Michigan City presents home shoppers with an intriguing duality. You see, it is both a welcoming community to call home and a gateway for recreational escape. While the metropolitan playground of Chicago may seem like an irresistible draw due to its beckoning proximity, the attraction is mutual with Chicagoans themselves often heading in the opposite direction on Interstates 90 and 94, particularly during the hot summer months.
They do so to take advantage of a beachfront community bustling with retail outlets and specialty boutiques, delicious fare, and even a thriving casino and resort. And yet, Michiana, as the locals lovingly call their town, is also full of quiet parks and tree-lined streets comprising neighborhoods that maintain a persistent small-town charm no matter what the time of year.
In its multitude lies Michigan City: a community that exceeds all expectations, no matter what you might be looking for. Sorting through that multitude is another matter altogether, and that's where a Tucker realtor can give you the edge you need. If you've set your sights on Michiana, you've made a great decision. Let Tucker help you bring it home.
Michigan City is a promising community to go house hunting in, no matter what you are looking for. A range of neighborhoods exist from bustling commercial districts to scenic beachfronts to quiet, out-of-the way streets. Its founding in 1830 means you'll also be likely to find any number of housing styles. This includes older, cozy abodes with a classical ambiance and more contemporary selections with unique spaces and dimensions. Because of Michigan City’s economic prosperity, numerous developments and housing improvements are ongoing, even as the town continues to cultivate and preserve its quainter aspects.
In order to navigate such a diverse housing market, it helps to have knowledge and experience on your side. Tucker can provide that, bringing the benefit of community insights and connections to work for you in your hunt for the perfect home.
Shopping and dining may not get much better than what you can find in Michigan City. Specialty shops and boutiques are rampant with numerous commercial districts and plazas to support them. You'll also find national retailers sharing the space and occupying some of the town's malls, highlighted by the Marquette Mall. Outlet stores are also a big regional draw. For basic necessities grocery stores, big box stores, and service shops are readily available in several neighborhoods.
In terms of food, you're likely to find a restaurant to satisfy any craving lining popular Franklin Street, whether you have a taste for Italian, pub food, or maybe something Asian. This includes national franchises and locally-owned options plus many high-end eateries.
In the rare event you grow tired of Michigan City's offerings, neighboring communities such as La Porte offer alternatives. Or you can plan an easy day trip to South Bend to the east or Chicago to the west where gourmet cuisine, elegant urban shopping malls, and trendy commercial districts abound.
Michigan City is largely defined by its resting place on the shores of Lake Michigan. Boat clubs are common, and the Indiana Dunes State Park, which stretches 25 miles along the lake out from the southwestern edge of town, offers sandy hills, wooded trails, and swimming. All of this makes it understandably a popular tourist destination, and the culture of the community is built around that aspect. There are numerous parks, sports fields, and golf courses found in town, and biking and walking paths are available to explore the city. Local attractions such as Old Michigan City Light, a wandering dune named Mount Baldy, and the Washington Park Zoo offer more options.
The city is also home to the popular resort, Blue Chip Casino, a gambling destination that also offers a hotel and spa. Blue Chip’s Stardust Event Center hosts national concert tours and other performances, and numerous local theaters and bars offer venues for smaller events. Michigan City residents also have several options for catching first-run or classic movies.
When the tourist industry dies down during the winter months, there’s always Chicago. Michigan City residents have access to acclaimed museums and art galleries, professional sports franchises, and numerous landmarks in this metropolis. Chicago also offers both large and small venues for performance art and music.
Because of its advantageous position on Lake Michigan and near the economic behemoth of Chicago, Michigan City offers a broad range of employment opportunities to its residents. The tourism industry is naturally a major sector with Blue Chip Casino being one of the city's biggest employers. Workers with leisure and hospitality experience will find themselves in demand as well as those who work in the retail industry. Much of the wealth brought in by the tourism and ancillary industries is redirected toward development. Consequently, new business and industrial parks offer opportunities in technology and manufacturing. Other major players are education and healthcare with many schools, clinics, and larger hospitals in the area. Transportation and distribution also provides many jobs due to the numerous rail and bus lines, Interstates 90 and 94 as well as a small local airport.
Public school education in Michigan City is provided by the Michigan City Area Schools Corporation. Depending on where a resident lives, children attending primary school will be enrolled in one of several elementary schools. This ensures that parents have ample opportunity to participate in their children's early-learning experience. The broad elementary school system feeds into two middle schools where students receive guidance and opportunity during these important transitional years before high school.
Michigan City High School serves all of the public high school students in town, and parents will be pleased to learn that it presents a challenging, inclusive curriculum, offering advanced placement courses, vocational training, and fine arts instruction. This curriculum is backed by technologies integration in the classroom, ensuring students are prepared to succeed in a world whose economy is increasingly centered around computers. Rounding out this education are community service programs and a range of scholastic and athletic clubs.
Several private schools also exist in the area for those parents looking for something outside of the public schools. Your Tucker realtor can help explore those options in addition to answering any further questions on education. We can help you get on the path to finding a new home for you and your family.