Introduction to Valparaiso, Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana, in Porter county, is 17 miles SE of Gary, Indiana and 40 miles SE of Chicago, Illinois. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Gary metropolitan area with. Valparaiso contains a population of approximately 27,428.
The land on which Valparaiso exits today was purchased by the U.S. Government from Potawatomi Indians in 1832. The first log cabin was built on the land in 1834. It was named the county seat of Portersville in 1836. The present name of Valparaiso was given to the town in 1837.
Valparaiso and nearby Attractions
- Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
- Banta Neighborhood
- 49er Drive-In
- The Wizard of Oz Festival
- Sunset Hill Farm County Park
- Brauer Museum of Art
Things To Do In Valparaiso
The Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan are nearby and have facilities for swimming, hiking and camping. The Banta neighborhood is famous for its historic homes which are made in a variety of architectural styles including Italianate, English/ Cottswald and Arts & Crafts. The Memorial Opera House hosts musical programs regularly.
Gary/Chicago International Airport is the nearest major airport.
Valparaiso Higher Education
Valparaiso University is the local university, while Ivy Tech State College-Northwest and Indiana University-Northwest are also in the area.