Chesterton Branding and Leadership Corporation (CBLC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting a vibrant, thriving Chesterton community while preserving and enhancing the historical charm of the town through branding, marketing, and placemaking. CBLC is pleased to announce the launch of Chesterton Third Fridays, with the inaugural event kicking off on Friday, May 17th and continuing monthly through October 17th, 2024.

CBLC is launching the Chesterton Third Fridays initiative in partnership with twenty-three retail businesses, restaurants, and non-profit organizations located throughout downtown Chesterton. Chesterton Third Fridays will run from May through October over six special evenings, and local businesses will be offering downtown visitors an array of activities, including:

  • Evening shopping and sidewalk sales
  • Gallery receptions
  • Live music outdoors and in various venues
  • Dining and drink specials from participating establishments
  • Live art events and demonstrations
  • Historical walking tours and other special programs

Participating venues and retailers will offer extended shopping hours for each Third Friday event, from 4PM and lasting into the evening.

The first Third Friday of the 2024 season kicks off on Friday, May 17th with exciting activities. The Chesterton Art Center will host a reception for two new exhibitions: Birds of the Hudson, Block Prints by Stephen Rengstorf and Prairies Big and Small, Photographs by Susan Kirt. Other offerings include a free community canvas project at Willow, making a sparkling bird suncatcher at Red Cup Café with Pieces of Jayde, live music by local artist Neil Allesee from 7-9 pm at 219 Taproom, a build-a-necklace jewelry bar at Chelle’s, a specially designed reusable tote (free with Third Friday purchases) at Nottingham Embroidery, make your own bath salts at Waxi Taxi,  and much more.

Chesterton Third Friday partners include includes Chelle’s Boutique and Garage, The IN Coast, Willow, Westchester History Museum, Holly Jackson Studio and Gallery, South Shore Tattoo, Red Cup Café, Cheers, Waxi Taxi, Shades of Rose Boutique, Three Wicked Apples, Sage, Tethan’s Candy and Confections, Nottingham Embroidery, Make Make Pop Up Art Truck, 219 Tap Room, Trusty Spot Records and Tees, and Riley’s Railhouse, as well as Chesterton Art Center, Three Moons Fiberworks, Pieces of Jayde, and Duneland Pottery.

Chesterton Third Fridays are made possible by generous support from Indiana Dunes Tourism.