From a modest beginning as Valparaiso Little Theatre Guild to a full-fledged theater, Chicago Street Theatre has made a mark in the performing arts scene of Indiana. This intimate theater, which has a seating capacity for 130 spectators, offers a repertoire of dramas and musicals that are scheduled throughout the year. Owing to its extensive renovation in 2008, the auditorium is fitted with state-of-the-art sound and light technology which enhances the fun of watch the stellar performances of the artists. Parallel to the theater performances, the Chicago Street Theatre also hosts concert series, inviting a number of local and national artists/ bands on tour. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Michigan City East Light has been a landmark in Michigan City since 1904 and the most photographed as well. Its white octagonal structure is the most recognized symbol of the city and it is touted to be the only public lighthouse that is still operational in the state. Its raised walkway is a popular fishing spot.
While in the city, don't miss visiting the Barker Mansion also known as the John H. Barker Mansion. The house was originally built in 1857 and kept extending till 1905. The interiors are majestic just like brick exteriors which consist of 38 rooms, ten bathrooms, and seven fireplaces. The house which is now a museum is open for public display exhibiting the lavishly decorated interiors. A number of events are hosted by the management of the mansion during the festival season.
Situated at the edge of Lake Michigan, this is a little museum that is packed with both maritime and regional information. The museum is home to a wide variety of artifacts, historical pieces, photographs and information about ship and boat wrecks on Lake Michigan. Originally this museum was a lighthouse building, and visitors can climb up to the top to see where the light was once placed and enjoy breathtaking views. As a visitor if you are interested in lighthouses, maritime history or great lakes, it is all covered here. The exterior of the museum looks wonderful and has that historic Victorian feel, and there is an amphitheater just below the museum. A perfect place to enjoy a fun day in the company of friends or family.
Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to learn more about wine and sample local wine and food from the Shady Creek Winery estate. Within an hours drive from Chicago, visitors have a chance to not only try the various wines manufactured and produced by the estate, but also experience a gourmet dining experience in a beautiful setting full of warmth and charm. Guests visiting on Sundays can even enjoy live music sessions along with their meal. The winery offers complimentary wine tasting of 5 tastes per person at their tasting room. Often hosting local events as well as stalls and art and crafts by local artists, it's a nice place to check out when visiting the area. Tours are not available as the winery does not have a farm attached to it. For additional details on what is currently on, visit the website.
Housed within the Blue Chip Hotel and Spa, on Easy Street, the Blue Chip Casino offers a splendid entertainment and gaming venue. The splendid casino covers over 65000 square feet (6038.7 square meters) and includes over 1,800 slot machines, 40 table games, 8 poker sections and much, much more. The Blue Chip Casino remains open all days of the week, for all 24 hours and makes for quite the fun experience. For more information, check the website.