The Courthouse Shops

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Eclectic shops, one-of-a-kind setting

The Lake Courthouse Shops opened in 1978 on the lower level of the historic Lake Court House in downtown Crown Point. Today 10 shops and one restaurant are located in the Courthouse Shops. Retail space is available.


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Visit our retailers

The Candy Cove, Toys in the Attic, The Pink Shoppe, Nordikreations, Mescalore, The Antique Vault & Records, Gepetto's, Prairie House Primitive, House of Lords and Heidi's Clock Repair are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

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Dining at the Court House

Noka's Cafe and Catering is located in the lower level of the historic Lake Court House and is the exclusive caterer for events in the Court House facilities. The cafe offers a breakfast menu, cafe menu and wide variety of catering and banquet services. The Cafe is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Professional Services

Commercial Leasing

The main (second) and third floor of the historic Lake Court House are home to a variety of professional service offices, a yoga studio, the Lake Historical Society Museum and the Lake Court House Foundation Inc., headquarters.


Visitors using the East entrance climb the steps to enter the majestic marble rotunda of the building's main floor. When the Historic Lake Court House was still the Hub of Lake County government, the floor was home to the Auditor, Board of Commissioners, Treasurer, Sheriff, Clerk, Schools Superintendent and Surveyor.


Today, those offices have been converted for use as professional space. The second floor is home to The Idea Factory, The Ad Garden Inc., The Lake County Historical Museum and the Lake Court House Foundation. The grand Maki Ballroom also is located on the second floor. Leasing opportunities are available.


The third floor is home to the historic main court room, which remains original and includes the judge's bench, jury box and the 176-seat gallery installed in 1908. The floor originally also was home to a smaller court room, the Board of Review, the Judge's Chambers, Law Library and Grand Jury Room.


Edda Taylor Photographie, the first professional tenant to lease space in the historic Lake Court House three decades ago, still maintains her photo studio and framing gallery on the third floor. Today Edda Taylor is joined by Shockbox, a medical consulting firm, Core yoga and Pilates studio, and the Digital Lobby. For information contact c.napoleon@lakecourthousefoundation.org.


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Leasing Information

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Retail Space

The historic Lake Court House offers reasonably priced retail space perfect for a small business looking for its first commercial space. Space is available in the Courthouse Shops for approximately $12 per square foot per year with utilities included. Space is rented as is and can be divided to suit. For information contact c.napoleon@lakecourthousefoundation.org

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Professional Services

Professional Services office space is available on the main and second floors of the historic Lake Court House. The building offers secure fob entry after hours and plenty of free municipal parking off the square. Cost to rent space is $12 per square foot per year with utilities included. For information contact c.napoleon@lakecourthousefoundation.org.

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Corporate Events

Rent the historic Lake County Courthouse main courtroom as the next venue for your business presentation or lecture series. Box lunch or catering options available from Noka's Cafe & Catering. Cost is $50 per hour 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information contact c.napoleon@lakecourthousefoundation.org.