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1,035 bytes added, 04:08, 13 January 2011
+ Cabela's & basic understand section, which hopefully isn't *too* Chicago-centric
It may come as a surprise to other Hoosiers that Hammond is the state's sixth largest city. Its history and culture, as with nearly all of Indiana's Lake Michigan coast, is inextricably linked to a big blue-collar industrial workforce. While the industrial economy is not what it once was, Hammond is still in decent shape, with a big new casino drawing in visitors from the Chicagoland area. Most visitors will find themselves passing through or on business, but Chicagoans would do well to include it in a close-in Lake County day trip, if for no other reason than to get some good food, perhaps stock up on fireworks, and realize that Chicagoland doesn't stop at the state line!
==Get in==
Hammond and the rest of the cities immediately bordering Chicago across the state line are well known among Chicagoans for fireworks and far cheaper cigarettes. Indeed, here you'll find big box stores selling cases of either—the easiest to reach being on Calumet Ave just north of I-94/I-80.
* <buy name="Cabela's" alt="" address="770 Cabela Dr" directions="" phone="+1 219 845-9040" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F 9AM-8PM, Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-6PM" price="">The huge Chicagoland location of the legendary outdoor recreation store, with tons of gear for hunting, fishing, and camping.</buy>

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