Looking for something to do this weekend? Try one or more of these stops throughout the area.

Bin 27

275 Joliet



If you liked Venice Steakhouse in Dyer, you’ll want to check out Bin 27. It’s in the same location, but with some tweaks to the menu, a new staff and a new name. Ryan Tosh took over full ownership last fall and took a little time to rebrand before the December grand opening.

“Along with the new name comes a new menu along with new decor,” Tosh says. “Some new features visitors can expect would be a carefully selected wine and cocktail program along with new featured specials like Full Slab Thursday with a three-course full slab of ribs for only $12.” Some of the popular items on the new menu are the Salmon Blanc, which is a grilled Atlantic salmon served with grilled asparagus and roasted red potatoes topped with a garlic lemon wine sauce; and Chicken Venetian, a panko encrusted chicken breast topped with a basil and ricotta spread, Roma tomatoes and provolone placed on top of cheese tortellini in a creamy Alfredo sauce.

Guests can visit the sleek lounge for a cocktail, the main dining room or the atrium where a waterfall and dim lighting create a tranquil atmosphere.

Tosh says the response to the revamped restaurant has been great and the customer base has been expanding beyond those who had become accustomed to the classic dishes, some of which have remained on the menu, including steaks, seafood, pastas as well as some vegan and gluten-free products. “I am very proud to introduce the new concept to not only the town of Dyer, but to everyone else that enjoys a great place to catch up with friends or family. In my opinion, if we offer quality food with high customer service, along with great specials at an affordable price, then we have done our job,” Tosh says.

Gordon Beach Inn

16220 Lakeshore Rd

Union Pier, Mich.


Lakeside Inn

15251 Lakeshore Rd

Lakeside, Mich.


This historic Gordon Beach Inn dates back to the 1920s and offers nineteen guest rooms. Registered as a State of Michigan Historical Site, guests can enjoy a private beach just three blocks away.

The inn underwent an extensive renovation project in 1992 with artisans brought in to stencil walls by hand. The artwork in the corridors and rooms featured designs based on local Native American patterns and botanical themes. Each room at the quaint inn has a private bath and cable. Three of the rooms have a Jacuzzi, wet bar and refrigerator.

Their sister property, Lakeside Inn, in nearby Lakeside is a rustic inn with 30 guest rooms and private beach right across the street.

Both inns are open year-round where the beach is the big attraction and there’s plenty of breathtaking scenery no matter when you visit. Lakeside Inn is running an off-season special where you can stay two nights for the price of one until the Wednesday before Labor Day.

Schoolhouse Shop of Furnessville

278 E 1500 N



With about twelve rooms full of gift items, men’s and women's fashions, home fragrances, personal care products and a full gourmet pantry covering 6,200 square feet of retail space, the Schoolhouse Shop, located in the Furnessville area of Chesterton, is a one-stop shop for your home and gift needs where you can get lost browsing for hours.

“We are located in an 1886 historic schoolhouse building," says Roy Krizek, who co-owns the shop with Jim Ruge. The building housed a school until about 1921 and was a private residence for several years before becoming a store in 1953. Krizek and Ruge are now in their twentieth year as owners. “It’s a pleasure to work in such a historic location,” Krizek says.

The picturesque location was once on the old Chicago-Detroit road, Krizek says, which would have been well-traveled. “It was built before U.S. Route 12 and 20 were plotted out.” The shop is closed during the month of February as they use the slow time with usually dismal weather to recharge and work in vacation time. The shop will reopen March 1.