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Michigan City is a city in Northwestern Indiana.

Get in

By train

  • South Shore Line. The South Shore Line is an interurban commuter line running from Chicago to South Bend that serves much of northern Indiana and has two stops in Michigan City - 11th Street and Caroll Avenue stations. The former is located in the city's historic downtown. It's original station house is currently shuttered, so riders have to make due with a small passenger shelter located at the tip of the adjacent parking lot. The later station is located near Michigan City's southern border, within the railroad's depot and repair facilities. late at night and early in the morning, South Shore Line trains only run between this station and South Bend.

South Shore Line runs on a single track embedded in the middle of the street as it travels though the Michigan City. When the train stops at 11th Street station, it literally stops in the middle of the street. The city designed special traffic lights that automatically signal the cars not to travel on this section of the street when the train is picking up and dropping off passengers.

  • Amtrak. In addition to South Shore Line, the city is served by Amtrak's Wolverine Service, which stops in Michigan City twice a day. Amtrak uses the tracks along the lake shore, north of downtown but close to Washington Park, the Old Lighthouse Museum and the beach. The Michigan City station is a single platform with a rudimentary passenger shelter.

By plane

Michigan City Municipal Airport (MGC IATA) allows private and charter flights, but it isn't used by any commercial airlines. The closest commercial airport is the South Bend Regional Airport (SBN IATA), which is located in South Bend, Indiana.

Get around

The city is served by Michigan Transit, a municipal bus network that operates Mondays-Saturdays. The buses run once every hour. It is made up of four one-directional routes that begin and end at Michigan City Public Library. Every route also stops at Marquette Mall at some point. Route 1 serves the city center, as well as the southern neighborhoods and the Washington Park area. Route 2 serves serves the center, southern and south-eastern neighborhoods. Route 3 passes though eastern and southern neighborhoods. Finally, Route 4 passes though the city's West Side before connecting to the southern neighborhoods.


The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore begins on the western edge of Michigan City. The largest dune in the National Lakeshore, Mount Baldy, lies just inside the park. Access to the dune's summit (126 feet above Lake Michigan) is provided by a marked trail from the parking lot off the US-12.



Michigan City is home to Lighthouse Place shopping mall, an outdoor mall best known for a variety of high-end jewelry stores. The Franklin Street Art District in the city's North End section contains several art galleries.


  • Hokkaido, 725 Franklin Street, +1 219 814-4226, . Monday–Thursday 11am–3pm, 4:30pm–9pm; Friday 11am–3pm, 4:30pm–10:30pm; Saturday 11:30am–10:30pm; Sunday 12pm–9pm. Delicious sushi restaurant with friendly staff.


  • Shoreline Brewery, 208 Wabash St. Brewpub near the harborfront, serves lunch and dinner.
  • Three Sheets Bar and Grill, 227 Barker Ave. 7am-3am. Excellent real small town tavern. Karaoke on some nights. Bands on Saturday nights. Daily dinner specials. Best cheeseburger in town. A must see Michigan City attraction. $.


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Routes through Michigan City
ChicagoHammond  W Amtrak Wolverine icon.png E  New BuffaloBattle Creek
GaryChesterton  W I-94.svg E  New BuffaloKalamazoo
GaryIndiana Dunes  W US 12.svg E  New BuffaloColdwater
GaryChesterton  W US 20.svg E  South BendToledo
END  N US 35.svg S  La PorteKokomo
END  N US 421.svg S  → Jct W US 30.svg E Template:Rtarrow MonticelloIndianapolis
ChicagoPorter  NW South Shore Line icon.png SE  South BendEND

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