Best Downtown (NWI)

The Crown Point Courthouse is the focal point of the city's vibrant downtown.

Tony V. Martin, The Times

Crown Point

The towering courthouse that stands as the centerpiece of downtown Crown Point may seem like something of an unfair advantage over nearby municipalities when it comes to pulling ahead in this category. But it’s also easy to find examples of towns with similar landmarks that have nevertheless failed to translate that kind of historical appeal into a more comprehensive, vibrant and welcoming downtown environment.

It’s like having one standout player in a team sport—it’s certainly an advantage, but that one superstar can only get you so far. The key to true long-lasting success is to build a great team around your star, which is what Crown Point has managed to do over the years, acknowledging the courthouse as just one of many popular draws.

“Being named Best Downtown in Northwest Indiana is truly an honor for our community, as well as our shops in and around the downtown square,” says Mayor David Uran. “The businesses surrounding the square provide a variety of dining experiences, antiques and eclectic shops, drawing people from all over the area.”


SECOND PLACE

Valparaiso


THIRD PLACE

Griffith

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