Merrillville, Indiana is located in Lake County. It is part of the northwestern region of the state and is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. The city has a mix of urban, suburban, and rural areas. It grew up during the Golden Age of the United States and has some of the best neighborhoods and architectural statements in the country.
Oak Park, where architect Frank Lloyd Wright founded his original studio, is a museum of residential architecture. It is an attractive suburban enclave with square blocks, stately homes with shaded streets, and a shopping area next to the train station which still functions as an important commuter terminal. Riverside, to the south, is similar but with curved streets and a park-like setting designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, famous for Central Park.