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We're pretty lucky here in Lake & Porter Counties in the NW corner of the state. Our "Region" may have a tough time deciding between the Bears and the Colts (we're actually closer to Chicago than Indy), but decisions on where to go to play, buy, or order games is even harder. A lot of good choices and most within 20-30 minutes.
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All of these folks have some dedicated gaming space, snacks, scheduled events, board game days/nights, some degree of comics, and lots of card game events. Most also have an online store component, happily ordering things for you.

I'VE LISTED THE STORES ALPHABETICALLY.
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NW Indiana is also home to the Northwest Indiana Board Gamers Association (NWIBGA).
We're a good sized group that meet weekly (every Monday year-round, even many holidays) and we host a monthly all-day Saturday Game Day (travelling location). Our early May Anniversary Party has become legen-(wait for it)-dary! Group was formed in May of 2011 and is still going strong! We can be found here on BGG in our Guild or on facebook. If you're ever travelling thru NW Indiana on a Monday (or Saturday), drop in and play with us!
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1. Board Game: The Amazing Spider Man Game with the Fantastic Four! [Average Rating:4.19 Unranked]
Board Game: The Amazing Spider Man Game with the Fantastic Four!
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AMAZING FANTASY
1926 N. Main St
Crown Point, Indiana 46307
219-661-1500

www.facebook.com/AmazingFantasyComicsCrownPoint
THIS LOCATION HAS CLOSED (Apr '17)
(I believe they are looking for a new site in the Region)

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2. Board Game: Galactic Strike Force [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:9105]
Board Game: Galactic Strike Force
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GALACTIC GREG'S Comics
1407 E. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
219-464-0119
www.galacticgregs.com

A comic store plus. Great selecion of comics, old & new, graphic novels, & collectibles. One entire wall of the store is boardgames. They run frequent Magic, Yugioh, and Heroclix events.

Food? Just east of downtown Valparaiso on the main drag, there's a rstaurant or two in walking distance plus everything else you can imagine within a few blocks.
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3. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn 3 [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1483] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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GAMES INN
301 Center St
Hobart, Indiana 46342
219-940-3289

www.facebook.com/GamesInnLLC
This store has closed (March '18)

Was originally MR. SWEETS Games & Candy. This is their 3rd location in downtown Hobart, growing significantly larger with each move.

A gaming space with a decent retail section and a large collection of demo/playable games. Friday nights are board game nights, tho you can play anytime they're open, there's aLOT of table space. Games Inn runs all kinds of events, a lunch special gaming time for school kids in summer, charity events, Weds D&D Adventurers' League. Their regulars are into everything. A lot of Magic and Yugioh,a half-dozen 4x4 tables always set up for miniature/tabletop warfare (Warhammer/Hordes/15mm/etc), big-screen videogame tourneys, X-Wing, and some other unique events (a magician will be performing every Saturday in October)!

Food? Many choices in walking distance, from fast food to sit down restaurants to oriental take out. But no need to go out in the weather - they now have their own in-house cafe, DARK GROUNDS! Snacks (pastries, soup, sandwiches, calzones, etc) and a creative assortment of drinks (coffees, teas, hot choc, etc)!
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4. Board Game: Gotta Go! [Average Rating:5.05 Unranked]
Board Game: Gotta Go!
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GOTTA HAVE IT Games & Collectibles
739 Central Avenue
Lake Station, Indiana 46405
219-962-1900
www.gottahaveitnwi.com

A shop known for it's collectibles, D&D (& other RPGs) and a vibrant card community (competitive and collectors). Also carry a large board game selection, fairly big playing space, card events, lots of comics & accessories, and always a table of D&D going on.

Food? A few close options, more a short drive into town.
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5. Board Game: LightSpeed [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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LIGHTSPEED HOBBIES
5884 US Highway 6
Portage, Indiana 46368
219-764-7314

www.facebook.com/LSHobbies
THIS STORE HAS CLOSED (June '17)

On US 6 in the bustling Portage mercantile zone, Lightspeed is known for Magic, Saturday night board gaming, pinball, collectibles, and comics.
They also have a strong miniature community, esp 40K and Flames of War.

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6. Board Game: Mythical Beasts: Minotaur's Maze [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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MYTHIC MONSTER
9501 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland, Indiana 46322
219-595-2231

http://mythicmonstergaming.com
THIS STORE HAS CLOSED (Aug '17)

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7. Board Game: Captain Planet and the Planeteers [Average Rating:3.33 Unranked]
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TENTH PLANET Comics & Games
224 W. Lincol Hwy (US 30)
Schererville, Indiana 46375
219-322-2902
www.tenthplanetschererville.com/

A vibrant, well-trafficked store full of comics, board games, graphic novels, collectible fugures, minatures, LARP weapons/armor, & nerdy gifts.
D&D on Wednesdays and very well attended Magic events almost every weekend, boardgaming almost all the time, and they do fairly frequent events of other games, too.

Food? No shortage here. A few strip mall fast food choices right next door and a massive mercantile corner (US 30 and US 41) a block away.
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X-Wing played here frequently!
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8. Board Game: Haven [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:2253]
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HEROES HAVEN
296-A E US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN 46360
219-809-9191
https://www.facebook.com/HeroesHavenMC/

Comic store also featuring: Magic, Warhammer, HeroClix, X-Wing & Board Game Days.

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9. Board Game: The New Kid's Choices Board Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: The New Kid's Choices Board Game
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BY THE BOARD Games & Entertainment
224 E. Commercial Ave (SR 2)
Lowell, Indiana 46356
219-576-7892
www.bytheboardgames.com

The Region's newest jewel. In quaint downtown Lowell (only about 20 mins from either I-65/US 30 or US 30/US 41 intersections), worth the drive. Dean and Adrienne have created a remarkably inviting space within a smallish space. The front holds a nice variety of board and card games for purchase. The middle is a neat and warm gaming area, with 2-3 banquet tables and some couches and comfy chairs for gaming comfort. The back has 2 semi-private rooms for special events, private games, RPG'ing, etc. They run Friday Night Magic, weekly D&D for beginners, and other events (see their facebook page).

Food? They have small snacks and cold drinks on the premises, or within a block are some of Lowell's famous eateries: La Ranchita Mexican Restaurant, Athens Grill, or McVey's Family Restaurant.

Crowd tends to be an even mix of adults/teens, and on my visits, all very polite & friendly. Dean won me over in just 5 minutes of conversation, great guy, full of passion (his day job is in Chicago suburbs and he runs BTB nights & weekend!) and immediately likeable.

This place is a hidden gem!
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10. Board Game: Café Express [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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The LIBRARIUM Cafe
310 Main Street
Hobart, Indiana 46342
219-940-3174
www.thelibrariumcafe.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/LibrariumCafe

Another unique location. Not a store, but a Gaming Cafe!
Right smack downtown in Hobart and worth the drive. Cafe tables, dining tables, and even a gaming-specific Big Table to play on. A good assortment of games to pull off the shelf & play. Normally good music playing and interesting local art is showcased (and sometimes for sale!) inside the cafe.

Food: As a cafe, The Librarium offers it's own unique food & drink selections (it's kind of the point): sandwiches, soups, shephard's pie, interesting coffees and teas, & fun desserts! Downtown Hobart is also a nice walking area, with numerous restaurants, bars, and specialty food shops (oriental, pizza, seafood, DQ, etc) within a short radius.

Worth a visit!
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