Serving as the seat of county government as well as a bustling hub for healthcare, education, and culture, Valparaiso bears a name that means "Vale of Paradise." Incorporated in 1850, the city provides a small-town atmosphere and quaint historic downtown district. This commercial center harmonizes quaint antique shops, boutiques, and restaurants with a courthouse square surrounded by elegant historic homes for a charming cityscape. One of the state's finest public school systems combines with the influence of the nationally acclaimed Valparaiso University to further enrich the community intellectually and culturally. A regional highlight is the Brauer Museum of Art in the magnificent Center for the Arts at Valparaiso University. presenting a nationally recognized collection of 19th and 20th century American art. The university also houses a major performing arts center that draws regional audience to exceptional events. Valparaiso provides a wide selection of attractive and affordable housing, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, and convenient passenger rail service to Chicago and South Bend. Residents enjoy a finely balanced community just 15 miles south of Lake Michigan recreational opportunities. The city enjoys easy access to Interstates 94, 80/90, and 65 via Indiana Bypass 49 and U.S. Highway 30.
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