Whiting is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States, incorporated in 1869. Whiting is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan and is nicknamed the "Little City on the Lake". It is about 16 miles from the Chicago Loop and just short of two miles from Chicago's South Side. Whiting is also home to Whiting Refinery, the largest oil refinery in the Midwest. The population was 5,137 at the 2000 census.