Gary, Indiana occupies the scenic shores of Lake Michigan, where three major Interstate highways converge. Gary lies within the southeastern section of Chicago’s bustling metropolitan area, just 25 miles outside of downtown Chicago. At the time of the 2000 Census, Gary’s population was 103,746. Gary ranks as the Lake County’s largest community, and IN’s fifth largest city.
Lake County has two major trial courts. The Circuit Courts have unlimited trial jurisdiction in every case, with the exclusion of cases with concurrent or exclusive jurisdiction belonging to other courts. The Superior Courts, which have general jurisdiction, hear all civil and criminal cases, and handle small claims where no county court systems exist.
Lake County has several divisions of Lake Superior Court, located in the cities of Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary and Hammond. Gary is also home to a City Court. The local courthouse address is: 2293 N. Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307.
Indiana's personal injury cases are heard in civil court. This FAQs section gives you information about civil lawsuits. As law courts use their own terminology, you may find this list of common legal terms handy. Once you’ve gone through a trial, you may have the right to appeal your personal injury case to the state’s Appeals Court or the Supreme Court, both of which are in Indianapolis. Indiana’s Appeals Court is located on 115 W. Washington Street in Suite 1270, while the Indiana Supreme Court is located on 315 Indiana State House Street.
Founded in 1906, this location was chosen decades ago as the site for a new United States Steel Corporation plant. Named for U.S. Steel’s chairman Elbert H. Gary, this industrious community enjoys a centralized location with access to I-80, I-90, I-94, I-65, U.S. Routes 12 and 20, and Indiana State Highways 312 and 912. The busy Northwest Indiana region, which includes area cities such as Hammond, Hobart and Merrillville, consider Gary a vital economic hub.
Gary affords access to beach getaways, great dining establishments and numerous entertainment opportunities, all set against a lovely skyline. Residents and visitors enjoy sites such as Majestic Star Casino on Buffington Harbor, and the Lake Street Shopping District. Outdoor enthusiasts in Gary enjoy the stunning beauty of Lake Etta Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, where visitors can fish, hike, ride on horseback or swim and sunbathe along Lake Michigan’s sandy shores.
Gary also boasts an exciting sports scene, with popular sports franchises based in the city. The Gary Railcats, a Northern League professional baseball team, play in the U.S. Steel Yard stadium, while the Gary Steelheads professional basketball team play in the Genesis Convention Center. Gary is also home to two regional state college campuses, Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest.
Gary, Indiana claims more than 57 square miles of the lovely Lake Michigan region of Lake County. A sister city to Fuxin, China, Gary has several notable residents from past and present times. These include Frank Borman, Morgan Freeman, The Jackson Family and William Albright.