Burns Harbor

The Art of Green Living

Burns HarbourIt’s one part industry, one part City of the Future and all parts growing. The Town of Burns Harbor was created in 1966 in partnership with Bethlehem Steel — proof that the most unlikely combinations can create wonderful things.

Burns Harbor is definitely the place to watch — they’re currently constructing a brand-new business district from scratch, and they have several neighborhoods they’re planning to build.

The town is also beginning to stake its claim as an eco-friendly area. One of its newer communities, The Village in Burns Harbor, is the first community in the nation to be awarded the National Green Building Standard. It’s initiatives like these that showcase Burns Harbor’s “Art of Green LIving.”

Although the former Bethlehem Steel is now called ArcelorMittal, the mill remains a partner with the town. Many residents also utilize Burns Harbor’s nearby access to highways and commuter rail to work in Chicago.

And the residents and visitors alike enjoy the green space — like 29-acre Lakeland Park — that serves as a balance to the industry. Lakeland Park has a lake for swimming and renting rowboats in the summer, and people can also come to walk, play sports or enjoy the playground. Burns Harbor is also home to a Little Calumet River fishing access site.

Do it in Burns Harbor

  • Play sports like volleyball and basketball or enjoy swimming and fishing at Lakeland Park
  • Catch salmon, trout and other fish along the Little Calumet River
  • Check out The Village in Burns Harbor, the first community in the nation awarded the National Green Building Standard
  • Drive past ArcelorMittal for a glimpse of how industry coexists with Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes

Learn more at BurnsHarbor.org or ChestertonChamber.org