Michael Jackson may have spent most of his adult life in Santa Barbara at the Neverland Ranch, but his roots lie in Gary, Indiana… less than an hour from Chicago.


J W R Tours will launch the first King of Pop Hometown Tour on Saturday, July 25. The company employs knowledgeable Gary residents that take you from Chicago to 2300 Jackson Street in Indiana to see where it all began for the King of Pop. While on the tour, you’ll see MJ’s former junior high, the Steel Mill where his dad (Joe Jackson) worked, the old location for the first record company that signed the Jackson 5 and one of the first venues where the J5 performed.

Tours are available every Thursday through Sunday. The cost for kids 5 years and under is FREE, children age 6-12 are $45 and everyone age 12 and up are $55.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 12 noon: Board the bus at 1539 E. 53rd Street, behind the Borders in Hyde Park.
  • 12:30: Depart for Gary, Indiana.
  • 12:30-4:00: Depending on traffic, the tour lasts between 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Visit TheKingOfPopTours.com for more information, or call 866-717-TOUR (8687).

Community See Michael Jackson's childhood home via the King of Pop Hometown Tour