Beyond the beaches of the Indiana dunes lies a small town with plenty of personality and entertainment. From locally-owned restaurants and shops to a thriving art scene, Chesterton is the perfect place to stay during your Indiana Dunes getaway. Whether your visit lasts a day, a weekend, or an entire week, Chesterton has plenty of things to keep you busy.

a pagoda in Chesterton

Chesterton has numerous one-of-a-kind restaurants that are sure to satisfy the entire family. Stop at Octave Grill to enjoy some of the town’s best burgers, or go back in time at The Port Drive-In as roller skating waitresses serve the restaurants signature Root Beer. Head to Lucrezia’s for delicious Italian style food, and for those twenty-one and over, stop at Hunters Brewing for locally brewed beer.

woman holding flowers

After eating a great meal, explore Chesterton’s historic downtown lined with locally owned shops. Head to Chelle’s to shop for eco-friendly clothing and handmade jewelry, and then check out Flower Cart and discover their award-winning floral arrangements and unique gifts. For your afternoon boost, make a pit stop at Red Cup Café for coffee. On Saturday’s, don’t miss out on one of Chesterton’s main attractions, the European Market. This market is filled with art, jewelry, clothing, food, and so much more.

a storefront in Chesterton

Before leaving this cozy town, dive into the art that is waiting to be discovered throughout Chesterton. Visit the Chesterton Art Center to explore handcrafted jewelry, glass, ceramics, and much more. They also offer year-round classes and workshops for all ages. Another must-see location is 4th Street Theatre, which features incredible talent in an intimate 60-seat venue.

There are countless unique places to stop in Chesterton, all just minutes from the beach. Don’t miss out on any of these one-of-a-kind attractions on your next visit to the Indiana Dunes.