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Paul H. Douglas Center

Paul H. Douglas Center

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary.

April 17, 2014 11:26 am
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk is the newest addition to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It is owned by the National Park Service and managed by the City of Portage.

April 17, 2014 11:07 am
Easter Bunny

Easter Bunny

Adelyn Miller, 4, of Cedar Lake, gets a hug from the Easter Bunny during  a past Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in Lowell. Appearances by the Easter Bunny are often on the agenda for various Easter brunches.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am
Schererville hosts final fundraiser for Perry Ferrini Dog Park

Schererville hosts final fundraiser for Perry Ferrini Dog Park

Evan Mitchell and Stephanie Ferrini, foreground, are led by their caped crusader Checkers on a Halloween dog walk fundraiser at Perry Ferrini Dog Park. Perry Ferrini, a former councilman and Town Council president, was active in many civic organizations. He died in 2009 at age 52. A final fu…

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
Malfunction at BP's Whiting Refinery sends oil into Lake Michigan

Malfunction at BP's Whiting Refinery sends oil into Lake Michigan

In this September 2012 file photo, BP's Whiting Refinery is seen with the Lake Michigan shoreline in the background. A malfunction Monday afternoon caused an unknown amount of oil to spill into Lake Michigan. The discharge took place in a cove near the refinery's water treatment plant.

March 25, 2014 11:00 am
Winter heat aid

Winter heat aid

A NIPSCO meter reader makes his way alongside a house to reach an electric meter in Gary. NIPSCO said customers can still apply for help with home heating bills. Indiana's moratorium on utility shutoffs ended last week, so some may be seeking help.

March 24, 2014 12:42 pm
Portage's downtown will drive future development

Portage's downtown will drive future development

Founder's Square Park has been the home of a farmer's market for several summers

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Innovative visuals: Arts scene and museums continue to thrive in Northwest Indiana

Innovative visuals: Arts scene and museums continue to thrive in Northwest Indiana

John Cain, South Shore Arts executive director, is pictured next to a photo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, which was part of a past exhibit titled Celebrity Revealed.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
National, state parks showcase history, nature

National, state parks showcase history, nature

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm in Porter takes visitors back to an earlier time in Northwest Indiana.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
National, state parks showcase history, nature

National, state parks showcase history, nature

Bill Smith demonstrates making maple syrup at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm during Maple Sugar Time, one of the park's most popular festivals each spring.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

The Babushka Brigade is a staple at Whiting's Pierogi Fest each July. Its one of those quirky things that keeps people coming back.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

The parade is a highlight of the annual Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

Mr. Pierogi greets fans during the Pierogi Fest's Polka Parade in downtown Whiting.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Timothy Tkachik

Timothy Tkachik

Timothy Tkachik

March 03, 2014 1:41 pm
Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

Bob Riggs, John Hodson and Ray Lawson work to dismantle the Linden log cabin in May at Portage's Countryside Park. The cabin, which had been in Ray Lawson's family for more than 100 years, was bought by the Kankakee Valley Historical Society and will be reassembled in South County.

February 24, 2014 12:00 am
Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

Linden log cabin ready for resurrection

Bob Riggs, John Hodson and Ray Lawson work to dismantle the Linden log cabin in May at Portage's Countryside Park.

February 24, 2014 12:00 am
Tacos

Tacos

Two shrimp tacos and a beef taco are showcased at Memo's Taco Mex.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
Tamales

Tamales

Pictured are homemade tamales with avocado salad.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

Northwest Indiana loves its festivals

Booths line streets in Valparaiso during Popcorn Festival

February 13, 2014 12:00 am
New Steelheads ownership

New Steelheads ownership

In this 2006 file photo, from left, area businessmen Ben Richmond, Jewell Harris Jr., and Darnail Lyles announce they are the new co-owners of the Gary Steelheads basketball team which now joins the USBL.

February 07, 2014 4:39 pm
Former Mayor Daley taken to ICU

Former Mayor Daley taken to ICU

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley speaks on Sept. 25, 2013 at the One Region annual luncheon in Merrillville. Daley was taken to the ICU at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said Saturday.

February 01, 2014 2:00 pm
Philpot is out of prison, in re-entry program

Philpot is out of prison, in re-entry program

Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot leaves the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Hammond on Monday Aug. 20, 2012 after his federal trial began. Philpot recently transferred from a federal prison to the Chicago Residential Re-entry Management Program.

January 30, 2014 11:35 am
Times Columnist Philip Potempa with Singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Abdul "Duke" Fakir of the Four Tops Christmas 2013 in Chicago

Times Columnist Philip Potempa with Singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Abdul "Duke" Fakir of the Four Tops Christmas 2013 in Chicago

Times Columnist Philip Potempa with singer Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Abdul "Duke" Fakir of the Four Tops at a party for Christmas 2013 in Chicago.

January 26, 2014 12:00 am
K-9s continue to serve community, take bite out of crime

K-9s continue to serve community, take bite out of crime

A police dog searches children picked from the audience for tobacco products during a demonstration by the The North America Police Workdog Association at Ben Franklin Middle School in Valparaiso

January 15, 2014 1:11 pm
Mike Pence

Mike Pence

Gov. Mike Pence

January 11, 2014 12:00 pm
"The Tonight Show" Bandleader Doc  Severinsen with Amy Scamerhorn in April 1999

"The Tonight Show" Bandleader Doc Severinsen with Amy Scamerhorn in April 1999

NBC's "The Tonight Show" bandleader Doc Severinsen, who turns 87 in 2014, greets Amy Scamerhorn backstage at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, in this April 1999 photo, following his performance with the Northwest Indiana Symphony.

January 08, 2014 12:00 am
Fish recipe

Fish recipe

Spicy baked king salmon is a specialty at Asparagus restaurant in Merrillville.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am
Target: 40M card account may be breached

Target: 40M card account may be breached

Shopper are seen lining up for deals at the Target store in Highland on Black Friday. Target announced some 40 million debit and credit cards may have been breached this holiday shopping season. Federal authorities are investigating.

December 19, 2013 6:39 am
John's

John's

 Niko Mileusnic takes out a pizza at John's Pizzeria in Griffith.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino

The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino

The interior of The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino

The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino

A 24-ounce Porterhouse steak is on the menu at The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
Colcannon

Colcannon

Pictured is a plate of Colcannon from T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub in Merrillville.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
Giovanni's

Giovanni's

Roast duck is one of the specialty dishes at Giovanni's in Munster.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
Mistletoe Market marks holidays with European Market vendors

Mistletoe Market marks holidays with European Market vendors

Ogden Dunes resident Julie Doran, left, and Chicago resident Rosemary Mckillic look at wreaths during the 2012 Mistletoe Market at Westchester Intermediate School.

December 03, 2013 5:31 pm
Judge David Chidester

Judge David Chidester

Judge David Chidester

December 02, 2013 11:10 am
Coopers Hawk Winery

Coopers Hawk Winery

Stop in for a meal or drink at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Merrillville on Black Friday.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
Asparagus cockail

Asparagus cockail

The Pomegranate Martini is one of the specialty cocktails at Asparagus Restaurant.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
John's Pizza

John's Pizza

Niko Mileusnic of John's Pizza pulls a pizza fresh from the oven.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
Black Friday: It's all in the planning

Black Friday: It's all in the planning

The surge of shoppers into the Target store funnel past the "doorbuster" sale items. Shoppers jam retail parking lots in the wee hours to hit the early morning sales on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
Black Friday: It's all in the planning

Black Friday: It's all in the planning

About 50 Black Friday shoppers lined up early Thursday hoping to cash in at midnight on super low prices at the Highland Target store on a recent Black Friday

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
Gayety's

Gayety's

Pictured is a specialty sundae at Gayety's Chocolates and Ice Cream Co. in Lansing.

November 28, 2013 12:00 am
NWI native Philip Purevich

NWI native Philip Purevich

Philip Purevich talks turkey with the parade mascot prior to the 2011 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.

November 26, 2013 12:00 am
Hershey's Chocolate Kiss-Shaped Street Lamp in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey's Chocolate Kiss-Shaped Street Lamp in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey's Chocolate Kiss-shaped street lamps are a focal point in Hershey, Pennsylvania symbolizing the 108-year-old sweet connection to the community's connection to Chocolatier Milton S. Hershey.

November 20, 2013 12:00 am
Potempa Farm Rooster "Oscar" at 2004 Book Signing Parking at Barnes and Noble in Merrillville

Potempa Farm Rooster "Oscar" at 2004 Book Signing Parking at Barnes and Noble in Merrillville

Times readers met Oscar, the rooster from the Potempa Farm, in 2004, at a book signing party at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Merrillville celebrating the release of Times Columnist Philip Potempa's first cookbook "From the Farm: Family Recipes and Memories of a Lifetime" (2004 Pediment Pres…

November 20, 2013 12:00 am
1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner Mari Jane Petrelli with Times Columnist Philip Potempa at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas

1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off Winner Mari Jane Petrelli with Times Columnist Philip Potempa at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas

Smiling 1966 Pillsbury Bake-Off winner Mari Jane Petrelli chats with Times Columnist Philip Potempa in the ballroom of the Aria Hotel and Casino at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas on Monday, Nov. 11.

November 15, 2013 12:00 am
1202nutcracker

1202nutcracker

"The Nutcracker"presented by the Indiana Ballet Theatre, a popular holiday favorite in Northwest Indiana, will return once again to the Star Plaza's stage with performances on December 4th and 5th.

November 05, 2013 9:06 pm
Blue Top Drive-In won't cruise off into sunset, after all

Blue Top Drive-In won't cruise off into sunset, after all

Blue Top Drive-In is seen decades ago. New owners plan to restore the Highland restaurant.

October 31, 2013 6:05 pm
Blue Top Drive-In won't cruise off into sunset, after all

Blue Top Drive-In won't cruise off into sunset, after all

Carhop Laura Troksa talks to Bruce Postma at Highland's Blue Top Drive-in in 1987. Troksa, now Laura Chenore, 46, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., worked at the restaurant in the 1980s and remembers when the parking lot was jammed packed with cars. "I had a blast," Chenore said. "I have a true ap…

October 31, 2013 5:31 pm
Rollata di Mozzarella

Rollata di Mozzarella

Rollata di Mozzarella is  fresh mozzarella stuffed with prosciutto, roasted peppers and fresh basil.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
Ciao Bella's Luis Hernandez

Ciao Bella's Luis Hernandez

Chef Luis Hernandez

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
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