Situated between the lakefront and downtown Whiting Indiana, the Whiting Lakefront Museum will be a major landmark in the area, connecting the two communities while acting as a social hub. The museum is a major departure from the previous facilities used by the Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society, providing workshop space, a preservation studio, permanent artifact storage, research library, and new administrative offices and conference rooms. A dramatic, three-story atrium is available to the community for receptions and events, as is a flexible multipurpose room, which opens onto a third floor patio with views to the park and the Chicago skyline beyond. As part of a larger $50 million renovation and reclamation of its waterfront, the museum connects the waterfront with nine miles of new pedestrian trails. Enhanced energy- and water-saving technologies and an established connection to the community help keep the museum on track for a projected LEED certified status.