Downtown Valparaiso is such a fitting home for Ben’s Soft Pretzels that the town just wouldn’t seem the same without it now! Nestled right off Lincolnway and Lafayette St, just a skip and a hop from Urschel Pavilion and Central Park Plaza, Ben’s Soft Pretzels makes for a perfect quick bite with family and friends. The doughy, Amish-inspired pretzels are made from scratch right before the customers’ eyes, and the fact that they’re speedy and easy to take on the go makes them all the more appealing.
Every wedding is special thanks to the people in it, but an excellent venue can elevate a memorable wedding to an unforgettable one for the couple and everyone involved. Zao Island, one of the Region’s most iconic locations, expanded their services this year by opening the GreenHouse Wedding and Event Center, a beautiful building that offers an upscale wedding experience without sacrificing any of the unique fun Zao Island is known for.
Valparaiso University’s theatre department will present seven different productions during the 2018–2019 season. These include plays, classics and musicals. Talented students from across campus will prepare and work alongside the department’s faculty through acting, dance, design, directing, production, technology and writing.
The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival and Parade is coming back for its 40th year! September 8th marks the big day and promises to bring a day of fun and excitement to all who attend. Keep in mind, this festival brings families and visitors from all over, making it an exceptional experience for all involved.
In its second decade, the Sand Creek Country Club has continued to recognize and thank its loyal patrons for their extraordinary support by hosting their annual Labor Day Party. With over 400 people in attendance, the Labor Day celebration is one of the largest events Sand Creek hosts, inviting guests and their families to enjoy the last hoorah of summer.
Valparaiso is home to a lot of interesting businesses that host many exciting events to bring the community together. One business in particular does so by hosting Artist Reception events for local artists where they offer free treats for the public during the event.
Every year before Labor Day, Von Tobel hosts their annual contractors luncheon, an event that brings their loyal customers together for a day of food, door prizes, and fun. On Friday, the sun shone brightly on the crowded parking lot as burgers and hot dogs sizzled on the grill for all to enjoy.
The National Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting is moving along quickly as it prepares for a 2018 debut, and it got a huge boost on Wednesday when Centier Bank presented the museum with a $250,000 check.
Our veterans and troops have fought hard to protect our freedom and our country, so it’s important to remember and honor their bravery and sacrifice to keep us safe. On Monday in Crown Point, an opening ceremony was held for The Wall of Heroes in front of the “Embracing Peace” statue. The iconic statue of a sailor kissing a nurse after the end of World War II arrived on Valentines Day this past year in Crown Point.
Shedd Aquarium is taking learning and exploration outside of the aquarium walls this summer with new, outdoor aquatic experiences designed to spark curiosity for local waters and wildlife by bringing people closer to them. From a traveling aquarium exhibiting animals in some of Chicago’s neighborhood streets and parks, to a new floating island conservation program for Chicago River kayakers, to hands-on science experiences in a boat on Lake Michigan, the initiatives are driven by Shedd’s commitment to increase accessibility to nature within the city.
The newly established senior living community, Residences at Coffee Creek, is known for engaging with its community. Both Coffee Creek and its sister facility, Residences at Deer Creek, in Schererville, are locally owned and operated, which cultivates a strong sense of community and serves the tastes of their patrons.