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Indiana Day Trip

We're coming up on my 10-year anniversary living in Chicago and I can say I hadn't spent any time in Indiana (aside from driving through).  Last weekend we changed that statement.  Mike & I decided to take a day trip to a couple breweries and we tagged on the Indiana Dunes at the end.

We started at 3 Floyds Brewery.
We didn't love this one.  Maybe it was our timing.  I don't know.
Note 1: If you're planning to eat/drink anything you have to put your name in for a table.  They even seat the spots at the bar, there is no standing room.  They explained it to me as their max capacity is 75 and they have 75 seats.  We put our name in, sat outside for close to an hour before our half hour tour, and after the tour, we had a table.
Note 2:  The tour is a half hour and we stood in two spots seeing two spots of the brewery.  I guess it's because it's not a large brewery and they have some construction going on.  Maybe that was it.  I guess we were just expecting a little more to it, although it's always nice to hear how breweries got their start.
Note 3:  The beer list was solid.  Lots of options that you won't find other places.  Mike & I both tried to pick a beer we couldn't find in Chicago and enjoyed.

Then we drove about a half hour to 18th Street Brewery in Gary.
We liked this one.  This one was smaller.  They had maybe 6-8 beers on tap and we both really enjoyed ours.  They have a lovely back patio, which we didn't understand why anyone else wasn't using.  So we had the entire patio to ourselves!  Win!  I would definitely go back and order the pretzel again.
I hear it's great to visit on a Sunday when there's a market across the street.

We decided to tack on the Indiana Dunes since we were in the area.
We really just checked it out a little.  We walked to the beach (which was still quite crowded at 6pm) and took a trail for a little bit before it started pouring.  We stood under a tree (which didn't really provide much shelter) until it let up (the tree was totally a mental thing).  We were soaked.  At that point I was ready to go so we turned around and walked back to the car.  

We got a recommendation for Octave Grill, but we didn't end up making it there after the rain.  If you're in the area, it seems everyone likes it.

We wrapped up the weekend, back in Chicago, for the Air & Water Show.  Definitely one of my favorite parts of summer in Chicago!


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