About Michigan City
Located in Northeast Indiana and locally known as “Michiana,” Michigan City is known for its pristine beaches and proximity to both the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan. Conveniently located between Chicago and South Bend, it is a frequent vacation destination for residents from both areas.
Michigan City was originally conceived from an idea to create a harbor on Lake Michigan and a road to Indianapolis. In 1830, the land for what would become Michigan City was purchased for $200 by Issac C. Elston. Although the original project for the harbor floundered, Michigan City continued to grow thanks to the railroad boom. Throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the manufacturing of railroad freight cars was the dominant industry in Michigan City and, today, the actual space that housed the factory is an outlet mall.
Michigan City Area Schools, the area’s public school system, is comprised of 13 schools: nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and Michigan City High School. A number of parochial schools serve the area, including: Marquette, La Lumiere, St. Stanislaus Kostka School, Queen of All Saints School, Notre Dame Catholic School, and St. Paul Lutheran School. Public transportation is easily accessible throughout the town, with the South Shore Line running through the heart of downtown. This line connects South Bend to Chicago, and for faster service, Amtrak runs three trains daily to Chicago and Detroit on the Wolverine line.
The Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa is located in Michigan City, and it includes a full-service casino with over 165,000 square feet encompassing two levels, as well as five restaurants, a spa, an entertainment lounge, a convention center, and nearly 500 hotel rooms. For those who wish to enjoy the outdoors, Michigan City is home to three golf courses, as well as a number of parks and beaches. Washington Park and Zoo is a local favorite, with beaches, fishing, bird watching, hiking, picnic areas, and sand volleyball popular in the summer months, as well as ice skating in the winter. The Old Michigan City Light is a popular destination, as it is not only one of the last remaining lighthouses in Indiana, but one of the oldest, built in 1858.