East Chicago Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by ISH_ROCK
  • Things to Do
    by ISH_ROCK

East Chicago Things to Do

  • Graffiti Art

    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...

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  • Dillinger-First National Bank of East...

    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...

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  • 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.

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East Chicago Restaurants

  • Puerto Rican/Mexican food

    2/25/06 update CLOSED I'm crushed, their Cuban sandwich was hands down the best sandwich I've ever hadMy husband picked up take out food so I didn't see the place. He said there was sit down dining as well as takeout and that the decor was minimal but clean. Everything we tried was delicious, my favorite was the Cuban sandwich-roast pork, ham and...

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  • Excellent Mexican

    After asking around for the best Mexican in the area, this place was suggested and everything we tried was awesome and incredibly inexpensive. We got it as takeout. We tried the enchiladas suiza, prok tacos and cheese quesadillas. The enchiladas were the best I've had in the US, the rest was very good.

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  • Casa Blanca

    The neighborhood is rundown and the building is dumpy looking but the food is exquisite, the interior is pretty and the prices are reasonable. Little pricier than some of the other places in town, but still a good deal. They have a good selection of Mexican beers too.

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East Chicago Transportation

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    by sambarnett Written Nov 8, 2002

    There is a South Shore station at US 20 and Indianapolis Avenue, a few miles north of I 80/94. A one way ticket to Chicago is $4.15. With over free 1000 parking spots, the EC station can be your best bet.

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East Chicago Warnings and Dangers

  • Indiana Harbor

    Life's been tough in the Harbor in the post-industrialization era. While their still are some nice-looking areas, things look pretty grim around the old millgate, the (former) commercial district and numerous housing projects. There have been a number of murders this year, about 15 I think, so this isn't the kind of place one should be wandering...

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  • Problems in EC

    EC has a disproportionally higher crime rate than most cities. Most of this revolves around gang and drug activity. I have seen open drug dealing on Kennedy Avenue. The main roads and the places I mention on this site and the casino are generally safe to visit.   The biggest problem with EC are the industries and what they do to the air quality and...

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East Chicago Off The Beaten Path

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    Wishing Well Snack Shop

    by Dabs Written Oct 8, 2003

    I thought I'd take a picture of this cool sign as the building will likely be demolished after a recent fire

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