Hawkins is a fictional town in the US state of Indiana that serves as home to many of the characters in the show STRANGER THINGS.

The Gate

At some point during experimentation, Eleven tore open a portal in space-time with her powers and allowed a gate between Earth and the Upside Down to form and grant the Monster entry. Hawkins was affected by the Gate's existence: others tears would manifest, smaller than the gate and the Monster began to feed on humans, taking them into the Upside Down to eat them. An entire section of the lab where the Gate was opened was quarantined and the Gate itself monitored and explored