Hammond, Indiana covers 27 square miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Little Calumet River forms Hammond’s southern boundary and the Illinois state line its western border. Hammond lies only 22 miles southeast of the glittering lights of Chicago and is a vital part of the massive Chicago Metropolitan Area. Hammond is one of Lake County's most prominent cities, and while not the county seat, it does contain some of the local government offices and courts.
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’s Circuit Court is at 2293 N. Main Street Crown Point, IN and the Superior Court is at 232 Russell Road in Hammond, IN. Lake County also has a Small Claims Court located in every township of the county.
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.
Hammond, IN began as a simple stagecoach stop in 1851, remaining unsettled until 1869, when the George H. Hammond Company opened a slaughterhouse here. By 1895, the business employed more than 1,500 people and the community of Hammond began to grow, attracting a culturally diverse range of immigrants. Today’s population includes residents of German, Polish, Slavic, Irish, Hispanic and African American bloodlines.
Hammond’s primary economic base is a blend of manufacturing and industrial plants. Major employers include the Lear Corporation, Dietrich Metal Framing, Jupiter Aluminum and Unilever. Hammond is also home to the lively Horseshoe Casino, which offers outstanding live entertainment as well as the typical gaming venues.
Hammond students seeking higher education have the choice of all the fine institutes in neighboring Chicago as well as the local Calumet College of St Joseph, Kaplan College and Purdue University Calumet.
A popular attraction in Hammond is the John Dillinger Museum, housing a wealth of information and artifacts from the Gangster Era of the 1930s, when Chicago’s criminal element roamed the lakefront region. Hammond was also the filming location for "Natural Born Killers," a 1994 crime film satire directed by Oliver Stone.
Hammond, Indiana with a population of 77,175, (2000 Census data), provides quality small-city living within the shadow of the giant metropolitan area of Chicago.