St. John, Indiana: Ranked #48 by Money Magazine "Top 100 Small Towns" Just 24 miles southeast of Chicago is a small community of working farms, horse stables and beautiful subdivisions with miles of walking and biking trails, numerous parks and a yearly schedule filled with community events. Saint John offers larger lots and several newer townhome communities and upscale subivisions. The Lake Hills Subdivision has luxury homes, paired cottage homes and townhomes in addition to a walking trail, out-door ampitheater lake. Many residents work in "the city", Chicago, and take the train ride home to enjoy life in the country. http://www.stjohnin.com/
Dyer, Indiana: Dyer is also a bedroom community of the Chicago Metropolitan area and placed 97th on the "100 Best Places to Live in the US" by CNN and Money Magazine.
The RBA(Northwest_Indiana_Regional_Bus_Authority) also operates EasyGo Chicago express bus, which provides rush-hour express service between Dyer and downtown Chicago. The buses travel from Dyer to Chicago in the morning and from Chicago to Dyer in the afternoon.
Dyer is home to the Chi-Town Shooters, a minor league professional ice hockey team that is a member of the All American Hockey League. The team's home arena is Midwest Training & Ice Center in neighboring Saint John, Indiana.
Schererville, Indiana: Also voted in the top 100 places to live by Money Magazine , also known as the Cross Roads of the Nation. Long before Indiana became a state, people called this place the "Crossroads." Several Indian trails intersected here that later became routes for the wagons of settlers traveling west. Today, trails still cross at Schererville, the modern trails of a motorized society, U.S. Highways 41 and 30. Nearby are newer trails, I-80/94 and I-65. All these are primary transcontinental routes and make Schererville the: "Crossroads of the Nation."
The Tri-Town area of Schererville, Dyer and Saint John serve as bedroom communities for the city of Chicago. With easy access to major expressways and public- commuter transportation to Chicago make Northwest Indiana the ideal location. City life is just a short drive away to enjoy the sites and the lights. Then escape to the quiet of home sweet home and all that Northwest Indiana has to offer. From the Big City - Chicago, Indiana Dunes State Park -Lake Michigan to the community corn roast and out door summer concert. SO many parks, Rails to Trails walking/biking trails, festivals and fairs. Nearby entertainement venues: THE STAR PLAZA - Merrillville, IN, Center for Perforrming Arts - Munster, Indiana, many community and high school theatre groups. The area offers a wide variety of eateries form McDonalds to Rodizio'z Argentine Steak House at the historic Meyer's Castle.
Cedar Lake, Indiana: Known as a resort destination for Chicagoans from the mid 1880's to early 1900's, is the largest natural lake in Northwest Indiana formed by glacial meltaways. Once populated by weekend cottages and over 50 resort hotels, the rolling hills of "The Lake of the Red Cedars",( Cedar Lake) has grown to a community of newer subdivisions, golf courses, horse and dairy farms. Enjoy a day of boating on the lake and then dinner at any one of the restaurants nearby, from a casual beer and burger to an elegant dinner. Cedar Lake has several newer communites of townhomes and single family homes. Take the short drive south on Highway 41, south of Route 30 to Cedar Lake, just minutes from the "Cross Roads of the Nation".
Crown Point: The HUB of Lake County. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_Point,_Indiana) The Old Lake County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and the new Lake County Government Center opened on the north side of the city the next year. Because Crown Point had no waiting period for marriage licenses, the city became a popular place to get married and became known as the "Marriage Mill". Many famous people came to Crown Point to be wed including Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino, Cassius Clay, Jackson 5 patriarch Joseph Jackson. On March 3, 1934, Crown Point etched its name forever in the history books as the infamous bank robber and FBI "Public Enemy #1" John Dillinger escaped from the "escape-proof" (as it was dubbed by local authorities at the time) Lake County Jail which was guarded by many police and national guardsmen. Dillinger apparently escaped using a hand-carved wooden gun blackened with shoe polish. In March 2008, Universal Studios, under the direction of Michael Mann, visited Crown Point to film parts of the movie Public Enemies at the former county jail facility from which Dillinger escaped. Today residents enjoy their Old Courthouse and town square. Home to patriotic holiday parades, festivals and numerous restaurants. A walk through Crown Point's Historic district is a walk through time as the historic homes showcase their individual architecture. A short distance from the town square, new subdivisions have emerged among the lakes and prairies. Many exhibiting a new contemporary flair of quality custom homes. Easy access to I65 makes Crown Point a popular choice for home buyers.
There really is more than just corn in Indiana!