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Gary , Indiana is located in Lake County in the northwestern corner of the state. It is just 25 miles from downtown Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the population was 102,746, which makes it the fifth largest city in the state. It borders Lake Michigan and is well known for its large steel mills. Gary, Indiana is also known for being the home town of the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson. A museum complex is underway to honor the pop star and will include a full scale replica of his Neverland Ranch, an eco-friendly golf course, movie theater, shopping center, restaurants, memorial chapel, night club, gambling parlor, concert hall, and multiple parks. The city of Gary offers an impressive variety of architecture. The Genesis Convention Center is a modern structure featuring rounded corners and an imposing glass wall across the front. The Gary Bathing Beach Aquatorium, built in 1921, is one of the first examples of modular block construction in the world, and the City Methodist Church is a massive Gothic structure of limestone completed in 1926. The Westside neighborhood historic district, part of the company town built by U.S. Steel Corporation in 1906, reflects a variety of architectural styles. Natural wonders abound in Gary, also, including the Michigan Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes. Poet Carl Sandburg described the dunes as being to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and Yosemite is to California." The dunes are home to miles of sandy beaches and woodland hiking trails and has been recognized as a national treasure by the U.S. Congress.

Surrounding areas: Merrillville, Indiana (7.7 mi), Ogden Dunes, Indiana (8.3 mi), Dune Acres, Indiana (14.0 mi), Porter, Indiana (14.2 mi), Beverly Shores, Indiana (20.2 mi), Michigan City, Indiana (24.6 mi), Sheridan Beach, Indiana (25.6 mi)

Gary Vacation Rentals

Gary Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Motel 63840 179TH StHammond, IN4.9 mi.(219) 845-8330
Super 8 Motel3844 179TH StHammond, IN4.9 mi.(219) 932-8888
Comfort Inn1915 S Mississippi StHobart, IN5.7 mi.(219) 947-7677
Courtyard By Marriott Chicago Southeast7730 Corinne DrHammond, IN6.2 mi.(219) 845-6350
Fairfield Inn-chicago Se/hammond7720 Corinne DrHammond, IN6.2 mi.(219) 845-6950
Residence Inn By Marriott7740 Corinne DrHammond, IN6.2 mi.(219) 844-8440
Lee's Inn6201 Opportunity LnMerrillville, IN6.3 mi.(219) 924-8555
Country Inn & Suites8311 Ohio StMerrillville, IN6.8 mi.(219) 736-1300
Amerihost Inn Hammond7813 Indianapolis BlvdHammond, IN7.0 mi.(219) 845-4678
Residence Inn Merrillville8018 Delaware StMerrillville, IN7.3 mi.(219) 791-9000
Courtyard By Marriott7850 Rhode Is AveMerrillville, IN7.7 mi.(219) 756-1600
Merrillville Knights InnLouisiana StMerrillville, IN7.7 mi.(219) 736-5100
Motel 6 #1254Louisiana StMerrillville, IN7.7 mi.(219) 738-2701
Ramada Inn & Conference CTR4125-41 Calumet AveHammond, IN8.4 mi.(219) 933-0500
Comfort Inn2300 WillowcreekPortage, IN8.4 mi.(219) 763-7177
Super 8 Motel6118 Melton RdPortage, IN8.4 mi.(219) 762-8857
Gateway Motel8 W 81ST StMerrillville, IN8.5 mi.(219) 769-2413
Radisson Hotel At Star Plaza800 East 81ST AveMerrillville, IN8.5 mi.(219) 769-6311
Motel 66101 Melton RdPortage, IN8.6 mi.(219) 763-3121
Economy Inn Of America8275 Louisiana StMerrillville, IN8.7 mi.(219) 736-2355
Fairfield Inn8275 Georgia StMerrillville, IN8.7 mi.(219) 736-0500
Knights Inn8250 Louisiana DrMerrillville, IN8.7 mi.(219) 736-5100
La Quinta Motor Inn8210 Louisiana StMerrillville, IN8.7 mi.(219) 738-2870
Days Inn6161 Melton RdPortage, IN8.7 mi.(219) 762-2136
Holiday Inn6200 Melton RdPortage, IN8.7 mi.(219) 762-5546
Ramada Inn Hammond4141 Calumet AveHammond, IN8.8 mi.(219) 933-0500
Best Western Inn & Suites Of Merrillville8293 Louisiana StMerrillville, IN8.8 mi.(219) 756-2378
Days Inn-merrillville1350 E 83RD AveMerrillville, IN8.8 mi.(219) 736-5252
Extended Stay America1355 E 83rd AveMerrillville, IN8.8 mi.(219) 769-4740
Hampton Inn8353 Georgia StMerrillville, IN8.8 mi.(219) 736-7600
Red Roof Inn8290 Georgia StMerrillville, IN8.8 mi.(800) 733-7663
Super Eight Motel8300 LouisianaMerrillville, IN8.8 mi.(219) 763-8383
Super 8 Motel4111 Calumet AveHammond, IN8.9 mi.(219) 932-8888
Holiday Inn Express8375 Georgia StMerrillville, IN8.9 mi.(219) 795-9500
Hampton Inn And Suites8936 Calumet AveMunster, IN8.9 mi.(219) 836-5555
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson At The Port1630 Olmsted DrPortage, IN8.9 mi.(219) 764-0021
Holiday Inn Express-portage2323 Willow Creek RdPortage, IN8.9 mi.(219) 762-7777
Comfort Inn1019 W Lincoln HwySchererville, IN8.9 mi.(219) 865-9500
Lee's Motel1234 Lincoln HwySchererville, IN8.9 mi.(219) 865-8413
Schereville Inn1108 Lincoln HwySchererville, IN8.9 mi.(219) 865-2451
Bed & Breakfast
Chicago IncChicago, IL23.7 mi.(312) 951-0085
Windy City Urban Inn607 W Deming PlChicago, IL27.8 mi.(773) 248-7091

Gary Weather & Climate

Northwest Indiana has a four-season climate typical of most of the Midwest, with a few exceptions due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. Cold air passing over the warmer lake water induces precipitation in the lee of Lake Michigan in autumn and winter. As a result of this phenomena, heavy winter precipitation, especially snowfall, can amount to as much as 76 inches, compared to 14 inches in the south. Lake-related snowfall and cloudiness can extend to central Indiana in winter, driven by strong northwesterly winds. In the spring, daily maximum temperatures decrease northward in northern Indiana because of the cooling effect of the Lake. Average daily minimum temperatures in autumn are higher in northwestern Indiana near the warmer lake surface than farther south.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 13°F 1.90 in. -
February 35°F 17°F 1.52 in. -
March 46°F 28°F 2.73 in. -
April 57°F 37°F 3.58 in. -
May 69°F 47°F 3.92 in. -
June 79°F 57°F 4.47 in. -
July 83°F 63°F 3.52 in. -
August 81°F 61°F 3.76 in. -
September 75°F 53°F 3.64 in. -
October 63°F 42°F 2.97 in. -
November 48°F 30°F 3.49 in. -
December 35°F 20°F 2.52 in. -

Gary Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located about 3 miles northwest of Gary, the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located approximately 20 miles southeast of Gary in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located roughly 39 miles northwest of Gary in Chicago, Illinois, the Du Page airport (DPA) located around 51 miles northwest of Gary in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located about 53 miles east of Gary in South Bend, Indiana, and finally the De Kalb Taylor Municipal airport (DKB) located approximately 73 miles northwest of Gary in De Kalb, Illinois.

Gary Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN9.7 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL23.7 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL24.4 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL33.8 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL35.1 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL39.0 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL39.4 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL40.5 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL47.3 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL60.1 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL60.8 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN66.0 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL67.0 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI67.3 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN87.3 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL59.1 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL93.6 mi.
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL113.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Calumet Golf CourseGaryIN 
South Gleason Golf CourseGaryIN 
Cressmoor Country ClubHobartIN5.1 mi.
MacArthur Golf CourseEast ChicagoIN5.9 mi.
Griffith Golf CenterGriffithIN6.3 mi.
Turkey Creek Golf CourseMerrillvilleIN6.6 mi.
Hammond Youth Golf Academy at Lost MarshHammondIN8.0 mi.
Indian Ridge Country ClubHobartIN8.4 mi.
Burnham Woods Golf CourseBurnhamIL10.1 mi.
Scherwood GolfScherervilleIN10.1 mi.
Robbinhurst Golf ClubValparaisoIN11.0 mi.
River Oaks Golf CourseCalumet CityIL11.7 mi.
Oak Knoll Golf ClubCrown PointIN12.7 mi.
Summertree Golf CourseCrown PointIN12.7 mi.
White Hawk Country ClubCrown PointIN12.7 mi.
Longwood Country ClubCreteIL12.9 mi.
Glenwoodie Golf ClubGlenwoodIL13.6 mi.
Pheasant Valley Country ClubCrown PointIN15.8 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseBrazilIN15.9 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseNoblesvilleIN15.9 mi.
Chicago Heights Park District Golf CourseChicago HeightsIL16.0 mi.
Chicago Heights Park District West CourseChicago HeightsIL16.0 mi.
Cedar Creek Family Golf CenterCedar LakeIN16.8 mi.
Cedar Lake Monastery Golf ClubCedar LakeIN16.8 mi.
Course at AberdeenValparaisoIN17.1 mi.
Creekside Golf Course & Training CenterValparaisoIN17.1 mi.
Forest Park Municipal Golf CourseValparaisoIN17.1 mi.
Mink Lake Golf Course & ParkValparaisoIN17.1 mi.
South Shore Country ClubCedar LakeIN17.2 mi.
Cherry Hills Country ClubFlossmoorIL17.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI82.6 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI92.2 mi.
State Parks
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN17.0 mi. 
Kankakee River State ParkIN31.1 mi. 
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN16.9 mi.(Art)
PullmanChicagoIL23.7 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL23.7 mi.(Art)
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumChicagoIL23.7 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL23.7 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL23.7 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL30.6 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN57.0 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI81.4 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI103.9 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL115.1 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN119.4 mi.

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