The Kensington connection moved to just north of Kensington station on February 15, 2012. Just south of Kensington (MP 14.2) is a flat junction, with the former tower still intact on the east side, where the South Shore line tracks (one from the Metra Electric line, one from the IC main) swing away south-southeast, crossing the four tracks of the Metra Electric and two tracks of the IC main line at grade, and forming a double track line, CTC since the late 2000s, connected to both connectors, electrified with overhead wire using the same electrification system as the Metra Electric, heading south-southeast, with a former Michigan Central line now owned by Indiana Harbor belt on the west/south side and a former Rock Island line serving Calumet Harbor on the east/north side, with two extra tracks on the north side of the South Shore and a connector from the South Shore to the former Rock Island, past a signal at CP 75.03, scrubland to the south, a grade crossing, a street to the south of the IHB, crossovers at 124th Street (MP 15.4), a road bridge overhead, a sharp turn due east with the IHB veering away, a bridge over an Interstate Highway just before the crossovers, bridge over a road, and double-track connector (from single track switch at the South Shore line) on the north side at Calumet Harbor (MP 17.0), a through-truss bridge over the Calumet Sag Channel at Ford City, signals, a bridge above the former Nickel Plate and erstwhile IHB lines (looking like a double track) and a road, and a turn southeast with two NS (former NKP) tracks on the south side leading to a six-track NS yard on the south side, with the South Shore line rising on an embankment with a road to the north, to the crossovers and passenger station (platform with umbrella shed and depot on the north side, and second platform with umbrella shed between tracks, on its own platform track north of the south track) at Hegewisch (MP 19.0).
There is a flat crossing with the former PRR Colehour Junction line (once used by Amtrak's Cardinal) just to the east of the station, and the line passes a grade crossing, the South Shore's 6-track non-electrified Burnham Yard, to the southwest of the line, a street alongside to the north, extra track to the north, crossovers, a grade crossing, a southwest quadrant connector, signals and a flat crossing with the IHB just before crossing the state line from Illinois into Indiana and turning east past a grade crossing, signals (for the flat crossing), extra track on the south side used for tank cars (in 4/09), an angled grade crossing, two grade crossings, and the passenger station with two side platforms and brick depot to the south at Hammond (MP 21.0), with parking lots both north and south, two grade crossings, a grade crossing with Calumet Avenue, and an "end of circuit" sign, facing east.
The line, running on embankment, turns southeast again, bridging over the former B&OCT double-track east-west line, with the roadbed of an erstwhile South Shore line departing on the northeast side to head east while today's line bridges over four roads on separate through girder bridges before turning south to bridge over an east-west three-track (all overgrown) and passing signals and a through girder bridge over a river and a road EJ&E/IHB line before turning southeast again past a through girder bridge over a wide road on an embankment with a street to the southwest, eastbound signals, and a through girder bridge over Indianapolis Boulevard to the passenger station with center island platform and umbrella shed, with depot and parking to the south, at East Chicago (MP 23.7), where it turns east.
There is an elevated Interstate Highway alongside to the north and a street alongside to the south as the line passes westbound signals east of the station, a bridge over a private road, a bridge over a three-track north-south former NYC line with a road alongside to the east, a road bridge overhead, a location where the former right-of-way that diverged further west approaches from the northwest and once joined the current route at a flying junction that today is visible where a line diverges on the south side and then curves back in further east, a through-girder bridge over the two-track north-south EJ&E main line, a wooded area, two separate streets alongside to the south, a grade crossing, streets alongside to the north and south (the one to the south is 3rd Avenue), the passenger station with platform to the north at Clark Road–Gary (MP 28.1), and a grade crossing with Gary Avenue at the east end of the station.
The line, continuing east, passes a road bridge overhead, signals, a bridge over a road, a former connector on the south side down to the erstwhile PRR line passing below, a through-girder bridge over the former right-of-way of the PRR Fort Wayne Line and the current line of the former Wabash (two separate single-track railroads), a former connector trailing in on the north side from that former Wabash line, streets alongside to the north and south, a grade crossing, a closed grade crossing, four more grade crossings, and the former passenger station at Ambridge–Gary (MP 29.2), of which no sign is evident.
There is another former passenger station at Buchanan Street–Gary (MP 30.2), of which no sign is evident, a bridge over a street, a passenger station with center island platform at Gary–Metro Center (MP 31.0), a through-girder bridge over a divided street, signals at the east end of the station, an elevated road under construction on the north side of the line, with the remains of Gary Union Station just to its north, a street alongside to the south, and a grade crossing, before the line turns east-southeast alongside an EJ&E branch to its north, past the end of double track at MP 31.7, a grade crossing, a divided street alongside to the south, a through-girder bridge (still in place) that once carried the IHB overhead, an extra, non-electrified, track on the north side, a grade crossing, an Interstate Highway bridge overhead, a turn east past a grade crossing, US 12 alongside to the south, and a grade crossing, and another east-northeast with a street alongside to the north, before turning east to the passenger station with platform and brick waiting room to the south at Miller (MP 34.9), where there is a connector down to the former B&O main line on the north side, just east of the station.