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Overview of Chesterton

Nestled between metropolitan Chicago, the shores of Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes State Park, Chesterton is a perfectly small town without being too far out in the country. With a population of approximately 13,000, this traditional Duneland town is an excellent choice for anyone looking to settle down in a tight knit community.

Chesterton apartments for rent are an excellent choice for individuals who want to have access to some of the region’s best nature spots and have a knack for historical settings.

Living in Chesterton, IN

Chesterton was home to the Potawatomi Tribe, a forest-dwelling native community, before explorers and settlers took over. The first white settler was a French fur trader named Joseph Bailly, who established the first fur trading post in the area in 1822. To this date, some of the preserved buildings Bailly built are open to the public to explore along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore region.

Although Bailly settled first, Chesterton's first land owner was a Potawatomi woman named Mau-Me-Nass, who was given the land via a government treaty. Following her death, the space was given to her father, Pier Moran, and eventually to the William Thomas family, who established 46 lots as well as the downtown Chesterton area.

The downtown area was a hub for the Michigan Southern and Michigan Central railroad lines that ran into neighboring Westchester Township, which originally ran 24 trains a day through the town. Over the years, the railroad continued to expand, and the wood for the lines the engine fuel was supplied by local farmers from a wood yard established by the Thomas family. Eventually the town continued to grow, and more residents moved to the area and the first church, St. Patrick, was constructed.

Chesterton Attractions and Special Events

In addition to the number of quaint antique, dining and historical spots, there are several major attractions located within the Chesterton area. The Indiana Dunes State Park lies within miles of the town, and includes some of the most pristine Lake Michigan beaches, flora and drifting sand hills in the country. During the summers, residents can post up for a day on the lakefront, camp within one of the 140 sites throughout the park or hike along many of the trails hidden within the wooded areas. During the winters, the trails are also a popular spot for cross-country skiers and brave souls interested in sledding down the dune’s legendary Devil’s Slide.

For residents interested in gaining more knowledge of the town's historical past, the Westchester Township Historical Museum is recommended.

To find a Chesterton apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

Chandana Pointe - Valparaiso, IN 46383
21

Valparaiso, IN 46383

$730 - $1085

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Golfview - Valparaiso, IN 46385
28

Valparaiso, IN 46385

$645 - $845

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valparaiso, IN


$645 - $845

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Masters - Valparaiso, IN 46383
20

Valparaiso, IN 46383

$646 - $1010

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valparaiso, IN


$646 - $1010

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Maison Royale - Valparaiso, IN 46383
34

Valparaiso, IN 46383

$725 - $889

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Compass Pointe - Valparaiso, IN 46383
20

Valparaiso, IN 46383

$885 - $1315

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Valparaiso, IN


$885 - $1315

224 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lake In The Woods - Hobart, IN 46342
15

Hobart, IN 46342

$650 - $1025

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hampshire Park Apartments - Hobart, IN 46342
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Hobart, IN 46342

$799 - $993

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Hobart, IN (Cressmoor)


$799 - $993

186 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Woodland Crossing - Michigan City, IN 46360
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Michigan City, IN 46360

$535 - $735

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Michigan City, IN (Edgewood, Trail Creek)


$535 - $735

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Coolspring Estates - Michigan City, IN 46360
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Michigan City, IN 46360

$425 - $950

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Michigan City, IN (Trail Creek)


$425 - $950

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Long Beach Cove Villas - Michigan City, IN 46360
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Michigan City, IN 46360

$895 - $2000

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Michigan City, IN (Duneland Beach)


$895 - $2000

2-3 Beds 2 Baths

Brickshire Apartments - Merrillville, IN 46410
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Merrillville, IN 46410

$869 - $1444

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Merrillville, IN (Meadowdale)


$869 - $1444

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Birchwood - Merrillville, IN 46410
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Merrillville, IN 46410

$600 - $730

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Merrillville, IN (Barclay Village, Meadowdale)


$600 - $730

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Hickory Ridge Lake - Merrillville, IN 46410
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Merrillville, IN 46410

$618 - $761

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Merrillville, IN (Meadowdale)


$618 - $761

360 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Furnished Studio - Merrillville - Merrillville, IN 46410
10

Merrillville, IN 46410

$1260

1 Bed 0 Baths

Briarwood - La Porte, IN 46350
57

La Porte, IN 46350

$745 - $1225

1-3 Beds 0 Baths

La Porte, IN


$745 - $1225

150 Units 1-3 Beds 0 Baths

Rumely Historic Apartments - La Porte, IN 46350
18

La Porte, IN 46350

$535 - $710

1-2 Beds 0 Baths

La Porte, IN (Downtown)


$535 - $710

80 Units 1-2 Beds 0 Baths

The Lakes at 8201 - Merrillville, IN 46410
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Merrillville, IN 46410

$719 - $1408

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Merrillville, IN (Old Merrillville, Sedona)


$719 - $1408

628 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Residences of Merrillville Lakes - Merrillville, IN 46410
20

Merrillville, IN 46410

$750 - $920

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Merrillville, IN (Old Merrillville, Sedona)


$750 - $920

358 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mallard Bay - Crown Point, IN 46307
20

Crown Point, IN 46307

$920 - $1410

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Crown Point, IN


$920 - $1410

246 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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