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About South Bend

Located in St. Joseph County on the southernmost bend of the St. Joseph River, South Bend is the fourth largest city in Indiana. It's home to the University of Notre Dame, but the University is just one part of a very vibrant community. From bike trails to restaurants, off-Broadway shows to live music ... there is something for everyone in South Bend. Even if you crave a larger city from time to time, we're about 90 miles from Chicago and less than 150 miles from Indianapolis.

Life in South Bend
Whether you like the performing or visual arts, sports, music, or outdoor activities, South Bend has something for everyone. Located within driving distance from three major metropolitan areas — Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit — South Bend offers many of the same amenities of those larger cities within a more affordable environment.

South Bend's small-town reputation belies the social and cultural activities that area residents enjoy: Broadway plays and first-rate musical and performance artists at the Morris Performing Arts Center; outdoor music and arts festivals at St. Patrick’s County Park; kayaking on and picnicking near the East Race Waterway; and watching the South Bend Cubs, a single-A farm baseball team for the Chicago Cubs, at Four Winds Field.

Eddy Street Commons
South Bend’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment destination is just across the street from campus. Stroll down the sidewalks of Eddy Street Commons and take in the beautiful architecture and exciting mixture of shopping, dining and living in a uniquely designed urban style community with a main street appeal.

Everything from Irish pubs to fine dining with jazz await you in South Bend. Cambodian, Lebanese, Italian, Mexican, and Vietnamese are just some examples of the international cuisines available for sampling.

Nine miles of riverside trails, parks, white water rafting and kayaking on the East Race Waterway, Potawatomi Zoo, and ice skating are all available in South Bend and it’s just a short drive to the beaches of Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes, shopping in Saugatuck, and exploring local wineries.