Come and experience lakefront living at the southernmost point of Lake Michigan. Beautifully scenic hiking and biking will inspire you and our quaint main street with unique shops and restaurants will entertain. We’re only 35 miles from downtown Chicago, but our calm community feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Experience a hidden little beach town, we are the western gateway to the Indiana Dunes National Park, with it’s farthest west beach, hiking trails, and it’s western visitors center. We are convenient to both Chicago and Indianapolis! …. Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood is surrounded by the national park, and miles of pristine Lake Michigan beaches. Birding hotspots, preserved natural areas and beaches are connected to our downtown with trails. We have breathtaking Chicago skyline views, walk in waters, and sand bars on our beaches. Come enjoy the wild beauty of the lakefront.
We’re not just a beach community. Unique boutiques and restaurants line Miller Beach’s historic downtown Lake Street and Shelby Square. We have a proud and growing community of entrepreneurs. You can attend a socially distanced gallery event, enjoy locally brewed craft beer, and enjoy a delicious meal. Laugh it up at Performance Comedy Club, visit the Nelson Algren Museum or attend one of the intriguing and enlightening Miller Beach Arts and Creative District events.
Miller Beach was one of the last regional homes for the Pottawatomie tribes and was settled by Swedish settlers in the 1800s. It was the backdrop for early American silent movies and the flying experiments of aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Famously, it was also the weekend retreat for the Chicago author Nelson Algren and the French existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir. Today, Miller Beach continues to be a welcoming, diverse community . Come discover our friendly community for yourself!
Gary’s Miller Beach neighborhood has a lovely collection of beach cottages, luxurious shore line homes, and hundreds of mid-century Hoosier homes serving a mixture of year-round residents and seasonal visitors. Architectural treasures include architect George W. Maher’s gorgeous Marquette Pavilion and Chanute Aquatorium and Gallery. We are proud to be the lakeshore neighborhood of Gary, Indiana, conveniently located within the Chicago metro and the Calumet Heritage Area.