Chesterton Travel Guide

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Chesterton Things to Do

  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    15 miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline, camping, hiking, wildflower, wildlife, historic farm, early homestead and much more are offered within the National lakeshore..My Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore page]

  • Wizard of Oz Festival

    Great for the kids. Lots of activities. Unique vendors and lots of food. Held once a year in I think September. They also have a website, but it does not usually get updated until about the time of the festival.

  • Visit the Chesterton Art...

    Visit the Chesterton Art CenterThis is a non-profit gallery run by the Association of Artists and Craftsmen of Porter County. It is a gem of a place for viewing and purchasing quality art by local artists. It is the best place to purchase original art featuring the dunes. The center also offers art classes.


Chesterton Hotels

  • Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton

    501 Gateway Blvd, Chesterton, Indiana, 46304, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Indian Oak Resort And Spa

    558 Indian Boundary Rd, Chesterton, IN 46304

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Super 8 Chesterton Gary Area

    418 Council Dr, I 94 Exit 26A Trnkpk Exit 31, Ches

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Chesterton Restaurants

  • Family Dining

    It's a local place here and in 21 other towns in northern Indiana & Illiniois. Some are silver metal on the exterior like the old diners, many are modern restaurants. On weekend evenings, the high school kids (teenagers) come here to see and be seen. Always a nice place to have a meal. I've not eaten at this one, but I've never been dissatified at...

  • goes high tech

    By any other name, it's still McDonald's. What's special, the setting. They tore down the old traditional building and arches and built a brand new structure. It's more like an ' Internet Cafe ' than the traditional McDonalds. Wide screen TV's, some with sports, others with news and an internet hot spot. It's different. The foods the same. The...

  • Pizza @ Pizza Hut

    Temporarily Closed due to a fire, it should be back open by spring of 2007. They have had the Pizza buffet, weekdays , which is great. For a fixed price ($5.00), it may increase at any time, you get pizza and salad. The drink was extra. Since it's a buffet, there is no long wait, especially nice for the hungry kids.

  • Ice Cream for Everyone at DQ

    Note: This is not a Dairy Queen Brazier . There is a big difference in the menu. This DQ is located on Broadway, west of downtown. On a hot day, it's a great place to get a slushy or a small cone. SInce this is not a DQ Brazier , the menu is limited. Basically, hot dogs, Chili dogs, cheese dogs, etc. All good with chips of assorted flavors (or...

  • Drive-in for breakfast, lunch, or...

    SUMMER ONLY . A sign of spring in Chesterton is when the Port opens. It has inside 'air conditioned' seating or enjoy a warm evening and eat in your car. It's a traditional drive-in. Located on North Calumet, it's the first restaurant you'll come to if you're coming into town from Indian Boundary. Sandwiches and dinners are available on the...

  • Down on the Farm Goodness!

    Most Bob Evans are alike and this one has all the comforts of the rest. We've found that it is less crowded tham many (i.e., early supper or a late dinner). It may have been the time than the place. It's a bit harder to find for those coming to the lakeshore as it's south of Chesterton on IN 49 at the Toll Road interchange. It's easy if you look...

  • Upscale Italian

    This is a small house converted to an upscale Italian Restaurant. For those who know, it's very good. I'm not into upscale food of most kinds. I'd prefer pizza and spaghetti, which they have, plus many other dishes. The place is small and a part of four is about the best you'll do for seating at the regular meal times. They take longer than most of...

  • Charming spot, great food

    We always end up here with special groups. Six persons is about the biggest that they can handle in a reasonable manner. In nice weather, you can sit outside. Right next door is a nice little 'antique' shop. You can while away the afternoon just looking at what's on the porch and tucked away inside. Sandwiches are excellent, burgers, roast beef,...

  • Are you a 20 Something? Enjoy music &...

    It's got the pub feel. Hooligan's is becoming the evening place for music and friends in Chesterton. Many of the 20 something age group gather there, but so do people of all ages. A range of oversized sandwiches make for a nice lunch or a supper to end your day. The restaruant has the non-smoking seating in the old boiler room and the smoking area...

  • Great Local Flavor

    What to meet the locals? Stop at Georges. The traditional Yellow hut is on it's way out and a new modern building is going up. It'll be more room for the Georges family of customers to gather in. Outside seating expands the available space in the Yellow hut. Employees and customers are among the friendliest people in the state. Always ready for a...

  • Family Food - Great Quality

    One of the more comfortable places to have a meal. Excellent food, wide selection, easy access, and relaxing atmosphere. The prices are reasonable. Lunch in th $6-10 range and dinners in the $12-18 range.

  • Bypass the fast-food places....

    Bypass the fast-food places. For a hearty, informal meal, head to Lakeshore Cafe (on Indian Boundary just past the Jewel food store).A favorite local hangout is Bert's Bagels--coffee and bagels, great muffins, scones and for lunch, a great sandwich selection.


Chesterton Nightlife

  • Community Theater

    Each year, the 4th Street Theater presents five plays, dramas, comedies, and musicals. The 2006-2007 productions have included:Fiddler on the RoofThe Lion in WinterQueen LuciaEee Gads!Kiss Me KateThis is a small intimate theater. There are fewer than 50 seats. Casual

  • Friday Night Football

    Every weekend through out the school year, there will be something going on at the High School. Football (American) in the fall, Basketball in the winter. There will even be the occasional theater activity throughout the year, often on both Friday and Saturday Nights when presented. For all outside events, the dress will be as the weather...

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Chesterton Transportation

  • Chesterton - Downtown

    Downtown Chesterton runs along Broadway and Calumet. The heart of old Chesterton is the Broadway section. Like most railroad towns, it's one sided with the tracks making up the other side. The town is centered on the intersection of Calumet & Broadway. Here, you'll find the oldest building and the most unique architecture. Visit the antique shops...

  • Chesterton - Indiana Boundary - Just of...

    The Indiana Boundary area is the most common part of Chesterton that people visit. It's right off the interstate (I-94) at Indiana 49. Here you'll find a range of food (fast food to nationally recognized chains). Kmart, Jewel-Osco, Walgreens and Hallmark have stores here also. It's a one stop shopping and eating opportunity. Something for everyone....

  • Chestertons - Westside

    The westside is of interest for it's restaurants. The westside is connected to the downtown by Broadway. It's an easy connection and only a mile or two apart. Additional antique stores dot the length of Broadway.


Chesterton Shopping

  • Foodie heaven

    This place is a Foodie's heaven. Besides a fine selection of gourmet foods, they offer cooking classes every week. A great place to learn and to share your cooking experiences. Cookware, Fine crystal stemware, thousands of kitchen gadgets competitively priced

  • Downtown?

    Downtown Chesterton runs along Broadway and Calumet. Here, you'll find the oldest building and the most unique architecture. Visit the antique shops and try a few of the restaurants. Each has a unique flavor of its own. If you're interested in architecture, take a walk to the southwest into the resdiential neighborhoods. Old churches and homes...

  • Antiques anyone?

    This is a great shop to wander about, especially if you're waiting for a seat (seldom have to) at Popalano's across the walk. Lots of knick-knack and farm items.


Chesterton Off The Beaten Path

  • South Shore & Chicago Interurban Cars

    If you're interested in railroading and/or the old Interurban railroads, there are some old 1920 South Shore cars in Chesterton. They are just north of the tracks and Thomas Park (downtown Chesterton). They have been incorporated into a building along the active CN (Canadian National) tracks. Today, they are not in use, but they have been a graphic...

  • Civil War Memorial

    Indiana Historical Bureau: ID#: 64.1995.1 County: Porter Title: Iron Brigade Marker Text: Composed of infantry regiments from Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan, the Iron Brigade fought with Army of the Potomac during the Civil War (1861-1865). Received name for valor at battle of South Mountain, Maryland (1862). Sustained combat fatalities among the...

  • What's Happening in Porter

    Chesterton and Porter are like twin sisters. They occassionally fight, but get along most of the time. Together they have a vast array of things to see and do. So take a look at what's available in Porter..My Porter pageVT's Porter page


Chesterton Favorites

  • Chesterton's on the move (towards IN 49)

    As IN 49, the By-pass has been around, more and more stores, shops and restaurants have moved out to that side of town. In 1990, you would drive right by town on IN 49 and never know it was there, and miss the store and restaurants. Today, you can't get through without noticing as there are three traffic lights and shopping area springing up at...

  • Visit the dunes, hike the...

    Visit the dunes, hike the nature trails, watch the sun set over the Chicago skyline (in June) across the lake. The raw power of Lake Michigan on a stormy day; the serenity of gentle waves on a quiet day.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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