Introduction to Whiting, Indiana
Whiting is nicknamed the 'Little City on the Lake' because of its location on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. In the mid 1800s, this city had very few residents, almost all of whom were brought to the area by the railroads. The Michigan Southern Railroad entered the area in 1851, and Germans were the first European settlers to arrive in the city. After the Civil War, Henry Schrage opened the first store in the area, which soon became the political, social and commercial center of the community. In the late 1880s, the Standard Oil Company established operations in Whiting. As a result, the area was incorporated as a town in 1895, and then as a city in 1903.
Whiting and nearby Attractions
- Matteson Historical Museum
- Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve
- Chicago Portage National Historic Site
- William W. Powers State Recreation Area
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Adler Planetarium
Things To Do In Whiting
The Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society houses a museum that showcases the heritage of the Whiting-Robertsdale communities. Other nearby museums include the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Midwest Carvers Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Smart Museum of Art. The Robert S. Abbott House, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and the Unity Temple are some sites of historic interest and importance located within 20 miles of the city. The 160-acre William W. Powers State Recreation Area, located on Wolf Lake, offers facilities for fishing, boating and picnicking. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Billy Casper Golf Course, the Burnham Woods Golf Course, the Harborside International Golf Center or at the Jackson Park Golf Club. Whiting hosts the Pierogi Festival every July. This festival, celebrated to honor the venerable pierogi dumpling, draws crowds from many neighboring communities.
Gary/Chicago International is the closest major airport.
Whiting Higher Education
Whiting is home to the Calumet College of Saint Joseph. Other nearby colleges and universities include Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and Purdue University-Calumet Campus.