This area deals with plenty of traffic thanks to Chicago, so be prepared for occasional delays. I-65N heads in from Chicago, I-94S heads in from Michigan. I-90/80 is also part tollroad that heads east/west through the area. I-65S heads north through the area from central Indiana.
Pierogi Fest, Whiting, IN, . The street is only open to foot traffic during the festival. There are food booths set up along the streets. The main attraction is walking up and down the street tasting food from the many different food vendors, listening to live bands playing, visiting the beer garden, or riding some carnival rides. - Late July.edit
Popcorn festival, Valparaiso, iN, ☎ (219) 464-8332, . Saturday after labor day. Festival celebrating Valparaiso's popcorn history. Popcorn panic 5 mile race, parade, crafts, food, music, kids activitiesFree. edit
Lake Perch is a local favorite that a traveler isn't going to find outside the Great Lakes regions. That being said, several locations in Northwest Indiana serve quality lake perch fresh from the Great Lakes.
Teibel's Family Restaurant, 1775 U.S. 41, Schererville, IN 46375, . Excellent lake perch and fried chicken. Loved by locals.edit
Johnson's Fish & Shrimp, 2619 Central Avenue, Lake Station, IN 46405, ☎ (219) 962-1956. One of the best kept secrets in Northwest Indiana, this gem serves up excellent gulf shrimp and lake perch.edit
The Beach Café, 903 N. Shelby, Gary, IN, ☎ (219) 938-1100. Ownership of this restaurant has changed a couple of times, but the new owners are still offering the variety of seafood including the well known boned and buttered lake perch.edit
The New Country Lounge, 3700 Montgomery Street Hobart, IN 46342, ☎ (219) 942-6699. They also offer excellent lake perch, but the real gem of this restaurant is their shrimp dejonghe, "Jumbo white gulf shrimp broiled in a special butter crumb and garlic sauce". edit