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The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet Recognizes Businesses, Volunteers, Community Leaders

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From restaurant owners to non-profit leaders, The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce honored all facets of the community who are moving the City of Portage in the right direction.

The awards banquet has been a long-time tradition of The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce for more than two decades, according to Executive Director Nancy Simpson.

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Crossroads Chamber of Commerce Becomes “Best Gin Joint In Region” for Annual Gala at Avalon Manor

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The Crossroads Chamber of Commerce proved once more that they can not only help to drive local economic growth and recognize persons of significant distinction in the region - they can throw a pretty mean party, too.

Continuing the culture of growth and unification that they have strived for since the 2009 merger of the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and Merrillville Chamber of Commerce, Tonight’s annual gala event saw a packed house fill the seats at Avalon Manor, with more than 500 guests gathering to represent over 100 local businesses. This year’s event featured a silent auction, a full-service bar, dinner and dancing to live music.

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La Pour Brew Fest Delights La Porte on a Dark and Stormy Afternoon

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A little cold and rain couldn’t deter the La Porte community on Saturday afternoon as 25 local breweries and wineries gathered at the La Porte Civic Auditorium for the 3rd Annual La Pour Brew and Wine Fest. Still in its infancy, this festival was packed to the gills inside the auditorium which was filled with every kind of beer and wine that an aficionado could desire.

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Albert's Diamond Jewelers Host Gala to Kick Off the 2017 Holiday Season


Albert’s Annual Kick off the Holiday Season Gala was a festive holiday event that put some beautiful jewelry front and center. Located in Schererville, Indiana, the event started in the early afternoon and lasted into the evening. Loyal customers gathered for this wonderful seasonal event to shop for different kinds of jewelry as they enjoyed wine and dinner items.

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Crown Point High School Theater Brings Willy Wonka to Northwest Indiana in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


You may have seen the 1971 Movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder. You may have seen the 2005 Tim Burton remake named Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Johnny Depp as the mad chocolatier. You may think you know the story of the poor boy who wins the Golden Ticket and a chance to tour the wondrous, mysterious candy factory.

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Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Shoreline Brewery Team Up for Charitable Giving

Lubeznik-Center-for-the-Arts-and-Shoreline-Brewery-Team-Up-for-Charitable-GivingEnjoy locally brewed craft beer, great food - and the arts, Michigan City-style - on #GivingBrewsDay.

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Shoreline Brewery and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) are teaming up to create #GivingBrewsDay, a homegrown, Michigan City way of celebrating #GivingTuesday, the annual global day of giving.

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Miller Lite and Indiana Beverage Provide Beer Lovers with Blast from the Past, Resurrecting Classic Steinie Bottle


If you’ve seen one of these unique, handsome looking bottles around and wondered at the backstory, it goes back quite to the early 20th century and has its roots in the Post-Prohibition era. The steinie bottle, as it is called, was actually a response from the glass industry which sought to make their bottle products cheaper to compete with the emerging use of cans in the beer industry. When beer brewers were bouncing back from the Prohibition era and needed affordable and reliable containers to hold their products, the steinie bottle answered the call.

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Strack & Van Til’s Click-and-Collect Online Grocery Service Powered by Instacart Just Got Better


Since July, Strack & Van Til has allowed customers to order their groceries online via www.instacart.com and pick them up curbside at the store in as little as an hour. Now, Strack & Van Til customers can order trusted and favorite national brands online and have them delivered right to their door. This new option allows customers to save time by eliminating the trip to the grocery store, which could take well over an hour.

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William B’s Steakhouse at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa Receives 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence

William-B-Steakhouse-Blue-Chip-Wine-Spectator-2017_01For the second year, William B’s Steakhouse at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City, Indiana, has received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, given by the magazine to recognize a well-curated list of quality selections that will satisfy discerning wine enthusiasts. One of only a handful of NW Indiana restaurants to receive the award, William B’s features prime steak, seafood and fresh pastas, all prepared with Midwestern flair.

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Foreigner Turns up the Heat on a Cold Night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond


We’ve all heard our friends belt out a ballad of “Hot Blooded” in the bar on a Saturday night while the rest of the bar usually joins in on the chorus. And anytime “Cold as Ice” comes on the radio, you know you just can’t change the station. We recognize so many of these songs because they’ve permeated our culture so deeply over the last 40 years. Foreigner has 22 hit songs on Billboard’s Top 40, 9 of which were Top 10 hits. A claim that only a select few bands can also attest to.

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Hammond’s 4th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Parade Honors Region Veterans


Veterans Day has been a national holiday, honoring individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces of our great country since 1938. Northwest Indiana, The Region, has its fair share of both active and retired military personnel, including over a dozen activities around the area being held to honor our local heroes, both active and retired. This year, the City of Hammond Parks Department hosted their 4th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Parade. The parade’s Grand Marshal and keynote speaker, Hammond’s 4th District Councilman and US Army Vietnam Veteran, William Emerson, Sr., 18th Combat Engineer Brigade, spoke about what makes the Hammond parade so special what it meant for him to be a major participant in it.

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