East Chicago Travel Guide
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Latin-American Cafe: 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.
El Ranchero Restaurant: 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...
Casa Blanca: 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.
Plaza Garibaldi: Good cheap Mexican food
East Chicago has a bunch of good Mexican restaurants, one of my favorites for take out is Plaza Garibaldi. Menu says that they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call in your order for faster service.
Everything I've tried here is good.
South Shore line
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.
Written Nov 8, 2002
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,...
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...
I thought I'd take a picture of this cool sign as the building will likely be demolished after a recent fire
Written Oct 8, 2003