    A bath house nestled among dunes and a wide sandy beach makes this a popular spot for enjoying Lake Michigan. From the beach, hike the Dune Succession Trail that includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake with Chicago on the horizon. Covered picnic shelters and grills offer a great spot to relax over a meal after a day’s worth of activities. Lifeguards available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
    click for details


     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Walking, Biking, Running, Skating, What to do, Things to do, NWI, Family
    - Northwest Indiana is the home to numerous walking and biking trails. Check out the details on each trail for uses and location.

    LAKE COUNTY TRAILS

    Erie Lackawanna Trail
    Cities: Hammond, Highland, Griffith, Merrillville, Schererville, Lake County
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Total Length of all segments: 16 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: walking, biking, wheelchairs, biking, rollerblading.
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Tranquil fields, wetlands, neighborhoods.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Hammond Bus Station - Sibley St and Hohman Ave, Hammond - IN
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: West 93rd Avenue - Crown Point
    click for details

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    Marquette Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Dunes
    Mileage: 2.10
    Surface: crushed limestone
    Uses allowed: walking, Cross Country Skiing,mountain biking, skating,wheelchairs.
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Wetlands, dunes.
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Grand Blvd at Ash Ave.
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: County Line Road going to beach
    click for details

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    Veteran's Memorial Bikeway
    Cities: Crown point & Hebron
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 9; 7 equestrian
    Uses allowed: Horses on the parallel Equestrian Trail, rollerblading, walking, running, biking, hiking
    Which uses NOT allowed: Motorized vehicles
    Attractive Features: 6 miles of the Trail parallels with an Equestrian Trail, first trail in the US named after war veterans, eventually will connect to the American Discovery Trail running from Delaware to California, farmland and a quite beautiful, serene surrounding
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : State Road 231, Crown Point
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: N. Main Street, Hebron
    click for details

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    Wolf Lake - George Lake Trails
    City: Whiting
    INFO
    Type of Trail: greenway
    Mileage: 3.14 miles
    Total Length of all segments: 6.5 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses Allowed: hiking, jogging, rollerblading, walking, biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Northern Entrance to the Forsythe Park
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 119th Street
    click for details

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    Whihala Beach Bike Trail - Whiting Park
    City: Whiting
    INFO
    Type of Trail: dune
    Uses Allowed: Walking, jogging, biking
    Mileage: 3886 ft.
    North Endpoint – General: Lake Avenue - Whiting
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Park Road - Whiting
    click for details

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    Little Calumet River Levee Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of trail: River bank trail
    Uses allowed: hiking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, skating, XC skiing, walking, wheelchairs
    Mileage: 6
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Calumet Avenue Munster IN
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Martin Luther King Dr. - Gary In
    click for details

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    Pennsy North West Greenway
    City: Schererville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 2.1
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, jogging, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: Yes
    North Endpoint – General: E. Wilhelm Street - Redar Park Shererville IN
    South Endpoint – General: Rohrman Park and Mockingbird Dr. - Shererville IN
    click for details

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    Munster Trail System
    City: Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Surface: Asphalt
    Uses allowed: Jogging, Walking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    click for details

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    Green Link Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Mileage: 3/4 of a mile
    Part NOT open: yes
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Walking, biking, jogging, rollerblading, skating
    Wheelchairs allowed: Yes
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Bridge Street
    East endpoint – General: W. 2nd Ave and Roosevelt St.
    click for details

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    Monon Trail
    Cities: Hammond/Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 3.64
    Uses Allowed: Walking, rollerblading, skating, biking
    Surface: Asphalt
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
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    Pennsy Greenway
    City: Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Total Length of all segments: 4.10 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, hiking, skating, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
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    St. John Trail
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Mileage: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, hiking, skating, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Homestead Acres Park, Heartland Park
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    Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve Trail
    City: Hobart
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Nature Preserve
    Mileage: 0.8
    Surface: Natural
    Uses allowed: walking
    Agency, Group Owned: Meadowbrook
    Telephone: (219) 242 8558
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    C&O Trail ( Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad )
    City: Merrillville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 1.48
    Part NOT open: yes
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Biking, Walking, Jogging
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
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    LAPORTE COUNTY


    Lincoln Memorial Trails
    City: Westville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Various
    Total Length of all segments: 3 miles
    Uses allowed: Hiking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    E-mail: rbalsa@lincolntrail.info
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    LaPorte County Bicycle Routes
    City: Countywide
    INFO
    Type of Trail: 20 bike loops that connect our parks, communities, and other attractions
    Total Length of all segments: 420 miles
    Surface: asphalt
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    PORTER COUNTY


    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    City: Valparaiso
    Taltree has nearly just over six miles of trails. All provide plenty of room to comfortably walk or run by yourself, with a canine companion or your family and friends. The trail terrain is mostly grass and mulch.
    Bluebird Trail 1.63 miles
    Cardinal Trail .62 miles
    Goldfinch Trail .63 miles
    Heron Trail .28 miles
    Owl Trail .51 miles
    Woodcock Trail .96 miles
    Pheasant Trail 1.11 miles
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    Calumet Trail
    City: Michigan City/Dune Acres
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 9.2
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 9.2 miles
    Surface: crushed limestone
    Length of unpaved: 9.2 miles
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, running
    Which uses NOT allowed: horses,snowmobiles
    Attractive Features: Wetland flowers, wildlife, fall foliage; close to parks.
    Impediments: First three miles can be under water after rain; some damage to covered bridges.
    West Endpoint – General: Near Porter
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Mineral Springs Road
    East endpoint – General: Michigan City
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: U. S. 12 at the power plant road
    Telephone: (219) 395-1882
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    Iron Horse Heritage Trail
    City: Portage
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Mileage: 2.9
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 5.1 miles
    Surface: dirt,some asphalt
    Uses allowed: walking, mountain biking.
    Wheelchairs allowed: no
    Which uses NOT allowed: wheelchair, rollerblading, biking
    Attractive Features: Park, Mountain biking adjacent.
    Impediments: rustic, muddy.
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Portage Avenue
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: N. State Rd 149
    Telephone: 219-762-1675
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    Prairie Duneland Trail
    City: Chesterton
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Mileage: 10.40
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: all uses
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Connects to various trails, natural areas with abundant flora and fauna.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : SR51-Hobart
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: S. 15th Street
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Hobart Road
    Telephone: (219) 395-1882
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    Outback Trail
    City: Portage
    INFO
    Type of Trail: BMX
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 4 miles
    Surface: dirt
    Length of unpaved: 4 miles
    Uses allowed: all levels of skill mountain biking.
    Wheelchairs allowed: no
    Which uses NOT allowed: restricted to mountain biking only.
    Attractive Features: Circular dirt.
    Impediments: dirt, steep slopes.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : circular,off Imagination Park,Portage
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: circular
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    Hobart Trails
    City: Hobart
    INFO
    Type of Trail: City
    Total Length of all segments: 1.2 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Hiking, Walking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Telephone: (219) 942-1940
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    Ly-co-ki-we Trail System
    City: Chesterton
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Forest
    Mileage: 6.4
    Total Length of all segments: 9.4
    Surface: Sandy
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking, horseback riding, cross country skiing
    Wheelchairs allowed: No
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: Trails are not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint – General: Calumet Interpretive Center
    South Endpoint – General: US Hwy 20 & Brummitt Rd.
    West Endpoint – General: Hwy 12 & 50 East
    East endpoint – General: Dunewood Campground
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
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    Little Calumet River Trail
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: River
    Mileage: 1.2
    Surface: Natural (dirt-bark-some sand)
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking
    Wheelchairs allowed: No
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: some areas not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Howe Rd & oak Hill Rd.
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Hwy. 20 & Howe Rd.
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
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    Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm Trails
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Forest
    Mileage: 2.1
    Surface: Natural (dirt-bark-some sand)
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: some areas not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : at Bailly Cemetery near Hwy 12
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Bailly Homestead
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Howe Rd
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Chellberg Farm
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
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    Valparaiso walking & biking trail system
    City: Valparaiso
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenways
    Surface: Asphalt
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    Brickyard Trail / Dunes Kankakee Bike Trail
    City: Chesterton / Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Total Length of all segments: 4.1 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, hiking, walking
    Attractive Features: Indiana Dunes State Park, Little Calumet River, Connects Prairie Duneland with Calumet trail
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Indiana Dunes State Park
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Prairie Duneland Trailhead – Chesterton
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    Cowles Bog Trails
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Park
    Uses Allowed: Foot traffic only
    Surface: Natural
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  • | Special Interest, Attraction, Tours, Family, Museum, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Northwest Indiana hosts a variety of museums and other establishments offering tours to the public. Stop by or schedule a tour at one of the following locations!

    ALBANESE CANDY FACTORY (guided group tours and self-guided tours)
    5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 947-3070
    Every year, people from all over the country come to learn about our process of making the “World’s Best Gummies” and chocolates. What makes us unique is that we are the only candy company that offers a public tour for gummi manufacturing in the USA. You’ll get to view our Gummi Factory through 8 separate windows and see two videos explaining the creation of our gummies and one video featuring our Gold Label Chocolates. Albanese tours are a great way for people of all ages to add a little fun and knowledge to their day.
    Our tours are designed for people of all ages and the tour is wheelchair accessible. We offer two types of tours – guided group tours or self-guided tours, geared toward the individual visitor. Both types of tours are FREE. From November – December and March-April, no tours will be given. Santa and the Easter Bunny visit us every year during that time.
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    BROKEN WAGON BISON (guided group tours and “walk-in-tours” with no minimum group size)
    563 W 450 N, Hobart, IN 46342
    (219) 759-3523
    Come visit Broken Wagon Bison and have your own personal encounter with North America's largest native land mammal. Summer tours give you the opportunity to be "surrounded" by bison (in the safety of our Bison Tour Wagon) and watch the new-born calves nurse and run around. You'll get a true sense of the size, strength, and power of these remarkable animals as you watch the one-ton herd bull lumber by, and if the herd should break into a run, they can hit speeds of 35 to 50 mph and literally make the ground shake.
    Private and open tours of Broken Wagon Bison Ranch are offered from June 1st through September 30th. All tours are $10 per person and include a stick of genuine bison jerky.
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    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD COUNTY PARK (self-guided and guided group tours)
    Farm & Barnyard open daily 7am - dusk
    Buildings open seasonally
    3606 Belshaw Road
    Lowell, IN 46356
    The historic traditions, culture and heritage of farming life during the 19th and early 20th centuries are re-created on this living history farm, where visitors learn about our local history or reminisce about their own childhood memories.
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    CEDAR LAKE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM
    7408 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303
    (219) 390-9423
    The museum is housed in the 100-year old historic Lassen's hotel and features interesting exhibits from Cedar Lake's resort era and much more. It is open Thursday through Sunday afternoons from May-September with many special events throughout the summer. Admission is free. Special tours are available anytime from May-October with advance reservations.
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    CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER (individual and group tours)
    *Please call ahead for events open to the general public
    Hours: 8am-4pm
    2300 173rd St, Hammond, IN 46323
    (219) 989-3250
    The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is Chicagoland's premiere Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education facility for field trips and more. From our famous simulated space missions to hands-on workshops, labs, summer camps and planetarium experiences, we offer unique learning opportunities for children of all ages as well as STEM resources and curricula for their teachers. The Challenger Center of Northwest Indiana has been called the “hidden gem” of NWI—find out why!
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    COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL (guided and self-guided tours)
    Open daily from dawn - dusk
    9710 Calumet Avenue,
    Munster, Indiana
    219-836-3392
    Guided tours are a great way to experience the Memorial. Tours are free of charge and available April 1st - mid-November, weather permitting. We are honored to have four Veterans from the Munster VFW Post 2697 who have graciously volunteered their time to conduct the tours. Among them, they have actively served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. They started leading the tours in May 2015 and have since hosted groups from high schools, elementary schools, Cub and Boy Scout troops, and Veteran service organizations. With guests ranging from 5 to 95 years of age, the Veterans are happy to tailor material to fit the group, class or curriculum.
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    FAIR OAKS FARMS (guided and self-guided tours)
    856 N 600 E
    Fair Oaks, IN 47943
    (219) 394-2025
    Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
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    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    Open on Sundays from 2-4pm, from Mid-June to the end of August.


    HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 778-2783
    Three different railroads for your family to ride and huge machines working hard to entertain and educate your family. Each of our three railroads have their own story. The full size railroad is of very rare narrow gauge equipment from many counties which was used to haul freight and/or passengers for commerce. Our largest locomotive is a Shay type that hauled logs out of the mountains in the West. The medium sized vintage Kiddieland railroad provided entertainment as part of small amusement parks from the 1920s through the 1970s. One more small railroad (one-eighth scale) takes your family through the woods and on an under/over bridge route that is fun for “kids” of all ages. These trains are built by craftsmen and some even operate on steam power just like the full sized locomotives. These trains are quite an interesting hobby!
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    JOHN H. BARKER MANSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 873-1520
    The historic Barker Mansion lives as a monument of industry, charity, and turn-of-the-century life in Michigan City, highlighting the legacy of the Barker family through interpretive tours and special programs for kids and adults. Browse our site to learn more about venue rentals, scout sleepovers, and more.
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    JT SHRIMP LLC (Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours)
    4836 W 1450 N, Wheatfield, IN 46392
    (219) 987-3809
    Ever wonder how shrimp is raised on a farm? Come out to JT Shrimp and get a tour of our facility! Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours are available.
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    MERRILLVILLE COMMUNITY PLANETARIUM
    Clifford Pierce Middle School
    199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, IN
    (219) 650-5486
    The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public. Bring the family to explore the moon during our summer public show. Public programs start at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before show time. No one is admitted after the program starts. Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes. Admission to public programs is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Seating is limited and should be reserved by calling (219) 650-5486 or using the form on our web site. Tickets are sold at the door. Groups may arrange for a private show by calling the planetarium at (219) 650-5486.
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    PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    153 Franklin St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-3595
    Scheduled tours are consistently offered at the PoCo Muse and are tailored to the age group and focus of the patrons participating. Standard tours last about 45 minutes to an hour, traveling through the entirety of the Porter County Museum, detailing the history of the building as well as the exhibits on display. Tours given during regular public hours (Wednesday-Saturday from 10a-5p) are free of charge, but must be scheduled in advance. For school groups, PoCo Muse staff can provide scavenger hunts or other activities, and will work with educators to develop a Museum visit that highlights classroom topics.
    To schedule a tour of the PoCo Muse, e-mail info@pocomuse.org or call 219.465.3595.
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    SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
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    TASK FORCE TIPS INC. (guided tours)
    3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 462-6161
    Task Force Tips, is a three-shift "around the clock" 7 day/week production facility. However it is open daily to visitors from 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday. Your visit is sure to be memorable, as you are escorted by a TFT employee. Our new wide area broadcast presentation system can be used to allow everyone to easily hear as well as see many of the ongoing processes. This assures your visit will be a personal and individualized tour of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
    Special Note: Anyone arriving after these normal hours are STILL WELCOME. However due to the limited number of people available, we ask for at least 24 hours notice so that we can assure that a tour guide specialist will be available.
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    THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM (Self-guided tours, audio tours and docent-led tours)
    1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-6133
    Built in 1858, the old lighthouse had a lantern with a light that could be seen from 15 miles. It is the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum. Admission: Adults/$5 and Children 14 and under/$2.
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    THE SHRINE OF CHRIST’S PASSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    10630 Wicker Ave, St John, IN 46373
    (219) 365-6010
    The dramatic 6,000 sq. ft. Shrine Gift Shoppe/Visitor Center and Café are open year round. The Prayer Trail is also open year round weather permitting. There is no charge to experience The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit and continues to exist from sales at our one of a kind Shrine Gift Shoppe and from the generous donations of our guests. All donations are much needed, welcomed and appreciated.
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    THOMAS CONWAY OBSERVATORY
    19100 Chase St, Lowell, IN 46356
    773-639-5491
    The Calumet Astronomical Society operates the Thomas Conway Observatory, located just southeast of Lowell, Indiana. Like many good ideas, this one started small and just keeps growing. Conway Observatory is open to the public during specific dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the CAS Hotline 773-639-5491 before visiting.
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    1933 WORLD'S FAIR HOMES AT BEVERLY SHORES, INDIANA (self-guided tours and guided tours)
    Join National Park Service rangers at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. These tours offered by reservation only one day each in October between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm (Last tour begins at 4:00 pm) Each tour lasts two hours and includes an inside look at the Cypress Log Cabin, the House of Tomorrow, Florida Tropical, Armco Ferro, and the Wieboldt-Rostone houses.
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  • | Sports and Recreation, Boating, Lake, Rental, Summer, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Northwest Indiana is home to many different water activities. From sailing to jet skiing, here are some programs to get you out on the water this summer!

    CEDAR LAKE:

    Lake Toy Rentals
    14611 Lauerman St, Cedar Lake
    (219) 380-2570
    Lake Toy Rentals, in Cedar Lake, IN, is located at the area's leading marina serving Cedar Lake, Crown Point and surrounding areas. We offer stand up paddle board and kayak rentals, cross training core and yoga classes on the boards. We are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 9am and closing hours vary. Last rental is at 4:00 PM. Please call for availability, weather permitting. For availability for kayaks and stand-up paddle boards, contact Lake Toy Rentals in Cedar Lake.
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    North Point Boat Rentals
    13245 Grimm St, Cedar Lake
    (219) 374-7216
    At North Point, we offer many different services ranging from Boat, Waverunner (jet ski), Inflatables/pull behind rentals & boat slip rentals, to boat repair, service and maintenance. We also offer Storage options and we sell docks and boat lifts. Our boat launch is available if your looking for a place to launch your watercraft. For more information on the above items, please click on a tab to the left.
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    HAMMOND:

    The Hammond Port Authority
    701 Casino Center Drive, Hammond
    (219) 659-7678
    The Hammond Port Authority provides maximum public recreational access to Lake Michigan waters, Wolf Lake waters, George Lake waters, Lost Marsh Golf Course, Forsythe Park, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, for all who come by land or by sea, striving towards the highest quality of professional Port Authority management for customers and citizens while promoting economic development for the city of Hammond.
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    HAMMOND MARINA
    701 Casino Center Drive., Hammond
    (219) 659-7678
    Designated the first “Clean Marina” in the State of Indiana, the Hammond Marina is just 12 nautical miles from Downtown Chicago, with a boating season that extends from May 1st until October 15th.
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    Wolf Lake
    701 Casino Center Drive, Hammond
    (219) 655-5212
    Tour the wonders of Wolf Lake by kayak, canoe, paddle boat or stand-up paddle board. Enjoy paddling the open waters and exploring hidden trail systems. Scenic shores and island habitats attract an astonishing array of wildlife.
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    MICHIGAN CITY:

    Washington Park at the Lakefront
    12 & ½ on the Lake, Michigan City
    (219) 879-3363
    Michigan City Yacht Club, on Lake Michigan’s beautiful South Shore, is the ideal place for sailing and racing. With a very active junior program and an impressive PHRF fleet, there is a type of racing, or cruising for every boating style. Racing typically takes place on weekends, with newcomers always welcome.
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    VALPARAISO:

    The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association
    109 West 700 North, Valparaiso
    nwipa@nwipa.org
    The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA) was formally founded on January 18, 2009 as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the region's paddling resources and opportunities, providing environmental stewardship of the region's waterways, education, and to be a link between the region's paddlers.
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    OTHER:

    Indiana's North Coast Charter Association
    info@charterfish.org
    We're Indiana's Finest Charter Fleet because all members are Coast Guard and DNR
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    Reed's Canoe Trips
    907 N. Indiana Ave. Rt. 50, Kankakee
    (815) WE CANOE (932-2663)
    Reed's Canoe Trips provide people of all ages (minimum age 3 and minimum weight 35 pounds) with “an adventure close to home.” The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing!
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  • | Sports and Recreation, airsoft, games, entertainment, adults, family, kids, fun, NWI
    - PAINTBALL:

    BLAST CAMP PAINTBALL & AIRSOFT
    563 West 600 North
    Hobart, Indiana 46342
    (219) 759-7733
    support@blastcamp.com
    Open All Year
    Chicagoland's longest running and most unique Paintball & Airsoft field. Over our 25 years in business we've entertained thousands of players from around the country. Blastcamp is a historic national landmark that served as a Nike missile defense base during the Cold War that has now been turned into a one of a kind paintball field.
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    SHERWOOD PAINTBALL INC.
    3497 North US HWY 35
    LaPorte, IN 46350
    (219) 325-8060
    info@sherwoodpaintball.com
    Open Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm
    Sherwood Paintball Inc. is one of Indiana's oldest and most famous paintball fields. Sherwood has over 80 acres to play on and boasts the largest castle in the Midwest. If you are a first time player or an experienced veteran you will find Sherwood's fields the best around.
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    LASER TAG:

    FIREFLIES
    1505 S Calumet Road
    Chesterton, IN.
    Your adventure begins in a custom designed 4,000 square foot arena, with black lights, and other special effects. Using state of the art equipment, we guarantee you an experience your children will be talking about for days!
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    JAK'S WAREHOUSE
    221 US-41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-5257
    Welcome to JAK'S Warehouse. We are Northwest Indiana's premiere Indoor Family Fun Center. We are here to provide great entertainment for the whole family. Come make it a day at JAK'S Warehouse.
    Come and enjoy attractions like Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Urban Golf, Ballocity, and our amazing Sky Trail! Indoor.
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    TEAM COMBAT
    8183 Grand Blvd.
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 895-1221
    Your Fully Immersive Tactical Laser Tag Experience for Adults, Teens and 8-12 Year Olds. Sessions start every hour. Reservations recommended.
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    ZIG-E’S FUNLAND
    8176 Wicker Ave
    St John, IN 46373
    (219) 558-0596
    Let’s face it. It’s difficult finding a place that’s fun for both children and parents especially in NW Indiana. Zig-E’s Funland bridges the gap, and brings families together. For over 5 years we’ve provided a place for adults to join in on the fun! Race your kids in go-karts, play laser tag, hit a few balls in the batting cages or spend some quality time at the arcade.
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    Also see our Family Fun Center list click for details for more Family Friendly Fun in Northwest Indiana!
     
           
  • | Military, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Place of Interest
    - SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
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    JASPER COUNTY

    Jasper County World War Memorial
    N. McKinley Ave. & E. Angelica St.
    Rensselaer
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    Jasper County Veterans Memorial
    Northwest Corner Courthouse Lawn
    Washington & Van Rensselaer St.
    Rensselaer
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    LAKE COUNTY

    East Chicago Veterans Memorial
    4500 Block Indianapolis Blvd.
    East Chicago


    Griffith Veterans Memorial
    Broad St. and Oak St.
    Griffith


    Hammond Veterans Memorial
    5800 Block Hohman Ave.
    Hammond


    Memorial for all Wars
    Highland St. and Calumet Ave.
    Hammond


    Highway of Flags Veterans Memorial
    Ridge Rd. and Rt. 41
    Highland


    Community Veterans Memorial
    Corner of Calumet, Columbia and Superior Avenues
    Munster
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    Whiting Veterans Memorial
    Oliver St. and 119th
    Whiting


    Whiting Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Schrage Ave. and 119th
    Whiting


    "Battle of the Bulge" War Memorial
    Calumet Park Cemetary, 2305 W. 73rd Ave.
    Merrillville


    Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
    Stony Run County Park
    2.5 mi. north of Leroy


    Lake County Korean Veteran's Memorial
    U.S. 231 and 145th Avenue
    Leroy


    World War I - Gulf War Veteran's Memorial
    Located on the west lawn of the front grounds of Theodore Roosevelt High School
    730 W. 25th Ave.
    Gary


    Civil War Veterans Grave Site
    Old North Township/Tolleston Cemetary
    West side of Grant St. btn 19th Place and 20th Ave.
    Gary


    Non-denominational Veterans Memorial
    RidgeLawn-Mount Mercy Cemetary
    4401 W. Ridge Rd. (US Hwy 6)
    Gary


    Historical Veterans Cemetary Site
    Chain Lake Baptist Church Cemetary
    Chain Lake Rd. btn Calvin Center Rd. and Union Rd.
    Cass Co., Cassopolis, MI. (just north of Indiana State Line)


    WW-II Triangle Memorial
    North Main & East Goldsborough St.
    Crown Point
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    Hobart Patriotic Honor Rolls
    Lincoln & Main St.
    Hobart
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    LA PORTE COUNTY

    Soldiers Memorial Park
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    La Porte


    Great Lakes Museum of Military History (Revolutionary War to present)
    360 Dunes Plaza
    Michigan City


    Numerous Memorials to the veterans of the various wars
    Washington Park on North Franklin Ave.
    Michigan City


    Numerous Memorials to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam
    Greenwood Cemetary
    Michigan City


    World War Memorial Tree
    NE Lawn LaPorte County Courthouse, Lincolnway & Michigan Ave.
    LaPorte


    NEWTON COUNTY

    Civil War Memorial & War Memorial Pocket Park
    Westside Newton Co. Courthouse Lawn, North 3rd & East Graham St.
    Kentland, In 47951


    PORTER COUNTY

    Memorial Park Monument / Flags Memorial
    One Mile South of I-80/I-90 on Willowcreek Rd.
    Portage


    "All Wars" / Flags Memorial
    One-Half Mile north of I-80/I-90 on Rt 49
    Chesterton


    Porter County Veterans Memorial
    NW Lawn of Porter Co. Courthouse, Lincolnway & Washington St.
    Valparaiso


    Veterans and Volunteers Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park
    3210 N. Campbell Street
    Valparaiso
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  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
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    Breweries and Wineries
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    Casinos
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    Dog Parks
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    Family Fun Centers
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    Live Entertainment Venues
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    Museums and Tours
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    Parks and Gardens
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    Theaters
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    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
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    Car Shows
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    Concerts in the Park
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    Farmers Markets
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    Festivals
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    Fireworks
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    Garage Sales
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    Garden Walks
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    Golfing
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    Horseback Riding
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    Movies in the Park
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    Public Beaches
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    Public Pools and Splash Pads
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    Blueberry Picking
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    Summer Sporting Events
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    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
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    Strawberry Picking
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    Great Fishing Spots
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    Paintball and Laser Tag
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    Runs / Races / Walks
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    Waterparks
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    WINTER

    Sledding
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    Ice Skating
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  • | Sports and Recreation, Soccer, Youth Soccer, Sparta Dome, Indoor Soccer
    - SESSION INFORMATION
    Games primarily played on Saturdays ♦Some games may be on Sunday♦
    Individual & Team Registration (see links below)
    Greenfield's SlideMax Elite XP Turf (FIFA Preferred Product)- Like Playing Outdoors!
    -Wear Outdoor Cleats (clean!) or Turf Shoes
    -Full Concessions with Gelsosomo's Pizza, Little Market Tamales, & I-PourIt
    -Climate Controlled • USSF Certified Refs!
    -Coaches/Mgrs manage teams online •Automatic game reminders
    -NO DOOR FEE! NO REF FEE! NO LINE-UP FEE!
    -Age/Birthyear
    -US Soccer: 5 Things to Know About Birth Year Registration-click for details

    AGE GROUP INFO
    U5/U6 CO-ED $99/Player (+ Sparta member/Registration card*)
    -3v3 no goalies
    -42 min running clock
    -Parent Coached
    -Sparta League T-Shirt for each player
    -Medals for each player on last Game
    -In-House Teams Only

    U07/U08 $749/Team $99/Individual (+ Sparta Member/Registration card*)
    -5v5 ( 4 field players + goalie )
    -42 min running clock
    -Sparta League T-Shirt for each player
    -Champions receive choice of Short or Long Sleeve Dri-Fit Champion Shirts
    -Individual (In-House) & Team registration available

    U10, U12, U14 and High School $899/Team $109/Individual (+ Sparta Member/Registration card*)
    -7v7 (6 field players + goalie)
    -42 min running clock
    -Sparta League T-Shirt for each player
    -Session Champions receive choice of Short or Long Sleeve Dri-Fit Champion Shirts
    -Individual (In-House) and Team registration available
    -Field size 67 x 33 yards (202' x 100')

    * $20 Individual/$40 Family Annual (2017/2018) Sparta Member/Registration card required each player before playing. Birth Cert or US Youth Soccer Player card & Photo required.

    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Local Events, Birthday, Freebies, Coupons
    - Freebies you can get on your birthday! Freebies and coupons may be subject to the discretion of franchise owners, please check with your local franchise before using your coupon! Enjoy!

    FOOD & TREATS:

    AMC (Theaters)
    Free Birthday Popcorn with membership.
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    A&W
    Free Root Beer Float for your birthday when you join the A&W Mug Club.
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    Abuelo’s
    Free entree on your birthday when you sign up for Mi Abuelo’s Rewards.
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    Applebees
    Birthday coupon with e-mail sign up.
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    Auntie Anne’s
    Free pretzel on your birthday when you join My Pretzel Perks.
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    Baskin Robbins
    Baskin Robbins will send you a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday when you join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club.
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    Cinnabon
    Cinnabon will send you a coupon for a free treat on your birthday when you sign up for Cinnabon Offers.
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    Dairy Queen
    An extra-special coupon emailed for your b-day and surprise on your anniversary.
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    Dippin’ Dots
    Free Dippin’ Dots on your birthday when you join the Dot Crazy Email Club.
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    Dunkin’ Donuts
    Sign up for the Dunkin’ Donuts birthday club for free ice cream on your birthday.
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    Firehouse Subs
    Free medium sub on your birthday when you join the Firehouse Subs Birthday Club here.
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    Friendly’s- Most Jewel-Osco Stores Carry Friendly's Brand
    Free Sundae on your birthday when you join the BFF Club.
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    Hooters
    Free birthday gift with eclub membership.
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    Houlihan's
    Free entree on your birthday with e-mail club sign up.
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    IHOP
    Free meal on your birthday when you subscribe to IHOP's e-mail list. You will also receive a free meal just for signing up.
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    Jersey Mike’s Subs
    Jersey Mike’s Subs will send you a coupon for a free regular sub and fountain drink on your birthday when you join their Email Club.
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    Longhorn Steakhouse
    Free dessert on your birthday with rewards program sign up.
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    Noodles & Company
    Get a free dish from Noodles & Company on your birthday when you sign up for their eclub.
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    Olive Garden
    Free dessert on your birthday with club sign up.
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    Orange Leaf
    Receive a free $3 reward on your birthday when you sign up for the Ounce Back Card.
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    Panera Bread
    Panera Bread will give you a free pastry for your birthday when you join the MyPanera rewards program.
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    Red Lobster
    Birthday surprise offer with rewards sign up.
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    Red Robin
    Free Birthday burger when you join their royalty rewards program.
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    Starbucks
    Get a birthday reward at Starbucks on your birthday when you join Starbucks Rewards.
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    Steak & Shake
    Birthday surprise with club sign up.
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    Toast & Jam- Schererville
    Free meal on the day before, day of, or day after your birthday.
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    Texas Roadhouse
    Free Gift on your birthday with e-mail sign up.
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    Tcby
    Tcby will send you an email for a free frozen yogurt on your birthday when you sign up for their email list.
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    Wing Stop
    Free gift on your birthday with club sign up.
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    RETAIL FREEBIES:

    Bare Minerals
    Join the Friends and Benefits Program, and they’ll send you a gift on your birthday.
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    Barnes & Nobles
    Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club, and your child gets a free cupcake on his/her birthday.
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    Payless
    Special birthday offer with rewards program sign up.
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    Sephora
    Register with Sephora, and receive a free gift on your birthday.
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    Ulta
    Free birthday gift with reward program membership.
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  • | Local Events, Museum, Northwest Indiana, Chicago
    - NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    CEDAR LAKE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM
    7408 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303
    (219) 390-9423
    The museum is housed in the 100-year old historic Lassen's hotel and features interesting exhibits from Cedar Lake's resort era and much more. It is open Thursday through Sunday afternoons from May-September with many special events throughout the summer. Admission is free. Special tours are available anytime from May-October with advance reservations.
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    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    Open on Sundays from 2-4pm, from Mid-June to the end of August.

    HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM
    1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 778-2783
    Three different railroads for your family to ride and huge machines working hard to entertain and educate your family. Each of our three railroads have their own story. The full size railroad is of very rare narrow gauge equipment from many counties which was used to haul freight and/or passengers for commerce. Our largest locomotive is a Shay type that hauled logs out of the mountains in the West. The medium sized vintage Kiddieland railroad provided entertainment as part of small amusement parks from the 1920s through the 1970s. One more small railroad (one-eighth scale) takes your family through the woods and on an under/over bridge route that is fun for “kids” of all ages. These trains are built by craftsmen and some even operate on steam power just like the full sized locomotives. These trains are quite an interesting hobby!
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    MERRILLVILLE COMMUNITY PLANETARIUM
    Clifford Pierce Middle School
    199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, IN
    (219) 650-5486
    The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public. Bring the family to explore the moon during our summer public show. Public programs start at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before show time. No one is admitted after the program starts. Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes.
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    PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM
    153 Franklin St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-3595
    Scheduled tours are consistently offered at the PoCo Muse and are tailored to the age group and focus of the patrons participating. Standard tours last about 45 minutes to an hour, traveling through the entirety of the Porter County Museum, detailing the history of the building as well as the exhibits on display. Tours given during regular public hours (Wednesday-Saturday from 10a-5p) are free of charge, but must be scheduled in advance. For school groups, PoCo Muse staff can provide scavenger hunts or other activities, and will work with educators to develop a Museum visit that highlights classroom topics.
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    THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
    1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-6133
    Built in 1858, the old lighthouse had a lantern with a light that could be seen from 15 miles. It is the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum.
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    THOMAS CONWAY OBSERVATORY
    19100 Chase St, Lowell, IN 46356
    773-639-5491
    The Calumet Astronomical Society operates the Thomas Conway Observatory, located just southeast of Lowell, Indiana. Like many good ideas, this one started small and just keeps growing. Conway Observatory is open to the public during specific dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the CAS Hotline 773-639-5491 before visiting.
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    CHICAGO:

    Adler Planetarium
    1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
    (312) 922-7827
    The mission of the Adler Planetarium is to inspire exploration and understanding of our Universe.
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    Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603
    (312) 443-3600
    From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
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    Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
    6500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629
    (773) 582-6500
    Founded in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities world wide. The Balzekas Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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    Bronzeville Children's Museum
    9301 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617
    (773) 721-9301
    A museum in the southern side of Chicago, it is the first and only African American children’s museum in the country
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    Charnley-Persky House Museum
    1365 N Astor St, Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 915-0105
    The Society of Architectural Historians is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the history of the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.
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    Chicago Children's Museum
    700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 527-1000
    Chicago Children's Museum's mission is to improve children’s lives by creating a community where play and learning connect
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    Chicago History Museum
    1601 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
    (312) 642-4600
    The Museum continues to share the stories of the city and its people through exhibitions, programs, publications, and digital media. Thousands of school groups from Chicago and the surrounding area visit annually. The Research Center serves thousands each year, from schoolchildren working on History Fair projects to PhD students writing dissertations to filmmakers researching documentaries.
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    Chicago Maritime Museum
    1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609
    (773) 376-1982
    Located on the historical Bubbly Creek, the Chicago Maritime Museum is the only museum that tells the story of how Chicago was founded and shaped based solely by waterways. The first European explorers to settle on the land of what is now Chicago, Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette, sparked the beginning age of Chicago becoming one of the busiest sea ports in this nation. The Museum features replicas of Schooner ships, such as the famous David Dows, artifacts uncovered from the Eastland Dissaster, the biggest fatal ship sinking in Chicago history, the famous Ralph Freese canoe collection, and so much more
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    Depaul University Art Museum
    2350 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 325-7457
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    DuSable Museum of African American History
    740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 947-0600
    To promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans through exhibits, programs, and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.
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    Field Museum
    1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60605
    (312) 922-9410
    The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.
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    Glessner House Museum
    1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 326-1480
    A National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture.
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    Halim Time & Glass Museum
    1560 Oak Ave. Evanston, IL 60201
    (224) 714-5600
    Halim Time & Glass Museum houses over 1100 time pieces and over 70 stained glass pieces of art. The building is five stories tall and is filled with history, art and the study of time.
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    Illinois Holocaust Museum
    603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077
    (847) 967-4800
    The mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is perhaps best expressed in our founding principle: Remember the Past, Transform the Future. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.
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    International Museum of Surgical Science
    1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610
    (312) 642-6502
    The International Museum of Surgical Science, a division of the International College of Surgeons (ICS), maintains over 10,000 square feet of public galleries committed to the history of surgery, and an exquisite permanent collection of art and artifacts from the history of Medicine. The Museum supports its Mission through medically thematized exhibitions and programs, in addition to a strong contemporary art exhibition program.
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    Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
    756 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
    (312) 243-9088
    Intuit is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1991. Our mission is to celebrate the power of outsider art. Intuit defines "intuitive and outsider art" as work of artists who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and who instead are motivated by their unique personal visions. This includes what is known as art brut, non-traditional folk art, self-taught art, and visionary art.
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    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    220 S Cottage Hill Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126
    (630) 833-1616
    The Lizzadro Museum displays gemstone treasures, antiques to modern, with a blending of earth science exhibits.
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    Loyola University Museum of Art
    1200 W Loyola Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
    (312) 915-7600
    The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) was founded in 2005 on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago. LUMA is located on the Magnificent Mile in Lewis Towers, a historic 1926 Gothic Revival building. The museum, with 25,000 square feet contains eight main exhibition galleries, the William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall, the Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture, the Museum Shop, the Push Pin Gallery, and the Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Works on Paper Gallery.
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    Mitchell Museum of the American Indian
    2600 Central Park Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
    (847) 475-1030
    The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.
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    Museum of Broadcast Communications
    360 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
    (312) 245-8200
    The mission of The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) is to collect, preserve, and present historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform, and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications, and online access to its resources.
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    Museum of Contemporary Art
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 280-2660
    Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental work artists in all media, paired with ambitious education programs.
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    Museum of Science & Industry
    5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 684-1414
    Providing unique experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity since 1933.
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    National Hellenic Museaum
    333 South Halsted Street, Chicago IL, 60661
    (312) 655-1234
    The mission of the museum is to share the legacy of Hellenism and to preserve the stories and honor the contributions to the United States of Greek immigrants and Americans of Greek heritage.
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    National Museum of Mexican Art
    1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608
    (312) 738-1503
    Come to The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. Whatever your background, you’ll connect to this museum on a very personal level.
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    Northwestern Block Museum of Art
    40 Arts Circle Drive Evanston, IL 60208
    (847) 491-4000
    The Block is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern and its surrounding communities, featuring a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today. The museum also commissions new work by artists to foster connections between artists and the public through the creative process. Each year, the Block mounts exhibitions; organizes and hosts lectures, symposia, and workshops involving artists, scholars, curators, and critics; and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. The museum also reaches national and international audiences through its traveling exhibitions, publications and website. Its growing permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography, and drawings.
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    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, IL 60614
    (773) 755-5100
    Known for its iconic Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and providing more hands-on science instruction than any other museum in Chicago, the Nature Museum has become one of the city's most attended institutions. The Nature Museum has given visitors the opportunity to create an authentic connection to nature, and has provided the Academy with a new opportunity to build on its legacy of hands-on science education, scientific research, and citizen science.
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    Pritzker Military Museum
    104 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60603
    312.374.9333
    The Mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy.
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    Renaissance Society Museum
    5811 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 702-8670
    The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as we are known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
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    Smart Museum of Art
    5550 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 702-0200
    AN INTIMATE MUSEUM FOR BOLD ENCOUNTERS WITH ART. As the fine arts museum of the University of Chicago, the Smart is home to thought-provoking exhibitions and an exquisite collection of more than 15,000 objects, including modern masterpieces, millennia-old Chinese artworks, rich examples of European painting, and provocative works of contemporary art.
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    Swedish American Museum
    5211 N Clark St., Chicago Illinois, IL 60640
    (773) 728-8111
    The Swedish American Museum thrives on the generosity of donors and volunteers. Nearly all of the artifacts in our collections have been donated by individuals, businesses and organizations. The Swedish American Museum collects items that contribute to the narrative we tell about immigration, the Swedish communities here in North America, and Swedish and Swedish-American culture.
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    The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum
    99 Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601
    (312) 977-0227
    The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum celebrates the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges. Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse.
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    The Oriental Institute
    1155 E 58th St., Chicago, IL 60637
    (773) 702-9514
    The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits.
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    The American Toby Jug Museum
    910 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202
    (877) 862-9687
    The American Toby Jug Museum houses over 8000 Toby and Character jugs in ninety-seven cabinets, and is the largest collection of its kind in the world. Tracing the development of the Toby Jug and its derivative the Character Jug from its origin in the mid 18th Century into the present 21st Century, major sub-collections include over 300 antique Toby Jugs, the World’s finest collection of French majolica pitchers, a superb collection of Royal Bayreuth German jugs, complete collections of over one hundred fifty 20th Century makers, and the World’s largest collection of more than 1500 Royal Doulton Character and Toby Jugs and Derivatives. Included herein are the World’s largest Toby (40 inches tall), smallest Toby (3/8 inch), and certainly one of the oldest (c. 1760).
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    Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
    2320 W. Chicago, Ave., Chicago IL 60622
    (773) 227-5522
    The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) preserves and promotes contemporary art as a shared expression of the Ukrainian and American experience. UIMA develops, utilizes and encourages artistic talent through exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures and films to serve the cultural needs of our community and city, and thereby strengthen cultural understanding and diversity.
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    Ukrainian National Museum
    2249 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60612
    (312) 421-8020
    The Ukrainian National Museum is a symbol and reminder of the rich culture and history of Ukraine. Established in 1952, this museum houses a large collection of Ukrainian artwork, artifacts, folk costumes and many miscellaneous artifacts which are all related to the Ukrainians and its culture.
    click for details

     
           
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
    click for details

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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
    click for details

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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
    click for details

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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           
  • - On this date in 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, after 3 years of experimentations with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The flight was sustained for less than a minute but represented man's first powered airplane flight and the beginning of a new form of transportation.
     
           

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

  • | 9:15am - 10:00am | Local Events, Cedar Lake, Fitness, Exercise Class, Cedar Lake Clubhouse
    - For those who need a more Gentle Exercise – try sitting while working out. It’s easy and you still get the benefits of a work out.

    Where: Cedar Lake Clubhouse, 9800 W. 129th Avenue
    When: 9:15 am – 10:00am Tuesday and Thursday
    What to bring: Hand weights and water. We provide the chair.

    Please feel free to call with any questions: Kim Defrancseco at (219)775-9885 or
    Patsy Casassa 374-7400 ext. 119, email patsy.casassa@cedarlakein.org.
    Cedar Lake Clubhouse
    9800 W. 129th Ave Cedar Lake IN
    Kim Defrancseco 219.775.9885
  • | 10:00am - 10:45am | Library Events
    - Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills. "Holiday Stories" is the theme at the Merrillville library. You must register for this program.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Library Events
    - Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and it's
    history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or cocoa) on us!
    Registration required.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Library Events
    - Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, COOKING
    - Christmas?...Cooking?...for KIDS!?!?? YOU BET!! This class is all about getting your youngster's hands in the kitchen and cooking some holiday goodness! The joys of Christmas Cooking shouldn't be limited to just Mom and Dad. Kids LOVE to cook too;)

    This is a kids only class. We ask parents to be patient and let them experience the art of cooking and bake you some awesome treats!

    click for details
    Schererville Community’s Center
    500 E Joliet Street Schererville IN 46375
    Irene Mireles 2198655530ext6102 imireles@schererville.org
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Library Events
    - Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books,
    rhymes, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 5:00pm - | Local Events, Holidays, Christmas, Christmas Trees, Christmas Party, Relay for life
    Spring Mill Health Campus
    101 W. 87th Ave Merrillville IN
    Spring Mill Health Campus 219.756.0744
  • | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Special Interest, LGBTQ, gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, queer, questioning, support, help
    - PFLAG Crown Point, a nonprofit organization, is a newly formed chapter of PFLAG National, and provides support for family, friends, allies, and members of the LGBTQ community. We do this through support, education, and advocacy. Monthly support group meetings are open to the public; adults (and teens accompanied by an adult) are welcome. Please join us!
    Crown Point Library
    122 North Main Crown Point IN 46307
    Elisabeth Menning 219.216.1356 info@pflagcp-nwi.org
  • | 6:00pm - 9:30pm | Local Events, Soccer, Hammond, Kids Sports, Kids Events
    - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite all area soccer enthusiasts to come out on Tuesday nights from November through March to play and/or be coached in soccer. Come out and play, no matter what your skill level, at the Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive from 6:00 – 9:30p. Here is the current schedule:
    Every Tuesday Evening
    November 20 through December 18
    January 8 through March 26

    The cost is $4 per youth player, $3 for the second child and $5 per adult player. There no charge for Jean Shepherd Center Annual Members. Daily members do not receive a discount. Players need to bring shin guards and a ball. U8, U10 and U12 use Size 4 ball; U14 use Size 5 ball. All children under age 18 must have the waiver form completed. Call 219-554-0155 for more information.

    To download a form, click for details,
    click on Document Central, Parks & Recreation.
    Jean Shepherd Community Center
    3031 Mahoney Drive Hammond IN 46323
    Jean Sheperd Community Center 219.554.0155
  • | 7:00pm - | Local Events, Town Council Meeting, Public Meeting, Cedar Lake
    - For minutes and agendas from previous meetings, click for details
    Cedar Lake Town Grounds
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Cedar Lake Town Hall 2193747400ext119 events@cedarlakein.org
  • | Sports and Recreation, Indoor, Family, Bowl, Skate, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There are numerous bowling alleys and indoor skating facilities in Northwest Indiana. Visit the individual websites for more information.

    CITY LANES BOWLING CENTER
    1901 S Woodland Ave
    Michigan City, IN
    (219) 872-9930
    Whether rolling that ball for play or practice, you will be sure to love the new lanes. Our food is great as well! Bring the family, have lunch, dinner, or just a
    snack while having fun and keeping the body in motion - play pool or games in the arcade - the lounge is a great place to meet friends after work for an adult beverage while taking advantage of one of our daily specials.
    click for details


    COUNTRY LANES INC
    1900 Lucas Pkwy
    Lowell, IN
    (219) 696-1584
    Our establishment deals in all different services related to bowling and family friendly get-togethers. Our services include: Banquet Hall, Bowling Balls, Bowling Equipment, Catering, Country Pub Bar, Grip n Rip Pro Shop, Martha’s Kitchen, and Wedding Receptions.
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    CRESSMOOR LANES
    620 N Wisconsin St.
    Hobart, Indiana 46342
    (219) 942-6169
    Open bowl, men’s leagues, women’s leagues, mixed leagues and lounge.
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    HOBART LANES
    99 S Hobart Rd
    Hobart, IN
    (219) 942-0906
    A family house with sixteen synthetic lanes. Whether you are looking for bowling fun or a challenging sport, we are the place for you and your friends! We offer men's, mixed and specialty leagues as well as birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events. Every Friday and Saturday, you can join us for Cosmic Bowling with lights, music and prizes. Also, be sure to have a cool one in Ten Pin Lounge or a hot tasty treat in Striker's Cafe.
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    INMAN'S BOWLING & FUN CENTER
    3201 Evans Avenue
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    219-462-1300
    32 Lanes of Bowling, Video Game Arcade with Ticket Redemption, Roller Skating Rink, Go-Karts, 18 Hole Miniature Golf, Paddle Boat Soakers, 8 Billiard Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Bean Bags, Kids Bounce Houses, Empty Pockets Saloon, Panhandlers Pizza. We also have Meeting/Party/Banquet Rooms for your next Event!
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    LAKESHORE LANES
    2820 E Michigan Blvd
    Michigan City, IN
    (219) 879-9445
    24 lanes with automatic scoring. Billiards, darts, arcade. Party room available.
    click for details


    MIDWEST TRAINING & ICE CENTER
    10600 White Oak Ave.
    Dyer, IN 46311
    (219) 558-8811
    Midwest Training & Ice Center is the region's largest state-of-the-art training facility for Ice Hockey/Figure Skating and Gymnastics. MTIC provides the highest quality instruction to athletes of all ages and abilities. Sport specific training is available in gymnastics, ice hockey, figure skating, and cheerleading. For the recreational athlete, Midwest Training & Ice Center offers public skate sessions, drop-in hockey and open gym.
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    OLYMPIA LANES
    4150 Calumet Avenue
    Hammond, Indiana 46320
    (219) 933-6677
    Open bowling, arcade, leagues, birthday parties and special events.
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    PLAZA LANES
    8101 Kennedy Avenue
    Highland, Indiana 46322
    (219) 923-3800
    Our friendly, family owned 60 lane state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the service, sport and entertainment of every aspect of BOWLING . . . League Play, Recreational Bowling, Parties, Fundraisers, Cosmic Bowling, & Group Outings just to mention a few.
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    RAY'S LANES
    3201 Central Ave
    Lake Station, Indiana
    (219) 962-1297
    Ray's Lanes has several lanes of fun that's great for friends and family. We have group packages, or you can just stop by for a fun night out.
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    SET 'EM UP LANES & LOUNGE
    135 N Broad Street, Griffith, IN
    219.924.3181
    Set 'Em Up Lanes & Lounge is located downtown Griffith and has many things to offer. As an eight lane bowling alley, this is the perfect place to hold fundraisers, private parties, or kids birthday parties. We offer a full restaurant menu (dine in or carry out) and a well-stocked bar.
    In addition to live entertainment, we offer open mic night and karaoke. We also have a pool table, pinball machines and 13 TVs throughout the bar and bowling alley. Interested in leagues? Be sure to inquire about pool and bowling leagues.
    click for details


    SK8 World
    3600 Scottsdale St.
    Portage, IN
    (219) 759-1999
    Sk8 World is now open! Formally known to Porter County Indiana as R-Way, Sk8 World has been completely updated and remodeled to offer the latest amenities. Fresh floor, fun atmosphere, with amazing laser lighting and only the best DJs playing the hottest music. Sk8 World is proud to bring a fun family atmosphere back to the region. We will have open skating, overnights, and offer private parties to accommodate any special event. Our updated concession stand will offer a wide variety of snacks and food for all. Give us a call today for our latest grand opening information, specials and promotions!
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    STARDUST BOWL
    1330 Sheffield Ave
    Dyer, IN
    (219) 322-3666
    Open bowl, league play, special events and an arcade. Striker’s Arcade and Redemption room has over 30 games to test your skill and agility. Collect your redemption tickets so you can redeem them for some cool prizes.
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    STARDUST BOWL II
    3925 E Lincoln Hwy
    Merrillville, IN
    (219) 942-0432
    Open bowl, league play and special events.
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    SUPER BOWL INC
    218 S East St
    Crown Point, IN
    (219) 661-9015
    We are a sixteen lane bowling center certified by the ABC and WIBC, located one block east of Crown Point's historic courthouse and town square. In addition to our variety of bowling leagues, The Super Bowl, Inc. features a video arcade, cosmic bowling, party packages and endless good times in the Final Frame Lounge. We also have free wireless internet. While enjoying all of this, one can also enjoy some great food from our grill.
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  • - Please verify dates of times of events with event organizers. Occasionally, organizers change event dates and times or cancel events but we do not receive notification.
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Horses, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Looking for horses? There are many stables and farms in Northwest Indiana offering horseback riding lessons, trail rides, birthday parties and more!


    STATELINE STABLES
    10411 N 200E, LaPorte
    (219) 778-9020
    Stateline Stables is a 30 acre horse farm. Our facility has a 50 stall barn with a large indoor and two big outdoor arenas with excellent footing. All disciplines welcome! Family environment. We offer riding lessons, boarding, camps, horse shows, trail rides and horse leasing.
    click for details


    FOREST VIEW FARMS
    11750 W 117th Ave, Cedar Lake
    (219) 365-1350
    Forest View Farms offer horseback riding lessons for riders of all ages and skill levels. Forest View Farms also offers pony rides for small children. Pony rides can be offered as beginner pony lessons for children 5–7 years old, or can take place for a child's birthday party or other special event.
    click for details


    FOUR SEASONS STABLES INC
    4613 E 109th Ave, Crown Point
    (219) 663-5968
    Four Seasons offers weekly riding lessons, home pony deliveries, pony parties and more!
    click for details


    GREEN ACRES RANCH
    9330 Sheffield Ave, Dyer
    (219) 776-8787
    economyhomesinc@sbcglobal.net
    Call to make your appointment for Horseback riding lessons, Hay Rides, Horse Driving Lessons, Trail Rides, Bon Fire, Camps, Afterschool Programs, etc.
    click for details


    SAYLOR'S END OF THE TRAIL RIDING STABLE
    9562 E 750 N, Walkerton
    574-586-2677
    We have been in business for 25 years we offer hourly guided trail rides, pony parties, petting zoo, horse drawn carriage Rides, horse drawn Wagon rides, horse drawn sleigh rides and weekend camp trips with the horses.
    click for details


    SHILO RANCH
    6900 Ainsworth Rd
    Hobart, IN
    (775) 691-7723
    Shilo Ranch offers a variety of activities for the whole family. Whether it is a birthday party, an afternoon trail ride with friends, or you need some 1 on 1 instruction, Shilo Ranch can help!
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    TRANSITIONS EQUESTRIAN CENTER
    2525 E. 850 N, La Porte
    219-778-9592
    Transitions Equestrian Center is a luxurious, full-service equestrian, multi discipline facility which provides horse boarding, lessons and training for the beginner to advance in all riding disciplines: English/dressage; western; hunter/jumper; natural horsemanship, trick training, driving and reining.
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    TRUE NORTH TRAINING STABLES
    927 North 150 West, Chesterton
    (219) 728-7490
    True North provides a safe environment where at risk youth and their families come for training in life skills and spiritual awareness in an equine setting. This includes, but is not limited to, children who struggle with depression, autism, foster/adopted, ADD, ADHD, self-harm, bullied, addiction, sexual abuse, incarcerated parents, eating disorders, truancy, and other similar society issues. We instruct our students through an eight-week program covering the following character qualities: relationship building; teamwork and leadership; respect; patience, perseverance and strength; focus; communication; critical thinking, decision making, discernment, and conflict resolution; and trust. Byproducts of these character qualities are values such as honesty, gaining control, confidence, empathy, compassion, love, gratitude, forgiveness, grace, humility, contentment and care. Individual lessons plans are uniquely designed based on the needs of each young person. Each lesson is planned to connect the horse and student. It is our desire to bring hope to those in need.
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  • | Daily Specials, craft beer, crown point, sparta dome, Northwest Indiana
    - Currently, there are 6 craft beers offered:
    Grupo Modelo, Modelo Especial
    Yuengling and Son Brewing, Yuengling Lager
    Blue Moon Brewing Co., Blue Moon
    Crown Brewing Company, Beauregard Blueberry Ae
    Lagunitas Brewing Company, IPA
    Crown Brewing Company, Till Death Do Us Part

    This is self-serve. Feel free to stop in anytime or grab a beer while at one of the Sparta Dome events!
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, Dog Park, Dogs, NWI, Parks
    - Looking for a place to take your furry friend? Here is a listing of dog parks around the region. Although most parks are open from dusk until dawn, please check websites for any closures before heading to your favorite park!

    **Pictured: Perry Ferrini Dog Park, Schererville


    LAKE COUNTY

    Crown Point Dog Park
    Jerry Ross Park, Center Ross Road, Crown Point
    219-661-2271
    For annual fees, click for details


    Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake
    6398 W 133rd Ave, Crown Point
    Call 219-769-PARK to purchase annual passes or stop by the Lake County Parks corporate office at 8411 E. Lincoln Highway just west of Deep River Waterpark on U.S. 30. Office hours are M-F 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
    For annual fees, click for details


    Dyer Dog Park at Central Park
    900 Central Park Boulevard, Dyer
    Located at Central Park, the three acre facility includes a small dog area and a large dog area. Complete with benches, dog waste stations and a shelter in each section, the dog park is open daily from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Each area of the park includes its own water fountain for the dogs (but is only on seasonally during the warmer times of the year).
    For annual fees, click for details


    Centennial Park Dog Park
    1010 South Centennial Drive, Munster
    This 3-acre dog park is located on the east side of the park, just south of the formal gardens. The dog park is a gated park for members only and is sectioned in two divisions, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. The park is equipped with dog drinking fountains and dog play equipment. Munster Parks and Recreation hosts their annual doggie paddle the last day of pool season and the Pooch a Palooza Dog Fair in August each year. Registration begins in May.
    For annual fees, click for details


    Freedom Bark Park
    17105 Cline Ave, Lowell
    Freedom Bark Park is located in the southeast corner of Freedom Park on 5 acres of beautifully designed landscape. Membership is required and annual passes are available with proof of current vaccinations. Freedom Bark Park is a beautiful and functional dog park that both dogs and their owners will enjoy for many generations to come. Have fun, play safe, and enjoy the park!
    For annual fees, click for details


    Perry Ferrini Dog Park
    5061 W 91st Ave, Schererville
    Activities include equipment for obedience and agility activities. There is also open play areas for free activity such as frisbee and ball catching.
    Additional amenities include benches, drinking fountains (for dogs and people), waste disposal area, earth berms, native planting, shelters, and a sign at entry detailing the rules and regulations of the park.
    For annual fees, click for details


    Riverside Bark Dog Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North, Hammond
    For fee information call 219-853-6300.
    click for details


    Wicker Memorial Park Dog Park
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland
    Our dog park – upgraded in 2016 – features pet fountains, benches for leash holders and plenty of space for your pooch to run around. One of the best features of the new dog park: a plan to preserve the verdant green turf.
    For fee information, click for details


    Wiggly Field Dog Park
    10051 Hedwig Dr., St John
    The dog park is located at 10051 Hedwig Drive, St John, Indiana 46373. Users are required to purchase a permit each calendar year at the St. John Town Hall, 10955 West 93rd Avenue.
    For fee information, click for details


    LAPORTE COUNTY

    Bluhm County Park (3 acres)
    3855 South 1100 West, Westville
    The "Bark Parks" are a great place to bring your dogs to exercise. The areas are fully fenced in. The "Bark Parks" at Bluhm and Creek Ridge feature many events for the dog to enjoy like; Tire Jump, Dog Walk, Window Jump, Rover Jump Over, Doggie Crawl, King of the Hill, and Pause Table.
    For fee information, click for details


    Creek Ridge County Park (3.25 acres)
    7943 W. 400 North, Michigan City
    The "Bark Parks" are a great place to bring your dogs to exercise. The areas are fully fenced in. The "Bark Parks" at Bluhm and Creek Ridge feature many events for the dog to enjoy like; Tire Jump, Dog Walk, Window Jump, Rover Jump Over, Doggie Crawl, King of the Hill, and Pause Table.
    For fee information, click for details


    Luhr County Park ( 1 acre)
    3178 S. 150 W., LaPorte
    The "Bark Parks" are a great place to bring your dogs to exercise. The areas are fully fenced in. The "Bark Parks" at Bluhm and Creek Ridge feature many events for the dog to enjoy like; Tire Jump, Dog Walk, Window Jump, Rover Jump Over, Doggie Crawl, King of the Hill, and Pause Table.
    For fee information, click for details


    Small Animal Shelter (1 acre)
    2855 W State Road 2, LaPorte
    The "Bark Parks" are a great place to bring your dogs to exercise. The areas are fully fenced in. The "Bark Parks" at Bluhm and Creek Ridge feature many events for the dog to enjoy like; Tire Jump, Dog Walk, Window Jump, Rover Jump Over, Doggie Crawl, King of the Hill, and Pause Table.
    For fee information, click for details


    PORTER COUNTY

    Royal Acres Country Club
    3554 Sturdy Rd., Valparaiso
    Royal Acres Country Club is a privately owned dog park located at 3554 South Sturdy Road in Valparaiso, Indiana. The park is a five acre grassy area enclosed by a six foot fence. It provides a safe place to exercise and socialize for dogs and their people.
    For fee information, click for details


    Lakeland Park Dog Park
    1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Burns Harbor, IN 46304
    A dog park, a 200 ft. by 100 ft. fenced-in area, is located on the south end of Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Dr. in Burns Harbor. Lakeland Park is available to all residents as well as any visitors. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the dog park.
    For fee information, click for details


    Woodland Dog Park
    2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage
    Free
    For more information, click for details


     
           
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
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    Breweries and Wineries
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    Casinos
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    Dog Parks
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    Family Fun Centers
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    Live Entertainment Venues
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    Museums and Tours
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    Parks and Gardens
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    Theaters
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    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
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    Car Shows
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    Concerts in the Park
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    Farmers Markets
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    Festivals
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    Fireworks
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    Garage Sales
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    Garden Walks
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    Golfing
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    Horseback Riding
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    Movies in the Park
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    Public Beaches
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    Public Pools and Splash Pads
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    Blueberry Picking
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    Summer Sporting Events
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    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
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    Strawberry Picking
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    Great Fishing Spots
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    Paintball and Laser Tag
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    Runs / Races / Walks
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    Waterparks
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    WINTER

    Sledding
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    Ice Skating
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  • | Sports and Recreation, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Park, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Over 20 Parks & Gardens to Visit in Northwest Indiana

    LAKE COUNTY:

    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD
    3606 Belshaw Road, Lowell
    Astronomy Center, Gift Shop, Hayrides, Picnic facilities, Tours, Trails, and more.
    click for details


    DEEP RIVER PARK AND HISTORIC WOODS GRIST MILL
    9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart
    Fishing, Gift Shop, Hayrides, Historical Buildings, Picnic facilities, Playground, Trails and more.
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    GIBSON WOODS NATURE PRESERVE
    6201 Parrish Avenue, Hammond
    Gift Shop, Group Tours, Hiking Trails, Environmental Awareness Center, Wildlife Viewing Area and more.
    click for details


    GRAND KANKAKEE MARSH
    21690 Range Line Road, Hebron
    Boat and Canoe Launch, Fishing, Hunting, Picnic Facilities, Trails and more.
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    HIDDEN LAKE PARK
    6355 Broadway, Merrillville
    (219) 980-8790
    Concessions, Clubhouse, Disc Golf, Fishing, Fitness Trail, Paddle boats, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Softball, Swimming and more.
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    LAKE ETTA COUNTY PARK
    4801 West 29th Avenue, Gary
    Fishing, Open Play Fields, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Recreational Equipment Rental, Swimming, Trails and more.
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    LEMON LAKE COUNTY PARK
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
    Basketball, Cross Country Ski Rental (Dec-March/snow-permitting), 72 Hole Championship Disc Golf, Fishing, Food Concessions in Summer, Hayrides, Off Lease Dog Facility, Open Play Field, Picnic Facilities, Playground, Recreational Equipment Rental, Sand Volleyball, Soccer Field, Softball Diamonds, Tennis Courts, Trails and more.
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    MARQUETTE PARK
    1 North Grand Boulevard , Gary
    (219) 938-7362
    Along with its signature landmarks and public beach access, Marquette Park offers sand dunes, two lagoons, an oak savanna that dates back more than 2,000 years, and Patterson Island -- areas popular with hikers, birdwatchers, fishermen, and photographers.
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    OAK RIDGE PRAIRIE & OAK SAVANNAH TRAIL
    301 South Colfax Street, Griffith
    Cross Country Ski Rental (Dec-Feb), Fishing, hayrides, Open Play Fields, Picnic Facilities, Recreational Equipment Rental, Trail Head of Oak Savannah Trail and more.
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    THREE RIVERS PARK
    2800 Colorado Street, Lake Station
    Fishing, Jon Boat and Trolling Motor Rentals (seasonally), Open Play Fields, Paddleboat Rentals (seasonally), Picnic Facilities, Trail and more.
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    TOLLESTON DUNES TRAIL
    Hillcrest Road & Dunes Highway, Portage
    The Tolleston Dunes Trail follows 10,000 year-old sand dunes that were formed when Lake Michigan was 25 feet higher than in recent years. Tolleston is the second youngest of four distinct dune systems found within the national lakeshore. Together these dune ridges provide a glimpse into the changing shoreline of Lake Michigan. You can hike the trail year-round, cross-country ski when snow permits, or walk to the accessible overlook point that has interpretive wayside exhibits.
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    WOLF LAKE PARK
    121st at Calumet Avenue, Hammond
    (219) 853-6437
    Wolf Lake Memorial Park is home to boating, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and a full host of outdoor recreational activities.
    Visitors enjoy the Pavilion at Wolf Lake and the Aquatic Center, which are linked to the Hammond Marina and area amenities by way of a pedestrian trail.
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    LAPORTE COUNTY:


    FRIENDSHIP BOTANIC GARDENS
    2055 E. U.S. 12, Michigan City
    (219) 878-9885
    Welcome to Friendship Botanic Gardens, where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 100 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936. Gardens are tucked throughout the beautiful valley of Trail Creek.
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    HERON ROOKERY
    N. County Road 600 E., Michigan City
    The Heron Rookery Trail follows along a portion of the Little Calumet River that once featured over 100 Great Blue Heron nests. After 60 years of nesting here, the herons have moved on to new nesting grounds. These woods remain alive with dozens of birds including kingfishers, woodpeckers and a wide variety of migrating and nesting warblers.
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    LUHR COUNTY PARK
    3178 S. County Road 150 W., LaPorte
    (219) 324-5855
    Located on 89 acres just south of LaPorte, Luhr Park features four ecosystems: upland forest, wetland, prairie and stocked pond (fishing pole rental available at the Nature Center), paved trails, picnic shelter rental, picnic tables, restrooms, fishing pier, playground, boardwalks, observation tower, and a No-Leash Dog Exercise Area. There is also a geocache located in the park.
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    MICHIGAN CITY CAMPGROUND
    1601 N US Highway 421, Michigan City
    (219) 872-7600
    Michigan City Campground is a privately owned family campground. It is nestled on 40 acres just 5 miles from Lake Michigan and open year round. We also have many monthly sites available with winter water, as well as seasonal and overnight spots. Michigan City Campground is a great place for fun and family gatherings.
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    PINHOOK BOG
    856-902 N Wozniak Rd., Michigan City
    The Pinhook Trail System features two very different habitats. The Upland Trail highlights a rich beech and maple forest growing on top of a glacial moraine formed about 15,000 years ago. The Bog Trail leads to a bog in a depression in the moraine created when a large piece of ice broke off the melting glacier. The bog features an incredible habitat with unique plants.
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    WASHINGTON PARK ZOO
    115 Lakeshore Dr., Michigan City, Indiana 46360
    219-873-1510
    The Washington Park Zoo founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune and located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. The animals are exhibited in natural settings, surrounded by botanical plantings. Among the exhibits are Bengal tigers, Cotton top tamarins, American alligators, Grizzly bear, Grey kangaroos, Ring-tailed lemurs, River otters, Bald eagles, and more.
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    PORTER COUNTY:


    BRINCKA CROSS GARDENS
    427 Furness Road, Michigan City
    The gardens boast 400 different types of hostas, 450 varieties of daffodils, 25 kinds of crab apple trees, 40 cultivars of ornamental grasses and 25 varieties of forsythias. And that’s just for starters. You have to come out to the gardens and experience them for yourself to truly understand how special this property truly is.
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    COUNTRYSIDE PARK
    5250 US HWY 6, Portage
    This 33-acre park site is located in the southwestern part of the city, along U.S. 6, just east of County Line Road. Countryside Park features a playground, sledding hill, picnic shelter, softball field, and a fishing pond. The park also has access to the Prairie Duneland Trail which passes along the southern boundary of the park. Countryside park is most recognized as the home of the Portage Historical Society and the Alton Goin Historical Museum. The museum along with the restored structures of the Traeger Homestead create a farm-like setting for visitors to enjoy.
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    DUNN'S BRIDGE
    500 E (over Kankakee River), Kouts
    The bridge offers the only designated public access to the Kankakee River in Porter County, allowing fishermen and paddlers to launch their boat here and enjoy the beautify natural surroundings. Those who enjoy fishing can cast fro walleye, bass, crappie, bluegill and Northern Pike, among others.
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    HAWTHORNE PARK
    500 Ackerman Drive, Porter
    (219) 921-1687
    Community Building, Open Play Area, Playground, Shelter and more
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    IMAGINATION GLEN PARK
    2275 McCool Rd, Portage
    (219) 762-1675
    At 276 acres, Imagination Glen is the largest park in the City of Portage . Located along the eastern boundary of the city, between State Road 149 and McCool Road, Imagination Glen is home to the Park Department’s softball and soccer complexes, two sand volleyball courts, a BMX race track, and the 10-mile Outback Mountain Bike Trail. The park also contains a large nature preserve, two playgrounds, picnic shelters, open play space, access to fishing on Salt Creek and is bordered to the south by the Iron Horse Trail.
    click for details


    INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
    Visitor Center
    1215 N State Rd 49, Porter
    (219) 926-2255
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.
    click for details


    SUNSET HILL FARM COUNTY PARK
    775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso
    Sunset Hill Farm County Park is a hub of activity in Porter County. We offer a variety of events and festivals, hiking trails, camps, field trips and fitness programs year round. Whether you are a hiker or a birdwatcher, a runner or a gardener, a parent with active kids or an enthusiast of antique farm equipment, we have something for you at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
    click for details


    GABIS ARBORETUM at PURDUE NORTHWEST
    71 N 500 W, Valparaiso
    (219) 462-0025
    Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 330-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies with more than 6 miles of hiking trails. Gabis Arboretum is open year round and offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Proceeds received by the nonprofit organization power its conservation, restoration and education initiatives.
    click for details


    WOODLAND PARK
    2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage
    This 64 acre park is the center of the City of Portage Park System. Woodland Park houses the Parks Department administrative offices, a community center featuring banquet halls, a multi-purpose gymnasium and access to the Iron Horse Trail. This picturesque wooded park is also home to Woodland Park Preschool, the Veteran’s Memorial, a playground, a skate park, a gazebo, picnic shelters, a sledding hill, an Oak Savanna habitat, the community garden and a dog park.
    click for details
     
           
  • | Kids, Montessori, Montessori Children's Schoolhouse, NWI, kids, school
    - THIS IS NOT A PRE-SCHEDULED EVENT, BUT TOURS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. CALL ANYTIME FOR A TOUR AT (219) 932-5666.

    OUR CURRICULUM
    The curriculum in a Montessori environment is integrated and open-ended to permit each student to learn at his or her own pace and to explore areas of interest. The school day is structured to enable the student to work in several of the curriculum areas. View our Faculty and Staff or view our Programs.


    PRACTICAL LIFE
    Practical Life can best be characterized as exercises in daily living. Using the child’s natural desires, exercises are structured for care of the environment, for care of self, and for basic lessons in grace and courtesy. It is through these activities in the practical life area that the child develops order, concentration, coordination, independence, and self-confidence. Engaging in these activities enables the child to become more aware of details and to begin to develop good work habits.


    SENSORIAL
    Exercises in the Sensorial area allow the child freedom for spontaneous discoveries as he concentrates on the training of his senses. The materials increase the child’s ability to perceive, categorize, and understand impressions of his world. These materials enable the child to refine discriminatory skills regarding form, size, color, weight, taste, texture, temperature, and sound.


    MATHMATICS
    Mathematics in the Montessori environment begins with exercises using concrete material. The child associates the quantity to the number symbol by holding the quantity in his hand. Manipulation of the concrete materials in all facets of mathematics enables the child to gain an understanding of mathematical operations and processes. The child is able to work at his own pace to fully utilize concrete material to understand abstract concepts.


    LANGUAGE ARTS
    Vocabulary enrichment, self-expression, and auditory development are integral parts of the Language Arts area. Curricular activities demonstrate a true phonetic approach to reading. Manipulative exercises with concrete materials expose the child to key sounds, composition, penmanship, grammar, and word studies. The goal of the language arts area is to open the entire world, with all its possibilities, to the child who has mastered reading, no matter at what age.


    GEOGRAPHY
    Geography provides the child with a perspective of the world and its countries. Globes and puzzle maps enable the child to explore the world, continents, and countries. Areas in the world are presented to the child by comparing basic needs and similarities. The child is exposed to a country’s customs, clothing, food, and shelter. Types of vegetation, animal life, soil, and climates of countries are also introduced.


    SCIENCE
    Science includes general science, botany, and zoology. The child is encouraged to analyze and to become more aware of the natural world around him through identification, classification, and experimentation.


    ART
    Art gives the child an opportunity to express himself creatively. Throughout the school year, various media is presented to give the child a free choice in his exploration of style and form.


    HISTORY
    History is studied as the story of our common heritage as members of the human family. The study of history helps students to develop a perspective and understanding of global cultures. The goal is to help the students realize their importance in the world-wide community.


    MUSIC
    Music stresses exploration of rhythm, sound, and pitch through movement, singing, and the use of instruments and recordings. The child experiences music as both participant and audience.


    MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
    Motor development offers exercises in small muscle coordination, as well as gross motor activities. The weekly physical education activities for our elementary students are designed to stimulate interest in activities that last a lifetime.


    SPANISH
    MCS contracts with Language Stars to provide Spanish instruction for our kindergarten and elementary students. For additional information about Language Stars visit their website at click for details.


    MCS EXTRAS
    Field trips
    Classroom speakers
    Young Rembrandt
    Chess club
    We the People
    Upper Elementary Science Fair
    Junior Achievement
    MCS Fun Fair
    All School Picnic
    Greater Hammond Food Drives
    Geography Bee
    Jump Rope for Heart for the American Heart Association
    Montessori Children's Schoolhouse
    5935 Hohman Ave. Hammond IN 46320
    Montessori Children's Schoolhouse 219.932.5666 mcs@mcshammond.com
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Northshore, Accepting Patients, Healthcare, Telepsychiatry
     
           
    NorthShore Health 219.763.8112
  • | Local Events, Christmas, Chicago, Museum of Science & Industry, Family Events, Kids Events
    - It began in 1942 with a single tree. Today, the Museum’s beloved annual celebration features a four-story, floor-to-dome Grand Tree,
    surrounded by a forest of more than 50 trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. On the weekends, you can also enjoy live holiday performances. It’s the one-of-a-kind experience that brings a whole world of holiday joy under one roof.
    For more information, click for details
    Museum of Science and Industry
    5700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL 60637
    Museum of Science and Industry 773.684.1414
  • | Local Events, cookies, cookie walk, holidays, christmas
    - Christmas Cookie Fest for the family- HIGHLAND
    December 2
    click for details

    St. Andrew Women's Guild Cookie Walk & Craft Bazaar- MERRILLVILLE
    December 8
    click for details

    Deacons Christmas Cookie Walk in Valparaiso
    December 10
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
    click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
    click for details

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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
    click for details

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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
    click for details

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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
    click for details

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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Hammond Public Library, Library, Read, Kids, Family Events, Books, Hammond
    - During December, kids who visit Youth Services and find the hidden candy cane will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
    Hammond Public Library
    564 State Street Hammond IN 46320
    Hammond Public Library 219.931.5100
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
    click for details

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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

  • | 8:00am - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Soccer
    - Whether you are an individual or have a soccer team during the winter you should register for the Youth and Adult Soccer Leagues at the Sparta Dome. Registration for Session 1 ends on 10/28/18 and is posted on our website. Please check out more information on our leagues at click for details If you have questions please feel free to contact the General Manager, James Hinson, at j.hinson@spartadome.com. Times for Youth are from 8am -6pm Saturdays starting November 10. Times for Adult are from Sundays 7:30-10pm and Wednesdays 9-11pm starting on November 4 and 7.
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    James Hinson 219.224.3663 j.hinson@spartadome.com
  • | 8:30am - 4:00pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, CHRISTMAS
    - THIS IS FOR SCHERERVILLE RESIDENTS ONLY!!!!
    click for details
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    Do you have a passion for Christmas decorating? Do you think you're the best? Schererville Parks introduces Schererville’s Christmas House Decorating Contest. We will be awarding by People’s Choice. Winners will receive a Schererville Holiday Christmas Package. Schererville Residents only. Entrance fee is $5.



    December 19th-Deadline to register *Registration can be completed at Town Hall



    December 20th-6pm-9pm-Entries gathered *Schererville Parks will visit each registered house to document your hard work (take photos, videos, etc).



    December 21st-25th-Voting period *Patrons may vote on Facebook & in person at the Schererville Community Center



    December 26th-Winners announced *Winners will be announced on social media and published through local media
    Schererville Community’s Center
    500 E Joliet Street Schererville IN 46375
    Irene Mireles 2198655530ext6102 imireles@schererville.org
  • | 10:00am - 11:30am | Local Events, Baby Basics Class, Pregnancy, NorthShore
    NorthShore Portage
    3564 Scottsdale Street Portage IN 46368
    NorthShore Health 219.763.8112
  • | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | Library Events
    - Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great
    company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what
    craft you enjoy!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 4:00pm - 8:00pm | Daily Specials, Great Oaks Banquet, All you can eat, chicken, whitefish, cedar lake
    - Every Wednesday 4-8pm
    ALL YOU CAN EAT
    Chicken Dinner $11.50
    Alaskan Pollock Dinner $13.50
    Dine in or Carry Out
    Great Oaks Banquets
    13109 Wicker Ave Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Great Oaks Banquet 219.374.8000
  • | 4:00pm - | Local Events, Hammond Public Library, Library, Read, Kids, Family Events, Books, Hammond
    - Ages 6-13 may make your own gingerbread house. Supplies will be provided. Food allergy warning.
    Hammond Public Library
    564 State Street Hammond IN 46320
    Hammond Public Library 219.931.5100
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, COOKING
    - Christmas?...Cooking?...for KIDS!?!?? YOU BET!! This class is all about getting your youngster's hands in the kitchen and cooking some holiday goodness! The joys of Christmas Cooking shouldn't be limited to just Mom and Dad. Kids LOVE to cook too;)

    This is a kids only class. We ask parents to be patient and let them experience the art of cooking and bake you some awesome treats!

    click for details
    Schererville Community’s Center
    500 E Joliet Street Schererville IN 46375
    Irene Mireles 2198655530ext6102 imireles@schererville.org
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, silver buckle saloon, bingo, prizes, highland, northwest indiana
    - $3000.00? Are you kidding me? Chance to win the tonight! BAR BINGO every Wednesday! And amazing specials including $9 buckets of domestic beer!
    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | 6:00pm - 6:45pm | Library Events
    - Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas to the Merrillville library! You must register for this program.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 7:00pm - | Local Events, Cedar Lake, Plan Commission Meeting, Town Meeting
    Cedar Lake Town Hall
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Cedar Lake Town Hall 2193747400ext119 events@cedarlakein.org
  • | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Religious Events, Nativity, Manger, Carols, Things to do, Christmas, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Christ
    - Please join us in celebrating the reason for the season, the night Jesus was born. We will have a Living Nativity scene on the front lawn of First United Evangelical Lutheran Church from 7-9pm December 19th and 20th. The scene will also include live animals. We encourage visitors to view the animals as well as come inside the church for refreshments and caroling.

    The church is located on 6705 Hohman Avenue in Hammond, IN 46324. We look forward to seeing you there.

    6705 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46324
    Chauncey Daspit 312.617.1426 cdaspit@ameritech.net
  • | Sports and Recreation, Family, Fun Center, Kids, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There are so many options for family fun in Northwest Indiana. Check out this list of places to visit!


    Edge Adventures NWI Indiana - DEEP RIVER PARK
    9001 E. Lincoln Highway
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (800) 590-8347
    Edge Adventures aerial parks are treetop trails ranging from 16-60 feet in the air. Participants choose their own self guided course and engage in a combination of obstacles and zip lines as they maneuver their way through different trails
    with a progressive degree of challenges. There are thrills to satisfy all adventure types!
    click for details

    Fair Oaks Farm
    856 N 600 E
    (219) 394-2025
    Fair Oaks, IN 47943
    Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
    click for details


    FIREFLIES
    1505 S Calumet Road
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219) 929-4300
    Indoor park offering a large playground, laser tag, arcade, party rooms, and more!
    click for details


    SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
    1035 Eagleridge
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 227-3777
    Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. Indoor Park.
    click for details


    CROWN POINT FAMILY FUN CENTER
    1301 Merrillville Rd.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-3663
    Grab your family and friends and head for Crown Point Family Fun Center! Find go-karts, mini golf, arcade, batting cages, soccer cages, and more in a family-oriented New Orleans Mardi Gras setting. Relax under a colorful umbrella and sip a cold soft drink after playing 18 or 36 holes of golf. Check out the latest games in our spacious arcade, including Deal or No Deal and Smokin’ Token. We also have classic games like Skee Ball and Basketball. Go home with a string of beads for each go-kart and mini golf ticket you buy. Arcade Games Available in the Winter.
    click for details


    THE COURTS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA
    127 East US Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-1111
    Air conditioned indoor year-round sports complex - Basketball, Tennis, Batting Cages, Gymnastics Open Gym, Birthday Parties, and more!
    click for details


    BELLABOO’S PLAY AND DISCOVERY CENTER
    Three Rivers County Park
    2800 Colorado St
    Lake Station., IN
    (219) 963-2070
    This colorful and imaginative facility features 23,000 square feet of hands-on activities, including a block play and construction zone, face painting and dress-up, an art studio, water table, climbing structure, slides, ball pit, a room for toddlers and infants, a Wi-Fi café and much more.
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    CEDAR CREEK FAMILY GOLF CENTER
    10483 W. 109th Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219)365-2902
    This 18 hole miniature golf course is surrounded with a water fall and two creeks. It is used for group activities, birthday parties, and family outings. This golf course has something for every member of the family to enjoy and is lit outside for night games. Summer Months.
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    FUNFLATABLES
    Locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Michigan City, Dyer, and Hebron
    DYER: (219)322-5333
    VALPARAISO: (219)242-8432
    MERRILLVILLE: (219)769-7707
    MICHIGAN CITY: (219)809-0888
    HEBRON: (219)696-6666
    FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, climate-controlled, all-occasion parties and FUN. Visit one or ALL of our unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides! Indoor.
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    INMAN’S FUN AND PARTY CENTER
    3201 E Evans Ave.
    Valparaiso, IN
    (219)462-1300
    inmans@inmansvalpo.com
    Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center is Northwest Indiana's Premiere Entertainment Complex located in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have something for everyone at our facility offering many entertainment attractions. 32 Lanes of Bowling, Video Game Arcade with Ticket Redemption, Roller Skating Rink, Go-Karts, 18 Hole Miniature Golf, Paddle Boat Soakers, 8 Billiard Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Bean Bags, and Kids Bounce Houses.
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    JAK'S WAREHOUSE
    221 US-41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-5257
    Welcome to JAK'S Warehouse. We are Northwest Indiana's premiere Indoor Family Fun Center. We are here to provide great entertainment for the whole family. Come make it a day at JAK'S Warehouse.
    Come and enjoy attractions like Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Urban Golf, Ballocity, and our amazing Sky Trail! Indoor Park.
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    ZAO ISLAND
    1050 Horse Prairie Ave.
    Valparaiso
    (219)462-1194
    Filled with fun, this location offers a game room, miniature golfing, go karts, batting cages, a wild wave slide and more. Indoor arcade games in the winter.
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    ZIG-E’S FUNLAND
    8176 Wicker Ave
    St John, IN 46373
    (219) 558-0596
    Let’s face it. It’s difficult finding a place that’s fun for both children and parents especially in NW Indiana. Zig-E’s Funland bridges the gap, and brings families together. For over 5 years we’ve provided a place for adults to join in on the fun! Race your kids in go-karts, hit a few balls in the batting cages or spend some quality time at the arcade.
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  • | Local Events, northwest indiana, events, happenings, free, what to do, newsletter, nwi
    - We email:
    Festivals
    Parades
    Fireworks
    Family Events
    Farmers Markets
    Movies in the Park
    Musicals
    Concerts
    Beer & Wine Tastings
    Garage Sales
    List of Pools & Splashpads
    And so much more!

    Click on this link, then fill in your email address and zip code*
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    *You just need to choose one of the following zip codes (choose the one that is closest to where you live). We list events from the surrounding towns for each zip code!

    LAKE COUNTY
    46403 Cedar Lake
    46307 Crown Point
    46311 Dyer
    46312 East Chicago
    46402 Gary
    46403 Gary
    46304 Gary
    46406 Gary
    46407 Gary
    46408 Gary
    46409 Gary
    46319 Griffith
    46320 Hammond
    46323 Hammond
    46324 Hammond
    46327 Hammond
    46322 Highland
    46342 Hobart
    46405 Lake Station
    46356 Lowell
    46410 Merrillville
    46321 Munster
    46375 Schererville
    46373 St. John
    46394 Whiting


    PORTER COUNTY
    46304 Chesterton
    46341 Hebron
    46368 Portage
    46383 Valparaiso
    46385 Valparaiso

    LAPORTE COUNTY
    46350 LaPorte
    46360 Michigan City

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  • | Special Interest, Over 21, Drink, Tour, Brewery, Winery, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Sample some of the regions delicious local wine and microbrews! Please check brewery and winery websites for hours of operation before planning your trip!

    BREWERIES

    BACK ROAD BREWERY
    308 Perry, La Porte
    219-362-7623
    Established in 1996 in the county of LaPorte, Indiana, Back Road Brewery is LaPorte’s first production craft brewery.
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    BULLDOG BREWING COMPANY
    1409 119th St, Whiting
    219-655-5284
    There's no assembly line here, just a hardworking brew master and his skilled comrades mastering the craft of our quality driven brew.
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    BURN 'EM BREWING
    718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City
    219-210-3784
    Burn ‘Em Brewing strives to bring our creativity in the way we brew and what we brew with to produce the finest and most unique brews in our region.
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    BYWAY BREWING
    2825 Carlson Dr, Hammond
    219-844-5468
    Brewery of finely crafted ales and lagers in northwest Indiana.
    click for details


    CROWN BREWING
    211 S. East Street, Crown Point
    219-663-4545
    The brewery was founded in 2008 by Tim Walsh and Dave Bryan of Crown Point, IN.
    They both wanted to see great craft beer in their local community! The City of Crown Point was home to a large regional brewery(Crown Brewing) that closed in 1916. They brought back the Crown Brewing name and the brewery has grown and become a part of the Crown Point community again. The brewery participates in community events and has teamed up with the City of Crown Point to host an annual Oktoberfest celebration! The brewery is now owned by Dave Bryan.
    click for details


    FIGURE EIGHT BREWING
    150 S Washington St, Valparaiso
    (219) 477-2000
    A family friendly restaurant and brewery, locally owned and operated since 2010.
    click for details


    FOUR FATHERS BREWING LLC
    1555 W Lincolnway Ste 105, Valparaiso
    219-464-9712
    We pride ourselves on creating a constantly revolving list of unique beers to serve while supporting and honoring those who serve and allow us to live our dream.
    click for details


    HUNTER'S BREWING
    1535 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton
    219-728-6729
    Hunter's Brewing is a nano-brewery located in Chesterton, IN. Brewed by hand on our one-barrel or three-barrel systems, Hunter's Brewing beers focus on flavor and range from the traditional to the creative.
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    IRONWOOD BREWING COMPANY
    6 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso
    219-405-4644
    Ironwood Brewing Company is considered a tasting room/bar facility (you must be 21 to be on the property) - a place where fans of craft beer can meet for stimulating conversation and a couple of great brews.
    click for details


    NEW OBERPFALZ BREWING
    121 E Main St., Griffith
    219-513-9341
    We specialize in German ales and lagers but maintain a roster of esoteric beer styles.
    click for details


    OFF SQUARE BREWING
    11000 Delaware Parkway, Crown Point
    (219) 310-8898
    Off Square Brewing is a brewery in Crown Point. We are convenient to I-65 and the patrons in Porter and Lake Counties.
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    POKRO BREWING COMPANY
    311 N. Broad St., Griffith
    219-924-7950
    We are a family-owned microbrewery specializing in Belgian, English, and other European style beers brewed by Joe Pokropinski. You will often find our brew master visiting with customers in the tasting rooms, talking about his beer.
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    SAINT JOHN MALT BROTHERS, INC.
    9575 Wicker Avenue, St. John
    219-627-4294
    malt brothers Dave, Jim, and Dan started SJMB as a way to share their passion and commitment to offering great tasting and consistent brews crafted with natural ingredients.
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    SHORELINE BREWERY
    208 Wabash St, Michigan City
    219-879-4677
    Shoreline Brewery has been serving handcrafted beers at the edge of Lake Michigan since it’s opening in August of 2005. To this day Shoreline is family-owned and independently run by its original founder and Head Brewer, Sam Strupeck. With twelve beers always on tap everyone will find a beer to fall in love with, whether it be the award-winning Beltaine Scottish Ale, the fan-favorite Curse the Goat, or the seasonal Stellar Blue blueberry ale.
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    THE DEVIL'S TRUMPET BREWING COMPANY
    8250 Utah Street, Merrillville
    219-576-7118
    At The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co., we take pride in brewing quality hand crafted beers. The Devil’s Trumpet Brewing Co.’s mission is to produce aromatic, clean and full flavor craft beer. Brewed with old world tradition and new world imagination, we craft our ales to meet our high standards.
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    THE SOUR NOTE BREWING
    498 Fayette Street in Hammond
    219-803-7917
    click for details


    WILDROSE BREWING COMPANY
    1104 E. Main St., Griffith
    219-595-5054
    Four region dudes and a chick dedicated to making the best brews possible!
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    WINDMILL BREWING
    2121 Gettler St., Dyer,
    (219) 440-2189
    Two words that describe who we are and what we do. Beer because we are first and foremost a brewery, a brewery dedicated to creating some of the finest ales and lagers around. Reformed because of our approach to beer. Beer isn't meant to just be consumed, it's meant to be enjoyed and shared.
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    3 FLOYDS BREWING CO.
    9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster
    219-922-3565
    From our humble beginnings in 1996—armed with only a few hundred dollars, a five-barrel Frankenstein wok-burner-fired brew kettle, re-purposed open Swiss cheese fermenters (Hammond Squares) and an old Canfield’s Cola tank— ”It’s Not Normal” ales and lagers were born.
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    18TH STREET BREWERY
    5725 Miller Ave., Gary & 5417 N Oakley Ave. Hammond
    219-939-8802
    We are currently the second largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Our beers range from saisons, to double india pale ales, to double milk stouts, to pilsners and lagers. 18th Street is comprised of hard working, motivated individuals who strive to be the best. We love our jobs. We love our beer. We live and love what we do.
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    ZORN BREWS
    605 E 9th St, Michigan City
    219-243-7157
    Welcome to a craft beer experience over 145 years in the making. Inspired by the historic and iconic Michigan City microbrewery…now reborn with the finest flavors of today. Come discover the all-new selection of expertly crafted beers. And savor the smooth, satisfying experience in every glass.
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    WINERIES

    AFTERMATH CIDERY & WINERY
    15 North Washington Street, Valparaiso
    (219) 299-VINE (8463)
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    ANDERSON'S VINEYARD & WINERY
    430 E. U.S. Highway 6, Valparaiso
    219-464-4936
    On the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan, just south of the largest sand dunes in the Midwest, lies a ridge formed thousands of years ago by the glaciers as they crept south during the three great Ice Ages that covered the mid-western area and created the Great Lakes. This ridge is called the Valparaiso Moraine. It is the highest point in northwest Indiana, and home to one of Indiana's best kept secrets, Anderson's Vineyard and Winery.
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    BUTLER WINERY & VINEYARDS
    401 Broadway, Chesterton
    219-929-1400
    Butler Winery is a special place for many reasons. It’s the topography. Grapes like to be high and dry; we sit 300 feet above the floor of the Bean Blossom Valley. Cold air settles down into the valley, protecting us from late spring frost. It’s also our thin, low nutrient soil that lets the vines struggle just a little to produce well-flavored grapes. And it’s the climate. Like Goldilocks, we’re neither too hot nor too cold to ripen mature fruit. We’re just right. Finally it’s our people, bring years of experience, innovation, and attention to detail, who make up the final piece of the puzzle. On your next visit, pause for a moment and soak in the special qualities of Butler Winery.
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    CARPENTER CREEK CELLARS
    11144 Jordan Road, Remington
    219-866-4334
    Carpenter Creek Cellars, the original winery in Jasper County, Indiana, is a farm winery producing world-class wines which embody the best terroir and fruit the Midwest has to offer. Stop by today to experience a unique Hoosier winery and Midwestern winemaking at its finest!
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    FOUR CORNERS WINERY
    294 E 600 N, Valparaiso
    (219) 730-5311
    Located in the the country, on 4 corners, you will find the perfect rustic, quaint and peaceful property to gather your family and friends and say "We do".
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    LAMBSTONE CELLARS
    1555 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso
    (219) 510-5673
    Located on the edge of Valparaiso we are a family owned boutique winery specializing in hand crafted small batch wines from local and west coast grapes. Stop in and experience the relaxed atmosphere of our tasting room and find the wine that fits your day categories.
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    MANIC MEADERY
    1003 E Summit St., Crown Point
    Manic Meadery is a commercially licensed micro winery in Crown Point. We craft small batch mead, wine, and cider.
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    MISBEEHAVIN' MEADS
    65 Franklin St, Valparaiso
    (219) 242-8616
    We release annually around 48 different meads, which explore different fruits and varietal honeys. Many of our meads are unconventional, featuring unusual ingredients and processes. We age lots of mead on wood or in barrels.
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    RUNNING VINES
    119 S. Calumet, Ste 101-105, Chesterton
    219-390-WINE
    We feature wines for the entire palate. From the dry light bodied wines of our Fit Collection, to fruitier sweeter wines of our Race Collection. Click below for more details.
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    SHADY CREEK WINERY
    2030 Tryon Rd, Michigan City
    219-874-9463
    A great winery experience on the southern Lake Michigan shore. Featuring custom crafted wines and a first class facility situated on nearly 20 acres of grounds with expansive views, comfortable patios, covered porches, fireplaces, tasting room, specialty foods, gifts and local artwork. All of this, about an hour from Chicago in Michigan City, Indiana! Conveniently located between the Blue Chip and Four Winds Casinos and close to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Indiana Dunes National Park, as well as New Buffalo, Michigan and Harbor Country on Highway 212 just south of U.S. Highway 12.
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    WHYTE HORSE WINERY
    1510 S Airport Rd, Monticello
    (574) 583-2345
    We make a variety of dry, semi-dry, and sweet wines, reds and whites, all in a fruit-forward style. Our menu changes based on season and availability.
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  • | Sports and Recreation, Tee Times, Courses, NWI, Country Clubs,
    - Northwest Indiana is home to many public, semi-private and private golf courses. Call individual locations for course conditions and available tee times.


    CEDAR LAKE


    Cedar Creek Family Golf Center
    10483 W. 109th Avenue, Cedar Lake
    219-365-2902
    Located on Route 231 1/4 miles east of Route 41. Exit Interstate 65 at Route 231 and go west toward Crown Point. Follow Rt. 231 around the Crown Point square then about four miles west. Park opens at 8 a.m. and has various season closing times.
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    Palmira Golf & Country Club
    12111 W 109th Street, Saint John
    (219) 365-4331
    Located in Northwest Indiana convenient to Chicago and the South Suburbs, Palmira has undergone extensive construction in the last 10 years and is now regarded as one of the premier public courses in the area. The course has bent grass fairways, many elevated tees, numerous water hazards and a course design that features risk reward golf architecture. We have a state-of-the-art Practice Facility - Driving Range with grass tees, enormous undulating Putting Green with chipping and traps.
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    South Shore Country Club
    14400 Lake Shore Dr., Cedar Lake
    (219) 374-6070
    Established in 1928, South Shore Country Club is located on the shores of Cedar Lake in Indiana. At one hour from the Loop and less from the south suburbs, the Club is convenient to all of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Our well-manicured 18 hole course measures 5466 yards and features well trapped greens with par 3’s that everyone can enjoy. Our mobile website has GPS and flyovers for golfers to use out on the course. This spring, over 300 new trees are being added and the fleet is welcoming 10 new carts. Be sure to visit the Shore Club restaurant and bar after your round for a steak or one of our local favorite seafood offerings.
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    CHESTERTON


    Brassie Golf Club
    1110 Pearson Rd., Chesterton
    (219) 921–1192
    The best conditioned greens in the area are large and inviting yet present an interesting two-putt challenge. Stretching to 7,008 yards from the black tees with a slope rating of 130 and course rating of 73.4, The Brassie Golf Club has four very different sets of tees that provide a friendly golf challenge to some golfers and an extreme examination of your golf game to the highly skilled. Fun for all ability levels, the course plays very differently based on weather conditions and the time of year.
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    Sand Creek Country Club
    1001 Sand Creek Dr., Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219) 395-5200
    From the moment you arrive at Sand Creek Country Club, you know you are in for something special. Ideally located in Northwest Indiana in the quaint town of Chesterton, near the southern shores of Lake Michigan and just a 50 minute drive from downtown Chicago. Resort-like style services and facilities, along with award winning world-class golf; have earned Sand Creek the reputation of being the Premier Family Oriented Country Club in the Midwest.
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    CROWN POINT


    Four Seasons Country Club
    1054 Sunnyslope Drive, Crown Point
    (219) 988-2201
    Located in Winfield, Indiana, Four Seasons Country Club is one of Chicagoland's hidden gems. Established in 1966 our 18 hole golf course located within the private gates of the Lakes of the Four Seasons community has proudly served the Northwest Indiana Region offering private membership experience at an extremely affordable price for over 50 years.
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    Oak Knoll Golf Course
    11200 Whitcomb Street, Crown Point
    (219) 663-3349
    Built in 1925, Oak Knoll Golf Course in Crown Point Indiana has been a staple of Northwest Indiana golf for years. Located just west of the Crown Point Indiana, this 18-hole public golf course offers a great experience for golfers of all ages and abilities. If you’re new to the game of golf, you’ll find the wide fairways and relaxed play very enjoyable. For the experienced player, our smaller greens should provide a nice challenge for your short game. Our Clubhouse features a full-service bar area that offers a great place to relax before or after your round of golf. Our facilities also provide the perfect venue for your next golf outing. Make a tee time or book an outing, our staff will be happy to take care of the details.
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    Pheasant Valley Country Club
    3838 W. 141st Ave., Crown Point
    (219) 663-5000
    Built in 1967, Pheasant Valley Country Club in Crown Point Indiana is a premier golf course that has always challenged the best players in the area. Pheasant Valley is also known as “The scenic nature course”. There are no home sites anywhere on the course. With 5 sets of tees to choose from, golfers of all skill levels can enjoy this Northwest Indiana masterpiece. If you haven’t played Pheasant Valley in a while, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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    Summer Tree Golf Club
    2323 E. 101st Ave., Crown Point
    (219) 663-0800
    Built in the early 1970’s, Summer Tree Golf Club in Crown Point Indiana is another Hegan masterpiece. The course offers natural beauty with rolling, tree-lined fairways, large greens, and 5 sets of tees for every skill level. Another feature is number 14 tee sits on the highest point in Lake County.
    With its continuous cart paths, new irrigation and drainage, the course is always ready to play.
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    White Hawk Country Club
    1001 White Hawk Dr., Crown Point
    (219) 661-1300
    White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point is a premiere golf course in Northwest Indiana. Located less than an hour south of downtown Chicago, this 36-Hole facility has four beautiful nines that present a fun and unique test of golf at every turn. White Hawk Country Club is beautifully carved out of 600 acres and surrounded by tranquil scenery that includes forests, prairies, streams and wetlands. Excellent course conditions await members, their guest, and public play at this championship facility.
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    Youche Country Club
    2301 W 129th Pl, Crown Point
    (219) 663-1418
    Youche® Country Club is Northwest Indiana's premier golf and social club. Upon joining Youche, you will experience a tradition of friendly membership and excellent golf in a relaxed environment. Youche has maintained its membership at levels that preclude the need for tee times and keep its average 18 hole round under 4 hours. Youche’s fast greens and excellent conditions are legendary. A New Clubhouse was built in 2008, and boasts elegant dining rooms, locker room facilities, meeting rooms, Member Bar, and much, much more! The Club also has a Golf Shop for all of your equipment, shoes, and apparel needs. Youche is also a popular destination for weddings, showers, corporate events, class reunions and more, boasting fantastic gathering areas and enticing food and beverage packages.
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    GARY


    South Gleason Golf Course
    3400 Jefferson St, Gary
    (219) 980-1089
    18-hole Bent grass course with water in play.
    Weekday green fees for non-members are $17 for 18 holes and $12 for 9 holes during peak season.
    Weekend green fees for non-members are $19 for 18 holes and $13 for 9 holes during peak season.
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    HAMMOND


    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    901 E 129th St, Hammond
    (219) 932-4046
    Home to a world class 18-hole public golf course and a challenging 9-hold executive course, Lost Marsh is a shining example of brown-field reclamation, habitat restoration, and a satisfying golfing experience. The second floor of the clubhouse features a new restaurant and lounge complete with outdoor seating that offers stunning views of the course and marina. At just over 20 minutes from downtown Chicago and the Loop, it truly is one of Chicago's premier courses.
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    HIGHLAND


    Wicker Park Golf Course
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland
    (219) 838-9809
    Wicker Memorial Park Golf Course offers great golf at some of the lowest, most competitive rates in the region. The course is conveniently located just minutes from Interstate 80/94 on the corner of Ridge Road and Indianapolis Boulevard. This par 72 course offers tree-lined fairways, a practice green and driving range.
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    HOBART


    Cressmoor Country Club
    601 N Wisconsin St, Hobart
    (219) 942-9300
    This flat course is easy to walk, but accuracy is still important because of its narrow fairways. The signature hole is #7, a 370-yard, par 4, requiring a well-positioned tee shot, and then an approach around a lake to the green. Water hazards (lakes) come into play on at least three separate occasions.
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    Duck Creek Golf Course
    638 N 700 W, Hobart
    (219) 759-5870
    We are a 18 hole golf course par 70. It is a great course to look around at. There are woods and water that come into play all around the course.
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    Indian Ridge Country Club
    6363 Grand Blvd, Hobart
    (219) 942-6850
    Built in 1926, Indian Ridge Country Club in Hobart Indiana has provided Northwest Indiana golfers with a fun, challenging, and friendly place to enjoy the game of golf. The layout is a basic, old school golf course design. It has a variety of long and short holes with just enough trees and sand to keep it challenging. Due to the sand-based soil, the course drains very well. When other courses are too wet, Indian Ridge is most likely open for play.
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    LAPORTE


    Beechwood Golf Course
    2222 Woodlawn Dr, La Porte
    (219) 362-2651
    Beechwood Golf Course is a beautiful 18 hole championship golf course designed by William Diddle. Beechwood was built in the early 1930’s and donated to the City of LaPorte, Indiana by the Fox Family.
    The course’s traditional layout and masterful design allows you to use every club in the bag. It is a must play for golfers of any skill level, and the low prices make Beechwood one of the best deals in the state!
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    Briar Leaf Golf Club
    3233 IN-39, La Porte
    (219) 326-1992
    Built on a farm in the 1970s, our 35-year-old classical layout has been undergoing numerous improvements each year that have made Briar Leaf a favorite Michiana golf destination.
    Briar Leaf offers four sets of tees allowing players to enjoy the course from wherever they choose to play. While the course is scenic and challenging from the forward and middle tees, the back tees (slope rating 133) will give the low handicapper all they want in a great test of golf.
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    Legacy Hills Golf Club
    299 W. Johnson Road, LaPorte
    (219) 324-4777
    Legacy Hills Golf Club is in the unique position of being both one of Indianas oldest golf coures, and one of Indiana’s newest golf courses. The course was originally established in 1904, and has changed ownership several times. Most recently, the investment group Beacon Hills Golf Club, inc. purchased the course, along with a considerable amount of land across the street. This land has since been converted into the new back nine, and features many beautiful and scenic lots. The back nine is very well designed and features some of the finest in Indiana golf!
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    MERRILLVILLE


    Turkey Creek Golf Course
    6400 Harrison St, Merrillville
    (219) 980-5170
    The course offers hilly, tree-lined fairways with slightly sloping greens that provide the golfer with a feeling of a classic golf course. Turkey Creek also features a putting green to perfect that stroke, pro shop for those things you might have forgotten, a full-service restaurant, lounge, and snack bar facilities. Tee times are accepted up to 7 days in advance and the course is easily accessible off I-65.
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    Innsbrook Country Club
    6701 Taft St, Merrillville
    (219) 980-9060
    Nestled on 130 acres, just 35 minutes from Chicago, is Innsbrook Country Club’s William Langford Preserved Original Design championship golf course. This legendary 18 hole course is unique with six Par-3, six Par-4 and six Par-5 holes.
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    MICHIGAN CITY


    Michigan City Municipal Golf Course
    4000 E Michigan Blvd, Michigan City
    (219) 873-1516
    The Michi­gan City Munic­i­pal Golf Course fea­tures two beau­ti­ful 18-​hole courses set in a tran­quil wooded set­ting. Rec­og­nized as one of the pre­mier pub­lic courses for lovers of golf in Indi­ana, the Michi­gan City Golf Course offers a chal­leng­ing day of play for every age and skill level.
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    Long Beach Country Club
    2309 Larchmont Ave, Michigan City
    (219) 872-0689
    The Course opened in 1924 with renovations in 1975, 1989 and most recently in 2014, with continual upgrades to make your golfing experience the best it can be. A few features of the course include wonderful vistas from high atop sand dunes on the 1st, 10th and 17th tees, three par 3’s in the first five holes, three par 5’s in the last five holes, and century old stands of black and white oaks.
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    Pottawattamie Country Club
    1900 Springland Ave, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-8624
    You’ll enjoy challenging golf, friendly camaraderie with other members and organized golf and social events, and delicious dining. From early spring to late fall, Pottawattomie Country Club offers the best golf club experience around in Northern Indiana.
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    SCHERERVILLE


    Scherwood Golf
    600 E Joliet St., Schererville
    (219) 865-2554
    Scherwood is located in downtown Schererville, Indiana occupying 165 acres. The 27 hole facility consists of an 18 hole – par 71 – 6900 yard regulation course, and a 9 hole – par 30 – 1600 yard executive course. Both courses offer blue grass fairways and large penn cross bent grass greens. The course is generally flat with elevated greens and water coming into play on most holes.
    Scherwood is semi-private and offers large men and ladies organizations. Yearly memberships, both weekday and full time, are available on a limited basis.
    Updates to the course have been made to create extra challenges and maintain a fresh new look. One of the most recent updates was the addition of two new holes to create room for a new modern practice facility.
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    Briar Ridge Country Club
    123 Country Club Dr., Schererville
    (219) 322-3660
    Briar Ridge prides itself on its warm and friendly atmosphere. We work hard to introduce new members quickly into the Briar Ridge lifestyle and all it has to offer. Our staff is tireless in maintaining the grounds and golf course, offering up the best cuisine, and hosting special events. Briar Ridge has an active social calendar, giving our members NUMEROUS opportunities to socialize, dine and make new friends. We also have a relaxing and inviting pool where families have a wonderful time.
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    VALPARAISO


    Creekside Golf Course
    2355 Clifford Road, Valparaiso
    (219) 531-7888
    Take a short drive to the outskirts of downtown Valparaiso, and you’ll find a very unique and challenging golf course that’s a hidden gem in the world of golf.
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    The Course at Aberdeen
    245 Tower Rd, Valparaiso
    (219) 462-5050
    Consistently rated among the best golf courses in Northwest Indiana and Greater South Bend Michigan by Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly, the course at Aberdeen offers 18 player-friendly holes with top notch service!
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    Forest Park Golf Course
    1155 Sheffield Drive
    Valparaiso, IN 46385
    (219) 531-7888
    Nestled in the heart of Valparaiso, Forest Park has long been a golfer’s favorite place to play. With a somewhat wide open traditional parkland front nine, and a very challenging back nine that has several elevation changes and relatively small greens, Forest Park awakes the senses and challenges your skills.
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    Mink Lake Golf Course
    636 N Calumet Ave., Valparaiso
    (219) 462-2585
    Mink Lake Golf Course~ Were old and new friends meet~ Built in 1922 as Wauhob Golf Club.In 1950 the Sella family bought it from the Morthland Family and put the par 5 in on #6 in the early 1960's The Sportiest Course in Northwest Indiana. Beautiful & Scenic,Hilly 9 hole course built on the Valparaiso moraine
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    Robbinhurst Golf Club and Driving Range
    383 W. Co. Rd. 875 N., Valparaiso
    (219) 762-9711
    Robbinhurst is a full-service golf facility offering club rentals, lessons, club fitting, on-site repair and a pro shop.
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  • | Local Events, family, fun, outdoor, winter, snow, sledding
    - Pokagon State Park's refrigerated Toboggan Run near Angola, Indiana, has about 90,000 riders every season. With the 30-foot tower and dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet over the course of a quarter mile. The top recorded speed is 42 mph. It's a 20 to 30 second thrill ride.

    Schedule

    It opens for the season, with or without snow at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 23. It operates through Feb. 24, 2019.

    Hours
    Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fees & General Information
    Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13 (including tax).
    Toboggan renters are guaranteed one ride per hour during peak times.
    Friday Special: Rent three toboggans in the same hour, the third one is free (except during winter break).
    Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.
    During winter, fees are collected Friday nights and on weekends when the run is open.
    Park closes at 11 p.m. Opens at 7 a.m.
    Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans.
    Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis.
    Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions).
    Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.
    No all-day rentals.
    No group reservations or group rates.
    There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules.
    No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.
    Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.
    Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).
    Nature Center is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; closed Monday and Tuesday; and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    The park office, (260) 833-2012, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    Pokagon State Park
    450 Lane 100 Lake James Angola IN 46703
    260.833.2012
  • | Sports and Recreation, NWI, Things to do, What to do, Winter, Activities, Fun, Famiy, Kids
    - Don't let the cold weather keep you on the couch. Northwest Indiana has over 10 ice skating facilities to choose from! There are indoor and outdoor options if the weather isn't quite cooperating.

    DEEP RIVER SKATE PLAZA IN CROWN POINT
    9001 E. US Hwy 30
    (219)947-7850
    Open skating hours of operation:
    November 24, 2017- February 25, 2018
    Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
    Fridays: 4pm - 10pm
    Saturday: Noon - 10pm
    Sunday and Holiday periods: Noon - 9pm
    Closed Monday - Wednesday, except during Holiday/School break periods and private rentals
    click for details about pricing and exact dates and times.

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    CROWN POINT SPORTSPLEX
    1313 E North Street
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    Phone: 219.661.2271
    The City of Crown Point has rinks for ice skating and hockey at the Sportsplex. These rinks are open when the ice is frozen solid.

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    GRIFFITH CENTRAL PARK ICE RINK
    698 N Broad St
    Griffith, Indiana 46319
    219-922-3078
    The ice skating rink is available for use in Central Park ** pending temperatures allow for the ice to freeze **

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    HAMMOND AREA PARKS

    Edison Park
    Madison Ave. & Mulberry Street

    Hessville Park
    173rd St. & Kennedy Avenue

    Irving Park
    Hoffman St. & Columbia Avenue

    Pulaski Park
    139th St. & Sheffield Avenue

    Riverside Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North

    Weather permitting. Contact the Civic Center at (219)853- 6378 or
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    MACARTHUR GOLF COURSE
    4000 Indianapolis Blvd
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    (219) 391-8362
    Thursdays and Fridays: 3 to 8 p.m. through March.
    Saturdays and Sundays: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through March.
    $2 entry fee. Skate rental $3 per hour.

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    MIDWEST TRAINING & ICE CENTER
    10600 White Oak Ave.
    Dyer, IN 46311
    (219) 558-8811
    Midwest Training & Ice Center is Northwest Indiana's largest state-of- the-art training facility. For the general public, Midwest Training & Ice Center offers open skate sessions and drop-in hockey.
    For more information, click for details

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    THE LAKE AT WASHINGTON PARK IN MICHIGAN CITY
    115 Lakeshore Dr.
    (219) 873-1506
    Contact the Parks Department for specific dates and times.
    For more information, click for details

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    SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK IN LA PORTE
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    Weather Permitting. Parks are open from sunrise until 10 p.m.
    For more information, click for details

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    WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION ICE RINK AT CENTRAL PARK PLAZA IN VALPARAISO
    68 Lafayette St

    For open skate dates/times, click for details

    Open skate, skating specials, lessons, birthday parties and more! For more information and pricing please contact the Park Office at 219.462.5144 or click for details

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  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
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    Breweries and Wineries
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    Casinos
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    Dog Parks
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    Family Fun Centers
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    Live Entertainment Venues
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    Museums and Tours
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    Parks and Gardens
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    Theaters
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    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
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    Car Shows
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    Concerts in the Park
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    Farmers Markets
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    Festivals
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    Fireworks
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    Garage Sales
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    Garden Walks
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    Golfing
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    Horseback Riding
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    Movies in the Park
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    Public Beaches
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    Public Pools and Splash Pads
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    Blueberry Picking
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    Summer Sporting Events
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    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
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    Strawberry Picking
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    Great Fishing Spots
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    Paintball and Laser Tag
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    Runs / Races / Walks
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    Waterparks
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    WINTER

    Sledding
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    Ice Skating
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  • | Sports and Recreation, Sparta Dome, Baseball, Indoor Baseball, Register
    - Sparta Baseball Events!

    Featuring full-size, indoor baseball fields, unrestricted by walls or ceilings, we can run two games simultaneously with ease and deliver the best turf surface available for your athletes' to compete like the pros.

    Age Groups: 9U | 10U | 11U | 12U |

    -All participants must complete the online waiver prior to participation.
    -Proper footwear must be worn at all times. Street shoes & metal cleats are not permitted.
    -Appropriate attire must be worn at all times.
    -Absolutely no outside food or drink is allowed in to the Dome other than water in a plastic, sealed container. No gum, gatorade, seeds on the turf ever.
    -Abusive or foul language, attempted confrontation, physical confrontation or other behavior that is deemed inappropriate by management is not permitted and will result in immediate removal from the facility.
    -The Sparta Dome is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
    -Use proper etiquette and be courteous and respectful to all open play participants.
    -Pre-game warm up space may be limited depending on the Sparta Dome event schedule. Please check in with a staff member one day prior to the event for the most updated schedule.
    -Batting cage use is included during all tournaments and round robin events. -----First come, first serve basis.
    -There is no hitting or pitching into the walls of the dome. Please position players appropriately to avoid damaging the dome walls.
    -Lawn chairs are permitted. Fans can sit on the turf between the two fields or upstairs on the mezzanine to view events.
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Celebration, wedding shower, corporate function, banquet, theos
    - Theo’s Steaks & Seafood, wants to make your next event a memorable one.

    We have been in the food service industry for over 20 years and are ready to make your next banquet, wedding shower, or corporate function one to remember for many years to come.

    We welcome you to invite your friends and family to celebrate your next event at Theo’s!

    – Accommodations up to 110 guests – Available parking for any size party

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    Theo's Steaks & Seafood
    9144 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Theo's Steaks & Seafood 219.838.8000
  • | Local Events, Cedar Lake, Unsafe Building Meeting, Town Meeting
    Cedar Lake Town Hall
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Cedar Lake Town Hall 2193747400ext119 events@cedarlakein.org
  • | Local Events, Parades, Northwest Indiana, Things to do, Family Fun, Celebration
    - ***PAST

    Schererville's Bad to the Bone Parade 2018- SCHERERVILLE
    June 16
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    Michigan City Kiddie Parade- MICHIGAN CITY
    June 23
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    Michigan City Patriotic Parade
    June 30
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    Highland Kiddie Parade- HIGHLAND
    July 1
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    Highland Twilight Parade- HIGHLAND
    July 3
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    99th Annual 4th of July Parade in Whiting- WHITING
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    Munster 4th of July Kiddie Parade- MUNSTER
    July 4
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    Gary Independence Day Parade- GARY
    July 4
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    City of Hobart 4th of July Festivities- HOBART
    July 4
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    Crown Point 4th of July Parade & Fireworks- CROWN POINT
    July 4
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    Griffith 4th of July Parade- GRIFFITH
    July 4
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    Independence Day the Hebron Way- HEBRON
    July 4
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    Independence Day Parade & Festival- PORTAGE
    July 4
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    La Porte 72nd Annual 4th of July Parade- LA PORTE
    July 4
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    Munster 4th of July Parade- MUNSTER
    July 4
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    Porter Family 4th of July Fest- PORTER
    July 4
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    **** UPCOMING:

    Kiddie Parade- LOWELL
    September 2
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    Labor Day Parade- LOWELL
    September 3
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    Valparaiso Popcorn Festival- VALPARAISO
    September 8
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    Mexican Independence Parade & Fest- EAST CHICAGO
    September 16
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    Veteran Appreciation Day Parade and Ceremony- HAMMOND
    November 10
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    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
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    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
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    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
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    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala- LAKE STATION
    December 31
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  • | Local Events, Pixar, Chicago, Museum of Science & Industry
    - Get a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind these beloved animated films and their characters.

    The Science Behind Pixar is an interactive exhibition showcasing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

    This exhibition is not included in Museum Entry, and requires an additional, timed-entry ticket:

    Adults and seniors: $14
    Children (ages 3-11): $11
    MSI Members: $7

    For museum hours, click for details
    Museum of Science and Industry
    5700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL 60637
    Museum of Science and Industry 773.684.1414
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Northshore Health, Flu Shot, Flu Season, Healthcare
     
           
    NorthShore Health 219.763.8112
  • | Local Events, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas, Holidays, Musical, Theatre at the Center
    - Director Linda Fortunato has cast Roger Mueller as Kris Kringle, Stella Rose Hoyt as Susan, Courtney Jones as Doris and Christopher Kale Jones as Fred for Theatre at the Center’s Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical. Previews begin November 15 with Opening Night on November 18 and a continued run through December 23.

    The original 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film, Miracle on 34th Street, was written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, a young Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as Santa starred in the popular film, which received three Academy Awards and has remained a family favorite at for decades.

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, features book, music and lyrics all by Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame and was adapted from the 1947 movie. It opened on Broadway in 1963 with the show’s title changing during the decades as both Here’s Love and later, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, with the latter a reference to the popular holiday song featured in the musical.

    Roger Mueller returns to TATC where he was last seen in Here’s Love in 2000. Other credits include a Jeff Award for the role of John Adams in 1776 at the Marriott Theatre, Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre, All My Sons at Timeline Theatre and Amadeus at Shakespeare Theatre.

    Stella Rose Hoyt has performed throughout Chicagoland since age 4. She was last seen at TATC playing Molly in the 2016 holiday run of Annie Warbucks. She recently played Small Alison in the Chicago premier of Fun Home at Victory Gardens, Mary Claire in The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theatre as well as both Young Cosette in Les Miserable and Jane in Mary Poppins at Oak Lawn Theatre.
    Courtney Jones, who is making her debut at TATC, recently played the role of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at Timberlake Playhouse. Other credits include Ragtime and Titanic at Griffin Theatre and Ordinary Days at BoHo. Jones also worked regionally with Chicago Shakespeare.

    Christopher Kale Jones is making his acting debut at TATC after his recent one-man tribute Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits dazzled TATC audiences last summer. He is best known for playing Frankie Valli in the first National Broadway Tour of Jersey Boys. A former member of the popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, his other theater credits include The Battle of Little Jo at Steppenwolf, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare, and The King and I at Marriott Theatre.

    Additional cast members include Michael Kingston as Mr. Macy, Michael Potsic as District Attorney, Rick Rapp as the Judge, Sam Shankman as Sawyer, Amir Henderson as Harry, Liliana Rene as Hendrika, Ethan Solis as Tommy as well as Chris Carter, Veronica Garza, Matthew Huston, Rachel Klippel, Ashley Lanyon, Haley Jane Schafer, Hope Elizabeth Schafer and Trequon Tate.

    Linda Fortunato, director and choreographer of Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, is in her third season as TATC Artistic Director where her recent credits include directing the hits Ghost The Musical and Steel Magnolias as well as Cabaret and Big River.

    Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as choreographer and director and received both Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2013-14 for TATC’s first Jeff Award for choreography of 42nd Street.

    ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is certainly familiar from the classic 1947 film and its more modern remakes,” said Fortunato, who choreographed TATC’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” in 2010 as well as “Here’s Love” in 2000, both the previous titles for the stage telling of this beloved story.

    “The story of the real Kris Kringle hired as Macy’s Santa Claus still touches hearts and reminds us of the power of the imagination. I am excited to share this classic story in musical form with audiences of all ages. From the littlest believers to those who may have lost sight of the magic of Christmas, this musical brightens the holiday season for all.”

    The creative team for Miracle on 34th Street includes Scenic Designers Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, Lighting Designer G. Max Maxin IV, Sound Designer Barry Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel and Prop Designer Devon Green. Stage Manager is Jessica Banaszak. William Underwood is Music Director. Fortunato is teamed with Richard Friedman, General Manager, and Ann Davis, Head of Production.

    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat TATC is a year-round professional theater at its home: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. TATC is an accessible venue with plenty of free parking and is located off I80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, with select Thursday and Sunday night performances. Individual ticket prices range from $42- $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1532. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more. Student tickets are $20 and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit click for details.
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Local Events, Shopping, Holidays, Craft Shows, Vendor Fairs, Vendors
    - PAST (scroll down for upcoming)

    Holiday Community Market- GRIFFITH
    November 7
    click for details

    SHIPSHEWANA VINTAGE FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS MARKET 7AM-5PM- BUS TRIP SCHERERVILLE
    November 10
    click for details

    17th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree & Craft Fair- DYER
    November 17
    click for details

    Holiday Bazaar Craft/Vendor Fair- MERRILLVILLE
    November 17
    click for details

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market- HOBART
    November 18
    click for details

    7th Annual Holiday Affair Vendor & Craft Show- SCHERERVILLE
    November 18
    click for details

    Holiday Bonanaza- MUNSTER
    November 18
    click for details

    Winter Market- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Holiday Fundraiser Bazaar- BEECHER, IL
    November 25
    click for details

    Holiday Craft Open House- ST. JOHN
    November 26
    click for details

    Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo- CHICAGO
    November 27
    click for details

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    UPCOMING

    Crossroads Community Church- SCHERERVILLE
    November 29
    click for details

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    St. Matthias Christmas Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Holiday Craft and Vendor Show- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    2-Day Holiday Market at the Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1 & 2
    click for details

    Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Show- PORTAGE
    December 1 & 2
    click for details

    Munster High School Christmas Craft Market- MUNSTER
    December 1 & 2
    click for details

    Holiday Shopping At The Market- VALPARAISO
    December 2
    click for details

    Christmas Market- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    LC Band Boosters Holiday Craft Fair- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    St. Andrew Women's Guild Cookie Walk & Craft Bazaar- MERRILLVILLE
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Cedar Creek's Holiday Bazaar- LOWELL
    December 9
    click for details

    Shop, Jingle & Mingle
    December 10
    click for details

    Schererville Parks Crafts at the Crossroads- SCHERERVILLE
    December 15
    click for details
     
           
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    Registration 18666417181
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
    click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
    click for details

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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
    click for details

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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
    click for details

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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
    click for details

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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Hammond Public Library, Library, Read, Kids, Family Events, Books, Hammond
    - Sweet Reads Teen Winter Reading is for those in grades 7 to 12. Read three books and be entered into a drawing for free autographed books and gift cards.
    Hammond Public Library
    564 State Street Hammond IN 46320
    Hammond Public Library 219.931.5100
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
    click for details

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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

  • | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Library Events, Local event, Games, Mahjong
    - Enjoy playing this ancient Chinese game each Thursday afternoon in the Library. Basic instruction is provided.
    Crown Point Community Library
    122 N. Main Street Crown Point IN 46307
    Peter Lewis 219.306.4597 plewis@crownpointlibrary.org
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Library Events
    - Families are invited to join us for a fun holiday activity! Each family will work together to build and decorate their own gingerbread house at the Merrillville library. Please register in advance.
    Merrillville Public Library Youth Services
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Library Events
    - Come to the library and make a craft! This month we will create artwork
    using buttons. All materials provided. Registration is required. Ages
    11-18.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Teen Services 219.365.5379
  • | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Religious Events, Nativity, Manger, Carols, Things to do, Christmas, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Christ
    - Please join us in celebrating the reason for the season, the night Jesus was born. We will have a Living Nativity scene on the front lawn of First United Evangelical Lutheran Church from 7-9pm December 19th and 20th. The scene will also include live animals. We encourage visitors to view the animals as well as come inside the church for refreshments and caroling.

    The church is located on 6705 Hohman Avenue in Hammond, IN 46324. We look forward to seeing you there.

    6705 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46324
    Chauncey Daspit 312.617.1426 cdaspit@ameritech.net
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Theater, Comedy, Musical, Play, Plays, Shows, NWI, Northwest Indiana Theater
    - You don't have to travel into the city for the theater. Check out these various theaters and their productions in Northwest Indiana.


    Acting Theatre of Michigan City
    215 West 10th Street, Michigan City
    (219) 872-4221
    The Acting Theatre of Michigan city is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to producing first-time theatre of all disciplines created especially for Michigan City area audiences and in cooperation with other arts organizations.
    click for details


    Beatniks on Conkey
    418 Conkey Street, Hammond
    219-852-0848
    BEATNIKS was created by Rip and Bonnie Johnson as a place for creative minds to try out new material, for theater groups who need a place to perform, to offer the public a place to relax, have a cup of coffee, maybe a snack or two, and be entertained. Unless otherwise marked, shows on Friday and Saturday - doors open at 7:30 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM.
    Sunday matinees - doors open at 1:30 PM, show at 2:00 PM.
    Plan on being prompt... for complimentary beverages, snacks and pastries.
    click for details


    Chicago Street Theatre
    154 W. Chicago Street, Valparaiso
    (219) 464-1636
    Our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The intimate 130-seat theatre now features brand new stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre.
    click for details


    Dune Arts Foundation
    288 Shady Oak Drive, Michigan City
    (219) 879-7509
    The Dunes Arts Foundation, Inc., which operates the Dunes Summer Theatre and The Dunes Youth Programs, was incorporated in the State of Indiana on January 17th, 1952. Located in Michiana Shores, the theatre is nestled on a scenic 20 acre wooded site, about a half mile from the Indiana Dunes and the Lake Michigan shore. It seats over 270 patrons, hosts 12 cabins for summer actors and interns, and has an outside pavilion.
    click for details


    Canterbury Theatre
    807 Franklin Street, Michigan City
    (219) 874-4269
    Canterbury Winter Arts Series has something for everyone, with a season that includes theatrical productions for both adults and children, live music from the best of local artists, open mic nights and more!
    Canterbury Summer Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary season in 2018 as one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, presenting an exciting slate of comedies, musicals and thrillers, produced by our talented Resident Company, hailing from throughout the country. Come see tomorrow's stars, today!
    click for details


    Foot Light Players
    1705 Franklin St, Michigan City
    (219) 874-4035
    Northwest Indiana's award winning community theatre.
    click for details


    Gary Shakespeare Company
    3401 Broadway, Gary
    (219) 938-4565
    Free Shakespeare for Northwest Indiana.
    click for details


    Highland Parks Performing Arts Group Summer Theatre
    Performances are held at:
    Main Square Gazebo
    Fifth St. and Ridge Road
    Highland, IN 46322
    219.838.0114
    The Highland Parks Performing Arts Group puts on a summer production on the lawn at Main Square.
    click for details


    LaPorte Little Theatre Club
    218 A. St., LaPorte
    (219) 362.5113
    La Porte Little Theatre Club is family fun and friendly. We encourage everyone to take part in community theatre, whether you are on stage or part of the crew, you just can't beat live theatre for fun and excitement!
    click for details


    L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
    Performances held at:
    Great Oaks After 4 Club
    13109 Wicker Avenue, Cedar Lake
    (219) 374-8000
    The Region’s only full-time dinner theatre.
    click for details


    Marian Theatre Guild
    119th St. and Lincoln Ave., Whiting
    (219) 473-7555
    The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting's longest running community theatre, presenting a fall musical and spring drama/comedy annually. The Guild is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
    Please watch our calendar of events on Whiting's town page for upcoming shows.
    click for details


    Memorial Opera House
    104 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso
    (219) 548-9137
    Built in 1893 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, this historic landmark theatre continues a long tradition of opening its doors to local and national talent. With each season specifically selected to delight and entertain our patrons, we know even the most discerning theater enthusiast will be captivated.
    click for details


    Ross Music Theatre
    In association with M & M Productions
    227 Center St, Hobart
    (219) 947-4922
    If you enjoy theatre and have not experienced it in our intimate setting you owe it to yourself to check out a show here. We Think you will love it.
    click for details


    Theater at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road in Munster
    (219) 836-1930
    The mission of Theatre at the Center, Inc. is to bring to The Center for Visual and Performing Arts disciplines of the performing arts that are at once appealing, educational, and accessible to the entire community.
    click for details


    Theatre Northwest on Grant
    3660 Grant Street, Gary
    (219) 980-6808
    Theatre Northwest at the Arts & Sciences Building houses a state-of-the-art 500-seat proscenium theater and a more intimate 100-seat Studio Theatre. Newly opened in the Fall of 2017, both facilities are located on the 2nd floor. Read more about the new theatre here.
    click for details


    The Towle Theater
    5205 Hohman Avenue, Hammond
    (219) 937-8780
    Towle Theater is conveniently located 1/2 block West of Dan Rabin Plaza and less than 1 mile from the South Shore Train Line for access to public transportation.
    click for details


    Valparaiso University Theatre
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts,
    U.S. Highway 30 and Sturdy Road, Valparaiso
    (219) 464-5162
    Each year, the department presents an extensive season of theatrical performances featuring students of many majors.
    click for details


    4th Street Theater
    125 N. Fourth Street, Chesterton
    (219) 926-7875
    Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In August of 1998, a devastating fire consumed the old church and the organization was left homeless. After spending the better part of a year on clean up, debt settlement and reorganization, NCCA was gifted with the use of a small building at 125 N. Fourth St. in downtown Chesterton. This empty building has now been converted into the intimate, 50-seat theater, which has been a performance venue for many artists in the Northwest Indiana region.
    click for details


    Genesius Guild
    First United Methodist Church
    6635 Hohman Avenue, Hammond
    (877) 724-7715
    The Genesius Guild is a community theatre troupe based in Hammond, Indiana. The Guild currently utilizes the facilities in the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. The Guild was founded in 1984 as an outgrowth of the summer Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. Our name is taken from Saint Genesius, the Patron Saint of Actors.


    Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts
    6915 Grand Avenue, Hammond
    (219) 989-7316 x 1889
    The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (HAPA) is an institution of rigorous
    programs committed to artistic and academic excellence.
    click for details


    Hammond Community Theatre
    P.O. Box 394, Hammond
    (219) 852-0848
    Bringing theatre to the community!
    click for details


    Highland Theatre Company of HHS
    9135 Erie Street, Highland
    Highland Theatre Company is the student-run theatre organization of Highland High School.
    click for details


    Improductions, LLC
    773-828-9117
    A company founded to help push do-it-yourself productions in the Chicagoland area. This company is together as a place where people who produce their own theatre productions find skills and resources to help make their dreams a reality. Whether it’s team management, audio/video production, theatrical instruction, or graphic art production, we have the ability to help anyone seeking expertise and experience in putting the best production possible forward.
    click for details


    Munster Theatre Company
    8808 Columbia Avenue, Munster
    (219) 838-3200
    The fully handi-cap accessible facility features an over 1000-seat theater, a fully functional proscenium stage with counter-weight fly system, shop, four dressing rooms, make-up room, DMX 512 lighting system and digitally-tuned sound system.
    click for details


    Seedlings Theatre
    (219) 281-2829
    We are planting the arts across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We are inclusive in every sense, welcoming seasoned, first-time, and non-traditional actors, directors, designers, technicians, volunteers, and audience members to engage with the performing arts in new ways. Our productions inspire growth, engage discussion, and enrich the community.
    click for details


    Valparaiso Theatrical Company
    1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso
    (219) 309-6794
    The Valparaiso Theatrical Company is a non-profit group meant to focus on providing fund-raising opportunities for other non-profit organizations. The company’s performances have taken them to many venues. The theater is currently looking for a place to perform on a regular basis in the Porter County area until which time we find a permanent home for our performances in Valparaiso, Indiana.
    click for details

     
           
  • | Special Interest, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Dining, Things to do, Al Frescothe
    - Top 20 Outdoor Dining Spots in the Dunes
    published by Dig the Dunes


    BEVERLY SHORES

    Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill
    click for details


    CHESTERTON

    Duneland Pizza
    click for details

    Lemon Tree
    click for details

    Lucrezia (there's a second location in Crown Point)
    click for details


    LA PORTE

    Bistro on the Greens
    click for details


    MICHIANA SHORES

    Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria
    click for details


    MICHIGAN CITY

    Bridges
    click for details

    Fiddlehead
    click for details

    Fire & Water (pictured above)
    click for details

    Overboard at the Marina
    click for details

    Tree House Cafe
    click for details


    MILLER

    Wells Street Beach
    click for details


    NEW BUFFALO

    Bentwood Tavern
    click for details

    Brewster’s
    click for details

    Casey’s
    click for details

    Stray Dog
    click for details


    PORTAGE

    Bulldog on the Lake
    click for details

    Latitudes at Marina Shores
    click for details


    PORTER

    Wagners Ribs
    click for details


    SAWYER

    Greenbush
    click for details


    VALPARAISO

    Sage
    click for details


    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
    click for details

    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Strawberry Picking
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details
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    WINTER

    Sledding
    click for details

    Ice Skating
    click for details

     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Sparta Dome, Open Play, Baseball, Soccer, Softball
    - Daily!

    $5*/person til 5p (Trainers/Coaches $10*)

    $10* 5p- close & on Sat/Sun 9a-2p (Sparta Sports Org League players & coaches $5 anytime)

    See "Today's Schedule" for availability, click for details

    Batting cages included when not reserved

    Knockerballs Available $10 additional/person

    *Annual Sparta Member/Registration required
    ($20 Individual/$40 Family) starting Nov 1st. Non-Member add $5. Make sure to upload your photo to your profile to have your member card printed! & Try the MemberMe+ available on your smartphone!
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, Toddler Playtime, Preschool Playtime, Sparta Dome, Open Play
    - Sparta Dome offers Toddler/Preschool Playtime ages 0-5, Tuesday-Thursday 9am-12pm for $5* per child/$3* per additional sibling. Schedule subject to change, check "Today's Schedule" under Home tab or click for details FREE for all currently registered LPG participants w/Family Membership!

    *Annual Sparta Member/Registration required
    ($20 Individual/$40 Family) starting Nov 1st. Non-Member add $5. Make sure to upload your photo to your profile to have your member card printed! & Try the MemberMe+ available on your smartphone!
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Local Events, Craft Shows, Vendors, Fairs, Shopping, Northwest Indiana
    - PAST (scroll down for upcoming)

    Holiday Community Market- GRIFFITH
    November 7
    click for details

    Colonel John Wheeler Middle School PTA Craft & Vendor Fair- CROWN POINT
    November 10
    click for details

    Highland Band Booster Fall Craft Fair- HIGHLAND
    November 10
    click for details

    Hannah's Hope 9th Annual Craft and Vendor Fair- PORTAGE
    November 10
    click for details

    SHIPSHEWANA VINTAGE FARMHOUSE CHRISTMAS MARKET 7AM-5PM- BUS TRIP SCHERERVILLE
    November 10
    click for details

    7th ANNUAL CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR at SONSHINE CORNER PRESCHOOL- LOWELL
    November 17
    click for details

    17th Annual Holiday Shopping Spree & Craft Fair- DYER
    November 17
    click for details

    Holiday Bazaar Craft/Vendor Fair- MERRILLVILLE
    November 17
    click for details

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market- HOBART
    November 18
    click for details

    7th Annual Holiday Affair Vendor & Craft Show- SCHERERVILLE
    November 18
    click for details

    Holiday Bonanaza- MUNSTER
    November 18
    click for details

    Craft Show & Vendor Fair- HIGHLAND
    November 24
    click for details

    Winter Market- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Holiday Fundraiser Bazaar- BEECHER, IL
    November 25
    click for details

    Holiday Craft Open House- ST. JOHN
    November 26
    click for details

    Holiday Market at Lincoln Park Zoo- CHICAGO
    November 27
    click for details

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    UPCOMING

    Crossroads Craft and Vendor Market
    November 29
    click for details

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    St. Matthias Christmas Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Holiday Craft and Vendor Show- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    2-Day Holiday Market at the Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1 & 2
    click for details

    Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Show- PORTAGE
    December 1 & 2
    click for details

    Munster High School Christmas Craft Market- MUNSTER
    December 1 & 2
    click for details

    Holiday Shopping At The Market- VALPARAISO
    December 2
    click for details

    Christmas Market- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    St. Andrew Women's Guild Cookie Walk & Craft Bazaar- MERRILLVILLE
    December 8
    click for details

    LC Band Boosters Holiday Craft Fair- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Cedar Creek's Holiday Bazaar- LOWELL
    December 9
    click for details

    Shop, Jingle & Mingle
    December 10
    click for details

    Schererville Parks Crafts at the Crossroads- SCHERERVILLE
    December 15
    click for details

    Don't forget to check back as we are always updating this list! Happy Shopping!
     
           
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas, Holidays, Musical, Theatre at the Center
    - Director Linda Fortunato has cast Roger Mueller as Kris Kringle, Stella Rose Hoyt as Susan, Courtney Jones as Doris and Christopher Kale Jones as Fred for Theatre at the Center’s Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical. Previews begin November 15 with Opening Night on November 18 and a continued run through December 23.

    The original 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film, Miracle on 34th Street, was written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, a young Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as Santa starred in the popular film, which received three Academy Awards and has remained a family favorite at for decades.

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, features book, music and lyrics all by Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame and was adapted from the 1947 movie. It opened on Broadway in 1963 with the show’s title changing during the decades as both Here’s Love and later, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, with the latter a reference to the popular holiday song featured in the musical.

    Roger Mueller returns to TATC where he was last seen in Here’s Love in 2000. Other credits include a Jeff Award for the role of John Adams in 1776 at the Marriott Theatre, Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre, All My Sons at Timeline Theatre and Amadeus at Shakespeare Theatre.

    Stella Rose Hoyt has performed throughout Chicagoland since age 4. She was last seen at TATC playing Molly in the 2016 holiday run of Annie Warbucks. She recently played Small Alison in the Chicago premier of Fun Home at Victory Gardens, Mary Claire in The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theatre as well as both Young Cosette in Les Miserable and Jane in Mary Poppins at Oak Lawn Theatre.
    Courtney Jones, who is making her debut at TATC, recently played the role of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at Timberlake Playhouse. Other credits include Ragtime and Titanic at Griffin Theatre and Ordinary Days at BoHo. Jones also worked regionally with Chicago Shakespeare.

    Christopher Kale Jones is making his acting debut at TATC after his recent one-man tribute Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits dazzled TATC audiences last summer. He is best known for playing Frankie Valli in the first National Broadway Tour of Jersey Boys. A former member of the popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, his other theater credits include The Battle of Little Jo at Steppenwolf, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare, and The King and I at Marriott Theatre.

    Additional cast members include Michael Kingston as Mr. Macy, Michael Potsic as District Attorney, Rick Rapp as the Judge, Sam Shankman as Sawyer, Amir Henderson as Harry, Liliana Rene as Hendrika, Ethan Solis as Tommy as well as Chris Carter, Veronica Garza, Matthew Huston, Rachel Klippel, Ashley Lanyon, Haley Jane Schafer, Hope Elizabeth Schafer and Trequon Tate.

    Linda Fortunato, director and choreographer of Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, is in her third season as TATC Artistic Director where her recent credits include directing the hits Ghost The Musical and Steel Magnolias as well as Cabaret and Big River.

    Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as choreographer and director and received both Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2013-14 for TATC’s first Jeff Award for choreography of 42nd Street.

    ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is certainly familiar from the classic 1947 film and its more modern remakes,” said Fortunato, who choreographed TATC’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” in 2010 as well as “Here’s Love” in 2000, both the previous titles for the stage telling of this beloved story.

    “The story of the real Kris Kringle hired as Macy’s Santa Claus still touches hearts and reminds us of the power of the imagination. I am excited to share this classic story in musical form with audiences of all ages. From the littlest believers to those who may have lost sight of the magic of Christmas, this musical brightens the holiday season for all.”

    The creative team for Miracle on 34th Street includes Scenic Designers Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, Lighting Designer G. Max Maxin IV, Sound Designer Barry Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel and Prop Designer Devon Green. Stage Manager is Jessica Banaszak. William Underwood is Music Director. Fortunato is teamed with Richard Friedman, General Manager, and Ann Davis, Head of Production.

    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat TATC is a year-round professional theater at its home: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. TATC is an accessible venue with plenty of free parking and is located off I80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, with select Thursday and Sunday night performances. Individual ticket prices range from $42- $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1532. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more. Student tickets are $20 and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit click for details.
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
    click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
    click for details

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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
    click for details

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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           

Friday, December 21st, 2018

  • | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Local Events, Hammond Public Library, Library, Read, Kids, Family Events, Books, Hammond
    - For ages 6-13 - Craft a Christmas card.
    Hammond Public Library
    564 State Street Hammond IN 46320
    Hammond Public Library 219.931.5100
  • | 11:00am - 4:00pm | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Christmas, Holidays, Santa, Family Events
    - Come out every weekend from November 23rd to December 23rd between 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for photos with Santa taken in the infamous Santa's Mountain, complete with a slide!

    For further information about Santa Photo's or other events, click for details
    Indiana Welcome Center
    7770 Corinne Drive Hammond IN 46323
    Indiana Welcome Center 800.ALL.LAKE
  • | 4:00pm - 7:30pm | Charity, Fundraiser, Fish Fry, Shrimp, Pierogi
    - Weekly Fish & Shrimp Fry. Fish, Shrimp, Pierogi, Chicken Fingers and Weekly Special. This week's special is: Stuffed Cabbage with Mashed Potatoes and Vegetable. Family Friendly Atmosphere. Price range: $5.00-$12.00 Take out orders available. Call ahead for large groups.
    St. Michael the Archangel National Catholic Church
    6629 W. 133rd Ave Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Rev. John P. Kowalczyk 219.374.7626 smapncc@sbcglobal.net
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Local Events
    - Enjoy the shortest day of the year and the start of calendar winter with a guided hike by the almost full moon, followed by a campfire (with snacks) at Oak Ridge Prairie. Please dress for the weather. There is a $5 fee per person to cover the snacks.
    Oak Ridge Prairie & Oak Savannah Trail
    301 S Colfax St Griffith IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 7:30pm - 10:30pm | Local Events, Polar Express, Movie, Christmas, Holidays, Family Events, Kids Events
    - Movie In The Dome - December 21 - Polar Express. Brought to you by the Crown Point Parks Dept. and the Sparta Dome. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., movie starts at 8:30 p.m. $1 admission, 6 months and under are free. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No outside food or drinks allowed. We have concessions! Popcorn, nachos, soft pretzels, hot dogs, pop and more!!
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Over 21, Casino, Betting, Gambling, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - You don't have to travel to Las Vegas for quality casinos. Visit one these locations in Northwest Indiana:

    AMERISTAR CASINO
    777 Ameristar Boulevard, East Chicago
    219-378-3000
    With 56,000 square feet of gaming space on four levels, more than 1,750 slots and video poker machines, 58 table games and a dedicated baccarat room, we offer amazing gaming variety. Plus, guests enjoy our 288-room luxury hotel, which boasts a variety of amenities, our five exceptionally appetizing restaurants and a gift shop that's a destination it its own right. Located just 25 miles from downtown Chicago and conveniently located only minutes away from major interstates 90 and 80/94, we're easy to reach. And our 1,974-space covered parking garage makes it easy to stay.
    click for details


    BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA
    777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City
    219-879-7711
    We offer 65,000 square feet of gaming on a single luxurious and spacious level, with 44 table games, eight live poker room tables and more than 1,700 slots. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Dine in our of our five restaurants on site, or enjoy live entertainment from local bands to A-list performers. Blue Chip also has a 10,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center and a hotel with 486 luxurious rooms and suites.
    click for details


    FOUR WINDS
    11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, Michigan
    866-494-6371
    Less than an hour's drive from Downtown Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Four Winds New Buffalo delivers an unparalleled experience of indulgence, exhilaration and endless winning possibilities.
    Prepare to be swept up in the excitement as you experience our action-packed games, sizzling nightlife and one-of-a-kind entertainment. Lose yourself in our luxurious hotel, enjoy headliner entertainment, indulge in our sensational restaurants including southwest Michigan's only Hard Rock Cafe, and bask in the beautiful Lake Michigan setting while experiencing the region's most attentive service.
    click for details


    HORSESHOE CASINO HAMMOND
    777 Casino Center Drive, Hammond
    866-711-7463
    Horseshoe Casino Hammond is open daily 24 hours. The casino's 108,200 square foot gaming space features 3,000 gaming machines and 189 table and poker games. The property has award-winning restaurants and entertainment at The Venue.
    click for details


    MAJESTIC STAR CASINO AND HOTEL
    One Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary
    888-225-8259
    Enjoy 6 floors of gaming action at Majestic Star Casino! We’re bringing the ‘Win’ to the Windy City! Located just 35 minutes from Downtown Chicago, our casino features a huge selection of gaming options 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    You can also enjoy in a wide variety of dining options, including our award winning Steakhouse. With the latest slots and wide array of table games, Majestic Star has something for everybody! Plus enjoy all your favorite games on our new non-smoking level.
    click for details





     
           
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  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
    click for details

    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Strawberry Picking
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details
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    WINTER

    Sledding
    click for details

    Ice Skating
    click for details

     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Sparta Dome, Kids Classes, Kids Sports, Kids Activities, Register
    - WHY REGISTER FOR OUR CLASSES?
    -Great opportunities for kids to learn soccer, baseball, flag football and basketball in a small group setting with 6-8 kids per class.
    -Instructors (not volunteers) are experienced in the sports and trained in classroom management methods.
    -Kids will develop their teamwork and social skills in a structured environment.
    -The classes are a progression. Kids will learn new and more defined concepts of the sports as they grow older through the different age group classes.
    -All classes are indoor - climate controlled - no cancellations!

    For more information or to register, click for details
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Local Events, Schererville, Villa Cesare, Weddings, Parties, Birthdays, Indoor, Outdoor, Venue
    Villa Cesare
    900 Eagle Ridge Drive Schererville IN 46375
    Villa Cesare 219.322.3011 events@villacesare.com
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas, Holidays, Musical, Theatre at the Center
    - Director Linda Fortunato has cast Roger Mueller as Kris Kringle, Stella Rose Hoyt as Susan, Courtney Jones as Doris and Christopher Kale Jones as Fred for Theatre at the Center’s Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical. Previews begin November 15 with Opening Night on November 18 and a continued run through December 23.

    The original 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film, Miracle on 34th Street, was written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, a young Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as Santa starred in the popular film, which received three Academy Awards and has remained a family favorite at for decades.

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, features book, music and lyrics all by Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame and was adapted from the 1947 movie. It opened on Broadway in 1963 with the show’s title changing during the decades as both Here’s Love and later, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, with the latter a reference to the popular holiday song featured in the musical.

    Roger Mueller returns to TATC where he was last seen in Here’s Love in 2000. Other credits include a Jeff Award for the role of John Adams in 1776 at the Marriott Theatre, Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre, All My Sons at Timeline Theatre and Amadeus at Shakespeare Theatre.

    Stella Rose Hoyt has performed throughout Chicagoland since age 4. She was last seen at TATC playing Molly in the 2016 holiday run of Annie Warbucks. She recently played Small Alison in the Chicago premier of Fun Home at Victory Gardens, Mary Claire in The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theatre as well as both Young Cosette in Les Miserable and Jane in Mary Poppins at Oak Lawn Theatre.
    Courtney Jones, who is making her debut at TATC, recently played the role of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at Timberlake Playhouse. Other credits include Ragtime and Titanic at Griffin Theatre and Ordinary Days at BoHo. Jones also worked regionally with Chicago Shakespeare.

    Christopher Kale Jones is making his acting debut at TATC after his recent one-man tribute Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits dazzled TATC audiences last summer. He is best known for playing Frankie Valli in the first National Broadway Tour of Jersey Boys. A former member of the popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, his other theater credits include The Battle of Little Jo at Steppenwolf, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare, and The King and I at Marriott Theatre.

    Additional cast members include Michael Kingston as Mr. Macy, Michael Potsic as District Attorney, Rick Rapp as the Judge, Sam Shankman as Sawyer, Amir Henderson as Harry, Liliana Rene as Hendrika, Ethan Solis as Tommy as well as Chris Carter, Veronica Garza, Matthew Huston, Rachel Klippel, Ashley Lanyon, Haley Jane Schafer, Hope Elizabeth Schafer and Trequon Tate.

    Linda Fortunato, director and choreographer of Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, is in her third season as TATC Artistic Director where her recent credits include directing the hits Ghost The Musical and Steel Magnolias as well as Cabaret and Big River.

    Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as choreographer and director and received both Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2013-14 for TATC’s first Jeff Award for choreography of 42nd Street.

    ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is certainly familiar from the classic 1947 film and its more modern remakes,” said Fortunato, who choreographed TATC’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” in 2010 as well as “Here’s Love” in 2000, both the previous titles for the stage telling of this beloved story.

    “The story of the real Kris Kringle hired as Macy’s Santa Claus still touches hearts and reminds us of the power of the imagination. I am excited to share this classic story in musical form with audiences of all ages. From the littlest believers to those who may have lost sight of the magic of Christmas, this musical brightens the holiday season for all.”

    The creative team for Miracle on 34th Street includes Scenic Designers Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, Lighting Designer G. Max Maxin IV, Sound Designer Barry Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel and Prop Designer Devon Green. Stage Manager is Jessica Banaszak. William Underwood is Music Director. Fortunato is teamed with Richard Friedman, General Manager, and Ann Davis, Head of Production.

    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat TATC is a year-round professional theater at its home: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. TATC is an accessible venue with plenty of free parking and is located off I80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, with select Thursday and Sunday night performances. Individual ticket prices range from $42- $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1532. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more. Student tickets are $20 and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit click for details.
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
    click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
    click for details

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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
    click for details

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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
    click for details

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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
    click for details

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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

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    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

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    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

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    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Special Interest, Benefits, Horseshoe, Casino, Job Openings, Best, Northwest Indiana
    - Horseshoe Casino has been voted as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana since 2011, making our team legendary! Horseshoe Casino offers the best careers in the casino and hospitality industry. As part of Caesars Entertainment, you just can’t beat our winning combination.

    Currently hiring for the following positions:
    • Banquet Server (On Call)
    • Beverage Server (Part-time)
    • Cleaning Services Attendant (Full-time)
    • Banquet Lead Cook (Full-time)
    • Buffet Host (Part-time)
    • EDR Cook (Full-time)
    • Main Production Cook (Full-time)
    • Noodle Bar Cook (Full-time)
    • Pastry Cook (Full-time)
    • Steakhouse Cook (Full-time)
    • The Eatery Cook (Full-time)
    • Count Room Representative (Full-time)
    • Poker Dealer (Part-time/On Call)
    • Poker Dual Rate Supervisor (Full-time)
    • Security Ambassador (Full-time)
    • SDS Administrator (Full-time)
    • Slot Technician (Full-time)
    • Table Games Dealer (Full-time/Part-time/On Call)
    • Table Games Dual Rate Supervisor (Full-time)

    To view job openings and apply:
    CAESARSJOBS.COM, click for details
    *Location: Hammond

    Horseshoe Casino Hammond
    777 Casino Center Drive Hammond IN 46320
    Melissa Jones, Recruitment Specialist morr@caesars.com
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
    click for details

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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           
  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Dec 21 - Mar 20. In the Northern Hemisphere winter begins today with the winter solstice, at 5:23 PM, EST.
     
           
  • - 1970. After writing President Richard M. Nixon offering to be a "Federal Agent-at-Large" to fight drug abuse and the drug culture, Elvis Presley met with Nixon at the White House on this date. Presley was not made a federal agent, but the two men had a cordial meeting. The photograph of them shaking hands is the most requested reproduction from the National Archives.
     
           

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

  • | 7:30am - | Local Events, breakfast with santa, holidays, santa, Tyler's Tender
    - December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd

    *There will be two sessions each day, 7:30am and 9:30am. Tickets are $10.00 for Children and $12.00 for adults, (infants under 1 year are free) and must be purchased in advance at the restaurant or call (219) 322-5590.

    *Breakfast includes French Toast or Pancakes, sausage, hash brown stars and beverage. Santa will visit during breakfast and each family will have an opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa in his North Pole environment. Pictures will be available for $5.00 We look forward to seeing you!
    Tyler's Tender
    350 E US Highway 30 Schererville IN 46360
    Tyler's Tender 219.322.5590
  • | 7:30am - | Local Events, breakfast with santa, holidays, santa, Tyler's Tender
    - December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd

    *There will be two sessions each day, 7:30am and 9:30am. Tickets are $10.00 for Children and $12.00 for adults, (infants under 1 year are free) and must be purchased in advance at the restaurant or call (219) 322-5590.

    *Breakfast includes French Toast or Pancakes, sausage, hash brown stars and beverage. Santa will visit during breakfast and each family will have an opportunity to have pictures taken with Santa in his North Pole environment. Pictures will be available for $5.00 We look forward to seeing you!
    Tyler's Tender
    350 E US Highway 30 Schererville IN 46360
    Tyler's Tender 219.322.5590
  • | 8:00am - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Soccer
    - Whether you are an individual or have a soccer team during the winter you should register for the Youth and Adult Soccer Leagues at the Sparta Dome. Registration for Session 1 ends on 10/28/18 and is posted on our website. Please check out more information on our leagues at click for details If you have questions please feel free to contact the General Manager, James Hinson, at j.hinson@spartadome.com. Times for Youth are from 8am -6pm Saturdays starting November 10. Times for Adult are from Sundays 7:30-10pm and Wednesdays 9-11pm starting on November 4 and 7.
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    James Hinson 219.224.3663 j.hinson@spartadome.com
  • | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Local Events
    - Come out and enjoy some Cookies with Mrs. Claus at Bellaboos! This is the perfect way to get “Santa Ready” before the big day. Nestle in for warm greetings, yummy goodies and plenty of jolly play! Christmas carols, storytimes and of course, cookie decorating will make this special Saturday a holiday tradition you won’t want to miss.
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado St. Lake Station IN 46405
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Library Events
    - All children and their families are invited to come and read to these
    certified therapy dogs. Please Register.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 11:00am - 4:00pm | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Christmas, Holidays, Santa, Family Events
    - Come out every weekend from November 23rd to December 23rd between 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for photos with Santa taken in the infamous Santa's Mountain, complete with a slide!

    For further information about Santa Photo's or other events, click for details
    Indiana Welcome Center
    7770 Corinne Drive Hammond IN 46323
    Indiana Welcome Center 800.ALL.LAKE
  • | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Local Events, santa, christmas, holidays, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Santa arrives in town and takes up residence in the Court House every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.
    1st Floor- Old Lake Court House
    Court House Square Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake Court House Foundation 219.663.0660 courthouse@airbaud.net
  • | 12:00pm - 4:00pm | Local Events, santa, christmas, holidays, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Santa arrives in town and takes up residence in the Court House every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.
    1st Floor- Old Lake Court House
    Court House Square Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake Court House Foundation 219.663.0660 courthouse@airbaud.net
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 7:30pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Improv, comedy, charity, toy drive, theatre
    - Holiday Hootenanny: An Improvised Hallmark Special

    Nice and Naughty Welcome! On December 22, it’s time for the Holiday Hootenanny! A comedy variety show that’s more fun than sitting on jolly old Santa’s lap! Join our cast for a night of original sketches and an improvised play in the style of those Christmas movies made by that greeting card company!

    We will also be hosting a Toy Drive to benefit St. Jude House. Located in Crown Point, St Jude House provides shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse and their children. Please bring a non-violent, new, unwrapped toy for children and teens of all ages, and get $2 off admission.

    Tickets:
    $12 without a toy
    $10 with a toy

    Cast:
    Josh Blair
    Sarah Denton
    Mike McCauley
    Leslie Peternell
    Ryan Peternell
    Nikki Ramel

    Directed by: Josh Blair
    Art Theatre
    230 Main St Hobart IN 46342
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Music, Bars, Restaurants, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Are you looking for somewhere to enjoy live entertainment? Search no more! Here is a list of venues in Northwest Indiana offering live music. Please check with the individual locations for specific days and times.


    Big Shots Music Venue
    391 US Hwy 6
    Valparaiso, IN
    Specializing in a variety of different events, Big Shots prides itself on being one of the only actual music venues in Northwest Indiana that allows artists of all ages to gain exposure without censorship..
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa
    777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-7711
    Blue Chip is the region’s ultimate live entertainment destination, featuring everything from local bands to A-list entertainment. It's Vegas Baby! and Rocks Lounge offer a comfortable, intimate experience with the best local entertainment the area has to offer - local bands, your favorite acts from yesteryear, hilarious comedy acts and more. Or check out the Stardust Event Center, a 15,000+ square-foot entertainment destination that attracts the biggest names music and comedy have to offer. From world-famous performers to local bands, we have it all at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa! For upcoming event information, click for details


    Buddy and Pal's Place (Crown Point)
    1206 E. Summit St.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    Dance Club, Sports Bar, Live Music, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Buddy and Pal's Place (Schererville)
    340 US Hwy 30
    Schererville, IN 46375
    219-865-8377
    Live music, DJ, and more!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Bullpen Luxury Bar
    1013 W. Lincoln Hwy
    Schererville, IN 46375
    Phone: 219-322-7788
    Live Entertainment, Live Trivia, Dj, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Bullpen Winfield
    10685 Randolph St
    Crown Point, Indiana
    (219) 661-0088
    Acoustic Bands, Live Bands, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Finnegans Pub
    1074 Joliet St
    Dyer, Indiana
    Music, Jam Nights, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Front Porch Music
    505 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 464-4700
    The lower level of our store has been converted into a 72 seat coffee house where many fine artists travel to perform concerts and entertain our highly appreciative audiences. For upcoming event information, click for details


    Gastro 49 Pub & Eatery
    361 North Calumet Rd
    Chesterton, Indiana
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    GoodFellas
    11200 West 129th Avenue
    Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303
    219-374-6700
    Comedy shows, Live Entertainment, Music, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Growlers on Highway
    2816 Hwy Ave, Highland, IN 46322
    (219) 924-0245
    Karaoke, Live Music, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Jalapenos
    200 US Route 41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    219-864-8862
    Karaoke, Live Bands, Dancing, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Kountry WILD Saloon
    1050 Broadway
    Chesterton, Indiana
    (219) 250-2461
    Karaoke, Live Music, Poker, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    R-Bar
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd
    Highland, Indiana
    (219) 922-8008
    Live Entertainment, DJ's, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Silver Bullet
    100 N Main St, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-7700
    DJ, Karaoke, Live Music, Live Entertainment, and More!.
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Social 219
    2350 Cline Ave
    Schererville, IN 46375
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    The Mill Bar & Grill
    295 Melton Rd
    Burns Harbor, Indiana
    (219) 841-9475
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    The Room
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana
    (219) 838-5909
    Great lineup of live music most weekends.
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    The Track Lounge
    318 N Jackson St, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-9838
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    True BBQ and Whiskey Bar
    8940 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN 46321
    (219) 836-2122
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    White Hawk Country Club Bar & River Rock Restaurant
    1001 White Hawk Dr
    Crown Point, Indiana
    (219) 661-1300
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    White Rhino Bar & Grill
    101 Joliet Street
    Dyer, Indiana 46311
    219-864-9200
    Live Music, DJ, Dancing, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details


    Zodiac Cafe & Lounge
    113 N Main St.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    219-663-0303
    Singer & Songwriter Nights, Comedy Nights, and More!
    For upcoming event information, click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
    click for details

    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Strawberry Picking
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
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    WINTER

    Sledding
    click for details

    Ice Skating
    click for details

     
           
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas, Holidays, Musical, Theatre at the Center
    - Director Linda Fortunato has cast Roger Mueller as Kris Kringle, Stella Rose Hoyt as Susan, Courtney Jones as Doris and Christopher Kale Jones as Fred for Theatre at the Center’s Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical. Previews begin November 15 with Opening Night on November 18 and a continued run through December 23.

    The original 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film, Miracle on 34th Street, was written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, a young Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as Santa starred in the popular film, which received three Academy Awards and has remained a family favorite at for decades.

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, features book, music and lyrics all by Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame and was adapted from the 1947 movie. It opened on Broadway in 1963 with the show’s title changing during the decades as both Here’s Love and later, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, with the latter a reference to the popular holiday song featured in the musical.

    Roger Mueller returns to TATC where he was last seen in Here’s Love in 2000. Other credits include a Jeff Award for the role of John Adams in 1776 at the Marriott Theatre, Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre, All My Sons at Timeline Theatre and Amadeus at Shakespeare Theatre.

    Stella Rose Hoyt has performed throughout Chicagoland since age 4. She was last seen at TATC playing Molly in the 2016 holiday run of Annie Warbucks. She recently played Small Alison in the Chicago premier of Fun Home at Victory Gardens, Mary Claire in The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theatre as well as both Young Cosette in Les Miserable and Jane in Mary Poppins at Oak Lawn Theatre.
    Courtney Jones, who is making her debut at TATC, recently played the role of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at Timberlake Playhouse. Other credits include Ragtime and Titanic at Griffin Theatre and Ordinary Days at BoHo. Jones also worked regionally with Chicago Shakespeare.

    Christopher Kale Jones is making his acting debut at TATC after his recent one-man tribute Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits dazzled TATC audiences last summer. He is best known for playing Frankie Valli in the first National Broadway Tour of Jersey Boys. A former member of the popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, his other theater credits include The Battle of Little Jo at Steppenwolf, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare, and The King and I at Marriott Theatre.

    Additional cast members include Michael Kingston as Mr. Macy, Michael Potsic as District Attorney, Rick Rapp as the Judge, Sam Shankman as Sawyer, Amir Henderson as Harry, Liliana Rene as Hendrika, Ethan Solis as Tommy as well as Chris Carter, Veronica Garza, Matthew Huston, Rachel Klippel, Ashley Lanyon, Haley Jane Schafer, Hope Elizabeth Schafer and Trequon Tate.

    Linda Fortunato, director and choreographer of Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, is in her third season as TATC Artistic Director where her recent credits include directing the hits Ghost The Musical and Steel Magnolias as well as Cabaret and Big River.

    Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as choreographer and director and received both Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2013-14 for TATC’s first Jeff Award for choreography of 42nd Street.

    ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is certainly familiar from the classic 1947 film and its more modern remakes,” said Fortunato, who choreographed TATC’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” in 2010 as well as “Here’s Love” in 2000, both the previous titles for the stage telling of this beloved story.

    “The story of the real Kris Kringle hired as Macy’s Santa Claus still touches hearts and reminds us of the power of the imagination. I am excited to share this classic story in musical form with audiences of all ages. From the littlest believers to those who may have lost sight of the magic of Christmas, this musical brightens the holiday season for all.”

    The creative team for Miracle on 34th Street includes Scenic Designers Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, Lighting Designer G. Max Maxin IV, Sound Designer Barry Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel and Prop Designer Devon Green. Stage Manager is Jessica Banaszak. William Underwood is Music Director. Fortunato is teamed with Richard Friedman, General Manager, and Ann Davis, Head of Production.

    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat TATC is a year-round professional theater at its home: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. TATC is an accessible venue with plenty of free parking and is located off I80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, with select Thursday and Sunday night performances. Individual ticket prices range from $42- $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1532. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more. Student tickets are $20 and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit click for details.
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
    click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
    click for details

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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
    click for details

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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
    click for details

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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - The December Full Moon. So called by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because the nights have become long. Also known as the the Long Nights Moon. Moon enters Full Moon Phase at 12:49 PM, EST.
     
           

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

  • | 8:00am - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Soccer
    - Whether you are an individual or have a soccer team during the winter you should register for the Youth and Adult Soccer Leagues at the Sparta Dome. Registration for Session 1 ends on 10/28/18 and is posted on our website. Please check out more information on our leagues at click for details If you have questions please feel free to contact the General Manager, James Hinson, at j.hinson@spartadome.com. Times for Youth are from 8am -6pm Saturdays starting November 10. Times for Adult are from Sundays 7:30-10pm and Wednesdays 9-11pm starting on November 4 and 7.
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    James Hinson 219.224.3663 j.hinson@spartadome.com
  • | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Local Events, Santa, Pictures with Santa, Christmas, Holidays, Family Events, Coffee
    - Free Photos! ONLY AT THE HIGHLAND MEIJER LOCATION (inside Meijer).
    Lil Coffee Cabin (Inside Meijer in Highland)
    10138 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Lil Coffee Cabin 219.513.6757
  • | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Local Events, Santa, Pictures with Santa, Christmas, Holidays, Family Events, Coffee
    - Free Photos! ONLY AT THE HIGHLAND MEIJER LOCATION (inside Meijer).
    Lil Coffee Cabin (Inside Meijer in Highland)
    10138 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Lil Coffee Cabin 219.513.6757
  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Local Events, Yoga, Exercise, Cedar Lake
    - Learn to let go, tune into your breath and gentle stretchy your body.

    Where: Cedar Lake Town Hall Meeting Room, 7404 Constitution Ave.
    When: Sunday evenings
    Time: 6:00pm to 7:00 pm for ALL Ages
    Cost: $8.00 per class to be paid upon arrival, pre-registration is not required.
    What to bring: Mat, water and a small towel. Come join us for some gentle yoga.

    Appropriate for everybody. Brand-new to yoga? Always wanted to try? Over 40? Perfect! Classes led by a registered yoga teacher, Kandi Bredar.
    For further information call Patsy Casassa 374-7400 ext. 119, email patsy.casassa@cedarlakein.org.
    Cedar Lake Town Grounds
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Patsy Casassa 3747400ext119 patsy.casassa@cedarlakein.org
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND

    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details
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    SPRING & SUMMER

    49er Drive-In Theatre
    click for details

    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Strawberry Picking
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details
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    WINTER

    Sledding
    click for details

    Ice Skating
    click for details

     
           
  • | Local Events, Burgers, hot dogs, gyros, ice cream, beer, American Diner
    - The Crown Town Grill has a FREE Online Ordering system! Go to click for details to see our menu and order directly to our kitchen printer! Free Delivery within a 3 mile radius. We deliver 3-4.5 miles for a $3 charge. $15 minimum. Stop sitting in the drive thru line and have your order brought to you front door!
    The Crown Town Grill
    107 N. Main Suite C Crown Point IN 46307
    Deb 219.661.1955
  • | Local Events, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas, Holidays, Musical, Theatre at the Center
    - Director Linda Fortunato has cast Roger Mueller as Kris Kringle, Stella Rose Hoyt as Susan, Courtney Jones as Doris and Christopher Kale Jones as Fred for Theatre at the Center’s Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical. Previews begin November 15 with Opening Night on November 18 and a continued run through December 23.

    The original 1947 American Christmas comedy-drama film, Miracle on 34th Street, was written and directed by George Seaton and based on a story by Valentine Davies. Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, a young Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as Santa starred in the popular film, which received three Academy Awards and has remained a family favorite at for decades.

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, features book, music and lyrics all by Meredith Willson of The Music Man fame and was adapted from the 1947 movie. It opened on Broadway in 1963 with the show’s title changing during the decades as both Here’s Love and later, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, with the latter a reference to the popular holiday song featured in the musical.

    Roger Mueller returns to TATC where he was last seen in Here’s Love in 2000. Other credits include a Jeff Award for the role of John Adams in 1776 at the Marriott Theatre, Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre, All My Sons at Timeline Theatre and Amadeus at Shakespeare Theatre.

    Stella Rose Hoyt has performed throughout Chicagoland since age 4. She was last seen at TATC playing Molly in the 2016 holiday run of Annie Warbucks. She recently played Small Alison in the Chicago premier of Fun Home at Victory Gardens, Mary Claire in The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theatre as well as both Young Cosette in Les Miserable and Jane in Mary Poppins at Oak Lawn Theatre.
    Courtney Jones, who is making her debut at TATC, recently played the role of Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at Timberlake Playhouse. Other credits include Ragtime and Titanic at Griffin Theatre and Ordinary Days at BoHo. Jones also worked regionally with Chicago Shakespeare.

    Christopher Kale Jones is making his acting debut at TATC after his recent one-man tribute Darin: Bobby’s Biggest Hits dazzled TATC audiences last summer. He is best known for playing Frankie Valli in the first National Broadway Tour of Jersey Boys. A former member of the popular singing group Under the Streetlamp, his other theater credits include The Battle of Little Jo at Steppenwolf, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare, and The King and I at Marriott Theatre.

    Additional cast members include Michael Kingston as Mr. Macy, Michael Potsic as District Attorney, Rick Rapp as the Judge, Sam Shankman as Sawyer, Amir Henderson as Harry, Liliana Rene as Hendrika, Ethan Solis as Tommy as well as Chris Carter, Veronica Garza, Matthew Huston, Rachel Klippel, Ashley Lanyon, Haley Jane Schafer, Hope Elizabeth Schafer and Trequon Tate.

    Linda Fortunato, director and choreographer of Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical, is in her third season as TATC Artistic Director where her recent credits include directing the hits Ghost The Musical and Steel Magnolias as well as Cabaret and Big River.

    Fortunato has been nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards for her work as choreographer and director and received both Equity and Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2013-14 for TATC’s first Jeff Award for choreography of 42nd Street.

    ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is certainly familiar from the classic 1947 film and its more modern remakes,” said Fortunato, who choreographed TATC’s “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” in 2010 as well as “Here’s Love” in 2000, both the previous titles for the stage telling of this beloved story.

    “The story of the real Kris Kringle hired as Macy’s Santa Claus still touches hearts and reminds us of the power of the imagination. I am excited to share this classic story in musical form with audiences of all ages. From the littlest believers to those who may have lost sight of the magic of Christmas, this musical brightens the holiday season for all.”

    The creative team for Miracle on 34th Street includes Scenic Designers Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, Lighting Designer G. Max Maxin IV, Sound Designer Barry Funderburg, Costume Designer Brenda Winstead, Wig Designer Kevin Barthel and Prop Designer Devon Green. Stage Manager is Jessica Banaszak. William Underwood is Music Director. Fortunato is teamed with Richard Friedman, General Manager, and Ann Davis, Head of Production.

    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat TATC is a year-round professional theater at its home: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. TATC is an accessible venue with plenty of free parking and is located off I80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    Performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, with select Thursday and Sunday night performances. Individual ticket prices range from $42- $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or Tickets.com at 800-511-1532. Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more. Student tickets are $20 and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit click for details.
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Local Events, Light Show, Christmas Homes, Holidays, Christmas Lights, Family Events
    - BURNS HARBOR

    Bozak Family Burns Harbor Christmas Lights
    259 Lake Park Rd
    430 pm to 1030 pm on weekdays and til 11pm on weekends.
    click for details

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    CEDAR LAKE

    12552 Alexander
    click for details

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    CHESTERTON

    Muddy Acres
    463 E Greening Rd
    click for details

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    CROWN POINT

    413 E Greenwood Ave
    5 to 10 Sunday thru Thursday. 5 to Midnight Friday and Saturday.
    click for details

    Christmas on 124th Ave
    7731 E. 124th Ave
    Hours are Sunday thru Thursday 6pm to 8pm (2 Shows) and Friday & Saturday 6pm to 10pm (4 Shows).
    click for details

    Leluga's Lights on Sunrise
    3535 Sunrise Dr.
    Tune to 103.1 FM to listen to the lights.
    click for details

    1362 S Indiana Ave.
    5-11pm.
    click for details

    4180 Thornhill Dr.
    Sunday-Thursday 4:30 pm to 10:30pm
    Fridays and Saturdays 4:30 pm to 11pm
    click for details

    South Court Street
    click for details

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    DYER

    The Magical Light Show
    1315 Capri Lane
    Begins 11/23- 1/2 from 5:30- 10:30 pm (tune to 87.9 on your radio to listen to the music as you watch the light show).
    click for details

    1020 Richmond Ct.
    5pm to 1030pm.
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    502 S Rensselaer Griffith
    4:30pm-10pm.
    click for details

    1003 N Rensselaer Ave.
    Our lights and decor will be on from 6pm-10pm weather permitting.
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    PeteyVille
    3033 Crane Place
    We are open from 5:00-10:00 pm everyday, weather permitting, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Eve.
    click for details
    Breaking News on 11-26-18...Peteyville will not be up for the rest of the week. Everything is frozen to the ground! Once the weather warms up and everything thaws out, we will be able to see how much damage we sustained with the overnight very high winds. We should be ready by Friday to light up and we will keep you posted. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

    Christmas on the Beech
    7551 Beech Ave
    5:00pm - 10:00pm
    click for details

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    HEBRON

    County Line Christmas Lights
    603 S. 800 W.
    4:30 pm - 10 pm every day.
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    3433 41PL HIGHLAND
    3-10:30pm, starting December 1.
    click for details

    9121 Idelwood Dr.
    Lights will be on from 11/22-1/1 between 5pm til 10 pm.
    click for details

    Lana’s Land Of Christmas
    3105 Highway Ave
    Hours- 5-11 and as it gets closer to Christmas my display stays on longer!
    click for details

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    HOBART

    Peters Family Christmas Show
    3635 E 33rd Ave.
    Shows are at 6,7,8,9 & 10pm and are 30mins, house lights are timed to music.
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Werner Christmas Wonderland
    Thanksgiving til New Years 5pm-12am everyday
    click for details

    2901 W. 54th Place
    4 pm to midnight.
    click for details

    201 E 71st Ave
    Display is Thanksgiving night thru Dec 31. lights should be on from aprox 5pm til aprox 10pm.
    click for details

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    MUNSTER

    The Griswold’s on Greenwood
    8147 Greenwood Ave, Munster
    click for details

    1918 Wren Dr Munster
    4:30pm - 9:30pm.
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    2063 Karen Ct.
    click for details

    6440 Gaywood Ave
    5pm-10pm.
    click for details

    6846 Portage Ave.
    We are live from about 5p-10ish everyday through New Years Eve.
    click for details

    2240 McCool Road
    click for details

    Phoenix Lights 6062 Mulberry Ave
    click for details

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    RENSSELAER

    5174 N US 231
    5p-10p everyday.
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    4 W. Elizabeth Drive
    Sun thru Thurs 6pm until 11pm. Fri & Sat 6pm until 12am.
    click for details

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    VALPARAISO

    Herlitz Christmas Lights
    202 W 450 S
    4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every night til at least January 1st, 2019.
    click for details

    Thomas' Winter Wonderland
    609 Partridge Path
    Lights go on from about 4-10PM, starting on November 22.
    click for details

    658 Nome Rd.
    Everyday at dusk til around 10pm.
    click for details

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    WHEATFIELD

    First Church Christmas Lights
    December 1- January 5
    click for details

    Kniman Christmas Lights
    9099 N 500 W
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    click for details


    **It's important to check the individual Facebook or website pages (when available) to see if they have announced any light display problems due to weather.
     
           
  • | Local Events, Holiday Events, Christmas, Breakfast With Santa, Family Event
    - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    BREAKFAST WITH SANTA:

    Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Craft Fair- CROWN POINT
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- GRIFFITH
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa- SCHERERVILLE
    December 1
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa & Craft Boutique- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant- SCHERERVILLE
    December 2nd, 8th, 16th, and 22nd
    click for details

    Breakfast With Santa at HCHS- CEDAR LAKE
    December 7
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa- ST. JOHN
    December 8
    click for details

    Brookfield Zoo’s Breakfast with Santa- BROOKFIELD
    December 8, 9, 15, 16
    click for details

    Breakfast with Santa at Legion Post 180 in Highland- HIGHLAND
    December 9
    click for details

    Brunch with Santa- CEDAR LAKE
    December 15
    click for details

    ❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃❄️☃

    SANTA PARADES:

    Crown Point Santa Parade- CROWN POINT
    November 24
    click for details

    Hammond Holiday Parade- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    LIGHTS FESTIVALS & OTHER HOLIDAY EVENTS:

    IBT Sugarplum Party- CROWN POINT
    November 17
    click for details

    Winter Lights Night 2018- VALPARAISO
    November 17
    click for details

    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL- MUNSTER
    Begins November 21
    click for details

    ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ- CHICAGO
    Begins November 23
    click for details

    Santa saves Schererville- SCHERERVILLE
    November 23
    click for details

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration- CHESTERTON
    November 24
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- CROWN POINT
    Begins November 24
    click for details

    Elf Express- LAKE STATION
    November 24
    click for details

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa's Workshop- EAST CHICAGO
    November 30
    click for details

    Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo- BROOKFIELD
    Starts December 1
    click for details

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum - VALPARAISO
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details

    A Major Event at Indiana Welcome Center- HAMMOND
    December 1
    click for details

    Lowell's Holiday Magic Events- LOWELL
    December 1
    click for details

    Touch a Truck for Toys for Tots- VALPARAISO
    December 1
    click for details

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    Rock Along With Santa- MUNSTER
    December 5
    click for details

    Visit with Santa at the Festival of Lights- ST. JOHN
    December 5
    click for details

    Holiday for Heroes- HAMMOND
    December 6
    click for details

    B&N Polar Express- VALPARAISO
    December 7
    click for details

    The Elf Express First Stop: Holiday Hullaballoo (with Santa too!)- LAKE STATION
    December 7
    click for details

    Griffith Kringle Walk- GRIFFITH
    December 8
    click for details

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    Sensory Sensitive SANTA-Day- LAKE STATION
    December 15
    click for details

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- CROWN POINT
    December 21
    click for details

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- LAKE STATION
    December 22
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Christmas, Holidays, Southlake Mall
    - Family tradition has returned November 10 - December 24 at Southlake Mall!

    Share your wish list, take photos with Santa and capture memories for years to come at Santa’s House located at Sears Court.

    Every child who visits Santa gets a *holiday wristband". (* While supplies last)

    Santa's Schedule:
    Monday-Saturday, 10 am– 9 pm; Sundays, 11 am – 6 pm
    *Santa "feeds the reindeer breaks" will occur at various times throughout the day.

    Special Santa Hours:
    Thursday, November 22 No Santa
    Sunday, December 23, 10 am- 9pm Monday December 24, 9am-6pm

    **No personal photos are permitted at Santa’s House, however, visits are happily welcomed.
    Southlake Mall
    2109 Southlake Mall Merrillville IN 46410
    Southlake Mall 219.738.2260
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Photos with Santa, Family Events, Holidays, Christmas
    - CHESTERTON

    Chesterton Hometown Holiday Celebration
    November 24
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    CROWNPOINT

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse
    Every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    DYER

    Pet Santa Pictures
    December 15
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HAMMOND

    Hessville Holiday
    November 30
    click for details

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Cabela's is in Hammond, Bass Pro is located in Portage)
    Now-December 24
    click for details

    Photos With Santa Weekends
    Weekends November 23rd to December 23rd
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to Coffee Cabin! (MEIJER HIGHLAND LOCATION ONLY)
    December 8 & 23
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    HOBART

    A Very Brickie Christmas Market
    November 18
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LOWELL

    Photos with Santa
    December 1
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    LYNWOOD

    Christmas Open House & Bazaar- LYNWOOD
    December 2
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MERRILLVILLE

    Santa's Here at Southlake Mall!
    Now-Until December 24
    click for details

    Soothing Santa Photos at Southlake Mall
    December 2 & 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    MUNSTER

    Pictures with Santa at Calumet Harley
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    SOUTH BEND

    Holiday Happenings Event at the Eddy Street Commons- SOUTH BEND
    December 8
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    ST. JOHN

    Pet Pictures with Santa at Hungry Hound
    December 9
    click for details

    🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

    VALPARAISO

    Weekends with Santa at Gabis Arboretum
    December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, decorated christmas homes, christmas lights, holidays, family events
    - We have close to 1 acre of lights to see. Rudolph and his friend are there hanging lights in the tree. We have playful penguins riding a roller coaster and popping out of igloos. Frosty is out on the river in a canoe.

    12552 Alexander Cedar Lake IN
  • | Local Events, Pictures with Santa, Santa Photos, Family Events, Cabela's, Bass Pro
    - Cabela's
    7700 Cabela Dr, Hammond, IN
    (219) 845-9040

    Bass Pro
    6425 Daniel Burnham Dr, Portage, IN
    (219) 787-6800

     
           
  • | Local Events, Things to do, Weekend Fun, NWI Things to do
    - Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list of things to do in Northwest Indiana December 21-December 23.

    CROWN POINT

    Movie In The Dome - Polar Express- December 21
    click for details

    Visit Santa in the Courthouse- December 22
    click for details

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    GRIFFITH

    Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire- December 21
    click for details

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    HAMMOND

    Drop-In Christmas Craft at the Hammond Public Library- December 21
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Santa is coming to the Lil Coffee Cabin!- December 23
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    Cookie with Mrs. Claus- December 22
    click for details

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    MERRILLVILLE

    Cookies & Cocoa- December 22
    click for details

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    PORTAGE

    Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro & Cabela's! (Also in Hammond)- December 21-23
    click for details

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    SCHERERVILLE

    12th annual Breakfast with Santa at Tyler's Tender Railroad Restaurant-
    December 22
    click for details

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    ST. JOHN

    Power Paws for Kid- December 22
    click for details

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    Fun Things To Do Around NWI All Year Long!
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, New Year's Eve, New Year's, Family Events, Night Out
    - CROWN POINT

    Family Friendly NYE Ice Skating Party
    click for details

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    DYER

    Ring in the New Year Gym Camp
    click for details

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    HIGHLAND

    Feature Film: When Harry Met Sally
    click for details

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    LAKE STATION

    New Year's Eve Bellabaration 2018: A Glitterific Gala
    click for details

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    LOWELL

    New Year's Eve at Signature Banquets
    click for details

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    OTHER NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS NEAR NORTHWEST INDIANA:

    Zoo Year’s Eve at Brookfield Zoo
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Job Openings, NWI, Chicago, Northwest Indiana, Hiring, Town Planner
    - We post job openings every week!

    PEDIATRIC MEDICAL ASSISTANT
    Green Pediatrics Family Care, St. John

    We are looking for a dedicated hardworking person who is able to multitask, has great people skills, computer skills, is organized, composed, well balanced and is fast learner. We are very busy pediatric office which integrates western medicine with holistic medicine and it is very important to us to have a harmony in the office among our staff. MA should know how to take vitals, room patients, discharge patients, prepare and administer immunizations, call in medicine, do call backs to patients, do referrals, schedule patient appointments and have some EMR experience. We use NextGen EMR/EHR program at the office. Most importantly, MA should have a smile and positive attitude, and be very friendly to parents and patients. MA also MUST be highly experienced in giving immunizations. The opportunity for growth is large - we are a start up company with very fast growth. Full-time. 1 year medical assisting experience required. To apply, click for details

    (Posted: December 11, 2018)
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    NOW HIRING!
    Horseshoe Casino, Hammond

    BECOME PART OF OUR LEGENDARY TEAM AND RECEIVE LEGENDARY PERKS! Horseshoe Casino has been voted as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana since 2011, making our team legendary! Horseshoe Casino offers the best careers in the casino and hospitality industry. As part of Caesars Entertainment, you just can’t beat our winning combination.

    Currently hiring for the following positions:

    * Banquet Server (On Call)
    * Beverage Server (Part-time)
    * Cleaning Services Attendant (Full-time)
    * Banquet Lead Cook (Full-time)
    * Buffet Host (Part-time)
    * EDR Cook (Full-time)
    * Main Production Cook (Full-time)
    * Noodle Bar Cook (Full-time)
    * Pastry Cook (Full-time)
    * Steakhouse Cook (Full-time)
    * The Eatery Cook (Full-time)
    * Count Room Representative (Full-time)
    * Poker Dealer (Part-time/On Call)
    * Poker Dual Rate Supervisor (Full-time)
    * Security Ambassador (Full-time)
    * SDS Administrator (Full-time)
    * Slot Technician (Full-time)
    * Table Games Dealer (Full-time/Part-time/On Call)
    * Table Games Dual Rate Supervisor (Full-time)

    To view job openings and apply, click for details

    *Location: Hammond

    (Posted: December 8, 2018)
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    VIOLIN INSTRUCTORS & PIANO INSTRUCTORS
    HGS Music, Crown Point or Highland

    **Accepting resumes from college-students through seasoned musicians and educators.**
    A successful candidate will have these qualities:
    - proficiency on their instrument
    - comfortable with all ages and personalities
    - able to work 1-2 weeknights, and/or Saturday mornings
    - comfortable in a professional environment

    For more information about our school, click for details

    Please be prepared to play two pieces for us during an interview.
    Please EMAIL only. NO phone calls. Send resume or detailed info to info@hgsmusic.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

    (Posted: December 7, 2018)
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    WINDOW CLEANERS
    BREN-MARK Window Cleaning...Lake, Porter, LaPorte Counties

    FULL-TIME & PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

    Starting at $10 to $18/hour after 90 days of Training.

    Work 25-40+ hours per week. Monday-Friday availability between 6am-6pm. Occasional Saturdays.

    No experience? No problem! We Will Train You!

    Our company has grown every year we have been in business, 19 years and counting. Now we are adding new, cutting-edge technology in both window and gutter cleaning. Glass and gutters that were once unreachable can now be done more efficiently and safely. This will open up new opportunities without having to travel outside of our service area. Be part of our growing company and apply today!

    • We provide complete training, equipment, uniforms
    • Weekly performance bonuses!
    • Direct Deposit
    • Flexible Schedule--College students welcome!!!
    • Year-Round Work
    • Appreciation for a Job Well Done
    • FREE Keurig beverages, Gatorade, Fully Stocked Candy Bowl
    • Monthly Breakfasts to celebrate Birthdays/Anniversaries
    • Mileage Reimbursement

    Required: Valid Driver's License, Vehicle to drive to job site, and Current Proof of Car Insurance

    For the complete job description and to apply with our one-page application, click for details

    (Posted: December 7, 2018)
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    BRANCH CLERICAL ASSISTANT
    Lowell Public Library- Shelby Branch, Shelby

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THIS POSITION:

    The Branch Clerical Assistant is responsible for the day to day management of the branch, meeting patron needs and programming, and is under the direct supervision of the Director and Assistant Director. Prior library experience is required for this position.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    High School Diploma or equivalent. College degree preferred but not required
    Strong oral and written communication skills
    Strong interpersonal skills
    Strong computer skills, knowledge of Polaris, Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel (preferred)
    Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.’, and to set up tables and chairs for programs.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    1. Opening and closing of branch.
    2. Check materials in and out.
    3. Responsible for handling of holds, over dues, fines and fees.
    4. Responsible for any processing not done at the main library.
    5. Handle all requests for books and information promptly.
    6. Write monthly reports.
    7. Help to plan, prepare and present interesting programs for patrons.
    8. Responsible for assisting in developing and weeding collections and ordering books.
    9. Management of the branch facility. If there is any problem with the facility, let the director know immediately.
    10. Assigns job tasks to the library page.
    11. Responsible for displays.
    12. Responsible for transporting materials to and from the main library.
    13. Attend monthly staff meetings.
    14. Responsible for cleaning the branch.
    15. Other Duties as assigned.

    FILL OUT AN APPLICATION AT THE LOWELL MAIN BRANCH 1505 E. Commercial Ave.

    (Posted December 5, 2018)
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    CIRCULATION DESK CLERK
    Lowell Public Library, Lowell

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THIS POSITION:

    The circulation clerk is responsible for functions of the circulation desk.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    High school diploma
    Ability to stand for periods of six hours
    Ability to use a standard telephone
    Good communication and interpersonal skills
    Basic computer skills

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    Work at the circulation desk as scheduled performing the following duties:
    1. Answer the telephone and transfer calls appropriately
    2. Learn the Polaris computer system
    3. Create new library cards
    4. Search & place holds for patrons
    5. Check items in and out
    6. Print, collect, and reconcile the pull list report on the computer
    7. Reconcile the cancelled holds report on the computer
    8. Assist with patron instruction.
    9. Work with staff on special projects.
    10. Sort and distribute incoming mail
    11. Other duties as assigned

    This is an entry level position. To apply, click for details and bring to the circulation desk at 1505 E. Commercial Ave.

    (Posted December 5, 2018)
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    SECRETARY
    Merrillville Intermediate School, Merrillville

    The Merrillville Intermediate School is seeking a Main Office Secretary/Clerk to start December 10, 2018. Job responsibilities and qualifications can be viewed on their website here: click for details

    (Posted November 27, 2018)
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    PAGE POSITION
    Lake County Library- Munster Branch, Munster

    12-15 hours per week, $7.25 per hour.

    Job duties include:
    Shelve library material
    Read shelves regularly
    Maintain neatness and order
    Assist patrons in locating materials when necessary
    Perform opening and closing duties
    Perform all other duties as assigned

    For a more detailed description:
    click for details

    To download and print an application:
    click for details

    (Posted November 26, 2018)
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    PARK SECRETARY
    The Lowell Parks Dept., Lowell

    Qualified applicants please apply by December 10th. This position will begin January 2019. For Job description and employment application, click for details and look under Parks Department-Latest News.

    (Posted November 26, 2018)
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    Check back with us regularly! We post job openings every Monday. New openings are added to the list as they come in, the most recent openings will be at the top of the list. Your job opening will be posted for three weeks.

    If you are an employer or manager with a job opening, please send us a short job description (100 words or less), the town that the job is held, and the best way to apply for the position. Please email this information to Stacy Travis at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com. We accept up to 2 job openings at a time for free. If you would like to learn more about advertising an unlimited number of job openings every week, contact Stacy at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com.

    Please note that beginning June 1, 2015, we will not be including job posts promoting direct sales businesses. If you would like to promote your direct sales business please feel free to email Stacy Travis at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com for advertising pricing and information.
     
           

Monday, December 24th, 2018

  • | 4:30pm - 9:00pm | Local Events, Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, Zoo lights, Christmas, Holidays, Kids Events, Family
    - The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo has been Chicago’s holiday tradition for 24 years. The one of a kind experience offers fun, free, family oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and incredible seasonal activities… all under the glow of 2.5 million lights!

    4:30-9 p.m.
    November 2018: 23, 24, 25 and 30
    December 2018: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31*
    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)
    January 2019: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

    Festive Activities
    - Photos with Santa (through December 23 before he heads back to the North Pole)
    - Incredible 3D displays
    - Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive specials
    - Delicious holiday snacks
    - Holiday gift shopping
    - Live ice-sculpture carving (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Strolling carolers (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Family Night Mondays)
    - Ticketed Experiences: Carousel, train, ferris wheel, Light Maze presented by Invesco QQQ, Sea Explorer 5D featuring a polar Journey ticketed experiences
    - Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn
    - Candy Cane Lane and more than 100 giant themed displays
    - 3D holiday specs while supplies last

    Special Events
    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    To learn more and become a member, click for details

    ZooLights Opening Night!
    Friday, November 23
    You are cordially invited to help us flip the switch! At 4:25 p.m., join in on the official lighting ceremony at the stairs to Wild Things! gift shop to kick off the festivities.

    Holiday Market (TICKETED)
    Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    Don't miss the wildest magical holiday shopping fair in the city! The zoo's third annual Holiday Market will feature local artisan, crafters, and makers throughout the zoo grounds against the backdrop of 2.5 million lights!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Adults Night Out: Holidaze!
    Thursday, November 29, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
    This winter version of the zoo's most popular event series gives adults exclusive access to stroll zoo grounds afterhours with hot chocolate, mulled wine, or beer in hand. Come for the 2.5 million holiday lights but stay for the Zoo Trivia! Dazzling displays, holiday activities, music, cash bars, and educational entertainment. Sound fabulous? Join us!
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 18 and older
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    BrewLights Presented by Lakeshore Beverage
    Thursday, December 6, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Support Chicago's free zoo with a craft brew at the fifth annual BrewLights hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo. Guests will forage for local craft, seasonal and import beers amidst the dazzle of ZooLights. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary Board's commitment to support Lincoln Park Zoo's The Pride of Chicago campaign.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older

    The Chris White Trio Tribute to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'
    Sunday, December 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    Snap your fingers to the jazzy take on one of the season's classic soundtracks. Meet your favorite cartoon dog, enjoy a backdrop of 2.5 million lights and experience a new holiday tradition.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets, click for details

    Breakfast with Santa
    Sunday, December 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Enjoy quality family time with Kris Kringle with a delicious seasonal breakfast and complimentary cookie decorating for kids. Buy tickets today for one of four limited capacity seatings at landmark Café Brauer, located next to the zoo's Nature Boardwalk.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event that takes place at Café Brauer)
    For guests of all ages
    To learn more and buy tickets: click for details

    Zoo Year's Eve
    Monday, December 31, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    New Year, NEW EVENT: Zoo Year's Eve is an adults-only New Year's Eve celebration! Ring in the New Year with DJ entertainment, games and giveaways in the glow of ZooLights! Food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
    (Please note: this is a ticketed event, only guests with a ticket will be allowed entry to the zoo this evening)
    For guests 21 and older
    Ticketing information coming soon!

    Monday Family Nights
    Monday, December 10, 17, and 31*, 2018

    Kids eat FREE at Park Place Café (one free limited-menu kids’ meal per paid adult entrée/combo), all guests enjoy unlimited free rides on Lionel Train Adventure and AT&T Endangered Species Carousel as well as Ice Carvers and strolling carolers! Plus, Zoo Members at all levels get free parking. (Individual and Household members, pick up your parking vouchers at Searle Visitor Center during your visit.)

    *(early closure of 8 PM on the 31st)

    Experiences
    Tickets can be purchased on site for $3 each, a package of 10 for $27, or a package of 20 for $51.

    AT&T Endangered Species Carousel
    The AT&T Endangered Species Carousel features 48 artisan-crafted wooden animals and two chariots.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Century Wheel
    This 65-foot ferris wheel will lift you to new sights as your soar above the holiday magic and get the best view in the city.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ
    This attraction features 30,000 twinkling lights distracting you from making your way through the twists and turns.
    1 ticket required per person

    Lionel Train Adventure
    The trackless train crosses over a quaint country bridge and wends its way past forest and canyon scenery before returning to a red brick station.
    1 ticket required per person to ride

    Sea Explorer 5D
    Take a virtual submarine ride that is great for the whole family. With this 4-D, limited-time attraction. You will cruise through ocean waters and perhaps pop up near the shore-and maybe encounter some wildlife on the way! A hydraulic floor makes It feel like you're really traveling through the water as you dive deep and meet the residents of our wild waters.
    2 tickets required per person to ride

    Frequently Asked Questions

    WHERE IS ZOOLIGHTS TAKING PLACE, WHAT IS ACCESSIBLE, AND WILL I SEE ANIMALS?
    To can check out all the exhibits Lincoln Park Zoo has to offer, lpzoo.org/exhibits. This year, ticketed attractions for ZooLights will take place throughout main zoo grounds only. However for ZooLights the McCormick Bird House and Farm-in-the-Zoo will not be open.

    To learn about what areas of Lincoln Park Zoo are accessible, click for details

    We have nearly 200 species here at Lincoln Park Zoo. In general, animals tend to be most active around feeding – diurnal species are most active during the day while nocturnal animals are more active at night. Most of the animals at the zoo have access to either indoor and outdoor habitats or behind-the-scenes spaces. Choice is important for species and these animals may choose not to be visible to the public.

    WHAT ARE THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    All ages are welcome to attend ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo! For the safety of all guests, please note that specific paid attractions will have weight and height limitations.

    WHERE CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS TO ZOOLIGHTS ATTRACTIONS?
    Tickets for rides can be purchased at Lincoln Park Zoo each night of ZooLights starting on Friday, November 23 through Sunday, January 6 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Ticket kiosks will be set up throughout main zoo grounds. Tickets must be purchased in person as they are not available online. ZooLights tickets are $3 for one ticket, $27 for 10 tickets and $51 for 20 tickets.

    I AM A LINCOLN PARK ZOO MEMBER. HOW CAN I APPLY MY MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS TO ZOOLIGHTS?
    Lincoln Park Zoo members will enjoy exclusive access to the new year-round Member Lounge, generously supported by the Women’s Board, located in the Searle Visitor Center. Warm up in this new space open until 9:00 p.m. each night of ZooLights.

    Members Only Night at ZooLights
    Friday, November 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests get exclusive access to a preview of ZooLights before it opens to the public!
    (Please note: Only Lincoln Park Zoo members and their guests may enter the zoo this evening. No advance registration is required.)
    Learn more

    For specific events and select ticket types, Lincoln Park Zoo members will receive a discount on their ticket purchase. Make sure to check the event page for details regarding member discounts.

    To apply your Lincoln Park Zoo Membership code, please enter in the first three digits of your membership number is the “apply discount” box on Eventbrite. You will need to enter in the code before you select the number of tickets / ticket types (if more than one option is available) in order for the code to be applied. Then select the number of tickets you wish to purchase and proceed to checkout.

    CAN ZOOLIGHT ATTRACTION TICKETS BE TRADED, TRANSFERRED, OR REFUNDED AND WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS INCLEMENT WEATHER?
    ZooLights is free to attend. Attractions at ZooLights are an additional costs. Your attraction tickets can be used at the Lionel Train Adventure, AT&T Endangered Species Carousel, Century Wheel, Light Maze Presented by Invesco QQQ and/or the Sea Explorer 5D. Tickets are not assigned to individual people, so feel free to distribute to your family and friends. Please keep in mind that there are no refunds for tickets purchased to ZooLights attractions.

    ZooLights will be held rain, shine or snow. Please dress accordingly!

    WHERE CAN I PARK TO ATTEND ZOOLIGHTS?
    Guests who wish to drive can pay to park in the Lincoln Park Zoo lot on Cannon Drive. For additional information and pricing, please, click for details
    Lincoln Park Zoo is also accessible by public transportation.

    WILL THERE BE FOOD OR BEVERAGES FOR SALE AT THIS EVENT?
    Yes. Food is available at the following locations at Lincoln Park Zoo during ZooLights hours: Park Place Café, Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café, Safari Café, Snack & Drink Quick Stops, and the Patio at Café Brauer. All cafes are able to accept cash or credit. While we will have several ATMs on-site, we encourage you to bring cash for the most efficient experience.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    If you have a question regarding this event, please email events@lpzoo.org.
    Lincoln Park Zoo
    N Cannon Dr at W Fullerton Pkwy Chicago IL 60614
    Lincoln Park Zoo 312.742.2000
  • | 5:00pm - 9:00pm | Religious Events, Advent, Carols, Church, Christmas, Jesus, Services, Christ, Christmas Eve,
    - Please join us for Advent events at First United Evangelical Lutheran Church from December 16th thru December 24th. On December 24th we will have 3 different Christmas Eve services to accommodate your spiritual needs. Our 5pm Family Service will have Communion, Children's Time, and Carols. The 7pm service will be a quieter Lessons and Carols service. The 10pm service will be a candlelight service with Communions, Carols, and a Brass Band! All are welcome!

    The church is located on 6705 Hohman Avenue in Hammond, IN 46324. We look forward to seeing you there.

    6705 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46324
    Chauncey Daspit 312.617.1426 cdaspit@ameritech.net
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road., Beecher
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Inner tubes for sledding are available for rental at Plum Creek Nature Center for use on the sled hill at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve when conditions allow after December 1. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 3 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $2/tube
    click for details
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E., Chesterton
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
    click for details
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St., Crown Point
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.

    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    The sledding hill at Lemon Lake will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows. The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. Call after 9 a.m. to see if the hill is open before you come out. Call Lemon Lake at 219-663-7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at 219-663-2418.
    There are no rentals, so bring your own tube or plastic sled. No wooden or metal runner sleds or snowboards are allowed for safety purposes.
    click for details
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place, Dyer
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    The sledding hill at Oak Ridge Prairie will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows. The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    Call after 9 a.m. to see if the hill is open before you come out. Oak Ridge Prairie at 219-884-7238.
    There are no rentals, so bring your own tube or plastic sled. No wooden or metal runner sleds or snowboards are allowed for safety purposes.
    click for details
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue, Hammond
    click for details

    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue, Hammond
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Outdoor recreation isn’t only for the summer! Each winter, hundreds enjoy activities in and around the Hammond Port Authority properties.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St., Hammond
    219.932.4653
    click for details
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road, La Porte
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street, La Porte
    219.326.9600
    click for details
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St., Leroy
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Looking for a great way to exercise in a beautiful setting? Then come out to your Lake County Parks and cross country ski. Each park that offers this activity has several miles of trails through wooded areas as well as open fields. The trails are designed for a beginner as well as the experienced skier, so don't worry if you have never tried cross country skiing before.
    Cross country ski rentals open at Lemon Lake and Stoney Run on Fri, Sat, Sun and school holidays 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Weather and snow conditions permitting. All equipment must be returned by 4:30 p.m. Note: Closing times may vary due to darkness. The equestrian trail is clossed at Stoney Run from December through March. Ski trails are groomed at Lemon Lake and Stoney Run when there is at least a four inch snow base.
    click for details
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St., Lowell
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway, Merrillville
    219.980.8790
    click for details
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr., Munster
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6, Portage
    219.762.1675

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage
    219.762.1675
    click for details
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular in the wintertime. Visitors must bring their own snowshoes and cross-country skis, as there are no rentals available. A 4-6 inch snow base is recommended. Trails are not groomed.
    click for details
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr., St. John
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some winter fun.

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street, Valparaiso
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
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    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
     
           
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    Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
    1215 N. State Road 49, Porter
    (219) 926-2255
    The stress of everyday life melts away the instant you arrive at any of the beaches within the Indiana Dunes. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach as gentle waves lap the shore around you, strolling along the shore, or playing frisbee, it’s apparent why this natural wonder is called Nature’s Masterpiece.
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    Central Avenue Beach Access
    151 Central Ave., Michigan City
    (219) 395-1882
    A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, marshes, and woodlands. Lifeguards are not provided at Central Avenue Beach.
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    Cowles Bog
    1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter
    (219) 395-1882
    If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grows on a floating mat of peat moss. Starting near the guardhouse in the northeastern part of the site, a boardwalk trail passes marshes and ponds that host horned grebes, black-crowned night herons, buffleheads, and a myriad of other water birds. You can hike right out to the beach and back on 4.5 miles of interconnecting loop trails. Two trailheads serve the trail system, each with a portable toilet. Parking is very limited and needless to say there are no lifeguards making the trek out to this secluded beach.
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    Dunbar Beach Access
    300 W. Lakefront Dr., Beverly Shores
    (219) 395-1882
    Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.
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    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton
    (219) 926-1952
    Indiana Dunes consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.
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    Kemil Road Beach Access
    27 N. State Park Rd., Chesterton
    (219) 395-1882
    You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.
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    Lake View Picnic Area
    50 W. Lake Front Dr., Michigan City
    (219) 395-1882
    With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.
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    Mount Baldy Beach
    U.S. 12, Michigan City
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    The BEACH is open but the DUNE is closed for public safety and dune protection.
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    Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
    100 Riverwalk Dr., Portage
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    The popular location is open daily, sunrise to dusk. Year round, the location is a great place to view the ever changing seasons along Lake Michigan and watch dramatic weather and clouds build over the lake. It's an easy location to watch for migrating birds in the spring and summe