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City of Gary
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The Genesis Towers (originally the exclusive "Hotel Gary") and the Gary State Bank Building, both located in downtown Gary, Indiana.
Official seal of City of Gary
Nickname(s): City in Motion, City of the Century, GI, Magic City of Steel, The Steel City, City on the Move, The G
Motto: We Are Doing Great Things
Location in Lake County, Indiana and the state of Indiana.
Coordinates: 41°35′44″N 87°20′43″W / 41.59556, -87.34528Coordinates: 41°35′44″N 87°20′43″W / 41.59556, -87.34528[1]
Country United States
State Indiana
County Lake
Townships Calumet, Hobart
Founded July 14, 1906
 • Type Council-Strong Mayor
 • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (D)
 • Total 57.18 sq mi (148.10 km2)
 • Land 49.87 sq mi (129.16 km2)
 • Water 7.31 sq mi (18.93 km2)
Elevation[1] 607 ft (185 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 80,294
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 79,170
 • Density 1,610.1/sq mi (621.7/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
ZIP code 46401-46411
Area code(s) 219
FIPS code 18-27000
GNIS feature ID 2394863[1]
Interstate Highways
  • I-80
  • I-90
  • I-94
U.S. Highways
  • US 6
  • US 12
  • US 20
Major State Roads
  • SR 53
  • SR 55
Waterways Lake Michigan, Grand Calumet River
Airports Gary/Chicago International Airport[5]
Public transit GPTS
South Shore Line

Gary ( /ɡɛəri/) is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, located in the southeastern portion of the Chicago metropolitan area. Gary is located approximately 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Illinois.

The population of Gary was 80,294 at the time of the 2010 census,[6] making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary's population has fallen by 55 percent from a peak of 178,320 in 1960.[7]

Gary is located adjacent to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and borders Lake Michigan. Many citizens and politicians have helped to preserve parts of the Indiana Dunes.[8][9] The city is known for its large steel mills, and for being the birthplace of the The Jackson 5 music group.


Founding and early history[]

Gary, Indiana, was founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation as the home for its new plant, Gary Works. The city was named after lawyer Elbert Henry Gary, who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation.

5th Ave and Broadway in 1909

Gary's fortunes have risen and fallen with those of the steel industry. The growth of the steel industry brought prosperity to the community. Broadway Avenue was known as a commercial center for the region. Department stores and architecturally significant movie houses were built in the downtown area and the Glen Park neighborhood.

In the 1960s, like many other American urban centers reliant on one particular industry, Gary entered a spiral of decline. Gary's decline was brought on by the growing overseas competitiveness in the steel industry, which had caused U.S. Steel to lay off many workers from the Gary area. As the city declined, crime increased.

Rapid racial change occurred in Gary during the late 20th century. These population changes resulted in political change which reflected the racial demographics of Gary. Gary had one of the nation's first African-American mayors, Richard G. Hatcher, and hosted the ground-breaking 1972 National Black Political Convention.

In the 1960s through the 1980s, surrounding suburban localities such as Merrillville and Crown Point experienced rapid growth, including new homes and shopping districts. Owing to white flight, economic distress, and skyrocketing crime, many middle-class and affluent residents moved to other cities in the metro area such as Chicago and surrounding areas in Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Gary had the highest percentage of African-Americans of U.S. cities with a population of 100,000 or more, 84% (as of the 2000 U.S. census). This no longer applies to Gary since the population of the city has now fallen well below 100,000 residents. As of 2013, the Gary Department of Redevelopment has estimated that one-third of all homes in the city are unoccupied and/or abandoned.[10]

U.S. Steel continues to be a major steel producer, but with only a fraction of its former level of employment. While Gary has failed to reestablish a manufacturing base since its population peak, two casinos opened along the Gary lakeshore in the 1990s, although this has been aggravated by the state closing of Cline Avenue, an important access to the area. Today, Gary faces the difficulties of a rust belt city, including unemployment, decaying infrastructure, and low literacy and educational attainment levels.

Gary has closed several of its schools within the last ten years. While some of the school buildings have been reused, most remain unused since their closing. As of 2014, Gary is considering closing additional schools in response to budget deficits. [11][12]

Recent history[]

Three-term Democratic mayor Scott King resigned from office in March 2006, citing a desire to return to private law practice.[13] Then-deputy mayor and former Calumet Township trustee Dozier T. Allen Jr., became acting mayor pending a formal election by local Democratic party officials. On April 4, 2006, local officials chose former Lake County commissioner and King rival Rudolph Clay to fill the remaining 21 months of King's term.

Gary chief of police Thomas Houston was convicted of excessive force and abuse of authority in 2008; he died in 2010 while serving a three-year, five-month federal prison sentence.[14][15]

In April 2011, 75-year-old mayor Rudy Clay announced that he would be suspending his campaign for reelection owing to ongoing treatments for prostate cancer. After exiting from the race, Clay endorsed rival Karen Freeman-Wilson, who won the Democratic mayoral primary in May.[16] Freeman-Wilson won election with 87 percent of the vote and her term began January 2012; she is the city's first female mayor.[17]


Lake County, Indiana Superior Court Building.

Downtown Gary is separated by Broadway into two separate communities. Originally, the City of Gary consisted of The East Side, The West Side, The South Side (the area south of the train tracks near 9th Avenue) and Glen Park, located further South along Broadway. The East Side was demarcated by streets named after the States in order of their acceptance into the Union. This area mostly contained wood-frame houses, some of the earliest houses and was known for its ethnic populations from Europe and large families. It was a beautiful area of single-family houses with repeating house designs alternating from one street to another, some streets looking very similar. Several of the East Side's most notable buildings were Memorial Auditorium (a large red-brick and stone civic auditorium and the site of numerous events, concerts and graduations) The Palace Theater, Emerson School, St. Luke's Church, H.C. Gordon & Sons and Goldblatt's Department Stores, in addition to the Fair Department Store all fronting Broadway at the main street that divided Gary, much like State Street and Madison Streets divides Chicago's North, South, West and East Sides. Lytton's, Hudson's ladies store, J.C. Penney and Radigan Bros Furniture Store were on the west side of Broadway.

The West Side of Gary or West of Broadway, the principal commercial street, had streets named after the presidents of the United States in order of their election. This side of town was known for its masonry or brick residences, its taller and larger commercial buildings, including the Gary National Bank Building, Hotel Gary (now Genesis Towers), The Knights of Columbus Hotel & Building (now a seniors building fronting 5th Avenue), the Tivoli Theater (demolished), the U.S. Post Office, Main Library, Mercy and Methodist Hospitals and Holy Angels Cathedral and School. The West Side also had a secondary principal street, Fifth Avenue which was lined with many commercial businesses, restaurants, theaters, tall buildings and elegant apartment buildings. The West Side was viewed as more exclusive, with residences dating from about 1908 to the 1930's. Many of the West Side's housing were for executives of U.S. Steel and prominent businessmen, with several examples being 413 Tyler Street and 636 Lincoln Street. Many of the houses were on larger lots, with more substantial residences and mansions located in some areas of the West Side. There were also unique row houses made of poured concrete which were ganged together and known as "Mill Houses", as they were built to house steel mill workers.

Currently, the areas known as Emerson and Downtown West combine to form what is known as Downtown Gary. It was developed in the 1920s and houses several pieces of impressive architecture, including one (disputed) structure, the Moe House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and another, the Wynant House (1917), which was destroyed by fire. A significant number of older structures have been demolished in recent years, but a number of abandoned buildings remain in the downtown area, including historic structures like Union Station and City Methodist Church. A large area of the downtown neighborhood (including City Methodist) was devastated by fire on October 12, 1997.[18][19] Interstate 90 divides downtown Gary from the United States Steel plant.


Ambridge Mann is located on Gary's near west side along 5th Avenue. Ambridge was developed for workers at the nearby steel plant in the 1910s and 1920s and is named after the American Bridge Works, which was a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. The neighborhood is home to a huge stock of prairie-style and art deco homes. The Gary Masonic Temple is located in the neighborhood along with the Ambassador apartment building. Located just south of Interstate 90, the neighborhood can be seen while passing Buchanan Street.

Gary Centennial Landmark.

Brunswick is located on Gary's far west side. The neighborhood is located just south of Interstate 90 and can be seen from the expressway. The Brunswick area includes the Tri-City Plaza shopping center on West 5th Avenue (U.S. 20). The area is south of the Gary Chicago International Airport.

Downtown West is located in north-central Gary on the west side of Broadway just south of Interstate 90. The Genesis Convention Center, the Gary Police Department, the Lake Superior Court House, and the Main Branch of the Gary Public Library are located along 5th Avenue. A new 123-unit mixed-income apartment development was built using a HUD Hope VI grant in 2006. The Adam Benjamin Metro Center is located just north of 4th Avenue. It is operated by the Gary Public Transportation Corporation and acts as a multimodal hub. It serves as the Downtown Gary South Shore train station and an intercity bus stop.

Tolleston is one of Gary's oldest neighborhoods, predating much of the rest of the city. It was plated out by George Tolle in 1857, when the railroads came to the area. The area is to the west of Midtown and south of Ambridge Mann. Tarrytown is a subdivision located in Tolleston between Whitcomb Street and Clark Road.


Black Oak is located on the far southwest side of Gary, in the vicinity of the Burr Street exit to the Borman Expressway. It was annexed in the 1970s. Prior to that, Black Oak was an unincorporated area informally associated with Hammond, and the area has Hammond telephone numbers. The community was convinced (after three previously failed attempts) by Mayor Hatcher that its residents would benefit more from services provided by the city than from those provided by the county. It is the only majority-white neighborhood in Gary.

Glen Park is located on Gary's far south side and is made up mostly of mid-twentieth-century houses. Glen Park is divided from the remainder of the city by the Borman Expressway. The northern portion of Glen Park is home to Gary's Gleason Park Golf Course and the campus of Indiana University Northwest. The far western portion of Glen Park is home to the Village Shopping Center. Glen Park includes the 37th Avenue corridor at Broadway.

Midtown is located to the south of Downtown Gary, along Broadway. This was, traditionally, the original "black" neighborhood in the pre-1960s days of segregation.

City Hall

North and East[]

Aetna is located on Gary's far east side along the Dunes Highway. Aetna predates the city of Gary. It was a company town founded in 1881 by the Aetna Powder Works, an explosives company that closed with the end of World War I. The Town of Aetna was annexed in 1928 around the same time Gary annexed the Town of Miller. A building boom happened shortly afterward in the late 1920s and early 1930s, making Aetna home to an impressive collection of art deco architecture. The rest of the community was built throughout the 1950s after the Korean War in a series of phases. On its south and east, Aetna borders the undeveloped floodplain of the Little Calumet River.

Emerson is located in north-central Gary on the east side of Broadway. Located just south of Interstate 90. Gary City Hall is located in Emerson along with the Indiana Department of Social Services building and the Calumet Township Trustee's office. A 6,000-seat minor league baseball stadium for the Gary SouthShore RailCats, U.S. Steel Yard, was constructed in 2002, along with contiguous commercial space and minor residential development.

Old Miller School, District #8

Miller Beach, also known through the years as Miller Station or just simply as Miller, is on Gary's far east side. Incorporated as an independent town in 1907, Miller was annexed by the city of Gary in 1918. Miller developed around the old stagecoach stop and train station known, as early as the 1840s, as Miller's Junction. The Miller Beach area has remained somewhat separated from the rest of Gary both culturally and geographically. Miller Beach continues to be racially and economically diverse, and attracts investor interest due to the many year-round and summer homes within walking distance of Marquette Park and Lake Michigan. Prices for lakefront property are affordable compared with Illinois suburban communities. Lake Street provides shopping and dining options for Miller Beach visitors and residents. East Edge, a development of 28 upscale condominium, townhome, and single-family homes, began construction in 2007 at the eastern edge of Miller Beach along County Line Road, one block south of Lake Michigan.[20]

Wells Street Beach in Miller

Map of Gary, The grey represents the industrial corridor

Lake County Superior Court House and US Steel Gary Works.

Geography and climate[]


The city sits on the southern end of the former lake bed of the prehistoric Lake Chicago and the current Lake Michigan. Most of the city's soil nearly one foot below the surface is pure sand. The sand beneath Gary, and on its beaches, is of such high quality that in years past it was mined for the manufacture of glass.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 57.18 square miles (148.10 km2), of which, 49.87 square miles (129.16 km2) is land and 7.31 square miles (18.93 km2) is water.[2]

Gary is "T" shaped, with its northern border on Lake Michigan. At the Northwesternmost section Gary borders Hammond and East Chicago. Miller Beach, its easternmost neighborhood, borders Lake Station and Portage. Gary's southernmost section borders Griffith, Hobart, Merrillville, and unincorporated Ross. Gary is about 40 miles (64 km) from the Chicago Loop.[21]


Although Gary is located at a latitude roughly similar to New York City's, the climate is colder in the winter because of a more continental influence, classified by Köppen-Geiger climate classification system as humid continental (Dfa). In July and August, the warmest months, high temperatures average 84 °F (29 °C) and peak just above 100 °F (38 °C), and low temperatures average 63 °F (17 °C). In January and February, the coldest months, high temperatures average around 29 °F (−2 °C) and low temperatures average 13 °F (−11 °C), with at least a few days of temperatures dipping below 0 °F (−18 °C).

The weather of Gary is greatly regulated by its proximity to Lake Michigan, as it sits at the lake's southernmost point. Weather varies yearly. In summer months Gary is humid. The city's yearly precipitation averages about 40 inches. Summer is the rainiest season. Winters vary but are predominantly snowy with regular blizzards. Snowfall in Gary averages approximately 63 inches per year. Sometimes large blizzards hit because of "lake effect snow", a phenomenon whereby large amounts of water evaporated from the lake deposit onto the shoreline areas as inordinate amounts of snow.

Climate data for Gary, Indiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
Average high °F (°C) 31.5
Average low °F (°C) 16.5
Record low °F (°C) −22
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.8
Snowfall inches (cm) 7.8
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9 9 11 12 12 10 9 8 9 8 10 9 116
Source #1: Weatherbase[22]
Source #2: [23]


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 16,802
1920 55,378 229.6%
1930 100,666 81.8%
1940 111,719 11.0%
1950 133,911 19.9%
1960 178,320 33.2%
1970 175,415 −1.6%
1980 151,968 −13.4%
1990 116,646 −23.2%
2000 102,746 −11.9%
2010 80,294 −21.9%
Est. 2012 79,170 −22.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[24]
2012 Estimate[25]

2010 census[]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 80,294 people, 31,380 households, and 19,691 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,610.1 inhabitants per square mile (621.7 /km2). There were 39,531 housing units at an average density of 792.7 per square mile (306.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.8% African American, 10.7% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population. Non-Hispanic Whites were 8.9% of the population in 2010,[26] down from 39.1% in 1970.[27]

There were 31,380 households of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.2% were married couples living together, 30.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.23.

The median age in the city was 36.7 years. 28.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

2000 census[]

As of the census[28] of 2000, there were 102,746 people, 38,244 households, and 25,623 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,045.5 people per square mile (789.8/km²). There were 43,630 housing units at an average density of 868.6 per square mile (335.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.03% African American, 11.92% White, 0.21% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 1.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.93% of the population.

There were 38,244 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.2% were married couples living together, 30.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.0% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,195, and the median income for a family was $32,205. Males had a median income of $34,992 versus $24,432 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,383. About 22.2% of families and 25.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.9% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

City and community services[]


  • Brunswick Park
  • Marquette Park
  • Pittman Square
  • Gleason Park
  • Jefferson Park
  • Buffington Park
  • Hillman Park
  • Borman Square

Medical facilities[]


There are three school districts serving the city and multiple charter schools located within the city.

Public schools[]

Most public schools in Gary are administered by the Gary Community School Corporation. The other public schools within the city are administered by Lake Ridge Schools Corporation, which is the school system for the Black Oak neighborhood and unincorporated Calumet Township. Due to annexation law, Black Oak residents retained their original school system and were not required to attend Gary public schools.

Charter schools[]

Charter schools in Indiana, including those in Gary, are granted charters by one of a small number of chartering institutions. Indiana charter schools are generally managed in cooperation between the chartering institution, a local board of parents and community members, salaried school administrators, and a management company. Charter schools in Gary as of 2011 include KIPP Lead College Prep Charter School, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, Charter School of the Dunes, Gary Lighthouse Charter School, 21st Century Charter, and West Gary Lighthouse Charter School.

Higher education[]

Gary is home to two regional state college campuses:

  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Ivy Tech Community College Northwest

Public libraries[]

Downtown Library

The Gary Public Library System consists of the main library at 220 West 5th Avenue and several branches: Brunswick Branch, W. E. B. DuBois Branch, J. F. Kennedy Branch, Tolleston Branch, and Woodson Branch.[29] In March 2011, the Gary Library Board voted to close the main library on 5th Avenue and the Tolleston branch in what officials said was their best economic option. The main library will close by the end of 2011.[30] Lake County Public Library operates the Black Oak Branch at 5921 West 25th Avenue in the Gary city limits.[31] In addition Indiana University Northwest operates the John W. Anderson Library on its campus.[32]


Gary is served by the Gary Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff.

Fire Department[]

The Gary Fire Department(GFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Gary.[33] The GFD currently operates 9 Fire Stations.


  • GPTC (Gary Public Transportation Corporation) a commuter bus system that offers service to numerous stops throughout the city and neighboring suburbs. GPTC also has express service to locations outside of the city including connections to Chicago transit. Front door pickup is available for disabled citizens at no extra cost.
  • GYY (Gary/Chicago International Airport) is operating as the "third airport" for the Chicago area. It is undergoing much federally funded expansion, and the administration is courting airlines aggressively. Boeing already bases its corporate fleets here. The National Guard is intending to base its Chicago area air operation there as well,[34] which would add much needed security to the airport, taking away some of the stigma of an airport in Gary.
  • Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road), Interstate 80, Interstate 94, and Interstate 65 run through Gary, as well as U.S. Routes 12 and 20, Indiana State Road 912/Cline Avenue and a former stretch of Indiana State Road 312 now decommissioned.
  • NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District) operates the South Shore Line, a commuter rail system (one of the United States' last original operating interurban railway systems), running between Chicago and South Bend.

Arts and culture[]

Arts and film[]

The 1996 urban movie Original Gangstas was filmed in the city. The movie starred Gary native Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree and Isabel Sanford, among others. Since the early 2000s Gary has experienced a surge of Hollywood filmmakers wishing to shoot movies in the city. In 2009 scenes for the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street were filmed in Gary.[35] Scenes from Transformers: Dark of the Moon wrapped up filming on August 16, 2010.[36]

Nightmare on Elm Street being filmed in Gary

The History Channel documentary Life After People was filmed in run-down and derelict parts of Gary, Indiana.[37]

Meredith Willson's 1957 Broadway musical The Music Man featured the song "Gary, Indiana", and described Gary Conservatory as the alleged alma mater of lead character Professor Harold Hill ("Gary Music Conservatory, Class of '05!"). The joke in Hill's claim, of course, is that the City of Gary was not founded until 1906. Willson's musical, set in 1912, later was the basis of a film (1962) and a made-for-television film (2003).


The U.S. Steel Yard, home of the Gary SouthShore RailCats

The following sports franchises are based in Gary:

  • The Gary SouthShore RailCats are an American Association, professional baseball team. The team plays in Gary's U.S. Steel Yard baseball stadium. The RailCats played in the Northern League from 2002 until 2010 and were the 2005 and 2007 Northern League Champions.
  • The Gary Splash are an International Basketball League, professional basketball team. The team plays at the Embassies of Christ church gymnasium. Formerly the Gary Steelheads played in the Genesis Convention Center as part of the IBL, CBA, USBL and IBL.

Historic Places on the National Register[]

Sister cities[]

  • People's Republic of China Fuxin, People's Republic of China[38]

Notable people[]

Michael Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana, as it appeared in June 2009, shortly after the singer's death.

Frank Borman, former astronaut for NASA and a retired United States Air Force Colonel.

Gary is the hometown of The Jackson 5, a family of musicians who influenced the sound of modern popular music. Joe and Katherine Jackson originally moved into their two bedroom house at 2300 Jackson St. in Gary, Indiana, after they got married on November 5, 1949. The famous siblings would later record a song entitled "2300 Jackson Street" in 1989.

  • Members of the Jackson family include:
    • Maureen Reillette "Rebbie" Jackson (born May 29, 1950)
    • Sigmund Esco "Jackie" Jackson (born May 4, 1951)
    • Toriano Adaryll "Tito" Jackson (born October 15, 1953)
    • Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (born December 11, 1954)
    • La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956)
    • Marlon David Jackson (born March 12, 1957)
    • Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
    • Steven Randall "Randy" Jackson (born October 29, 1961)
    • Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966)

Other notables include

  • Orsten Artis, NCAA champion with the historic team of the Texas Western Miners
  • Dan Barreiro, sports radio talk show host
  • Albert M. Bielawski, former Michigan State Representative
  • Frank Borman (born 1928), astronaut on Gemini 7 and Apollo 8, former CEO of Eastern Air Lines
  • Lyman Bostock, Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Minnesota Twins
  • John Brim, bluesman.
  • Avery Brooks (born 1948), (born in Evansville) actor, director, best known for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Vic Bubas, basketball coach at Duke University
  • Karen Freeman-Wilson, former Indiana Attorney General, attorney, politician
  • Freddie Gibbs, rapper
  • Tom Harmon, 1940 University of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner
  • LaTroy Hawkins (born December 21, 1972), MLB Pitcher for the New York Mets
  • Gerald Irons, former NFL star, Oakland Raiders
  • Johnny Jackson, (1951–2006) Drummer for the Jackson 5. Murdered in Gary in 2006.
  • Jason Johnson, NFL player
  • Tank Johnson, NFL star
  • Alex Karras (1935–2012), former NFL star, actor in Blazing Saddles
  • Robert Kearns, inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper systems.
  • Ron Kittle, former Chicago White Sox outfielder and 1983 American League Rookie of the Year recipient
  • Karl Malden (1912–2009), (born in Chicago) Oscar winning actor
  • William Marshall, actor
  • Lloyd McClendon, former professional baseball player and manager[39]
  • Brandon Moore (born 1980), NFL guard for the New York Jets
  • Dan Plesac (born 1962), former Major League Baseball pitcher with an 18-year career, now a MLB Network analyst
  • Jesse Powell (born September 12, 1971), recording artist
  • Glenn Robinson (born 1973), former NBA basketball player, father of Glenn Robinson III
  • Paul Samuelson (1915–2009), economist, recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal (1947) and the Nobel prize (1970)
  • Joseph Stiglitz (born 1943), economist, recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal (1979) and the Nobel prize (2001)
  • Hank Stram, NFL head coach 1960–1977
  • Ernest Lee Thomas, actor
  • Deniece Williams (born 1950), Grammy Award winning R&B artist
  • Fred Williamson, former NFL star, actor, director, producer
  • Tony Zale (1913–1997), twice middleweight world champion

Business and industry[]


  • Newspapers – Gary is served by two major newspapers based outside the city, and by a Gary-based, largely African-American interest paper. These papers provide regional topics, and cover events in Gary.
    • The Post-Tribune, originally the Gary Post-Tribune, is now based in Merrillville, a suburb of Gary.
    • The Times, previously known as the Hammond Times. Offices and facilities for The Times are in nearby Munster.
    • The Gary Crusader, based in Gary and largely focused on black or African-American interests and readership.
    • The INFO Newspaper, based in Gary and largely focused on black or (African-American) interests and readership.
  • The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times are also distributed in Gary.
  • Broadcast – Gary is served by five local broadcasters plus government access and numerous Chicago area radio and TV stations, and by other nearby stations in Illinois and Indiana.
    • WHNW-LD (Channel 18) a repeater of LeSEA's WHME in South Bend.[40]
    • WPWR-TV (Channel 50) is the Chicago My Network TV affiliate, but is licensed to Gary. Studios and transmitters are co-located with WFLD's in Chicago, and like WFLD, WPWR is owned by Fox Television Stations.
    • WYIN (Channel 56) is a PBS affiliate licensed to Gary. Their studios are in Merrillville.
    • WGVE (FM 88.7) is owned by the Gary Community School Corporation, and is used primarily as a teaching facility. Programming is maintained by students in the broadcast program at the Gary Career Center. WGVE also carries limited NPR programming.
    • WLTH (AM 1370) carries syndicated talk programming, and is owned by Pluria Marshall Jr.
    • WWCA (AM 1270) is a Relevant Radio owned-and-operated radio station, carrying programming from the Catholic-oriented Relevant Radio network.

See also[]

  • List of tallest buildings in Gary
  • Northwest Indiana
  • Neighborhoods in Gary, Indiana


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Further reading[]

  • Lane, James (1978). City of the Century": A History of Gary, Indiana. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-11187-0. 
  • Lane, James (2006). Gary's First Hundred Years: A Centennial History of Gary, Indiana 1906-2006. Valparaiso, Indiana: Home Mountain Printing. ISBN 0-9773511-1-4. 
  • Lane, James B.; Cohen, Ronald D. (2003). Gary, Indiana : a pictorial history. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co. Publishers. ISBN 9781578642106. 
  • Mohl, Raymond A.; Betten, Neil (1986). Steel city : urban and ethnic patterns in Gary, Indiana, 1906-1950. New York: Holmes & Meier. ISBN 978-0841910775. 
  • O'Hara, S. Paul (2011). Gary, the most American of all American cities. Bloomington, Ind. [u.a.]: Indiana Univ. Press. ISBN 9780253222886. 

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