The City of Hobart has grown by leaps and bounds. Actually, it has grown by shopping centers and malls. Located just over 30 miles southeast of Chicago, the historically-residential community has annexed a significant retail corridor.
In addition to the lake and recreation, Hobart is home to Southlake Mall, one of Indiana’s largest indoor shopping malls. The area also includes several outdoor strip malls with 200-plus stores and restaurants.
Lake George winds its way through the city. The waterfront is a popular area for fishing, boating and enjoying the walking paths. The city also has 14 parks, a public 18-hole golf course, sports fields and an outdoor swimming pool.
Residents can drive 15 minutes west to visit casino boats on Lake Michigan; and 15 minutes northeast to the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park to enjoy thousands of acres of beaches and sand dunes.
Hobart is also home to businesses including an herb company and a manufacturer of hobby products and model aircraft. The community’s downtown shopping district includes several businesses and the historic Art Theatre. In addition to the Hobart Commercial District, the Hobart Carnegie Library and Pennsylvania Railroad Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The School City of Hobart school district serves most of the city.