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The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education in Gary.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Founder's Square Park has been the home of a farmer's market for several summers
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.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm in Porter takes visitors back to an earlier time in Northwest Indiana.
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.
The Babushka Brigade is a staple at Whiting's Pierogi Fest each July. Its one of those quirky things that keeps people coming back.
The parade is a highlight of the annual Popcorn Festival in Valparaiso.
Mr. Pierogi greets fans during the Pierogi Fest's Polka Parade in downtown Whiting.
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.
Bob Riggs, John Hodson and Ray Lawson work to dismantle the Linden log cabin in May at Portage's Countryside Park.
Two shrimp tacos and a beef taco are showcased at Memo's Taco Mex.
Pictured are homemade tamales with avocado salad.
Booths line streets in Valparaiso during Popcorn Festival
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Gov. Mike Pence
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.
Spicy baked king salmon is a specialty at Asparagus restaurant in Merrillville.
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.
Niko Mileusnic takes out a pizza at John's Pizzeria in Griffith.
The interior of The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino.
A 24-ounce Porterhouse steak is on the menu at The Steakhouse at Majestic Star Casino.
Pictured is a plate of Colcannon from T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub in Merrillville.
Roast duck is one of the specialty dishes at Giovanni's in Munster.
Ogden Dunes resident Julie Doran, left, and Chicago resident Rosemary Mckillic look at wreaths during the 2012 Mistletoe Market at Westchester Intermediate School.
Judge David Chidester
Stop in for a meal or drink at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Merrillville on Black Friday.
The Pomegranate Martini is one of the specialty cocktails at Asparagus Restaurant.
Niko Mileusnic of John's Pizza pulls a pizza fresh from the oven.
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.
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
Pictured is a specialty sundae at Gayety's Chocolates and Ice Cream Co. in Lansing.
Philip Purevich talks turkey with the parade mascot prior to the 2011 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade.
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.
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…
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.
"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.
Blue Top Drive-In is seen decades ago. New owners plan to restore the Highland restaurant.
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…
Rollata di Mozzarella is fresh mozzarella stuffed with prosciutto, roasted peppers and fresh basil.
Chef Luis Hernandez
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