City of Whiting Staycation Itinerary

Take a trip to the town of Whiting, Indiana – a beautiful corridor on Lake Michigan nestled between the sites of Chicago and the shores of Michigan. This heartwarming community, just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, offers award-winning schools, housing options, family attractions and events for everyone.

Visit historic downtown Whiting

Historic 119th Street is the heart of Whiting. Just blocks from beauty Lake Michigan shoreline, historic downtown Whiting flourishes with quaint shops, a historic movie theater, Sheridan Plaza, a microbrewery and a wide variety of dishes; everything within walking distance.

    Whoa Zone Whiting
Whiting’s WhoaZone is an inflatable obstacle course on water. PHOTO: WhoaZone

Shop and dine in our business district

Your visit wouldn’t be complete without shopping and dining in Downtown Whiting!

From delicious pizza with patio seating to a beachy vibe with Caribbean cuisine to your favorite Mexican and American dishes, Downtown Whiting is full of flavor. Guests will also enjoy a range of spirits and nightlife at the many restaurants and bars including our rustic microbrewery and taproom.

the Business district in downtown Whiting is also known for its many unique shops. Alongside the vintage look and feel of 119th Street, you’ll find gifts and souvenirs, home decor, boutique-style clothing, and local handcrafted treasures you won’t find anywhere else. Stop by our local play shop for kids fun and education, or relax in one of Whiting’s coffee houses and cafes.

Mascot Hall of Fame
Instead of statues, the Mascot Hall of Fame has 6-foot-wide mascot head balloons. Photo: City of Whiting

Discover the world of mascots

Whiting, Indiana is the official home of the National Mascot Hall of Fame (MHOF)! More than just an interactive children’s museum, the MHOF features interactive and educational mascot-themed exhibits that include STEAM-based activities for students in grades K-8. MHOF entertains kids and families year-round with performances by famous mascots, special events, birthday parties and more. Visit to plan your trip today!

Enjoy Whiting Lakefront Park

Located on the beautiful south shore of Lake Michigan, Whiting is home to the spectacular jewel of Northwest Indiana Whiting Lakefront Park. As a key component of Marquette Greenway, Whiting Lakefront Park features a two-story boardwalk, bike path, 300-foot pier, gazebo, formal garden, renovated gazebo, concession stand and stunning views of the Chicago skyline. Also experience all that Whiting Lakefront Park has to offer when planning your next event.

Lakefront Park Whiting
Lakefront Park features a fishing dock, as well as hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and a floating water park. Popular summer events include free Symphony in the Park concerts. Photo: City of Whiting

Whihala Beach and the Whoa Zone

Adjacent to Whiting Lakefront Park, Whihala Beach offers the complete beach experience on Lake Michigan with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline. Whihala is home to the WhoaZone, featuring a floating water park, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and more! Guests have access to restrooms, flush showers, food concessions, a public boat launch and ramp, swimming, hiking trails, a bike path, and fishing! (Appropriate fishing licenses are required for Indiana waters).