Merrillville is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 34,871. Living in Merrillville provides residents with a dense suburban atmosphere and most people own their homes. Located in Lake County, Merrillville is 7 miles south of Gary, Indiana and 30 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois. It is part of the Gary metropolitan area and 33 miles southeast of the Loop. Known as the “Center of Northwest Indiana”, the town of Merrillville, just south of Gary, is home to a variety of restaurants, banks, malls and businesses that are typical of late 20th century American suburbs.
East Chicago is one of the cities in Indiana closest to Chicago. The city is 25 miles from downtown Chicago and has a population of 27,817 people. It was once one of the most industrialized cities in the United States. Manufacturing was essential to the U.
S. economy in East Chicago. However, the decline in American manufacturing has had an impact on this city.