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Arts & Entertainment

It’s not all sand-fringed lakes and epic sunsets. Here, you’ll find a vibrant arts scene stoked by a strong sense of community. Snag tickets to a sold-out local production with international acclaim. Escape to a 69-acre farm turned artists’ residence. Soak up the old-school charm of a historic opera house. Or park yourself at a vintage drive-in. When it comes to the Indiana Dunes, you’ll find our arts and entertainment scene is just as wild, unassuming, and unique as the landscape itself.

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Air One Aerial Photography

“Photography at a higher level.” This professional photography company produces aerial and panoramic photos of the Indiana Dunes, Chicago, and…

3825 Murvihill Rd., Valparaiso

Art Barn School of Art

Established in 1977, this not-for-profit organization is located in a restored country barn on 69 acres. Yearly exhibitions, juried shows, classes,…

695 N. 400 East, Valparaiso

Art Z: Fine Artz and Antiquez

Find original artwork by regional artists and artisans including paintings, sculptures, and glasswork. They also sell live edge furniture, kinetic…

206 S. Calumet Rd., Ste. E, Chesterton

Artsmith Studio

This company offers individualized art instruction in a group setting. They offer Open Art Studio, Creativity & Cake, Create Your Own Masterpiece,…

325-1 S. Calumet, Chesterton

Ceramix 101

This paint-your-own ceramics studio is fun for families and parties. They can ship your finished piece to your home after you’ve left the Indiana…

908 Roosevelt Rd., Ste. C, Valparaiso

Chesterton Art Center

The Chesterton Art Center is located downtown in a historic machine shop. Dedicated to showcasing the works of emerging and established regional…

115 S. 4th St., Chesterton

Chesterton’s European Market

Chesterton’s European Market is a French-inspired artisans and farmers market located in historic downtown Chesterton. Vendors create a…

220 Broadway, Chesterton

Chestnut Creek Pottery

Watch Chris Harnung show how pottery is made while he throws pots and describes the process. Then shop his creations in earthen colors such as…

6374 Fallen Timbers Ave., Portage

Depot Museum and Art Gallery

This tiny museum, open May through October, is the only inter-urban train line station in the Indiana Dunes area. While you wait, check out its…

525 S. Broadway, Beverly Shores

Ellen Firme Gallery

The exhibits include photography, paintings, sculptures, and prints. Purchase handmade greeting cards and various works of art. Opening receptions…

92 West Hwy 12, Beverly Shores

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