Chesterton, Indiana, together with Indiana towns Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Dune Acres, and Porter are known around the local area as the Duneland area of the state, where the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, a part of the national parks system and one of only four national lakeshore protected areas, lies along the shores of Lake Michigan. Chesterton is one of Indiana’s oldest communities, having been first settled in 1834 as Coffee Creek and becoming known as the town of Chesterton in 1870. Co-existing with the national lakeshore for Chesterton is the Indiana Dunes State Park, a state-owned park of almost 2200 acres of Lake Michigan-area land that includes 3 miles of beachfront for native Hoosiers and tourists to the area to both enjoy. It’s a local favorite: every summer, lots of folk come to Indiana Dunes State Park as a weekend getaway from their homes in Indiana and Illinois. The state park has been around since 1925, and it includes not only well-known 200 foot high sand dunes but a native habitat for both fish, fowl, and plant life that draw nature lovers and researchers alike.The Duneland Chamber of Commerce is located in Chesterton, promoting Indiana’s Duneland area as a place of “ … dynamic natural beauty, warm hospitality, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy meaningful ecological, educational and cultural experiences.” The Chamber also promotes Chesterton as being very convenient, situated within one hour’s travel time to Chicago and having half a dozen interstates or freeways (including I-94 and the Indiana Toll Road), along with the South Shore Line commuter rail, the Port of Indiana, and 5 airports (including South Bend Regional and Chicago O’Hare) nearby. It’s a small, lakeshore town with big city connections.
South Shore Line Headquartered in Chesterton
Chesterton is the home for a major station for the Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s South Shore Line, a key piece of the Indiana-Illinois transportation system. The South Shore Line serves commuters as a commuter rail line connecting downtown Chicago at one end (Millennium Station) with South Bend, Indiana at the other (South Bend Regional Airport). Some may remember the horrific accident involving the South Shore Line back in 1993, where Kenneth J. Allen was appointed as Class Counsel in the resulting class action, In Re: South Shore Train Crash. The case resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict that included punitive damages for the victims and their families; the case was affirmed on appeal. Kenneth J. Allen remains one of the most highly respected Chesterton car accident attorneys.
Home of the Largest Wizard of Oz Festival in the World for Many Years
For many years people recognize the Indiana town of Chesterton as the city that hosts the annual Wizard of Oz Festival, the largest celebration of the beloved children’s story in the world. Each September for several years, Oz lovers from all over Indiana, the country, and the world descended upon Chesterton to enjoy food booths, games, rides, and the chance to meet and chat with famous characters like the Tin Man, Glinda the Good Witch, and of course, Dorothy and Toto. Sadly, lack of funding for the festival, which its promoters described as being complicated and difficult to organize and operate, brought an end to the charming Chesterton fall festival in 2014. Now, Oz fans will be invited to attend a renovated version of the Chesterton celebration in nearby Orland Park, Illinois, billed as the MidWest Wizard of Oz Festival. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed due to the wrongful acts of another, then you may have a legal claim for damages as well as the right to justice against the wrongdoer and you are welcomed to contact a Chicagoland and Indiana personal injury lawyer at Kenneth J. Allen Law Group to schedule a free initial legal consultation.