Hammond's city center

Hammond is a Chicagoland city of some 80,000 people in Lake County, Indiana—bordering Chicago's Far Southeast Side.


It may come as a surprise to other Hoosiers that Hammond is the state's sixth largest city. Its history and culture, as with nearly all of Indiana's Lake Michigan coast, is inextricably linked to a big blue-collar industrial workforce. While the industrial economy is not what it once was, Hammond is still in decent shape, with a big new casino drawing in visitors from the Chicagoland area. Most visitors will find themselves passing through or on business, but Chicagoans would do well to include it in a close-in Lake County day trip, if for no other reason than to get some good food, perhaps stock up on fireworks, and realize that Chicagoland doesn't stop at the state line!

Get in

By car

The big highways cutting east west across the city are I-90 and I-94/I-80, both of which head east towards Gary and I-65 towards Indianapolis, and west towards Chicago and its south suburbs. The biggest north south streets are Calumet Ave (US-41) and Indianapolis Blvd (IN-152). Both lead into the city coming from Chicago in the north, and are a far more interesting drive than the big highways.

By train

The South Shore Line, which stretches from Chicago's East Loop to Indiana's South Bend, has one stop in north Hammond (the first across the state line), and another literally on the East Chicago/south Hammond border. Tickets are $4.75 per way.

Amtrak offers limited service with a stop in the Robertsdale neighborhood of north Hammond.

By plane

The closest airport is certainly Gary/Chicago International Airport IATA: GYY, but there are a lot more flights coming into Chicago Midway IATA: MDW, which is about a 30 minute drive without heavy traffic.

Get around

An old railroad tower on the IHB railroad cutting through Hammond




Hammond and the rest of the cities immediately bordering Chicago across the state line are well known among Chicagoans for fireworks and far cheaper cigarettes. Indeed, here you'll find big box stores selling cases of either—the easiest to reach being on Calumet Ave just north of I-94/I-80.




The following hotels are located along Interstate 90, the Indiana Toll Road:

The following hotels are located along Interstates 80/94, the Borman Expressway:

Go next

Chicago is the obvious nearby destination, but if you are up for staying far off the beaten path, exploring Lake County a bit can be quite rewarding. Check out the historic planned industrial-utopian community of Marktown, Meyer's Castle in Dyer, the confounding ruins of Gary, or even the far-off-the-beaten-path parts of Chicago just west, in the city's Far Southeast Side.

Routes through Hammond

END Chicago  W  E  Michigan City Battle Creek
Joliet/Chicago Lansing  W  E  Gary South Bend/Michigan City/Bowling Green
Rockford Chicago  W  E  Gary South Bend
Lake Geneva Chicago  W  E  East Chicago Gary
Rockford Chicago  W  E  Gary Michigan City
Milwaukee Chicago  N  S  Schererville Terre Haute
END Chicago  NW  SE  East Chicago South Bend

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