In regards to food it depends on your particular tastes,for example if you like Italian food I would suggest Lucheses on CR 17 or Colombos on US 33...for a more high end food experience...Indigo...for great Greek food and excellent service I STRONGLY RECCOMEND CALLAHANS on Cassopolis Street. For steaks I would say Texas Roadhouse. For fast food I suggest Culvers on C.R. 6,for McDonalds the one on Nappanee Street is the best overall. For shopping again it depends...Concord Mall is a good place to go, for groceries I suggest Krogers,for one stop shopping I suggest WalMart on C.R. 6. Local traditions-downtown Elkhart area where we have the Jazz Festival,Rhapsody in Green,on Tuesday nights during summer and early fall is the Elkhart Municipal Band at McNaughton Park...also subscribe to the Elkhart Truth to be informed about these and other events.