Through Sept 28, 2013 Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, S. Main St, Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov/farmers. Produce, cheese, baked goods, flowers, home goods and accessories are available at this weekly farmers market.
Through Oct 26, Chesterton’s European Market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. dunelandchamber.com. Artists, chefs, merchants and farmers from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois offer an array of products and services—artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers—at this market. The day also features food vendors and live performances.
Aug 31 Taste of Duneland, 11am-11pm, Thomas Park, Calumet & Broadway, downtown Chesterton. 219.617.1742. dunebig.com. Duneland celebrates the last official weekend of summer with tasty food from local eateries and non-profit groups, a beer and wine garden, live music from local and regional acts and a bounce house for kids.
Sept 6 2013 Casino Gala, 6-11pm, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This third annual gala benefits the Theatre at the Center and features free casino entertainment, heavy hors' d’oeuvres, an oxygen bar, and a silent auction.
Sept 21 Bizarre Bazaar, 10am-5pm, Harrison Park & Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.512.4298. downtownhammond.org. This unexpected, outrageous and whimsically bizarre extravaganza offers something for everyone—live music; arts and crafts vendors; food vendors; kids’ games; art activities; a motorcycle, hot rod and custom car show; a 5k walk/run; contests and more.
Sept 21-22 25th Annual Celebration of the Arts, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun, Schoolhouse Shop of Furnessville, 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.2136 ext. 200. Schoolhouseshop.com. Every third week in September, The Schoolhouse Shop welcomes more than 30 artists—painters, photographers, jewelers, tailors and potters—from across the Indiana Dunes region—to the shop’s wooded grounds.
Sept 27-29 Covered Bridge Harvest Festival, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.661.3071. coveredbridgeharvestfest.org. Honoring the only “covered bridge” in Lake County, this festival focuses on family fun, handmade crafts and entertainment. Friday evening begins with the Pumpkin Bash and silent auction, while Saturday features arts and crafts, pumpkin games and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the development of the Special Olympics Lake County Training Facility and improvements at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
Sept 28 Hooked on Art—Live Street Art Festival, 9am-5pm, Thomas Centennial Park, 176 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.728.1638. hookedonartfestival.com. This community-wide family event presents a variety of artistic talent from across the region. In addition to live street art, the event features interactive family activities, music, shopping and more.
Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children.
Dunes Summer Theatre, 288 Shady Oak Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7509. dunessummertheatre.com. The Dunes Arts Foundation provides this venue for the performing arts, which also furnishes classes for children, youth and adults.
Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. This community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals.
Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-square-foot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Aug. 23: Jay Leno.
LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family.
The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances.
Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Aug. 24: Diana Ross; Sept. 7: Under the Streetlamp
The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest.
Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond.
Ongoing Randolph Street Market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com. This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”—including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.
Through Sept 2, Animal Inside Out, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.684.1414. msichicago.org. This exhibit explores the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures—from goats and giraffes to octopuses and ostriches. From creator of the trailblazing BODY WORLDS exhibitions, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this exhibit showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of plastination, which replaces the body's fluids with plastics to incredibly detailed effect. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle.
Through Sept 22, Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic.edu/aic. This internationally acclaimed exhibition is the first to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s through mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world. The exhibit features 75 major figure paintings by Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and Seurat, including many never before seen in North America.
Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St., Through Oct 6: "The Book of Mormon." Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut, Through Sept 1: Dr. Seuss’ "The Cat in the Hat;"