Gary Travel Guide

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Gary Things to Do

  • The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    The western end of the National Lakeshore is behind Union Station. It extends eastward between railroad tracks into the Miller neighborhood of Gary, where the Marquette Hike/Bike trail follows the old train right-of-ways for 2 1/2 miles to West Beach.On Lake Street in Miller is the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Here the Marquette...

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  • Gary City Hall

    Located in the heart of downtown Gary, City Hall is one of a pair of matching buildings. To it's west is the Lake County Courthouse. Both were to be the backdrop for a central park area and the highlight of the City of Gary. Just to the north is Union Station, once the scene of trains coming and going.HABS Statement: The current City Hall structure...

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  • Gary Air show

    The Gary Air show, although not quite as large as the Chicago Air and Water show was almost as good, the only notable omission was the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels, one of which always appears in Chicago. This year it was held on July 17 and 18th, 2004.Acts included the Lima Lima flight team, the B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, Golden Knights U.S. Army...

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  • Marquette Park

    In 1919, after thirteen years of saying it wasn’t in the business of recreation, US Steel presented the 120 acre Marquette Park to the city of Gary. Ironically, this represented one of the first attempt at conservation of the Lake Michigan shoreline from industry interests.   Father Marquette, the Jesuit priest who explored and did missionary work...

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  • 2300 Jackson St: The Jackson Home

    In the shadow of Gary Roosevelt High School, this is where it all began for Janet, LaToya, Tito and of course Michael. The street name is coincidental; in Gary, streets west of Broadway have presidential names. Note, the house is under private ownership.

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  • Step on the gas!!!!!!

    If you are doing a documentary on how to destroy a city, bring plenty of video. This city is a clinic on the subject. Take the tour to downtown, Broadway. That should be enough. Whatever you do, don't get out of your car.

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  • Gary State Bank Building

    This 10-story skyscraper is a remaining highlight of Gary's "Augustan Age", a time of rapid growth and development during the mid and late 1920s. Built in 1929, this neo-classical edifice hides an interesting fact. Although only 10-stories high, the elevators run to the fifteenth floor! So sure that this building, like the rest of the city, would...

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  • Gary Bathing Beach

    This 1930s structure has been "saved" and in the process of a gradual but careful restoration. For more information, see details given on Sam Barnett's Gary IN page.

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  • Father Marquette - setting

    This is a pleasant setting - though perhaps he would have liked to be closer to the water. (For comparison with a more modern representation, see the Depression-era Father Marquette mural from my own Marquette MI page.)

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  • Marquette Park - Father Marquette

    Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) Jesuit missionary and explorer of "New France". Traversed the Great Lakes and founded a mission at "St. Ignace" in what is now the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. May have been the first European to have successfully traveled from the St. Lawrence seaway to the headwaters of the Mississippi. Accompanied Louis Joliet on am...

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  • Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium

    This beautiful structure has been undergoing renovation for over ten years, thanks to a citizen group, The Society for the Restoration of the Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium and Octave Chanute's Place in History.   The structure was built in 1921 by George Washington Maher on the sight where Octave Chanute conducted notable flight experiments in 1896...

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  • Marquette Trail

    This 2.1 mile linear trail runs between County Line Road and Grand Blvd in Miller, traversing a very pretty, diverse series of dunes, wetlands and forests, the Dunes in all their glory. The compacted gravel path is passable by bike and foot and is a great way to see a part of the Indiana Dunes usually unseen by most visitors.

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  • US Steel

    The reason why Gary exists. US Steel does not host public tours and unless you work there you won't be getting in. But I list this under "must see activities" because if you are anywhere near the city of Gary you won't miss the sight of this rusting behemoth or it's smoke stacks on the lakeshore.   Pictured here is just a small bit of the complex....

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  • 669 Van Buren Street

    Constructed between 1909 - 1910, the stucco prairie style house at 669 Van Buren is an example of Frank Lloyd Wright's American-System Built design. The original resident, Ingwald Moe, owned a Chicago-based construction firm that held many contracts in the city of Gary. A similiar house is located in Evanston, IL.   The Moe Residence is part of a...

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  • Gary Land Company building

    The oldest building in Gary, dating from the city's birth in 1906. Originally located near 3rd and Broadway, this wood framed building housed the Gary Land Company (the wing of US Steel responsible for overseeing town affairs), the town hall (Gary wasn't a city until 1909) and Gary's first post office. The house has been moved around a bit over the...

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Gary Restaurants

  • An unlikely location

    Most recent visit 11/12/05People are probably surprised to find a fine dining restaurant in the Miller section of Gary but this little gem of a place is worth the trip to a city that many associate with high crime rates and industry. If you are making the trek from Chicagoland, be sure to print out good directions and follow them, some of the...

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  • Got THE BEST Chicken?

    If you're into barbecue chicken from the Chicago metropolitan area that simply tastes good and you got that soul in you, check this place out. akfjdlfhjeiheoh is all I can say, 'cause this piece is too hot for words!!! Get a box full of barbecue chicken wings, with the sauce marinating down to the bone. They say that once you try it you're hooked,...

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  • Either ya love it or ya hate it, but...

    White Castle is definitely an urban type restaurant. You won't find these many other places! Just get a bag of 20 or 30 cheeseburgers. They're small and cheap, so you can get just about exactly the amount you want.

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Gary Transportation

  • Broadway bus

    Like most American cities Gary once a useful and well used trolley and bus system. Now all that's left is the skeletal "Broadway Express" bus that runs from downtown Gary to the Lake County Courthouse and Government Center in Crown Point. Buses are usually pretty empty.

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  • South Shore line

    The South Shore Train, the last remnant of the electric interurbans, runs from Chicago to South Bend and has three stations in Gary, from east to west they are:Miller: Please see my Miller page for details.Gary Metro Center: At Broadway and US 12. Access from Broadway. There is a parking lot but it appears to be by monthly pass only. Great views of...

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Gary Local Customs

  • Learn the names of the neighborhoods...

    More than most other cities I've seen in Indiana, G.I. is known for its distinct neighborhoods. So if you wanna be down, find out what each area is like, and the official name for it:The far south section of Gary, from the southern border at 53rd, north to IUNW is called Glen Park; GP is one of the neighborhoods whose name is commonly seen on...

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  • Garyspeak

    G.I. - Gary, Indiana, as in "Live and Die, G.I." or "Shop and Buy, G.I." The latter you'll see on store marquees."Where you do stay?" really means "where do you live?"If you want your food to go, tell 'em to "put shoes on it."

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  • Vacant lots

    A 1997 fire left gaping holes in Gary's already decrepit downtown, particularly on the east side of Broadway in the 600 and 700 blocks.

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Gary Warnings and Dangers

  • Gary, Indiana

    Unfortunately, my wife works in the Glen Park District of Gary, Indiana. I do not let her drive to or from work alone. We ride together and I drop and pick her up from her job. However, this routine journey is not done without some safeguards in place. I have a license to carry a firearm from the Indiana State Police. Every time we travel, I am...

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  • Crack Kills and so do Guns...

    Gary is Ruff at night, Smells like *** from Gary works and other plants on the lake..It's so close to Chicago I would say it's a big suburb. I wouldn't want to live there but it's not as bad as the Chicago's Southside Englewood Neighborhood.

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  • Enter at your own risk

    I lived about 3 miles outside of Gary and had my apartment broken into twice and was robbed at gunpoint once, I got the hell out of that state shortly after. I had to go to the DMV in Gary once and a police officer stopped me and asked what I was doing there - I was white. He offered to escort me to my destination, and then escort me out of town...

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Gary Off The Beaten Path

  • Union Station

    Listed on the Historic Landmarks Fountain of Indiana as one of the ten most endangered sights in the state, Gary's once proud Union Station now awaits an uncertain fate. Tucked and hidden from the rest of the city by the I-90 toll road, the Beaux Arts style station, designed by M.A. Lang in 1910, sits quietly; it saw its last passenger train in...

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  • Union Station: The Future?

    What does the future hold for Gary's Union Station. Will there be a future to speak of?    The exterior still appears in relatively good condition, for that reason it's a shame to think this 90+ year old edifice would meet the wrecking ball. The interior, as you can see in the picture, is in wretched shape.   Plans have called for the station to be...

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  • The historic wonders of Gary

    Long time ago, in a universe far, far away, the City of Gary was known as a vibrant, progressive community. They were the leader in eduction reform under Supt. Lew Wallace. They lead the nation in modern urban design and development. Things have changed since those early days. But within the city are still many treasures. These are best shown at ...

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Gary Sports & Outdoors

  • High school basketball

    Check out the high school basketball games. There have always been some really hot teams in Gary, and these players love the game!Since people are apparently so concerned about safety in the city of Gary:The games I went to (at Lew Wallace, West Side, and Horace Mann High Schools) had police officers to ensure safety, as well as metal detectors at...

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  • Gary South Shore Railcats

    Two years in the making, the most talked about and controversial plan in Gary is now a reality. And opening day was beautiful, except for the 8-4 loss in the 11th inning. The team takes it's name from the South Shore trains that glide past the outfield wall. See my travelogue, US Steel Yard, for more images and ruminations on Gary's attempt at...

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  • Gary Steelheads basketball

    The Steelheads are part of the long-lived, seemingly impossible to kill Continental Basketball Association. The season runs from November to the end of March. Tickets range from $10-$14, a bit pricey for the quality of basketball in my opinion. Courtside seats go for $39 and are not even worth it.The quality of play is pretty selfish and can be...

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Gary Favorites

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  • Family History / Geneology

    The downtown Gary Library is said to have an extensive collection of material about the people who popluated the city. From the immigrants of old Europe to the exodus from the southern U.S. there are said to be information that will help your search for family. Even if you're not from Northwest Indiana, you may find information there.220 W. 5th...

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  • Gary, Indiana, always!!

    A lot of folk ignorant 'bout ol' G.I.//I wonder "why tha hate?" Nobody told me why//People sayin people die a lot up there//People say "You'll probably get shot up there"//But what's tha rationality behind that line?//I ask "Have you been there?" They say "Nevermind."//Speed limits here are "20." What's tha deal with that?// They wanna take ya down...

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  • Resources II

       Camilo José Vergara is not from Gary, he wasn’t even born in the USA, but he is certainly relevant here as his images of the Steel City as well as Newark, Detroit, Camden, the South Bronx and more have instilled me with much contemplation of the urban world. This Chilean-born photographer has been called “the Jacob Riis of our times” for his...

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