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Urban Exploration By CaroLyn PurneLL
Urban Exploration, the art of touring abandoned buildings for art, pleasure or just out of curiosity, is gaining a strong foothold as a hobby.
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48 Endangered Beauties By Bryan Denton
Lake Michigan’s native fliers, the piping plover and the Karner blue butterfly, are recovering their population numbers thanks to recent conservation efforts.
54 Dune Hikes By Mark Loerkhe
The best way to see the lakeshore isn’t from the beach; it’s from the top of the unique dunes along the south shore.
56 Glamping it Up By CaroLyn PurneLL
Glamorous Camping, or “Glamping,” is a new twist for those who want the peace and quiet of the outdoors without sacrificing the luxury and comforts of home.
58 Surfing the Lake By erin GerarD
on our cover PhotograPhy by Tony V. Martin Model Erin Gerard location Paw Paw River Benton Harbor, Mich.
Though surfboards have been a common sight on the oceanic coasts for years, the lifestyle is gaining in popularity with Lake Michigan adventurers. style & culture
76 20 Signature Years By eLoise Marie VaLaDez
The Signature Room at the 95th, the famous dining establishment at the top of one of Chicago’s most iconic skyscrapers, celebrates 20 years of tradition and spectacular views.
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Pete Stenberg, photographer and coordinator for Northwest Indiana’s Honor Flights organizations, does everything he can to honor America’s aging World War II veterans.
A writer attends a taping of NPR’s popular quiz show, Wait Wait—Don’t Tell Me! and will never be able to listen the same way again.
Personal observations about the late great titan of Chicago entertainment journalism, Roger Ebert.
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Actress Sally Kellerman has deep connections to the Chicago area, both past and present.
Mark and Mary Hoppe poured outdoors luxury into their Michigan summer house.
Lexus uses the beloved track of the Michigan International Speedway to showcase their exciting new lineup of the 2014 IS.
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Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel blends modern luxury with historic opulence and charm.
By kathLeen Dorsey
I defy anyone to tell me that they aren’t a little bit put off by these creatures.
Ezekiel Emanuel, eldest son of the influential Emanuel family, gives the inside story on growing up with two very competitive brothers.
The Calumet Summit looks at geography and the environment without the state line divisions of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
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The Jellyfish Monster (from under the sea)
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Though it was usually our pool—setting it up was the one chore we volunteered for despite the mildew mud smell, trying to wait patiently for the hose to fill the pool and the sun to warm it up—or a neighbor’s pool. Those were the days we spent every minute outdoors; why get yelled at for leaving a soaking towel on couch? It was much more soothing to sit in a tree that didn’t care about getting wet and reading a book. I learned how to cook during the summer, or at least how to help to cook: brownies from a mix, chocolate chip cookies, hot dogs, hard-boiled eggs for potato salad, French toast and silver dollar pancakes. Except for the mulberrys, which we definitely didn’t like as much as other kinds of fruit just because they were so available in the backyard, there was not much local sourcing, unless you count that most of the food came from the General Mills facility on Lake Michigan right by the state line between Indiana and Illinois. We cut up lemons, onions, made Kool-Aid, Wyler’s lemonade and the occasional pitcher of iced tea in the sun. Not that there wasn’t stress: I hated it when I couldn’t get a new bathing suit just because I was sick of the old one. I had to refill the ice trays all the time because of my brother just put them back without filling them. I remember once the pool got a big rip in it and then it rained on the day we were going to the beach. Devastating. How could I have survived? Now I don’t spend as much time in the water as I would like, but I kept the lessons learned about not sweating the small stuff. That’s what I like so much about our cover subjects this month. Ryan and Erin Gerard not only learned to ignore the minor problems, they found a way to stay in their wet bathing suits for life. The Gerards opened the first Third Coast Surf Shop in New Buffalo when they were just out of college. You might not think Lake Michigan is the greatest place on earth to surf, but in certain ways it is. Now they have another shop in St. Joe and a new baby! As Erin Gerard, who surfs frequently in California, points out, surfers usually don’t have to stand in line to get into Lake Michigan. They are a family who have figured it out, among the many fascinating folks you’ll read about in this issue. Delicious
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e have just closed the book on an extraordinarily beautiful issue of Shore magazine that includes a vast array of discoveries, rebirths and humble renaissance. i had almost completely forgotten about the Paw Paw river running through southwest Michigan, until tony Martin used it as a backdrop to illustrate the world takeover of the current paddling craze. another tremendous visual story is the incredible adventure of photographer Carmen heller Chariton as she documents her way through the ruins of city buildings in gary. her pictures of urban decay are beautiful in their solemnity, as the man-made relics built a half century ago gradually fall back into the landscape.
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Every story George Aquino—who is equally adept at photographing scenes as he is at narrating his good, and very big, life---writes is a pictorial. In this issue he is visiting the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, and explaining why if that day trip is not on your bucket list, it should be. Among the interesting facts about the big hotel on the island with no cars? The 5,000,000th guest checked in June 26, 2006; the five presidents who’ve visited the Grand are all modern: Clinton, Bush, Ford (of course) Kennedy and Truman, and 50,000 Grand Pecan Balls dessert are served at the hotel each season. Rick Kaempfer shares a list too—the 50 things he’s learned in 50 years. Not my most favorite, but one of my most favorite lines from Rick is his number 1 maxim: “The squeaky wheel may get the grease, but everyone still hates the squeaky wheel. Everyone.” Other personal points of view you won’t want to skip over include Andy Shaw’s tribute to Roger Ebert and southwestern Michigan weekends from eons ago; Jeremy Gantz attends the uncut, funnier and longer version of Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, broadcast on WBEZ Chicago; an ode to the Signature Room at the 95th in honor of the iconic restaurant’s 20th birthday by Eloise Valadez and Katie Dorsey dissects her inordinate and crippling fear of jellyfish. Knowing that jellyfish are transparent, non-swimmers without a brain doesn’t help. Living near Lake Michigan does. The most surprising discovery in this issue was not really written but spoken by Ezekiel Emanuel who recently wrote a memoir about his family, particularly his two famous brothers Ari and Rahm. When Jane Ammeson asked him if his brother was like Ari Gold, he said, “I don’t know. I don’t have a TV, so I haven’t seen the show. I’ve only heard about it.” When Jane followed up about the TV, “No, I don’t want to waste the time. I don’t find TV, videos or surfing the Web particularly interesting, or intellectually or otherwise stimulating.” I love this person. Zeke Emanuel may have just explained the current paddling craze. Next month: The Fashion issue, emerging designers, men’s grooming and more! Pat CoLanDer
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looking out for the heroes nwI honor Flight coordinator donates his time to honor wwII vets
Jim nolan [left] and from every pete stenberg pose branch of during nolan’s honor service. Flight last year. in baggage claim, they see another crowd, this time full of family members and friends. “that’s when it really gets emotional,” stenberg says. “everybody is crying and smiling. that’s probably the icing on the cake of the whole day is when they come back to that celebration.” honorflightchicago.org has the dates of upcoming flights and information on attending the return nights. stenberg says he has no military experience of his own and was in college during Vietnam. his number in the draft lottery was 247 and he was never called to serve. “Later in life i wished i would’ve served my country and spent time in the military but hopefully i’m making up for that now.” -JennIFer pallay
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little thing i can do to honor my father.” as a full-time professional photographer, stenberg has shot weddings, corporate events and portraits. he even did a stint working for Disney event groups in Florida. “there were a lot of magical things down there, but the honor Flight is a different kind of magic. it’s so rewarding.” stenberg has worked in the volunteer position at honor Flight since spring 2012 after being called by the organization. they invited him be a photographer at the next flight and he agreed. “once i did it and saw all the magnificent things that went on—all the emotions—everything happening for the veterans. at that point i was hooked and knew i’d be doing this forever.” stenberg works closely with the northwest indian veterans, sometimes even driving them to and from their honor Flight trip. he considers many of the local guys his friends. “Whenever i find veterans on the flight who are from indiana, i always try to give them a little more attention,” stenberg says. “i want to get these guys’ stories out,” stenberg says. “i think it really makes an impact to hear other veterans talk. they totally get the message of what’s going on.” he said anyone who would like to get involved as an honor Flight volunteer can start by coming to a return night. after the veterans’ day long trip to D.C., they arrive back to Midway airport to a special surprise. they get off the plane and are greeted by thousands of bagpipers, firefighters, police officers, and soldiers
hotographer Pete stenberg sets a patriotic example for others to show our veterans respect, honor and gratitude—even when their battles are long in the past. “so many of them haven’t been recognized,” he says. “i think it is important to always say hello, greet them, shake their hand. Make them feel special because they are.” stenberg, who lives in Crown Point with his wife, Kay, has learned a lot about honoring veterans. he volunteers his time to serve as the northwest indiana coordinator for honor Flight (honorflightchicago.org), which offers World War ii vets the chance to visit the World War ii memorial in Washington, D.C. for free, and receive the hero’s treatment they all deserve. “i do as much as i can in this area to spread the word about honor Flight and try to connect with World War ii veterans.” there are still about 18,000 of them left in the Chicago area, he says. “these guys, they’re still out there,” stenberg says. his own father is an 85-year-old World ii veteran, but alzheimer’s disease prevents him from making the trip. stenberg says he wishes he had known about honor Flight four years ago when his father could have still gone. “i would have loved to be able to take him. every time i go, i photograph the veterans and i think of my dad. it’s one
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‘wait wait… Don’t tell me!’ live: Funnier, longer and uncut If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you listened to a radio show last week. If you’re like me, you listened to Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! last Saturday. I don’t know when I became a faithful listener of this weekly comedic news quiz show produced by Chicago Public Radio, which reaches more than three million people through dozens of National Public Radio stations around the country.
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version. Just be sure to buy carl kasell [left] and peter sagal from the npr tickets well in advance; they satirical news quiz show, always sell out. Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! It turns out that Sagal and the panelists—who that night were Wait Wait regulars Charlie Pierce and roxanne roberts (both journalists) and comedian Brian Bablyon—are indeed human and therefore capable of cracking mediocre jokes. It also turns out that emmy-award-winning tV broadcaster Bill Kurtis does an excellent Barry White impression. Kurtis, a fixture on CBS Chicago’s evening news for decades, stood in for official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, who was out sick. Sorry Kasell, but Kurtis should step in more often. After Babylon compared disgraced former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and newly minted U.S. congressman to Barry White, Kurtis stole the show with three words slowly and deeply intoned that would make the soul singer proud: “We make love.” I’ll never look at Kurtis the same
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ut I do know why: I’m a news junkie who’s almost always putzing around the house Saturdays mornings with WBeZ blasting. Also, perhaps I crave the petty satisfaction of beating one of the show’s panelists to an answer so that my ceaseless news consumption during the last seven days amounts to something more than information overload. But the main reason I love Wait Wait is obvious. equal parts satire and absurdity, it offers a hilarious dissection of the week’s news. Although the show’s format never changes, its panel of writer/comedian panelists always does, ensuring that the witty repartee about everything from the misdeeds of American politicians to scientific studies doesn’t get stale. Uber-articulate host Peter Sagal makes sure the traveling circus, which is recorded in theaters around the country, never goes off the rails. Or does he? radio is an unusually intimate medium—there’s something about spending time alone with someone’s voice that makes me think I know him or her. Sagal, and the panelists, always have a snappy retort ready to fly. Because Wait Wait is taped in front of live audiences, their wit sounds all the more spontaneous and authentic. they’re not just cracking jokes for radio listeners to hear a few days later, they’re performing for people sitting a few feet away. But just like television shows and films, radio shows are heavily edited. In fact, each week’s 50-minute Wait Wait broadcast is whittled down from a two-hour live recording. the obvious question is: how many mistakes, unfunny remarks and vulgar jokes have to be cut? In search of an unfettered Wait Wait experience, in early May I attended a thursday night taping of the show at its home theater in downtown Chicago, the Chase Auditorium. Do yourself a favor and make the trip—the live show is even funnier than its sanitized and shortened broadcast
way, and I’ll never listen to Wait Wait the same way. the show is both more scripted and more spontaneous than I realized. the few boring moments watching Sagal reciting NPr sponsors and re-recording misspoken lines were easily outweighed by hilarious riffing from Pierce and Babylon that was apparently too vulgar to survive the editing room. A question noting new legislation approving an Internet sales tax led Babylon to consider the finer points of how taxing Internet pornography could solve America’s budget problems. (For a full dose of Babylon, attend the excellent Moth Story Slam in Chicago, which he hosts.) I was disappointed some of the biggest laughs of the night weren’t broadcast, but happy that much of what was cut were awkward moments. those included some with Google Chairman eric Schmidt, who called in to play a quiz segment called “try Googling that, Big Shot.” He did, and the audience was slightly embarrassed for him as he stumbled his way toward a right answer. In the broadcast, however, the segment moves swiftly along and one of the world’s most wealthy people seems more entertaining than he really was. Millions of listeners had no idea what they were missing; such is the power of a talented audio editor.
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he best reason to see “Wait Wait” live is, of course, to laugh very hard for two hours. the second best reason is that, after getting an up-close look at the show’s raw materials, you’ll appreciate the finished product more than ever. And if you’ve never heard it, you need to change your Saturday morning routine. Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! is broadcast each Saturday on WBeZ 91.5 FM at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can also stream the show at npr.org/programs/wait-wait-donttell-me. -Jeremy gantz
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remembering an old friend and paying tribute to an icon Before he met Chaz, or bought a beach house in Harbert with a screening room for movies and a yard big enough for huge holiday parties featuring cover bands and lamb cooked whole on a spit, or spent a decade courageously fighting the most god-awful set of medical misfortunes imaginable, Roger Ebert had a summer house in New Buffalo across from Redamak’s.
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e were friends and colleagues in those days, frequenting the same journalistic watering holes; attending the same parties; exchanging birthday greetings on our mutual birth date, June 18; swapping stories about the Sun-Times, where I spent a couple years and roger a career; and kibitzing in the hallways of ABC 7, where I covered politics, he reviewed movies and we shared the same producer. We weren’t super-close—I had a growing family and he was a bachelor so our lifestyles were very different, and we drifted apart in later years—but I still lament his passing in a season marked by too much death too close to home. Our extended media “family” lost two other authors and former Chicago newspaper columnists, Bill Granger and Norman Mark; journalist and political operative Paul McGrath; and Pr maven Connie Zonka. And I lost three members of my Better Government Association family: Springfield board member Mary lee leahy, whose anti-patronage fight against state government abuse made her a Downstate reform giant; our board chair, trial lawyer and stellar leader rod Heard; and nonprofit guru Jimmie Alford, who gave us a million dollars worth of pro bono guidance as we were revitalizing the organization. then there’s my former neighbor and recent reform ally, the incomparable Dawn Clark Netsch: Politician, professor, pundit and, at times, “one of the boys.” Yes—it’s been a bad year. And yes—we’re getting older. But not too old to add a couple small ebert stories to the big eulogy file: the year was circa 1990. Our three girls were “preenies” and we’d stopped by roger’s New Buffalo house for a visit. Mary remembers roger telling the girls to take as many goldfish out of his lawn pond as they wanted because he was moving. the girls were thrilled, so we proceeded to transfer fish into a large bowl roger loaned us. But when he walked out to inspect the operation he noticed we had commandeered the largest and most colorful koi in the pond—clearly his favorite—and he registered a mild protest. We all felt guilty so the big one was returned to the pond. the moral of the story? roger was amazingly generous—it’s an admirable trait that’s been mentioned countless times since his death in April—but he was also sentimental, and that meant keeping one “old friend” from the pond. the other story is about roger’s renowned intelligence—he was indeed a brilliant fellow—and how, on one legendary day, I beat him at a game of logic. this was a fall Sunday after I’d arrived at his New Buffalo house to watch a Bears game. roger and his good buddy John McHugh had
been solving logic problems but were hung up on one about bottles, their volumes and their prices. the obvious answer was wrong, but the right answer wasn’t obvious. So they showed it to me, a minute later I had the correct answer, and they were dumbfounded. It was probably dumb luck on my part but it’s definitely been good grist for the storytelling mill. Not in the public venues where roger’s life was celebrated and the big themes revisited. But perfect among us Shore friends. My favorite public story is tavern buddy Bruce elliott’s hilarious recounting, at the Chicago theater tribute, of ebert’s most outrageous “bar, booze and boobs” escapade. You’ll have to visit Bruce at the Old town Ale House for details. then there was Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich’s poignant meditation on the lesson roger taught us all: How to die with dignity, even in the face of the most horrific physical obstacles imaginable. A man who loved to eat, drink, talk and travel was unable to do any of those things, so he excelled as a blogger in the new digital world. His written words continuing to inform, inspire and entertain right up to the end. And that, to me, epitomizes the indomitability of the human spirit, the reason we “keep on keepin’ on” in the face of daunting challenges. roger was a gifted multi-media film critic and essayist—powerful, purposeful and prolific—and that’s the headline on his epitaph. But, like Schmich and many others, I’m awed by the way he played one of the worst medical hands anyone’s ever been dealt. He could have folded at any point. But he stayed at the table, saw fate’s bet and raised him one. roger won that hand and a lot more until he finally ran out of chips. We should all play the game of life half as well. -andy shaw
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ollywood actress Sally Kellerman admits of all her show biz stories from a 50-year-plus career, it’s her tale with Marlon Brando, in his bedroom, that people want to hear about the most. “What, if anything happened, is why I tell those same people they have to read my book,” says Kellerman, who is promoting her new autobiography, both dishy and inspiring, called Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life ($26 Weinstein Books) released May 1. the book’s title, of course, is a reference to her most famous role as the original mouthy military nurse, Major Margaret “Hot lips” Houlihan, in the 1970 20th Century Fox film M*A*S*H starring opposite Donald Sutherland, tom Skerritt and elliott Gould, and the inspiration for the hit CBS television series of the same name that starred loretta Swit in the same nurse role. “I’ve made all of these films over the years, but that role is the one I hear about the most,” Kellerman says, reminding the movie was directed by her friend, the late, great robert Altman. Kellerman also has another favorite friend, who is a “Hollywood Hoosier” from Northwest Indiana, and credits him as the reason her memoir as finally been published after five decades pondering the project. Scott Yonover, a 1982 graduate of Munster High School and 1986 graduate of Indiana University, is a lawyer who grew up in the region and even worked as a newspaper carrier for The Times during his youth. He also happens to be friends with Kellerman’s M*A*S*H co-star Gould, the reason he became pals with Kellerman three years ago. “Scott is the dearest, because he not only pushed me to finally do this book, but he also did all the dealings and made the connections,” says Keller, who celebrated her 76th birthday on June 2 and considers her completed tome “her early birthday gift.” “We were out to dinner a few years ago and the next day, I get a call from him telling me I have to do this book, and how he’s already arranged meetings with publishers in New York, and even has two bids on the table.” Yonover, who also graduated with a University of Indianapolis law degree in 1989 and his M.B.A. from DePaul University in 2005, is used to the business of getting deals done. His parents, Joel and Carol Yonover, moved with Scott to Indianapolis in the 1980s when father Joel started a law firm with Birch Bayh, after Bayh lost his senate seat to Dan Quayle in 1980. Scott’s father Joel died in 1995 and his mother now lives in Wilmette, Ill. Always fond of the world of entertainment, Scott moved to los Angeles and worked for famed talent agent Michael Ovitz, who is also originally from Chicago, for his Artist Management Group. By 2003, he was back in Chicago working in the legal
department for chicago attorney NBC Universal, scott yonover, a 1982 graduate of munster including doing high school, with representation for actress and friend sally The Jerry Springer kellerman in chicago. Show. today, in addition to helping his clients and friends like Kellerman with side projects, Yonover works as the deputy director of financial policy for the city of Chicago. Kellerman says it was Yonover’s Chicago ties that helped forge their friendship since she knew he was “a good guy” because of “where he’s from.” Kellerman’s husband Jonathan Krane, a lawyer-turned-producer who is 15 years her junior, is also from Chicago and the couple got engaged while she was in the Windy City in 1980 with actress Jodie Foster on a press junket to promote their film Foxes. “the first thing I did when Jonathan asked me to marry him, was to call Chicago gossip columnist Irv Kupcinet, who we had been to dinner with the night before,” says Kellerman, who at age 52, after the second marriage, adopted newborn twins Jack and Hanna. Of the assorted stories in her book, ranging from her friendships with movie stars like Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Jennifer Jones to playing a “sexy professor” opposite rodney Dangerfield in the 1986 comedy Back to School, Kellerman is especially fond of a story included in her book about Groucho Marx, her next door neighbor in Malibu, and how he helped name her oldest adopted daughter Claire. “It’s a great story, but a long one,” Kellerman says. “But it’s worth it when you read my book.” -phIlIp potempa
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ith so many natural wonders to see across the country, sometimes it’s easy to forget the beauty found in our own region. Michigan’s Irish Hills area probably doesn’t make it into many tourist guidebooks these days, but this area deserves a detour. Situated in the south eastern part of the state, this area marks the end of a glacial advance, resulting in rolling hills dotted with lakes, and quiet roads that throw you a curve every so often. Once the main thoroughfare connecting Chicago and Detroit, what is now called U.S. Highway 12 runs along working farms, through charming towns, and past occasional remnants of the roadside attractions of a bygone era. Near the town of Brooklyn, it is also the home to Michigan International Speedway. the two-mile D-shaped track hosts NASCAr races as well as the annual Michigan Wine and Beer Festival. lexus chose the facility for the first drive of the 2014 IS lineup. While we didn’t take to the high banks of the track, lexus set up a number of driving exercises on the grounds, as well as drives through the surrounding countryside. On hand were examples of the IS 250 and IS 350 in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, which lexus calls all-weather drive, along with the new F-Sport variations. All-new for 2014, this represents the third generation of lexus’ entry luxury contender. While lexus continues to dominate consumer satisfaction surveys and had the largest year-over-year sales increase in the luxury segment, last year’s nine new or significantly refreshed vehicles aim to lighten up a self-admitted stodgy image. “Frankly, we’ve become obsessed with design,” says Owen Peacock, national product and marketing manager for lexus, pointing out the more aggressive look and new “spindle
grille” of the IS. the IS already brings in the youngest buyers to lexus, and they expect the new styling will draw even younger buyers to the 2014 model. “It attracts buyers from many different directions,” says Peacock. “For move-ups, this segment offers them their first luxury car experience . . . Others may be downsizing out of the ‘family truckster’ into something a little more luxurious and fun.” Indeed, “fun to drive” For move-ups, became a key goal for the IS redesign. Peacock defines this segment that as “the feeling you get offers them their when the car immediately first luxury car and precisely responds to the driver’s will in an engaging experience . . . and informative way.” Others may be Components were changed downsizing out of to meet this standard over one million miles of testing the ‘family truckster’ that included track time at into something a the famous Nurburgring in little more luxurious Germany and Japan’s Fuji and fun. Speedway. Bill Camp of lexus College explained how these handling characteristics were engineered into the new IS. Body rigidity was significantly increased, partly through a “body bonding” process using a high strength adhesive in addition to welding. this gave them a stronger basis upon which to fine tune the suspension. Camp says the rear suspension is completely new,
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• i t pay s t o b u y l o c a l • use the most often most prominently. the system has a radio cache, which Camp describes as “like a DVr . . . it can pause live radio for 15 minutes.” there’s also an app suite for audio apps such as Pandora. Vehicles without navigation get lexus Display Audio, which still has the weather and traffic updates. A variety of IS configurations were available for the test drive. Not
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surprisingly, F-Sport models with adaptive variable suspension, which automatically adjusts during evasive maneuvers, and variable gear ratio steering, made weaving through cones in a 35 mph slalom course nearly effortless. In contrast, the IS 250 all-wheel drive needed noticeably more steering input, but still held the same speed easily. lexus provided an example of the outgoing 2013 IS 350 all-wheel drive for comparison, which was most elucidating. Full-throttle acceleration and panic braking exercises felt indistinguishable, but the slalom and a course of sweeping curves on rolling terrain really showed off the improvements in the 2014. Cornering is textbook well-balanced and predictable, with just a little bit of understeer— a hint of squeal from the front tires—to let you know you are approaching the limit. lexus is targeting the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and Audi A4 with the 2014 IS 250 and IS 350, which go on sale midsummer. -andy mIkonIs
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the on-board infotainment system comes with some new features in the lexus 2014 Is 350 F sport including 3d maps and street view for navigation, real-time traffic updates every two minutes, and lexus display audio, to name a few.
and coil springs were retuned all around. Interestingly, the springs were actually softened, to keep that “lexus ride” when going in a straight line, while anti-sway bars were stiffened by twenty percent to reduce body lean when cornering. engines are carried over from 2013, which is customary when introducing a newly redesigned and reengineered car. the IS 250 gets the “tried and true” 2.5-liter V-6, while the IS 350 has the 3.5-liter V-6. Most get a six-speed automatic transmission, while the IS 350 rear-wheel drive has the eight-speed automatic straight from the high-performance IS-F model available. the IS-F has been discontinued for the 2014 model year. this transmission has G-AI Control, which stands for “G-Force Artificial Intelligence.” For spirited driving, select sport settings on a knob located near the shifter on the console. Camp explained the transmission programming is designed for high performance, and when it senses “hard braking it will downshift, then hold the gear while cornering.” But the IS isn’t all about performance driving, it also features an “eCO” mode setting, which recalibrates powertrain, electric power steering, and air conditioning to save fuel and reduce emissions. In the on-board infotainment department, the IS has a host of new features. the multi-info display has a 4.2-inch screen located in the gauge cluster. Models with navigation have a multimedia display in the center stack. Camp says it is lexus’ “most advanced navigation yet,” with a 3D map and street view. A low-fuel point of interest feature will offer you gas station locations automatically. Predictive traffic uses a variety of sources to anticipate traffic patterns up to 45 minutes in the future; it even takes into account things like sports events. Notably, weather information updated every ten minutes, and real-time traffic updated every two minutes, are offered subscription free. Optional for those automotive audiophiles is the Mark levinson Premium Surround System, featuring the industrial look right from their highend home systems. the home screen is customizable to place the controls you
the hotel’s horse drawn carriage and front porch.
afternoon tea in the hotel’s lobby.
the grand Fountain at night.
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tHe GranD Hotel on maCkinaC islanD
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FIrst ImpressIons Getting picked up at the island’s main ferry dock by the hotel’s horse-drawn carriage is the utmost status symbol on the island. You arrive at the hotel’s front porch after about a fifteen-minute ride through downtown’s main street and back roads dressed with quaint turn-of-the century homes and inns. guest rooms the hotel boasts that no two
guest rooms are alike (of the 385 rooms and suites). I have never been a fan of interior designer Carlton Varney’s flair for the bright and floral, however, his inspirations for the Grand Hotel work wonders as a timeless tribute to her rich history. All rooms are equipped with “modern” amenities such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable television, safe and mini bar. the hotel has seven First lady themed suits; from the Jackie Kennedy to the laura Bush suite. dInIng the hotel’s Main Dining room is the epicenter for all meals— rightfully so with its grand buffets and sweeping views of the water. enjoy other casual options such as the Jockey Club, the Woods and the Gate House. the kids will enjoy an after dinner treat at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor.
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actIvItIes there are ample activities available at the hotel and on the island. enjoy a swim in the Grand Pool or a round of golf on the hotel grounds, or better yet, rent a bicycle and take in the charm of the island along the scenic bike route. FInal ImpressIons the beauty of the Grand Hotel is its discipline to be true to its history and theme. the Musser family, owners of the hotel, has done a fabulous job of balancing the hotel’s historic aura with the modern amenities expected by travelers. -george aQuIno
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a good reason to vIsIt ou are not going to find a more iconic hotel front porch in America than the Grand Hotel’s 660 ft. long wooden porch on Mackinac Island. An oversized American flag swishes with the lake breeze in front of the hotel’s white facade with majestic views of the Straights of Mackinac. the hotel’s manicured gardens and lobby areas opened as the summer playground for America’s railroad barons and the country’s elite in 1887. Mackinac Island itself boasts eight miles of shoreline, a rich history and a main street downtown free from motor vehicles—where horse drawn carriages and bicycles are the primary form of transportation. the Grand Hotel epitomizes the turn of the century elegance that is deeply embedded in the rich history of this American classic.
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at 660 ft., grand hotel’s Front porch is the world’s largest, and is visible as you approach the island from the straits of mackinac. no motorized vehicles are allowed on michigan’s mackinac Island. all transportation is provided by horse and carriage or bicycle. mackinac Island is accessible only by ferryboat or plane. more than 130,000 overnight guests stay at grand hotel each season. the 5,000,000th guest in grand hotel history checked in on June 26, 2006. while more than one million people visit mackinac Island each year, the island has only 600 year-round residents. It takes 500,000 gallons of water to fill grand hotel’s swimming pool, which was named for actress esther williams who starred in the 1947 movie This Time for Keeps, shot at grand hotel.
there are more than 500 horses on mackinac Island. Five u.s. presidents— clinton, bush, Ford, kennedy, and truman— have visited grand hotel. grand hotel’s kitchen staff of more than 100 prepares and serves as many as 4,000 meals per day. each season, more than 83,000 pounds of prime rib, 23,500 pounds of ham, 83,500 pounds of potatoes, 23,000 pounds of carrots, 14,000 pounds of strawberries, and 6,500 pounds of pecans are served to dining guests. one ton of bulbs are planted in the fall, including 25,000 tulips and 15,000 daffodils. more than 125,000 bedding plants (annuals) are used to create the many gardens. the grand’s famous Front porch flowers include 2,500 geraniums-the hotel’s trademark flower-in 260 planting boxes with seven tons of potting soil. more than 5,200 geraniums can be seen in all its flowerbeds combined. more than 50,000 grand pecan balls, the hotel’s most popular dessert, are served each season.
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the 1980 film Somewhere in Time, starring christopher reeve, Jane seymour and christopher plummer, was filmed on location at grand hotel. the movie now has a huge following, with
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eldest son shares family’s story in new memoir
several times your mother let herself get arrested in order to gain media attention for furthering the cause of integration and also took you and our brothers to political rallies. your dad, before coming to america, fought in Israel’s war for independence. your parents also often took in other children when their parents couldn’t take care of them. when did you realize your family was different from others? It’s kind of funny; you don’t really think of it much. I think it was less clear to us that we were different. We often played in areas where we were the only whites, but I don’t think we thought that was unusual. What was different was being called “n-lovers” because of what my mother did.
[clockwise from top] marsha, ezekiel, rahm, ari and benjamin emanuel.
one of my first take-aways from your book is how much you and your two brothers fought with each other, sometimes so violently that there were physical injuries—once you had three teeth knocked out and two of rahm’s fingertips had to be sewn back on by a surgeon. can I assume the three of you no longer have physical altercations? I wouldn’t assume that our physical rambunctiousness is over. But the fact we all survived shows that we really weren’t that tough. And we still have arguments about books, ideas and other things.
as much as you fought each other, you also seemed so amazingly close and always looked out for each other. you talk with real compassion about your brother ari’s struggles in schools, and despite the immense competitiveness you all had, you mention in your book how neither you nor rahm ever teased him about that. It was an interesting situation. As competitive as we were in our house, we were very unified outside of it. that’s the way it remains today, too. when you decided to write your memoir, were there any family events that you and your brothers decided not to
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The oldest of Benjamin and Marsha Emanuel, he a pediatrician and she a devoted mother and Civil Rights activist, Ezekiel Emanuel talked to Shore magazine about his recently released book Brothers Emanuel: An American Family (Random House $27). • The highly recognizable and successful siblings are Ezekiel, Rahm and Ari. • Ezekiel, nicknamed Zeke, is an oncologist and former special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and now Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Rahm, was the former White House chief of staff and now mayor of Chicago. The youngest, Ari, is a high earning Hollywood agent said to be the model for Ari Gold, the crafty, shark-like but ultimately lovable agent in the TV series Entourage. • Raised in Chicago and later Wilmette in a highly charged, high energy family devoted to each other, to achieving justice and equality for all and also given to vociferously debating their ideas, the Emanuels eschewed many of the upper middle class trappings of a doctor’s family and instead, focused on education (all three sons attended a private Jewish school), travel and culture.
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so how like ari gold is your brother ari? I don’t know. I don’t have a tV, so I haven’t seen the show. I’ve only heard about it. you don’t have a tv? No, I don’t want to waste the time. I don’t find tV, videos or surfing the Web particularly interesting, or intellectually or otherwise stimulating. what do you want readers to take away from your book? I think this is a classic immigrant story. It’s also a story of a different age when things were freer and seemed safer. My father believed that travel was a great educator so we traveled, including going to Israel, often. My mother was many things but never a tiger mother or a helicopter parent. We went to plays. It was a very different culture, it’s important for people to understand this. We can’t just reproduce the times but there are some things we can do and give to our children.
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make public? there are about four or five stories that we decided shouldn’t go into the book, but overall my brothers were all for me writing it. Probably my daughters are my fiercest critics. My brothers are a close second, but they’re also the most supportive. they are always there for me. And surprisingly, we didn’t fight about what to keep out.
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from the work over the two-day event was to create a Calumet Heritage Area linking two national parks. “the concept is there is the Indiana Dunes National lakeshore on the one end and work is going forward to create the Pullman stakeholders working to strengthen environmental National Park in Chicago,” Bouman says. “the heritage corridor ties for planning across illinois-indiana border would link the two and show the connections.” the National Parks Conservation Association is leading the ark Bouman likes to play a little game. push along with community, Chicago and national organizations “Pretend the state line doesn’t for National Park Service protection for the city’s historic Pullman exist,” the geographer with the Field district. Museum says. “How does that change the area, created by George Mortimer Pullman in 1880 to the way we look at things?” design and build rail cars with sleeping berths, was home to the Bouman asked that question of the first planned industrial town and first African-American labor more than 200 stakeholders from a union and helped shape transportation history. the National Park broad range of fields gathered at the Service is studying the Pullman district. An act of Congress is Marquette Park Pavilion in Gary this spring for a two-day summit required to create a National Park Service property. aimed at making connections on environmental issues across the Other recommendations at the Calumet Summit included Illinois/Indiana state line. creating an endowment to fund long-term restoration needs, the theme of the Calumet Summit, organized by the Calumet developing a comprehensive regional brownfields program and Stewardship Initiative, was “Connecting for Action.” opening Chicago’s lake Calumet to the public. During the summit, 16 presenters spent seven minutes each Bouman says the focus of the summit was approaching on issues such as natural resources planning, land and water environmental issues on a regional scale, but the work isn’t over. conservation, green infrastructure, climate change, education and “I think we still have work to do on reaching communities,” transportation. Participants then discussed the presentations in Bouman says. “How can we take this energy at the regional scale small groups, shared their views and voted on opinions from all and move it to the community scale?” groups using transponders. At the same time, Bouman says efforts need to take place the data was collected to to frame the issues on a global scale for issues such as climate guide recommendations for change and subsequently altered energy demands. future projects. More information U.S. rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, told those gathered at Bouman, who serves as the summit that talking about the issues is not enough. co-chairman of the Calumet available online “I would encourage you between now and the next summit to Stewardship Initiative, says learn more about the go out and do something or everyone will have wasted their time the breakdown of participants calumet heritage over the two days,” Visclosky says. was 52 percent from Indiana, Stewardship at calumetstewardship.org. Bouman says one in 10 participants says they made new 48 percent from Illinois connections at the summit. eighty-eight percent says they would representing local, state and learn more about like to see similar events in the future and 47 percent says they federal governments, nonthe historic Pullman would like to see the summit take place biennially. profits, business and industry, district and the push “there’s huge energy to keep the conversation going,” he says. educational organizations and for national Park “the intent is to winnow and shape these ideas into actionable environmental organizations. Service protection projects.” -laurI harvey keagle the top recommendation at pullmanil.org.
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50 tHinGs i’ve learneD in 50 years
I’m celebrating my 50th birthday this summer. even though no-one has asked me to share the wisdom I’ve acquired, here are 50 things I’ve learned in my 50 years.
If you roll your eyes when your spouse tells a joke or story, you are ruining the moment for everyone in the room.
“Self-Help Seminar” is an oxymoron.
When someone tells you to do things that scare you, they don’t mean do eVerYtHING that scares you. there is no good reason to wing-walk.
six extra seconds to relax.
NeVer use the word “fetch” when asking your spouse to get you something.
No man has ever satisfactorily loaded a dishwasher.
If you think of a joke about someone’s name, resist the temptation. they have heard that joke a thousand times.
Punching the car radio when you hear the “Kars for Kids” commercial may turn off the jingle momentarily, but it cannot kill it.
Never trust a man who calls you either “Sport” or “Chief.”
the squeaky wheel may get the grease, but everyone still hates the squeaky wheel. everyone. Never trust a grown man who doesn’t cry at the end of Field of Dreams.
When your kids ask for your permission, they’ve almost certainly already asked and received a “no” from your spouse. People who claim they don’t lie, are in fact, lying.
the whole town is NOt talking about the Webb boys.
Sedentary people may not be as healthy as exercise junkies, but they almost never need knee replacements. Never trust anyone older than thirty . . . to fix your computer. If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, don’t ever buy a house with a long driveway. Make friends with the high school mathletes. they will eventually be hiring.
“Oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine, you blow my mind” is impossible to read without singing. He who laughs at himself gets the most laughs. the Do-It-Yourself crowd always eventually creates more business for the Do-it-For-You occupations.
remember that even though the person tailgating you is enraged, you are giving the people he or she is rushing to meet five or
“High Maintenance” is never worth it.
People who wear sunglasses indoors should be avoided at all costs. Basketball coaches are ten times more likely to have a combover than any other profession.
the only place to find someone without mother or father issues is Madame tussaud’s.
You know who never runs out of small talk? A weatherman.
If you use the word “sincere,” you aren’t.
A mechanic’s eyes turn into cartoon cash registers when you try to explain a knock in the engine.
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If someone says “that’s a fact” it means “I hope you don’t look it up.”
Beach House & Wicker Gallery the most oft-repeated lie of all time is “I’m happy for you.”
A person who isn’t bothered by bad reviews is someone who has never gotten one.
Instant messaging someone is like jumping in front of them and screaming: “ANSWer Me NOW!”
“Stop and smell the roses” is great advice even if you take it literally.
If you need to talk to a musician, don’t do it before noon.
secrets to everyone they know.
No one has ever listened to the phrase immediately following . . . ”When I was a kid.” “Undetectable Plastic Surgery” is an oxymoron.
little tykes is the most ironically named company of all-time. they make toys the size of my house.
the only way to avoid naming a child something that doesn’t rhyme with a dirty word is to name them “Orange.”
If being an outdoorsman was so great, they wouldn’t have invented houses, furnaces or air conditioning. every time your child says “I’m bored” you are justified in deducting the cost of their toys from their college fund. the deliciousness of a meal is directly proportional to how bad your breath smells after eating it. telemarketers will never answer “yes” to the question “Can I call you right back?”
Your elected officials may be pathetic, but they were elected by you. the person who tells you the best gossip is also telling your
Paul Anka was only 27 when he wrote My Way. His regrets are no longer “too few to mention.” 100% of people working on your house will tell you the last person who did work there clearly didn’t know what he was doing. Your family may love you, but your dog is the only one truly happy to see you when you come home. there hasn’t been a “Caddyshack-quotefree” round of golf played in America in more than three decades.
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Climb aboard and fly a plane … take a train … ride a copter. It’s the ride of a lifetime!
All of your life accomplishments will be forgotten immediately if you die an embarrassing death. remember that last one if it happens to me. Maybe it’s not true if your one life accomplishment is coining that phrase. -rIck kaempFer
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onstruction and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their first survey on the green homes market. Defining green homes as those that are built to a recognized green building standard (NAHB, LEED for Homes, ENERGY STAR) as well as those that are energy and water efficient (addressing both indoor air quality and/ or resource efficiency), just 2 percent of the market and an estimated $6 billion of value qualified. Those numbers made gains even as the housing bubble burst and economic recession took hold. In 2008, green homes made up 8 percent of the market and $10 billion in value and rose to 17 percent of the market and $17 billion in value by 2011. Now, as the residential market continues to recover, green is booming. The latest survey estimates indicate that green homes will make up 22-25 percent of the market and $32-$36 billion in value by the end of this year and as much as 29-38 percent of the market and $87-114 billion by 2016. “Very early on I saw green building as a trend, not just a fad,” Jay Lieser of 1st Metropolitan Builders in Munster says. “I’ve been building homes for 17 years now, and energy efficiency has always been a priority. The old vision of green back in the ‘70s during the energy crisis was such a misconception. Everyone thought you needed to have these huge voltaic solar panels installed on top of your home to be green. But in reality, it all starts with basic energy efficiency and the conditioning of the building envelope.” One of just a handful of NAHB Certified Green Professionals (CGP) in the state of Indiana, Lieser credits the program with teaching him how to build even more efficiently—from learning what different products do, to introducing him to the many benefits of engineered wood. First launched in February of 2008, the CGP program focuses on energy efficiency improvements including a high-performance building envelope, efficient HVAC systems, high-performance windows and energy-efficient appliances and lighting; water conservation measures such as water-efficient appliances and fixtures, filtration systems and drought resistant or low-maintenance landscaping; resource conservation using materials and techniques such as engineered wood and wood alternatives, recycled building materials, sustainably harvested lumber and more durable products; indoor environmental quality considerations such as effective HVAC equipment, formaldehyde-free finishes, low-allergen materials and products with
minimum off-gassing or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs); site design planning such as minimizing disruption and preserving open space; and homeowner education. “Homeowner education was especially important when there were fewer options from the supply chain. Some things were cost prohibitive in those early years—the economies of scale just weren’t there,” Lieser explains. “Over time, as we evolved as a more green society as a whole, manufacturers started introducing new green products at more affordable prices.” Certain manufacturers have won Lieser’s loyalty for their ability to consistently produce new green products that meet the needs of his clients. “I generally go with Pella for doors and windows, Delta and Kohler for water conservation and plumbing, Carrier and Lenox for HVAC, Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore for paint and wall finishes and Weyerhauser for engineered flooring systems,” he says. “In our efforts to always incorporate best of market products, we started using Icynene® insulation after it was introduced several years ago. When combined with an advanced ventilation system, Icynene seals the box completely, eliminates drafts and allows moisture to permeate outward. Since it helps keep the temperature consistent throughout the entire home, we’re able to build up to a third floor, adding more square footage to the box.” Having grown up in Munster, Lieser now works and raises his own family there. “You’ll never see anyone in one of my developments more than you see me,” he says. “I never build the same home twice, and I see myself as the conductor of the orchestra so to speak. I’m always trying to keep everyone in harmony—from homeowners to the trades and my suppliers.
The same goes for the environment. I like to incorporate natural products in the building process and have always looked at different ways to repurpose things.” A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Lieser is especially partial to Indiana limestone. “I consider it a timeless building material. Look at the Empire State Building and the Pentagon. After 9/11, three of the quarries I work closely with fabricated the stone used to make the repairs on the Pentagon building,” he adds. “Most recently, I had the opportunity to use some extraordinary reclaimed brick pavers from a street in southern Indiana. These particular pavers have a tremendous range of color that’s highlighted with black iron ore. You just don’t see that in brick today.” Comparing the process of building an efficient home to building a boat, Lieser strives to make the best possible use of every nook and cranny in the homes he builds “The technologies available today allow us to build a much more efficient home,” he says. “The trick is ensuring that every inch of the house translates into usable space for the homeowner.” -Michelle Krueger
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The Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner was Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at The Center for Visual & Performing Arts at 1040 Ridge Rd in Munster. The dinner was held by the Boy Scouts of the Calumet Region and the program included a special section honoring former Times publisher Bill Masterson.
1 Georgiann and Steve Pangere of Crown Point 2 John Beebe Sr. of Highland, Don Swibes of Calumet City and Mary Beth Swibes of Calumet City and Albin Sporny III of Glenwood 3 Bill Masterson of Chesterton 4 Michael and Verlie Suggs of Merrillville and Muna and Tony Walker of Gary
5 Sandy and Ron Pyle of Schererville
6 Dan and Nicole Nita of Munster 7 Cathy and Cal Bellamy of Munster 8 Paul and Janice Liszewski of Schererville
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9 Sheriff David Lain of Valparaiso, Dennis Rittenmeyer of Munster, Lisa Hopp of Valparaiso and Doug Ross of Wanatah
10 John and Louise Diederich with Ann and John Barney, all of Crown Point want More? please go to visitshoremagazine.com to view and purchase click photos
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1 Laura Murray of Olympia Fields, Otis Cobb of East Chicago and Donna Joy of Woodale
2 Joshua and Ashley Halpern of Munster
3 Kathy Uthenwoldt of Crown Point, Indiana and Carol Auksel of Highland 4 Dorothy and Menzo Battle of Gary
5 Joan Smyth and Karen Furlong both of Plainfield
Albert’s Jewelers High Tea and Happy Hour was held at Albert’s in Schererville, Indiana on Sunday May 5, 2013. Guests enjoyed tea and cocktails at Northwest Indiana’s favorite diamond jewelers.
6 Rhett and Sue Tauber of Highland
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women association of northern indiana symphony may wine brunch merrillville
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2 Patti Cohen of Hammond and Cathie Billhardt of Schererville
3 Kristine Spencer and Karen Eidam both of Munster
4 Karen Papiese of Dyer and Mary Anne La Hayne of Schererville 5 Marti Ross of St. John and Linda Eisenhauer of Crown Point 6 Nancy Bella of Frankfort with Diane Jostes and Rebecca Monk both of Cedar Lake
The Women’s Association of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Society hosted its 37th annual May Wine Brunch May 7 in the Celebrity Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel. The theme was “Elegant Lady,” and guests entered the originally designed hats contest as well as the new handbag contest.
1 Toni Nissan of Crown Point with Maureen Luongo and Melissa Neff, both of Valparaiso
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little black dress performance | valparaiso
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The event featured live Oscars, a silent auction with more than 50 goods and services for the bidding, a live auction, a photo booth for a frame-worthy memory of the evening of fun, an open bar, cats and dogs that are available for adoption, a pianist, a Caring Hearts Donation Board, a dessert bar and a coffee bar. 1 Susan & Megan Hopkins of New Lenox
The Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 W Chicago St in Valparaiso, hosted its 2nd annual Little Black Dress Party. There were fashions from Tevlyn at the Bargain Barn Project Runway, appetizers, desserts, cash bar, massages, manicures, shopping, and much more. 1 Sarah Ellman of Crown Point with Valerie Vulpitta of Hanna 2 Kathy Mangel with Ben Fryman, both of Valparaiso
2 Bill Dunckel and Sarah Graverson of Grand Rapids
3 Pat Szot, Linda Ameling and Laurie Sears, all of Merrillville
3 David Helman of Saugatuck with Abby Bigford of Hamilton
4 Carole Klein, Mary Jo Lemanski and Kim Kegley, all of New Lenox 5 Jackie Beland with Philip Sabatini, both of Saugatuck
4 Mary Lebio, Kendra Grant and Diane Kepa, all of Valparaiso
6 Barb Bakos and Shannon Anderson, both of Valparaiso
6 David Kassura with Sandy Corsiglia, both of Saugatuck
5 Debbie Lamb with Bob Schwerd, both of Valparaiso
7 Diane Nelson and Tess Mangold, both of Valparaiso
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taltree arboretum gala| valparaiso
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1 Anne Van Keppel of Valparaiso and Heather Becerra of Hobart 2 Chuck Hughes and Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes of Gary
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens hosted its annual gala event on Friday, June 1. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring tours of Taltreeâ€™s scenic grounds, dinner and musical entertainment from The Hoosier Recruits, a local celtic band. The attire for this gala event was casual chic, lending a fun and unique air to the proceedings. 1 Jeff and Stacy Dixon of Chicago
2 Richard and Marsha Anderson of Valparaiso
3 Matt Valuckis and Keri Anne Valuckis of Hobart
3 Kim Stewart and Tom New of Indianapolis
4 Kathleen Szot of Chicago, Vicky Sanchez of Whiting and Sandra Noe of Crown Point
4 Taltree Arboretum founders Rita and Damien Gabis and Stephanie and Joe Gabis, all of Valparaiso with Ben Gabis of Chicago
5 Sharon Liggins of Merrillvillle and Juan Andrade of East Chicago
5 Zach and Sherri Ziller of Crown Point 6 Alex Olympidis with Gerard and Kelly Buijck, all of Valparaiso
6 Audrey and John Meyer of Valparaiso
Lakeshore Public Television celebrated its 25th anniversary with the introduction of new CEO James Muhammad at the Radisson Hotel. The PBS station also announced its new brand, Lakeshore Public Media, at the event, which also included a performance by the vocal group Under the Streetlamps.
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This summer, have more fun. Go where good times pop up like umbrellas on our sandy beaches. Where your favorite music plays in our indoor and outdoor concert venues. We’ll pour you a glass of our award-winning wines or brews. Send you whirling on a carousel. Golfing or kayaking along rivers. Fill your days with rollicking festivals or refreshing solitude. And offer you a welcoming place to sleep along Lake Michigan’s shores … after the sun paints our horizon with crimson gold.
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Jul 13 16th annual sand sculpture contest
9am-1pm, Indiana Dunes State Park 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1952 indianadunes.com This competition is open to all ages. Viewers can vote for their favorite for the “People’s Choice Award.”
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Through Sept 28 2013 Farmers market, 8am1pm Sats, S Main St, Crown Point. 219.662.3290. crownpoint.in.gov/farmers. Produce, cheese, baked goods, flowers, home goods and accessories are available at this weekly farmers market. Through Oct 26 chesterton’s european market, 8am-2pm, Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. dunelandchamber.com. Artists, chefs, merchants and farmers from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois offer an array of products and services—artisan breads and pastries, boutique creamery cheeses, ethnic foods, meats, spices, oils, rare books, clothing, accessories, jewelry and fresh-from-the-farm produce and flowers—at this market. the day also features food vendors and live performances. Jun 28 21st annual denim and diamonds gala, 6:30-10:30pm, 2801 Evans Ave, Valparaiso. 219.464.9621. oppent.org. Dress is casual with an elegant twist—jeans are encouraged and diamonds welcomed—at this annual event to support Opportunity enterprises. Guests can enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction using “bid-by-text” technology, live music and dancing.
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Jun 28 boyd house Feast, 4-8pm, Boyd House, 1500 Old Lincoln Highway, Merrillville. 219.947.2657. indianalandmarks.org. Once a place for lincoln Highway travelers to rest and eat, the Boyd House is Merrillville landmark. In honor of lincoln Highway’s 100th anniversary, guests are invited to take a tour of the house and grounds, guided by owner George rogge, and learn about one of lake County’s earliest families. the event also features an al fresco dinner on the lawn with a special rogge ranch Ale created by 18th Street Brewery for the event.
Jun 29-30 garden walk, 9am-5pm walk, Lowell. 11am-1pm lunch, Gardens on the Prairie, 3242 W 169th Ave, Lowell. 219.690.0911, 219.696.8282. lowellgardenclub.com. the lowell Garden Club presents their 17th annual garden walk, featuring a stroll through some of the town’s most beautiful gardens with a garden luncheon held at Gardens on the Prairie. Jul 17-21 Festival of the lakes, Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2324 Calumet Ave, Hammond. 219.853.6378. festival.gohammond.com. there’s fun for the whole family with rides, live entertainment, a polka party, a fishing derby, vendors, games and more at this annual event. Jul 18-27 porter county Fair, Porter County Expo Center, 217 E Division Rd, Valparaiso. portercountyfair.com. Carnival rides, food vendors, exhibits, livestock and entertainment are staples at this county-wide fair. Jul 20 the grape escape, noon-8pm, Centennial Park, Calumet Ave, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Wine lovers can enjoy wine samples, as well as food from around the region, live music and a fine arts fair and ethnic market at this festival. Jul 26 Frog in the bog—a dunes affair, 6-10pm, County Line Orchard, 200 S County Line Rd, Hobart. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter. org. At this annual fundraising dinner for the Dunes learning Center, guests can enjoy a night of rustic fun—including music by Chicago’s Sanctified Grumblers, camp games, a silent auction, stargazing and gourmet s’mores by Bowlerman Confections. Jul 26-28 pierogi Fest, 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0292. pierogifest.net. Drawing almost 200,000 visitors each year, this festival celebrates all things pierogi. the weekend’s festivities include the Pierogi Parade, games, a beer garden, musical entertainment, food, and, of course, pierogi.
Jul 27 summer Jam music and Food Festival, 2-9pm, Central Park Plaza, downtown Valparaiso. 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. this festival promises a great day in the park with food, beer and music from three live bands—including headliner Blue Oyster Cult.
Through Aug 29 riverfront concert series, 7pm Thus, Riverfront Park on Water St, South Haven. 269.637.0772. south-haven. com. During this summer long concert series, concert-goers can experience a variety of musical performances—including jazz, classical, folk and contemporary—while enjoying views of boats traveling on the river and fantastic sunsets over the lake. Concerts are free to the public and attendees should bring their own lawn chair or blanket, as well as a light coat. Through Sept 29 allegan antiques market, 8am-4pm, last Sun of every month, Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Allegan Co Fair Dr, Allegan. 616.735.3333. alleganantiques.com. Antique hunters can browse the wares of nearly 400 antique dealers—including furniture, jewelry, collectibles, rugs and linens, silver and more—at this indooroutdoor market. Through Oct 6 antiques on the bluff, 10am5pm, first Sun of every month, Lake Bluff Park, downtown St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. stjoetoday.com. this annual fair on the shores of lake Michigan is a premier event for antiquers, featuring more than vendors from around the Midwest. Jul 6 art & all that Jazz, 6-8pm, downtown Douglas. 269.857.1438. saugatuck.com. Visitors to the downtown area can stroll through galleries and shops, live music and food at the downtown restaurants.
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the information presented in essential events is accurate as of press time, but readers are encouraged to call ahead to verify the dates and times. Please note that illinois and most indiana events adhere to central time, and michigan events are eastern time.
Jun 29-30 gold coast art Fair at grant park, 10am-6pm, Millennium Park Butler Field, Monroe & Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. amdurproductions.com. For the 56th year, this juried art fair brings incredible artwork from more than 350 artists, live music, great food and fun activities for the kids.
Jul 13 moonlight madness, openmidnight, along Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, Sawyer & Union Pier. harborcountry.org. Participating stores will stay open until midnight offering fun, shows, discounts, excitement, specials and more.
Jul 5-7 chicago botanic garden art Festival, 5:30-8:30pm members’ event Fri, 10am-5pm Sat-Sun, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe. 847.835.5440. chicagobotanic.org. Botanic-themed and botanic-made photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood jewelry and more make this a one-of-a-kind event. Children will enjoy the family activity tent where they can create their own masterpiece.
Jul 13 smooth Jazz at sunset, 6pm gates open, 7:30pm music, Shadowland Pavilion on Silver Beach, 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.925.1111. smoothjazzatsunset.com Headlined by two time Grammy-winning guitarist/ composer Paul Brown, this jazz fest offers great music and terrific scenery with sailboats meandering up and down the river flowing beside the stage, as well as food and drink.
Jul 5-7 windy city ribfest, 5-10pm Fri, noon-10pm Sat, noon-9pm Sun, Lawrence & Broadway, Chicago. chicagoevents.com. For the fifth year in a row, finger lickin’ slabs of ribs will be the spotlight of this popular summer food festival. the event also features three days of music featuring local and national artists, an arts and crafts fair, a daytime play area for kids and beer and wine.
Jul 26-28 2013 venetian Festival, Coughlin Park, Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.1701. saugatuckvenetianfestival. com. this annual event has fun for all with music, kids’ activities, a car show, boat parade, firework shows, food and more.
Jul 10-14 taste of chicago, 11am-9pm, Grant Park, 377 E Randolph, Chicago. cityofchicago.org. the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining community and offers music—including Fun., robin thicke, robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters, Jill Scott and Neon trees—and exciting activities for the entire family.
Aug 17 umbrellas of harbert, 5pm, Center of the World Showroom, 13400 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.1950. harbert-michigan.com. Beginning June 30th, original, hand-painted, 9-foot market umbrellas designed by various artists will be displayed along red Arrow Highway. During the event, the umbrellas will be sold at a charity auction. the evening also features live music, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres.
Ongoing chicago trolley and double decker hop-on hop-off signature tour, 9am, various designated stops. Chicago. chicagotrolley.com. 773.648.5000. Available year-round and covering 13 miles with 14 stops, this tour takes passengers to Skydeck Chicago, the famed museum campus (Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium), the historic Chicago theater, Millennium Park, Water tower Place, the Art Institute, Navy Pier and the John Hancock Observatory. Ongoing randolph street market, 10am-5pm, last full weekend of every month except Dec, Plumbers Hall, 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. chicagoantiquemarket.com. this european-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”—including furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles and more.
Ongoing the presidential carriage collection, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714. studebakermuseum.org. Visitors to this exhibit can view four presidential carriages—the Grant, Harrison, lincoln and McKinley carriages. Through Jun 30 civil war memorial exhibit, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 800.255.5253. southshorecva.com. Photos, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana Civil War regimental battle flags tell the story of the lake, Porter and laPorte County men who fought to preserve the Union and end slavery at this historical exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Through Jul 28 construction sites, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. the established and emerging national and international contemporary photographers participating in this exhibition are not still-life photographers. they are set designers, lighting engineers and casting directors who do not arrange and take pictures of scenery and objects but make them. Also, through Jul 28: Body Language.
Through Jul 7 Titanic—The Artifact Exhibition, Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids. 616.929.1700. grmuseum.org. this exhibit features more than 150 artifacts conserved from the titanic’s debris field. the exhibit focuses on the compelling human stories and offers visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers. Through Jul 14 wood engravings— the garden, Fernwood botanical garden and nature preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Visitors to this exhibit will be thrilled and amazed by the tiny images carved upon end-grain boxwood and printed on homemade paper. the exhibit includes work from artists from the Society of Wood engravers (UK) and the Wood engravers’ Network (US and abroad) and others—including Miriam Macgregor, Geri Waddington and Andy english. Also, through Apr 14: Drawings and Marquettes by Sculpture Fernwood Sculptors. Through Aug 25 looking east, Facing west—the world of zhang huan, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens.org. Among the most prodigious and insightful artists working today, Chinese artist Zhang Huan is a sculptor, painter, photographer and performance and installation artist. this exhibit explores the world of Zhang Huan with sculptures, paintings and photographs. Also, through Oct: Bernar Venet at Meijer Gardens; Jun 22-23: Spring rose Show; Jun 28-30: Standard Flower Show. Through Aug 31 west michigan area show 2013, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts.org. this annual juried exhibition showcases the work of West Michigan area artists from a 14-county region. Also, through Jun 23: Sight and Feeling— Photographs by Ansel Adams; Jun 22Sept 15: Modern Twist—Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art; Jun 22-Sept 15: A Precious Artistic Moment—Paintings by Catherine Hinkle; Jun 29-Sept 29: For and Against Modern Art—The Armory Show + 100. Jun 7-Jul 21 songs in steel and other dreams—the sculpture of caroline lee, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. American expatriate sculptor Caroline lee’s monumental body of work in steel, aluminum and bronze are on display at this exhibit. Her sculptures and drawings encapsulate sleek futuristic aesthetics as well as dynamic expressionism. Also, Jul 26-Sept 8: Face Value—The Art of Mimi Peterson. Jun 21-Aug 4 Formed/Fired—an Invitational ceramic exhibition, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. southhavenarts.org. Highlighting the
talents of many Michigan ceramic artists, this exhibit introduces the visitor to the wide range of ceramic materials, forming methods, surface treatment and glazing, as well as various firing techniques.
Through Aug 23 planetary machines, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.7827. adlerplanetarium.org. Visitors will marvel at the planetary machines—mechanical devices showing the movement of planets—and artwork featured in this exhibit. Through Sept 2 animal Inside out, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. msichicago.org. this exhibit explores the intricate biology and physiology of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures—from goats and giraffes to octopuses and ostriches. From creator of the trailblazing BODY WOrlDS exhibitions, anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this exhibit showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of plastination, which replaces the body’s fluids with plastics to incredibly detailed effect. Ongoing: The Art of the Bicycle. Through Jan 5 creatures of light— nature’s bioluminescence, the Field museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org. From glowworms to deep-sea fishes, this exhibit features the mysterious and magical world of bioluminescence. Visitors can discover the thousands of living organisms that blink, glow, flash and flicker. Also, through Aug 18: Fashion and the Field Museum Collection—Maria Pinto; through Sept 8: Scenes from the Stone Age—The Cave Paintings of Lascaux; through Jan 20: Fractured— North Dakota’s Oil Boom. Jun 26-Sept 22 Impressionism, Fashion and modernity, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.629.6635. artic. edu/aic. this internationally acclaimed exhibition is the first to uncover the fascinating relationship between art and fashion from the mid-1860s through mid-1880s as Paris became the style capital of the world. the exhibit features 75 major figure paintings by Caillebotte, Degas, Manet, Monet, renoir and Seurat, including many never before seen in North America. Also, through Jul 14: The Yoshida Family—Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists; through Aug 11: Kara Walker—Rise Up Ye Mighty Race! through Aug 18: Sharing Space— Creative Intersections in Architecture and Design; through Aug 25: late roman and early Byzantine treasures from the British Museum; through Sept 2: Abelardo Morell—The Universe Next Door; through Oct 6: Africa Wrapped, Robed and Beaded; through Oct 27: tomoaki Suzuki; through Dec 1: Play, Pretend and Dream—Caldecott Medal and Honor Books, 2010-2013; Jun 22Sept 29: Undressed—The Fashion of Privacy; Jun 26-Sept 22: Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity; Jun 26-Sept 22: Zarina—Paper Like Skin; Jul 2-Sept 2: Fashion Plates—19th Century Fashion Illustrations; Jul 20-Oct 6: Beyond the Great Wave—Hokusai’s Images of Mount Fuji. Jun 29-Oct 13 modern cartoonist— the art of daniel clowes, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave,
Jun 26, Jul 24, Aug 28, Sept 25 twilight safari, 6-7:30pm, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St, Chicago. 312.742.2000. lpzoo.org. Visitors to this evening event have the unique opportunity of exploring the zoo afterhours with a zoo horticulturist and animal expert. each monthly walk focuses on a different area of the zoo.
Jul 25-Aug 29 made in chicago— world class Jazz, 6:30pm Thu, Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.742.1168. cityofchicago.org. everyone can enjoy world class jazz at beautiful Millennium park during this free weekly event.
Through Aug 19 bird exhibition, Dunes Learning Center, 700 Howe Rd, Chesterton. 219.395.9555. duneslearningcenter.org. this exhibit by artist Melissa Washburn features a series of mixed media pieces depicting some of the migratory bird species that can be seen in the Dunes area of Northwest Indiana.
Jul 6-7 red, whites & brews, 1-7pm, Round Barn Winery Baroda Tasting Room & Estate, 10983 Hills Road, Baroda. 800.716.9463. roundbarnwinery.com. this two-day event highlights round Barn’s local brewery operation and Independence Day. the celebration features eight fresh craft-brews on draft, micro-brews, wine, DiVine drinks, food from the cafe, live music and a brewing demo. Kids’ activities include a bounce house, a hayride in the vineyard and cornhole. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs and sun umbrellas.
the acorn theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. acorntheater. com. the 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. Jun 28: Matt Giraud; Jun 29: the Other 3 tenors; Jun 30: elaine Dame & trio; Jul 6: The Selfish Giant; Jul 20: The Glass Menagerie; Jul 27: Faith Healer.
Jul 26-28 pierogi Fest, 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0292. pierogifest.net. Drawing almost 200,000 visitors each year, this festival celebrates all things pierogi. the weekend’s festivities include the Pierogi Parade, games, a beer garden, musical entertainment, food, and, of course, pierogi.
cinemark at valparaiso, 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd, Valparaiso. 800.326.3264, 219.464.0260. cinemark.com. Playing new releases as well as the Cinemark Classic Series, Cinemark is the leading motion picture exhibitor. Cinemark at Valparaiso features roomy stadium seating and realD 3D and digital presentations for an all-around quality movie viewing experience. portage 16 ImaX, 6550 US Hwy 6, Portage. 219.764.7569. portage16imax. com. the brand-new Portage 16 IMAx showcases blockbusters as well as electrifying 3D films that are uniquely suited to the IMAx format. With projected images up to eight stories high and a spectacular, wraparound digital surround-sound system, this theater offers a total-immersion moviegoing experience.
the vickers theatre, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3522. vickerstheatre.com. Home of the annual “Sound of Silents Film Festival,” this painstakingly restored turn-of-the-century art house screens a variety of notable independent films. A lofty, two-story gallery space, showcasing the works of Midwestern artists, is open to the public before and between shows. Further enhancing its art-house cachet, the Vickers hosts live music, performance art and poetry readings on its stage.
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the gene siskel Film center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago. 312.846.2600. siskelfilmcenter.org. this film centerrenamed in 2000 for its most passionate supporter, the late film critic Gene Siskel-has been exhibiting critically acclaimed, as well as entertaining “motion picture art” in its state-ofthe-art facilities since its inception in 1972. Presenting more than 100 films each month, the center showcases cutting-edge, independent features and classic revivals, as well as premieres of new American and foreign films. From hosting the Annual Festival of Films from Iran to The Grapes of Wrath, the diverse offerings have quality in common. A focus on education is supported by guest lecturers, discussions and courses, and film-related exhibits can be viewed at the on-site gallery/café.
chicago street theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet. org. Now in its 58th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CSt presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. Jul 1227: The Comedy of Errors. debartolo performing arts center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Campus. 574.631.2800. performingarts. nd.edu. the state-of-the-art, 150,000-square-foot facility, newly opened in 2004, is host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists. In addition, its stages showcase student, faculty and community performers, as well as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southold Dance, the Notre Dame Symphony, the South Bend Civic theatre, and more. Jul 20-21: ShakeScenes. dunes summer theatre, 288 Shady Oak Dr, Michigan City. 219.879.7509. dunessummertheatre.com. the Dunes Arts Foundation provides this venue for the performing arts, which also furnishes classes for children, youth and adults. Jun 21-Jul 14: RENT; Jul 19-21: revenge of the Space Pandas. horseshoe casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoehammond.com. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-squarefoot casino. the Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. Jun 28: Bad Company; Jul 20: Godsmack; Jul 25: Daughtry and 3 Doors Down; Jul 27: ronnie Mund Block Party. laporte county symphony orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. lcso.net. this exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family. Jul 21: Summer Concert (Washington Park Amphitheater, Michigan City).
the memorial opera house, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. mohlive.com. this renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. Jun 28-30: Hello, Dolly. the morris performing arts center, 211 N Michigan St, South Bend. 574.235.9190, 800.537.6415. morriscenter.org. the home of the Broadway theatre league, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Southold Dance theater, the 2,560-seat Morris Performing Arts Center has enraptured audiences in the heart of downtown South Bend for more than 75 years. Jun 20: Gordon lightfoot; Jun 22: South Bend Blues and ribs Fest (Coveleski Stadium, 501 W South St, South Bend); Jul 2: Alice Cooper; Jul 14: Harry Connick, Jr. star plaza theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre.com. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. Jul 11: Alice Cooper; Jul 19: White Snake. the theatre at the center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. this theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Jul 11-Aug 18: The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee. towle community theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. to honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the towle Community theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. Jul 12-14, 19-21, 35-28: Brooklyn The Musical.
box Factory for the arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. the Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. Jun 29: An evening of Sinatra; Jul 6: Free Silver; Jul 20: Abraham lincoln in Song; Jul 27: Star and Charlie. Frederik meijer gardens & sculpture park, 1000 E Beltline Ave, NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. meijergardens.org. the garden and sculpture park’s annual concert series features beautiful terraced lawn seating, food and beverage concessions, and major artists like Bonnie raitt, Huey lewis & the News and lyle lovett. Jun 17: Frampton’s Guitar Circus; Jun 20: Jazz at lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Jun 21: los lobos & los lonely Boys; Jun 24: Pink Martini; Jun 27: Brandi Carlile; Jul 3: Umphrey’s McGee; Jul 5: Montgomery Gentry; Jul 7: David Byrne & St. Vincent; Jul 11: Old Crow Medicine Show; Jul 15: Michael Franti & Spearhead; Jul 17: Harry Connick, Jr; Jul 18: Steve Miller Band; Jul 21: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals; Jul 25: Chris Isaak; Jul 29: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon rangers. grand rapids symphony orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.454.9451 ext 4. grsymphony.org. recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras, this Grammy-nominated symphony provides the orchestra for Opera Grand rapids and the Grand rapids Ballet Company. the orchestra’s eight concert series with performances designed for young children through adults feature a wide range of repertoire. Jul 11-12: Classical Fireworks; Jul 18-19: Celtic Fiddle with Natalie MacMaster; Jul 23: Carnival of the Animals; Jul 25-26: Gotta Dance! the livery, 190 5th St, Benton Harbor. 269.925.8760. liverybrew.com. As its name suggests, the livery is a former horse stable, residing in the Arts District of downtown Benton Harbor. Not content to just offer its twelve taps of microbrew, an outdoor beer garden, an appetizing soup and sandwich menu, and a coffee bar, the livery is also a venue for an eclectic variety of musical performances. Jun 28: Deadstring Brothers; Jun 29: Char Jones; Jul 6: Sarah & the tall Boys; Jul 12: Mulebone; Jul 19: Soltre and AnDro; Jul 20-21: river Whyless. silver creek event center, Four Winds Casino, 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/ events. the Silver Creek event Center is a 1,500-seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000-square-foot event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences and banquets. Jun 21: Bill engvall; Jun 27: Collective Soul; Jul 5: Foreigner; Jul 19: temptations; Jul 26: Chicago.
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Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org. the first museum retrospective of cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ work, this exhibit features more than 125 original drawings and artifacts in an elegant, inviting installation combining today’s graphic style with shades of a Victorian parlor. Clowes is an acclaimed comic book artists and graphic novelist with nearly fifty publications to his credit, as well as a highly reputed magazine illustrator and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. Also, through Jun 18: Jason lazarus; through Aug 11: Amalia Pica; through Sept 8: Gaylen Gerber; through Sept 29: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction; through Oct 6: theaster Gates—13th Ballad; through Nov 10: think First, Shoot later, Photography from the MCA Collection; Jun 29-Oct 13: Homebodies; Jul 2-Dec 3: José lerma; Jul 23-Nov: Amanda ross-Ho.
van andel arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. vanandelarena.com. ranked second on Billboard Magazine’s 2003 top 10 Arena Venues for its size, this $75 million 12,000-plus capacity arena offers world-class family shows, concerts and sporting events to the increasingly popular Grand rapids area. Jun 17: WWe rAW lIVe; Jun 21: Bachata and Salsa Dance Festival; Jun 30: rush; Jul 20: A Night with the Stars—tito el Bambino, Alexis & Fido, rKM & Ken-Y.
Band.; Jul 5: Susan Werner’s Hayseed Project; Jul 7: Funk & Soul revue—the Heard, the right Now, Diplomats of Sound and DJrC; Jul 11-12: leo Kottke; Jul 16: taj Mahal trio; Jul 17: louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses; Jul 21: Badi Assad; Jul 25: tab Benoit; Jul 26: Keren Ann; Jul 27: the Westies; Jul 30: tony lucca. chicago shakespeare theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. chicagoshakes.com. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. the theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. the architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. through Jul
the goodman theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. goodmantheatre.org. Since 1925, the Goodman theatre has provided entertainment to the Chicago area; however, a new, state-of-the-art twotheater complex was completed in 2000—75 years to the day after the dedication of the original—and resides in the vibrant North loop theater District within walking distance of fine hotels and restaurants. Jun 21-Jul 28: The Jungle Book; Jul 18-28: Home/Land. grant park music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. grantparkmusicfestival.com. the nation’s only free, outdoor classical music series of its kind, the festival celebrates its 79th season of providing free classical music to all of Chicago. Jun 26: Nielsen Clarinet Concerto; Jun 28-29: War Requiem; Jul 3: Independence eve Celebration; Jul 5-6: New World Symphony; Jul 10: Grant Park Pops—Let’s
west michigan symphony, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. 231.727.8001. westmichigansymphony.org. With eight pairs of concerts a year, the West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for almost 70 years. It has helped bring a renewed vitality and life to the center of Muskegon and with it, the historic Frauenthal theater, a 1,729-seat venue with extraordinary beauty, excellent acoustics and sight lines.
auditorium theatre of roosevelt university, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. auditoriumtheatre.org. A National Historic landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. Jul 20: Life Is A Cabaret! The Music and Words of Kander & Ebb—Summer Cabaret Series; Aug 10: The Greg Spero Trio—Summer Cabaret Series. Aug 17: Dance for Life 2013. broadway in chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. broadwayinchicago.com. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively loop. bank of america theatre, 18 w monroe st. through Oct 6: The Book of Mormon. broadway playhouse, 175 e chestnut. Jun 15Sept 1: Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; Jul 9-Aug 4: The Australian Bee Gees Show. cadillac palace theatre, 151 w randolph st. Jun 18-30: Buddy.
27: Othello—The Remix; Jun 25-29: Inner Voices; Jul 13-Sept 1: Shrek The Musical; Jul 26-Aug 25: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks—The Comedy of Errors. the chicago theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. thechicagotheatre.com. the Chicago theatre has been a prototype for area theaters since 1921. With its lavish architecture and an elegant stage, the Chicago theatre seats 3,600 and stands seven stories high. Jul 24: rodrigo y Gabriela; Jul 25: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon rangers. court theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago. 773.753.4472. courttheatre.org. the Court theatre is a not-for-profit, professional regional theater that is located on the campus of the University of Chicago. Its mission to “discover the power of classic theater” is realized in its intimate, 251-seat auditorium. Jun 20-Jul 14: Tartuffe.
Dance! Jul 12-13: Caminos del Inka; Jul 17: A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration; Jul 19-20: Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony; Jul 24: Shostakovich 5th Symphony; Jul 26-27: Sibelius Violin Concerto; Jul 30: Songs of Praise and Passion; Jul 31: Kalmar Conducts Brucker. harris theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. harristheaterchicago.org. Now in its fifth season at its home in the Harris theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, this modern state-of-theart theater guarantees that the audience will enjoy a wide variety of performances in an intimate setting. Aug 9: Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama—Fashion In A New Light. lyric opera of chicago, Civic Opera House, Madison & Wacker, Chicago. 312.332.2244 ext 5600. lyricopera.org. the world-class lyric Opera enraptures audiences with its spectacular artistry, performing in one of the most unique
museum of contemporary art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.397.4010. mcachicago.org. reflecting the modern atmosphere of the adjoining museum, the state-of-the-art MCA theater features elegant oak-paneled walls and tiered seating, which guarantees that every one of the 300 seats can boast the best seat in the house. Jul 31, Aug 1, 3: Chicago Human Rhythm Project—JUBA! orchestra hall at symphony center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. cso.org. the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. led by renowned Italian conductor riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra-to deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. Performances held daily, except Wednesday. Jun 27: CSO’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra at The Morton Arboretum—CSO Salutes John Williams; Jun 29: CSO’s Once Upon a Symphony at the Morton Arboretum—Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Jun 30: CSO’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra at The Morton Arboretum—Symphonic Fiesta; Jul 19-20: SCP’s Jam and Symphony Center Presents Harry Connick, Jr. pheasant run resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. pheasantrun.com. Acclaimed throughout Chicago and the Midwest for its entertainment, Pheasant run resort features theater at its Mainstage and Studio theaters, comedy at Zanies Comedy Club, and live music, entertainment, art exhibits and shopping at its own version of Bourbon Street. through Jul 28: Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Jul 20-28: The Wizard of Oz. steppenwolf theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. steppenwolf.org. the Chicago-based cast is an internationally renowned group of 43 artists, committed to the art of ensemble collaboration. Now in its 35th season, Steppenwolf continues to fulfill its mission by offering intriguing performances and taking artistic risks. Jul 27-Aug 25: Belleville; Jul 18-Aug 25: Slowgirl. victory gardens theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. victorygardens.org. As one of the country’s most respected midsized professional theater companies, this tony Award-winning theater is dedicated to serving playwrights and producing world premiere plays. Programs include five mainstage productions with emphasis placed on the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of arts. through Jul 13: The Pride; Jul 12-Aug 11: Mojada.
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city winery chicago, 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago. 312.733.9463. citywinery. com. the city’s newest concert venue and only fully operational winery, will present an eclectic mix of the most respected names in pop, rock, jazz, blues and world music. Jun 24: the three ellas; Jun 25: Carolina Chocolate Drops; Jun 26: tito Puente tribute by Angel Mendez and 911 Mambo Orchestra; Jun 27: the time Jumpers; Jun 28: the tubes; Jun 29: Funkadesi; Jul 1: the Music of Bill Withers; Jul 2: the end of America; Jul 3: Jill Sobule & Julia Sweeney; Jul 4: reds, Whites and Blues—Sanctified Grumblers, Bailey Dee’s late Night Bait and BS Brass
the theatre at the center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. this theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. Jul 11-Aug 18: The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee.
theaters in the world. the recently refurbished Civic Opera House not only is an elaborate treasure on the inside, but it is architecturally distinctive as well, shaped like a throne facing the Chicago river. through Jun 30: The Second City Guide to the Opera.
southwest michigan symphony orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. smso.org. this versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. Jul 3: Independence Day Concert (lions Pavilion Park, New Buffalo); Jul 4: Independence Day Concert (Silver Beach Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph); Jul 11: the Upton trio (the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, St. Joseph); Jul 20: Buddy Holly Dance Party! (Silver Beach Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph).
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or twenty-eight months of my life, i ate dinner at subway. i don’t mean that i liked subway, nor that i would frequent subway in the sensible manner of an adult making rational decisions. i ate dinner at subway. i ate every dinner at subway. you could call it habit. you could call it convenience. you could call it a poor life choice. it was likely equal parts all three. regardless of the reason, more than two years of my youth were marked by a comfortable symbiotic relationship with the sandwich shop. right or wrong, those adolescent years have given me a special appreciation for the beautiful Karner blue butterfly, a colorful little butterflies are native to a region of the eastern united states that includes northwest indiana and the indiana Dunes state Park. the caterpillar phase of the Karner blue life cycle ensures that it must also endure a physically awkward adolescent phase. and much like my dependence upon the foot-long italian BMt, the caterpillar of the Karner blue butterfly eats only the leaves of the wild lupine plant. in fact, the Karner blues are entirely dependent upon the wild lupine plant for the very propagation of their species.
Fortunately, the dry, sandy soil and the open oak savannah of the indiana Dunes state Park is the perfect habitat for both the wild lupine and the Karner blue butterfly. unfortunately, the u.s. Fish and Wildlife service estimates that the number of wild lupine plants has decreased by 99%, mostly in the last 15 years, and the Karner blues have been federally listed as an endangered species for over two decades. Cathy Carnes, the Karner blue butterfly recovery team Coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife service, says the indiana population is especially at risk. in an interview with the Fish and Wildlife service’s endangered species Program, Carnes notes that the Karner blue population of northwest indiana is “smaller and more at risk to loss because of their small size, [and] because of other threats that occur in the area such as commercial and residential development.” sadly, the Karner blue is not unique in this regard. a local population of the piping plover, an adorable little shorebird named for its whistle-like call, once thrived along the shorelines of the great Lakes. Vince
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the piping plover
male karner blue butterfly
ecosystem include prescribed fires, which continue the natural growth cycle of the ecosystem and sustain the proper balance of plant species. the active removal of invasive plant species is another critical part of the recovery plan. other conservation efforts include growing native plants in greenhouses and transplanting them into the parks, monitoring the endangered or threatened animal species, and fencing off critical portions of the parks to minimize visitor impact. it would be impossible for the park personnel to accomplish all of these efforts on their own. Just as the park personnel partner with the FWs, volunteer organizations partner with the park personnel. save the Dunes is a charitable organization that aims to protect the dune ecosystem through political activity, strategic land acquisitions, educational programs and restoration programs. Bumgardner is confident in the conservation plans of the indiana Dunes state Park, and confident that the Karner blue butterfly and the wild lupine are on the path toward sustainable populations. Cavalieri has seen the population of the piping plovers rebound in recent years to a (slightly) less precarious population of 58 breeding pairs. as both explained, these species serve as key indicators as to the overall health of the dunes ecosystem. Positive population trends of threatened and endangered species indicate positive results from the conservation efforts. the indiana Dunes state Park and the indiana Dunes national shoreline are true national treasures, boasting more plant and animal biodiversity than nearly any other state or national park in the united states—more than yellowstone, more than the everglades. having such extraordinary biodiversity in such close proximity to a major metropolitan area creates a unique set of opportunities to experience nature for millions of people, but it also creates a unique set of challenges to develop a sustainable community in northwest indiana. to learn more about the indiana Dunes, visit the indiana Dunes state Park or the indiana Dunes national shoreline, either in person or online. to discover opportunities to participate in conservation programs, visit save the Dunes online, at savedunes.org.
Cavalieri, the great Lakes piping plover recovery Coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife service, estimates that historically these birds would migrate to the region by the hundreds each spring from all along the coasts of the southeast united states. in the late 1800’s, the feathers of the piping plovers became a popular accent for the hats of fashionable women and their numbers were greatly diminished as a result. after a brief recovery at the turn of the century, their numbers were again decimated. the development boom that occurred in the great Lakes region following WWii resulted in substantial habitat loss for shoreline species and the introduction of many new disruptions to the breeding grounds of the piping plovers. the trends continued for decades, as these birds gradually disappeared from every state but Michigan. in 1990, the population of the atlantic Coast piping plovers reached its lowest count to date: twelve breeding pairs. twelve. the conservation and restoration of an endangered species is a daunting task. Fortunately, the FWs recovery Coordinators like Carnes and Cavalieri are joined in their efforts by state and federal park personnel. Brad Bumgardner, an interpretive naturalist with the indiana Dunes state Park, explains that while some specific measures are taken to protect key endangered species found in the indiana Dunes state Park and the indiana Dunes national shoreline, the main goal of the conservation effort is to restore the natural ecosystem of the dunes region. “We’ve found that if the habitat is properly maintained, the plant and animal populations will be what they should be,” Bumgardner says. efforts to restore the native
Charting Old terr on’t go alone. Don’t trust the handrails. Bring a flashlight. Jump only at your own risk. These are just some of the cardinal rules of urban exploration. “Urb-ex,” as it’s often called, is the exploration of abandoned man-made structures. The ruins of churches, offices, apartment buildings–all are fodder for adventurers eager to experience forgotten worlds. Many urb-ex enthusiasts are photographers eager to record the processes of decay, who see the potential of these untouched sites for producing striking images that call forth ruminations on the effects of time. For others, it’s simply enough to stand in a space that, once filled with life, now exists outside the bounds of human commerce. While there are scavengers, taggers and litterers who help speed up the process of decay, the intent of urban explorers is not to plunder or vandalize these sites. In fact, it’s quite the opposite; they’re there to document and, in some cases, preserve them. Last year, local explorer and photographer Rick Drew organized a clean-up of the City Methodist Church in Gary, and explorers removed over thirty bags of trash from the site. Ultimately, urban explorers acknowledge that there are some places that will have to live on in memories, but many of them try to prolong that memorial process as long as possible. To be clear, urban exploration is not a safe hobby. On my foray with three local explorers, one of whom had broken an arm in a recent exploration mishap, I was treated to tales of tetanus, encounters with squatters, and some close calls with deteriorating structures. Urban explorers have to be constantly aware of their surroundings, never trusting the integrity of the walls around them.
Urban explorers find beauty in the breakdown of vacant buildings
ritory words ords by Carolyn Purnell photography by Carmen heller Chariton
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Why would a person be willing to risk life and limb to investigate these ruins? For some, the appeal lies in the undeniable sense of adventure. Urban explorers tend to be very cautious, but no matter how careful you are, there’s still a niggling feeling at the back of the skull, a vertiginous twinge in the stomach, or a catch of breath that constantly reminds you that a building could give way at any moment. For history enthusiasts, abandoned buildings offer a trove of information. As we explored an abandoned post office, Drew led us through a series of hidden tunnels that would have served as surveillance points for supervisors, intended to ensure that employees were not stealing mail. In the Ambassador, an apartment complex built by the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1927, the basement laundry room served as a bomb shelter, and by touring the crumbling apartments, one could easily discern how employees of the historic corporation would have lived. But one of the main draws for urban explorers is the sheer beauty of it all. There’s something deeply awe-inspiring about seeing the man-made splendors of another era returned to nature. Hiking through these interiors, one feels truly privileged to see something that so few eyes have seen. Exploring these spaces is like unearthing the ruins of a lost civilization or spelunking in some unknown wild, and not just metaphorically: stalactites, rusticles and dense vegetation are common in many sites. Such changes allow one to sense the unfolding of time in a unique way. In the case of City Methodist Church, the exquisite 1920s architecture mixes with modern artifacts left behind in 1975 when the church closed, the graffiti left behind by current visitors, and the flora and fauna that are slowly retaking the structure. (For history, photos, and videos of the church, visit Drew’s website citymethodistchurch.com.) While many of these spaces would have been beautiful in their finished glory, there’s almost something more captivating about them now. The weathered, sun-bleached colors, sprawling plant-life and textures of peeling paint in these buildings are, in the words of local photographer Carmen Heller-Chariton, “a photographer’s dream.” A number of movie location scouts have also picked up on the visual interest of these spaces, and in 2011, more than 50 films were shot in Gary, many of which used abandoned locations. When the steel industry crashed in the 1970s, Gary suffered from a significant job shortage, and a number of citizens left the city. A dropping population, the loss of business, and the resultant economic effects have left this once-booming town with a number of abandoned sites. Photographer Chuck Walla, a lifetime resident of Gary, visited many of these places when they were still in operation. He remembers a childhood friend who lived in The Ambassador, and he played basketball a few times at the City Methodist Church before it closed. For a number of explorers like Walla, urb-ex seems to be a way of reconciling the present with the past. While there’s certainly a sense of melancholy to these empty spaces, exploration at least gives one a sense that these buildings have continued to live on, albeit in a different form. In two out of the three sites we visited that day, we encountered other photographers, and many of the spaces still showed signs of life. Rather than dwelling on the disappointments of the past, urb-ex allows one to find a sense of redemption in the beauty of the decay. These spaces aren’t completely lost; they are simply transformed.
don’t take a day at the beach lyIng down For many beachgoers, a day of sun and sand requires but a few simple provisions—a large, sturdy towel, a clutch of celebrity tabloid rags and just enough square footage to recline and conquer. but while there’s plenty to be said for pure, unencumbered relaxation at the beach, the diverse system of trails that winds through the region’s fascinating dune areas makes the persuasive counterpoint; that there’s at least as much to be enjoyed vertically as horizontally. • whether one sets out in search of an expansive sea-meets-sand vista or a less-beaten path of quiet exploration, there’s plenty of dune discoveries to be made on foot beyond the sedentary masses along the waterfront.
Set, Words by Mark Loehrke // Photography by Tony V. Martin
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore COwleS bOg TrAil
Length: 4.6 miles Difficulty: Moderate to rugged Description: this peaceful, three-loop trail is not necessarily what one might expect of a “dune hike,” but its pathway through a variety of different habitats actually tells a far more complete tale of the dunes than a simple trip to the beach. From ponds and marshes to birch forests and open sand, the Cowles Bog trail represents the many different faces of the dunes over time. Notes: While the full three-loop experience offers the most complete assessment of this area, the trail can be broken down into more manageable one- or two-loop portions for those not interested in hiking the full nearly five miles. Not into bogs? Skip the southern loop. Climbing in sand not your thing? take a pass on the northern loop. Before You Go: Probably no surprise given the presence of the word “bog” right there in the name, but with its abundance of wetlands, this trail can be a mosquito haven at the height of the season—pre-treat accordingly. More Information: nps.gov/indu/index.htm
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore MOunT bAldy
Length: 0.7 miles Difficulty: rugged Description: Most kids who happen upon Mount Baldy want to try and surmount it, but what they may not know is that the towering sand dune is, in fact, out to get them as well. rising 126 ft. above lake Michigan at its summit, Mount Baldy’s popular dune slope was closed in recent years to prevent climbing-induced wear and tear on an already eroding natural structure that on its own will move four feet inland this year (thus its designation as a “living dune”). However, the rewarding views of lake Michigan (and often the Chicago skyline) from the top can still be accessed by a designated trail on its flank. Notes: While the trail doesn’t offer quite the same challenge as the shifting sand of the dune slope of yore, this is a vigorous climb nonetheless. Before You Go: Stretch. More Information: nps.gov/indu/index.htm
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TrAilS 9 And 10
Length: trail 9 – 3.75 miles; trail 10 – 5.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate Description: Out of many choices, these two trails are the longest and most interesting around which to build a day of hiking the park. like Cowles Bog trail (but without the namesake bog), trail 9 is a scamper through several different habitats, with occasional rewarding glimpses of the lake. trail 10 is more of a classic beach hike, following the shoreline for much of its distance before veering inland through the Dunes Nature Preserve and its more diverse flora. Notes: the State Park offers a full range of trails of varying lengths and temperaments, most of which can be accessed from the helpful and centrally located Visitor Center. Before You Go: Check out the Park’s web site to view a map of the full trail system and plan your day. More Information: in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm
nothing othing can put a damper on potentially enjoyable day of dune hiking quite like a lack of preparedness, so don’t get caught with your head in the sand when it comes to gearing up for a day on the trails. Most of these items may seem like obvious choices, but it’s not until you’re out a few miles without one of them that you realize a quick prehike checklist would have been a good idea.
• drinking water • insect repellent • Sunscreen/lip balm • light energy snack • head cover • comfortable shoes/boots • trail map • Phone/camera
Length: 4 miles Difficulty: Moderate Description: the onemile trail directly up to the summit of 220-ft. Mount randal is a popular option for those simply looking for a quick climb and a great view. But the series of connected loops in this area provides more of a little-bit-of-everything hike and a better overview of the many different terrains and habitats that make up the 1,952-acre Warren Dunes. Notes: this loop offers several opportunities for scaling the dunes, as well as several stretches of hiking to the soothing accompaniment of the lake Michigan surf. Before You Go: Avoid any backtracking or confusion among the several different offshoots of the Mount randal loop by reviewing a map of the area in advance to familiarize yourself with the series of interconnected pathways. More Information: michigan.gov/ warrendunes
Indiana Dunes State Park
Warren Dunes State Park
the he great (and glamorous) OutdOOrs words by Carolyn Purnell • PhotograPhy by tony V. Martin
dazzling sunsets, the peaceful rustle of leaves, and the gentle sounds of crickets in the dark—these are just some of the joys offered by camping. but for many people, these pleasures are easily surmounted by the nightmarish prospect of mosquitos, sleeping on the hard ground and pitching a tent. ten years ago, this may have seemed like an intractable problem, but thanks to the new trend of “glamping,” one no longer has to make the choice between nature’s joys and nuisances.
lamping” is a portmanteau for “glamorous camping,” and as its name suggests, it’s a great option for people who love nature but detest being deprived of their creature comforts. At a “glamp-site,” visitors are set up in private accommodations, replete with the amenities of a luxury hotel. Each site is different, but some offer every frill imaginable: Bose sound systems, Wi-Fi and spa treatments, to name a few. Others
this tent features a cozy nightstand with touches of home.
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are more pared down, eschewing technology so visitors can more fully separate themselves from day-to-day life. Yet in all situations, guests are treated to warm showers, soft beds and natural vistas. As with camping, glamping appeals to those who want to slow down and to escape the noisy, harried bustle of the city or the sprawling concrete expanses of the suburbs. Fresh air, leisure, and tranquility are all key reasons for wanting a vacation that’s a bit closer to nature. Many feel that glamping, shorn of the stressors that can accompany traditional camping, allows them to truly relax and to enjoy their surroundings more fully. High-end tents were a staple on nineteenth-century colonial expeditions in Asia, Africa and Oceania, but the concept has caught on in Europe and America only recently. If a tent doesn’t sound appealing, the options for shelters are myriad: yurts, tipis, treehouses, Airstream trailers, huts, villas and eco-pods are only a handful of the choices. Glamping businesses vary widely in size, ranging from small proprietors to large resorts, and accordingly, the prices also range widely, running anywhere from eighty dollars to thousands of dollars per night. Many glampers seek out these less expensive options, relishing the fact that they offer a middle ground between traditional camping and the cost of a hotel. But for the occasional camper, even the more expensive options can be costeffective, given that it is not necessary to spend a great deal on camping supplies
owls are used as decorative accents in this “glamp-site.”
Jessica rosier, an interpretive naturalist at the Indiana dunes state park, sets up the ”glamping” displays.
Glamping with Mary Jane by maryJane butters is a good resource when beginning your “glamping” adventure.
produce to many high-end restaurants in Chicago (featherdown.com). There is no electricity in the tents, but they are far from spare. Spacious enough for six people, the tents come outfitted with beds, hardwood floors, a dining area, a cooking stove, a toilet and all necessary supplies. This is an ideal destination for food enthusiasts, since guests are given access to the farm’s organic produce, fresh eggs and dairy and free-range meat. Evenings are spent over lingering dinners, the warm glow of candlelight and star-gazing. Lodi, a small, scenic town in south central Wisconsin, offers multiple glamping opportunities. One can take in the lush hills, trout streams, and glassy lakes of Lodi from the comfort of wooden cabins, gazebos, yurts, or even a Conestoga wagon. Information on all these options, plus hundreds more around the country, can be found at glampinghub.com. Even more locally, the Indiana Dunes State Park occasionally hosts “Glamping Weekends” for women interested in getting a healthy dose of nature. Participants can partake in classes on jewelry-making, sunset hikes and campfire gatherings. July 2013
that might be used only rarely. While a few glamp-sites require visitors to supply their own bedding, most provide everything necessary, and visitors aren’t required to pack any items that they wouldn’t need for a normal hotel-stay. Many sites offer kitchen facilities so campers can cook their own food, but one need not resort to standard campfire fare. Glamping-friendly cookbooks like Robin Donovan’s Campfire Cuisine (Quirk Books) feature gourmet recipes suitable for outdoor cooking. Grilled salmon with balsamic fig sauce, mustard and rosemary lamb chops, and orzo with wild mushrooms are just a few of the healthy and delicious options one can enjoy under the stars. While glamping would make a great couples’ getaway, many sites offer accommodations sufficient for larger groups, making it an equally appealing option for a vacation with friends, a girls’ weekend or a bachelor party. Many glamp-sites are located near national parks or forests, and in addition to peace and privacy, they can offer a great base of operations for more active pursuits. Skiing, hiking, kayaking and biking are just some of the options available for glampers, and some locations offer more exotic activities like zip-lining, river tubing or whitewater rafting. The glamping experience can vary greatly from region to region, and even from site to site. In Caledonia, Illinois, one can rent a fully-furnished tent on Kinnikinnick Farm, an organic farm that provides
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why wait in line to surf on the crowded pacific coasts in santa barbara or oahu? lake Michigan offers exciting opportunities for surfers of all skills, whether you prefer to ride the shallow ripples near the shore or “hang ten” in the freshwater. erin Gerard, of third Coast Surf Shop in St. Joseph, offers an insider’s perspective on the lake Michigan surfing scene. » wordS by erin gerard
g erin gerard relaxes on the beach, while her husband, ryan, prepares to catch a wave in st. Joseph.
Erin Gerard carries her son, Oliver. He took his first tour of California, from San Francisco to San Diego, in March 2012. Here he is with Erin in San Simeon.
Erin and her surfer husband Ryan Gerard in St. Joe at Third Coast Surf Shop.
diary of a surfer’s wife Local surf shop earns Lake Michigan recognition as a place to catch waves
[above] ryan and erin are pictured with a group of great lakes surfers in montanita, ecuador. [left] erin and ryan in 2005 at the original third coast surf shop in new buffalo.
rentals at the Galien river and New Buffalo City Beach in New Buffalo and at the Paw Paw river and Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor. And when opportunity arose, we added a new shop location in a 120-year-old storefront in downtown St. Joseph, just steps from the beach where ryan discovered his passion for surfing. Much has changed since the store opened its doors eight years ago. ryan and I got married, added a few stamps to our passports, and added to our family—first with a Wheaten terrier named Grover, then with a son named Oliver. In the midst of all of that, our connection to lake Michigan through the shop has been a constant, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us next.
photography courtesy of [this page] erin anD ryan GerarD; [opposite page, left] By tony v. martin, [right] courtesy of erin and ryan Gerard
years ago, I had never picked up a surfboard. today, however, there’s a wetsuit drying in my basement and a quiver of custom surfboards in my garage just waiting for the next time the waves show promise. But don’t get the wrong idea. I’m not a real surfer— I’m more of a surfer by marriage. My husband, ryan, was the first person I ever met who surfed, let alone surfed on lake Michigan. When he described his love of surfing over our first date at the Stray Dog in New Buffalo, I pictured it as a hobby kind of like golf, something you could just show up and do at your preferred time and place. What I didn’t understand then was that surfing wasn’t a hobby, but an adventure—a search to find the right conditions, with the right board, at the right time. And it’s been nothing short of an adventure for ryan and me as we’ve grown a business around the idea that, yes, you can surf on the lake. It started in early 2005. Although he had spent time in California immersed in the surf culture, ryan had returned home to Michigan a few years earlier to finish his degree at Northern Michigan University and be closer to family. Being away had given him a fresh appreciation of the surf scene on lake Michigan, the place where he learned to catch his first waves as a teen spending the summers on Silver Beach in St. Joseph. Seeing the potential for surfing to grow here the way it had on the West Coast in the mid-twentieth century, ryan didn’t think it was such a strange idea to turn a craftsman-style cottage tucked away on a side street in New Buffalo into third Coast Surf Shop, the first store of its kind on the Great lakes. the next few months were a crash course in setting up a retail business—everything from securing funding and contacting vendors to unpacking merchandise and setting up the point-of-sale system—before the store opened its doors. In that first year, there were challenges, such as the grueling schedule in the summer and lean months in the winter, but they were outweighed by benefits like helping local kids catch their first waves and meeting customers who would become lifelong friends. Soon, people from all over the world took surf lessons with us on lake Michigan, and New Buffalo even earned recognition from Outside magazine as one of the North America’s best places to learn to surf. We later added kayak and stand-up paddleboard
ask the surfer’s wife Erin Gerard explains where, when and how to paddle out on this shore in california, my husband would be one of thousands of surfers pulling up to the beach with a surfboard strapped to the top of his car. in Michigan, however, things are a little different. So, it’s only natural that people wonder just how surfing on the great lakes works. here are answers to some of the questions i’ve been asked over the years. Can you really surf on the lake? Yes, people surf on lake Michigan all year long. Fall, winter and early spring are the most consistent times for surf, as there are more wind-producing weather patterns. Although the waves are usually not quite as big and consistent in the summer, the warm, more gentle waves make it an ideal time for beginners to learn to surf.
so people surf in the winter? You might
Who surfs on the lake? At the shop, we’ve seen surfers come from points all over the Midwest and Canada to surf lake Michigan, representing every age, skill level and walk of life. A love of surfing—and the challenges that come along with it—is the common thread among all of them. Where can people surf on Lake Michigan? A big reason we chose St. Joseph for
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the shop’s main location is that there are a number of great beaches for surfing in the area. However, there are many other places around the lake where people surf, including certain beaches in Chicago (for specifics, visit chicagoparkdistrict.com). Normally, the breaks more conducive for surfing, and those that have better waves are found near man-made jetties, piers and breakwalls, as well as natural shoreline formations like points, bays and coves. Wind and wave conditions will also greatly
affect the quality of a wave, as will the bottom contour of any given beach.
how big do the waves get on Lake Michigan? Just last
erin and ryan with bing copeland, founder of bing surfboards and legend in the surfing industry, at the noosa Festival of surfing in noosa, Queensland, australia.
October, waves on southern lake Michigan reached more than 20 feet due to Hurricane Sandy. However, most surfing is done in waves ranging from knee-high to overhead heights. the size of the waves depends on factors such as wind speed, wind direction, wind duration, the amount of fetch (the length of water the wind is blowing over) and the bottom contours over which the waves are breaking.
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not realize it, but wetsuit technology has improved dramatically in recent years—so much so that surfers have ridden waves in Antarctica. If you have appropriate equipment, it’s possible to stay comfortable and safe surfing in the coldest conditions, right up until the lake freezes over. ryan even tells me that he’s warmer in his wetsuit than I am standing on the beach in a parka.
erin gerard demonstrates paddleboarding on the paw paw river.
power visit lake michigan in July and august, and it’s more likely you’ll see calm, gentle ripples rather than the stormy, head-high whitecaps that surfers pray to find. but no waves are no problem, because that’s when I take to the water with my stand-up paddleboard.
called the fastest-growing water sport in the world, stand-up paddleboards (sup) are oversized surfboards designed for maximum stability and used with long, canoe-like paddles. not surprisingly, stand-up paddleboarding originated in hawaii, but its popularity has grown not only on the coasts, but anywhere there is water—even a smaller lake, river or pool. It wasn’t long ago that I’d get puzzled looks and even a few questions from boaters and beachgoers as I glided along the galien river and around new buffalo’s jetty on stand-up paddleboards. Is it a surfboard? or is it more like a kayak? today, however, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen stand-up paddleboarders seemingly walking on water along the horizon. In fact, lake michigan was mentioned alongside malibu as one of outside magazine’s favorite places for stand-up paddleboarding last year. It’s not difficult to see the appeal. stand-up paddleboarding provides a full-body, low-impact work-out that improves core strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance and flexibility. and it’s not limited to just the laird hamiltons of the world. all ages and fitness levels can try stand-up paddleboarding, and even beginners can go from kneeling to standing with a few quick pointers. once you get going, you can choose to row along at a leisurely pace or challenge yourself at a more strenuous clip. For a different challenge, you can even combine stand-up paddleboarding with yoga. stand-up paddleboard yoga is just like it sounds, with a stand-up paddleboard taking the place of a yoga mat, and the setting is a lake or river instead of a yoga studio. It offers such traditional yoga benefits as improved balance and increased flexibility, all with the opportunity to connect with nature and have some fun on the water. but I have to admit, exercise isn’t at the forefront of my mind when it comes to stand-up paddleboarding. It’s impossible to compare it to running on a treadmill or sweating in a zumba class, because tallying up calories burned is just unnatural when you’re on the water. Instead, you’re more aware of the scenery around you and the gentle rocking of the water beneath your board.
third coast surf shop in st. Joseph.
ryan surfing in nicaragua in april 2012.
water sports calendar Looking for more to do at the beach than just read the new James Patterson book? here are some activities to try on Lake Michigan this summer.
learn to SurF
If you’ve always wanted to surf, you don’t have to go to hawaii or california to learn. lessons are available all summer long on lake michigan. beginner classes start with safety information and warm-up exercises on dry land before moving on to the water. For more information or to reserve a space in an upcoming class, call third coast surf shop at 269.932.4575 or visit thirdcoastsurfshop.com.
go exPloring on a KayaK or Stand-uP Paddleboard
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paddling provides a new way to look at your favorite beach or river, whether you opt to board a kayak or stand atop a paddleboard. Just north of new buffalo, the galien river features a meandering route through the undeveloped nature preserve to the city beach, with little current going either upstream or downstream. an option in the st. Joseph/benton harbor area is the slow-moving paw paw river, which runs through wetlands and harbor shores, a Jack nicklaus signature design golf course. stand-up paddleboards and kayaks (in one- or two-person configurations) are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis daily through labor day at the following locations, no reservations necessary. For more information, or to inquire about lessons or larger group rentals, contact third coast surf shop at 269.932.4574 or visit thirdcoastsurfshop.com. • galien river boat launch 17440 red arrow highway, new buffalo • new buffalo city beach, new buffalo
• paw paw river boat launch 601 graham avenue, benton harbor • Jean klock park, benton harbor
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why limit your yoga practice to just indoors when you can try it on lake michigan? stand-up paddleboard yoga provides a new perspective on being fully present in the moment. postures can be modified for all experience levels—or tailored to accommodate mother nature’s mood. For more information or to reserve a space in an upcoming class, call third coast surf shop at 269.932.4575 or visit thirdcoastsurfshop.com.
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reward yourself for climbing up the top of the dunes with a trip down on a sandboard. designed on the oregon coast, sandboards look similar to snowboards, but are designed specifically for sliding down the face of sand dunes. rentals and lessons are available through third coast surf shop (thirdcoastsurfshop.com); check to make sure sandboards are permitted at your favorite beach.
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words with special meaning to her and her husband. to create the look, she did some sanding, staggered the pallet lengths and used paint she already had and a printout of her saying. the possibilities to create your own personal art are endless, she says. “I envision monograms, personal sayings, initials, something that means something to you. that little saying is something I always said to my husband.” Finding new ways to use pallets is trendy, DiPasquo says. “It’s kind of cool to find something and repurpose it,” she says. “It’s rewarding.” For her tV stand project, she used pallets, old fence posts and scrap pieces of maple. She left the piece in its raw form, with no paint. “I like the character (the pallet wood) brings to the piece.” Jeff Bridegroom, of
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It’s always nice to get away — whether for a week or a weekend — it revives your soul and refreshes your mind. HarborTown Interiors can make your home a pleasure to come back to. You’ll find so many fun, beautiful, one-of-a-kind fabrics, furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories that will make you feel like you’re ALWAYS on vacation! Come home to HarborTown Interiors — and relax! Your HTI design team: Kerry, Stephanie, MaryKay and “Jack”
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HarborTown InTerIors Walking along the wonderful streets of downtown St. Joseph, Kathleen Wirtz and her husband Jack Slubowski were drawn to the amazing window displays at HarborTown Interiors. A bed in the window would be perfect for their new home they were going to build. They entered the store and that was the start of a wonderful relationship with Stephanie Grill and her partners, MaryKay Hylton and Kerry Cressler. From blueprints to completion, HarborTown was there every step of the way in the construction of their new home. Stephanie and her partners took care of everything — from bath towels and linens to lighting and furniture. They have an uncanny knack for knowing just the right fabric to pull from their enormous array of swatches, what rug would bring the look together or what accessory would add that special touch. And simply by changing slipcovers and accessories, our living room transforms from winter to summer!
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HarborTown does involves homes along the lake shore. Clients know Grill and her partners deliver not only quality service, but also creative solutions that ensure every interior is a one-of-a-kind. Their 2,400-square-foot showroom is a wonderland of fabulously fun home furnishing: eclectic home accessories, furniture and gifts. A one-stop shop, they handle everything from interior design to upholstery, lighting lamps, art, accessories, furniture window coverings and more. Besides being an authorized dealer for Norwalk and Company C, HarborTown carries Vanguard, Four Seasons, Wesley Hall, Comfort Design, Fjords, Braxton Culler, Stanley, Lexington, Four Hands, Dovetail, Halo Designs and Paula Deen by Universal. Rug lines include Company C, Dash & Alvert, Surya, Japur, Loloi, Classic Home and Chandra. “We can get the usual things, but we also carry and find things you don’t get everywhere,” Grill said. “We shop all over and have long-standing relationships with many vendors and manufacturers.”
Simply by changing slipcovers and accessories, Kathy Wirtz’s living room transforms from winter to summer!
94 Chicago Avenue South Haven Absolutely gorgeous custom home, built to encapsulate the boating/lake lifestyle in one of the most sought after cities in Michigan, South Haven! Lake Michigan is a treasure and its beauty changes daily. Simply watch the tour of boats and sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the private, all season, glass enclosed room, atop the upper deck or stroll down the private path to the 35â€™ boat slip that includes a boat lift, dock box and patio set.
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The exterior of the home features a 3 stall garage, custom brick driveway with ample parking for all your guests and professionally manicured yard. The interior of the home is filled with plenty of natural light, offers a chefâ€™s kitchen, master suite, personal sauna & hot tub and executive office.
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income—and Shore Style can rent bikes or cribs to your guests, or cater a romantic beach dinner! All of these services are available through the newly designed website at shoresofsouthhaven.com. the experience and knowledge of Jay DeBruyn and the staff at shores of south haven is proven in its presence and continued success. Possessing a passion for lake shore real estate and showcasing the appeal of South Haven’s magnificent beaches, parks and sunsets, has helped Shores turn visitors into residents and renters for decades.
tanding atop a hill overlooking quaint downtown and the Black river harbor, shores of south haven, Inc. is a landmark of its beach side namesake. Founded by Broker Jay DeBruyn in 1977, this year marks the company’s 36th anniversary. Along with this milestone, Shores can boast equally impressive credits for property development and vacation rentals. In fact, Shores has been the catalyst for the sales of over 300 river and lakefront condominiums, and has the area’s largest inventory of weekly rentals. this diverse experience coupled with long standing community involvement has made Shores the smart and easy choice for thousands of buyers, sellers, renters and investors. Shores began in a tiny 400 square foot brick building that originally housed the city’s drawbridge operations. One three-story building later and Shores of South Haven is now located directly downtown on the corner of Phoenix and Kalamazoo Streets, with 10 full time real estate sales agents, a dedicated vacation rental department, a collection of boat slip rentals, and an exclusive interactive window display that may be accessed 24 hours a day. However, that is far from the end of services and conveniences offered by Shores. the accomplishments and high minimum standards of shores of
Culinary vist vistA the sIgnature room at the 95th celebratIng two decades oF FIne cuIsIne and spectacular vIews words by eloIse marIe valadez
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twentieth anniversary is always cause for celebration. When it’s the twentieth anniversary of a premiere sky-high fine dining venue, the celebration tends to be of monumental scope. “I’m ecstatic that we’re celebrating our twentieth anniversary,” says Angela Aspito, director of operations at The Signature Room at the 95th located at the John Hancock building, one of Chicago’s architectural gems. “It’s a huge deal for us and also for the industry.” Aspito says because eighty percent of restaurants fail within only a few years, it’s an even greater accomplishment to be marking such a monumental anniversary. The Signature Room at the 95th was established July 3, 1993 by Rick Roman and Nick Pynkis, former employees at The 95th, the restaurant which once occupied that same space atop the Hancock. “The owners put their blood, sweat and tears into it,” says Aspito, adding she heard stories of that first day of operation in 1993. “They had a third of the staff they were supposed to have, and they both had to stay until 3 a.m. to do the dishes.” According to Aspito, the owners’ restaurant project was a real dream come true which came to be through much hard work and diligently pursuing a dream. “Rick and his wife bought a computer and put together a business plan by reading about starting a business from the Book for Dummies,” she says, laughing. The restaurant’s name, Aspito says, was a type of play on words associated with the name of the building it’s housed in. “John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence,” Aspito says, adding the owners thought The Signature Room would be an ideal moniker for their establishment. In addition to The Signature Room at the 95th dining room, there is its accompanying The Signature Lounge at the 96th. The former dining establishment that was atop the Hancock was French-inspired while The Signature Room at the 95th has evolved to be a restaurant focusing on high quality, contemporary American cuisine with global influences. Aspito says the restaurant’s executive chef Rosalia Barron, the first woman to man the kitchen at The Signature Room, is bringing years of experience and creativity to her position at the acclaimed establishment. Dishes are created with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. And quality, in terms of ingredients, service, and overall
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management, is of utmost importance. Chef Barron, a native of Mexico City, previously worked with Chicago chefs Rick Bayless and Carrie Nahabedian. She’s been at the helm of the restaurant since last October. “She has a diverse background and gives us an opportunity to provide a new and exciting experience to diners,” Aspito says. Among items on Chef Barron’s new menu are a duck trio appetizer, seared foie gras appetizer, entrees such as pan seared veal chop with smoked bread pudding, chorizo-stuffed pork chop with whipped potatoes, braised rabbit pot pie with truffles, spring vegetables and puff pastry, roasted rack of lamb, and slow roasted short ribs. Other items starring at the restaurant include pancetta crusted seared scallops, rosalia barron is seafood linguini, herb the executive chef roasted chicken, Wagyu of the signature ‘Manhattan’ strip steak, room at the 95th. spiced duck breast and grilled tofu. The restaurant’s wine cellar features a wide variety of international and domestics selections. Chef dinners featuring wine pairings are also held throughout the year. About the dining philosophy in operation at the restaurant, Aspito says their vision statement lies in being a “world leader” in providing excellent food and a beautiful experience to all diners. The owners also have established The Signature Room’s Charity of the Month Program which has raised more than $1 million for more than 220 nonprofits through the years. In celebration of The Signature Room’s twentieth anniversary, the following specials will be available through July: • Lunch buffet prices from 1993, available Thursdays through July 25. Cost for the Signature Lunch Buffet, running from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Thursdays only, will be $6.95. (The lunch buffet is also available on Fridays and Saturday for $20 for adults; $11 for children 12 and younger).
pork medallIons wIth roasted garlIc demI sauce (serves 4 to 6 portions) the main dining room at the signature room at the 95th has a panoramic view of chicago.
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• Enter to win a 2013 wedding or anniversary celebration through June 30. A special micro-site will be offered for entry. • Dinner entree specials July and specials promoted through Twitter and Facebook social media outlets will be available through July. For more information, visit signatureroom.com The following recipe is from Chef Rosalia Barron.
heads of roasted garlic pork tenderloins (about 10-ounces each) slices of bacon tablespoon olive oil tablespoons butter Salt and pepper to taste medium shallots (thinly sliced) ounces white wine ounces veal demi sauce (From grocery store) springs of flat parsley, finely chopped.
Use a spoon to mash half of the garlic cloves. reserve the remaining garlic. lay two of the tenderloins down across the cutting board. lay some plastic wrap across them and give them a light pounding with a meat tenderizer or the heel of your hand, to flatten tenderloins slightly on the fatter end. remove and discard the plastic wrap. top the tenderloins with the mashed garlic, spreading the paste-like substance evenly, lay two slices of bacon, and wrap two tenderloins. repeat process for the other two loins, creating an even shape tube. Using kitchen string, tie each double tenderloin together tightly and evenly at several points along the tube, that way it can be sliced into medallions without cutting strings. refrigerate for 12 hours. Preheat oven at 325 degrees. In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over high heat. Add one tablespoon of butter and once it’s melted and light brown in color, season the pork generously with salt and black pepper. Cook the pork over high heat for about 4 minutes each side until evenly browned. Place the meat in a roasting pan and finish in the oven for about 20 minutes. Finished meat should be cooked through, but moist in the center, remove from the oven and allow to rest. Discard the fat from the sauté pan and add one tablespoon of the butter. Heat to light brown add shallots, cook to translucent, deglaze with wine and reduce by half. Add demi sauce and drippings from the baking pan. Whisk in remaining butter into the sauce as well as the garlic and parsley. to serve: Slice pork into medallions, arrange them around the platter, and spoon over the sauce.
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bArTleTT’S gOurMeT grill & TAVern 131 E Dunes Hwy 12, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. eatatbartletts.com. Bartlett’s is a gourmet grill by husband-and-wife team Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders. located in the heart of the National lakeshore, Bartlett’s has a cozy but very modern ambience. the menu is an exceptionally creative take on upscale roadhouse-type food. Starting off the meal are appetizers such as andouille sausage corndogs and surf & turf potstickers, as well as family style offerings like low Country spiced boiled peanuts and smoked venison sticks. entrées include 5-hour pot roast, whitefish fillet and linguine bolognese, ranging in price from $10 to $20. the wine list is modest but well-crafted.
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biSTrO 157 157 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.0992. bistro157.net. trained in Paris at le Cordon Bleu, chef and owner Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders has created a menu of classics—like a decadent sautéed veal and gulf shrimp, a pork rib chop with apple horseradish ham, and an herb-rubbed roasted half chicken— combined with her own creative takes on nouvelle cuisine with a number of fresh fish selections. Desserts include black chocolate-infused confections that have become standard for fine dining, and also sorbets and ice cream made from fresh fruit. there are some treasures on the extensive list of bottle wines, and many solid choices by the glass. blACK eyed p SMOKeHOuSe CAnTeen 110 West 9th Street, Michigan City. 219.809.2045. the Black eyed P Smokehouse Canteen of Michigan City is the home of the gourmet woodfire turkey. the owners have created a special cooking technique with a custom-made smoker and combined good old-fashioned cooking with innovative technology to create a delicious and juicy turkey. the signature woodfire cooking process is also used for turkey breasts, Cornish hens, chicken wings, and ribs. turkey and chicken can be ordered with one of
three distinct flavors—herb and garlic, Caribbean jerk, or Cajun. bOArdwAlK bAr And grill 3000 E Shore Dr, Culver. 574.842.5386. culvermarina. com/bwbg.html. the BoardWalk Bar & Grill offers live entertainment and private parties along with a thoughtful and popular menu. located at the Culver Marina, the restaurant boasts plenty of family seating at the gazebo, offering a great view of the harbor. buTTerFingerS 2552 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.6464. 921 Ridge Rd #D, Munster. 219.836.4202. every day, Butterfingers prepares a selection of ready-to-heatand-eat entrées, along with freshly baked breads and salads, all without preservatives. the chicken almond salad has long been a crowd favorite, but the rest of the lunch menu is equally gratifying. What Butterfingers is best known for, however, is their famous desserts. the restaurant’s two pastry chefs-whose training hails from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and Johnson and Wales in rhode Island-create an array of gourmet desserts, which includes beautifully decorated and delicious cakes (the double chocolate mousse cake is a must), and an assortment of cookies and brownies, all of which have been satisfying dessert lovers for more than twenty-five years. And to every party planner’s delight, Butterfingers does offer catering. CiAO bellA 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. ciaobellaonline.com. the cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at the newly opened Ciao Bella, a ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar. Patrons can sample a 12-inch gourmet pizza with a creative array of toppings like the Pizza Quattro Stagioni— tomatoes, artichokes, prosciutto and black olives—or the sauceless Pizza Al Fichi topped with goat cheese, figs and onions and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. For those who like more traditional pies, there are thin-crust options with toppings such as sausage,
fresh garlic, salami and jalapeños. Or try such entries as Ciao Bella’s signature dishes, rigatoni Boscaiola— spicy Italian sausage and rigatoni noodles topped with a tomato cream sauce—and the Chicken Pollo Ala romana, a chicken breast sautéed in a white wine sauce with roasted tri-color peppers and then sauced in a tomato cream. there’s also a great selection of seafood, pork and beef. Desserts change frequently, but the tiramisu is always on the menu. the extensive wine list focuses on european and Californian wines. Delivery and take-out available. dOn QuiJOTe 119 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.7976. donquijoterestaurantandimports.com. Proprietor Carlos rivero’s authentic Spanish cuisine, lively and friendly atmosphere, and conviviality with his return customers make this downtown Valparaiso restaurant a destination for Chicagoans and Michigan residents alike. the exciting menu features dozens of small courses, including a well-known classic paella with saffron rice and fresh-grilled seafood chunks. Grilled steaks and lamb and veal chops are abundant and cooked according to family recipes handed down for generations. the house specialty is a flan-textured vanilla cake. lunch entrées average $15, dinner $25. dunelAnd beACH inn 3311 Pottawattamie Tr, Stop 33, Michigan City. 800.423.7729. dunelandbeachinn.com. Duneland Beach Inn is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood just outside of New Buffalo, Michigan. the newly remodeled circa-1924 Inn houses eight guest rooms as well as the superb restaurant, catering to loyal locals and Chicagoans. Begin your Duneland Beach evening by unwinding in the cozy bar with one of their signature ice-layered martinis, or select from an extensive wine list like none other in the region (prices range from $26-$336), or simply relax with a cold craft beer after a day at the beach. For dinner, choose the tranquil outdoor patio or the comfortable dining room. the dinner menu includes special chef’s features such as prime steaks, fresh fish and seafood,
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gAMbA riSTOrAnT 455 E 84th Ave, Merrillville. 219.736.5000. gambaristorante.com. the former owners of the Venezia Bar & Grill and Venezia Café, Benito and Hilda Gamba, have combined their efforts into the grand Gamba ristorante. located in Merrillville, this restaurant is housed in an architectural masterpiece, which is hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Modeled after upscale restaurants in exotic european locations, the menu offers classic Italian cuisine. the risotto alla Milanese features Arborio rice with saffron, “just like in Milan,” and the wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. A banquet hall holds up to 200 people and looks out onto an open courtyard. gAuCHO’S 597 US Hwy 30, Valparaiso. 219.759.1100. gauchosvalpo.com. At Gaucho’s, diners enjoy delicious and unique cuisine invented by the Gaucho cowboys of southern Brazil, who provided meats for the people of Brazil with their famous “Churrasco” barbecue. At Gaucho’s, this centuries-old traditional feast is created tableside as servers bring such offerings as filet mignon wrapped in bacon, chicken parmesan, pork sausage, garlic-roasted turkey breast, merlot-marinated leg of lamb, and a variety of other meats, during Gaucho’s traditional Brazilianstyle dinner experience for $39.95. Seafood selections on Wednesday and Friday—just $29.95—include crab legs, shrimp, tilapia, perch, tuna, mahi mahi, salmon and clam strips, or add the meat selections for $45.95. All dinners include a 35-item salad bar, Brazilian mashed potatoes, and fried bananas. the lunch menu offers a large selection of sandwiches and salads. Start or finish dinner in the twisted Martini lounge upstairs for cocktails, cigars and live entertainment in a modern, intimate setting.
giOVAnni’S 6 0 3 R i d g e R d , M u n s t e r. 219.836.6220. giosmunster.com. this classic upscale Italian bistro is a local favorite, with charm, gracious service and an extensive menu. Innovative selections include a variety of appetizers, and specials are paired with recommended wine by the glass. A crab cake salad with fresh mozzarella and Bibb lettuce is a staple for lunch, and all entrées are accompanied by hot and crusty garlic Parmesan cheese rolls. You can indulge in a traditional multicourse Italian dinner or order by the item. For lighter fare, soups, salads and pizzas are served with cheerful dispatch. Sumptuous dinners include a renowned Veal Scallopine Piccata, served in a white wine sauce, and scampi sautéed in garlic, lemon, thyme and butter. the wine list is extensive but educational, and the desserts range from classic tiramisu to real Italian gelato. lunch entrées average about $12, while dinners cost $18 to $25. Kelly’S TAble 5727 N 600 W, Michigan City. 219.872.5624. kellyscreekwood.com. tucked away amidst 30 acres of woodland, the Creekwood Inn, built in the 1930s as a second home, is a delightful spot for those wanting to get away. But you don’t have to spend the night to enjoy a great repast at Kelly’s table, located inside the inn. It’s here that chef/ proprietor Patricia Kelly Molden creates a seasonal menu using the local bounty of the neighboring farms and orchards. recent appetizer offerings include a rich Onion Soup Savoyarde with egg yolks and cream, topped with Gruyère toast as well as crabmeat and artichoke-stuffed mushrooms. entrées range from the simple but delicious chicken tetrazzini to grilled cumin-crusted tuna with a mango habanero salsa, and rabbit braised in wine and served with summer vegetables. Fresh pumpkin custard—topped with whipped cream and flavored with Grand Marnier and crystallized ginger— and chocolate mousse served in chocolate tulip cups accompanied by a berry sauce are among Molden’s to-die-for desserts. For cocktails, consider Kelly’s table Cosmopolitan: a delightful concoction of Absolut Citron, triple Sec, Chambord, lime and cranberry or a capirinha made with Brazilian cachaça, fresh limes and turbinado sugar. ligHTHOuSe reSTAurAnT 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.9283. cedarlakelighthouse.com. Stunning water views through floor-to-ceiling windows are perfect for sunset aficionados and are just one more reason to stop at this restaurant nestled on the eastern
shoreline of Cedar lake. executive Chef Ken Mcrae draws upon his 25 years of culinary experience in creating a menu with such signature dishes as steaks—offered blackened or Cajun style upon request and served at a sizzling 500 degrees for the ultimate in flavor—plus lake perch and Chilean sea bass. For more casual fare, offerings include burgers, salads and pastas. there’s an emphasis on local products from nearby farms and ice cream from Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. Bottles of wine are half price on No Whine Wednesdays. luCreZiA 428 Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.926.5829. 302 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.5829. lucreziacafe.com. lucrezia has been a Northern Italian favorite since owners Michael and Nada Karas first opened it in the mid-nineties, in a historic downtown Chesterton building. Several years later, the couple renovated the William Barringer Brown Mansion just off the downtown square in Crown Point, continuing their fine dining tradition. (In fact, lucrezia won a 2006 and 2008 rOSe Award for “Putting Porter County on the Map.”) Signature dishes include chicken Vesuvio—slow cooked chicken served in a rosemary garlic sauce with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables—and roasted lamb shank braised in its own juices accompanied by roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage. Specials include veal medallions with mustard and mushrooms topped with a roasted brandy cream sauce. Not to be missed is the zuccotto, a sinful domed-shaped chocolate sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse and pistachios and sauced with both chocolate and raspberry. lunch entrées average $20, dinner $30. Miller bAKery CAFe 5 5 5 S L a k e S t r e e t , G a r y. 219.427.1446. millerbakerycafe.com. Veteran restaurant manager, Jack Strode, saw an opportunity to bring the old historic building of the Miller Bakery Cafe back to life. As someone who grew up on Miller Beach, Strode is dedicated to bringing the South Shore communities quality food and service from the original building. executive Chef Cheryl Bernacchi has experience in all facets of the restaurant industry including owning her own restaurant, Saute in la Porte. Using fresh and local ingredients, Bernacchi will offer American bistro type cuisine with a menu that will change with the seasons. STOney gArdenS 110 W 9th Street, Michigan City. 219.879.8997. stonygardens.com. Dedicated to creating moist, flavorful meats, the founders of Stony Gardens decided to take advantage of their engineering background and their passion for great flavor. the Stony Garden co-owners created a special smoker that would allow for the poultry to cook thoroughly, yet remain flavorful and juicy throughout. Stony Gardens also offers catering services with a variety of southern-fusion choices such as greens, Caribbean salad, pasta salad, rice and beans, cornbread, peach cobbler and more.
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ginO’S STeAK HOuSe 1 2 5 9 W J o l i e t S t , D y e r. 219.865.3854. 600 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.4466. ginossteakhouse.com. the chefs at Gino’s, who have more than thirty years of combined experience, use only the freshest ingredients in their homestyle cuisine. Starters include traditional minestrone soup from a family recipe, salads with fresh, locally grown produce, and crusty bread with crocks of butter. the nine-ounce prime steak tops the menu and is itself topped with roquefort cheese in its most popular rendition. All main dishes
are served with the restaurant’s signature marinated peppers, and entrées include fish and lobster delivered daily. the dessert menu features créme brûlée and various cheesecakes, but the housemade tiramisu is the highlight—a rich blend of coffee, chocolate and cream cheese flavors. A premium selection of wine, beer and cocktails is available at the full-service bar, and there is a special children’s menu so the entire family can enjoy the dining experience.
and seasonal cuisine. Culinary staff uses the freshest ingredients available for dishes like seared ahi tuna with soba noodle salad, veal chop Wellington, Maryland-style jumbo lump crab cakes, wasabicoconut-encrusted Florida grouper, seafood risotto with black truffle oil, grass-fed filet of tenderloin, or a small plate designed for those with a lighter appetite. looking for a casual dinner? Choose the best fresh burger in the area, tender smoky baby-back ribs, or the best fried chicken. For the total experience conclude the evening by reserving one of the restful, reinvigorating Jacuzzi suites with private bath and peek-a-boo shower in the inn.
bite & sip STOp 50 wOOd Fired piZZA 500 S El Portal, Michiana Shores. 219.879.8777. Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizza offers fresh, quality Italian foods and a neighborhood gathering atmosphere. their specialty is the authentic Naples Style Pie prepared and cooked just as it was 168 years ago in a wood fired hearth oven at over 900° F. their mission is to provide guests with authentic Napoletana pizza, house made gelato, fresh salads and unique sandwiches using only the finest fresh ingredients, cooked using time honored traditions and served in a warm inviting atmosphere. the restaurant also offers the finest micro-crafted beer and wine. STrOngbOw inn 2405 E US 30, Valparaiso. 800.462.5121. strongbowinn.com. the menu at this classic institution still includes a wide variety of turkey selections, but with daily specials that include barbecued pork ribs, seafood choices, prime rib and other comfort foods, one would never guess that the bakery and restaurant started as a sandwich stand during the Depression. Many families have had thanksgiving catered by Strongbow—the meticulously prepared traditional meal that can be ordered as take-out is virtually indistinguishable from that produced by a family team working in the kitchen for ten hours. Also, the bakery has exploded with a range of treats created daily, including cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, brownies, fruit tarts, truffles, crème brûlée and strawberry napoleons. lunch entrées average $8, and dinner is $18.
TeQuilA reSTAurAnTe 110 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.8226. tequilarestaurante.com. Striving to exceed any and all expectations of a typical Mexican restaurant, tequila restaurante offers a revolving menu that pairs fresh, seasonal offerings with the staff’s longtime traditional family recipes prepared in a scratch producing, labor-intense kitchen. Hearty plates are delivered to white linen, flower and candle adorned tables by devoted professionals. there’s something for everyone, starting with tableside guacamole, hand-cut carne asada, a build-your-own-plate of tacos, tostadas, sopes, enchiladas, tamales and flautas, as well as fresh ahi, mahi mahi, and sea bass tacos, to 21-day aged filets, one-pound pork chops and bone-in rib eyes. the seasonal cocktail selection boasts scratchmade 21-ounce margaritas and house drinks as well as a boutique of perfectly paired wines. established in 2009, tequila restaurante takes great pride in its current “on the square” location, offering a oneof-a-kind “Mexperience” in its eclectic social dining room (children’s menu available), tequila cantina (21 and over) or outdoor seating (weather permitting). reservations strongly suggested. VeniCe iTAliAn STeAK HOuSe 275 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.322.8565. veniceitaliansteakhouse.com. A quality restaurant with pickup and delivery services available, Venice Steakhouse offers a wide array of cuisines, from Italian-inspired meals to steakhouse classics. the menu includes dinner house specialties such as chicken saltimbocca, veal medallions, and roasted whitefish.
In addition to a variety of dishes, the eatery provides a stylish atmosphere for socializing and dining. Guests can mingle in one of the two outdoor dining areas—a glass-encompassed patio and an openair patio—as well as enjoy a marble bar indoors. williAM b’S STeAKHOuSe at blue CHip CASinO 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. 888.879.7711 ext 2118. bluechipcasino.com. Named after Boyd Gaming Corporation’s chairman and CeO William S. Boyd, William B’s is a world-class steakhouse in the tradition of the Stardust Hotel in las Vegas. executive Chef rudy Paniuagua advises that you should not over-grill a great steak: “the flavor of the meat and the marbling should speak for themselves.” rib eyes, t-bones, filet and porterhouse are the centerpiece of the menu—and all the little extras are available, including creamy horseradish, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and au poivre sauce with shallots, butter, cracked peppercorns and cognac—but you will also find fresh seafood, occasional exotic selections like ostrich, and exquisite pasta dishes, prepared in-house. there is a complete cocktail menu (the traditional martinis are excellent), as well as a fivestar wine list and complete appetizer and dessert selections. the average cost of dinner is $25, and reservations are highly recommended.
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theboulevardinn.com/bistro. this American Bistro on lake Michigan has a well-deserved and unrivaled reputation in Southwest Michigan. the view through the French doors overlooking the bluff is spectacular no matter what season, though dining outside on the porch has its own special charm, particularly at sunset or on a starry summer night. the interior of the dining room and cozy adjacent bar is impeccable. the menu changes frequently to accommodate seasonal, fresh and available fruits and vegetables, much of which are grown locally, but the basic entrée list—created by executive chef ryan thornburg, who worked as the restaurant’s sous chef for three years when it first opened— is extensive. thornburg’s menu items include horseradish crusted salmon accompanied by sautéed spinach in a Michigan cherry vinaigrette, steak frites—a tallgrass 8-ounce top sirloin with pomme frites and herb butter—and crispy duck confit with sweet potato perogies, micro greens, and walnut vinaigrette. Prices are reasonable, starting at $14 for the All American Burger with bacon, smoked gouda, lettuce, and tomato, to steaks for around $30. Be sure to check out the last Wednesday of the month sushi menu for such delights as seaweed salad with sesame dressing, shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber with wasabi topikiko—as well as the choice of sakes. reservations are always helpful, especially on the weekends. THe buCK burgerS And brew 412 State St, St. Joseph. 269.281.0320. eatatthebuck.com. Originally known as
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Jack Strode loved the big city. He loved the bright lights and the popular attractions and the streets filled with people and high-profile restaurants. Yet, he loved Miller Beach more. A Chicago restaurant management veteran and the third generation of his family to grow up playing along the sandy shores of Miller Beach and the Indiana Dunes National lakeshore, Strode recently packed up his young family’s Chicago condo to make the decision to make Northwest Indiana his home, and revitalize a restaurant which has remained dear to his heart. “My grandma lived on Miller Beach, so it’s played a role my entire life,” says Strode, owner/ general manager of the brand new Miller Bakery Café. “My mom also owns a cottage here, so I had a very personal interest in establishing a life here.” together with executive chef and laPorte resident Cheryl Bernacchi, Strode says he has been able to make both his personal and professional dreams come true with the opening of Miller Bakery Café. “It’s always been my dream to own my own place that offered great service alongside great food,” says Strode, who has managed Chicago restaurants such as Smith and Wollensky, rosebud Prime and the Cheesecake Factory. “Once we found our talented chef, it was icing on the cake.” Offering dishes such as Chili Glazed Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Cavatappi Pasta with House-Made Sausage, Miller Bakery Café is sure to become a quick favorite. Indeed, the culinary expertise of Bernacchi is sure to take this restaurant to a renewed popularity. “I have been cooking since I was little,” says Bernacchi, who previously owned and served as executive Chef of Sauté in la Porte. “My mom and aunt owned a catering company, so I was always finding a way to get involved. My favorite vision in the kitchen was a bowl of garden fresh vegetables to make spaghetti with.” these days, Bernacchi says she looks to build on these early culinary memories to create an interesting and exciting menu for the guests of Miller Bakery Café. “the Midwest is close to my heart, so I love having the chance to bring the most popular trends in dishes here,” she says. “Miller Bakery Café will offer a traditional way of dining, but provide new trends to the comfort foods we all grew up with. Most importantly, these dishes are going to be affordable, which is something I am very proud to offer.” resurrecting the much loved Miller Bakery Café is indeed a labor of love for Strode, who looks forward to sharing new elements of the restaurant with both returning and new diners. “We have really enjoyed brightening up the place,” says Strode. “We have added white tablecloths, more natural light, and local artwork on the walls. the inside of the restaurant now has a really warm feeling that we can’t wait to share with our customers.” “Cooking is my whole life,” adds Bernacchi. “I honestly don’t Miller Bakery Café feel like it’s a job. this restaurant is 555 S lake St now close to my heart and I can’t Gary, Ind. wait to share it with the entire 219.427.1446 community.” millerbakerycafe.com
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bite & sip the Silver Dollar Cafe, the restaurant was referred to by regulars as “the Buck” until it closed in 2009. the newly reinstated Buck Burgers and Brew promises to offer a new, affordable burgers-and-beer experience at a slightly more upscale version of the original Silver Dollar Cafe. the brewpup is focused on serving Michigan draft beers and ingredients sourced from local growers. CHeCK, pleASe! FArM TO TAble FeSTiVAl The Round Barn Winery, 10983 Hills Road, Baroda. 800.716.9463. redbarnwinery. com. located in the countryside of Southwest Michigan, the Farm to table festival provides an opportunity for award-winning chefs and local, familyowned farms to come together and give festival goers an afternoon of tasting and sipping local fare. there will be more than 40 chefs, farms, wineries, breweries and distilleries at the round Barn Winery. this first annual event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1 12:30 — 4 pm (eastern time). tickets may be purchased online at checkpleasefestivals.com. COpper rOCK 11111 Wilson Rd.,New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/ dining/copperrock.asp. A meat lover’s delight, this upscale restaurant features Midwestern USDA Prime steaks aged for 42 days in their Himalayan Salt Brick locker as well as a nice selection of seafood including cold water lobster, fresh seasonal oysters, crab cakes, king crab legs and colossal shrimp. For serious carnivores, there’s the 55-day
dry-aged 26-ounces bone-in rib eye while oenophiles will love the 450 selections of wine by the bottle or 40 selections by the glass. Must try sides are the truffled lobster mac ‘n cheese made with aged white cheddar and truffle cheese sauce, cavatappi noodles and chunks of lobster meat and the Copper rock Cheesy Fries— giant fried potato wedges smothered in truffle cheese sauce, crispy pancetta lardons and scallions. the Copper Classic Dinners offer a three-course selection of starters, entrees and desserts from a list including such selections as a grilled Kurobuta pork chop with apples, caramelized onions and mashed sweet potato, roasted chicken breast stuffed with king crab meat accompanied with asparagus, demi-glace and Hollandaise sauces, and chocolate mousse dome and crème brulèe. THe grille AT HArbOr SHOreS 4 0 0 K l o c k R d , B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.932.4653. harborshoreslife.com/grill. the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is the picturesque backdrop for the Grille at Harbor Shores. the new clubhouse restaurant will be open seven days a week during golf season (AprilOctober) and will schedule selected open days of the week in the off-season. executive Chef Mark Smith’s menu plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be focused on locally grown and sustainable food including a range of daily and weekly specials. While the lunch menu will have a variety of sandwiches, burgers and entrée salads, dinner will feature steaks, poultry, dish and signature dishes, also a complete wine list.
HArd rOCK CAFe at Four winds 1 1 1 1 1 W i l s o n r d , N e w B u ff a l o . 800.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com/ dining/hard_rock_cafe.asp. Hard rock’s energy pulsates in perfect synergy with Four Winds, making it a must stop for those who thrive on live entertainment, late night dining options, rock and rock memorabilia (nobody does it better than Hard rock Cafe) and well prepared American style food while staying close to the casino action. Adjacent to the gaming area, the two level, 12,000 sq. ft. Hard rock features seating for 275, live entertainment and, of course, a large gift shop area. Beyond their legendary Burgers like the 10 ouncer topped with seasoned bacon, Cheddar cheese, crisp fried onion ring, lettuce, tomato and pickles, there’s grilled salmon, smokehouse offerings like BBQ ribs and chicken as well as smoked pulled pork, a weekend breakfast buffet and happy hour. the kids’ menu features crispy chicken drum sticks tossed in their signature sweet Hickory BBQ Sauce, hot dogs and oven roasted chicken salad. For dessert, make the hard choice between such sweets as chocolate mousse, strawberry cheesecake, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and chocolate peanut butter pie. lArK & SOnS bArbeCue And HAnd CAr wASH 4 4 0 W M a i n S t , B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.926.9833. lark’s is known for their fine menu of delicious barbecued seafood, polish dogs, barbecued and jerk chicken, and a variety of side orders. the old-style southern recipes and aromas will take you back to another place and time. Visitors can see for themselves why Willie lark has
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the reputation of having the best barbecue in the twin cities area. plAyerS bAr & grille 221 Main St, St. Joseph. 269.982.4000. playersstjoe.com. A great lunch and dinner destination, Players Bar & Grille offers innovative dishes alongside perennial favorites. their menu includes appetizers like homemade spinach dip, salad selections such as a spinach salad with blackened salmon, and more. the restaurant’s dinner specialties include fried perch or chicken piccata. the restaurant also hosts events such as a weekly euchre tournament, trivia nights and live music. ryebelle’S 518 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.281.0318. ryebelle’s is a romantic and elegant destination for fine American cuisine. the restaurant features a comfortable dining room, exceptional service and fine American cuisine. the menu includes favorites such as juicy burgers and cheesy pizza, fresh seafood and hearty steaks. the restaurant offers rooftop dining overlooking scenic lake Michigan. SiX.One.SiX at Jw MArriOTT HOTel 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW, Grand Rapids. 616.242.1500. ilovethejw.com/ dining.html. Bringing the best through the door on the front end is the hallmark of this luxury hotel, located in this Michigan town on a growth trajectory. the menu is simple, and executive chef Justin Dalenberg satisfies the most discerning palate. Size, freshness and outstanding taste characterize the seafood. the mussels, oysters, salmon, tuna and scallops are cooked flawlessly and served in a variety of ways, including raw, grilled and poached in herb and broth combinations that coax out and mix perfect flavors. locally produced poultry, particularly the duck breast, gets an excellent treatment with specially designed, hand-cut vegetable sides. Steaks, chops and filets are held to a high standard, and the wine pairings exceed expectations. But the extras make the entire experience so memorable: the perfect martini with a choice of olives; spiced butter and cheese selections served with a variety of fresh-baked crackers and breads; a cheese plate presented with separate garnishes for each type and slice; and housemade desserts, including a thick, rich and dense crème brûlée in multiple flavors. even the coffee is a treat, especially when complemented by an aged Porto. the architecture, spacious interior design, orchestrated and technically perfect lighting, and impeccable service combine to create an atmosphere that enhances the experience. entrées average $25-$35. the specialty drink (the bar features a wall of blue Skyy Vodka bottles) and the wine list, like the menu, are highquality and carefully chosen. reservations are a very good idea; while the restaurant, Mixology bar and the atrium lounge fill the vast expanse of the first floor, at certain times on the weekends every seat is taken, and there may be a short wait. TAbOr Hill winery & reSTAurAnT 1 8 5 M t . Ta b o r R d , B u c h a n a n . 800.283.3363. taborhill.com. tabor Hill Winery’s restaurant is all at once elegant, urbane and semi-casual. Its windows afford ample, rolling vineyard views; the menu is sophisticated. Chef John Paul Verhage, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, gives a modified California-cuisine touch to signature dishes like raspberry chicken and the salmon wrapped in grape leaves. the extensive appetizer menu includes items like mini Morel Mushroom Pizzas and Kobe Beef Carpaccio. though the restaurant is easy
to find—just a half hour north of South Bend and 20 minutes east of New Buffalo—it’s not always easy to get in. reservations are suggested—but those who wander in unannounced can sip at the complimentary wine bar or purchase a glass and enjoy it on the stone terrace overlooking the vines. tabor Hill produces a wonderful variety of awardwinning wines, but for those who desire a harder libation, a full bar awaits.
glenwOOd OAKS rib & CHOp HOuSe 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. glenwoodoaks.com. the Jarosky family has been serving a solid menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood and vegetables for a generation, with specials that reflect newly popular items or vegetables in season. But the clientele returns again and again for the staples, which include Angus steaks and chops, sautéed fresh lake perch, oysters rockefeller done à la Isabelle, and salads of crunchy iceberg lettuce with house dressing. Armadillo eggs—fresh jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheddar, fried and served with salsa and sour cream—are the ultimate in comfort food. Dinner entrées average $20; lunch entrées run in the $12 range.
wild dOg grille 24 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.2519. thewilddoggrille.com. Sam Kendall, co-owner of the Wild Dog Grille, says their Italian-inspired cuisine, with a newage twist, has been delighting the public ever since they opened their doors in June 2007. Start out with fresh spring rolls stuffed with crab meat and wrapped in a thin rice paper, or try the crab cake served with three dollops of Creole rémoulade for a flavor enhancement. Another tasty option is the pesto spinach cheese dip served with flat breads fired fresh in the stone oven. their trademark stone oven pizzas are fired in the best stone oven on the market for an oldworld, thin-crust flavor. Fresh-cut steaks, such as the popular filet mignon and New York strip, are exceptional. Finish the meal with a vanilla panna cotta made from scratch from the chef’s family recipe, the Oregon berry cobbler or a Key lime tart. the restaurant has a liquor license, and the owners pride themselves on offering a laid-back atmosphere with the quality of high-end restaurants. Prices go up to $25.95 for the filet mignon, with most selections under $20.
SiAM MArinA THAi CuiSine 16846 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park. Chefproprietor tammy Pham has evolved into a legend for her mastery of a full menu with dozens of vegetarian options as well as traditionally spiced and marinated poultry dishes. the spring rolls and peanut sauce are prepared in-house daily, along with special soups. the authentic pad thai has a loyal following, and fresh coconut works in many of the dishes. A multicourse lunch averages $12, dinner $15.
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Giovanni’s chef focuses on freshness Colorful, fresh vegetables selected that morning are diced. Simmering pots give off savory aromas. Pastas are being rolled out and cut, fish delivered that morning is cooked to perfection, and freshly baked rolls are ready for every table. Seeming to be everywhere at once, executive chef Chris Pohl directs the activity in the kitchen at Giovanni’s. “I’ve been cooking since I was a kid,” he says, the years of experience distilled into his philosophy: “Fresh ingredients and strong, clean flavors,” elevating the menu at Giovanni’s to fine Italian fare, from the signature veal piccata—“I enjoy making it and it’s very popular”—to the fork-tender lamb: “I found a way to make it more tender and it’s become a favorite here.” Pohl loves to bake bread, its fresh-from-the-oven aroma a delight. He also offers daily specials determined by the availability of the market. “In our elegant dining room we strive for really good service in a calm, pleasant atmosphere,” says Pohl, who was voted Best Chef in this year’s Best of the region poll. “People come back. We’re a Giovanni’s neighborhood restaurant; very comfortable 603 ridge rd. and with quality dishes, made from scratch Munster, Ind. as much as possible—desserts, soups, 219.836.6220 many of the pastas.” giosmunster.com
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The living room, floored with lush exotic Tigerwood known for its rich oranges, reddish browns and deep red browns and stripe-like markings of brown and black as well as its natural luster and durability, brings warmth to the wide open spaces, stonework and large windows and doors.
with its large arts and Crafts style windows opening up the indoors to the large vistas of grounds, gardens and beyond the pool area, Chikaming open Lands Grand Beach marsh, the vacation home of mark and mary hoppe, has the aerie ambience of life lived al fresco. words by Jane ammeson â€˘ photography by gregg rizzo
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“You definitely feel when you’re in the house, that you’re part of the outside,” says Mark about the house which is located in Grand Beach, just across the Indiana state line and was featured in last year’s Heartland Alliance Home & Garden tour. the couple were drawn to this area after spending time with friends who had a place in Southwest Michigan. “We had wanted a second home and considered Wisconsin,” says Mary, “but there’s something about the Michigan lakeshore which is just so wonderful.” After deciding upon the area, the two spent a year trying to find a home to buy. Unable to find exactly what they wanted, they instead decided to buy land. they hired Jeff Helman, AIA of Helman-Sechrist Architecture based in elkhart, to design what Mary describes as an Arts and Crafts home with contemporary features pairing cedar shingles and a wraparound porch running across the length of the home’s front. Designed with the couple’s active input, the Hoppe home is all about nature and livable space. “It has a lot that feels natural,” says Mary. “It was important
[Clockwise from left] The large kitchen with its two granite islands is a natural gathering place for friends and family; The main house and garage with its three upstairs bedrooms and living area are separated by a passage leading into the gardens; Guests staying on the second floor have their own gathering place; The porch overlooks the gardens and pool area with its accents of stone and wood; The Arts and Crafts style dining room table is near the kitchen and like all rooms of the house has windows overlooking the grounds; The back of the house features not only an outdoor kitchen but also pool, fire pit and hot tub.
when we designed the house to do a minimum amount of destruction to the trees around us.” Once their plans were completed, the Hoppes and Helman met with the owner who was developing the large swath of land with the goal of preserving its integrity. “He loved it,” says Mark. “And so our next step was to find a builder. Mary and I interviewed five builders but it was obvious when Mary met Barry london, a local builder that we were going to use him. they just clicked.” living among the elements meant a home that paid homage to the essences of nature. tigerwood, with its rich color ranges of oranges, reddish browns and deep red browns and stripe-like markings of brown and black, is an exotic South American wood known also for its strength and durability as well as its natural luster. this lush wood was used on the first floor along with stone for the entranceway. Intensely dark colored granite countertops with sprinkles of multi-colored stones compliment the color of the wood. Other elemental accents include the braided copper wall sconces found throughout the house and the sweeping
and palm fans is perfect for summer evenings and lazy afternoons. Other quiet areas are the window seats in the bedrooms, the garden pathways and steps on either side of the pool area leading towards the preserve. Native plants and natural landscaping also continue the theme of being one with nature. Small garden areas are filled with fens, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and the sweet tones of signing birds and the high chirps of the frogs living in the preserve’s marsh add vibrancy to the garden. there are many details to exclaim over—the very high ceilings in the upstairs hall leading to the guest bedrooms, but for lisa Nagy who with her business partner Gary lauffer who takes care of the home when the Hoppes are out of town, the best accent may be the tiny squares of dark red translucent tile forming a wall between the large bathtub in the master bath and the walk-in shower. “Whenever my niece helps out, she tells me she wants to see the root beer wall,” says Nagy, turning on a light created a luminescent glow through the rich dark reds that is indeed like the colors of root beer bottles.
staircases leading to the main floor and to the spacious entertainment area downstairs that fan out as they descend. the Hoppe home provides not only a refuge from big city living but also a place to gather friends and family for country living enjoyment. the main house has five bedrooms and a large outdoor passageway connects to another building with a three bay garage and three bedroom apartment above. Believing the heart of a home is the kitchen, Mary prepares meals with views of the back pool area and terraced gardens. “Mary wanted the kitchen to face the southeast so she’d have light year around,” says her husband. Professional grade kitchen appliances, seemingly endless counter space and two granite topped islands allow Mary to cook while friends linger about. Mark takes up the grill in the outdoor kitchen area which overlooks the hot tub, pool and fire pit and prairie grasses and trees of the nature preserve. When the weather turns warm, spaces for enjoying the outdoors abound for quiet contemplation and low key chats. Small arrangements of furniture can be found on the wraparound front porch and a large porch with high ceilings
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777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City 888.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com The casino portion of Blue Chip features 65,000 square feet of gaming, all on one level, including more than 2,100 slot games and all the classic table games. The 22-story Spa Blu Tower features a state-of-theart hotel, luxury spa and convention center. Dining options include It’s Vegas Baby! and The Game, along with the fine-dining restaurant William B’s Steakhouse.
CK building & deSign COrpOrATiOn 877.448.1516. ckbuildinganddesign.com. With more than 20 years of experience, the builders at this company specialize in custom homes and green building, as well as renovations and remodeling. CK Building works throughout lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and Will and Cook Counties in Illinois. deAn’S lAndSCAping 238 Kennedy Ave, Schererville. 219.864.9078. deanslandscaping.com. Dean Savarino and his team at Dean’s landscaping specialize in designing outdoor rooms for the home. Using a variety of hardscape structures such as patios, walkways and retaining walls, combined with other materials and patterns, Dean’s can create a custom backyard for each customer. Customers should call to schedule a consultation. FieldSTOne CAbineT COMpAny 800.339.5369. fieldstonecabinetry.com. Since 1979, Fieldstone Cabinetry has been creating custom kitchens and baths. With more than 90,000 door, finish and specie combinations, the options are endless for either new construction or remodeling products. A comprehensive line of internal organization accessories and decorative embellishments are also available.
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MAruSZCZAK AppliAnCe 7809 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. 219.865.0555. maruszczak.com. For decades, this award-winning, family-owned company has been selling and servicing major home appliances in the Munster area. Its broad inventory includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers and more, made by virtually every brand in the market. the company is factory-authorized to service everything it sells, and professional in-house delivery and installation services are also available.
MidweST wind And SOlAr 866.430.0518. Midwest Wind and Solar, llC specializes in solar electric, solar thermal and wind systems for the residential, commercial, municipal, educational, and agricultural sectors throughout the Midwest. they also provide grant writing, certified site analysis, design, installation, maintenance, and training. With over 25 years of electrical, automation and project planning experience, Midwest Wind and Solar assures superior results.
specialized in commercial glass and glazing. their state-of-the-art glass can be installed just about anywhere, from partitions, walls and doors, to the shower and bath. the inventory includes endless variations of glass, including clear, frosted, patterned and back-painted glass, along with digitally printed glass products. trainor serves all of Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.
OMni enTerTAinMenT 1151 Southpoint Cir, Ste D, Valparaiso. 219.464.1832. omnientertainmentsystems.com. Omni entertainment provides custom electronic design solutions for both residential and commercial clients. Services include custom installation of home theaters, multi-zone audio and automated lighting systems, as well as telephone, video security and background music systems for commercial properties.
lindAl CedAr HOMeS 23160 W M 43, Kalamazoo. 269.668.3332. lindal.com. this top-volume dealership works thoroughly with each client in every stage of the home-building process, including planning, design, site evaluations and builder assistance. top-quality cedar is the highlight in lindal’s custom homes.
STeiner HOMeS 4825 W 100th Ln, Crown Point. 219.916.3744. steinerhomesltd.com. Steiner Homes offers affordable homes throughout lake, laPorte and Porter counties. the in-house residential home designer works with clients’ ideas, either from a previous plan or starting from scratch. Clients can build on their own lot, or Steiner has access to a variety of lots throughout the area. A variety of features are available, and Steiner is committed to keeping those options at the highest quality and most affordable price. SuperiOr COnSTruCTiOn 2045 East Dunes Highway, Gary, Ind. 219.886.3728. Superior Construction is the premiere large construction firm in Gary, Ind., having built such notable structures as Saint Mark’s Church, lew Wallace High School, the Virginia Hotel, and the Memorial Auditorium. today, that legacy continues, with their safety priority and awards as one of the top companies in that arena in the state. TrAinOr glASS COMpAny 202 N Dixie Way, South Bend, Ind. 574.855.2380. trainorglass.com. Since 1953, trainor Glass has
MC COlluM ArCHiTeCTS 16109 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier. 269.469.9211. mccollumarchitects.com. this full-service architectural firm has spanned 40 years and 100 miles, and has built everything from urban to second home communities, low to upscale housing, single family to multi-family homes, tiny boutique restaurants and even upscale urban eateries. the firm is involved with renovating and creating new housing, amphitheaters, day care centers, and special community development projects designed to create flexible environments. wATer plACe 18853 W US 12, Ste 3, New Buffalo. 269.231.5153. the Water Place is a decorative plumbing and hardware products superstore. With whirlpools, faucets and cabinets, this facility has “everything you need for plumbing services.”
ArCHiTeCTurAl ACCenTS, inC 9760 Indiana Pkwy, Munster. 219.922.9333.
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THe beACH HOuSe 619 E 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. the 1,000-square-foot showroom at the Beach House features “beachy,” cottage-style home furnishing and accessories. In the store’s lower level, the Wicker Gallery, custom orders are accepted. the store began as and still houses an upscale showroom of very current, high-quality, pre-owned furniture known as like New. COpper buTTerFly 120 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.1506. this hometown boutique with an uptown flair is located in the historic Metcalf Apothecary building built in 1881. the original built-in walnut cabinetry houses trendy fashions, unique gifts, home decor, artisan jewelry, vintage finds, art and fair trade items. Copper Butterfly is a friendly family-owned business and supports “Shop local.” FenKer’S HOMe FurniSHingS And giFTS 1 1 1 4 L i n c o l n w a y, L a P o r t e , I n d . 219.362.3538. A t F e n k e r ’s H o m e Furnishings & Gifts, they offer quality home furnishings for every room of the home. Fenker’s carries furnishings for the living room, dining room, den, bar, sunroom and more. they also offer delivery service, clock repair, and design services, and are always available with friendly and helpful advice and recommendations. HOMenClATure 1948 45th Ave, Munster. 219.697.2548. myhomenclature.com. this furniture store’s ever-changing high quality inventory includes new and gently used home furnishings-complete living room sets, armoires, footstools, candlesticks and more-and original one-of-a-kind décor. Homenclature offers a range of styles from traditional, modern and contemporary to retro and eclectic. indiAnA FurniTure 1 8 0 7 E L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.0545. athomeatlast.com. Since 1980, this family-owned and -operated company has offered quality home furnishings and customer service. A wide range of home furnishing providers are represented here, including Ashley, lane and la-Z-Boy. liKe new HOMe FurniSHingS beACH HOuSe & wiCKer gAllery 619 East 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. this home decor store offers gently used high quality furniture in their retail space. the store also offers selection of new furniture in their Beach House and Wicker Gallery. lOu buTCHer’S FurniTure werKS 4 9 8 0 W U S 2 0 , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.872.1700. furniturewerks.com. the Butcher family provides quality furniture upholstery, repair and refinishing. Furniture Werks also offers to work with customers to come up with something new using different finishes or fabrics.
AlAn rObAndT 114 E Front St, Buchanan. 312.560.7482. alanrobandt.com. Alan robandt, formerly an antique dealer who owned Alan robandt & Co. in Chicago, moved to Buchanan to open a new shop that goes by nearly the same name. this time, though, while antiques are in the mix, the inventory is more modernized and eclectic. bAyberry COTTAge 510 Phoenix St., South Haven. 269.639.9615. bayberrycottage.com. One of South Haven’s most well-known shops, Gwen DeBruyn’s Bayberry Cottage features home furnishings and accessories which include furniture, wall décor, rugs, florals and bath and body products. Interior design services are also available, and items can be special ordered if not in stock. blue STAr AnTiQue pAViliOn 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas. 269.857.6041. bluestarantiquepavilion.com. Antique lovers travel from all over to arrive at this Destination mall, voted “Best of the Best” in a four-state area. BSAP features more than 175 dealer booths of quality antiques, collectibles and other fun merchandise. even non-antiquers will appreciate the diverse inventory. Patrons can also try “Brewtiquing,” at the on-site award-winning Saugatuck Brewing Company. CuSTOMS iMpOrTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. this exotic gallery hosts a large, distinguished inventory of global art, furniture and antiques from India, Indonesia, China, Morocco and Vietnam. Dee Dee Duhn’s showroom features teak root benches, textiles, Indonesian pottery, unique new furniture and an extensive mirror gallery. Claudia lobao’s Global Dreams jewelry can also be found here. HArbOr TOwn inTeriOrS 613 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7774. harbortowninteriors.com. Harbor town Interiors offers home décor items such as furniture, mattresses, bed coverings, rugs, and home accessories. Gift items and full service design consultation are available. iMperiAl FurniTure 57530 M-51 S, Dowagiac. 269.782.5020. imperialfurniture.net. Imperial Furniture was started in 1962 by russ and eleanor Klapchuk and was known as Imperial Bedding Company. Originally, it manufactured custom-made mattresses and box springs. With the addition of headboards, chests and upholstered goods, within 10 years the company outgrew its downtown location, moving to its current site. today, the Klapchuks’ daughter, Carol, and her husband, Art Springsteen, own the business. the family provides an oldfashioned atmosphere, where shopping is fun and there are no high-pressure salesmen. Customers say it’s the best-kept secret in southwest Michigan. MArCO pOlO 1 3 5 6 5 R e d A r r o w H w y, H a r b e r t . 269.469.6272. marcopoloantiques.com.
this is where antique meets modern. In a shop that mixes mid-century with primitive, industrial with rural, and a range of lighting and art with oddities and curiosities from around the world, Brian Overley and Alan DeBaugh show collections that are at once functional, relevant, and beautiful. red ArrOw gAllery 1 3 6 4 8 R e d A r r o w H w y, H a r b e r t . 269.469.1950. redarrowgallery.com. red Arrow Gallery is the largest gallery in southwestern Michigan dedicated to bringing art lovers a vast selection of art from the most talented and unique artists in the area. the collection includes oils, acrylics, sculptures, jewelry, art lamps and sculptural furniture. the gallery offers a varied collection of fine art by established well-known artists as well as talented emerging artists. Furniture artists are available to design and construct one-ofa-kind pieces that could be the centerpiece of a home. SAnCTuAry at CuSTOMS iMpOrTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. Born out of a desire for inner peace amidst the nation’s current economic turmoil is Sanctuary, the new store-within-a-store at Customs Imports. Owner Dee Dee Duhn has dedicated this space to feature items promoting quiet and tranquility, including art, music, candles, fountains and incense. SAwyer HOMe & gArden CenTer 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.8810. sawyergardencenter.com. the Sawyer Garden Center offers a large inventory of items for the garden, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, plus a variety of high-quality lawn accessories. A large gift shop and gourmet shop—featuring produce, breads, sauces and cheeses—are also on site.
SOiree urbAn giFTS 421 N Main St, Oshkosh. 920.231.2888. Soiree Urban Gifts & Antiques was founded in 2003 by mother-daughter team Karen and Kia Brey. Soiree carries a wide range of eclectic and salvaged goods, new reproductions, and locally made art as well as gifts, home décor, and a great assortment of lake themed clothing and wall décor.
Arnell CHeVrOleT 2 3 9 M e l t o n R d , B u r n s H a r b o r. 219.787.9200. arnellmotors.com. One of Northwest Indiana’s largest auto dealers features an impressive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, Hummers and Corvettes. Parts, servicing and financing are also available. b&e MArine 31 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City. 888.603.2628. bemarine.com. this family-owned and -operated boat storeslash-marina features a large inventory of new Sea ray and Boston Whaler models, along with an ever-changing selection of used and brokerage boats. Its waterfront location allows B&e Marine to provide on-the-water services, including boat slip rental, storage, hoists and fuel dock. dOrMAn gArAge, inC 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. dormangarage.com. W ith more than twenty years of experience,
Dorman Garage specializes in classic car restoration. Aside from offering restoration services, there is also a large inventory of restored classic automobiles for sale. HArbOr AuTOMOTiVe grOup 9 9 1 1 W 3 0 0 N , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.6789. harborcars.com. this auto dynamo features new and pre-owned vehicles by Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep and Pontiac. On-site parts, servicing and financing are also available. THe HArley-dAVidSOn SHOp OF MiCHigAn CiTy 2968 N Hwy 421, Michigan City. 219.878.8885. hdmichigancity.com. While the Harley-Davidson brand needs no introduction, the Michigan City store stands out in the crowd, being a member of the largest Harley dealer in the state. A large selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles are available for purchase or for rent. the store also offers accessories, repair services and periodic events. leXuS OF MerrillVille 3957 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 219.769.4545. lexusofmerrillville.com. lexus vehicles and customer-service focused sales teams can be found at this dealership, which features new and pre-owned vehicles—including luxury and sport sedans, SUVs and convertibles. Financing, vehicle services and parts and accessories are also available. SCHepel AuTO grOup 2 9 2 9 L i n c o l n H w y, M e r r i l l v i l l e . 866.724.3735. schepel.com. this renowned auto dealer in Northwest Indiana offers new and pre-owned vehicles by Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Buick and Pontiac. the experienced sales staff, plus the extensive online inventory, helps consumers find the car most suited for their needs. repair services are also available.
ruSSell’S FOreign CAr repAir 8754 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs. 269.473.3088. this dealer alternative provides service, repairs and maintenance during the vehicle’s factory warranty and beyond. russell’s Foreign Car repair services all imported car makes, but specializes in upscale european and Asian vehicles.
bArK & MeOw 108 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.477.3600. For nearly six years, this pet accessory boutique has featured clothing and toys for dogs and cats. Bark & Meow also carries a large selection of treats like bacon cheese balls, tuna sticks, bagels and, of course, the almighty dog bone. indiAnA uniVerSiTy preSS iupress.indiana.edu. Indiana University Press’s mission is to inform and inspire scholars, students, and thoughtful general readers by disseminating ideas and knowledge of global significance, regional importance, and lasting value. From novels to scholastic materials, Indiana University Press has the best collection of information on any topic. THe JOy OF FlOwerS 6 1 3 F r a n k l i n S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.4047. thejoyofflowers.com. Bernie Scott has owned this full service
MAry & MArTHA HOMe ACCenTS 2044 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.3820. Mary & Martha offers a wide selection of home accents to help shoppers find the perfect accent piece. their Highland showroom is filled with gorgeous lamps, unusual wall décor, artful centerpieces and other unique home accents that make a statement in home décor.
MC inTeriOrS 1 1 0 2 F r a n k l i n S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.872.7236. mcinteriorsin.com. MC Interiors offers a variety of home décor products including window treatments, floor coverings, draperies and upholstery. Services include free in-home consultation and estimates, plus installation of drapery, blinds, carpet, hardwood and ceramic flooring.
archaccents.com. this architectural millwork shop specializes in one-piece curved wood molding and radius millwork. In addition to radius casings for windows and doors, Architectural Accents can customize products for any shape and wood species.
shore things florist since 1981. the shop offers european and custom designs with imported and domestic flowers, blooming green plants, silk and dried flowers, gifts and more. SCHOOlHOuSe SHOp 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.1551. schoolhouseshop.com. this quaint collection of shops—located inside a schoolhouse built in the 1800s—features a wide array of gifts, antiques and home décor. Adelaide clothing boutique and the Magic Pantry—which features Marilyn’s Bakery products—are popular favorites at this shopping destination. wHiTing FlOwer SHOp 1341 119th St, Whiting. 219.659.0326. established in 1900, this reputable flower shop offers a large variety of floral styles, for an equally large variety of occasions. In addition to flowers, the shop carries a wide selection of giftware and collectibles, as well as plants.
THe CHriSTMAS Tree 2675 Mizpah Park Road, Benton Harbor. 269.849.3360. this year-round Christmas store is located 4 miles north of St. Joseph, Michigan. the store boasts beautiful, unusual, sparkling Christmas gifts and decorations, as well as gift ideas for other holidays and occasions. pOSSeSSiOnS 25 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.1925. possessionsdouglasmi.com. Possessions Gift Shop, located in downtown Douglas, is a destination where visitors can find an array of novelty items, as well as necessities. the gift shop holds clothing, jewelry and home accessories. It also features original art by local artists lisa Doezema-Schulist, Krista Ardensen, Brandy Schroeder, eva Snow and Greg Gale. purely MiCHigAn 406 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3300. puremi.com. PurelyMichigan, established in May 2012, offers a fun, unique shopping experience. the shop offer products designed, created, manufactured and distributed by Michigan individuals and companies. their inventory includes items such as jams, salsas and sauces, popcorn, chocolates and cookies, maple syrup and honey products, kitchen items, collections of art from local artists, blown glass and beach glass and t-shirts. wHiTe pine winery 317 State St, St. Joseph. 269 281.0098. whitepinewinery.com. White Pine’s goal is to produce wines from Michigan’s Great Southwest to showcase the region’s wonderful vineyards. Owner Dave Miller’s philosophy is to let the vineyards express themselves in his wines with as little intervention as possible. He also is a firm believer in using sustainable principles in grape production, using the latest methods to reduce the impact on the environment.
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HOMewOOd FlOriST 18064 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708.798.0326. homewoodflorist.com. Serving the Chicago area for more than 40 years, this full-service florist offers friendly and prompt service. Homewood Florist boasts a large inventory of fresh flowers and also specializes in tropicals, plants, european gardens, high-style floral, silk and dried arrangements, and gourmet and fruit baskets.
FAir OAKS FArM 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. fofarms.com. this family-owned and operated dairy farm is one of the largest in the United States. the Dairy Adventure gives visitors an up-close experience, including a tour of the cheese factory, where all different types of cheeses are made, and the birthing barn, where about 80 calves are born every day. greAT lAKeS CATering 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.898.1502. greatlakescatering.com. With a combined 150 years of experience, ed Kis and family have formed one of the area’s leading catering companies. A full range of services is available for all kinds of events, including catered foods and beverages, bands, tents, tables and more. For 10 years in a row, Great lakes Catering has been voted Northern Indiana’s premier caterer and special event planner. COllinS CAViAr 113 York St, Michigan City. 219.809.8100. collinscaviar.com. Mother and daughter Carolyn and rachel Collins are in their 25th year of business in the caviar industry. theirs is the only caviar house in North America to exclusively produce American freshwater caviar. After gaining national recognition, the pair moved to Michigan City three years ago, where they continue to produce traditional caviars. SeATTle SuTTOn’S Various locations, Indiana and Illinois. seattlesutton.com. Seattle Sutton’s Healthy eating (SSHe), a familyowned Illinois-based company, offers a convenient no-gimmick approach to healthful eating. the meal program is scientifically designed, tested and has over 25 years of proven results. SSHe prepares tens of thousands of healthy, delicious meals weekly and its innovative approach has helped thousands of people achieve and maintain weight loss without the planning, shopping or cooking for themselves.
OliVe Mill 220 Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.5900. olivemillsaugatuck.com. the Olive Mill offers imported and flavored olive oils, nut oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and dipping spices for bread, along with chips and dips, tapenades, spreads and sauces. Patrons can sample from the wide variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the store, and items can be purchased online as well. Several tasty gift sets are available, as well as serving pieces and bath and body creams, oils and shampoos. the Olive Mill also has locations in Geneva and Naperville, Illinois.
CenTer FOr iMplAnTS, SedATiOn And COSMeTiC denTiSTry 8 9 0 R i c h a r d R d , S t e A , D y e r. 219.227.5084. chicagonodentures. com. the doctors at this state-of-theart dental office—Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Jasmine Sandhu, Dr. Nilofer Khan and Dr. romal Sediq—specialize in full or partial implant services. the staff at the center is up to date on the latest technology and offers a pleasant, peaceful and even fun experience with friendly service and a gentle touch.
CAre pOinTe eAr, nOSe And THrOAT dOCTOrS 801 MacArthur Boulevard, Munster. 219.836.2201. carepointe.net. the otolaryngologists at Care Pointe spend most of their time listening to understand patients’ concerns, and responding with the best treatment options. CarePointe ear, Nose, throat and Sinus Center uses the most advanced and up-todate techniques and treatments, such as minimally-invasive sinus treatments, in-office Ct Scanning, balloon sinuplasty, and allergy testing to accurately diagnose and quickly treat patients. CenTer FOr OTOlAryngOlOgy 9120 Columbia Ave, Ste A, Munster. 219.836.4820. Bethany Cataldi, D.O., specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery. In fact, she is the only female facial plastic surgeon in Northwest Indiana who’s been specifically trained in surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Cataldi’s expertise in such procedures exclusively ranges all spectrums, from topical treatments like skin peels, to hair removal, to full nasal construction. COMMuniTy HOSpiTAl 9 0 1 M a c A r t h u r B l v d , M u n s t e r. 219.836.1600. comhs.org. this awardwinning hospital is a not-for-profit acute care facility with 354 beds and a medical staff of more than 530 physicians. Community’s services include a surgery center, oncology center, women’s diagnostic center, pain clinic and rehabilitation center. One of the hospital’s newest endeavors is the daVinci Surgical System, which is a cutting-edge technological system for prostate cancer. FrAnCiSCAn pHySiCiAnS HOSpiTAl 701 Superior Ave, Munster. 219.922.4200. franciscanphysicians.org. Franciscan Physicians Hospital offers nearly 50 medical specialties and subspecialties in a 63-bed acute care hospital setting. Physicians and staff provide award winning services, state-of-the-art technology and best-in-region staffing ratios to deliver the highest quality of care. An endovascular program led by world-renowned Dr. Paul Jones provides NWI patients the best in heart care. FrAnCiSCAn ST. AnTHOny HeAlTH 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.879.8511. saintanthonymemorial.org. this acute care hospital, serving laPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated health care network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice. FrAnCiSCAn ST. MArgAreT HeAlTH 5454 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.932.2300. smmhc.com. One of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana, Saint Margaret Health offers myriad services in their Dyer and Hammond locations as well as multiple off-site facilities. the hospital offers all private inpatient rooms, a wide variety of health care services, and state-of-the-art technology. MeTHOdiST HOSpiTAlS 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4000. 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. methodisthospitals.org. With two fullservice campuses in Northwest Indiana, these not-for-profit, community-based hospitals have a reputation for being one of the region’s leading health care providers. Methodist’s physicians, staff and
volunteers proclaim a dedication to quality service, with specialties in multiple areas of physical and mental health, including cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and behavioral health. ObSTeTriCAl & gyneCOlOgiCAl ASSOCiATeS, inC 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 877.462.6249. weunderstandwomen.com. t h e b o a rd - c e r t i f i e d o b s t e t r i c i a n gynecologists—Drs. Murphy, rutherford, Short, and Strickland—at this clinic specialize in pregnancy care, family planning, infertility and menopause, along with general women’s wellness. Patients are made to feel at ease because of the clinic’s state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled staff. pinnACle HOSpiTAl 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.796.4150. pinnaclehealthcare.net. this acute care hospital prides itself on its small facility; with only 18 beds and 5 operating suites, each patient receives high-quality care and undivided attention. Owned and operated by physicians, Pinnacle offers a full range of specialties, including orthopaedics, spinal surgeries and women’s health, and is the home to the Indiana Breast Center, led by Dr. Marylyn rosencranz. pOrTer regiOnAl HOSpiTAl 85 E US 6, Valparaiso. 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, Ste 150E, Chesterton. 219.926.7755. porterhealth.org. the new Porter regional Hospital is a five-story 430,000-square-foot center with all private patient rooms sitting on a 104-acre site with room for growth far into the future. With ten facilities in two counties, Porter provides health care that is recognized on local, state and national levels and offers a continuum of specialized services such as emergency/trauma, cardiology, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, sleep lab, physical rehabilitation care and more. ST. MAry MediCAl CenTer 1 5 0 0 S L a k e P a r k Av e , H o b a r t . 219.942.0551. Known for its outstanding patient care, this nonprofit, acute care hospital has 190 beds and a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Services featured include an award-winning joint replacement program, comprehensive bariatric and weight loss services, women’s diagnostic center with sameday results, acute care rehabilitation, functional/integrative medicine, heart valve institute, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout lake and Porter counties.
uniVerSiTy OF CHiCAgO MediCAl CenTer 5 8 4 1 S M a r y l a n d Av e , C h i c a g o . 773.702.1000. discover.uchospitals.edu. Since 1927, the University of Chicago Medical Center has been one of the Midwest’s most reputable hospitals. Aside from basic health care, the Medical Center consists of a children’s hospital, a maternity and women’s hospital, multiple outpatient facilities, and the renowned Pritzker School of Medicine.
MuTuAl bAnK, KATHy SellerS 307 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.5552. bankwithmutual.com. Kathy Sellers is a Mutual Bank agent who services
COldwell bAnKer, dAwn bernHArdT 2110 N Calumet Ave, Valparaiso. 219.241.0952. dawnbernhardt.com. Dawn Bernhardt is the go-to agent for homes in Chesterton’s luxurious Sand Creek subdivision, along with other properties in Porter, laPorte and lake Counties. the website offers an abundance of resources for both buyers and sellers. COldwell bAnKer, dOnnA HOFMAnn 219.331.1133. dhofmann.com. Donna Hofmann, Coldwell Banker and residential Brokerage, specializes in residential properties in the Indiana Dunes. McCOlly reAl eSTATe Various Locations. Since 1974, McCOllY real estate has provided superior service by understanding personal needs. Whether the customer is a first time home buyer, resale, commercial, land, new construction or luxury home buyer, McColly is there to provide the best options. From purchase to financing to rentals and relocating, we provide one stop real estate with you in mind throughout our local communities, nationally and internationally. pArK weST 400 Fisher St, Munster. 219.836.8282. 1stmetbuilders.com. this gated community presents an opportunity to live in one of the premier neighborhoods in Northwest Indiana. each of the 51 estate-sized lots, all 1/3-acre or greater, is bordered by a park, pond, creek or lushly landscaped green belt. Park West has developed the community in partnership with 1st Metropolitan Builders, which is known for building high-quality, custom-built homes, all in a traditional design. SOurCe One reAl eSTATe 855 E North St, Crown Point. 219.662.5445. source1re.com. this independent real estate company provides residential and commercial real estate sales to individuals, small businesses, large corporations, nonprofit organizations, home builders and developers throughout Northwest Indiana. Owners roger lain and Joe Gambril bring a combined 30+ years of experience in real estate sales and customer service.
AMeriCAn HOMeS, SHArOn HAlliburTOn 4532 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville. 269.208.3862. sharonhalliburton.com. For more than 30 years, Sharon Halliburton has specialized in property management, having been licensed as a real estate agent and a broker more than 10 years ago. Her expertise covers residential, lakefront and vacation properties, plus farms, golf courses and vineyards.
HArbOr SHOreS reSOrT 269.932.1600. harborshoresresort.com. Southwest Michigan’s biggest, most talked about project is underway in Benton Harbor. the residential community will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, marinas, an indoor water park and a luxury spa. the property is surrounded by two rivers and five beaches. Custom home sites and cottages are available. lAKe pArK plACe 301 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.429.6666. 301lakeboulevard.com. this new, sevenstory condominium development is being constructed in the historic building that was formerly the YWCA. residents can choose from 10 floor plans, each of which come with a private balcony. Other perks include an indoor parking garage, indoor pool and 10 years of free golf at two nearby golf courses. OrCHArd lAKe deVelOpMenT 269.695.9100. Carefully placed among the trees, thirty lakefront homes have been beautifully designed to take full advantage of the peaceful woods and water vistas. to insure comfortable, as well as scenic living, features include vertical cedar siding, huge windows, wraparound porches, and spacious, open floor plans. Orchard on the lake balances high-quality construction with low-impact land development, thus preserving and enhancing the existing natural landscape. prudenTiAl rublOFF prOperTieS 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.8300. rubloff.com. Since 1930, rubloff has been one of the premier real estate firms on the local scene. Serving clients all along lake Michigan’s southern coast and beyond, the certified sales associates at rubloff proclaim great success in buying, selling and renting properties along the lakeshore. SHOreS OF SOuTH HAVen 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.637.8555. shoresrealestate.com. this reputable firm provides assistance with development, sales and leasing of condominiums, single-family, vacation and retirement home sales, along with lots, boat slips and commercial property. Shores also manages and leases property for investor-buyers.
dewiTT plACe 900 N DeWitt Pl, Chicago. 312.642.7020. dewittplace.com. this 82-unit vintage building, built in 1924, offers corporate housing, temporary furnished apartment rentals and long-term temporary housing solutions. these studio and one-bedroom apartments come with a variety of amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet access, DirectV satellite service and an exercise room.
microdermabrasion, PCA peels, Swedish massage, airbrush makeup, waxing services and more. COSMediC SKin & bOdy CliniC 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. cosmedicclinic.com. Dr. James Platis, who has been featured on local and national news programs and has been applauded by Dr. Phil, specializes in all forms of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, particularly breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. less invasive procedures include tanning, waxing and facials. ebOny & CO 888.909.5911. ebonyandcompany.net. ebony & Co. is a licensed cosmetology firm specializing in bridal and special events. they hold special events for clients and anyone interested in their services, and strive to provide the best cosmetology services in Northwest Indiana. elle SAlOn 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. this upscale salon, situated in Michigan City’s historic district, offers full-service hair care, plus manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. retail products include skin care, body care, a men’s line, wooden styling tools, a full line of Aveda products, and other calming items such as Aveda teas, candles and oils. pure SKin, llC 2 5 0 0 C a l u m e t A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.743.5778. Pure Skin offers a unique combination of traditional spa services, medical aesthetic treatments and sophisticated cosmetic laser treatments designed to help clients look and feel their best. turn back the clock to reveal younger, smoother, healthier looking skin with Pure Skin’s advanced aesthetic treatments. STudiO One 9228 Indianapolis Blvd, Ste 3, Highland. 219.923.1915. Dennis Schram and his staff at Studio One present a home-awayfrom-home atmosphere at their salon. Seven stylists work on the floor, and they offer a range of services including hair, nails and massages.
CASA del rOMA 7 1 2 C a l u m e t A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.0478. casadelroma.com. this fullservice banquet facility offers a wedding chapel, catering services for up to 700 people, and a quaint Italian ambience. there are five banquet rooms from which to choose, to accommodate any size and style of wedding. CenTer FOr ViSuAl And perFOrMing ArTS 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1950. cvpa.org. Up to 450 guests can share in your joy at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, which features a variety of table options, glass and crystal table settings, and elegant extra touches. the center offers visually stunning elements, including crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor brick terrace. Fred ASTAire VAlpArAiSO bAllrOOM 2759 W. Morthland Dr. Valparaiso, Ind. 219.242.8643. fredastairevalparaiso.com. the Fred Astaire Valparaiso Ballroom is the only Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Northwest Indiana, with the largest ballroom floor in NWI. For those looking for ballroom lessons, ballroom groups, or ballroom parties or socials, Fred Astaire Valparasio Ballroom is the best selection. their instructors have years of experience and continue their training and education throughout the year. lubeZniK CenTer FOr THe ArTS 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. lubeznikcenter.org. this art center is a sophisticated venue that can transform a wedding into its own work of art. located on Michigan City’s lakefront, the building features impressive architecture both inside and out. With fine art, photography and sculpture as a backdrop, its three galleries, including the library with its lake view, provide a variety of spaces. Capacity of main gallery: 150 banquet, 250 cocktail.
VAniS SAlOn & SpA 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St Ste A, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. vanis.net. One of Northwest Indiana’s premier salons, Vanis features a well-trained, professional staff for hair care, nail care and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.
pAlAiS rOyAle 1 0 5 W C o l f a x Av e , S o u t h B e n d . 574.235.5612. palaisroyale.org. Built in 1922, and a member of the National registry of Historic Places, this premier banquet facility has a rich history of hosting big bands and dance parties. Newly renovated and reopened in 2002, the Palais royale’s majestic, gardenthemed ballroom accurately reflects its former 1920s splendor-complete with a fabulous chandelier and hardwood floors-and is available for wedding receptions, banquets, corporate events, reunions and more.
HeATH & COMpAny 419 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4247. this Aveda-concept salon is one of the familiar businesses greeting visitors to New Buffalo from the south. Owner rick Heath and his staff gel their expertise and friendliness, making a trip to this salon more of an experience than a necessity. Services include hair care, nail care, massage therapy and waxing.
AbOuT FACe SKin CAre 2169 US 41, Schererville. 219.227.8697. About Face Skin Care specializes in a custom approach to treating healthy skin. About Face offers custom facials,
bridal suites and a stunning staircase that leads into a beautiful ballroom.
AVAlOn MAnOr 3 5 5 0 E U S 3 0 H w y, M e r r i l l v i l l e . 219.945.0888. theavalonmanor.com. Along with exceptional service, the Avalon Manor boasts elegant interior décor, exclusive
THe bOuleVArd inn And biSTrO 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com. St. Joseph’s famous hotel is available for small, intimate wedding receptions, as well as for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and morningafter brunch. the inn can also be a place for guests to stay, no matter where the wedding takes place. CASTle FArMS 5052 M-66 North, Charlevoix. 231.237.0884. castlefarms.com. this historic venue, known for its unique charm, elegant décor and outstanding customer service, boasts spectacular architecture, stunning outdoor courtyards, lush gardens and more. Couples can choose from six beautiful rooms, all with views of the gardens and courtyards. Capacity: Up to 500.
COldwell bAnKer reSidenTiAl brOKerAge 10 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.3950. coldwellbankeronline.com. New Buffalo’s premier real estate firm features properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Both the in-office staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers.
HArbOr SHOreS reAlTOrS 584 Lake St, Saugatuck. 269.857.3900. harborshoresrealtors.com. Principal broker tammy Kerr and team specialize in helping their clients buy and sell properties in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. each of the agents are members of the National Association of reAltOrS.
both first-time home buyers and seasoned investors. Mutual Bank specializes in investments and wealth management for businesses and personal clients.
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glenwOOd OAKS 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. glenwoodoaks.com. the private dining rooms at Glenwood Oaks can accommodate 20 to 250 guests. Valet parking, complimentary wedding cake and free limousine services are available.
HOrSeSHOe CASinO 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoe.com. the legendary Jack Binion’s Horseshoe is one of Indiana’s largest casinos, located just minutes from Chicago. More than 46,679 square feet of gaming space includes 2,000 slot machines and 49 table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. the pavilion’s many dining options include Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, JB’s Gourmet Sandwiches, Village Square Buffet and Uno express.
FOur windS CASinO reSOrT 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com. Four Winds offers 130,000 square feet of gaming. Patrons can enjoy 3,000 slots, featuring the area’s biggest progressive jackpots and a large selection of table games including blackjack, craps and traditional and automated poker in a World Poker tour poker room. Dining includes three restaurants, from Copper rock Steakhouse to an all-you-can-eat buffet. OuTpOST SpOrTS 3602 N Grape Rd, Mishawaka. 574.259.1000. outpostsports.com. Outpost Sports is a one stop store for extraordinary adventures. they are dedicated to providing customers with high quality products that will enhance outdoor activities. their high quality customer service and friendly work environment allows and requires the staff to participate in all the store’s official outdoor sports, to provide the foremost knowledge to customers.
blue HerOn inn 1110 Lakeside St, LaPorte. 800.575.3880. pleastshore.com. Situated on scenic Pine lake in laPorte, the Blue Heron Inn features luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can choose from a variety of room selections and special packages. Floating boathouses-equipped with a queen bed, sofa and outside deckare also available for lodging during the summer months.
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inn AT Aberdeen 3 1 5 8 S S t a t e R d 2 , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.3753. innataberdeen.com. located in the beautiful and prestigious Aberdeen neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Valparaiso, the Inn at Aberdeen is a comfortable and convenient place to stay. A variety of unique rooms and suites are available, as well as a Flavia coffee and tea bar, a full gourmet breakfast every morning, and all of the amenities needed for both a personal and business stay. A conference room is available for business meetings and private parties. inSpirATiOn wOOd 642 E. Inspiration Road, Westville. 219.983.9922. inspirationwood.com. Inspiration Wood is a serene, private
environment perfect for retreats, meetings or reunions. Nestled among 60 acres of soaring pines, woodlands and grassy meadows, Inspiration Wood is a tranquil and peaceful setting perfect for any occasion you might have. the Wood encourages wholesome recreation and provides a positive setting for learning and growth. peT pAlS, inC 1 0 3 8 8 W 4 0 0 N , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.2898. this upscale pet hotel and grooming salon pampers pets with all-suite runs, ample exercise, high-quality meals, modern grooming equipment, flea treatments, hair bows and nail polish. the 6,000-square-foot building features 65 boarding suites, a separate cat boarding area, and a state-of-the-art grooming facility. THe rAdiSSOn HOTel AT STAr plAZA 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. radisson.com/merrillvillein. this Northwest Indiana staple recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which means new carpets, wall coverings, draperies and upgraded bathrooms and beds—Sleep Number!—in the guestrooms. the hotel also features modern meeting facilities, a spa, two swimming pools and whirlpools, and several restaurants and lounges.
be Our gueST 269.487.9530. beourguestmi.com. Be Our Guest has the best in style and comfort that Southwest Michigan has to offer, providing housing and customized concierge services. local housing accommodations range from condominiums and family-style houses to lake Michigan estates. THe bOuleVArd inn 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com. Warmth and coziness are a theme at this historic hotel in St. Joseph. From the plush furniture in the lobby to the comfort food at the Bistro, to the luxurious amenities in the hotel’s suites, the Boulevard offers more than just a place to stay. Business and fitness centers are also available for use. CrySTAl MOunTAin 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville. 800.968.7686. crystalmountain.com. Named the “Number One resort in the Midwest” by Ski magazine, this 50-yearold resort offers ski and snowboard runs, terrain parks, a half-pipe, a snowsports school and daily NAStAr racing. Guests can also enjoy the property’s first-class lodging and dining facilities. Jw MArriOTT 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids. 888.844.5947. ilovethejw.com. Grand rapids’ newest attraction is the luxury hotel JW Marriott, which accommodates 340 well-appointed rooms and suites on 23 floors. Other amenities include wireless Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen tVs and luxurious bedding. Guests residing on the Concierge Floors have access to the stylish Concierge lounge. MArinA grAnd reSOrT 600 W Water St, New Buffalo. Hotel Reservations: 877.945.8600. Condo Sales: 888.630.7770. marinagrandresort.com. Situated on the New Buffalo Harbor, this brand-new, boutique condo-hotel features luxury finishes and fixtures, european kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor seating areas, and stunning lake and harbor views. Pool facilities, fitness and game rooms, and a waterfront restaurant make
up an impressive list of amenities. Buyers will benefit from the hotel management’s maintenance and cleaning services and have the option to rent out their residence when not in use.
arts and artistic events to the community of Benton Harbor. located in historic Benton Harbor, 210 Art Space’s creative exhibitions and events promise something for everyone.
SnOOTy FOX 1 3 4 1 6 R e d A r r o w H w y, H a r b e r t . 269.426.5101. snootyfox.com. the Snooty Fox strives to provide a unique lodging experience in which each guest cabin will possess its own piece of nature. the Main lodge provides the many luxuries and modern amenities such as kitchen facilities, library, sauna and your own private single-occupancy bathroom, all state-of-the-art and only stones away from the cabins. We welcome individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages, nationality, race, creed and pets too.
AnnA ruSSO-Sieber gAllery 147 5th St, Benton Harbor. 269.208.4409. annarussoart.com. the ArS Gallery sits in the heart of the Benton Harbor arts district. Opened in 2010 by self-taught artist Anna russo-Seiber, the gallery offers exhibits and educational programs to establish a fulfilling arts and culture experience.
blinK COnTeMpOrAry ArT 1 7 0 9 F r a n k l i n S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 773.206.0426. blinkcontemporaryart.com. the project of richard C. lange and Suzanne Cohen-lange, Blink is both a working studio and a contemporary art gallery. Blink hosts two to four art shows a year. indiAnA welCOMe CenTer 7 7 7 0 C o r i n n e D r, H a m m o n d . 219.989.7770. lakecountycvb.com. Sandy beaches, four lakefront casinos, arts and culture, family activities, historical sites, thousands of restaurants and year-round events and festivals are all just a short drive away from both Chicago and Southwest Michigan. the friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Indiana Welcome Center will help visitors plan their trips to lake County. nOrTHweST indiAnA SyMpHOny OrCHeSTrA 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster. 219.836.0690. the orchestra, a group of 75 rostered professional musicians is under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor, Kirk Muspratt. the orchestra plays a full season of subscription concerts, in addition to a number of educational outreach initiatives, designed to allow interaction and personal involvement by students represented in each program. TAlTree ArbOreTuM & gArdenS 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. this breathtaking 360-acre reserve is filled with formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can hike on the trails or view themed displays such as the Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands and—new this year—the railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at taltree throughout the season. VAlpArAiSO COMMuniTy FeSTiVAlS And eVenTS 1 6 2 W L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.464.8332. valparaisoevents.com. Valparaiso Community Festivals & events, Inc. is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that is dedicated to sustaining the vitality of downtown Valparaiso through the cultivation of partnerships, the creation and promotion of the many festivals, events, and retail establishments that are a vital part of Valparaiso’s downtown.
210 ArT SpACe 210 Water Street, Benton Harbor. 269.369.0833. 210 Art Space is a cultural center focused on bringing the
blue gAllery 16 S Elm St, Three Oaks. 574.276.6001. bluegalleryart.com. run by owner and art director Judy Ferrara, this well-known gallery features the works of more than 15 artists, including local notables like Joe Hindley and Kellie Pickard. Several artrelated events take place here, including a gallery walk every third Saturday of the month, when the facility is open until 9 p.m. THe CiTAdel dAnCe & MuSiC CenTer 91 Hinkley Street (dance) and 204 Water Street (music), Benton Harbor. 269.925.9440. citadeldmc.org. the mission of the Citadel is to develop the skills and character of individuals through dance education and performance, and to offer high quality dance instruction to people of all ages and ethnicities for a reasonable fee. All instructors are professionally trained dancers bringing years of experience to the program. the staff of professionally trained musicians and vocal artists provide private lessons year-round for ages 5 through adult. Kindermusik is offered in terms throughout the year for infants to children age 7. FernwOOd bOTAniCAl gArden & nATure preSerVe 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Situated on 105 acres of cultivated and natural land, Fernwood is composed of gardens, forests and trails for visitors to peruse. An art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop are also on site, and there are several learning and enrichment opportunities as well. KrASl ArT CenTer 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. krasl.org. Owned and operated by the St. Joseph Art Association, Inc., the main gallery showcases a variety of art from historical to contemporary. the artlab is a gallery specific for audio/visual experimentation. Krasl also offers many educational opportunities and puts on an art fair in the summer. new buFFAlO buSineSS ASSOCiATiOn 888.660.6222. newbuffalo.org. the New Buffalo Business Association is made up of more than 100 members representing New Buffalo and neighboring communities. new TerriTOry ArTS ASSOCiATiOn 210 Water Street, Benton Harbor. 269.926.1926. newterritoryarts.org. the New territory Arts Association strives to create a vital Benton Harbor Arts District through community outreach and advocacy of the arts. they are a 501©(3) grassroots organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Benton Harbor Arts District with a firm belief that Art Builds Community. the association focuses on bringing four main events to Benton Harbor every year: Art Hops, 3rd thursday Film Series, Benton Bizarro and their flagship fundraiser, Artoberfest.
rOAn & blACK 3 3 1 5 B l u e S t a r H w y, S a u g a t u c k . 678.777.8730. roanandblack.com. the vision behind roan & Black is to feature both contemporary art and found objects in the same place. the gallery features established and up-and-coming contemporary artists. rOund bArn winery 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 800.716.9463. roundbarnwinery.com. located in a historic round barn in Southwest Michigan, round Barn Winery produces some of the premier Michigan wines from local grapes and ingredients. tastings and events available. SignAl pOinT Club 1475 W River Rd, Niles. 269.683.7073. signalpointgolf.com. Boasting a beautiful golf course, situated on bluffs next to the St. Joseph river, Signal Point Club is a serene and peaceful destination that compels visitors to return again and again. It is the finest manicured course in the area, with a challenging layout; requiring a variety of shots. the clubhouse, situated near the 9th and 18th greens, has event-hosting capabilities as well as a lovely view. SilVer beACH CenTer 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.982.8500. silverbeachcarousel.com. Brand new to St. Joseph is this family-friendly center, which features an abundance of fun and unique activities for people of all ages. the primary attraction is the Silver Beach Carousel, a spectacular structure that features 44 colorful, hand-carved horses. Also at the center is Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone, the Shadowland Ballroom, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope. SOuTHweSTern MiCHigAn TOuriST COunCil 2300 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.925.6301. swmichigan.org. the natural attractions of Southwest Michigan—the dunes, miles of scenic lake Michigan beach, rivers and parks with hiking trails and biking paths—offer beauty in every season. the friendly staff at this nonprofit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience. ST. JOSepH TOdAy 421 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. sjtoday.org. Visitors to St. Joseph will find a variety of helpful information—on shopping, dining and events—at this welcome center. St. Joseph today is a nonprofit organization that assists and encourages local business and tourism development.
AlberT’S diAMOnd JewelerS 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. albertsjewelers.com. Besides the fact that Albert’s showcases 12,000 square feet of jewelry, the store in itself is an entertainment destination. A bar, largescreen tV, dance floor and karaoke are among the many ways that patrons can let loose while browsing every type of fine jewelry imaginable. Brands include Cartier, Breitling, Omega, tacori, roberto Coin, David Yurman, Mikimoto, with more than 100 feet of bridal jewelry on display. dArling bOuTiQue 418 Franklin Square, Michigan City. 219.210.3298. darlingmc.com. Just opened in Spring of 2012, Darling Boutique works to bring together a unique collection of clothing, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. Jewelry designer Julie Biehl adds to the collection with her handcrafted jewelry. elegAnCe wedding And eVening weAr 2820 Highway Ave, Highland. 219.923.0977. elegancewedding.net. With a dedication to its customers and commitment to excellence, elegance Wedding & evening Wear is a one-stop shop for all bridal needs, including gowns, jewelry and invitations. eliZAbeTH FASHiOnS 748 E US Hwy 30, Schererville. 219.322.8772. Owner elizabeth Woodbury has brought high-end women’s clothing to Northwest Indiana for ten years. Designer lines featured include Garfield and Mark’s, Zelda and Geiger, and jewelry and accessories are also available. A seamstress is on site at both locations. engSTrOM JewelerS 820 E Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.369.6580. A new fixture of laPorte’s downtown is a branch of the Munster-based engstrom Jewelers. Offering fine-quality jewelry, diamond and gemstones, as well as repairs and custom design, engstrom adds a shimmer where once was a pawn shop. Brands include Gelin Abaci, Citizen Watch and Movado. indiAn SuMMer, CHeSTerTOn 131 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9994. this women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie’s Moonlight, Habitat, Miracle Body and San Diego Hat Co. the Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories, while the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory for those on the other side of the lake. Judee’S 1104 Indiana Ave, LaPorte. 219.324.6443. judees.com. Owner Judee Gartland and her daughter frequently travel to the garment districts in New York and Chicago to build the inventory in their store, which is situated in a stately Victorian home in downtown laPorte. Clothing for all occasions is available here, including formalwear. Designers include Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Neon Buddha, Alex evenings and Brighton bags and accessories.
l.r. Men’S ClOTHier & TuXedOS 205 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.324.5072. lrclothingco.com. High-quality menswear and tuxedos are the highlight at this shop, which is one of the only men’s clothing shops in downtown laPorte. tuxedos come from brands like ralph lauren, Perry ellis and ecko, while menswear designers include Austin reed and tallia. ligHTHOuSe plACe preMiuM OuTleTS 6 0 1 W a b a s h S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.6506. premiumoutlets.com. located near the lake in the historic district of Michigan City, this aptly named outlet store has become one of the largest shopping destinations in the region. With 120 outlet stores in an outdoor village setting, patrons will find savings at places like Burberry, Coach, J.Crew, Polo ralph lauren and tommy Hilfiger.
eVe bOuTiQue 318 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.4372. this boutique for women is a longtime favorite among visitors to downtown St. Joseph. Owned by rachel Arent, eve specializes in artisan-designed clothing and trendy jewelry and accessories. Some of the more popular designers found here include linda lundstrom, lee Andersen, Sympli, Painted Pony and Fenini. eve’s selection of linen clothing is wildly popular among customers. FrenCH TwiST 9 S Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3970. Owner Viki Burneikis introduces new designers from around the globe at this european-style women’s boutique. Burneikis’ emphasis on quality fabrics and innovative design has resulting in understated elegance, the trademark of French twist.
MArTin binder Jeweler 23 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.5931. martinbinders.com. Martin Binder Jeweler is a family-owned jeweler located in downtown Valparaiso, Ind. Since opening their doors in 1940, three generations of the Binder family have helped Martin Binder Jeweler grow from a small watchmaking shop to a destination for the finest diamonds, jewelry, Swiss-made timepieces, writing instruments, and giftware. their services include custom jewelry design, engraving, jewelry repairs and watch servicing.
indiAn SuMMer, new buFFAlO 126 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9994. this women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie’s Moonlight, Habitat, Miracle Body and San Diego Hat Co. the the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory, while the Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories for those on the other side of the lake.
MOriArTy’S geM ArT 126 S Main, Crown Point. 800.348.4499. moregems.com. Owners and in-house artists Nancy and Steve Moriarty customdesign jewelry in platinum and 18- and 14-karat gold, using fine diamonds and rare collector gems. With thirty years in the business, world travel to tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and other international destinations, Moriarty’s has been recognized in the trade as one of the finest gem cutters and jewelry designers in the U.S.
iVeliSe’S yArn SHOp 1 6 0 1 L a k e s h o r e D r, S t . J o s e p h . 269.925.0451. iyarnshop.com. Ivelise’s Yarn Shop is a full service knitting and crochet shop celebrating 50 years of continuous business in Southwest Michigan. the shop offers a large selection of yarns, featuring Madelintosh, Malabrigo, lorna laces, Cascade, Stonehedge, Plymouth and many more. there is also a large selection of both bamboo needles and addi turbos.
urbAn SOleS 6 2 4 F r a n k l i n S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.221.6508. urbansolesinc.com. this brand new boutique—located in Michigan City’s downtown arts district—features a diverse array of high-quality shoes and accessories from brands like Poetic license, Dansko, Ugg, toms and Sanuk. Jewelry, hats, purses and scarves are available, and there’s even a men’s room with men’s shoes, hats and sunglasses, plus comfortable seating, a tV and a stocked refrigerator. Art from local and Chicago artists is featured throughout the store.
CreSCenT MOOn 413 Phoenix Street, South Haven. 269.637.5119. Situated in downtown South Haven, this boutique features women’s apparel that ranges from dressy to casual to sportswear. Brands include lole, Fresh Produce, and Pure. Also available are shoes, jewelry and home décor items, including Mariposa serving pieces. dK bOuTiQue 213 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7313. dkboutique.com. this contemporary women’s clothing boutique in downtown St. Joe offers limited edition designer apparel, cool new accessories and the latest designs in jewelry from Pandora Jewelry. With something for everyone, from teenagers and older, DK Boutique provides the most current styles that are full of flair.
STudiO K 43 E 8th St, Holland. 616.393.7900. this contemporary women’s boutique adds a spice of new flavor to Holland’s impeccable historic downtown district. Clothing (for work and play) from designers such as trina turk, Fashionista, Hale Bob and Joe’s Jeans are available in sizes two to twelve. A distinctive collection of handmade jewelry, belts and purses can also be found here. THird COAST SurF SHOp 212 State St, St. Joseph; 110-C N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.932.4575. With two stores a short drive from Chicago in beautiful St. Joseph and New Buffalo, Michigan, third Coast Surf Shop is the Great lakes premier source for everything freshwater surfing. their online surf shop offers the lake Michigan surfing forecast and order surf clothing, accessories, and gear. they also offer Great lakes surf schools, lessons, and rentals for all ages.
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wATer STreeT gAllery 98 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.8485. waterstreetgallery.com. this contemporary fine art gallery features original work by regional, national and international artists. Works include painting, glass and sculpture. the staff at Water Street
will also help select art for private and corporate clients, and works closely with interior designers.
OXbOw 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck. 269.857.5811. ox-bow.org. Ox-Bow offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages in their career. With year-round programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow is a protected place where creative processes breakdown, reform, and mature. As much as Ox-Bow is a place, it is also an experience. through its affiliation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow offers one and two-week courses for credit and non-credit for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.
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[cancer] JUNe 21-JUlY 22 key words in July: the winner’s circle. now is not the month in which to be reclusive, hesitant or just plain moody. now is the time to realize that July marks the start of your own personal new year—and the launch of your personal efforts and endeavors. what you’ve researched, agonized about and exhausted yourself over—is about to take tangible shape and become a living, breathing entity in your life. yet, nothing extraordinary will happen without your input, enthusiasm and initiation. so, get on with it – now! siDesteP: a distrust of optimism.
[virgo] august 23-sePteMBer 22 Key Words in July: Your secret agenda. Getting what you want is never an easy undertaking. And unless it’s precisely what you want, you’re not interested in it. This applies to everything—simply everything—in your life. An odd concept, perhaps. But accurate. Now, step back mentally— and sort out that secret agenda of yours. List it. That’s right! Make a list of your desires, for it helps enormously to see what you really want. Know, too, that this is the time of the year to go after what you want. It’s just waiting for you. SIDESTEP: any pace that isn’t your own. [libra] sePteMBer 23-oCtoBer 22 Key Words in July: Top of the world. That is, your world, where your career and its advancement are of utmost importance to you. You’re an incredible partner and a remarkably good listener. However, in the deepest part of your heart (where you truly live), you’re privately absorbed with what’s occurring within your career this July. As always, you’ll forge ahead (keeping this to yourself). And watch, in secret, as those late-breaking developments now work to your advantage. It’s just your style. SIDESTEP: stern words. A bit of warmth will do wonders. [scorpio] oCtoBer 23-noVeMBer 22 Key Words in July: Contacts, plans and projects. This applies, in its most subtle form, to everything that’s occurring for you—near and at a distance. And this is where your penetrating focus is right now. Keep it there— and on whatever you’ve recently taken an interest in. Here, the key word is interest. Allow yourself to delve into the inner lining of everything that’s new, old and ancient. This is exactly where you find the insight and the personal power to press on in ways that others find terrifying. SIDESTEP: a disregard for someone else’s feelings.
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[sagittarius] noVeMBer 23-DeCeMBer 21 Key Words in July: The magnificent cornucopia. The month of July is a wonderful and abundant place in which to find yourself. For here, revitalization, on all levels— mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual—is at hand. Know this and do whatever is called for to advance situations, conditions and involvements. And with your superb intuition, you won’t have to look far for the best direction to go in. With gain and opportunity just waiting to stage an appearance, it’s absolutely perfect. SIDESTEP: a tendency to share facts and figures. This is confidential! [capricorn] DeCeMBer 22-January 19 Key Words in July: The best possible agreement. If you’re anything, you’re the embodiment of ‘the best possible agreement.’ However, this month, that best possible agreement can take several unique forms. It can be written, e-mailed, sent in a text message, spoken—or just
be a good promise that you’ve made to yourself. It can be short, long or written in ten words about something that seems insignificant. But that’s the point. To you, nothing, absolutely nothing, is insignificant. So, organize your thoughts and write! SIDESTEP: any tendency to slow down. [aquarius] January 20-FeBruary 18 Key Words in July: Work-related endeavors. It’s the month of July. And for other people, it’s vacation time. But not for you, as this is the month when your work, its content and its direction require your full attention and total involvement. And if you’re wise, you’ll supply it—plus, whatever else is called for. You’ve handled situations like this before. So, know that you’re gifted with the ability to devise ideas that work—once you acknowledge the fact that you must devise ideas that work. And do exactly that, now! SIDESTEP: being difficult, if not impossible, to find. [pisces] FeBruary 19-MarCh 20 Key Words in July: Close ties and creativity. This part of your life is never easy. And given that you’re ruled by the planet, Neptune (insight and illusion), you wouldn’t dream of letting it be easy. Time now to let your love— whether it’s a person, place or project—just float. Keep in mind that you’re a water sign. And this month, the sun is going through Cancer, another water sign. Don’t be anxious or tense; you cannot lose your own. If it’s yours— person, place or project—it will be yours. Whatever the situation, just glide. SIDESTEP: doubt about your talent. [aries] MarCh 21-aPriL 20 Key Words in July: At the core. Late-breaking developments and some interesting situations, now take place where you live and where you work. Several vital issues, particularly as they relate to your home base, are open for discussion. That’s good, because you have important things to deal with. Your personal life, however, may feel the weight of all this. Keep in mind that the word, “core” comes from Latin, meaning heart. So, in your heart—and in your words—find the ways to express your love to those close to you. SIDESTEP: an unwillingness to even try. [taurus] aPriL 21-May 20 Key Words in July: All forms of communications. Good calls, good e-mails and good text messages are all favorites of yours. Only this July, good incoming communications now include the significant answers and the remarkable solutions that you’ve been seeking for some time. Be selective, be quiet and be low-key—no confusion or hyperactive responses allowed. Just listen. Your own excellent intuition is alive, well and willing to supply the insights that you now need to move situations forward. It’s a fine month, indeed. SIDESTEP: total isolation. Stay in touch! [gemini] May 21-June 20 Key Words in July: Simple arithmetic. If you are your alert and brilliant self, this July could prove to be a stunning month—financially. But, there can be no game-playing, no taking your time, no scattered thinking; certainly, no distractions. The goal is to clear your thoughts – and then focus on attracting new opportunities and/or a new plan of action. The result, of course, is an increase in income. This has been in the making for several weeks. All that’s required is your undivided attention—which is priceless. SIDESTEP: impatience, on your part.
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[leo] JuLy 23-august 22 Key Words in July: Confidential matters. Comfortably included within this quiet sanctuary are all personal calls, private meetings and secret strategy-planning sessions. Know now that everything is in place for an entertaining and potentially profitable month. You just have to be on call—and ready to listen to all manner of ideas and concepts. Yours will be the final decision—but you’ll have to listen to everyone—before finalizing any important plans or launching any new strategies. That’s why you’re the one in charge! SIDESTEP: any advice that isn’t your own.
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FIreworks saIl 260 Dyckman ave south haven. 269.637.8078 The Michigan Maritime Museum is hosting a patriotic lake excursion on their historic tall ship, the Friends Good Will, offering the best view for all the Lake Michigan fireworks displays. Tickets are $75 per passenger.
the grape escape 12-8pm, Centennial Park Munster. 219.836.7275 Munster Parks and Recreation Department will host the town’s wine festival. Visitors can sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around the region, listen to live music and enjoy a fine arts fair and ethnic market.
summer rhapsody musIc FestIval 7 pm, Central Park Plaza Valparaiso From classical to jazz, Summer Rhapsody Music Festival is a feast of the sounds and senses for music lovers of all ages. Bring your picnic, blanket, and chairs and relax with this summer concert series. Admission is free. July 10: Valparaiso Community/ University Concert Band; July 17: Middle of the Road Band; July 24: Middle School Band; August 8: Chicago Rat Pack; August 16: Spazmatics.
FountaIn sQuare art FestIval Church and sherman streets evanston, Chicago Now celebrating its 34th year, Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago’s majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 225 juried artists, this sprawling art showcase epitomizes words like “cosmopolitan” and “sophistication.” It also features a popular children’s art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup.
the Jellyfish monster (from under the sea) The mosT Terrifying creaTure known To man by kathLeen DorSey
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anning? Who needs it? I would much rather be swimming, bodysurfing or using one of a long line of boogie boards bought at a resort-town beach shop that were always ruined by the end of the vacation season. But then something happened. I couldn’t tell you how it happened. I couldn’t tell you exactly when. All I know is, sometime between elementary and high school vacations, I developed a crippling fear of jellyfish. I never had any kind of bad experience with a jellyfish in person. I don’t remember ever seeing a jellyfish an aquarium that provoked the fear. But one sunny day near Hilton Head Island, my fate was sealed. And my carefree bodysurfing days were over. My first close encounter with a jellyfish occurred when I was about 15 years old. (this was right in the middle of my Gone with the Wind phase, and I remember it happened before I could drive, which puts me at about that age.) I was sitting in the shallows of the Atlantic Ocean, enjoying the waves while my mother and her best friend stood ankle-deep in the water and chatted. there I sat, minding my own business, when suddenly my mom, interrupting herself briefly during a characteristically long discussion, remarked casually, “Watch out for the jellyfish.” What. to me, jellyfish were (up until that point) exotic creatures only inhabiting tropical locales, possibly endemic to the Great Barrier reef alone, far far away from me. And now there was one of these creepers not only within the sphere of my awareness, but less than five feet from my person? I defy anyone to tell me that they aren’t a little bit put off by these creatures, especially when you are sitting in an ocean they inhabit at the moment you learn jellyfish may be close. I mean, a jellyfish has no face. You can see through a jellyfish, and nothing resembling a brain is in evidence. And yet jellyfish know what they want to do. they want to eat. eat. You. Despite the lack of any ocular apparatus, a jellyfish knows where you are. And this creature will come to you. Jellyfish don’t swim, instead they “bloop-bloop-bloop” towards you, blindly feeling their way along, while its jellyfishy tentacles float ghost-like through the water. And then this jellyfish will paralyze you with electrical shocks until you’re sufficiently compliant and will follow-up by
absorbing you through a hole in the bottom of its jellyfish head. that’s just wrong! tell me that’s not something directly out of a 1960s B-movie horror feature. And on top of that, I recently learned that jellyfish are functionally immortal. When their adult bodies get too distressed, they can revert back to their polyp stage and begin the whole cycle again. We’ll never be free. A few days later, my mother, her friend and I took a ferry out into Charleston Harbor. I looked over the side of the boat, and lo and behold, the water was chock full of jellyfish. And I’m not talking about a few solitary, healthy-looking clear jellyfish. these were dead. the jellyfish were brown, and floating on the surface, as far as the eye could see. I counted hundreds as I stood, white-knuckling the ferry’s railing and trying not to have a complete psychological breakdown. I’m shuddering even now, twelve years later. You see, one would think that I would enjoy the sight of dead jellyfish, since I hate their living counterparts so deeply. Not so. Dead jellyfish are every bit as scary as live jellyfish. Dead jellyfish can still sting you. And they’re brown, so they blend in with the sand on the beach, so if you’re not looking carefully at where you are walking, it’s quite possible to step on one. Can you imagine the somewhat warm, squishy consistency of its head under your foot before its zombie tentacles shock you so hard you wish you never had a foot? Not that I’d know from personal experience. I’ve never stepped on one. this is an example of a fear that is entirely imagination-based. In fact, when I do see a dead jellyfish slyly camouflaged in the sand, I take the opportunity to make a hasty retreat from the scene. And by that I mean I scream like a little girl and run away as fast as I can. And so, though I still love the beach, I’m always just a little bit terrified to be in the ocean. especially if I can’t see the bottom. My feet start to tingle with the desire to spring out of the water and run for my life where the little gushy jellyfish creatures can’t get me. It makes me eternally grateful that I live within an hour’s drive of the lake Michigan beaches—a freshwater haven free of the terrors of the jellyfish. At least until the next evolutionary advance or catastrophic climate change.
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when I visited the ocean as a child, I was fearless. plunging in and out of the waves without a thought for what lay below the surface, you couldn’t tear me out of the water. I would stay there for hours at a time.
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bobb auTo group - chrysler • 15 11009 West 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN 219-374-7171 • www.bobbcars.com
griegers chrysler • 5 1756 U.S. 30 West, Valparaiso, IN 219-462-4117 • www.griegermotors.com
circle buick • 65 2440 45th Street, Highland, IN IN 219-865-4400 • IL 773-221-8124 www.circleautomotive.com
souThlake nissan • 34 Rt. 30, 1 Mile E. of I-65, Merrillville, IN 888-471-1241 • www.southlakeautomall.com
Team honda • 51 4613 East Rt. 30, Merrillville, IN 219-947-3900 • www.teamhondaon30.com
bobb auTo group - ram • 19 11009 West 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN 219-374-7171 • www.bobbcars.com
griegers ram • 5 1756 U.S. 30 West, Valparaiso, IN 219-462-4117 • www.griegermotors.com
webb hyundai • 45 9236 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland, IN 219-923-2277 • www.webbhyundai.com
schepel cadillac • 13 2929 W. Lincolnway Hwy. (Rt. 30), Merrillville, IN 219-738-1900 • www.schepelcadillac.com
ToyoTa on 30 • 46 4450 E. RT 30, Merrillville, IN 219-947-3325 • www.toyotaon30.com
arnell kia • 14 I-94 AutoMall, U.S. 20 & I-94, Burns Harbor, IN 855-472-6718 • www.arnellmotors.com
smiTh ford • 36 1777 E. Commercial, Lowell, IN 219-769-1090 • www.smithautogroupusa.com
ridgeway chevroleT • 1 17730 Torrence Ave, Lansing, IL 60438 708-474-4990 • www.ridgewaychevy.com
Team ToyoTa • 44 9601 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland, IN 219-924-8100 • www.teamtoyota2000.com
lake shore ford • 20 244 Melton Rd. (US 20 @ I-94), exit 22A Burns Harbor, IN • 219-787-8600 www.lakeshoreford.com
mike anderson chevroleT • 4 The Chevy Giant on I-65 I-65 and 61st Avenue, Merrillville, IN 2219-947-4151 • www.mikeandersonchevy.com
lake shore ToyoTa • 21 244 Melton Rd. (US 20 @ I-94), exit 22A Burns Harbor, IN • 219-787-8600 www.lakeshoretoyota.com
Thomas jeep • 11 9604 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 219-924-6100 • www.thomasautogroup.com
chrisTenson chevroleT • 2 9700 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland, IN 888-999-9141 • www.christensonchevy.com
griegers jeep • 5 1756 U.S. 30 West, Valparaiso, IN 219-462-4117 • www.griegermotors.com
Thomas dodge • 11 9604 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 219-924-6100 • www.thomasautogroup.com
arnell chevroleT • 14 U.S. 20 & I-94, Burns Harbor, IN 855-472-6718 • www.arnellmotors.com
nielsen subaru • 22 5020 U.S. Highway 6, Portage, IN 888-503-4110 • www.nielsen.subaru.com
bobb auTo group - jeep • 17 11009 West 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN 219-374-7171 • www.bobbcars.com
griegers dodge • 5 1756 U.S. 30 West, Valparaiso, IN 219-462-4117 • www.griegermotors.com
bobb auTo group - dodge • 16 11009 West 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake, IN 219-374-7171 • www.bobbcars.com
schepel gmc • 18 3209 W. Lincolnway Hwy. (Rt. 30), Merrillville, IN 219-769-6381 www.schepel.com
Thomas chrysler • 11 9604 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 219-924-6100 • www.thomasautogroup.com
schepel buick • 10 3209 W. Lincolnway Hwy. (Rt. 30), Merrillville, IN 219-769-6381 www.schepel.com
Thomas kia • 16 9825 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 219-934-2266 • www.thomasautogroup.com
souThlake kia • 34 Rt. 30, 1 mi. East of I-65, Merrillville, IN 888-478-7178 • www.southlakeautomall.com
VOLKSwAGEN Team volkswagen • 50 3990 E. RT 30, Merrillville, IN (One mile east of the mall) 888-805-3689 • www.teamvwaudi.com
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