Experience the city of Whiting. Nestled between the sites of Chicago and the shores of Michigan, Whiting is a beautiful corridor to Lake Michigan with a heartwarming community. The city boasts award-winning schools, residential opportunities, family attractions and annual events for everyone to enjoy. The downtown area is flourishing, with quaint shops, a historic movie theater, a microbrewery and a variety of cuisine to satisfy any palate — all within walking distance. Whiting is the perfect place to raise a family, start a business or simply sit back and embrace life.

Learn more at www.whitingindiana.com and discover what it means to live at the heart of community.

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119th Street Downtown Whiting

Located within walking distance of the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, 119th Street is the heart of Whiting, offering residents and visitors a little taste of everything. From mouthwatering pizza on the patio or Caribbean cuisine in a beach-themed location to your favorite, classic Mexican and American dishes, Downtown Whiting is full of flavor. The area also offers an array of spirits and nightlife at various restaurants and bars, including a rustic microbrewery and eatery. The Downtown Whiting Business District is also known for the many unique shops where you can find gifts, souvenirs, home décor, boutique-style clothing and local, handmade treasures. There’s also a game shop to find hands-on fun and education for kids as well as several coffee houses and cafes for a relaxing hangout.

The WhoaZone at Whihala

The WhoaZone at Whihala Beach is an exciting floating water park made up of slides, trampolines, towers, wiggle bridges, monkey bars, and many other play features combined to create a large obstacle course on Lake Michigan. For those who are looking to stay off the obstacles, they also offer rentals for stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and beach cabanas. There’s also plenty of fun merchandise and other items to make your day at the beach that much more fun! For more information, visit www.whoazonewhihala.com.

Whiting Public Library

The Whiting Public Library was a gift to the people of Whiting from Andrew Carnegie in 1906 and is the most heavily used library in the state of Indiana per capita. Residents within the city of Whiting can utilize the library’s services free of charge. The library is located at 1735 Oliver Street and is open to the public.

The National Mascot Hall of Fame

Founded by David Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic from 1978 to 1993, this is not your average museum. The National Mascot Hall of Fame is an interactive museum geared toward kids, complete with mascot-themed exhibits and STEAM-based education. The museum also houses the Hall of Fame of sports mascots from across North America. It honors the mascot performers, performances and programs that have created a positive impact on their communities. The Mascot Hall of Fame is located at 1851Front Street in Whiting.

Whiting Family YMCA

Built in 1923 as John D. Rockefeller’s memorial to the veterans of World War I, the Whiting Family YMCA is a classic structure that is listed on the National Historic Register. It continues to serve the community as an exercise facility, meeting place, extracurricular educational site, social hall and more. For more information or to become a member, visit www.crymca.org.

Whiting Oilmen Baseball

Take your family out to the ball game and cheer on the Oilmen at Oil City Stadium in Whiting. The team is part of the Midwest Collegiate Baseball Club and is comprised of players from junior colleges and four-year universities. The stadium itself is located on 119thStreet with easy access to local shops, restaurants and the lakefront, making it easy to create a fun day in Whiting. Oil City Stadium is also home to the Whiting High School Oilers and the Calumet College of St. Joseph team. For a game schedule and ticket information, visit www.nwioilmen.com.

Whihala Beach and Whiting Lakefront Park

Enjoy picturesque views of the Chicago skyline as you sunbathe on a sandy beach or walk along the beautiful boardwalk. Whihala Beach and Whiting Lakefront Park is the perfect place for the entire family to enjoy, whether you want to have a relaxing walk, get some outside playtime, have a picnic, go fishing or even experience some thrills on the floating water park, also known as the WhoaZone. Even your canine companion can enjoy the walking trails on-leash and frolic along the shoreline on the beach during the off-season. Access to Whihala Beach is located at 1561 Park Road, and access to Whiting Lakefront Park can be found at the intersection of East 119th Street and North Front Street.

The Hoosier Theatre

As the only movie palace left in Northwest Indiana, the Hoosier Theatre offers a beautiful setting to watch some of the latest movies. Opened in 1924 as a vaudeville theater, the stage has played host to such famous acts as W.C. Fields, Amos ‘n’ Andy and even the Three Stooges. Restoration of the theater began in 1994,and while much of the appearance is back to how it originally appeared, some updates have been made, such as an extended stage to host concerts and live theater shows. The Hoosier Theater is located at 1335 119thStreet in downtown Whiting, just 15 minutes from the Chicago Loop.

Annual Events in Whiting

Pierogi Fest summer festival — last full weekend of July

The Pierogi Fest® is an annual event in Whiting that brings over 100,000 visitors and is the pride of the community. It’s a celebration of heritage that also pokes a little fun with a parade of women dressed in housecoats and babushkas and a lawnmower brigade complete with riders wearing sandals with socks. There’s also plenty of pierogies and food to enjoy as well as other fun, pierogi-themed events. The Pierogi Fest® is recognized nationwide and has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel
Channel. To learn more, visit www.pierogifest.net. Pierogi Fest® is a registered trademark of the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved.

Cruise nights

Peruse vintage classics and muscle cars while listening to music along the unique setting of 119thStreet during the Whiting Cruise Nights. From May through October, the Cruise Nights are held every third Wednesday of the month.

Annual July 3rd fireworks and July 4th parade

As Indiana’s oldest Fourth of July parade, this event draws nearly 40,000 visitors and hundreds of parade entries from across the Midwest to celebrate our nation’s independence. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display at Whiting Lakefront Park on July 3, then celebrate on the Fourth with our family-friendly parade.

Farmers Market

Beginning in spring and running through the fall, visit the Farmers Market in front of Whiting City Hall from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. every Saturday. The market continues to grow year after year and includes fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, homemade breads, flowers and more! The market takes place rain or shine.

Easter Parade

On the Saturday before Easter weekend, residents and visitors enjoy Northwest Indiana’s only Easter Parade and sidewalk “Egg-stravaganza.”The event is marked by its dozen roaming Bunch O’ Bunnies, the remarkably creative Peeps contest, egg and bonnet contests and, of course, a city full of people bunny-hopping down 119th Street.

Summer with the symphony

The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus concert series takes advantage of the beautiful lakefront setting in Whiting Lakefront Park. The concert series begins in July with four symphonic events that take place over the summer with a special Labor Day concert each year. Each of the events draws approximately 1,500 listeners to the area.

Garage Mahal

Garage sale enthusiasts rejoice! This one-of-a-kind event provides thrifters the opportunity to discover treasures among 200 yard and garage sales. The Garage Mahal is held every May on the third Saturday of the month.

Illuminated Christmas Parade and holiday events

Embrace the holidays in Whiting every year with the city’s Illuminated Christmas Parade in Downtown Whiting followed by a spectacular tree lighting ceremony in front of Whiting City Hall. All season long, enjoy the ever-changing holiday light displays along 119th Street, lit daily at dusk. The parade takes place on the first Friday of December.

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