It is the mission of the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce to promote economic development and civic pride by providing business leadership and professional resources for the betterment of our community.
The Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce is located in the Old Courthouse downtown Crown Point. The Chamber is made up of different Divisions which are: Chamber Development, Community Development, Economic Development, Governmental Affairs, Industrial Relations, Membership Relations, Retail Affairs, Tourism Development.
The Chamber provides a collective voice for all businesses, along with providing an opportunity for the businesses to express its views and to work in the community to solve common problems in a spirit of good will. Chamber members support one another, and succeeding is easier when the Chamber and its membership work together, finding a better way to do business. The Crown Point Chamber of Commerce helps to promote Crown Point and keep it a good place to work and live.
Visitors, new residents and businesses seeking information about the city are always welcomed throughout the year.
The Chamber invites new commercial and residential growth. Our Main Street program involved the whole community to promote our downtown into a beautiful, warm and inviting place to visit or live. During the year the Chamber has many special events, the largest being the Hometown Square Festival. Just some of the special features of our Festival Days are a Corn roast, Arts & Crafts Fair, Taste of Crown Point, Celebration of the Arts, Garden Walk, Gospel Concert, Marriage Mill and then ends with a Fourth of July Parade. During the summer months and into the fall, Crown Point comes alive every Saturday morning with our Farmer's Market. Fresh vegetables and fruits, and a variety of fresh plants are always available for purchase. The Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce takes pride in all of the events that are enjoyed by our residents or visitors throughout the year. [Top of Page]
Crown Point is located in the Northwest corner of Indiana, in the heart of Lake County. Primarily residential, Crown Point is comprised of suburban and rural areas.
A significant number of professional and white collar workers reside in Crown Point, with skilled workers employed locally in Crown Point's industrial center or in the industrial areas to the north.
Crown Point enjoys the combined benefits of a small community and a large urban population center. We are located just a few miles from several shopping centers, less than thirty minutes from three major universities, and just an hour's drive from the social, cultural, and entertainment attractions of Chicago.
Sporting events are available for community participation, including: Little League, Babe Ruth, Girl's Softball, adult softball leagues, Junior Bulldog Football, Northwest Soccer, Crown Point Pups Basketball, swim teams, tennis leagues, and summer open gymnasium programs. The Southlake YMCA has recently built a new facility, which offers many assorted programs. Swimming is available through the city operated Hub Pool, and in the Lake County Fair Grounds along with the only covered bridge in Lake County.
The Lake County Fair is the largest county fair in the state with many Crown Point students involved in the fairs 4-H activities. The Hometown Square Festival is also a big event during the summer. There are four public golf courses and one private golf course in Crown Point and six community parklands.
The Lake County Park system has 11 parks, including a newly added waterpark that attracts over a million visitors a year. The Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered property, is just 40 minutes away, adjacent to the Indiana Dunes State Park. [Top of Page]
A Brief Historical Review of the Lake County Indiana Courthouse: The first permanent settlers in Lake County was Solon Robinson. His wife, Mariah Evans Robinson, and family arrived in October 1834 near Crown Point, the County Seat, was founded in 1834 and incorporated in 1868. Solon Robinson deeded the major portion of real estate on which the courthouse stands. In his conveyance, he clearly provided for this land to be used for a public square.
The Court House, located in downtown Crown Point, has been open since its erection in 1878, a landmark in Lake County. For many years it has been the most massive structure in breadth and height, constructed by early settlers, that can be seen for miles on top of the morainic divide. The Court House portrays a type architecture of the Victorian Period which has made for a most interesting combination of Romanesque and Georgian styles, this has created a sort of quasi-military effect in appearance.
The central portion, including the clock tower was started in 1880 and cost $52,000.00. 500,000 hand-kilned bricks from the Henry Wise brickyard in Crown Point were used in construction. Because of growth of county government, the courthouse was enlarged by adding a north and south tower. This addition, started in 1907 and dedicated in 1909, cost $160,000.00. The Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historical Places on May 17, 1973.
The Lake Courthouse Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization now continues to maintain and refurbish the building. Through the Foundation's efforts and with the help of numerous people donating many work hours the refurbished Victorian, Romanesque and Georgian styled edifice now attracts many visitors. The building has 16 commercial shops on the lower level. The Lake County Historical Society is presently located on the main floor in an art and cultural museum. In the 20's and 30's people from adjacent states would elope to Crown Point because there was no waiting period for a marriage license in Lake County.
Many famous people were married in Crown Point. Since 1976 over $750,000.00 has been raised by individual contributions, shop area rentals, and dues. All monies have been used for refurbishing the building. [Top of Page]
Crown Point is governed by a mayor, clerk/treasurer, seven councilmen, and a city judge. All are elected for four years. Five School Board members also are elected on a non-partisan basis. Crown Point Police Department and the Fire Department have new facilities. The Fire Department also operates the city's ambulance service and have paramedics and EMT units on duty at all times. Equipment is kept in top condition and replaced to keep the department up to date at all times. [Top of Page]
Crown Point has many opportunities for unique shopping experiences in our downtown area. The Courthouse Square has wonderful specialty shops with a variety of dining choices for your enjoyment.
There are a variety of different shops located in our beautiful Old Courthouse in the lower level. Our town offers several different shopping areas, Jewel Plaza, the Point Shopping Mall, West Street Plaza Mall which are convenient for your shopping needs. [Top of Page]
The Mission of the Crown Point Community School Corporation, a partnership of students, families, staff, and community, is to ensure that all students become lifelong learners through the highest quality educational program.
The Crown Point community is served by Crown Point High School, Taft Junior High School, and six elementary schools: Eisenhower, Lake Street, Mac Arthur, Solon Robinson, Timothy Ball and Winfield. Nearly 600 teachers, support staff and administrators work together for the good of Crown Point students.
Crown Point takes pride in its teaching staff with 83% holding masters degrees and about 68% with 10 or more years of teaching experience. All Crown Point schools have been recipients of the state's Indiana Incentive Awards for STEP performance. Student scores regularly rank above state scores in the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Computers are available for teachers and students, in every classroom and in special computer labs.
Crown Point schools offer opportunities for gifted and talented students at all levels. A preventive approach is used in redirecting at-risk students. Crown Point is a primary participant in the Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative, offering services for students with disabilities. A wide range of student electives, clubs, and extracurricular activities are available to meet the diverse interests and needs of students. Intramural athletic programs are available at the elementary level.
The junior high athletic program feeds into the high schools 20 varsity sports. The high school athletic program is a member of the prestigious Duneland Conference. Crown Point schools enjoy the active support of parents and interested community members in promoting excellence in education for its students. Parent-teacher organizations provide the backbone at the elementary level as volunteers in the classroom and for special activities.
At the secondary level, the Music Boosters and Athletic Boosters work vigorously behind the scenes to make the corporation's music and sport programs recognized in the state. The Superintendent's Advisory Council, comprised of parents and members of the business sector, assists in keeping the school corporation focused as it looks to the future.
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