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Experience the 1950s in Indiana Dunes Country

August 8, 2011 Leave a comment
The Port Drive In, Chesterton, Indiana.

ABOVE: The Port Drive in, Chesterton, Indiana. Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism.

Guest Blogger:
Erika A. Mihalek, Indiana Dunes Tourism

For those looking to relive the iconic and eye catching times of the 1950s, Indiana Dunes Country is the perfect destination for good times and 50s fun.

A top 50s hotspot is the 49er Drive-In Theatre in Valparaiso, IN. Guests can drive up to the outdoor theatre and, from the comfort of their cars, enjoy the latest feature films.

The Port Drive In in Chesterton, IN (see photo above) is a local landmark that features 50s charm as well. On a hot summer day, guests can pull up and enjoy burgers, frosty root beer and more delivered to their cars by carhops on roller skates.

Peggy Sue’s Diner in Chesterton, IN is another restaurant where guests can enjoy a meal and marvel at the bold murals painted across the display window featured near the building’s entrance.

Another 1950s hotspot within the region, is Schoop’s Hamburgers, with locations in Portage, IN and Valparaiso, IN. The Portage location once hosted President Barack Obama. The Valparaiso location features authentic 50s touches, and guests can experience the history of the restaurant.

Jim Dandy’s Diner in Hobart, IN is a 50s restaurant that features an atmosphere dedicated to the distinct decade. Guests can even tap to a tune from the authentic 1950s jukebox as they enjoy a meal in a space brimming with fun from the 1950s.

And for those looking to make an overnight stay in an authentic 1950s-style motel, there are no places more original than Al and Sally’s Motel and Blackhawk Motel – both located on scenic U.S. 12, just east of Michigan City, IN.

For those seeking a brand new, modern lodging experience, DunesWalk Inn in Chesterton has become an Indiana Dunes Country favorite.

Indiana Dunes Country welcomes car clubs and individual travelers to enjoy what has become a premier destination for 1950s fun. For more information about Indiana Dunes Country attractions, visit