Whiting Travel Guide

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Whiting Things to Do

  • Oktoberfest

    Whiting knows how to throw a festival, while not on the level on Pierogi Fest just yet, Oktoberfest is a nice family festival. We missed most of the daytime activities this year but arrived in time to watch the bartender olympics in the beer garden and enjoy some tapas at Winey Beach Cafe, one of the restaurants along 119th Street where Oktoberfest...

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  • Whiting Park Festival Orchestra

    For such a small city, Whiting certainly has a lot of culture activities and a really great sense of community. Since 1994, the city of Whiting has held free symphony concerts in Whiting Park during the summer, held mostly on Saturday evenings in July and August. It's a lovely place to take a picnic dinner, a bottle or two of your favorite wine, a...

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  • New Hammond Marina!

    The Hammond Marina has been rebuilt this year! Take a walk or a nice bikeride along the Hammond Marina. There's a nice pier and places to fish, too! Swim in Lake Michigan when it's hot - there's also a small beach!

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  • PIEROGI FESTIVAL - 2007

    Friday July 27, Saturday July 29 & Saturday July 29, 2007PIEROGI FESTIVAL -- Whiting, IndianaFestivities began on Friday, but the highlight of the day was the Int'l Polka Parade featuring Mr. Pierogi himself, the Babushka Ladies, the Lawnmower Brigade, Bagpipe Band and many floats. Our very own Kristi ( Dabs ) was one of the Babushka...

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  • WHITING PUBLIC LIBRARY

    The 23,00 square foot WHITING PUBLIC LIBRARY opened at its present location on July 31. 1906. Its two major benefactors were the Standard Oil company which donated the land and steel tycoon, Andrew Carnegie whose donations paid for most of the building.It has a large Children's Services area downstairs which offers Audio books, Videos, large print...

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  • Stop 4-Whiting Public Library

    The Whiting Public Library was built in 1905-6 on land donated by the Standard Oil Company and with $15,000 of the $20,000 in needed funds donated by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie who established over 2,500 libraries in communites across the U.S and around the world. The cornerstone of the building bears the inscription "the gift of Andrew Carnegie...

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  • Pierogi Fest

    Located a mere 1/2 hour away from Chicago is the small charming town of Whiting Indiana. On the last full weekend of July, one of the nation's best food festivals is held: Pierogi Fest!The fest kicks off on Friday at 7 pm with the Pierogi parade, one of the wackiest parades around. If you're lucky (or maybe not so lucky) you can spot this VTer in...

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  • Picnic in the Park!

    Whiting has a large park on Whilaha Beach. It's fantastic! There's a beautiful trail between green grass, different kinds of trees, bushes and a fish pond. Walk through the park in the day or evening -- it's always a nice walk. It can be romantic - bring your honey. Plan a picnic -- there are picnic tables set up all over, so pick your spot! You...

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  • Stop 1-Whiting Park

    Whiting Park is at the eastern end of Whihala Beach County Park. Whihala may sound like an ancient Indian name, the name actually stands for WHIting, HAmmond and the LAke County Parks Dept.Much of the park's design is the result of public works projects completed during the Great Depression in the 1930s.The bridge in the accompanying photo once...

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  • Stop 5-The Village-Standard Oil

    Standard Oil (later Amoco and now BP)started constructing homes in 1889 in Whiting due to a housing shortage. Along Ohio Street near the Whiting Public Library are homes built for supervisors and managers employed at the Standard Oil refinery.This area of town was the first to have running water and wooden sidewalks

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  • Stop 7-Slovak Home

    Many immigrants who came to Whiting joined social clubs in order to retain some of their native culture. Slovaks who settled in Whiting found a home away from home at The American Slovak Club. In addition to providing entertainment for its members, it also operated as a social agency.Until the mid-1980s, the building had four stories and held a...

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  • Stop 9-St. Mary Assumption Byzantine...

    This is the oldest Byzantine Rite Catholic church in the Midwest. Construction on the church was started in 1919 and the church was dedicated in 1920.

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Whiting Restaurants

  • Takeout/dine in pizza

    CLOSED!!!!!Although John's original location in Calumet City, IL was just around the corner from our office, I never did try the pizza from that location and when it closed on December 31, 2005, I saw people on food chat boards crying about their demise so I was happy to hear that they were reopening John's in Whiting. The John's in Calumet City...

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  • A little taste of the Caribbean

    We've visited Winey Beach Cafe many times over the last couple of years, everyone we've eaten here with has been extremely happy with their food and the prices are extremely reasonable. The restaurant is very small, maybe 10 tables, and is located on the main business street in Whiting. In the warmer months, they open the doors and you have a nice...

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  • Steaks/chops/Italian

    Last visit November 2010There aren't many places to eat in Whiting, it's only a town of 5,000 after all. Keith's (named after the owner Scott Keith) is Whiting's "fine dining" restaurant but don't worry it's not pretentious and you would feel at home even wearing jeans. The bar is well stocked and I hear they have a good wine list (not my thing),...

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  • Burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps

    If we're in the mood for a casual meal, Grillers is a great place to go for either dine in or takeout right in the downtown area of Whiting. It's very casual, you order at the counter and they bring the food out to you. Or you can get it to go which is what we usually do. Open from 8am-8pm (9pm on Friday and Saturday, closed on Sunday). My last...

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  • Dinner or Drinks?!

    Small bar/lounge restaurant with great food and drinks! Have a steak or a burger, a martini or a beer! They also have a party room upstairs! They have great soup, steaks, and their burgers are almost as good as mine!!! Let me know when you're going, I live only a block away!

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  • Takeout pizza in Whiting

    Dino's has been around since I moved to the area back in 1989 and we've been enjoying their pizza ever since, at some point they moved from their more visible location on 119th Street in Hammond to a more remote location in Whiting on 121st Street near the BP Refinery. Although I think there are a couple of tables, we always order it for...

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  • King of Pierogis

    Since Whiting has been put on the map by the humble Polish dumpling, the pierogi, it's fitting that we have a year round deli that sells them. Earlier this summer, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wrote an article about Lynethe's Deli, oddly he wrote it before Pierogi Fest, the best we could figure is that he was down here covering the BP Amoco...

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  • Terrific inexpensive meals

    Located right on the downtown Whiting stretch of 119th Street, Sunrise is a terrific place to get a bit to eat. Not fancy and not gourmet and what I order is NEVER healthy, just good solid food at very affordable prices. I usually end up getting a skillet or a Monte Cristo sandwich, we are always amazed at the amount of food we get for the small...

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  • Richway Gyros

    This is one of the better small greek hot dog stand places that are found throughout Chicagoland. Look for a place with a Vienna Hot Dog sign outside and you will probably get a good meal for a very low price. The gyros special at Richway tastes like a salty heart attack, a perfect combination of grease and spices. Stay away if you are training for...

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Whiting Nightlife

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    by Marisola Written Oct 24, 2005

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    Local bar where more of the younger crowd hang out. A great place to go after the Whiting Pierogi Fest! I met so many people there!

    Dress Code: Wear whatever is comfortable. It's a casual place.

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Whiting Local Customs

  • "Peeps" contest

    As part of the annual Easter festivities, Whiting has a "Peeps" contest for the most creative use of Peeps, those delightful little neon colored marshmallow bunnies and chicks that appear in their cavity inducing glory this time of year.My husband, by day a serious professional, by night the creator of wacky Peep projects, came up with three for...

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  • Twelfth Night

    I'm a Christmas traditionalist, despite the rising cost of live trees and despite finding needles in my carpet until the next December, usually with a sharp jab to my foot, and despite the pain of stringing the lights every year, I still insist on a live tree. When I worked in corporate America and had auditors breathing down my neck in early...

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Whiting Off The Beaten Path

  • Dark in the Park

    Every year for Halloween, the Whiting Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) designs a spooky haunted house in Whiting Park. After years of intending to go but never getting around to it, I finally went this year with my husband, nephew and sister in law. I was expecting to laugh the whole way through since most haunted houses tend to be pretty lame but...

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  • A Nice Walk!

    Take a nice walk near Wolf Lake --- there is a nice hiking trail which has some great views. Even the locals don't know about it!! Take 119th St. West until you hit the lake. The trail is on your left.

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  • Henry Schrage House

    A true Whiting old-timer here. The Schrage family settled in the area in 1854, when Henry was 10 years old. A Civil War veteran who fought under William Tecumseh Sherman, he returned to Whiting, worked on the railroad, opened the town's first store, established its first Post Office and in 1895 established the Bank of Whiting, which is still in the...

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Whiting Sports & Outdoors

  • Whiting Skatepark

    Whiting has a skatepark for skaters and skateboarders, and it's really cool. Watch the kids as they skate. Bring a bag lunch - there are picnic tables nearby. The skaters are teenagers, so bring your kids!

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  • Whiting skate park

    In June, 2004, Whiting opened a new 5,000 square foot concrete skate park, designed and built by Grindline, near Standard Diamond baseball fields. Unlike most skate parks that I've seen it doesn't consist of a series of metal ramps but instead is two bowls with concrete formations.On the Saturday afternoon when we stopped by there were 4 or 5 guys...

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  • Surfing on Lake Michigan

    I was a little skeptical when my husband said that people surfed on Lake Michigan but as you can see from the attached photo, indeed they do. He says that the beach at Whiting Park has the best spot in the Midwest for surfing.

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Whiting Favorites

  • A BIT OF WHITING HISTORY

    Before the arrival of the Standard Oil Company, the population of WHITING was too small to be incorporated as a town. During this time, most of the settlers were Germans, but as Whiting was selected as a site for Standard Oil's refinery, more people came to construct the refinery.A local government was also needed to provide the citizens with a...

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  • For decades Whiting has...

    For decades Whiting has presented one of the most memorable July 4th parades that I can remember. Everyone from near & far crowd in along 119th St. to view the colorful floats and bands and social groups. It creates such pride among the crowd to see friends and family members as they march by waving their hands and shouting greetings to the...

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  • Go to the beach. You can see...

    Go to the beach. You can see the skyline of Chicago from Whihala beach if you look to the left. To the right you will see a wall of steel mills and oil refineries, but try to ignore that. Wow, that is tough, I've spent so much time there. Sitting on the beach from sunset to sunrise hanging out with friends, those days I am very nostalgic about.

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