East Chicago is home to "Crazy Indiana Style Artists" - "CISA". A active crew of writers since 1986. Hundreds of writers have gathered in East Chicago to paint. Once a gem in the midwest. Most of the buildings have been demolitioned. The last standing (literally, they've demolished every building around this business) wall is in the Harbor. North of Broadway on Main St. A new production is up every 2 weeks in the summer.
Dillinger-First National Bank of East Chicago
Demolished by the evil corporation known as Walgreens, just what we needed, another drugstore!!!
On January 15, 1934, John Dillinger and his gang robbed the First National Bank of Chicago of $20,000. A policeman named O'Malley was killed in this robbery. Dillinger was arrested for this murder and sent to a jail in Crown Point Indiana. It was from this "escape proof" Crown Point jail that Dillinger escaped using a gun fashioned out of the top of a washboard (not soap).
On July 27, 1934, the "Lady in Red" lured John Dillinger to the Biograph Theater in Chicago where he was shot to death as he left. At least they haven't demolished the Biograph, it's currently the home of the Victory Gardens Theater.
- Historical Travel
Marktown Historic District
A planned community for employees of the Mark Manufacturing Company, Marktown was founded in 1917; the plan called for enough single family homes, duplexes and row houses to accommodate 8000 people. Although never fully realized, 100% of the original buildings remain.
Please visit the excellent website listed below.
E.J. Block Athletic Field
E.J. Block Stadium, located in Washington Park, was funded by the Block Family, founders of Inland Steel and beneficiaries to many of East Chicago's institutions. Intended for the use of Inland Steel employees and their children, the stadium, constructed in 1941/42, hosted professional minor league baseball in 1995. The East Chicago Conquistadors of the disasterous Mid-America League played very sloppy independent ball (double digit run totals were the norm) to sparce crowds, just over a hundred people a night. The league folded after its first season, its legacy nothing more than a dusty footnote in baseball history.
And that's too bad. Yes, ownership, management and player talent for this league were a joke, but Block Stadium belongs to another time. The wooden benches and steel girders, the standing pools of water in the dugouts, the bizarre dimensions (320 to right, 385 straightaway, 360 to left) are all remicient of a bygone era.
I never caught a game here, something I regret. Those wooden benches look mighty uncomfortable, but watching the boys of summer trip, bobble and overthrow in this old place had to have been a neat experience. If a Hollywood crew is ever searching for the right location for a 'golden era of baseball' movie, I hope they find this place.
The park is still used for youth baseball games, although its future could be in jeopardy due to brand new facilities built nearby.