About Valparaiso Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana is a medium-sized city of around 34,000 residents located 50 miles southeast of the Chicago Loop. Valparaiso is a progressive, robust, and growing city. The residents’ investment in the community has rewarded them with a great quality of life.
Over the last 15 years, Valparaiso completed a major rejuvenation of its downtown. Central to downtown is the Urschel Pavilion, an open-air pavilion with an ice-rink, and the city center park with a concert stage. Surrounding this entertainment venue are many locally-owned restaurants, bistros, and bars that are cranking out great meals and drinks. Also, numerous artisan shops dot the main downtown streets.
The Valparaiso Festival committee manages over 50 events per year. These include a bi-weekly farmer’s market, summer concerts and outdoor movies, Brewfest, and the city’s capstone event: Popcorn Festival. Popcorn Festival is an annual festival in early September to celebrate Valparaiso’s history as being home to Orville Redenbacher and his popcorn empire.
Valparaiso is surrounded by additional entertainment and career opportunities. Enjoy the Indiana Dunes National Park only 15 minutes away. Or, jump on the Chicago Dash bus line or the South Shore Commuter Rail line to get to Downtown Chicago in less than one hour. With over one million people in Northwest Indiana and Chicago so close, there is always something to do, and healthcare, education, and career opportunities are widely available.