Living in La Porte
La Porte was one of the first settlements established in northwestern Indiana. The government quickly established an office in the region that gave settlers the rights to buy plots of land, which helped the town grow at a fast rate. In 1835, just three years later, it became an official town.
Though the city now has all the modern amenities that apartment renters might want, the city retains its small-town charm. Its 22,000 residents work hard to preserve the historic buildings in town.
Those historic structures and sites are a popular draw for both tourists and locals. Some of the top attractions in the downtown neighborhood include the late 19th-century courthouse, city hall and the county historical society. The historical society obtained the Kesling Automobile Collection and has those vintage and antique cars out on display.
Some residents also enjoy taking a tour of the city and seeing some of the sites and locations featured in different movies. The Sam Elliot film Prancer filmed several scenes in the city, and A Piece of Eden, which starred Tynne Daly, also filmed in the city.
Those hoping for some more excitement might take a trip closer to Chicago to visit the Blue Chip Casino. In addition to casino games, slot machines and card games, the casino also has a large spa and an attached hotel and hosts live shows.
When you rent in La Porte, plan a trip to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. Not only can you see live performances and view artwork on display, but you can also take a wide range of classes to improve your artistic abilities.
The city offers a unique public transportation option for those who don't want to own a car. Called TransPorte, it's an on demand system open to all residents. You make a simple call, schedule a pick up time and the city will send someone to pick you up and drop you off. As this system does not go to the surrounding cities, some still own a vehicle.