Introduction to Merrillville, Indiana
Merrillville, Indiana, in Lake county, is 7 miles S of Gary, Indiana and 30 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The town is included in the Gary metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 30,560 people lived in Merrillville.
The area on which the present day town of Merrillville stands was once occupied by the Potawatomi Indians. In 1834, the McGwinn village was established in this area. In the following year, Jeremiah Wiggins became the first white man to settle down in this area. After Wiggins died in 1838, the area was renamed Merrillville. In 1971, the area was officially incorporated as the Town of Merrillville.
Merrillville and nearby Attractions
- Turkey Creek Golf Course
- Innsbrook Country Club
- Cedar Lake
- Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
- Oak Ridge Prairie Park
- Deep River Waterpark
Things To Do In Merrillville
The town has many outdoor and indoor facilities for recreation. Merrillville has a large concentration of hotels, big box retailers, restaurants and automobile dealerships. The city also has several parks with excellent amenities. There are a number of golf courses and forest preserves around the area as well.
Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Merrillville Higher Education
Davenport University, Commonwealth Business College, Keller Graduate School of Management and Sawyer College provide facilities for higher education.