Flight Information

For those of you who will be flying to Indiana for our wedding, thank you so much for making the trip! It means so much to us. There are a number of airport possibilities.

To minimize your driving time on the ground (but at a higher ticket price and a possibly longer flight time/itinerary), fly into South Bend Regional Airport. It is by far the easiest to manage once you land. Several major airlines fly into South Bend and it is a very easy 50 minute drive to Chesterton. This is also a good option if you have frequent flyer miles to use up.

If you want to minimize flying time and ticket cost, or if you are coming from farther away, fly into Midway or O'Hare Airport in Chicago. The drive from Chicago is more complicated, but entirely manageable. It is approximately an hour from Midway and approximately 1 ½ hours from O’Hare and can vary widely based on traffic conditions.

Directions from O'Hare to Chesterton

Directions from Midway to Chesterton

Hotel Information

There are rooms reserved for the Pluta/Gibson wedding at the following hotels in Valparaiso, Indiana. These hotels are approximately 2 miles from the reception and 20 miles from the church. They are also across the street from a number of restaurants and a Wal Mart. Hotel rooms must be reserved at least 30 days in advance.

Hampton Inn

($89 a night with the group rate)

1451 Silhavy Rd
Valparaiso, IN 46383

(219) 531-6424

Fairfield Inn

($79 a night with the group rate)

2101 Morthland Dr
Valparaiso, IN 46383

(219) 465-6225

Ask for Wendy when making the reservation

Courtyard by Marriott

(Rooms are $89.00 a night)

2301 E Morthland Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383


Driving Directions

From the Hotels to the Church - St. Ann of the Dunes

It is approximately 20 miles and should take about 30 minutes.

  1. Turn out of the hotel area LEFT onto US-30 E/E MORTHLAND DR. Continue to follow US-30 E. (0.56 miles)
  2. Merge onto IN-49 NORTH via the ramp on the LEFT toward IN-2 EAST/ VALPARAISO/CHESTERTON. (15 miles)
  3. Take the US-12 EAST ramp as you near the entrance of the Dunes State Park
  4. Turn RIGHT onto US-12. (4.4 miles)
  5. At BROADWAY, the first stop sign on US 12, you will see a Marathon gas station on the left and a sign for St. Ann of the Dunes/National Dunes Lakeshore campground on your right. Turn right into the small driveway to the campground/ church. The church will be visible to your left after you enter the small road.
  6. End at 433 East Golfwood Rd, Beverly Shores, IN.

From Chicago to the Church

It is approximately 60 miles and should take about 90 minutes.

  1. Take I-94 E. to exit 22B
  2. Exit 22B take US 20 EAST. towards Porter (0.3 mile)
  3. Merge onto US-20 EAST. (1.6 mile)
  4. Turn LEFT (north) onto Mineral Springs Rd. (0.9 mile)
  5. Turn RIGHT (east) onto US-12 (6.7 miles)
  6. Turn RIGHT at the first stop light (BROADWAY) and follow signs to St. Ann's. At the St. Ann’s sign, turn left.
  7. End at 433 East Golfwood Rd, Beverly Shores, IN.

From the Church to the Reception - Old Town Banquet Hall

It is approximately 20 miles and should take about 35 minutes.

  1. Turn left (west) out of the church/campground road onto US-12 West (approximately 4.4 miles)
  2. Turn LEFT(south) to take the IN-49 ramp. (0.07 miles)
  3. Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on IN-49 SOUTH (11 miles)
  4. Turn RIGHT(west) onto EAST VALE PARK RD/EAST COUNTY ROAD 400 NORTH (1.30 miles)
  5. Turn LEFT onto CALUMET AVE. and cross the railroad tracks (1.31 miles)
  6. End at 711 Calumet Ave., Old Town Banquet Hall, on your right.

From the Hotel to the Reception

It is approximately 3 miles and should take about 10 minutes.

  1. Turn RIGHT (west) onto US-30 WEST/EAST MORTHLAND DR. (0.21 miles)
  2. Turn RIGHT at the first light onto IN-130/IN-2/WEST STURDY RD. The road curves left and becomes Linonway. (1.18 miles)
  3. At the fourth light, turn RIGHT (north) onto MORGAN ST. (0.51 miles)
  4. At stop sign, MORGAN runs into CALUMET
  5. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto CALUMET AVE. (0.01 miles)
  6. End at 711 Calumet Ave., Old Town Banquet Hall, on your left

Local Information

Chesterton Tribune

While you are in Indiana, here are a few other thing to consider doing.

Indiana Dunes

Yes, there *is* water in Indiana! The state park is approximately 20 minutes from the hotels. North on US 49.

Downtown Valparaiso

a cute small square about 5 minutes from the hotels. Cute shops and dining.

Downtown Chesterton

About 15 minutes north of Valparaiso. Cute little shops. You can also visit the local Dairy Queen—where Sara worked in high school!

Places to eat

For a good stek: Kelsey's Steakhouse - right across from the hotels - look for the large concrete cow!

For good and cheap Mexican - El Amigo and El Salto - both about 10 minutes by car

El Amigo Mexican Restaurant
3032 N. Calumet Ave.
Authentic Mexican cuisine.

El Salto
3304 Calumet Ave.
Authentic Mexican food

For really great ice cream and a good burger - about 2 minutes from the hotel by car - Culvers

Culver's Frozen Custard
2101 LaPorte Ave.
Frozen Custard and ButterBurgers. Salads, Dinners, Chicken, Sandwiches and more. Check out the Flavor Of The Day online!

A loud, but good dive bar - about 5 minutes from the hotel and across the street from the reception hall--Northside Tap Room & Grill
712 Calumet Ave.

For a more civilized drink - about 10 minutes by car--Aberdeen Brewing Company

210 Aberdeen Dr.

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