Journey to Parts Unknown in the 2020 Ford Explorer

A red and a dark silver 2020 Ford Explorer being driven side by side on the road. | Ford dealer in Burns Harbor, IN

The first model released in the sixth generation, the 2020 Ford Explorer is completely redesigned and loaded with impressive features inside, outside, and under the hood. With additional cargo space and passenger room, a rear-wheel-drive platform for improved towing and handling, and an assortment of driver assistance and technology features, this mid-size SUV offers something for everyone.

Comfortable and Flexible Seating Options 

Third-row seating accommodates two passengers comes standard with the new 2020 Ford Explorer. Base models provide seating for seven with a three-person second-row bench, while higher trims feature second-row captains chairs which provide room for six passengers. An optional hands-free power liftgate and power-folding third-row seating are also available with some trim levels. 

The top Platinum trim takes luxury to the extreme with leather upholstery, door panels, and dashboard along with a heated steering wheel, front and back seats.

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Spend a Day in the Chesterton European Market

A group of people standing a table of food while cooks cook at a farmers market.

European Markets hold a strong tradition of providing a festive community experience via live entertainment and quality shopping. Farmers, merchants, chefs, and artists travel to be part of Chesterton European Market, traveling from across Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana to provide our guests with an extraordinary selection of goods and services. Come, enjoy, and spend a day in the Chesterton European Market.

More Than a Farmer’s Market

While similar in nature to a farmer’s market selling vegetables and fruit directly from the farm, European Markets offer much more than just produce. Featuring a unique ambiance of boutique creamery cheeses, meats, oils, clothing, jewelry, artisan bread and pastries, ethnic foods, spices, rare books, and accessories, the Chesterton European Market has earned a reputation of being one of the best. In addition to items for purchase, the market also hosts several live musical performances happening throughout the season. A great activity for all ages, feel free to bring your leashed four-legged family member as well.

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Charge Up in the 2019 Fusion Hybrid

Profile view of a blue 2019 Ford Fusion parked on a street with tall buildings of the city far off in the background. | Ford dealer in Burns Harbor, IN

We are in the middle of a major transition in the automotive world. Traditional gasoline-powered engines are losing more and more ground to electric motors, as they offer a cheaper and cleaner alternative to fossil fuels. For the time being, though, it seems like the best option is a car where the two technologies combine. The 2019 Fusion Hybrid is a great example of that.

Many Trims and Options to Choose From

The 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a sleek-looking sedan and comes in three different trim levels: SE, SEL, and Titanium. It’s an excellent car in any trim, as the standard model comes with features that are only optional on many other cars, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and taillights, a push-button ignition, automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, an 8-way adjustable driver’s seat, as well as many active safety features.

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4 Places to Chow Down on Thai

Multiple white bowls of Thai food. | Burns Harbor, IN

One of the many advantages of the U.S.A. being a melting pot of cultures is the wonderful variety in cuisine choices.  Known for its exotic ingredients and delicious dishes, Thai food is very popular and for good reasons. Luckily for those living in or around Chesterton, Indiana, there are plenty of amazing Thai restaurants to choose from.

1. Bangkok Thai & Sushi

With a name that tells you exactly what to expect, Bangkok Thai & Sushi is one of the most unique and delicious destinations in town. Not only do their meals taste incredibly good, but they are also stylishly served and made with fresh and nutritious ingredients. They also serve a wide variety of sushi rolls, with the eclectic menu and wonderful service inspiring customers to visit this place more than once. From a quick meal to a big family dinner, this place provides the perfect venue for any occasion.

2. Kin Khao Thai & Sushi Bar

Located 10 miles south, in Valparaiso, Kin Khao Thai & Sushi Bar offers an impressive variety of Thai dishes and sushi rolls. Their menu ranges from appetizers, such as fried chicken with Thai herb or fresh spring rolls, to noodle and fried rice-based recipes, Thai curry varieties, a special kids’ selection, and some delicious desserts, including the famous mango and sticky Rice. There’s also a special selection of the chef’s favorite dishes, featuring traditional chicken, duck, beef, salmon, and tuna recipes, among many others. 

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Flex Your Driving Muscles Behind the Wheel of a New Edge

Red 2019 Ford Edge parked with buildings in the background. | Chesterton, IN

The 2019 Ford Edge offers the strength and capability of an SUV while still providing the sporty performance of a much smaller vehicle. If you’re looking for a vehicle that will rumble when you step on the gas but will provide the space to take you and your families both down the street and down to the coast, then you need the 2019 Edge. Here’s why.

Capable Performance

The 2019 Ford Edge offers a blend of sporty performance and power that you won’t find in many SUVs. Choose between two impressive engines: a turbocharged, direct-injection twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine; and the responsive 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine. You can combine the power of these engines with efficient driving thanks to features like Auto Start-Stop Technology, which reduces fuel consumption and emissions by shutting off the engine when you stop and starting it back up when you take your foot off the brakes. That efficiency continues to shine in the 19 miles per gallon in town and 26 mpg highway fuel efficiency.

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Fuel Up for the Day at One of These Breakfast Restaurants

Breakfast plate that has sausage links, potatoes, over easy eggs. | Chesterton, IN

You have family in town and no one feels like making a huge breakfast. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far in Chesterton to find a fantastic breakfast with a homemade feel. You won’t be disappointed by any of these three local favorites.

Third Coast Spice Cafe

Head to 761 Indian Boundary Road #6 in Chesterton and you’ll find Third Coast Spice Cafe. Open from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., Third Coast draws on its chef’s wide range of dynamic culinary experiences while also bringing in the local flavor of Northwest Indiana. Third Coast is committed to keeping it local by using in-season produce, Indiana bison, local honey, and other products you’ll only find in Indiana. 

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Ride in Style on Your Next Outing in a New Taurus

Close up of the front of a silver 2019 Ford Taurus | Ford dealer in Chesterton, IN

You’re looking for a vehicle that doesn’t drive like a bulky tank, but that has power beneath the hood. You want something that keeps you connected, whether your cell phone has service or not. The 2019 Ford Taurus may be the vehicle you’ve been searching for. Here’s everything you need to know about this all-in-one vehicle.

Performance

The 2019 Ford Taurus balances power and performance for a smooth ride with some kick. Standard on the 2019 is the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT engine that delivers 288 horsepower. Does that not sound like enough power? Upgrade to the Taurus SHO trim level and you’ll get the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that generates 365 horsepower. 

Something has to bridle all that power and torque. The 2019 Taurus includes Intelligent all-wheel-drive sensors that improve grip and enhance handling by balancing torque between the front and rear wheels. A Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control system adjusts braking to provide more grip when going around curves. The sportier SHO model includes a sport-tuned suspension that improves cornering and steering responsiveness, as well as better maintains traction, no matter the conditions. You can enjoy this powerful performance at 18 miles per gallon in town and 26 mpg on the highway.

Technology

Power and performance aren’t everything in a vehicle; your vehicle’s technology can really make or break your driving experience. To keep you connected, the 2019 Taurus includes Ford’s SYNC 3 system. With SYNC 3, you can keep your hands on the wheel and access navigation and smartphone connectivity with voice-activated technology. SYNC 3 also gives you access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can stay entertained on the road. 

The Taurus allows you to take this connectivity even further with Ford+Alexa. This system brings Amazon’s Alexa into your vehicle and, through connecting via SYNC 3, accesses traffic information, Amazon Prime shopping, and even connected smart home devices. 

Safety

In order to really enjoy the power, performance, and technology of the 2019 Ford Taurus, you have to be safe while driving. In addition to air bags surrounding the interior of the vehicle, the Taurus includes a host of safety technology that ensures your safe return whether you’re going to the store or across the country. 

Adaptive cruise control, for example, allows you to enjoy the convenience of cruise control while keeping you at a safe distance from the vehicles around you. The Lane-keeping system and Cross-traffic alert keeps tabs on traffic around you and guarantees that you stay safely in your lane.

Exterior and Interior Features

The 2019 Taurus will catch the eye of anyone on the road. This sedan blends luxury and sleek aerodynamics with a strong structure and sweeping lines. On the inside of the 2019 Taurus, you’ll find spacious seating for you and your passengers, as well as rich, sophisticated styling. Upgrade to the Taurus Limited or the Taurus SHO, and you can enjoy heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

The 2019 Ford Taurus offers an ideal blend of sophisticated design, innovative technology, and impressive performance. Don’t believe us? Come down to Lake Shore Ford and check out the 2019 Taurus for yourself. 

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Expand Your Creative Talent at These 3 Arts and Crafts Studios

Two small paint brushes dipped in paint. | Chesterton, IN

Whether you’re a budding new master or you love to dabble in watercolors on a Sunday afternoon, there’s a class nearby where you can indulge your artsy side. From painting and drawing to ceramics, you can share your love of the canvas or the clay in a classroom. Expand your creative talent at these three arts and crafts studios in Chesterton, Indiana.

1. Chesterton Art

Unlock your creative side at Chesterton Art at 115 S. Fourth St. You’re invited to the Friday Morning Watercolor class on July 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon. This class offers instruction in a variety of watercolor techniques and is the ideal class for the first-time painter — and it’s also a fantastic refresher course.

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3 Family-Friendly Features of the New Expedition

A family of five sitting in the inside of a 2019 Ford Expedition | Ford dealer in Chesterton, IN

If you’re in search of a new SUV that the whole family will love, look no further than the 2019 Ford Expedition. It’s the perfect SUV for school carpools or family vacations. Let’s take a look at some of the features that make it such a great option.

1. Interior

With the 2019 Expedition, you’ll never run out of room for family and fun. This versatile SUV comfortably seats up to eight people and has a maximum cargo volume of 104.6 cubic feet. Boarding the Expedition and loading cargo is easier than ever thanks to available Tip and Slide bucket seats. 

With a six-way power driver’s seat, you’ll always feel comfortable and relaxed, even on longer trips. Front seat ventilation and heating are featured in both the driver’s seat and passenger seat to help relieve leg and lower back fatigue. The Expedition provides maximum shoulder and headroom for all passengers, from the driver to those sitting in the third row. 

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Top Chesterton Coffee Shops for Studying

Close up of coffee in a blue mug on a saucer with an opened book with reading glasses on top. | Chesteron, IN

If you’re looking for the perfect place to study for that big exam or write the next great American novel, there are some great coffee shops around Chesterton where you’ll always feel welcome. Let’s take a look at some of these spots and what they have to offer.

1. Red Cup Cafe & Deli

The Red Cup Cafe & Deli is a cool, eclectic spot housed in a historic downtown building. Start the day off with a coffee or a smoothie and a delicious egg and cheese sandwich. For lunch, try the sweet potato soup or the corned beef & kraut sandwich. Other favorites include the chicken salad and tuna salad made fresh daily with only the highest quality ingredients. If you’re craving something sweet, the cafe serves a variety of muffins, cookies, and pastries. If you need to take a break from studying, the cafe keeps several board games on hand for guests to play. 

2. Third Coast Spice Cafe

Third Coast Spice Cafe serves up dishes inspired by cuisines from around the world in a laid-back and friendly atmosphere. Menu items are created with organic and locally-grown ingredients. For breakfast, you can choose from a variety of omelets, hashes, flapjacks, and breakfast bowls. Specials include the Belgium waffle and the raspberry cheesecake French toast. A cafe americano, chai latte, or cafe au lait makes the perfect accompaniment to your morning meal. The cafe also serves up a variety of smoothies that are sure to put you in the mood to get some studying done.

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