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Merrillville is a historic town in Ross Township, Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 30,560 at the 2000 census. Merrillville is located in the east-central corner of Lake County. Merrillville is located on what used to be woodland that belonged to the Potawatomi Indians. In 1834, a clearing was created for ceremonial purposes and was called McGwinn Village. A year later, a white man by the name of Jeremiah Wiggins settled in the place and McGwinn Village thus became Wiggins Point. Under the name Wiggins Point, the place became a well-known stop for wagon trains heading to Joliet, Illinois along the old Sac Trail (also called the Sauk Trail), which was an old Indian trail. At one time, 16 trails radiated outward from Wiggins Point. In 1838, Wiggins died. Sometime afterwards, local settlers renamed the place Centerville. Later still, it was renamed Merrillville after the brothers Dudley and William Merrill. Dudley Merrill operated a hotel and store in here, and his son John P. Merrill was a Township Trustee. Today, Merrillville is home to a variety of historic buildings and museums. Recreational activities in the town include hiking, golf and picnicking. Merrillville also serves as a hub for retail trade in Northwest Indiana.

Surrounding areas: Gary, Indiana (7.7 mi), Miller Beach, Indiana (7.8 mi), Ogden Dunes, Indiana (12.1 mi), Porter, Indiana (16.2 mi), Dune Acres, Indiana (17.2 mi), Beverly Shores, Indiana (23.4 mi), Michigan City, Indiana (27.4 mi)

Merrillville Vacation Rentals

Merrillville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn & Suites Of Merrillville8293 Louisiana StMerrillville, IN (219) 756-2378
Country Inn & Suites8311 Ohio StMerrillville, IN (219) 736-1300
Courtyard By Marriott7850 Rhode Is AveMerrillville, IN (219) 756-1600
Days Inn-merrillville1350 E 83RD AveMerrillville, IN (219) 736-5252
Economy Inn Of America8275 Louisiana StMerrillville, IN (219) 736-2355
Extended Stay America1355 E 83rd AveMerrillville, IN (219) 769-4740
Fairfield Inn8275 Georgia StMerrillville, IN (219) 736-0500
Gateway Motel8 W 81ST StMerrillville, IN (219) 769-2413
Hampton Inn8353 Georgia StMerrillville, IN (219) 736-7600
Holiday Inn Express8375 Georgia StMerrillville, IN (219) 795-9500
Knights Inn8250 Louisiana DrMerrillville, IN (219) 736-5100
La Quinta Motor Inn8210 Louisiana StMerrillville, IN (219) 738-2870
Lee's Inn6201 Opportunity LnMerrillville, IN (219) 924-8555
Merrillville Knights InnLouisiana StMerrillville, IN (219) 736-5100
Motel 6 #1254Louisiana StMerrillville, IN (219) 738-2701
Radisson Hotel At Star Plaza800 East 81ST AveMerrillville, IN (219) 769-6311
Red Roof Inn8290 Georgia StMerrillville, IN (800) 733-7663
Residence Inn Merrillville8018 Delaware StMerrillville, IN (219) 791-9000
Super Eight Motel8300 LouisianaMerrillville, IN (219) 763-8383
Comfort Inn1915 S Mississippi StHobart, IN2.4 mi.(219) 947-7677
Hotel Crown Point114 Nichols StCrown Point, IN4.7 mi.(219) 663-9795
Comfort Inn1019 W Lincoln HwySchererville, IN5.3 mi.(219) 865-9500
Lee's Motel1234 Lincoln HwySchererville, IN5.3 mi.(219) 865-8413
Schereville Inn1108 Lincoln HwySchererville, IN5.3 mi.(219) 865-2451
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1773 Fountain Park DrSchererville, IN6.3 mi.(219) 865-3301
Plaza Motel1850 US 41Schererville, IN6.3 mi.(219) 865-1040
Best Western1905 Harder CtSchererville, IN7.1 mi.(219) 865-3400
Motel 63840 179TH StHammond, IN8.0 mi.(219) 845-8330
Super 8 Motel3844 179TH StHammond, IN8.0 mi.(219) 932-8888
Courtyard By Marriott Chicago Southeast7730 Corinne DrHammond, IN9.1 mi.(219) 845-6350
Fairfield Inn-chicago Se/hammond7720 Corinne DrHammond, IN9.1 mi.(219) 845-6950
Residence Inn By Marriott7740 Corinne DrHammond, IN9.1 mi.(219) 844-8440
Crestview Motel12551 Wicker AveCedar Lake, IN9.5 mi.(219) 374-5434
Amerihost Inn Hammond7813 Indianapolis BlvdHammond, IN9.9 mi.(219) 845-4678
Hampton Inn And Suites8936 Calumet AveMunster, IN10.3 mi.(219) 836-5555
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson At The Port1630 Olmsted DrPortage, IN10.4 mi.(219) 764-0021
Holiday Inn Express-portage2323 Willow Creek RdPortage, IN10.4 mi.(219) 762-7777
Comfort Inn2300 WillowcreekPortage, IN10.6 mi.(219) 763-7177
Extended Stay America15 W 122nd S Frontage RdWillowbrook, IL10.7 mi.(630) 323-6630
Super 8 Motel6118 Melton RdPortage, IN11.1 mi.(219) 762-8857

Merrillville 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. -

Merrillville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located about 10 miles northwest of Merrillville in Gary, Indiana, the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located approximately 16 miles east of Merrillville in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located roughly 45 miles northwest of Merrillville in Chicago, Illinois, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located around 54 miles east of Merrillville in South Bend, Indiana, and finally the Du Page airport (DPA) located about 55 miles northwest of Merrillville in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois.

Merrillville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN6.3 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL28.9 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL30.2 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL39.5 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL41.5 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL44.0 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL44.4 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL45.9 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL53.5 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN58.9 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL65.5 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL68.0 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI71.7 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL72.8 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN85.4 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL64.4 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL98.1 mi.
Fairview Family Aquatic CenterNormalIL109.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Turkey Creek Golf CourseMerrillvilleIN 
Indian Ridge Country ClubHobartIN5.0 mi.
Griffith Golf CenterGriffithIN5.2 mi.
Oak Knoll Golf ClubCrown PointIN5.2 mi.
Summertree Golf CourseCrown PointIN5.2 mi.
White Hawk Country ClubCrown PointIN5.2 mi.
Cressmoor Country ClubHobartIN5.6 mi.
Scherwood GolfScherervilleIN6.1 mi.
Calumet Golf CourseGaryIN7.4 mi.
South Gleason Golf CourseGaryIN7.4 mi.
Pheasant Valley Country ClubCrown PointIN8.4 mi.
Cedar Creek Family Golf CenterCedar LakeIN10.1 mi.
Cedar Lake Monastery Golf ClubCedar LakeIN10.1 mi.
Longwood Country ClubCreteIL10.1 mi.
South Shore Country ClubCedar LakeIN10.3 mi.
Hammond Youth Golf Academy at Lost MarshHammondIN10.9 mi.
Robbinhurst Golf ClubValparaisoIN11.4 mi.
MacArthur Golf CourseEast ChicagoIN11.8 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseBrazilIN13.3 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseNoblesvilleIN13.3 mi.
Course at AberdeenValparaisoIN14.2 mi.
Creekside Golf Course & Training CenterValparaisoIN14.2 mi.
Forest Park Municipal Golf CourseValparaisoIN14.2 mi.
Mink Lake Golf Course & ParkValparaisoIN14.2 mi.
Glenwoodie Golf ClubGlenwoodIL14.4 mi.
Burnham Woods Golf CourseBurnhamIL14.7 mi.
River Oaks Golf CourseCalumet CityIL14.7 mi.
Chicago Heights Park District Golf CourseChicago HeightsIL15.4 mi.
Chicago Heights Park District West CourseChicago HeightsIL15.4 mi.
Balmoral Woods Country ClubCreteIL15.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI84.3 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI96.3 mi.
State Parks
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN19.9 mi. 
Kankakee River State ParkIN24.1 mi. 
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN14.1 mi.(Art)
PullmanChicagoIL30.2 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL30.2 mi.(Art)
A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter MuseumChicagoIL30.2 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL30.2 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL30.2 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL35.7 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN57.7 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI89.0 mi.
Miller Park ZooBloomingtonIL110.8 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI111.5 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN117.0 mi.

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