Most days, you can see across the lake and find the Chicago skyline. Well, maybe 60% of the time. Which means, that you might not be there on a day when it's visible. Chicago is 25-30 miles across the lake, but it is very visible when conditions are right.
It's much easier to see the Burns Harbor plant of Mittal Steel (was Bethlehem Steel) and beyond that the Gary Works of US Steel.
If you look right (east), you'll see the power company's plant in Michigan City.
Enlarge the picture to the right for a good look at Chicago's skyline from the dunes.
This area of about 15,000 acres includes about 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is separate from the small state park, but, like the park, the dunes are the main attraction. The beaches are also popular, mostly with Indiana residents. The National Lakeshore lies between Michigan City and Gary, Indiana and is about 50 miles south of Chicago.
Since there is no separate page option for the National Lakeshore, I'm including tips for both the park and the lakeshore on this page. They are also within close proximity to one another and both feature the sand dunes and beachfront areas.
Though most visitors come here for sun and swimming, the main focus of the Indiana Dunes State Park is preservation of a very diverse environment. Here arctic trees live side by side with Prickly Pear cactus. So please don't litter and stay on the marked trails.
Entrance for Indiana residents is $4, $5 for out of staters. An annual Indiana State Parks pass is available for $24 (IN), $30 (others) and is well worth it as it allows entrance to all of Indiana's state parks.