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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 100: Blast furnace

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 100: Blast furnace

Sand dunes are the defining geographic feature of the region, but more than a century ago workers, teams of horses and packs of mules flattene…

October 13, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 99: Surfers hang 10 in the 219

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 99: Surfers hang 10 in the 219

Ah the region, home to sand, steel mills ... and surfers?

October 12, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 98: Crown Point tank

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 98: Crown Point tank

The 60-year-old military tank standing guard just north of the Crown Point square has for decades been a point of interest for both children a…

October 11, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 97: Dune grass

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 97: Dune grass

It serves as the very fabric of the dunes.

October 09, 2014 7:15 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 96: Memorial Opera House

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 96:  Memorial Opera House

VALPARAISO | This region architectural icon was literally built by the very history it represents.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 95: Chicago Skyway

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 95: Chicago Skyway

Created as a way to provide quick access between Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the Chicago Skyway has hit more than a few bumps in the road a…

October 08, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 94: Square doughnut

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 94: Square doughnut

Here’s something to think about: which sugary glazed treat gets you more bang for your buck — a square doughnut or a round doughnut?

October 07, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 93: Disc golf courses

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 93: Disc golf courses

Disc golf owes as much to the modern practice of tossing Frisbees around on a college campus quad as to the time-honored Scottish tradition of golf.

October 06, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 92: Bison and agritourism

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 92: Bison and agritourism

Those looking for a home where the buffalo roam have to venture no further west than Northwest Indiana.

October 05, 2014 12:00 am

New online tool makes region crime data available to all

New online tool makes region crime data available to all

An innovative crime mapping tool used by law enforcement agencies across Northwest Indiana to track and solve everything from car break-ins to…

October 04, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 91: Racing

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 91: Racing

Indiana’s racing heritage isn’t limited to Indianapolis. In fact, Northwest Indiana might have had it first.

October 04, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 90: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 90: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

The copper-clad steeple of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is visible for miles.

October 03, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 89: Dali mural

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 89: Dali mural

A surrealist masterpiece has loomed large over downtown Hammond since 2001.

October 02, 2014 12:05 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 88: Zao Island dragon

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 88: Zao Island dragon

"The Game of Thrones" and its trio of winged fire breathers may be one of the hottest things on television, but residents of Northwest Indiana…

October 01, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 87: Mexican street food

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 87: Mexican street food

If there is one thing to help Northwest Indiana residents get through the harsh winters, it's knowing that corn slathered with mayo, cheese an…

September 30, 2014 2:48 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 86: Blueberries

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 86: Blueberries

Nothing says summer quite like a big bowl of juicy, freshly picked blueberries. And luckily, Northwest Indiana’s crop of blueberries is one of…

September 29, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 85: Marinas

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 85: Marinas

Some might say the South Shore’s most important resource is its lakefront. Specifically, access to Lake Michigan’s huge expanse of water for s…

September 27, 2014 6:30 pm Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 84: Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 84: Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

The giant bur oaks that dot the landscape of Taltree Arboretum and Gardens had, at one time, been tiny acorns.

September 27, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 83: Fish Fries

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 83: Fish Fries

Northwest Indiana does fish fries right.

September 26, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 82: Proud union home sign

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 82: Proud union home sign

You see them in Hammond, in Hobart, in Highland and Gary and Griffith and Portage, and all across the region.

September 25, 2014 12:05 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 81: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 81: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts

The Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Ridge Road in Munster is a jewel in Lake County. The multipurpose facility opened in 1989 and was…

September 24, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 80: Downtown Highland sign

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 80: Downtown Highland sign

The vintage mid-century modern sign, brightly blue and red, beckons to drivers heading east on Ridge Road.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 79: Lansing Airport

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 79: Lansing Airport

Henry Ford had provided automobile travel to the masses in the 1910s with the Model T. As he set out to do the same with air travel in the 192…

September 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 78: Paczki

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 78: Paczki

You cannot live in Northwest Indiana around Fat Tuesday and not know what a paczki (pronounced poonch-key) is.

September 21, 2014 5:00 pm

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 77: Sandhill cranes

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 77: Sandhill cranes

There's a national bird — the eagle. There's an Indiana state bird — the cardinal. There's no official Northwest Indiana bird, but it likely w…

September 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 76: You Are Beautiful sign

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 76: You Are Beautiful sign

Who wouldn't want to hear that they're beautiful?

September 19, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 75: Apple orchards

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 75: Apple orchards

Autumn. How sweet it is. 

September 18, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 74: Community Veterans Memorial

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 74: Community Veterans Memorial

For the past dozen years, people have gathered at a 6.5-acre park in Munster to honor veterans and learn more about the sacrifices endured dur…

September 17, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 73: Indiana Dunes State Park Bathhouse

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 73: Indiana Dunes State Park Bathhouse

Today, the Indiana Dunes is a place of serenity, to enjoy the loveliness of nature and bask in the beautiful nature preserves set aside decades ago.

September 15, 2014 6:03 pm

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 72: Chanute glider

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 72: Chanute glider

Wilbur and Orville Wright get credit for the first successful powered flight, at Kitty Hawk, N.C., but Octave Chanute earned accolades, too, f…

September 15, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 71: Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 71: Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

Two adjacent sites at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Porter give visitors a glimpse of life for early settlers in Northwest Indiana.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 70: Corn yields spread fame

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 70: Corn yields spread fame

As the saying goes, “There’s more than corn in Indiana.”

September 13, 2014 12:05 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 69: Hammond’s Little Red Schoolhouse

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 69: Hammond’s Little Red Schoolhouse

In the corner of Hessville Park, at 172nd St. and Kennedy Avenue, sits a bright red schoolhouse right out of a children’s storybook.

September 12, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 68: World Trade Center Beam

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 68: World Trade Center Beam

Nearly 800 miles separate Schererville from New York City, but a piece of debris from a day that changed America connects the two communities.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 67: Whihala Beach

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 67: Whihala Beach

Tucked in between the gargantuan BP refinery and glittering Horseshoe Casino, Whiting’s lakefront is a perfect example of the impact a success…

September 10, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 66: Deep River County Park

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 66: Deep River County Park

Lake County may be known for its steel mills, but the first industry to dot the landscape is not along the shores of Lake Michigan but next to…

September 09, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 65: Lincoln Highway's Ideal Section

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 65: Lincoln Highway's Ideal Section

When Carl Fisher proposed the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway in 1912, he foresaw an era when automobiles would cruise smooth thoroughfares pav…

September 08, 2014 12:05 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 64: 'Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow' sculpture

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 64: 'Yesterday and Today for Tomorrow' sculpture

The history of the Calumet Region, from the first inhabitants to the mighty industrial base we are known for today, is depicted on a street co…

September 07, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

Tens of thousands of people will pop over to Valparaiso today to see the annual Popcorn Festival that began in 1979 as a tribute to popcorn ki…

September 06, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 62: Blue Top Drive-In

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 62: Blue Top Drive-In

Ah, youth. 

September 05, 2014 10:10 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 61: Challenger Learning Center

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 61: Challenger Learning Center

Purdue University boasts an impressive list of astronaut alumni and one local campus has a region gem working to inspire the next generation o…

September 04, 2014 12:05 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 60 The U.S. 30 and 41 intersection

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 60 The U.S. 30 and 41 intersection

We are at an important crossroads. It's right here, preserved for decades and for posterity in the slogan of Schererville. And if traffic hass…

September 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 59: Valpo Velvet ice cream

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 59: Valpo Velvet ice cream

Among favorite items on the region's eclectic culinary scene are the creamy, sweet, rich ice cream treats made by Valpo Velvet.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 58: WW II-era tank in Griffith

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 58: WW II-era tank in Griffith

Technically, the WW II-era tank sitting in Griffith's Central Park near the town's war memorial is the M4A1E8 Sherman Medium Tank, but it coul…

September 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 57: Statue of Flick

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 57: Statue of Flick

The way the statue of Flick beckons fans of "A Christmas Story" to the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond all year, you'd think Christmas never…

August 31, 2014 12:05 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 56: Deep River Water Park

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 56: Deep River Water Park

For kids and young parents in the region, visiting Deep River Water Park is a ritual as summery as hot dogs on the grill.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 55: Jackson Family home

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, DAY 55: Jackson Family home

GARY | A small one-story house in a neighborhood filled with vacant lots and abandoned houses has long been a window into the modest roots of …

August 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 54: Poker chips

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 54: Poker chips

Local gaming fans have various options when choosing to visit casinos.

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THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 53: The haunted areas of NWI

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 53: The haunted areas of NWI

There may be more residents of the South Shore than official population records suggest. Spectral residents, that is.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
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