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You can hear the enthusiasm as Mayor David Uran talks about Crown Point, speaking of all the ways his city continues to attract families and visitors.

Crown Point, a bedroom community 35 miles southeast of Chicago, offers far more than a collection of homes convenient for its residents.

“Crown Point is such a great place for people to live, because there’s value in so many different areas,” Uran says. “It’s a great place to raise a family, there’s a low crime rate here, and such great amenities.”

Uran points to things unique to this Northwest Indiana community, such as the sculptures by Seward Johnson of figures so lifelike that people often slow down to get a better look. A new batch of 12 are seen this spring. “They’re sprinkled around the city and downtown, sponsored by our local businesses. One of the most unique is the big white tooth sculpture at Sportsplex,” Crown Point’s 95-acre sports complex.

“We’re really known for our amateur sports, and the new expansion of Sportsplex—with soccer, baseball, football, and lacrosse—is a big attraction, for residents but also for sports tourists.” Sportsplex helped draw about 750,000 people to Crown Point in 2016. “That itself is a valuable amenity, because it contributes to the growth of our businesses as people explore shops and restaurants.”

Crown Point has a lot of family-oriented business ownerships, which provides a hometown feel, says Uran. “We are trying to make a portfolio of businesses for everybody. There are opportunities for work here, and that’s a growing aspect of our community.”

The city of nearly 29,000 has 19 parks, offering something to do day and night, with trails for walkers and bicyclists, “maintained at the highest professional level and with things to do for everyone, from younger people to senior citizens,” says Uran.

Summer or early fall will see a groundbreaking on Joliet Road for a center for the city’s festivals and craft fairs, plus a band shell for concerts, a concession area and a new civic center. Uran is confident that it will “bring people out of their homes to enjoy more of what Crown Point has to offer. It will showcase our community.”

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