Gary, IN

Overview

Gary, Indiana may be the place that lights your face -- not Paris, New York, or Rome. The 1957 Broadway show the Music Man may have put Gary on the map, but this charming city was around long before the legendary musical. Stretching along Lake Michigan, Gary was founded in 1906 and named for Elbert Henry Gary, the founder of a steel plant that helped Gary grow. Situated about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, Gary provides easy access to I-90 for commuters. For those who prefer mass transit, the South Shore Line commuter train to Downtown Chicago is available from Millennium Station. Home to Indiana University Northwest, Gary Chicago International Airport, and a stretch of sandy beach along the lake that will make you glad you chose to rent an apartment in Gary, this terrific Midwest town has even more to offer -- a fantastic downtown filled with shops and restaurants, spectacular parks such as West Beach-Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a view of the Chicago skyline from across the lake, and gorgeous historic districts. Living here may make you want to hum a tune … luckily, Gary has the perfect song.

5 Neighborhoods in Gary, IN

  • Brunswick

    Situated in the northwest section of Gary, Indiana, the Brunswick neighborhood provides residents with easy access to Chicago, located just 30 miles to the north and west. This working class neighborhood has an urban feel, but gives locals some surprising looks into nature with conservation areas that show off The Region's sandy dune makeup.

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  • Downtown Gary

    Apartments in downtown Gary, Indiana offer the convenience of living within minutes of everything Gary has to offer. Sandwiched between I-80 and I-90 for quick access to other major thoroughfares and the Gary-Chicago International Airport, downtown Gary offers a small-town, community feel amid the amenities you expect from a much larger locale.

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  • Glen Park

    Glen Park lies just a few miles south of downtown Gary. Apartments and townhouses make up most of the rental properties in this area, with many being within walking distance of restaurants, parks, and shopping. Glen Park is also home to Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College, along with many elementary, middle, and high schools.

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  • Midtown

    The Midtown area of Gary sits directly south of downtown, so you don't need to travel far to get to the center of your fair city. Reach the middle of Chicago by traveling northwest around 35 miles. A little closer to your apartment, Broadway represents a retail area of Midtown where you find most of the national chain restaurants, but locals dig D&G's Soul Food on Grant and 18th. Take your gigantic order to go whether you want smothered pork chops, fried chicken, or beef short ribs.

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  • Miller

    Miller (or Miller Beach), located in Gary, Ind., lies on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. Despite being located in a major urban area, Miller remains surrounded by beach, dunes and protected natural habitats, which attracts people to the area to live or just visit. Many residents of Miller and North Lake County reside there part-time, keeping permanent residences in Chicago. Commuters travel between Chicago and Miller via the South Shore Line, which takes about an hour one-way. Businesses in Miller mostly involve the tourism industry. The neighborhood has several high-end housing developments and higher home values than the rest of Gary.

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