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Deal To Develop Parkland Near Indiana Dunes Riles Conservationists

A plan allowing a politically connected developer to operate restaurants, a rooftop bar and a banquet hall in the heart of Indiana Dunes State Park is drawing scrutiny from conservationists and some legal experts.


Central Avenue Beach along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has been closed due to hazardous conditions, as the beach has eroded to almost nothing, and the high winds of the last few weeks have exposed asphalt and other unsafe surfaces. The previous trail to the beach is now an 8 foot drop-off.  (Credit: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore/Facebook)

Central Beach Closed Due To Erosion Along Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Chief Ranger Mike Bremer said the beach at Central Avenue, on the east side of Beverly Shores, has been closed indefinitely, because high waves last week washed away the sand, leaving an eight-foot drop-off, which has at its base some jagged pieces of an old road that used to run along the beach.


Geologists have been examining parts of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for more than a year after a boy was swallowed by a hole in Mt. Baldy, which has been closed ever since. (Credit: CBS)

More Holes Found Under Mount Baldy

Geologists investigating the mysterious hole that swallowed a 6-year-old boy last summer have found it’s just one of many under the dunes on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.


Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Surfers Catching Rare Waves On Lake

Tuesday’s chilly temperatures hardly make for ideal beach weather, but windy conditions in northwest Indiana were a welcome change for surfers who haven’t been able to catch many waves this year.


Pitcher Plant. Source: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Pitcher Plant found in Pinhook Bog. (Credit: National Park Service)

Looking For Summer Fun? Five Top Activities At The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

By John Dodge CHICAGO (CBS) — My biggest wish for Father’s Day was to see my children at peace and happy. Along with some summer fun for dad, too. One of the best ways for […]



Best Summer Backpacking Trips Near Chicago

As the weather starts to warm up and spending time outdoors begins to seem more appealing, what could be more fun than organizing a backpacking trip?



New Hole Found In Indiana Lakeshore Dune

The National Park Service has found another hole in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, close to where 6-year-old Nathan Woessner fell in and was buried under 11 feet of sand for several hours last month.



Best Places For Stargazing In Chicago

If you don’t have access to a nuclear-sized telescope, just take a quick drive away from Chicago to see the speedy Perseid meteors shower the night sky with dazzling light.


Nathan Woessner, 6, at his family's church in Galva, Ill., more than two weeks after he was trapped under a sand dune in northwest Indiana. (Credit: CBS)

Boy Trapped Under Sand Dune Visits Church After Recovery

The 6-year-old boy who was trapped under a sand dune for more than three hours earlier this month made his first public appearance since his life-and-death ordeal.



Boy Buried In Indiana Sand Dune Released From Hospital

Nathan Woessner, the 6-year-old boy who survived being buried in an Indiana sand dune, was discharged from the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital late Tuesday.


Rescue crews use construction equipment to dig into Mount Baldy to find 6-year-old Nathan Woessner, who ended up buried 11 feet under the sand dune on July 12, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Park Officials Continue Probe Into Dune That Swallowed Boy

Park rangers have brought in ground-penetrating radar to help determine why a 6-year-old boy plunged 11 feet under the sands of Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes a week ago.


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Talks Begin For Construction Of New Bridge, Would Give Access To Dunes National Lakeshore

Big ideas are crossing the minds of Indiana planners who envision a suspension bridge providing new access to the Dunes National Lakeshore. WBBM Newsradio’s Julie Mann reports.

WBBM Newsradio–11/26/2012

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Body Found On Beach At Indiana Dunes

A body has found on the beach along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and police are investigating to find out who it is.

CBS Chicago–04/11/2012

Spring Peeper

Warm Weather Means Early Mating Season For Spring Peeper Frogs

You’ve probably been reminded multiple times that it’s still technically winter, but spring clearly is not waiting for the calendar. Even tiny frogs know it.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2012

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Advocacy Group: Promote Indiana Dunes In Chicago

A national parks advocacy group says many Chicagoans could be enjoying the Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, but they might not know it’s there.

CBS Chicago–09/27/2011

Lake Michigan (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

New Lenox Man May Have Drowned In Rip Currents At Gary Beach

Rescue personnel are searching for a New Lenox man who may have drowned Wednesday afternoon near Wells Street Beach in Gary.

CBS Chicago–08/10/2011

Lake Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Study: Global Warming Damaging Great Lakes

Environmental activists have released a report that claims global warming is inflicting damage upon the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, other national parks lining the Great Lakes — and the region around them.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2011

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How Government Shutdown Could Affect You

Some government services will shut down Saturday if a deal isn’t reached by Friday.