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Communities & Towns In the Indiana Dunes

You’ll find it in the friendly streets of small towns like Hebron and Kouts, the charming downtown festivals and markets of Chesterton, the world-class arts scene and upscale dining of Valparaiso, and the warm summer days spent on Lake Michigan in Portage. It’s the rich tapestry of history, scenery, and daily life that weaves the Indiana Dunes together. Want to know the real Indiana Dunes? Find it in our communities.

Beverly Shores & Lakefront Communities

Beverly Shores, Dune Acres, Ogden Dunes, and The Pines. These lakefront communities offer world-renowned architecture, stunning beaches, and endless trails along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Burns Harbor

Celebrate “The Art of Green Living” in this community that’s home to the nation’s first National Green Building Standard homes, Lakeland Park, and some of Indiana’s best river fishing.

Chesterton

Throw yourself into the area’s thriving arts community and culinary scene in Chesterton, where local art and a renowned European Market make up the fabric of this Midwestern town.

Hebron

A pioneering spirit and proud Kankakee River heritage. See it shine through in Hebron’s well-curated museums, historical sites, and idyllic river settings.

Kouts

Experience country living with a Hoosier heart. Explore farm-to-table cuisine in this small town’s homestyle restaurants and action-packed food festivals along the Kankakee River.

Portage

Big city amenities in the heart of the Indiana Dunes. Find everything you need from national park sites and Lake Michigan boating access to outdoor superstores and Hollywood big screens in Portage.

Porter

The “Gateway to the Dunes,” Porter offers a sandy beach, beautiful parks, famous local restaurants, and premier access to the Indiana Dunes National Park’s most iconic and historic sites.

Valparaiso

From great downtown restaurants and shops to a world-renowned university, Valparaiso is the perfect place to shake off the sand south of the Dunes and indulge in the area’s lively arts scene.

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Chesterton Brewery

A veteran-owned brewery giving back to veterans and local heroes with every pour of custom-crafted microbrews. A place where you can feel comfortable…

1050 Broadway, Ste. 36, Chesterton

Chesterton Toys

This shop is a wonderland of classic and wooden toys, as well as unique, modern playthings, all with a strong focus on “kid-powered”…

201 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Portage

Enjoy the comforts of home at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, located just 10 minutes from the Indiana Dunes. This charming hotel has plenty of…

1630 Olmstead Dr., Portage

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Want to create a personalized tour of the Indiana Dunes area? Stop by the Visitor Center where our front desk destination concierges will help you…

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

Lifestyles

You’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland in this eclectic, edgy store. Every inch of its 10,000 square feet is filled with one-of-a-kind gifts from…

122 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Speakeasy at the Spa

Witness the historic rebirth of the 1920’s speakeasy. The Speakeasy at the Spa compliments their Spa Special Events Center located on the same…

333 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Spring House Inn

It’s one part hotel, one part country retreat, and all parts comfort. With more than 50 rooms perfect for business travelers, families, and anyone…

303 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

(219) Taproom

They feature 16 taps shared with only a few carefully curated breweries Their beers are unique to NWI! Their menu is as creative and unique as their…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

49’er Drive-In Theatre

Experience a blast from the past at a place that has been chosen as one of the top drive-ins in the nation. Open weekends in April, May, and…

675 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

4th Street Theater

This award-winning community theater produces musicals and plays that are amusing and entertaining as well as classic and sometimes provocative. Call…

125 N. 4th St., Chesterton

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