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Top Choice Diner in Indiana Dunes

Great Lakes Cafe

This colorful Greek family diner sits right in front of a steel mill, whose workers pile in for the cheap, hearty pancakes, meatloaf, butterfly shrimp, bacon-pecan brownies and whatever else features on the whiteboa…
National Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

The Dunes stretch along 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Swimming is allowed anywhere along the shore. A short walk away from the beaches, several hiking paths crisscross the dunes and woodlands. The best are th…
State Park in Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes State Park

The state park is a 2100-acre, shoreside pocket within the national lakeshore; it’s located at the end of Hwy 49, near Chesterton. It has more amenities than the rest of the lakeshore, but also more regulation and c…
Beach in Indiana Dunes

West Beach

West Beach, nearest to Gary, draws fewer crowds than the other beaches and features a number of nature hikes and trails. It’s also the only beach with lifeguards. There's a snack bar and cool Chicago vistas.
Bar in Indiana Dunes

Flamingo Pizza

Yes, you can get pizza, but the bar is what beckons: a cozy watering hole where you sit elbow-to-elbow with locals. The good beers and lake perch are a bonus to the ambiance. Located near West Beach.
Italian in Indiana Dunes

Lucrezia

This is a homey favorite for Italian staples – fettuccine alfredo, veal marsala, linguine with scallops – in Chesterton.