It’s not hard to be inspired by the abundant beauty of the Indiana Dunes area. That’s probably why Chesterton is home to a surprising number of artists—like Holly Jackson and her vibrant, Matisse-inspired paintings, Craig Berg and his regional photography, and several other area artists whose dunescapes and works, influenced by our gorgeous, national ecological treasures, can be found at the Chesterton Art Center.
Beyond its art scene, Chesterton enjoys annual festivals, a renowned European Market that runs from May to October, and an eclectic collection of restaurants, studios, and shops.
Start your day with the best breakfast in all of Indiana’s Cool North at Northside Diner, the 2018 Breakfast Wars Champion. Later, spend your visit restaurant hopping downtown and taking in the great food and relaxing dining atmosphere at Lucrezia Café, Ivy’s Bohemia House, or Octave Grill—voted the best Burger in the Indiana Dunes area during Indiana’s Cool North’s Burger Wars. Or, let the carhops at The Port Drive-In take you back in time to experience classics like root beer floats, chili dogs, and Green River sodas from your car, just like the 1950s.
Experience Indiana Dunes the best way we know how—outside! Take a scenic hike, or enjoy fishing, picnicking, and bird watching at the 151-acre Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. Afterward, explore the charms of Chesterton as you sample artisan cheeses, indulge in fresh baked goods, select the freshest fruits and vegetables, or shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, art, and gifts at the open-air European Market. Nearby you’ll also find unique stores like The Flower Cart, Chelle’s, O’Gara & Wilson Ltd. Antiquarian Booksellers, and plenty of antique shops to peruse. History buffs will also enjoy learning about Chesterton as they tour the Brown Mansion and the exhibits at the adjoining Westchester History Museum.