With a number of public and cultural amenities, the town of Munster has been an important part of Northwest Indiana since its official establishment in 1907. From its humble beginnings as a settlement along the railroad, the town has grown into a bustling center of commerce and transportation that, according the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 24,000 people love to call home.
The town, which adopted its moniker from the anglicized family name of one its first shop owners Jacob Monster, grew fast and furiously as the railroad expanded in the early 20th century and has continued to benefit from its advantageous location near Chicago and numerous transportation routes.
Making a living in Munster
With its western border touching Illinois, Munster is situated in Lake County within the Chicago metropolitan area. Munster is a transportation hub with access to four airports including the Lansing Municipal, Gary/Chicago International, O’Hare International and Chicago Midway International airports. The Borman Expressway also lies just north of the town and other main arteries including U.S. Route 41 and Interstate 65 are easily accessible from Munster.
The many forms of transportation in the area have allowed manufacturing to flourish in Munster. There are many industrial parks in and around the town and manufacturing is one of the main sources of employment for Munster home owners. Construction, retail trade and healthcare are also important industries for employment here.
Blue ribbon education and quality of life
Munster is a great place for workers as well as their families. The town’s school system is the School Town of Munster and each of its schools has been recognized as Indiana Blue Ribbon schools and given five-star ratings. Munster High School has also been recognized by Newsweek and The Washington Post for its exceptional commitment to its students. An emphasis on education extends beyond high school as there are three institutions of higher learning within commuting distance from Munster: Purdue University Calumet, Calumet College and Indiana University Northwest.
Munster has a way of stimulating its residents both in and out of the classroom. There are a number of cultural attractions including the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial and Centennial Park, which is an attraction featuring formal gardens, an amphitheater and plenty of green space to run wild in.
Those who love to take advantage of the great outdoors will revel in the ten parks, three lakes, nine-hole golf course and eleven miles of bike paths situated throughout Munster. The community also hosts a number of events and activities throughout the year including a farmers market at Munster Town Hall, a vintage baseball league, a wine festival called The Grape Escape and its own spin on Oktoberfest known as Munster Ale Fest.
Munster also has top notch dining and brewing establishments. A local favorite is Three Floyds Brewing Company, which is known as one of the most innovative breweries in the entire country. In addition to incredibly nuanced beer, the brewpub also serves up delectable dishes and offers insightful tours of the facilities.