Gary's Miller neighborhood never suffered the same degree of decline and blight as the rest of the city, quite possibly because of all that spectacular Lake Michigan beachfront.
But things looked dire just five years ago when the iconic Miller Bakery Cafe closed.
The restaurant was a regional draw, a place you dressed up for on a date night. Chicagoans even came to dine there. The fine dining restaurant, known for its steaks, seafood and cocktails, was the pride of the free-spirited beachfront neighborhood on Gary's eastern end.
Artist Felix Maldonado, of Hammond, works on a mural of the Jackson 5 during the Lake Effekt 2015 Miller Beach graffiti art expo.
The arts have been credited with drawing more businesses to the neighborhood.
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