SENIORS VISIT INDIANA



Seniors Stop In Schererville

schererville_in Schererville is a town in St. John Township, Lake County, Indiana and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The population runs right at 30,000.  The town was named one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” by Money Magazine in 2007. Senior visitors will find Schereville 7 miles southeast of Hammond, Indiana and 28 miles south of Chicago.

Long before Indiana became a state, long before the founding of Schererville, people called the settlement the “Crossroads.” Several Indian trails intersected that later became routes for the wagons of settlers traveling west.

One of these early settlers was Nicholas Scherer, who came to the U.S. from Germany in 1846. He arrived in this area in 1866 and established Schererville.

The town abounds in interesting history. The “crossroads” of Schererville lie at the junction of U.S. Routes 30 and 41. U.S. 30, the old Lincoln Highway, where it runs through the center of the old business district is now Joliet Street. This land located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan goes back to the earliest recorded history of the area.

Aerial photo of Schererville, Indiana

At least five Indian tribes, including Pottawatomie and Fox Indians, had their trails in the area. In 1816, Indiana became an official State of the Union, and in 1832, much of the northwestern part of the state was purchased from the Indians.

Seniors Enjoy Schererville’s Celebrations

The “Old Sauk Trail” criss-crossed the area and was known by the early pioneers as the “Main Road.” St. John Township, then known as “Prairie West”, was “matted with thick, green spongy grass, and almost surrounded by boggy marshes, where the fallen rotted trees and matted leaves had dammed the swamps into bodies of water resembling lakes.

The Schererville Parks and Recreation Department maintains 23 parks spread over 130 acres. The Corn Roast at Reder Park is always a fun time and brings in folks from the entire area.

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The various parks have a number of facilities including sports courts and fields, playgrounds, paved trails and picnic shelters. Senior visitors enjoy some of the seasonal celebrations in the area: the Celebrate Schererville Festival, Country A-Fair and Movies in the Park. 

Seniors Discover Escape Room

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TripAdvisor suggests that seniors not miss the Escape Room NWI on Cedar Parkway. Escape room games are among the fastest growing new entertainment concepts in the world.

They are exciting real world adventure games in which people find themselves in a room surrounded with clues. Sometimes the clues are hidden and sometimes they are in plain view. Sound like fun! Give it shot.

Nearby attractions include Illiana Racetrack, Eldredge Park, Scherwood Golf Club Golf Lake, Briar Ridge Country Club and The Crossroads Shopping Center. Seniors plan to stop by Schererville when you are in the Chicago area. -jeb

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