Brief Overview of Valparaiso, IN

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About Valparaiso

Valparaiso is a city in and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana. It was part of the land purchase made by the U.S. government in October 1832 from the Potawatomi people. In 1834, the town constructed its first cabin. Located on the old Native American trail going from Rock Island to Detroit, Portersville was established in 1836 as the county seat of Porter County. In 1837, it was renamed Valparaiso, which means "Vale of Paradise" in Old Spanish, after Valparaiso, Chile, where David Porter – the county's namesake – fought in the Battle of Valparaiso in the War of 1812.

The city was also once known as the "City of Churches" in the late 1800s for the large number of churches located there. Today, as part of the "Crossroads of America," Valparaiso is within proximity to Interstates 65, 80, 90 and 94. As of the 29010 census estimate, it has a population of 33,897 people.

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a private Luthern university in Valparaiso. Opened in 1859 as the Valparaiso Male and Female College, it was one of the first coeducation colleges in the U.S. Although the university was established by Methodists, it was purchased by the Luthern University Association in 1925. Other names that the school has gone by are Northern Indianan Normal School and Business and Valparaiso College. The university is home to the Brauer Museum of Art and the Chapel of the Resurrection, the second-largest collegiate chapel in the world. It offers five undergraduate colleges, a graduate school and a law school. These colleges include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Christ College

The university also has around 30 Greek chapters and over 100 student organizations.

Valparaiso Marketplace

Situated adjacent to Valparaiso University on Laporte Avenue is Valparaiso Marketplace. The shopping mall is one of the numerous shopping areas in the city. Catering to residents and visitors of the area,  it offers a variety of dining options and stores. Some of the tenants of Valparaiso Marketplace are Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery, Starbucks, Target, Bath & Body Works, Maurices, Barnes & Noble, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Panera Bread, Chili's Grill & Bar, The Home Depot, Kohl's and Shoe Carnival.

Valparaiso Walk

Another shopping mall in the city is Valparaiso Walk. It is bounded by Silhavy Road, Laporte Avenue and Indiana State Road 2. Some of the stores and eateries there are Noodles and Company, Firehouse Subs Valparaiso Walk, Cold Stone Creamery, Sport Clips Haircuts of Valparaiso, TGI Fridays, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Best Buy, Marshalls, Sally Beauty. Lane Bryant, Ulta Beauty, and Menards.

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