About Beverly Shores
Ideally situated along Lake Michigan in Porter County, Beverly Shores is a resort community located in northwest Indiana. Less than 40 miles from downtown Chicago, it is a popular vacation destination for those who work in Chicago and Detroit.
Beverly Shores was originally developed with the intention of being a resort. The land for the community was purchased by the Frederick H. Bartlett Company in 1927, but the Great Depression stalled progress, and nothing happened at the site until Robert Bartlett, Frederick’s brother, purchased the land in 1933. He named the community after his daughter, Beverly, and progress was swiftly made. The community was incorporated in 1947, and the establishment of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore made the town an increasingly popular destination.
Residents of Beverly Shores are served by the Portage Township School System, which is comprised of 11 schools: eight elementary schools, Fegely and Willowcreek Middle Schools, and Portage High School. In addition to the Portage Public School System, there are three private schools in Portage, serving children from grades K-12. Although no commercial airports are located in the area, Gary/Chicago International airport is only a short drive away, and O’Hare and Midway International Airports are within an hour. Coach USA offers coach transportation to Chicago’s airports, as well as South Bend and Notre Dame. Interstate 94 and the Indiana Toll Road make transportation throughout the Midwest easily accessible, and the South Shore Rail Line provides train service from nearby Michigan City between Chicago and South Bend.
Beverly Shores is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts, cyclists, beachgoers and bird watchers, despite the fact that there are little overnight lodging options available in town. Dunewood Camp is a popular spot for campers, thanks to its location just off the beach. The Rolling Stonebaker, a converted Studebaker Fire Trick turned pizza oven, was named the best pizza in Indiana by the Food Network Magazine, and is available to rent for events in the summer.