About the Area

Local Attractions

Village of Grant Park

15 minutes from Thyme For Bed 

Bennett-Curtis house hosts Wizard’s (Harry Potter) Themed dinners, Murder in the BC mansion mystery dinners, Around the World Dining, and other seasonal dining. 815-465-2288

South Shore Brewery Tour 20+ breweries. 219-989-7979

South Shore Winery Tour Northwest Indiana wineries featuring award winning wines and ciders. 219-989-7979

Edge Adventures

Along Lake Michigan, Edge Adventures, Indiana’s Aerial Adventure Park. Experience treetop trails built into the trees and canopies with many aerial obstacles and zip lines. 800-590-8347.

More Local Attractions

Fair Oaks Farms 

Home to one of the largest modern dairy farms. You can enjoy the dairy, crop or pig adventures. Many hand crafted cheeses, ice cream and fine dining restaurant on site.

856 North 600 East, Fair Oaks, IN 877-536-1194

Midwest Training & Ice Center

NW Indiana’s largest state-of-the-art training facility: hockey, skating, gymnastics, trampoline, and tumbling.

10600 White Oak Ave, Dyer, IN 219-558-8811 

County Line Orchard

From picking apples, eating donuts or celebrating events.

200 South County Line Rd, Hobart 219-947-4477

Pierogi Fest

Whiting’s Pierogi Feast is last week in July celebrates Eastern European food and culture. One of the craziest celebrations you’ll ever experience!

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion

Located 10 minutes north of Thyme For Bed, an interactive half-mile winding path that begins at the last supper. Features 40 life size bronze sculptures.

Ph 219-365-6010 or 855-277-7474

bowl of white and buttered popcorn

And more…

Indiana Amish Country

Located an hour from the heart of Chicago, and two hours from Shipshawanna, Indiana Amish country. Offers a Heritage Trail culture to explore attractions, downtowns, and Amish life.

Tommy Gun’s Garage is Chicago’s longest running dinner show that will transport you back to the roaring 20’s for dinner and an audience interactive show. 

2114 South Wabash Ave, Chicago, Il 312-225-0273.

Just under an hour away.

For a complete list of current events and festivals: www.southshorecva.com

Albanese Candy Factory

5441 East Lincoln Highway, Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Chicagoland Popcorn Factory

Merrillville Store 5470 E. Lincoln Hwy. Merrillville, IN (219) 940-1140

St. John Store 8329 Wicker Avenue,St. John, IN (219) 558-0748

South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail


Erie Lackawanna Trail (bike or walking)-Hammond, Highland, Griffith, Merrillville, Schererville, Lake County. Trail is paved and starts at Crown Point, then heads North West. Rail-Trail

Local Restaurants

95ate5 Brew Pub

our favorite

9585 Industrial Dr , St John, IN

McVey’s Restaurant and Bar

312 Commercial Ave, Lowell, IN

Lighthouse Restaurant

7501 Constitutional Ave, Cedar Lake, IN

Reservations are needed and can be made online.

Local Favorite


813 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville, IN

Great Burgers and beer!

Prime Steakhouse

109 W Joliet St, Crown Point, IN

Best steak around.

Lucrezia Italian Ristorante

302 S Main St, Crown Point, IN

Asparagus-Thai Restaurant

7876 Broadway, Merrillville, IN

George’s Family Restaurant

1910 E. Commercial Street, Lowell, IN

They have a large variety of foods.

Fair Oaks Farmhouse Restaurant

856 North 600 East, Fair Oaks, IN