Crown Point: An Award-Winning City All Around

2014-06-10T10:55:00Z 2014-06-11T12:54:11Z Crown Point: An Award-Winning City All Around
June 10, 2014 10:55 am  • 

Crown Point

Best Downtown

2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Best Place to Live

2010, 2011, 2012,2013, 2014

Officially established as the county seat of Northwest Indiana in 1840, Crown Point has always been the “hub” of activity in Lake County.

Today, the city of Crown Point continues to change and improve, “Building a Stronger Community from Within,” according to Mayor David Uran.

“We’re very family-oriented, and we’re a very safe community. Our family of 27,000-plus residents all work together to help one another,” he said. “The City of Crown Point continues to meet the needs of residents and business owners by providing top notch services including police, fire, public works and parks while the Crown Point Community School Corporation provides our children with a quality education.”

A perennial favorite of voters in the Times and Shore “Best of the Region,” Crown Point was again recognized as the Best Downtown and Best Place to Live for 2014. Year after year, that strong showing as well as the long list of unique and notable Crown Point businesses also recognized as Best of the Region pays testament to the city’s commitment to support both residents and businesses with strategic investments in services, amenities and infrastructure.

Ideally situated, Crown Point’s great opportunities for work and play extend to nearby downtown Chicago (the average commute is between 45 minutes and an hour depending on your destination and the time of day) along with the fabulous Indiana Dunes and several Lake Michigan beaches plus the area’s water park, major shopping corridor and entertainment venues. Plus, Crown Point and the surrounding area also feature a number of notable and challenging golf opportunities.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Crown Point’s “Courthouse Square Historic Downtown” is truly a unique and treasured destination for shopping, dining and coming together as a community. Newer amenities such as the SportsPlex are also a big draw.

The Mayor’s Office of Special Events hosts a wide variety of fabulous seasonal celebrations and outstanding community events, while other major regional events including Hometown Festival Days, the LPGA Futures Tour and the NSA World Series have also enjoyed the many benefits of Crown Point’s downtown and hospitality.

“Along with providing an excellent venue for the hometown community to come together, events like this give us the great opportunity to show off our fine city,” Keith Stevens, Chief of Staff in the Crown Point Office of the Mayor, explained. “Partnering with organizations such as the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce is something we always look forward to, and it’s an honor to once again be hosting this growing festival in our historic downtown.”


Dollie Parade

Monday, June 16, 11am

Participants line up on the east side of the Courthouse

If you love a parade, be on the lookout for children with their very best friends - dolls, stuffed animals and action heroes in carriages, strollers or wagons specially decorated for the day. They are the stars of this fun-filled parade along the sidewalk of Crown Point’s downtown Courthouse Square. With onlookers cheering them on, participants in this free event receive ribbons, candy and balloons. Everyone is welcome to join the fun!


Marriage Mill Celebration

Friday, June 22, 6pm

Courthouse East steps

Join Karla N. Ortegon and Craig D. Hoskins as they tie the knot in Crown Point’s annual one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony that pays homage to the original “Marriage Mill.”

Held at the bottom of the stairs in front of the historic Lake County Courthouse, where an estimated 175,000 couples were married from 1915-1940, attendees will line the walkway to the stairs as Ortegon and Hoskins say their vows followed by a very special vow renewal ceremony for onlookers.

Then, the newly married couple will be treated to complimentary cake and sparkling juice during an old fashion reception in the family area of the beer garden of the Food & Arts Festival.

Before LasVegas took over in 1940 when Indiana passed a law requiring blood tests and a three-day waiting period, as many as six Justices of the Peace married couples 24/7 in Crown Point. Wedding parties arrived by the busload, and local jewelers kept a very large stock of wedding rings on hand. The busiest years were from 1937 to 1940, as the war rushed couples to the altar.

Along with Rudolph Valentino’s visit in 1923, the Lake County Courthouse was the setting for other notable celebrity marriages including former President Ronald Reagan during his acting days, football player Red Grange, boxing great Muhammad Ali, New York Yankee legend Joe DiMaggio, candy heiress Helen Brach and acclaimed comedian Red Skelton.

You’ll find the old Clerks’ Office re-established inside the Courthouse within the displays of the Lake County Historical Museum. You can stand at the counter where marriage licenses were obtained and peruse a photo gallery highlighting many of the famous people who tied the knot in Crown Point.

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