Located just miles from Chicago along the Indiana - Illinois border, Dyer is a community that aims to preserve its rich history while maintaining a strong vision for the future. Named on CNN’s “100 Best Places to Live in the US” list, this Lake County town is one of the most attractive destinations for homebuyers in Indiana.
After the Potawatomi Native American Tribe sold their land to the American government, the first American settlers arrived in 1830, although the town was not platted until 1855. The main development of the town was spearheaded by Aaron Norton Hart, who led the construction of roads and helped implement a ditch drainage system, which was critical in allowing development to occur on the wetlands. Incorporated in 1910, the town was named after Hart’s wife, Martha Dyer Hart, and one of Dyer’s major streets, Hart Street, is named after Aaron Hart.
Although Dyer doesn’t have its own public school system, the Lake Central School Corporation, which serves the Dyer community, operates a number of schools in Dyer. Three schools in the district are located in Dyer, and students attend Lake Central High School, one of the largest high schools in the state with a student body of nearly 3,500. It has recently undergone major renovations, making it one of the more technologically advanced high schools in the state as well. Amtrak offers daily service on either the Cardinal or Hoosier State lines, connecting Dyer to Chicago, Indianapolis, New York, and Washington D.C.
Dyer hosts a yearly “SummerFest” a five-day celebration featuring a parade, carnival rides, live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, casino night and beanbag toss tournament, concluding with a fireworks display. Dyer is also home to a number of parks, featuring recreational equipment, athletic fields, and a recently-opened dog park.