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Indianapolis
—  Consolidated city–county  —
Downtown Indianapolis

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Nickname(s): Indy, The Circle City, Speedy City
The Crossroads of America, The Racing Capital of the World, Naptown,
Amateur Sports Capital of the World
Location in the state of Indiana
Indianapolis is located in the USA
Indianapolis
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 39°46′5.88″N 86°9′29.52″W / 39.7683°N 86.1582°W / 39.7683; -86.1582
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
Townships See Marion Co. Townships
Founded 1821
Government
 - Type Mayor-council
 - Mayor Gregory A. Ballard (R)
 - Governing body City-County Council
Area
 - Consolidated city–county 372 sq mi (963.5 km2)
 - Land 365.1 sq mi (945.6 km2)
 - Water 6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)
Elevation 715 ft (218 m)
Population (2008)[1]
 - Consolidated city–county 798,382 (14th)
 Density 2,152/sq mi (837/km2)
 Urban 1,219,000
 Metro 1,715,459 (33rd)
 - Demonyms Indianapolitan, Indypolitan
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Codes 46201 - 46209, 46211, 46214
46216 - 46231, 46234 - 46237
46239 - 46242, 46244, 46247
46249 - 46251, 46253 - 46256
46259, 46260, 46266, 46268
46274, 46275, 46277, 46278
46280, 46282, 46283, 46285
46290, 46291, 46295, 46296
46298
Area code(s) 317
Twin Cities
 - Campinas  Brazil
 - Hangzhou  People's Republic of China
 - Taipei  Republic of China
 - Cologne  Germany
 - Monza  Italy
 - Eldoret  Kenya
 - Piran  Slovenia
FIPS code 18-36003[2]
Website http://www.indy.gov
Indianapolis (pronounced /ˌɪndiəˈnæpəlɪs/) is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. The United States Census estimated the city's population, excluding the included towns, at 798,382 in 2008.[1] It is Indiana's largest city and is the 14th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest (behind Chicago and Detroit), the second most populous state capital (after Phoenix, Arizona), and the most populous state capital east of the Mississippi River.
For much of its history, Indianapolis oriented itself around government and industry, particularly manufacturing. Today, Indianapolis has a much more diversified economy, contributing to the fields of education, health care, and finance. Tourism is also a vital part of the economy of Indianapolis, and the city plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events. Of these, perhaps the most well known is the annual Indianapolis 500. Other major sporting events include the Brickyard 400 and the Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments.
Greater Indianapolis has seen moderate growth among U.S. cities,[3] especially in nearby Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson counties.[4] The population of the metropolitan statistical area is estimated at 1,715,459, making it the 33rd-largest in the U.S. The combined statistical area population of Indianapolis is 2,035,327, the 23rd-largest in the U.S.

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History

Native Americans who lived in the area included the Miami and Lenape (or Delaware) tribes, who were removed from the area by the early 1820s.[5]
Indianapolis was selected as the site of the new state capital in 1820. While most American state capitals tend to be located in the central region of their respective states, Indianapolis is the only capital to be in the exact center of its state.[6] Jeremiah Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Supreme Court, invented the name Indianapolis by joining Indiana with polis, the Greek word for city; literally, Indianapolis means "Indiana City". The city was founded on the White River under the incorrect assumption that the river would serve as a major transportation artery; however, the waterway was too sandy for trade. The capital moved from Corydon on January 10, 1825 and the state commissioned Alexander Ralston to design the new capital city. Ralston was an apprentice to the French architect Pierre L'Enfant, and he helped L'Enfant plan Washington, DC. Ralston's original plan for Indianapolis called for a city of only one square mile (3 km²). At the center of the city sat Governor's Circle, a large circular commons, which was to be the site of the governor's mansion. Meridian and Market Streets converge at the Circle and continue north and south and east and west, respectively. The governor's mansion was eventually demolished in 1857 and in its place stands a 284-foot (87 m) tall neoclassical limestone and bronze monument, the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The surrounding street is now known as Monument Circle.
The city lies on the original east-west National Road. The first railroad to service Indianapolis, the Madison & Indianapolis, began operation on October 1, 1847, and subsequent railroad connections made expansive growth possible. Indianapolis was the home of the first Union Station, or common rail passenger terminal, in the United States. By the turn of the century, Indianapolis had become a large automobile manufacturer, rivaling the likes of Detroit. With roads leading out of the city in all directions, Indianapolis became a major hub of regional transport connecting to Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis, befitting the capital of a state whose nickname is "The Crossroads of America." This same network of roads would allow quick and easy access to suburban areas in future years.
City population grew rapidly throughout the first half of the 20th century. While rapid suburbanization began to take place in the second half of the century, race relations deteriorated. Even so, on the night that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Indianapolis was the only major city in which rioting did not occur.[7] Many credit the speech by Robert F. Kennedy, who was in town campaigning for President that night, for helping to calm the tensions. Racial tensions heightened in 1970 with the passage of Unigov, which further isolated the middle class from Indianapolis's growing African American community. Court-ordered school desegregation busing by Judge S. Hugh Dillin was also a controversial change.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Indianapolis suffered at the hands of urban decay and white flight. Major revitalization of the city's blighted areas, such as Fall Creek Place, and especially the downtown, began in the 1990s and led to an acceleration of growth on the fringes of the metropolitan Area. The opening of Circle Centre in downtown Indianapolis jumpstarted a major revitalization of the central business district.
Indianapolis's future appears bright as the city continues to invest heavily in improvement projects, such as an expansion to the Convention Center, upgrading of the I-465 beltway and an entirely new airport terminal for the Indianapolis International Airport, which is now open.[8] Construction of the Indianapolis Colts' new home, Lucas Oil Stadium, was completed in August 2008, and the proposed hotel and convention center expansion is expected to open within the next three years.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the balance (the part of Marion County not part of another municipality) has a total area of 368.2 square miles (954 km2) – 361.5 square miles (936 km2) of it is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) of it is water. The total area is 1.81% water. These figures do not, however, represent the entire Consolidated City of Indianapolis (all of Marion County, except the four excluded communities). The total area of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis, not including the four excluded communities, covers approximately 373.1 square miles (966 km2).
At the center of Indianapolis is the One-Mile Square, bounded by four appropriately-named streets: East, West, North, and South Streets. Nearly all of the streets in the Mile Square are named after U.S. states. The exceptions are Meridian Street, which numerically divides west from east; Market Street, which intersects Meridian Street at Monument Circle; Capitol and Senate Avenues, where many of the Indiana state government buildings are located; and Washington Street, which was named after President George Washington. The street-numbering system centers not on the Circle, but rather one block to the south, where Meridian Street intersects Washington Street — National Road.
Indianapolis is situated in the Central Till Plains region of the United States. Two natural waterways dissect the city: the White River, and Fall Creek.
Physically, Indianapolis is similar to many other Midwestern cities. A mix of deciduous forests and prairie covered much of what is considered Indianapolis prior to the 19th century. Land within the city limits varies from flat to gently sloping; most of the changes in elevation are so gradual that they go unnoticed, and appears to be flat from close distances. The mean elevation for Indianapolis is 717 feet (219 m). The highest point in Indianapolis lies on the Northeast-side of Indianapolis, it was previously assumed that it was Crown Hill Cemetery (the tomb of famed Hoosier writer James Whitcomb Riley) with an elevation of 842 feet (257 m), and the lowest point in Indianapolis lies at the Marion County/Johnson County line, with an elevation of about 680 feet (207 m). The highest hill in Indianapolis is Mann Hill, a bluff located along the White River in Southwestway Park that rises about 150 feet (46 m) above the surrounding land. Variations in elevation from 700–900 feet occur throughout the city limits. There are a few moderately-sized bluffs and valleys in the city, particularly along the shores of the White River, Fall Creek, Geist Reservoir, and Eagle Creek Reservoir, and especially on the city's northeast and northwest sides.

Climate

Indianapolis has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa). Like most cities in the Midwest, it has four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with high temperatures regularly approaching 90 °F (32 °C), with some days exceeding 95 °F (35 °C). Spring and autumn are usually pleasant, with temperatures reaching around 65 °F (18 °C). Spring, however, is much less predictable than autumn; midday temperature drops exceeding 30 °F (17°C) are common during March and April, and instances of very warm days (86 °F/30 °C) followed within 36 hours by snowfall not unheard of during these months. Winters are cool to cold, with daily highs barely inching above freezing. Temperatures occasionally dip below 0 °F (−18 °C). The rainiest months are in the spring and summer, with average rainfalls of over four inches (102 mm) per month mostly derived from thunderstorm activity, there is no distinct dry season with slightly higher summer averages.
The city's average annual precipitation is 41 inches (1,000 mm).
The average July high is 85.6 °F (29.8 °C), with the low being 65.2 °F (18.4 °C). January highs average 34.5 °F (1.4 °C), and lows 18.5 °F (−7.5 °C). The record high for Indianapolis is 107 °F (42 °C), on July 25, 1954. The record low is −27 °F (−32.8 °C), on January 19, 1994. Average annual snowfall is 27 inches (69 cm) [9].
Climate data for Indianapolis
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
(21)
77
(25)
83
(28)
90
(32)
98
(37)
103
(39)
107
(42)
105
(41)
100
(38)
92
(33)
84
(29)
78
(26)
107
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 34.5
(1.4)
39.9
(4.4)
51.4
(10.8)
62.9
(17.2)
73.5
(23.1)
82.1
(27.8)
85.6
(29.8)
83.7
(28.7)
77.4
(25.2)
65.6
(18.7)
51.6
(10.9)
39.2
(4)
62.3
(16.8)
Average low °F (°C) 18.5
(-7.5)
22.5
(-5.3)
32.0
(0)
41.2
(5.1)
51.8
(11)
61.3
(16.3)
65.2
(18.4)
63.3
(17.4)
55.2
(12.9)
43.6
(6.4)
34.1
(1.2)
24.0
(-4.4)
42.7
(5.9)
Record low °F (°C) -29
(-34)
-22
(-30)
-15
(-26)
-8
(-22)
12
(-11)
23
(-5)
40
(4)
28
(-2)
18
(-8)
6
(-14)
-12
(-24)
-21
(-29)
-29
(-34)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.48
(63)
2.41
(61.2)
3.44
(87.4)
3.61
(91.7)
4.36
(110.7)
4.13
(104.9)
4.42
(112.3)
3.82
(97)
2.88
(73.2)
2.76
(70.1)
3.61
(91.7)
3.03
(77)
40.95
(1,040.1)
Snowfall inches (mm) 9.3
(236.2)
6.1
(154.9)
3.1
(78.7)
0.4
(10.2)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(10.2)
1.3
(33)
6.4
(162.6)
27.0
(685.8)
Source: National Weather Service [10] September 2009

Cityscape

High rise construction in Indianapolis started in 1888 with the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The 284-foot (87 m) tall monument sits at the center of Indianapolis and was the tallest structure in the city until the completion of City Hall in 1962.
In the 1970s the central business district, like many other Rust Belt cities of the United States, saw decreased economic activity, racial tension, and white flight to growing suburbs. As a result, downtown Indianapolis saw little new construction. The city of Indianapolis addressed these issues by developing plans, in the 1980s, to redefine the city's downtown. Neighborhoods in the downtown area were designated in relation to their proximity to the city center, and plans were initiated for them to be redeveloped. A series of modern skyscrapers were constructed, including what is currently the tallest building in the state; the newly renamed Chase Tower.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1840 2,692
1850 8,091 200.6%
1860 18,611 130.0%
1870 48,244 159.2%
1880 75,056 55.6%
1890 105,436 40.5%
1900 169,164 60.4%
1910 233,650 38.1%
1920 314,194 34.5%
1930 364,161 15.9%
1940 386,972 6.3%
1950 427,173 10.4%
1960 476,258 11.5%
1970 744,624 56.3%
1980 700,807 −5.9%
1990 731,327 4.4%
2000 781,870 6.9%
Est. 2008 798,382 [1] 2.1%
The 2008 Census estimate for the Indianapolis balance (the portion of the city not part of an included town) was 798,382,[1] while the 2007 estimate for the entire city was 808,466.[11]
Greater Indianapolis is a rapidly growing region located at the center of Indiana and consists of Marion County, Indiana and several adjacent counties. The Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Indianapolis exceeded 2 million people in the 2007 estimate, ranking 23rd in the United States and 7th in the Midwest. As a unified labor and media market, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a 2006 population of 1.66 million people, ranking 33rd in the United States and 7th largest in the Midwest.
As of the 2005-2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 66.4% of Indianapolis's population; of which 63.8% were non-Hispanic whites. Blacks or African Americans made up 25.7% of Indianapolis's population; of which 25.6% were non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.2% of the city's population. Asian Americans made up 1.6% of the city's population. Pacific Islander Americans made up 0.1% of the city's population. Individuals from some other race made up 3.7% of the city's population; of which 0.3% were non-Hispanic. Individuals from two or more races made up 2.2% of the city's population; of which 1.9% were non-Hispanic. In addition, Hispanics and Latinos made up 6.6% of Indianapolis's population.[12][13] From 2000 to 2004, the Hispanic population in Indianapolis increased by 43%.[14]
As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 791,926 people, 324,342 households, and 195,578 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,160.9 people per square mile (834.4/km²). There were 356,980 housing units at an average density of 974.1 per square mile (376.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.34% White, 25.29% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.88% of the population. Indianapolis has around 10,000 immigrants from the former Yugoslavia.
There were 324,342 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 90.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,154, and the median income for a family was $48,979. Males had a median income of $36,372 versus $27,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,789. About 9.0% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under the age of 18 and 8.1% of those ages 65 or older.

Law and government

The Indiana State Capitol in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis has a consolidated city-county government known as Unigov. Under this system, many functions of the city and county governments are consolidated, though some remain separate. The city has a mayor-council form of government.

Mayor

The executive branch is headed by an elected mayor, who serves as the chief executive of both the city and Marion County. The current Mayor of Indianapolis is Republican Gregory_A._Ballard. The mayor appoints city department heads and members of various boards and commissions.

City-County Council

The legislative body for the city and county is the City-County Council. It is made up of 29 members, 25 of whom represent districts, with the remaining four elected at large. As of 2009, Republicans hold a 15-13-1 majority. The council passes ordinances for the city and county and also makes appointments to certain boards and commissions.

Courts

All of the courts of law in Indianapolis are part of the Indiana state court system. The Marion Superior Court is the court of general jurisdiction. The 35 judges on the court hear all criminal, juvenile, probate, and traffic violation cases, as well as most civil cases. The Marion Circuit Court hears certain types of civil cases. Small claims cases are heard by Small Claims Courts in each of Marion County's nine townships. The Appeals Courts and the Indiana Supreme Court meet in the Indiana Statehouse.

Fire protection

Historically there was a fire department maintained by each suburban township, which provided service to the areas of the townships outside of the pre-Unigov city limits and the corporate limits of the excluded cities. In January 2007, by a resolution jointly passed by the Washington Township Board and by the Indianapolis City-County Council, the Washington Township Fire Department was merged into the City of Indianapolis Fire Department. In July 2007, by a similar resolution between the City-County Council and the Warren Township Board, the Warren Township Fire Department was also merged into the city fire department. In an effort to resolve upcoming budget shortfalls in 2010, Perry Township became the third township to merge with the Indianapolis Fire Department effective August 1, 2009. All of the career fire-fighting personnel and emergency medical services personnel were absorbed into the city department. Franklin Township began pursuing a potential merger of its fire department in July 2009 as well as Lawrence Township in November 2009.

Law enforcement

Indianapolis and Marion County historically maintained separate police agencies: the Indianapolis Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department. On January 1, 2007, a new agency, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, was formed by merging the two departments. IMPD is a separate agency, as the Sheriff's Department maintains jail and court functions. IMPD has jurisdiction over those portions of Marion County not explicitly covered by the police of an excluded city or by a legacy pre-Unigov force. As of February 29, 2008, the IMPD is headed by a Public Safety Director appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis; the Public Safety Director appoints the Police Chief. The IMPD was formerly under the leadership of the Sheriff of Marion County, Frank J. Anderson. The Sheriff remains in charge of the County Jail and security for the City-County Building, service of warrants, and certain other functions. The Sheriff must be consulted, but does not have final say, on the appointment of the Public Safety Director and the Police Chief.[15]

Crime

For the past decade, crime rates within the Indianapolis city limits have fluctuated greatly. In the late 1990s, violent crimes in inner-city neighborhoods located within the old city limits (pre-consolidation) peaked. The former Indianapolis Police District (IPD), which serves about 37% of the county's total population and has a geographic area covering mostly the old pre-consolidation city limits, recorded 130 homicides in 1998 to average approximately 40.3 homicides per 100,000 people. This is over 6 times the 1998 national homicide average of 6.3 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the former Marion County Sheriff's Department district serving the remaining 63% of the county's population, which includes the majority of the residents in the Consolidated City, recorded only 32 homicides in 1998, averaging about 5.9 murders per 100,000 people, slightly less than the 1998 national homicide average. Homicides in the IPD police district dropped dramatically in 1999 and have remained lower through 2005. In 2005, the IPD police district recorded 88 homicides to average 27.3 homicides per 100,000 people; nonetheless, the murder rate in the IPD is still almost 5 times the 2005 national average.
When considering the total Consolidated City of Indianapolis, the overall crime rate has historically been low compared to the national average. It is important to note, however, that Indianapolis is unique in its incorporation of historically suburban areas into the official "city limits" since the establishment of Unigov in 1970. This can make the overall numbers for the city misleading, as crime in working class inner-city neighborhoods remains a problem. Areas of Indianapolis that were unincorporated or separate municipalities before the 1970 city-county consolidation generally have significantly lower crime rates although their aggregate population is higher than the old pre-consolidation Indianapolis city limits. Thus, crime figures for the Consolidated City and the entire Marion County average out to a low rate. However, according to FBI reports in 2006, for the first half of the year, Indianapolis saw one of the larger increases in homicides in the country for the first half of 2006 as compared to the same time period in 2005.[16] Overall violent crime in Indianapolis increased 8% for the first half of 2006 compared to the first half of 2005.[17] While Marion County has still not surpassed its record homicide number of 162 set in 1998, it is on pace to see one of the highest numbers of homicides since then, with 153 committed in 2006[18] as the year draws to a close. In one 2006 event, seven individuals from the same family were murdered in their home. In 2007, city leaders such as Sheriff Frank J. Anderson and former Mayor Bart Peterson held rallies in neighborhoods in effort to stop the violence in the city. In 2008, 122 homicides were recorded in Indianapolis.
The immediate downtown area of the city around most main attractions, venues, and museums remain relatively safe. IMPD uses horseback officers and bicycle officers to patrol the downtown area or the city. Certain areas of Indianapolis, most notably portions of the city's East Side, remain a challenge for law enforcement officials. Indianapolis was ranked as the 33rd most dangerous city in the United States in the 2008–2009 edition of CQ Press's City Crime Rankings.[19]

Politics

Until the late 1990s, Indianapolis was considered to be one of the most conservative metropolitan areas in the country but this trend is reversing. Republicans had held the majority in the City-County Council for 36 years, and the city had a Republican mayor for 32 years from 1967 to 1999. This was in part because the creation of Unigov added several then-heavily Republican areas of Marion County to the Indianapolis city limits. More recently, Republicans have generally been stronger in the southern and western parts (Decatur, Franklin, Perry, and Wayne, townships) of the county while Democrats have been stronger in the central and northern parts (Center, Pike, and Washington townships). Republican and Democratic prevalence is split in Warren and Lawrence townships.[20] Outside of Marion County and the city proper, Republicans hold strong majorities in the suburbs of the metropolitan area.
In the 1999 municipal election, Democrat Bart Peterson defeated Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy by 52 percent to 41 percent. Four years later, Peterson was re-elected with 63 percent of the vote over Marion County Treasurer Greg Jordan. Republicans narrowly lost control of the City-County Council that year. In 2004, Democrats won the Marion County offices of treasurer, surveyor and coroner for the first time since the 1970s. The county GOP lost further ground during the 2006 elections with Democrats winning the offices of county clerk, assessor, recorder and auditor. Only one GOP countywide office remained: Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who defeated Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy with 51 percent of the vote in his bid for a second term, despite outspending her two-to-one. At the township level, Democrats picked up the trustee offices in Washington, Lawrence, Warren and Wayne townships, while holding on to Pike and Center townships.
In the 2007 municipal election, fueled by voter angst against increases in property and income taxes as well as a rise in crime, Republican challenger Greg Ballard narrowly defeated Peterson 51 percent to 47 percent—the first time an incumbent Indianapolis mayor was removed from office since 1967. Discontent among these issues also returned control of the City-County Council to the GOP with a 16-13 majority.[21]
Most of Indianapolis is within the 7th Congressional District of Indiana, represented by Democrat André Carson. He is the grandson of the district's previous representative, Julia Carson who held the seat from 1997 until her death on December 15, 2007.[22] The younger Carson, a former member of the City-County Council, won the seat in a special election on March 11, 2008. The northeastern and southeastern portions of the city are in the 5th District, represented by Republican Dan Burton. A portion of western Indianapolis is in the 4th District, represented by Republican Steve Buyer.

Education

Higher education

Butler University was originally founded in 1855 as North Western Christian University. The school purchased land in the Irvington area in 1875. The school moved again in 1928 to its current location at the edge of Butler-Tarkington. The school removed itself officially from religious affiliation, giving up the theological school to Christian Theological Seminary. A private institution, Butler's current student enrollment is approximately 4,400.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was originally an urban conglomeration of branch campuses of the two major state universities: Indiana University in Bloomington and Purdue University in West Lafayette, created by the state legislature. In 1969 a merged campus was created at the site of the Indiana University School of Medicine. IUPUI's student body is currently just under 30,000, making it the third-largest institute of higher learning in Indiana after the main campuses of IU and Purdue. This campus is also home to Herron School of Art and Design, which was established privately in 1902. A new building was built in 2005 under both private donation and state contribution enabling the school to move from its original location.
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, a state funded public school, was founded as Indiana Vocational Technical College in 1963. With 23 campuses across Indiana, Ivy Tech has a total enrollment of 86,130, as of 2008, according to the school's website.
Marian University was founded in 1936 when St. Francis Normal and Immaculate Conception Junior College merged. The college moved to Indianapolis in 1937. Marian is currently a private Catholic school and has an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students.
The University of Indianapolis is a private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1902 as Indiana Central University, the school currently hosts almost 4,300 students.

Primary and secondary education

Indianapolis school districts.png   Indianapolis Public Schools
  School Town of Speedway
  Beech Grove City Schools
  MSD Pike Township
  MSD Washington Township
  MSD Lawrence Township
  MSD Warren Township
  Franklin Township CSC
  MSD Perry Township
  MSD Decatur Township
  MSD Wayne Township
Indianapolis Public School Districts
Indianapolis has eleven unified public school districts (eight township educational authorities and three legacy districts from before the unification of city and county government), each of which providing primary, secondary, and adult education services within its boundaries. The boundaries of these districts do not exactly correspond to township (or traditional) boundaries, but rather cover the areas of their townships that were outside the pre-consolidation city limits. Indianapolis Public Schools served all of Indianapolis prior to 1970, when almost all of Marion County was incorporated, and is still the city's largest school corporation today. Private schools part of the archdiocese of Indianapolis are Bishop Chatard, Roncalli, Cardinal Ritter, and Scecina. Other Private schools include Brebeuf, Park Tudor, and Cathedral.

Libraries

Public library services are provided to the citizens of Indianapolis and Marion County by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL). The educational and cultural institution, founded in 1873, now consists of a main library, Central Library, located in downtown Indianapolis, and 22 branch locations spread throughout the city. Serving over 5.43 million visitors in 2006, IMCPL's mission is to provide "materials and programs in support of the lifelong learning, recreational and economic interests of all citizens of Marion County." A renovated Central Library building opened on December 9, 2007, ending a controversial multi-year rebuilding plan.[23]

Cultural features

The Central Canal in Indianapolis
Indianapolis prides itself on its rich cultural heritage. Several initiatives have been made by the Indianapolis government in recent years to increase Indianapolis's appeal as a destination for arts and culture.
Cultural Districts
Indianapolis has designated six official Cultural Districts. They are Broad Ripple Village, Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square, The Wholesale District, Canal and White River State Park, and Indiana Avenue. These areas have held historic and cultural importance to the city. In recent years they have been revitalized and are becoming major centers for tourism, commerce and residential living.
Cultural Trail
Scheduled to be complete by 2011, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects the city's five downtown Cultural Districts, neighborhoods and entertainment amenities, and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. The trail will include benches, bike racks, lighting, signage and bike rentals/drop-offs along the way and will also feature local art work.
Monument Circle
At the center of Indianapolis is Monument Circle, a traffic circle at the intersection of Meridian and Market Streets, featuring the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Monument Circle is depicted on the city’s flag. It is in the shadow of Indiana's tallest skyscraper, the Chase Tower. Until the early 1960s, Indianapolis zoning laws stated that no building could be taller than the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Each Christmas season, lights are strung onto the monument and lit in a ceremony known as the Circle of Lights, which attracts tens of thousands of Hoosiers to downtown Indianapolis on the day after Thanksgiving.
War Memorial Plaza
The War Memorial
A five-block plaza at the intersection of Meridian and Vermont surrounds a large memorial dedicated to Hoosiers who have fought in American wars. It was originally constructed to honor the Indiana soldiers who died in World War I, but construction was halted due to lack of funding during the Great Depression, and it was finished in 1951. The purpose of the memorial was later altered to encompass all American wars in which Hoosiers fought.
The monument is modeled after the Mausoleum of Maussollos. At 210 feet (64 m) tall it is approximately seventy-five feet taller than the original Mausoleum. On the north end of the War Memorial Plaza is the national headquarters of the American Legion and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's Central Library.
Indiana Statehouse
The Statehouse houses the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor of Indiana, state courts, and other state officials.
Monuments
The city is second only to Washington, D.C., for number of monuments inside city limits.[24]
Other Heritage & History Attractions

Festivals, conventions, and organizations

Indianapolis has evolved into a center for music. The city plays host to Drum Corps International, Music for All, Inergy, Indy's Official Musical Ambassadors, the Percussive Arts Society, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the American Pianists' Association and Indy Jazz Festival.[25]
Indianapolis is home to Bands of America (BOA), a nationwide organization of high school marching, concert, and jazz bands, and hosts several BOA events annually. Indianapolis is now also the international headquarters of Drum Corps International, a professional drum and bugle corps association, and beginning in 2008 will host the DCI World Championships in the new Lucas Oil Stadium.
Indy Jazz Fest, a three day event held in Military Park near the canal, started in 1999.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra holds an outdoor summer concert series called Symphony on the Prairie which attracts large crowds to Conner Prairie.
Every May Indianapolis holds the 500 Festival, a month of events culminating in the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade the day before the running of the Indianapolis 500. The Festival was first held in 1957 and the first Queen, Ann Lawrie, was chosen in 1959.
In 2003, Indianapolis began hosting Gen Con, the largest role-playing game convention in the North America, at the Indiana Convention Center. Future expansion of the convention space is expected by many to further increase attendance numbers in coming years. The convention center has also recently hosted to events such as Star Wars Celebration II and III, which brought in Star Wars fans from around the world, including George Lucas.
Indianapolis will host the National FFA Convention from 2006 to 2012[26] and is one of two finalists for the convention from 2013–2019. FFA Convention draws approximately 55,000 attendees and has an estimated $30–$40 million direct visitor impact on the local economy. Attendees occupy 13,000 hotel rooms in 130 metro-area hotels on peak nights during the four-day convention, making it the largest convention in the history of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is also home to the Indiana State Fair as well as the Heartland Film Festival, Epilogue Players, the Indianapolis International Film Festival, the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, the Indianapolis Alternative Media Festival, and the Midwest Music Summit.
Indianapolis has been the headquarters of the Kiwanis International organization since 1982. The organization and its youth-sponsored Kiwanis Family counterparts, Circle K International and Key Club International, administer all their international business and service initiatives from Indianapolis.
Indianapolis contains the national headquarters for twenty-six fraternities and sororities. Many are congregated in the College Park area surrounding The Pyramids.

Ethnic and cultural heritage festivals

The Indianapolis Athenæum, originally known as Das Deutsche Haus
One of the largest ethnic and cultural heritage festivals in Indianapolis is the Summer Celebration held by Indiana Black Expo. This ten-day national event highlights the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. society and culture and provides educational, entertainment, and networking opportunities to the over 300,000 participants from around the country.
Indy's International Festival is held annually in November at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Local ethnic groups, vendors and performers are featured alongside national and international performers.

Sports

The labels of The Amateur Sports Capital of the World and The Racing Capital of the World have both been applied to Indianapolis.[27]
Indianapolis is home to the Indy Racing League's offices and many of its teams, Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, the Indiana Pacers of the NBA, the Indiana Fever of the WNBA, the Indianapolis Indians of the IL, and the Indiana Ice of the USHL.
In addition, the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the main governing body for U.S. collegiate sports, is located in Indianapolis, as is the National Federation of State High School Associations. Indianapolis is also home to the national offices of USA Gymnastics, USA Diving, US Synchronized Swimming, and USA Track & Field. Indianapolis also hosts the headquarters of the Horizon League, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The city has hosted the Men's and Women's Final Fours (the semifinals and final of the NCAA basketball tournament) several times, and the NCAA is scheduled to hold the Women's Final Four in Indianapolis at least once every five years. Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will host the Big Ten Tournament for five straight years (beginning in 2008) after it won the Big Ten bid over Chicago and the United Center.
IMS hosts three major motor racing events every year: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
On May 20, 2008, the city was awarded the rights to host Super Bowl XLVI. Indianapolis hosted the 1987 Pan American Games and the 2002 World Basketball Championships.
Cricket and Hurling are other popular sports among the immigrant communities in the city played at amateur level.
Club Sport League Venue
Indianapolis Colts Football National Football League (AFC)
Indiana Pacers Basketball National Basketball Association Conseco Fieldhouse
Indiana Fever Basketball Women's National Basketball Association Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis Indians Baseball International League (AAA - affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates) Victory Field
Indiana Ice Hockey United States Hockey League Pepsi Coliseum
Indianapolis Impalas[28] Rugby USA Rugby Lake Sullivan Sports Complex

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), located in Speedway, Indiana, is the site of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (also known as the Indy 500), an open-wheel automobile race held each Memorial Day weekend on a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) oval track. The Indy 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, hosting more than 257,000 permanent seats (not including the infield area). The track is often referred to as the Brickyard, as it was paved with 3.2 million bricks shortly after its construction in 1909. Today the track is paved in asphalt although a section of bricks remains at the start/finish line.
IMS also hosts the NASCAR Brickyard 400. The first running of the Brickyard 400 was in 1994, and it is currently NASCAR's highest attended event.
From 2000 to 2007, IMS hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix (USGP). Contract negotiations between the IMS and Formula One resulted in a discontinuation of the USGP at Indianapolis (at least for the foreseeable future). Formula One has not scheduled a USGP venue for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
The Speedway hosted its first MotoGP, with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix taking place in September 2008.

O'Reilly Raceway Park

Indianapolis is also home to O'Reilly Raceway Park. Though not as well known as Indianapolis Motor Speedway, O'Reilly is home to the NHRA Mac Tool U.S. Nationals, the biggest, oldest, richest, and most prestigious drag race in the world, held every Labor Day weekend.

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Indianapolis is home to the largest mini-marathon (and eighth-largest running event) in America. 2007 was the 30th anniversary of the Mini, and run in the first weekend in May every year. This event is part of the 500 Festival, its 50th year running. The race starts on Washington Street just off Monument Circle and ends on New York Street back downtown. The Mini has been sold out every year, with well over 35,000 runners participating.

Recreation

Parks

Indianapolis has an extensive municipal park system with nearly 200 parks occupying over 10,000 acres (40 km2). The flagship Eagle Creek Park is the largest municipal park in the city, and ranks among the largest urban parks in the United States.[29]
Other major Indianapolis Regional parks include:
  • Garfield Park (established in 1881 and the oldest park in Indianapolis. Located on the Near South Side)
  • Riverside Park (Near West Side)
  • Sahm Park (Northeast side)
  • Southeastway Park (Franklin Township, Marion County)
  • Southwestway Park (Decatur Township, Marion County)
  • White River State Park (Just West of downtown. Has cultural, educational and recreational attractions as well as trails and waterways.)
Additionally, Indianapolis has an urban forestry program that is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA standards.

Indianapolis Zoo

Opened in 1988, the Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the state and is just west of downtown. It has 360 species of animals and is known for its dolphin exhibit which includes the only underwater viewing dome in the Midwest.

Theatres & Performing Arts Venues

Indianapolis is home to a wealth of venues for the performing arts. The following theatres offer plays, Broadway hits, comedy, musicals, concerts, and other live performances to Indy theater goers.

Museums & Galleries

Indianapolis has a wide variety of museums and galleries which appeal to art lovers, car enthusiasts, sports fans, history channel addicts, and science and technology brain acts.

Other places of interest

Local media

Indianapolis is served by local, regional, and national media.
National broadcast television affiliates include ABC affiliate WRTV (channel 6), CBS affiliate WISH (channel 8), NBC affiliate WTHR (channel 13), and Fox affiliate WXIN (channel 59), and PBS local affiliate WFYI (channel 20).
The Indianapolis Star is the city's daily newspaper.

Economy

The largest industry sectors by employment in Indianapolis are manufacturing, health care & social services, and retail trade.[31] Compared to Indiana as a whole, the Indianapolis metropolitan area has a lower proportion of manufacturing jobs and a higher concentration of jobs in wholesale trade; administrative, support, and waste management; professional, scientific, and technical services; and transportation and warehousing.[32]

Companies

Many of Indiana's largest and most recognized companies are headquartered in Indianapolis, including pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company, wireless distribution & logistics provider Brightpoint, health insurance provider Wellpoint, Republic Airways Holdings (including Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines, and Shuttle America,[33] real estate company Simon Property Group, and Finish Line, Inc. The U.S. headquarters of Roche Diagnostics, Thomson SA, Conseco, First Internet Bank of Indiana, Peerless Pump Company, Dow AgroSciences, Emmis Communications and Steak 'n Shake are also located in Indianapolis. Other major Indianapolis area employers include Clarian Health, Sallie Mae, Cook Group, Rolls Royce, Delta Faucet Company and General Motors.
Indianapolis is a prime center for logistics and distribution facilities. It is home to a FedEx hub and distribution centers for companies such as Amazon.com, FoxConn, Finish Line, Target, and CVS Pharmacy.[34]
Before Detroit came to dominate the American automobile industry, Indianapolis was also home to a number of carmakers, including American Motor Car Company, Parry Auto Company,[35] and Premier Motor Manufacturing.[36] In addition, Indianapolis hosted auto parts companies such as Prest-O-Lite, which provided acetylene generators for brass era headlights and acetylene gas starters.[37]
ATA Airlines (previously American Trans Air) was headquartered in Indianapolis prior to its collapse.[38]

Business and real estate

The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo ranked Indianapolis the most affordable major housing market in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2009,[39] and Forbes magazine ranked it the sixth-best city for jobs in 2008, based on a combined graded balance of perceived median household incomes, lack of unemployment, income growth, cost of living and job growth.[40] However, in 2008, Indiana ranked 12th nationally in total home foreclosures and Indianapolis led the state.[41]
In 2009, Indianapolis ranked first on CNN/Money's list of the top 10 cities for recent graduates.[42]

Transportation

Airports

New Midfield Terminal Completed
Indianapolis International Airport, airport code IND, is the largest airport in Indiana and serves the Indianapolis metropolitan area as well as many other communities in the state of the Indiana.
The airport is home to the second largest FedEx operation in the world (after the Memphis headquarters) and the United States Postal Service Eagle Network Hub. The entire airport is a global free trade zone called INZONE with 18 designated subzones.
Thirty years in planning, Indianapolis recently completed building a new airport. The $1.1 billion project is the largest development initiative in the city's history. The new Indianapolis Airport covers 1,200,000 square feet (111,000 m2), with 40 gates, a 145,000 sq ft (13,500 m2) baggage processing area, a 73,000 sq ft (6,800 m2) baggage claim area, and Civic Plaza, a large pre-security gathering and concession space with a 60-foot (18 m) skylight, containing both local and national restaurants and retailers as well as local Indianapolis artwork. The new terminal is the first built in the United States since September 11, 2001. It opened officially for arriving flights 11/11/08 and departures 11/12/08.

Highways

Interstate highways
Several interstates serve the Indianapolis area. Interstate 65 runs northwest to Gary, where other roads eventually take drivers to Chicago, and southward to Louisville, Kentucky. Interstate 69 runs northeast to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and terminates in the city at I-465. Interstate 70 follows the old National Road, running east to Columbus, Ohio and west to St. Louis, Missouri. Interstate 74 moves northwest towards Danville, Illinois, and southeast towards Cincinnati, Ohio. Finally, Interstate 465 circles Marion County and joins the aforementioned highways together. In 2002, the interstate segment connecting Interstate 465 to Interstate 65 on the northwest side of the city was redesignated Interstate 865 to reduce confusion. The Indianapolis area also has three other expressways; Sam Jones Expressway (old Airport Expressway), the new Airport Expressway, and Shadeland Avenue Expressway.
US Highways
Indiana State Trunklines
To comply with an Indiana state law limiting the number of miles of state highways, all US and Indiana State numbered routes were rerouted along I-465 instead of going through the center of the city. At one point (between Exits 47 and 49) on the southeast side of the city, I-465, US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, US 421, Indiana 37, and Indiana 67 use the same right-of-way. Between Exits 49 and 2 (along the south end of the city), I-74, I-465, US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, Indiana 37 and Indiana 67 operate on the same right-of-way.

Public Transportation

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, known locally as IndyGo, provides public transportation for the city. IndyGo was established in 1975 after the city of Indianapolis took over the city's transit system. Prior to 1997, IndyGo was called Metro. Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS), funded by IndyGo to reduce pollution, serves Indianapolis and surrounding counties.
Starting in 2010, private industry leaders from Central Indiana proposed a $10 billion multimodal regional transportation plan that includes expanded roadways, express bus routes, light rail, and commuter rail pathways. If public and legislative approval is granted, construction could begin as soon as 2012.

People mover

Clarian Health operates a people mover connecting the Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, Wishard Hospital and IUPUI & Indiana University School of Medicine facilities at the north end of the Downtown Canal with Methodist Hospital. Plans for a larger system are being considered that would operate throughout downtown Indianapolis. The existing people mover is sometimes inaccurately described as a monorail, but in fact rides on dual concrete beams with the guideway as wide as the vehicle.

Intercity transportation

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Union Station. Amtrak provides a thrice-weekly service of the Cardinal to Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. and the daily Hoosier State to Chicago.
Greyhound Lines also operates a terminal from Indianapolis Union Station downtown.

Transportation issues

Indianapolis suffers from numerous transportation issues, such as a lack of sidewalks in suburban areas and a lack of adequate mass transit for a city its size. It is the largest US city without a mass transit system such as light rail or subway. Plans are underway to build a commuter Light Rail System from Downtown Indianapolis to Fishers with 6 stops so far, possibly including a second line to the Indianapolis International Airport.

Indianapolis in popular media

  • The basketball film Hoosiers was filmed in some parts of the Indianapolis area.
  • A large segment of the film Eagle Eye takes place in Indianapolis.
  • In the classic sitcom I Love Lucy, Fred Mertz was originally from Indianapolis and his mother still lived there. Before moving to New York and meeting the Ricardos, he and his wife, Ethel Mertz, ran a diner there.
  • The television sitcom One Day at a Time was set in Indianapolis. The opening credits of the show include a shot of the Pyramids, a set of three distinctive office buildings located near the northwestern edge of the city.
  • The film Eight Men Out was filmed in Indianapolis, primarily at Bush Stadium.
  • The first season of Good Morning Miss Bliss (later to become Saved by the Bell) was set in Indianapolis.
  • The first season of Thunder Alley was set in Indianapolis.
  • The American version of Men Behaving Badly was set in Indianapolis.
  • CBS's 2005 drama Close to Home was set in Indianapolis, revolving around a prosecuting attorney in Marion County.
  • Indianapolis is featured in The Shift on the Investigation Discovery Channel, as cameras follow Indianapolis's homicide unit.
  • The Bob and Tom Show, a nationally-syndicated radio show which is also televised by WGN America, is based out of WFBQ-FM (Q95) in Indianapolis.
  • David Letterman, host of CBS's Late Show and the original host of NBC's Late Night, was born and raised in Indianapolis and began his broadcasting career there as a weatherman for WLWI-TV (now WTHR). His mother, Dorothy Mengering, who still lives in the Indianapolis area, has made frequent appearances on the show.
  • The Paul Newman film Winning is about the Indianapolis 500 and takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • The 2007 film An American Crime is about the 1965 Indianapolis basement torture and murder of a Sylvia Likens, starring Ellen Page and Catherine Keener. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe.

See also

Gallery

Sister cities

Indianapolis has seven sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

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Indianapolis
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Nickname(s): Indy, The Circle City, The Indy
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Indianapolis
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 39°46′5.88″N 86°9′29.52″W / 39.7683°N 86.1582°W / 39.7683; -86.1582
Country United States
State Indiana
County Marion
Townships See Marion Co. Townships
Founded 1821
Government
 - Type Mayor-council
 - Mayor Gregory A. Ballard (R)
 - Governing body City-County Council
Area
 - City-county 372 sq mi (963.5 km2)
 - Land 365.1 sq mi (945.6 km2)
 - Water 6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)
Elevation 715 ft (218 m)
Population (2009)[1]
 - City-county 807,584 (14th)
 Density 2,212/sq mi (854/km2)
 Urban 1,219,000
 Metro 1,715,459 (33rd)
 - Demonyms Indianapolitan, Indypolitan
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip Codes 46201 - 46209, 46211, 46214
46216 - 46231, 46234 - 46237
46239 - 46242, 46244, 46247
46249 - 46251, 46253 - 46256
46259, 46260, 46266, 46268
46274, 46275, 46277, 46278
46280, 46282, 46283, 46285
46290, 46291, 46295, 46296
46298
Area code(s) 317
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FIPS code 18-36003[2]
Interstates I-65, I-69, I-70, I-74
Interstate Spurs I-465, I-865
Waterways White River
Airports Indianapolis International Airport
Public transit IndyGo
Clarian Health People Mover
Airports Amtrak
Website http://www.indy.gov
Indianapolis (pronounced /ˌɪndiəˈnæpəlɨs/), often abbreviated Indy (/ˈɪndi/), is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. The United States Census estimated the city's population, excluding the included towns, at 807,584 in 2009.[1] It is Indiana's largest city and is the 14th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest (behind Chicago and Detroit), the second most populous state capital (after Phoenix, Arizona), and the most populous state capital east of the Mississippi River. Indianapolis is also the fastest growing region in the Midwest. For much of its history, Indianapolis has oriented itself around government and industry, particularly manufacturing. Today, Indianapolis has a much more diversified economy, contributing to the fields of education, health care, and finance. Tourism is also a vital part of the economy of Indianapolis, and the city plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events. Of these, perhaps the most well known is the annual Indianapolis 500. Other major sporting events include the Brickyard 400 and the Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments. Greater Indianapolis has seen moderate growth among U.S. cities,[3] especially in nearby Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson counties.[4] The population of the metropolitan statistical area is estimated at 1,715,459, making it the 33rd-largest in the U.S. The combined statistical area population of Indianapolis is 2,035,327, the 23rd-largest in the U.S.

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History

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Native Americans who lived in the area originally included the Miami and Lenape (or Delaware) tribes, but they were removed from the area by the early 1820s.[5]

Indianapolis was selected as the site of the new state capital in 1820, the old state capitol having been Corydon since the formation of the state of Indiana. While most American state capitals tend to be located in the central region of their respective states, Indianapolis is the closest capital to being placed in the exact center of its state.[6] It was founded on the White River both because of this, and because of the incorrect assumption that the river would serve as a major transportation artery. However, the waterway eventually proved to be too sandy for trade. Jeremiah Sullivan, a judge of the Indiana Supreme Court, invented the name Indianapolis by joining Indiana with polis, the Greek word for city; Indianapolis literally means "Indiana City". The state commissioned Alexander Ralston to design the new capital city. Ralston was an apprentice to the French architect Pierre L'Enfant, and he helped L'Enfant plan Washington, DC. Ralston's original plan for Indianapolis called for a city of only one square mile (3 km²). At the center of the city sat Governor's Circle, a large circular commons, which was to be the site of the governor's mansion. Meridian and Market Streets converge at the Circle and continue north-south and east-west, respectively.The Capitol moved from Corydon on January 10, 1825. The governor's mansion was eventually demolished in 1857 and in its place stands a 284-foot (87 m) tall neoclassical limestone and bronze monument, the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. The surrounding street is now known as Monument Circle.

The city lies on the original east-west National Road. The first railroad to service Indianapolis, the Madison & Indianapolis, began operation on October 1, 1847, and subsequent railroad connections made expansive growth possible. Indianapolis was the home of the first Union Station, or common rail passenger terminal, in the United States. By the turn of the century, Indianapolis had become a large automobile manufacturer, rivaling the likes of Detroit. With roads leading out of the city in all directions, Indianapolis became a major hub of regional transport connecting to Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis, befitting the capital of a state whose nickname is "The Crossroads of America." This same network of roads would allow quick and easy access to suburban areas in future years.

City population grew rapidly throughout the first half of the 20th century. While rapid suburbanization began to take place in the second half of the century, race relations deteriorated. Even so, on the night that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Indianapolis was the only major city in which rioting did not occur.[7] Many credit the speech by Robert F. Kennedy, who was in town campaigning for President that night, for helping to calm the tensions. Racial tensions heightened in 1970 with the passage of Unigov, which further isolated the middle class from Indianapolis's growing African American community. Court-ordered school desegregation busing by Judge S. Hugh Dillin was also a controversial change.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Indianapolis suffered at the hands of urban decay and white flight. Major revitalization of the city's blighted areas, such as Fall Creek Place, and especially the downtown, began in the 1990s and led to an acceleration of growth on the fringes of the metropolitan area. The opening of Circle Centre in downtown Indianapolis jumpstarted a major revitalization of the central business district.

The city has invested heavily in improvement projects such as an expansion to the Convention Center, upgrading of the I-465 beltway and an entirely new airport terminal for the Indianapolis International Airport, which is now open.[8] Construction of the Indianapolis Colts' new home, Lucas Oil Stadium, was completed in August 2008, and the proposed hotel and convention center expansion is expected to be completed in 2011.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the balance (the part of Marion County not part of another municipality) has a total area of 368.2 square miles (954 km2) – 361.5 square miles (936 km2) of it is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) of it is water. The total area is 1.81% water. These figures do not, however, represent the entire Consolidated City of Indianapolis (all of Marion County, except the four excluded communities). The total area of the Consolidated City of Indianapolis, not including the four excluded communities, covers approximately 373.1 square miles (966 km2).

At the center of Indianapolis is the One-Mile Square, bounded by four appropriately-named streets: East, West, North, and South Streets. Nearly all of the streets in the Mile Square are named after U.S. states. The exceptions are Meridian Street, which numerically divides west from east; Market Street, which intersects Meridian Street at Monument Circle; Capitol and Senate Avenues, where many of the Indiana state government buildings are located; and Washington Street, which was named after President George Washington. The street-numbering system centers not on the Circle, but rather one block to the south, where Meridian Street intersects Washington Street — National Road.

Indianapolis is situated in the Central Till Plains region of the United States. Two natural waterways dissect the city: the White River, and Fall Creek.

Physically, Indianapolis is similar to many other Midwestern cities. A mix of deciduous forests and prairie covered much of what is considered Indianapolis prior to the 19th century. Land within the city limits varies from flat to gently sloping; most of the changes in elevation are so gradual that they go unnoticed, and appears to be flat from close distances. The mean elevation for Indianapolis is 717 feet (219 m). The highest point in Indianapolis lies on the Northeast-side of Indianapolis, it was previously assumed that it was Crown Hill Cemetery (the tomb of famed Hoosier writer James Whitcomb Riley) with an elevation of 842 feet (257 m), and the lowest point in Indianapolis lies at the Marion County/Johnson County line, with an elevation of about 680 feet (207 m). The highest hill in Indianapolis is Mann Hill, a bluff located along the White River in Southwestway Park that rises about 150 feet (46 m) above the surrounding land. Variations in elevation from 700–900 feet occur throughout the city limits. There are a few moderately-sized bluffs and valleys in the city, particularly along the shores of the White River, Fall Creek, Geist Reservoir, and Eagle Creek Reservoir, and especially on the city's northeast and northwest sides.

Climate

Indianapolis has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa). Like most cities in the Midwest, it has four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with high temperatures regularly approaching Template:Convert/°F, with some days exceeding Template:Convert/°F. Spring and autumn are usually pleasant, with temperatures reaching around Template:Convert/°F. Spring, however, is much less predictable than autumn; midday temperature drops exceeding 30 °F (17°C) are common during March and April, and instances of very warm days (Template:Convert/°F) followed within 36 hours by snowfall are not unheard of during these months. Winters are cool to cold, with daily highs barely inching above freezing. Temperatures occasionally dip below Template:Convert/°F on 7 nights per year.[9] The rainiest months are in the spring and summer, with average rainfalls of over four inches (100 mm) per month mostly derived from thunderstorm activity, there is no distinct dry season with slightly higher summer averages.

The city's average annual precipitation is 41 inches (1,040 mm).

The mean July temperature is Template:Convert/°F, and the corresponding figure for January is Template:Convert/°F. The record high for Indianapolis is Template:Convert/°F, on July 25, 1954. The record low is Template:Convert/°F, on January 19, 1994. Average annual snowfall is 27 inches (69 cm) [10]

Cityscape

High rise construction in Indianapolis started in 1888 with the 256-foot (78 m) high Indiana Statehouse, followed by the 284-foot (87 m) Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in 1898. However, because of a special ordinance disallowing building higher than the structure, the monument remained the highest structure until the completion of the City Hall in 1962.

In the 1970s the central business district, like many other Rust Belt cities of the United States, saw decreased economic activity and, as a result, downtown Indianapolis saw little new construction. By the 1980s, the city of Indianapolis addressed these issues by developing plans to redefine the city's downtown and neighborhoods. Tall skyscrapers started being built to define Indianapolis's skyline, such as the One Indiana Square building in 1982. This development also carried over to the 90's, when the Chase Tower was built.

Neighborhood development was also addressed. Indianapolis neighborhoods were designated in relation to their proximity to the city center, and plans were initiated for them to be redeveloped.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.

18402,692
18508,091200.6%
186018,611130.0%
187048,244159.2%
188075,05655.6%
1890105,43640.5%
1900169,16460.4%
1910233,65038.1%
1920314,19434.5%
1930364,16115.9%
1940386,9726.3%
1950427,17310.4%
1960476,25811.5%
1970744,62456.3%
1980700,807−5.9%
1990731,3274.4%
2000781,8706.9%
Est. 2009807,584[1]3.3%

The 2009 Census estimate for the Indianapolis balance (the portion of the city not part of an included town) was 807,584,[1] [12]

Greater Indianapolis is a rapidly growing region located at the center of Indiana and consists of Marion County, Indiana and several adjacent counties. The Combined Statistical Area (CSA) of Indianapolis exceeded 2 million people in the 2007 estimate, ranking 23rd in the United States and 7th in the Midwest. As a unified labor and media market, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a 2006 population of 1.66 million people, ranking 33rd in the United States and 7th largest in the Midwest.

According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey,[13] the racial composition of the city are 66.6% White (Non-Hispanic Whites: 63.3%), 25.9% Black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 1.7% Asian, 3.4% from some other race, 2.1% are from Two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos (of any race) make up 7.0% of the total population.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 781,926 people, 324,342 households, and 195,578 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,160.9 people per square mile (834.4/km²). There were 356,980 housing units at an average density of 974.1 per square mile (376.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.34% White, 25.29% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.42% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.02% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.88% of the population. Indianapolis has around 10,000 immigrants from the former Yugoslavia.

A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee study recently concluded that Indianapolis is the most racially integrated city in the northern United States, with 25% of the population living on a city block with both white and black residents.[14][15]

There were 324,342 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.03.

The age distribution was 25.7% under 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 11.1% who were 65 or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,154, and the median income for a family was $48,979. Males had a median income of $36,372 versus $27,757 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,789. About 9.0% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under the age of 18 and 8.1% of those ages 65 or older.

Law and government

in Indianapolis.]]

Indianapolis has a consolidated city-county government known as Unigov. Under this system, many functions of the city and county governments are consolidated, though some remain separate. The city has a mayor-council form of government.

Mayor

The executive branch is headed by an elected mayor, who serves as the chief executive of both the city and Marion County. The current Mayor of Indianapolis is Republican Greg Ballard. The mayor appoints city department heads and members of various boards and commissions.

City-County Council

The legislative body for the city and county is the City-County Council. It is made up of 29 members, 25 of whom represent districts, with the remaining four elected at large. As of 2009, Republicans hold a 15-13-1 majority. The council passes ordinances for the city and county and also makes appointments to certain boards and commissions.

Courts

All of the courts of law in Indianapolis are part of the Indiana state court system. The Marion Superior Court is the court of general jurisdiction. The 35 judges on the court hear all criminal, juvenile, probate, and traffic violation cases, as well as most civil cases. The Marion Circuit Court hears certain types of civil cases. Small claims cases are heard by Small Claims Courts in each of Marion County's nine townships. The Appeals Courts and the Indiana Supreme Court meet in the Indiana Statehouse.

Fire protection

Historically there was a fire department maintained by each suburban township, which provided service to the areas of the townships outside of the pre-Unigov city limits and the corporate limits of the excluded cities. In January 2007, by a resolution jointly passed by the Washington Township Board and by the Indianapolis City-County Council, the Washington Township Fire Department was merged into the City of Indianapolis Fire Department. In July 2007, by a similar resolution between the City-County Council and the Warren Township Board, the Warren Township Fire Department was also merged into the city fire department. In an effort to resolve upcoming budget shortfalls in 2010, Perry Township became the third township to merge with the Indianapolis Fire Department effective August 1, 2009. All of the career fire-fighting personnel and emergency medical services personnel were absorbed into the city department. Franklin Township began pursuing a potential merger of its fire department in July 2009 as well as Lawrence Township in November 2009.

Law enforcement

Indianapolis and Marion County historically maintained separate police agencies: the Indianapolis Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department. On January 1, 2007, a new agency, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, was formed by merging the two departments. IMPD is a separate agency, as the Sheriff's Department maintains jail and court functions. IMPD has jurisdiction over those portions of Marion County not explicitly covered by the police of an excluded city or by a legacy pre-Unigov force. As of February 29, 2008, the IMPD is headed by a Public Safety Director appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis; the Public Safety Director appoints the Police Chief. The IMPD was formerly under the leadership of the Sheriff of Marion County, Frank J. Anderson. The Sheriff remains in charge of the County Jail and security for the City-County Building, service of warrants, and certain other functions. The Sheriff must be consulted, but does not have final say, on the appointment of the Public Safety Director and the Police Chief.[16]

Crime

For the past decade, crime rates within the Indianapolis city limits have fluctuated greatly. In the late 1990s, violent crimes in inner-city neighborhoods located within the old city limits (pre-consolidation) peaked. The former Indianapolis Police District (IPD), which serves about 37% of the county's total population and has a geographic area covering mostly the old pre-consolidation city limits, recorded 130 homicides in 1998 to average approximately 40.3 homicides per 100,000 people. This is over 6 times the 1998 national homicide average of 6.3 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the former Marion County Sheriff's Department district serving the remaining 63% of the county's population, which includes the majority of the residents in the Consolidated City, recorded only 32 homicides in 1998, averaging about 5.9 murders per 100,000 people, slightly less than the 1998 national homicide average. Homicides in the IPD police district dropped dramatically in 1999 and have remained lower through 2005. In 2005, the IPD police district recorded 88 homicides to average 27.3 homicides per 100,000 people; nonetheless, the murder rate in the IPD is still almost 5 times the 2005 national average.

When considering the total Consolidated City of Indianapolis, the overall crime rate has historically been low compared to the national average. It is important to note, however, that Indianapolis is unique in its incorporation of historically suburban areas into the official "city limits" since the establishment of Unigov in 1970. This can make the overall numbers for the city misleading, as crime in working class inner-city neighborhoods remains a problem. Areas of Indianapolis that were unincorporated or separate municipalities before the 1970 city-county consolidation generally have significantly lower crime rates although their aggregate population is higher than the old pre-consolidation Indianapolis city limits. Thus, crime figures for the Consolidated City and the entire Marion County average out to a low rate. However, according to FBI reports in 2006, for the first half of the year, Indianapolis saw one of the larger increases in homicides in the country for the first half of 2006 as compared to the same time period in 2005.[17] Overall violent crime in Indianapolis increased 8% for the first half of 2006 compared to the first half of 2005.[18] While Marion County has still not surpassed its record homicide number of 162 set in 1998, it is on pace to see one of the highest numbers of homicides since then, with 153 committed in 2006[19] as the year draws to a close. In one 2006 event, seven individuals from the same family were murdered in their home. In 2007, city leaders such as Sheriff Frank J. Anderson and former Mayor Bart Peterson held rallies in neighborhoods in effort to stop the violence in the city. In 2008, 122 homicides were recorded in Indianapolis.

The immediate downtown area of the city around most main attractions, venues, and museums remain relatively safe. IMPD uses horseback officers and bicycle officers to patrol the downtown area or the city. Certain areas of Indianapolis, most notably portions of the city's East Side, remain a challenge for law enforcement officials. Indianapolis was ranked as the 33rd most dangerous city in the United States in the 2008–2009 edition of CQ Press's City Crime Rankings.[20]

Politics

Until the late 1990s, Indianapolis was considered to be one of the most conservative metropolitan areas in the country but this trend is reversing. Republicans had held the majority in the City-County Council for 36 years, and the city had a Republican mayor for 32 years from 1967 to 1999. This was in part because the creation of Unigov added several then-heavily Republican areas of Marion County to the Indianapolis city limits. More recently, Republicans have generally been stronger in the southern and western parts (Decatur, Franklin, Perry, and Wayne, townships) of the county while Democrats have been stronger in the central and northern parts (Center, Pike, and Washington townships). Republican and Democratic prevalence is split in Warren and Lawrence townships.[21] Outside of Marion County and the city proper, Republicans hold strong majorities in the suburbs of the metropolitan area.

In the 1999 municipal election, Democrat Bart Peterson defeated Indiana Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy by 52 percent to 41 percent. Four years later, Peterson was re-elected with 63 percent of the vote over Marion County Treasurer Greg Jordan. Republicans narrowly lost control of the City-County Council that year. In 2004, Democrats won the Marion County offices of treasurer, surveyor and coroner for the first time since the 1970s. The county GOP lost further ground during the 2006 elections with Democrats winning the offices of county clerk, assessor, recorder and auditor. Only one GOP countywide office remained: Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, who defeated Democratic challenger Melina Kennedy with 51 percent of the vote in his bid for a second term, despite outspending her two-to-one. At the township level, Democrats picked up the trustee offices in Washington, Lawrence, Warren and Wayne townships, while holding on to Pike and Center townships.

In the 2007 municipal election, fueled by voter angst against increases in property and income taxes as well as a rise in crime, Republican challenger Greg Ballard narrowly defeated Peterson 51 percent to 47 percent—the first time an incumbent Indianapolis mayor was removed from office since 1967. Discontent among these issues also returned control of the City-County Council to the GOP with a 16-13 majority.[22]

Most of Indianapolis is within the 7th Congressional District of Indiana, represented by Democrat André Carson. He is the grandson of the district's previous representative, Julia Carson who held the seat from 1997 until her death on December 15, 2007.[23] The younger Carson, a former member of the City-County Council, won the seat in a special election on March 11, 2008. The northeastern and southeastern portions of the city are in the 5th District, represented by Republican Dan Burton. A portion of western Indianapolis is in the 4th District, represented by Republican Steve Buyer.

Education

Higher education

Indianapolis is the home of: Ball State University Indianapolis Center, Butler University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Marian University, Martin University, Oakland City University Indianapolis campus, The Art Institute of Indianapolis, Vincennes University Aviation Technology Center, and the University of Indianapolis.

Butler University was originally founded in 1855 as North Western Christian University. The school purchased land in the Irvington area in 1875. The school moved again in 1928 to its current location at the edge of Butler-Tarkington. The school removed itself officially from religious affiliation, giving up the theological school to Christian Theological Seminary. A private institution, Butler's current student enrollment is approximately 4,400. Butler has a storied sports heritage in regards to basketball and volleyball. Butler is the site where both the film Hoosiers and the events that inspired it where filmed, the so called Milan Miracle. Butler's basketball stadium, Hinkle Fieldhouse, was the largest basketball facility when built and also historically hosted the first bout between the U.S. and Soviet Union in basketball. Butler University made its own impact felt with a championship appearance in its home city of Indianapolis in the NCAA championships in 2010. Butler also has hosted to date the largest attended volleyball match at 14,000 spectators.

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was originally an urban conglomeration of branch campuses of the two major state universities: Indiana University in Bloomington and Purdue University in West Lafayette, created by the state legislature. In 1969 a merged campus was created at the site of the Indiana University School of Medicine. IUPUI's student body is currently just above 30,000, making it the third-largest campus for higher learning in Indiana after the main campuses of IU and Purdue. This campus is also home to Herron School of Art and Design, which was established privately in 1902. A new building was built in 2005 under both private donation and state contribution enabling the school to move from its original location. IUPUI has a division one basketball program and has made tournament appearances in the Horizon League alongside Indianapolis's other division one school, Butler University. IUPUI has the only Android Studies Department in the United States.

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, a state funded public school, was founded as Indiana Vocational Technical College in 1963. With 23 campuses across Indiana, Ivy Tech has a total enrollment of 86,130, as of 2008, according to the school's website.

Marian University was founded in 1936 when St. Francis Normal and Immaculate Conception Junior College merged. The college moved to Indianapolis in 1937. Marian is currently a private Catholic school and has an enrollment of approximately 1,800 students.

The University of Indianapolis is a private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1902 as Indiana Central University, the school currently hosts almost 4,300 students. The University of Indianapolis prides itself on its teaching and nursing programs, as well as its opportunities to study abroad. U of I has satellite campuses in Cyprus, Jerusalem, and at the base of the Acropolis in Athens. The University of Indianapolis will host the practice facilities for one of the opponents in the super bowl in 2012.

Primary and secondary education

  Indianapolis Public Schools
  School Town of Speedway
  Beech Grove City Schools
  MSD Pike Township
  MSD Washington Township
  MSD Lawrence Township
  MSD Warren Township
  Franklin Township CSC
  MSD Perry Township
  MSD Decatur Township
  MSD Wayne Township
Indianapolis Public School Districts

Indianapolis has eleven unified public school districts (eight township educational authorities and three legacy districts from before the unification of city and county government), each of which providing primary, secondary, and adult education services within its boundaries. The boundaries of these districts do not exactly correspond to township (or traditional) boundaries, but rather cover the areas of their townships that were outside the pre-consolidation city limits. Indianapolis Public Schools served all of Indianapolis prior to 1970, when almost all of Marion County was incorporated, and is still the city's largest school corporation today.

Private schools run by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis are Bishop Chatard, Roncalli, Cardinal Ritter, and Scecina. Other private schools include Brebeuf, Park Tudor, Cathedral and Heritage Christian.

Libraries

Public library services are provided to the citizens of Indianapolis and Marion County by the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library (IMCPL). The educational and cultural institution, founded in 1873, now consists of a main library, Central Library, located in downtown Indianapolis, and 22 branch locations spread throughout the city. Serving over 5.43 million visitors in 2006, IMCPL's mission is to provide "materials and programs in support of the lifelong learning, recreational and economic interests of all citizens of Marion County." The renovated Central Library building opened on December 9, 2007, ending a controversial multi-year rebuilding plan.[24]

Cultural features

in Indianapolis]]

Indianapolis prides itself on its rich cultural heritage. Several initiatives have been made by the Indianapolis government in recent years to increase Indianapolis's appeal as a destination for arts and culture.

Cultural Districts

Indianapolis has designated six official Cultural Districts. They are Broad Ripple Village, Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square, The Wholesale District, Canal and White River State Park, and Indiana Avenue. These areas have held historic and cultural importance to the city. In recent years they have been revitalized and are becoming major centers for tourism, commerce and residential living.

Cultural Trail

Scheduled to be complete by 2011, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects the city's five downtown Cultural Districts, neighborhoods and entertainment amenities, and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. The trail will include benches, bike racks, lighting, signage and bike rentals/drop-offs along the way and will also feature local art work.

Monument Circle

At the center of Indianapolis is Monument Circle, a traffic circle at the intersection of Meridian and Market Streets, featuring the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument. Monument Circle is depicted on the city’s flag. It is in the shadow of Indiana's tallest skyscraper, the Chase Tower. Until the early 1960s, Indianapolis zoning laws stated that no building could be taller than the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Each Christmas season, lights are strung onto the monument and lit in a ceremony known as the Circle of Lights, which attracts tens of thousands of Hoosiers to downtown Indianapolis on the day after Thanksgiving.

War Memorial Plaza

A five-block plaza at the intersection of Meridian and Vermont surrounds a large memorial dedicated to Hoosiers who have fought in American wars. It was originally constructed to honor the Indiana soldiers who died in World War I, but construction was halted due to lack of funding during the Great Depression, and it was finished in 1951. The purpose of the memorial was later altered to encompass all American wars in which Hoosiers fought.

The monument is modeled after the Mausoleum of Maussollos. At 210 feet (64 m) tall it is approximately seventy-five feet taller than the original Mausoleum. On the north end of the War Memorial Plaza is the national headquarters of the American Legion and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's Central Library.

Indiana Statehouse

The Statehouse houses the Indiana General Assembly, the Governor of Indiana, state courts, and other state officials.

Monuments

The city is second only to Washington, D.C., for number of monuments inside city limits.[25]

Other Heritage & History Attractions

Conventions

In 2003, Indianapolis began hosting Gen Con, the largest role-playing game convention in the North America (with record attendance being over 30,000) at the Indiana Convention Center. Attendance of the event is expected to increase as the center is expanded. The convention center has also recently hosted to events such as Star Wars Celebration II and III, which brought in Star Wars fans from around the world, including George Lucas.

Indianapolis will host the National FFA Convention from 2006 to 2012[26] and is one of two finalists for the convention from 2013–2019. FFA Convention draws approximately 55,000 attendees and has an estimated $30–$40 million direct visitor impact on the local economy. Attendees occupy 13,000 hotel rooms in 130 metro-area hotels on peak nights during the four-day convention, making it the largest convention in the history of Indianapolis.

Organizations

Indianapolis has evolved into a center for music. The city plays host to Music for All, Inergy, Indy's Official Musical Ambassadors, the Percussive Arts Society, and the American Pianists' Association.[27]

As well as being the home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis is also home to Bands of America (BOA), a nationwide organization of high school marching, concert, and jazz bands. Indianapolis is now also the international headquarters of Drum Corps International, a professional drum and bugle corps association.

Indianapolis has been the headquarters of the Kiwanis International organization since 1982. The organization and its youth-sponsored Kiwanis Family counterparts, Circle K International and Key Club International, administer all their international business and service initiatives from Indianapolis.

Indianapolis contains the national headquarters for twenty-six fraternities and sororities. Many of whom are congregated in the College Park area surrounding The Pyramids.

Festivals and Events

The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Indy Jazz Fest, and the DCI World Championships are all held in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra sometimes holds free outdoor concerts at various IndyParks, and they annually hold an outdoor summer concert series called Symphony on the Prairie which attracts large crowds to Conner Prairie.

The city has an arts community that includes many fairs celebrating a wide variety of arts and crafts. They include the Broad Ripple Art Fair, Talbot Street Art Fair, Carmel Arts Festival, Indian Market and Festival, and the Penrod Art Fair.

Every May since 1957, Indianapolis holds the 500 Festival, a month of events including a mini marathon and festival parade, the latter being the day before the Indianapolis 500.

Indianapolis is also home to the Indiana State Fair as well as the Heartland Film Festival, the Indianapolis International Film Festival, the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, the Indianapolis Alternative Media Festival, and the Midwest Music Summit.

The Circle City Classic is one of America’s top historically African-American college football games. This annual football game, held during the first weekend of October, is the showcase event of an entire weekend. The weekend is a celebration of cultural excellence and educational achievement while showcasing the spirit, energy and tradition of America’s historically black colleges and universities.

One of the largest ethnic and cultural heritage festivals in Indianapolis is the Summer Celebration held by Indiana Black Expo. This ten-day national event highlights the contributions of African-Americans to U.S. society and culture and provides educational, entertainment, and networking opportunities to the over 300,000 participants from around the country.

During the month of June, the Indianapolis Italian Street Festival is held at Holy Rosary Church just south of downtown.

Indy's International Festival is held annually in November at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Local ethnic groups, vendors and performers are featured alongside national and international performers.

Since 2006, in the months of March and October, Midwest Fashion Week [3] takes place, promoting both local and national designers. Started by Berny Martin of Catou [4], this event has grown to become a premier event in Indianapolis.

Sports

File:RCA Championships
Indianapolis Tennis Center, was the main tennis court at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, which Indianapolis hosted through 2009

The labels of The Amateur Sports Capital of the World and The Racing Capital of the World have both been applied to Indianapolis.[28]

Indianapolis is home to the Indy Racing League's offices and many of its teams, Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, the Indiana Pacers of the NBA, the Indiana Fever of the WNBA, the Indianapolis Indians of the IL, and the Indiana Ice of the USHL.

In addition, the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the main governing body for U.S. collegiate sports, is located in Indianapolis, as is the National Federation of State High School Associations. Indianapolis is also home to the national offices of USA Gymnastics, USA Diving, US Synchronized Swimming, and USA Track & Field. Indianapolis also hosts the headquarters of the Horizon League, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The city has hosted the Final Fours for the both the Men's and Women's NCAA Division I Basketball Championship several times, and Indianapolis is scheduled to host both every five years, although not on the same year.

Since 2008, Indianapolis has hosted the Big Ten Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse. The city won the event for five consequtive years after edging out Chicago and the United Center for the Big Ten bid, which ends after the 2012 hosting.

Indianapolis hosted the Indianapolis Tennis Championships through 2009, one of the many tournaments which are part of the US Open Series.

In January 2010, Indianapolis became one of 18 host cities selected by the United States Soccer Federation for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids. The final decision is scheduled to be in December 2010.

IMS hosts three major motor racing events every year: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

On May 20, 2008, the city was awarded the rights to host Super Bowl XLVI. Indianapolis hosted the 1987 Pan American Games and the 2002 World Basketball Championships.

Cricket and Hurling are other popular sports among the immigrant communities in the city played at amateur level.

Club Sport League Venue
Indianapolis Colts Football National Football League (AFC)

Lucas Oil Stadium

Indiana Pacers Basketball National Basketball Association Conseco Fieldhouse
Indiana Fever Basketball Women's National Basketball Association Conseco Fieldhouse
Indianapolis Indians Baseball International League (AAA - affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates) Victory Field
Indiana Ice Hockey United States Hockey League Pepsi Coliseum
Indianapolis Impalas[29] Rugby USA Rugby Old Central State Hospital

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), located in Speedway, Indiana, is the site of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (also known as the Indy 500), an open-wheel automobile race held each Memorial Day weekend on a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) oval track. The Indy 500 is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, hosting more than 257,000 permanent seats (not including the infield area). The track is often referred to as the Brickyard, as it was paved with 3.2 million bricks shortly after its construction in 1909. Today the track is paved in asphalt, although a one yard strip of bricks remains at the start/finish line.

IMS also hosts the NASCAR Brickyard 400. The first running of the Brickyard 400 was in 1994, and it is currently NASCAR's highest attended event.

From 2000 to 2007, IMS hosted the Formula One United States Grand Prix (USGP). Contract negotiations between the IMS and Formula One resulted in a discontinuation of the USGP at Indianapolis (at least for the foreseeable future). Formula One has not scheduled a USGP venue for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

The Speedway hosted its first MotoGP, with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix taking place in September 2008.

O'Reilly Raceway Park

Indianapolis is also home to O'Reilly Raceway Park. Though not as well known as Indianapolis Motor Speedway, O'Reilly is home to the NHRA Mac Tool U.S. Nationals, the biggest, oldest, richest, and most prestigious drag race in the world, held every Labor Day weekend.

OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Indianapolis is home to the largest mini-marathon (and eighth-largest running event) in America. 2007 was the 30th anniversary of the Mini, run in the first weekend in May every year. This event is part of the 500 Festival, its 50th year running. The race starts on Washington Street just off Monument Circle, goes to the brickyard, and ends on New York Street back downtown. The Mini has been sold out every year, with well over 35,000 runners participating.

Recreation

Parks

Indianapolis has an extensive municipal park system with nearly 200 parks occupying over 10,000 acres (40 km2). The flagship Eagle Creek Park is the largest municipal park in the city, and ranks among the largest urban parks in the United States.[30]

Other major Indianapolis Regional parks include:

  • Garfield Park (established in 1881 and the oldest park in Indianapolis. Located on the Near South Side)
  • Riverside Park (Near West Side)
  • Sahm Park (Northeast side)
  • Southeastway Park (Franklin Township, Marion County)
  • Southwestway Park (Decatur Township, Marion County)
  • White River State Park (Just West of downtown. Has cultural, educational and recreational attractions as well as trails and waterways.)

Additionally, Indianapolis has an urban forestry program that is recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA standards.

Indianapolis Zoo

Opened in 1988, the Indianapolis Zoo is the largest zoo in the state, and is located just west of downtown in White River State Park. It has 360 species of animals, and is known for its dolphin exhibit, which includes the only underwater viewing dome in the Midwest.

Theatres & Performing Arts Venues

Indianapolis is home to a wealth of venues for the performing arts. The following theatres offer plays, Broadway hits, comedy, musicals, concerts, and other live performances to Indy theater goers.

Museums & Galleries

Indianapolis has a wide variety of museums and galleries which appeal to art lovers, car enthusiasts, sports fans, history channel addicts, and science and technology brain acts.

Other places of interest

Local media

Indianapolis is served by local, regional, and national media.

National broadcast television affiliates include ABC affiliate WRTV (channel 6),[32] CBS affiliate WISH-TV (channel 8),[33] NBC affiliate WTHR (channel 13),[34] Fox affiliate WXIN (channel 59),[35] and PBS local affiliate WFYI (channel 20).[36]

The Indianapolis Star is the city's daily newspaper.

Economy

The largest industry sectors by employment in Indianapolis are manufacturing, health care & social services, and retail trade.[37] Compared to Indiana as a whole, the Indianapolis metropolitan area has a lower proportion of manufacturing jobs and a higher concentration of jobs in wholesale trade; administrative, support, and waste management; professional, scientific, and technical services; and transportation and warehousing.[37]

Companies

Many of Indiana's largest and most recognized companies are headquartered in Indianapolis, including pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company, wireless distribution & logistics provider Brightpoint, health insurance provider Wellpoint, Republic Airways Holdings [38] (including Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Shuttle America), REIT Simon Property Group, and retailer Finish Line, Inc. The U.S. headquarters of Roche Diagnostics, Technicolor SA, Conseco, First Internet Bank of Indiana, Peerless Pump Company, Dow AgroSciences, Emmis Communications and Steak 'n Shake are also located in Indianapolis. Other major Indianapolis area employers include Clarian Health, Sallie Mae, Cook Group, Rolls Royce, Delta Faucet Company and General Motors.

Indianapolis is a prime center for logistics and distribution facilities. It is home to a FedEx hub and distribution centers for companies such as Amazon.com, Foxconn, Finish Line, Target, and CVS Pharmacy.[39]

Before Detroit came to dominate the American automobile industry, Indianapolis was also home to a number of carmakers, including American Motor Car Company, Parry Auto Company,[40] and Premier Motor Manufacturing.[41] In addition, Indianapolis hosted auto parts companies such as Prest-O-Lite, which provided acetylene generators for brass era headlights and acetylene gas starters.[42]

ATA Airlines (previously American Trans Air) was headquartered in Indianapolis prior to its collapse.[43]

Business and real estate

The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo ranked Indianapolis the most affordable major housing market in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2009,[44] and Forbes magazine ranked it the sixth-best city for jobs in 2008, based on a combined graded balance of perceived median household incomes, lack of unemployment, income growth, cost of living and job growth.[45] However, in 2008, Indiana ranked 12th nationally in total home foreclosures and Indianapolis led the state.[46]

In 2009, Indianapolis ranked first on CNN/Money's list of the top 10 cities for recent graduates.[47]

Transportation

Airports

[[File:|thumb|New Midfield Terminal Completed]] Indianapolis International Airport, airport code IND, is the largest airport in Indiana and serves the Indianapolis metropolitan area as well as many other communities in the state of the Indiana.

The airport is home to the second largest FedEx operation in the world (after the Memphis headquarters) and the United States Postal Service Eagle Network Hub. The entire airport is a global free trade zone called INZONE with 18 designated subzones.

Thirty years in planning, Indianapolis recently completed building a new airport. The $1.1 billion project is the largest development initiative in the city's history. The new Indianapolis Airport covers 1,200,000 square feet (111,000 m2), and has 40 gates, a 145,000 sq ft (13,500 m2) baggage processing area, a 73,000 sq ft (6,800 m2) baggage claim area, a large pre-security gathering, a concession space with a 60-foot (18 m) skylight, both local and national restaurants and retailers, and local Indianapolis artwork. The new terminal is the first built in the United States since September 11, 2001. It opened officially for arriving flights 11/11/08 and departures 11/12/08.

Highways

Interstate highways

Several interstates serve the Indianapolis area. Interstate 65 runs northwest to Gary, where other roads eventually take drivers to Chicago, and southward to Louisville, Kentucky. Interstate 69 runs northeast to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and currently terminates in the city at I-465, but will eventually be routed around the city on 465 to the new extension of Interstate 69 towards Evansville. Interstate 70 follows the old National Road, running east to Columbus, Ohio and west to St. Louis, Missouri. Interstate 74 moves northwest towards Danville, Illinois, and southeast towards Cincinnati, Ohio. Finally, Interstate 465 circles Marion County and joins the aforementioned highways together. In 2002, the interstate segment connecting Interstate 465 to Interstate 65 on the northwest side of the city was redesignated Interstate 865 to reduce confusion. The Indianapolis area also has two other expressways; Sam Jones Expressway (old Airport Expressway), and Shadeland Avenue Expressway.

US Highways
Indiana State Roads

To comply with an Indiana state law limiting the number of miles of state highways, all US and Indiana State numbered routes were rerouted along I-465 instead of going through the center of the city. At one point (between Exits 47 and 49) on the southeast side of the city, I-465, US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, US 421, Indiana 37, and Indiana 67 use the same right-of-way. Between Exits 49 and 2 (along the south end of the city), I-74, I-465, US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, Indiana 37 and Indiana 67 operate on the same right-of-way.

Public Transportation

The Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, known locally as IndyGo, provides public transportation for the city. IndyGo was established in 1975 after the city of Indianapolis took over the city's transit system. Prior to 1997, IndyGo was called Metro. Central Indiana Commuter Services (CICS), funded by IndyGo to reduce pollution, serves Indianapolis and surrounding counties.

Starting in 2010, private industry leaders from Central Indiana proposed a $10 billion multimodal regional transportation plan that includes expanded roadways, express bus routes, light rail, and commuter rail pathways. If public and legislative approval is granted, construction could begin as soon as 2012.

People mover

Clarian Health operates a people mover connecting the Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, Wishard Hospital and IUPUI & Indiana University School of Medicine facilities at the north end of the Downtown Canal with Methodist Hospital. It is open to the public but mostly used by doctors, staff and patients of the various medical facilities. It is currently the only example of light or commuter rail in Indianapolis. The existing people mover is sometimes inaccurately described as a monorail, but in fact rides on dual concrete beams with the guideway as wide as the vehicle.

Intercity transportation

Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Union Station. Amtrak provides a thrice-weekly service of the Cardinal to Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. and the daily Hoosier State to Chicago.

Greyhound Lines also operates a terminal from Indianapolis Union Station downtown.

Transportation issues

Indianapolis suffers from numerous transportation issues, such as a lack of sidewalks in suburban areas and a lack of adequate mass transit for a city its size. It is the largest US city without a mass transit system such as light rail or subway. Plans are underway to build a commuter rail system from Downtown Indianapolis to Fishers with 6 stops so far, as well as a light rail system being proposed to go on Washington Street.

Indianapolis in popular media

  • The basketball film Hoosiers was filmed in some parts of the Indianapolis area.
  • A large segment of the film Eagle Eye takes place in Indianapolis.
  • In the classic sitcom I Love Lucy, Fred Mertz was originally from Indianapolis and his mother still lived there. Before moving to New York and meeting the Ricardos, he and his wife, Ethel Mertz, ran a diner there.
  • The television sitcom One Day at a Time was set in Indianapolis. The opening credits of the show include a shot of The Pyramids, a set of three distinctive office buildings located near the northwestern edge of the city.
  • The film Eight Men Out was filmed in Indianapolis, primarily at Bush Stadium.
  • The first season of Good Morning Miss Bliss (later to become Saved by the Bell) was set in Indianapolis.
  • The first season of Thunder Alley was set in Indianapolis.
  • The American version of Men Behaving Badly was set in Indianapolis.
  • CBS's 2005 drama Close to Home was set in Indianapolis, revolving around a prosecuting attorney in Marion County.
  • Indianapolis is featured in The Shift on the Investigation Discovery Channel, as cameras follow Indianapolis's homicide unit.
  • The Bob and Tom Show, a nationally-syndicated radio show which is also televised by WGN America, is based out of WFBQ-FM (Q95) in Indianapolis.
  • David Letterman, host of CBS's Late Show and the original host of NBC's Late Night, was born and raised in Indianapolis and began his broadcasting career there as a weatherman for WLWI-TV (now WTHR). His mother, Dorothy Mengering, who still lives in the Indianapolis area, has made frequent appearances on the show.
  • The Paul Newman film Winning is about the Indianapolis 500 and takes place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • The 2007 film An American Crime is about the 1965 Indianapolis basement torture and murder of a Sylvia Likens, starring Ellen Page and Catherine Keener. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe.

See also

Indianapolis portal
Indiana portal

Sister cities

Indianapolis has Eight sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:[48]

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External links

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Monument Circle, the center of Indianapolis
Monument Circle, the center of Indianapolis
.Indianapolis [1] is in the Nine-County Region of Indiana, right at the center of the state.^ Indianapolis Indiana is found right in the center of the state and thought of as the Crossroads of America.
  • 29,780 Indianapolis real estate, homes for sale and MLS Listings, photos in Indiana 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC mswoods.com [Source type: News]

^ The Indianapolis Region of the SCCA conducts club races, road rallies, and autocrosses (Solo II) in the Central Indiana area throughout the year.
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^ Forging a Hoosier Legend  Exhibit at the Indiana State Library , an amazingly beautiful building and research facility in its own right.
  • Indianapolis IN Hotels 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

.It is the state capital and largest city of Indiana, United States, and is in Marion County.^ Indianapolis is considered as the capital city of Indiana.

^ Indiana is in the midsection of the United States.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Travel Information | Travels.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.travels.com [Source type: General]

^ Indianapolis, Indiana is a wonderful city to visit in the United States.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Travel Information | Travels.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.travels.com [Source type: General]

.The population within city limits is approximately 785,000 people, making it the 12th largest city in the US. The metropolitan area has about 2 million (23rd in the US).^ The city limits became coextensive with the limits of the county, thus increasing the city’s population by almost a half overnight and greatly expanding its tax base .
  • Indianapolis (Indiana, United States) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Indianapolis IN Real Estate As the nations 12th largest city and the capital of Indiana, Downtown Indianapolis IN real estate has gone through a dramatic revitalization and extraordinary new beginning.

^ The city’s population approached a half million in 1960.
  • Indianapolis (Indiana, United States) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Indianapolis is also known as the "Racing Capital of the World" due to the proximity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indy 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (formerly known as the "Brickyard 400").^ The Indy 500 is the oldest auto race in the world.
  • The indianapolis 500 history 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.essortment.com [Source type: General]

^ The Indy 500 race is world renowned and is “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.
  • Indianapolis Events, Indianapolis Ticket Brokers Sports, Concert 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.tickco.com [Source type: General]

^ Indianapolis gained a nickname as the "Racing Capitol of the World" due to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • Indianapolis Real Estate Agent & Real Estate Condition In Indianapolis 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC realestateagentsadvice.com [Source type: News]

Understand

.The name Indianapolis is simply Indiana joined with polis, the Greek word for city.^ Its name derives from combining “Indiana” with “polis,” the Greek word for city.
  • Indianapolis, Ind. — Infoplease.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.infoplease.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Not just another Rust Belt city in the Midwest, Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana, is the Racing Capital of the World, famous for hosting the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400 every year.
  • Indianapolis Indiana | Hotels | Restaurants | Indianapolis IN Real Estate 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.indianapolis.com [Source type: News]

^ Expand your search to include nearby Indiana cities, set price range, map homes & more realestate.yahoo.com/Indiana/Indianapolis/Homes_fo...
  • Indianapolis Indiana - Dogpile Web Search 15 September 2009 7:54 UTC www.dogpile.com [Source type: General]

.Indianapolis is called the "Crossroads of America". The city is warm in the summer, with average highs in the mid-80s in June, July, and August.^ Search Indianapolis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ralston's original plan for Indianapolis called for a city of only one square mile (3 km²) ...
  • City Of Indianapolis - Dogpile Web Search 15 September 2009 7:54 UTC www.dogpile.com [Source type: General]

^ Indianapolis is also host to many sporting events and also has a wide array of attractions, dining options and festivals that make it a warm place to call home and a nice place to visit.
  • Indianapolis Indiana | Hotels | Restaurants | Indianapolis IN Real Estate 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.indianapolis.com [Source type: News]

^ Major Attractions Indianapolis has been referred to as the “Crossroads of America.” Four interstates crisscross the city (65, 69, 70, 74).
  • Indianapolis Indiana. Indianapolis City Guide and Yellow Pages. Zip Codes 46206 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.helloindianapolis.com [Source type: General]

Indianapolis has a typical mid-western winter. .January is the coldest month, with an average high of 34 degrees.^ On average, there are 186 sunny days per year in Indianapolis, IN. The July high is around 85 degrees.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (IN) - Sperling's BestPlaces 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.bestplaces.net [Source type: News]

Get in

By car

.Indianapolis is known as the "Crossroads of America" for a good reason.^ Major Attractions Indianapolis has been referred to as the “Crossroads of America.” Four interstates crisscross the city (65, 69, 70, 74).
  • Indianapolis Indiana. Indianapolis City Guide and Yellow Pages. Zip Codes 46206 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.helloindianapolis.com [Source type: General]

^ Known as the "Crossroads of America," more interstate highways bisect Indianapolis than any other city in the country, making it an exciting and easily accessible destination.
  • Indianapolis Vacations, Tourism and Indianapolis, Indiana Travel Reviews - TripAdvisor 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.tripadvisor.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Indianapolis area is truly the crossroads of America, and is an area that uniquely combines the excitement of a sophisticated urban locale with old-fashioned values and open space.
  • Indianapolis Real Estate | Indianapolis Homes 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.hometoindy.com [Source type: General]

.Interstates 65, 69, 70, and 74 meet here.^ Conveniently located to all major interstates, 65, 69, 70 and 74.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

^ Interstate 65, Interstate 69, Interstate 70, and Interstate 74 ...
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Travel Information | Travels.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.travels.com [Source type: General]

^ Major Attractions Indianapolis has been referred to as the “Crossroads of America.” Four interstates crisscross the city (65, 69, 70, 74).
  • Indianapolis Indiana. Indianapolis City Guide and Yellow Pages. Zip Codes 46206 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.helloindianapolis.com [Source type: General]

.The city's outer belt is I-465. Travel directly through the city on I-70 or I-65. Direct travel using I-74 or I-69 is not possible; I-74 is routed around the center of the city on I-465, and I-69 currently ends at its intersection with I-465 to the city's north.^ Interstate 65, Interstate 69, Interstate 70, and Interstate 74 ...
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^ Search City Guides by Citysearch Use Citysearch City Guides to get reviews and directions to top restaurants, events, night clubs, shops, services and more, in cities across the country.
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^ The left eastbound lane over the eastbound bridge and the Interstate 69 southbound ramp to I-465 southbound will remain closed through midweek as crews continue repair work.
  • Indianapolis Business News - Latest Indiana Headlines, Top Stories, Breaking News - Indianapolis Business Journal - IBJ.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.ibj.com [Source type: General]

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  • Eagle Creek Aviation Services 4101 Dandy Trail.^ Miles fro Indianapolis International Airport.
    • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Airport Parking Indianapolis offer many parking options form Indianapolis International Airport.

    ^ Dozens of flights to Indianapolis International Airport have been affected.
    • Indianapolis Business News - Latest Indiana Headlines, Top Stories, Breaking News - Indianapolis Business Journal - IBJ.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.ibj.com [Source type: General]

    .+1 800 4TP-E331. [4]
  • Greenwood Municipal Airport 749 E County Line Rd., Greenwood.^ Arby's - Map 2130 E County Line Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46227 .

    .+1 317 881-0887. [5]
  • Metropolitan Airport 10401 Willow View Rd., Fishers.^ Miller & Fisher 317-536-7576 View Profile View Site Civil Litigation, Loss Prevention and Recovery .
    • Indianapolis Metro Area, Indiana Attorney Profiles - Indianapolis-Carmel Metro Area, Indiana Lawyers - Cornell LII Lawyer Directory 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC lawyers.law.cornell.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    +1 317 849-0840. [6]
  • Mt. Comfort Airport 3867 N. Aviation Way, Greenfield. .+1 317 335-3371. [7]
  • Greyhound located right in the heart of the city.^ Indianapolis, IN 46204 Nightly Rates: ($269.99 - $339.99) 4 Star The Westin Indianapolis enjoys an unbeatable location in the heart of the city.
    • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Our location on the historical Monument Circle in the heart of beautiful downtown Indianapolis means the best of the city is a ...
    • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

    350 S. Illinois St. +1 317 636-6666. [8]
  • Burlington Trailways travels only throughout the Midwest. +1 800 992-4618. [9]
  • Megabus is a well run budget busline that travels throughout the Midwest. .Rates start at $1, and are more affordable the earlier you book your trip.^ Then, we can help you find more affordable rates.
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    ^ Close By starting a discussion, you can expect more of an interactive, back-and-forth experience where the conversation can go in many different directions.
    • Indianapolis, IN Real Estate & Indianapolis Homes for Sale - Page 1 - Zillow 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.zillow.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It only takes a few minutes to become a member of Indianapolis Personals and then you will be well on your way to more local dating.

    .Drops off/pick ups vary from two stops downtown and one at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.^ The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the second-oldest car racetrack in the world and has been around for nearly a century.
    • Indianapolis, IN Homes for Sale - Real Estate Listings | HomeFinder.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.homefinder.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Located on the grounds of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway the lay out features four holes actually inside the...
    • Indianapolis Indiana Discount Golf Tee Times 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.golfnow.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 in suburban Speedway as a test track for local automobile plants.
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    +1 877 GO2-MEGA [10]
  • Amtrak runs daily between Chicago and Indianapolis.350 S. Illinois St. +1 800 872-7245. [11] Three days a week between Indy and Washington, D.C. & New York City. Located right in the heart of the city.

Get around

.Outside Downtown and Broad Ripple, you'll need a car to get around this sprawling city.^ Broad Ripple Village has become the playground for much of the city's artsy and wealthy population, but with its unique selection of homes and wide price range, it's perfect for any family.
  • Indianapolis, IN Homes for Sale - Real Estate Listings | HomeFinder.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.homefinder.com [Source type: General]

^ Monon Place Indianapolis, IN 46220 Located in the heart of Broad Ripple, we're sure we have the perfect apartment home for you!
  • Indianapolis Apartments for Rent - Apartments in Indianapolis - Indianapolis IN Apartment Rentals | MyNewPlace 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.mynewplace.com [Source type: General]

^ To have the best chances of seeing the show that is playing during your travel dates, you need to take advantage of a car rental option.

.While the public bus system is both clean and efficient, routes are complex, and large parts of the metro area are not serviced.^ Find more Indianapolis Metro Area, Indiana Lawyers in the Justia Legal Services and Lawyers Directory about us help © copyright .
  • Indianapolis Metro Area, Indiana Attorney Profiles - Indianapolis-Carmel Metro Area, Indiana Lawyers - Cornell LII Lawyer Directory 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC lawyers.law.cornell.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Home Security System Installation/Service Technician - (Indianapolis and surrounding area) .
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^ Home > Indiana > Indianapolis Metro Area Browse By Practice Areas Counties Cities Find Indianapolis, Indiana Lawyer, Legal Aid & Services Profiles by Practice Area .
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By car

The general speed limit on highways is 55-70 mph. If there is no posted speed, assume that it is 35 mph. .A car is necessary for almost all travel within the city.^ Days Inn Airport is within short driving distance of all the city?s attractions.

By bus

.Indy Go [12] is the public bus system.^ By not having to rely on public transportation systems you can just jump in to your car and off you go!

It travels throughout the city and suburbs. .Single fares are $1.75, day passes are available for $4, and all buses are equipped with two bike-racks.^ The city hosts many races, including two of the largest single-day sporting events in the world: the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
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^ This coming weekend we’re headed out to Latrobe, PA to practice the Philly All Americans for two days at the Smart Parts Complex.

.The bus system is a very nice way to travel with the one exception of frequency—outside of rush hour routes, you can find yourself with a 30+ minute wait.^ You'll find discount travel ...
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^ No listing is older than 30 days, which means that rental properties you find on Rentals.com are current with what's available.
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.Perhaps the most useful route for visitors is #17 College [13], which runs between all of the city's most popular dining and nightlife strips.^ I knew about the cities under the state reports, but I was hoping there was a way to run them all at once.
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^ Experts say a unique four-way partnership that includes the Pacers and Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association may be the favorite to run the city's sports and convention venues.
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^ Our events are run by our members and most are all free to attend.
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.It runs between Broad Ripple Ave and Downtown, where it travels along the popular Mass Ave strip, and loops around Capitol, Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland.^ Broad Ripple Ave is lined with...
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^ Average Joe's Sports Pub & Grub UP TO $25.00 VALUE 814-16 Broad Ripple Ave.
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^ Travel from Mass Ave to Fountain Square to other pockets of art greatness around the city and end up at the closing reception (the venue for this changes each month.
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Runs roughly M-F 5AM-9:30PM, Sa 6AM-9:30PM, Su 7PM-9PM.
.#8 Washington St [14] is a good route to travel quickly west of downtown to the Zoo and the Canal.^ Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art 500 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-636-WEST Unique museum offering Native American and Western art in downtown Indianapolis.

^ Indianapolis Zoo 1200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46222 317-630-2000 The Indianapolis Zoo is within walking distance of downtown, and its open exhibit areas feature 350 different animal species.

^ W Washington St - Indianapolis, United States Courtyard Surrounds Travelers With The Conveniences That Make Busines And Pleasure Travel Easy.
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.It runs west through downtown on Ohio, then down West St by the Canal, and then on old US-40/Washington St past the Zoo, and then all the way out to the Airport.^ Site located on the se corner at the intersection of west washington street (us 40) and raceway road on the...
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^ To celebrate the release of Disney's newest holiday film due out November 6, Disney has literally laid down track all over the country with a special train tour.
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^ The All American Horse Classic runs through Saturday the 12th.
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M-F 9AM-11PM, Sa 6AM-10PM, Su 7AM-7PM.
.#18 Nora [15] runs up from the Downtown loop around Capitol, Ohio, Delaware, and Maryland up Meridian St past the Children's Museum.^ I'd love to go downtown and visit the The Children's Museum of Indianapolis without my kids, The Eldest Princess (who's 7) and the Youngest Princess (18 months old).
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^ The Green Room at The Music Mill UP TO $18.00 VALUE 3720 East 82nd St. Indianapolis, IN .
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^ Mama Java's UP TO $5.00 VALUE 101 W. Ohio St. Indianapolis, IN .
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M-F 6AM-9:15PM, Sa 8AM-9:15PM, Su limited.
.#38 Lafayette Square [16] is another convenient tourist route, as it runs up Meridian St past the Children's Museum from the Downtown loop, and then west on 38th past the beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art.^ Renew at the Westin and enjoy some great attractions: Indianapolis Childrens' Museum, Eitlejorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art or a concert at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

^ I'm having a hard time choosing between the Indianapolis State Museum  (pictured left) in Downtown Indianapolis and Conner Prairie  in nearby Fishers because I love both.
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^ Museums include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions, and a renowned children's museum.
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M-F 7AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-9PM, 9:30AM-7:30PM.

By bike

Biking [17] is easy due to the flat terrain. .Indy offers a variety of bike paths throughout the city, including the Monon Trail and the Central Canal.^ Newspaper article from: Nation's Cities Weekly; 6/21/2004; 700+ words ; Indianapolis has much to offer attendees to the...will get the opportunity to experience Indianapolis in a variety of ways.
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^ Indianapolis to host Congress of Cities and exposition: city offers variety of activities, attractions for conference attendees.
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.Currently under construction is The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, scheduled to be complete by 2011. This world-class bike and pedestrian path will mark an interconnectivity that no other city of Indianapolis' size can achieve, connecting the city's five downtown Cultural Districts, neighborhoods, and entertainment amenities, and serving as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.^ Filed under: Car Rental - 09 Jan 2010 Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana is an exiting city to visit for both tourists and business people alike, this article details the benefits of hiring a car on your journey.

^ Indianapolis, the capital of the State of Indiana, has a reputation for safety, a low cost of living, cleanliness, world-class sports and hospitality, which attracts many international students, visitors and businesses.
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^ Wholesale District Once a humble discount shopping destination, the Wholesale District has become Downtown Indianapolis' central commercial and cultural hub.
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.Also new as of 2008, Mayor Greg Ballard has announced a plan to make Indianapolis a bike-friendly city for those venturing out on open, and often busy, roads.^ A new English-style pub and restaurant is planned for Fountain Square, a new bakery is coming to Fishers and Firehouse Subs plans to open its second Indianapolis-area location near 86th Street and Michigan Road.
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^ Indianapolis sparkles, study says Magazine article from: Indianapolis Business Journal; 8/10/1998; ; 700+ words ; A lot of things are going right in Indianapolis , according to a new University of...city and its suburbs.
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^ Cosmopolitan with Midwestern appeal, Indianapolis is fast becoming one of America’s favorite cities.” -Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler, May 2008 .
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.The plan includes constructing 200 miles of additional bike lanes throughout the next 15 years.^ The 400-mile NASCAR event hosted at the Speedway has a 15 year history in the racing capital of the world.
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^ The Auburn-based auto auction has filed lawsuits in DeKalb County seeking more than $2 million and plans to file up to 15 more lawsuits in the next several weeks.
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^ If you plan to visit Indianapolis next year, schedule the trip on the last of next May and try to manage an entry.

By taxi

.Cabs [18] are readily available mainly downtown and in Broad Ripple Village.^ Crackers' Broad Ripple and downtown locations are the only remaining comedy clubs in Indianapolis.
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^ Downtown Indy and Broad Ripple.
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Call ahead: Taxis generally cannot be flagged down.
  • Indiana State Capitol 200 W. Washington St. +1 317 233-5293. [19] ($ parking) Completed in 1888, this is the hub for Indy's government. .Originally the state capitol was in Corydon, in Southern Indiana, and in 1825 it was moved to Indy.^ So…why would the state need to move the state house (capitol) from Corydon?
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    ^ INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State Police have called in extra troopers to help work dozens of crashes on snow-covered highways in southern and central Indiana.
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    ^ It even mentions names of businessmen who moved from Corydon to Indianapolis when the capitol was moved.
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    .Featuring Italian Renaissance, Greek, and Corinthian design the building is made from Indiana limestone.^ The Children's Museum of Indiana is a massive space designed entirely for kids, featuring theatres and a planetarium.

    .Look up for the amazing German stained glass window, take guided or personal tours, or observe the government "at work".
  • Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument 1 Monument Circle.^ In the mid 1800's the mansion was demolished and replaced by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument .
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    ^ The Indiana Statehouse and the obeliskesque Soldiers and Sailors Monument are twin landmarks trumpeting the neighborhood's weighty stature.
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    ^ Let's take a game-by-game look at the players who are banged up right now.
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    +1 317 232-7615. [20] ($ parking) This is the famous statue right in the heart of the city. .Built in 1902, it stands only 15 feet shorter then the Statue of Liberty.^ The Hot Hare likeness of the Energizer Bunny, which has been the star of entertaining Energizer Battery commercials since October 1989, stands at 175 feet when fully inflated 25 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.
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    .The art work built into the monument is moving - bloody Civil War battles and freed slaves.^ Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum Monument Circle Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-232-7615 Unique gallery offering a look into the Civil War along with local re-enactment videos and more.

    Miss Liberty on top faces South, protecting the North from the Confederacy. .Housed in the basement is the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War museum, and you can take a ride up to the top of the tower to look out over the city.^ Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum Monument Circle Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-232-7615 Unique gallery offering a look into the Civil War along with local re-enactment videos and more.

    ^ If you’ve brought friends along, take a trip to the local grocery store and stock up tailgating items.

    ^ Make sure that you can see something great during your travel dates when visiting the Indianapolis area by taking advantage of the Murat Centre Venue by looking up what is available during your travel dates.

    Museum is free, the tower trip costs $1.
  • Indiana War Memorial 400 N. Meridian St. +1 317 232-7615.[21] ($ parking) A seven-block district featuring the neoclassical memorial. .The memorial features an amazing performance/lecture hall and a free war museum documenting all US Wars.^ Free admission to Indy museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is offering free admission to the Museum and the narrated track tour on Wednesday, Dec.
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    ^ From the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to Nordstrom , experience it all with Starwood Hotels!

    Free.
  • Scottish Rite Cathedral 650 N. Meridian St. +1 317 262-3100. [22] Considered one of the worlds architectural masterpieces, it is the world's biggest Scottish Rite cathedral. Take a tour and explore the huge pipe organ, floating dance floor, handcrafted art glass windows, learn about the mystery of Freemasonry and grab a bite to eat in the cafe.
  • Indianapolis Zoo 1200 W. Washington St. +1 317 630-2001. [23] ($ parking) The zoo is part of the White River State Park, near downtown. .The Indianapolis Zoo is home to the Dolphin Adventures Gallery and Dome.^ Nearby the hotel are such attractions as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the RCA Dome, the Circle Center Mall, Conseco Field, the Indianapolis Zoo, and Victory Field Baseball Stadium.
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    ^ Guests of the Hyatt Place Hotel Keystone Indianapolis will be able to visit Conner Prairie, Conseco Field House, the RCA Dome, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Children's Museum, and more.
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    ^ They will be able to visit the Indianapolis Zoo, the Children's Museum, the RCA Dome, the Motor Speedway, and much more.
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    The underwater dolphin viewing dome is the first of its kind. Be sure to catch a dolphin show, free with admission. The "Oceans" exhibit features a shark touch tank. .Other areas include the Plains, the Forest, the Desert, and a petting zoo.^ Other major Indianapolis area employers include Clarian Health, Sallie Mae, Cook Group, Rolls Royce, and General Motors.
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    .Check out different animal talks throughout the day.^ So whether you live in Indianapolis or are visiting during an extended Labor Day Vacation, check out this fun event.
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    There are opportunities to feed the animals for an extra charge. .Amusement rides such as the small roller coaster, carousel and train are extra, too.^ Enjoy the dolphin shows and seasonal pony, train and family roller coaster rides.

    Zoo grounds are a non-smoking environment. .Admission is charged for the Indianapolis Zoo, which also includes admission to White River Gardens.^ Some of the most popular attractions in the area around the Comfort Inn & Suites North Pyramids Indianapolis include the Children's Museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Zoo.
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    ^ The hotel is located near businesses such as the IUPUI University and Methodist Hospital, as well as fun sites to include Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Conseco Fieldhouse, White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo.
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    ^ Also, this Indianapolis hotel is within walking distance to the state capitol, the Indianapolis business district, RCA Dome and Convention Center, Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Park and many other points of interest.

    Community Tuesdays, throughout the year, also offer a discounted admission.
  • Crown Hill Cemetery 700 W. 38th St. +1 317 925-8231. [24] It's the third largest cemetery in the United States and is considered the "Best Walking Tour" in Indy by Indianapolis Monthly. Tours explore the Gothic Chapel and Waiting Station from the late 1800s and famous grave sites. .You can also pick up a map at the office for free and explore the cemetery by foot, car or bike.^ Land Developer (if you like to explore and use maps).
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    ^ Print this and hang it up in your office, your gym, your school, or anywhere else you can think of.

    Hundreds of soldiers are buried in a beautiful war burial ground. .Famous graves include John Dillinger, Frederick Dusenberg, Booth Tarkington, James Whitcomb Riley, Colonel Eli Lilly, President Benjamin Harrison and others.^ Historic James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, itself a beautifully preserved structure, tells the story of Lockerbie Square as well as that of the poet himself.
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    ^ James Whitcomb Riley Home Museum .
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    ^ James Whitcomb Riley Home .
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    Military gravestones at Crown Hill Cemetery
    Military gravestones at Crown Hill Cemetery
  • White River Gardens 1200 W. Washington St. +1 317 630-2001. [25] ($ parking) The gardens are a part of the White River State Park. .Over 3 acres of gardens and pathways along the White River.^ Leisurely walkways, manicured gardens, top-flight museums and cute condominiums line its banks, all leading the way to White River State Park.
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    ^ Posted Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Casey Mullins White River Gardens is about to go through a transformation.
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    ^ White River Gardens .
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    .There is also the Hilbert Conservatory, which is the showplace for different flowers, plants, and special attractions (such as butterflies) throughout the year.^ There are also maps based on year that show which areas have become “counties”, indicating the spread of population throughout the state.
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    ^ Special exhibits are featured throughout the year and often showcase a specific nationally renowned athlete.

    The grounds to the gardens are non-smoking. .Admission is charged for White River Gardens, and price includes admission to the Indianapolis Zoo.^ Some of the most popular attractions in the area around the Comfort Inn & Suites North Pyramids Indianapolis include the Children's Museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis Zoo.
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    ^ Park Place at City Centre 1152 N White River Pkwy Indianapolis, IN 46222 3 Star Relax in a spacious apartment-style suite at Park Place.
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    ^ Wyndham Hotel West Indianapolis 2544 Executive Drive 6.1 mi Business travelers and vacationers frequent the Wyndham Hotel West Indianapolis for many reasons, one being the convenient location to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Zoo, and White River Gardens.
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    Community Tuesdays, throughout the year, offer a discounted admission.
  • American Legion National Headquarters 700 N. Pennsylvania St. +1 317 630-1200. [26] ($ parking) Situated in the heart of downtown Indy with a beautiful mall that reminds one of D.C. Check out the museum that features hundreds of World War I & II posters and artifacts, check out a diorama of Jessica Lynch's rescue, explore the grounds and learn about the Legions history.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Garden 2505 Conservatory Dr. +1 317 327-7184. [27] Located inside of Garfield Park, the Conservatory houses 10,000 square feet of plants from all over the world. The Sunken Gardens, built in 1916, are three acres of European classical formal gardens. Gardens change based on the season. Visiting the gardens is free, however guided tours are $1 per person.
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial 650 W. Washington St. +1 317 261-6646 [28] ($ parking). .Monument that is part of White River State Park that pays tribute to over 3,000 Medal of Honor recipients.^ This popular event ends with a huge concert at The Lawn at White River State Park on September 26 and 27.

    ^ The monument is located right on the canal behind the Indiana State Museum and borders Military Park to the north.
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    ^ Park Place at City Centre 1152 N White River Pkwy Indianapolis, IN 46222 3 Star Relax in a spacious apartment-style suite at Park Place.
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    Ranges from Civil War through modern day clashes. It is made up of 27 curved glass walls, each 7-10 feet high, and etched with the names. It's quite breathtaking - especially at night! .Free.
  • Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium 4600 Sunset Ave.^ Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler University 4600 Sunset Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46208 317-940-8333 Features the largest telescope in Indian, a planetarium show, a visit to the clockroom, and telescope viewing.

    ^ Holcomb Observatory & Planetarium .
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    .+1 317 940-9333. [29] is on Butler University Campus.^ Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler University 4600 Sunset Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46208 317-940-8333 Features the largest telescope in Indian, a planetarium show, a visit to the clockroom, and telescope viewing.

    .About 10 minutes from downtown.^ Our Marriott hotel in Carmel IN is located just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and 10 minutes from downtown C ...
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    ^ The La Quinta Inn Indianapolis East Post Drive is just 10 minutes from downtown off I-70, convenient to such attractions as the Indianapolis ...
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    .It's one of the largest public observatories in the world, the 38-inch Cassegrain telescope is the largest in Indiana.^ Kokomo, Indiana: World's Largest Preserved Steer .
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    ^ Kokomo, Indiana: World's Largest Sycamore Stump .
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    Weekend tours are available only, since students use the observatory during the week. Check website or call for times. Private tours are also available. $3 for adults, $2 for children.
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  • Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens 4000 Michigan Ave.^ Oldfields Lilly House and Gardens .
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    +1 317 923-1331. [30] An amazing home located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This is the former estate of the Lilly's. .Located on 26-acre grounds with a 22-room mansion, gardens and museum.^ The Indianapolis Museum of Art has art from all periods; sculpture and botanical gardens surround the entire museum with a lake on the grounds.

    .Check out country estate living in the 1930s, and explore the beautiful home and antiques that the family acquired.^ And it's family friendly, so check it out!

    ^ So whether you live in Indianapolis or are visiting during an extended Labor Day Vacation, check out this fun event.
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    ^ Search Evansville homes for sale , find Evansville real estate , and check Evansville home prices .
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    The gardens are beautiful and feature many pathways and fountains. .Be sure to also check out the garden shop where you can purchase plants grown on the grounds.^ Being a Newly Renovated Hotel we want to make sure you know about our new Garden Sleep System beds.

    ^ If you're coming from out of town for the Titans game, or any other, call me to check for Indianapolis group travel options!

    ^ So if you don't have plans tomorrow, paddle your way downtown and check out Indy's first (hopefully of many) Regatta.
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    Admission is free, although they may charge for special exhibitions.
The colossal Indiana War Memorial
The colossal Indiana War Memorial
  • Children's Museum of Indianapolis 3000 N. Meridian St. +1 317 334-3322. [31] This museum is the largest children's museum in the world. In March 2006, it unveiled artist Dale Chihuly's largest blown glass exhibit, Fireworks of Glass. It is a glass sculpture that rises 43 feet tall. .Children (and adults alike) can dig for "dinosaur fossils", catch a planetarium show, view the miniature trains, ride the carousel and so much more.^ Activities include preparing dinosaur bones at the Dino Discovery Lab, climbing a limestone wall, riding the world-famous carousel and soaring through space in the SpaceQuest Planetarium.

    ^ Enjoy the dolphin shows and seasonal pony, train and family roller coaster rides.

    ^ Indiana State Fair 317-927-7500 The Indiana State Fair features 4-H events, a midway with plenty of rides, food vendors, children’s games, exhibits, juried events, concerts and much more.

    .There are also temporary exhibits to check out as well.^ Check out this exhibit .
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    $13.50 adults, $8.50 ages 2-17, $12.50 seniors 60+. .Free on Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, El Dia de Los Ninos, and Christmas Eve and from 4-8PM on the first Thursday of every month.^ CELEBRATE MLK DAY Come Downtown to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for activities.
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    ^ Free tours on Saturday and Sundays and free wine tastings every day of the week, you don't need much more reason to stop by and relax.
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    ^ Free Days of Indy Christmas."
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    .Free parking.
  • Indiana State Museum 650 W. Washington.^ Cinedome-The Children's Museum Clay Township Museum Indiana Historical Society Indiana Medical History Museum Indiana State Museum National Art Museum of Sport Race Tracks .
    • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Don't miss the Indiana State Museum, right on the canal, with its comprehensive overview of Hoosier history.
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    ^ Indiana State Museum .
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    .+1 317 232-1637. [32] The state museum's new home is one of the most beautiful in the country.^ She is an Attorney in Law in her home country and worked for the State Auditor.
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    ^ One minor mental error can be the difference between a story book ending to a season and another gut wrenching drive home across the country.

    Learn about the beginnings of Indy - from dinosaurs and fossil finds to the Civil War, World War II and so forth. .Explore a hall dedicated to famous Hoosiers, enjoy the IMAX theater, special events, and walk the grounds of White River State Park exploring the sculpture garden dedicated to the counties of Indiana.^ They and several other artists pay tribute to the massive influence of Bob Dylan at the Hoosier Dylan event, this Saturday at the Athanaeum Theater downtown.

    ^ The Indianapolis Museum of Art has art from all periods; sculpture and botanical gardens surround the entire museum with a lake on the grounds.

    ^ The hotel is located near businesses such as the IUPUI University and Methodist Hospital, as well as fun sites to include Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Conseco Fieldhouse, White River State Park, and the Indianapolis Zoo.
    • Indianapolis Hotels: Deals on Hotel Reservations in Indianapolis, IN 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.hotelscombined.com [Source type: General]

    A must see. Standard admission: $7 adult, $4 ages 3-12, $6.50 seniors 60+. IMAX admission extra, discount combo passes are available. First Tuesday of the month, admission half off. Parking with validation $3
  • National Art Museum of Sports 850 W. Michigan St. +1 317 274-3627. [33] ($ parking) One of the largest collections of sports themed arts in the world. .Check out over 800 pieces of art about over 40 different sports.^ And if you're still thinking about running away to join the circus check out the Aptitude Test here .
    • Indianapolis IN Hotels 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Calendar on their website for more details.
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    Artists featured include Winslow Homer, LeRoy Neiman, Odgen Pleissner and more. .Free admission.
  • Museum of Miniature Houses 111 E. Main St, Carmel.^ Free admission to Indy museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is offering free admission to the Museum and the narrated track tour on Wednesday, Dec.
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    +1 317 575-9466. [34] This is a rare find, a museum that caters specifically to miniature homes, room boxes and vignettes. They also have a gift shop and a children's play area. Very unique. .About 20 minutes from downtown Indy.^ Our Marriott hotel in Carmel IN is located just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and 10 minutes from downtown C ...
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    ^ Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Lindsay Gill September is a great month for things to do, music to hear and people to see in downtown Indy!

    $4 adults, $2 children under .10.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art 340 N. Senate.^ Indianapolis Museum of Art .
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    ^ Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art .
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    ^ Guests at the Clarion Inn & Suites Northwest Indianapolis will be able to visit the Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and other attractions.
    • Indianapolis Hotels: Deals on Hotel Reservations in Indianapolis, IN 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.hotelscombined.com [Source type: General]

    .+1 317 63-IMOCA. [35] A coalition of local arts have come together to put together this beautiful masterpiece of galleries featuring regional, national and international modern art exhibits.^ Indianapolis International Airport (IND) Mount Comfort Airport (MQJ) Art Galleries & Dealers .
    • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

    .Gallery is free, donations are accepted.
  • Indianapolis Firefighters Museum & Historical Society 748 Mass.^ Free admission to Indy museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is offering free admission to the Museum and the narrated track tour on Wednesday, Dec.
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    ^ If you're looking for a beautiful, unique, historical and free thing to do just outside downtown Indianapolis?
    • Indianapolis History 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Cinedome-The Children's Museum Clay Township Museum Indiana Historical Society Indiana Medical History Museum Indiana State Museum National Art Museum of Sport Race Tracks .
    • Indianapolis, Indiana IN - Motels, Hotels, Inns, Lodging 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.roadsideamerica.com [Source type: General]

    Ave. .+1 317 262-5161. Learn about the founding and history of Indy's firefighters, check out the antique hand pumper, horse drawn fire cart, horse drawn steam pumper and more.^ Indianapolis Firefighters Museum & Historical Society 748 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-262-5161 Browse through the museum dedicated to the fire department of Indianapolis and firefighting history in general.

    ^ It's your chance to learn a little more about Indianapolis History (and just learn period) for free!
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    ^ Egyptian history was one of my favorite areas of history when I was in school, so seeing some of these artifacts and learning more about each one will be a great experience.
    • Indianapolis History 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    .Also be sure to visit the Indy Firefighters Memorial too.^ I hopped on over to the Visit Indy site and sure enough, there she was.
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    Free.
  • Crispus Attucks Museum 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. +1 317 226-2432. [36] Located inside of Crispus Attucks school, this museum celebrates Indy's African American heritage with art galleries, school history, and student achievement.
  • Indiana Medical History Museum 3045 W. Vermont St. +1 317 635-7329. [37] Located in the old pathology building on the grounds of the now closed Central State Hospital - an ex-mental hospital that serviced Hoosiers for years, and might be haunted. .It's the oldest pathology building in the country and is in the National Register of Historic Places.^ Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis , the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at Historic Union Station is 'hou ...
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    ^ Search the National Register for historic properties Search the Library of Congress National Historic Landmark search Housing & Real Estate .
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    .The museum offers a tour that shows off crazy medical equipment, preserved medical specimens, and so forth.^ Free admission to Indy museum: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is offering free admission to the Museum and the narrated track tour on Wednesday, Dec.
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    Quite creepy, chilling and fascinating. $5 adults, $3 university students with i.d., $1 children. AAA and AARP discounts available.
  • James Whitcomb Riley Home & Museum 528 Lockerbie St. +1 317 631-5885. [38] Visit the home where this legendary poet and author lived out the last half of his life. .Riley is known as "The Children's Poet". The home has been featured in Architectural Digest and is considered one of the finest preserved Victorian homes in the country.^ One minor mental error can be the difference between a story book ending to a season and another gut wrenching drive home across the country.

    Take a tour and see his belongings, antiques collection and history. $3 adults, $.50 ages 7-17, $2 seniors. Limited free parking.
  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art 500 W. Washington St. +1 317 636-WEST. [39] The museum is the only one of it's kind in the Midwest. Featuring western art by T.C. Cannon, N. C. Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Allan Houser, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Kay Walkingstick. .The museum also focuses on Native American history featuring artifacts, art, and history about our nations first people.^ The sale features goods from both the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Indiana State Museum's Indiana Store (which is stocked with great IN made products INCLUDING Vera Bradley Bags which will be up to 50% off!
    • Indianapolis History 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    ^ National Art Museum of Sport 850 West Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 317-274-3627 The National Art Museum of Sport features a variety of paintings, sculptures, silkscreen prints and more focusing on more than 40 sports categories.

    ^ Egyptian history was one of my favorite areas of history when I was in school, so seeing some of these artifacts and learning more about each one will be a great experience.
    • Indianapolis History 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    Enjoy lunch at the restaurant too. .Located within White River State Park, check into a park pass for admission to all seven of the park's attractions.^ This popular event ends with a huge concert at The Lawn at White River State Park on September 26 and 27.

    ^ Leisurely walkways, manicured gardens, top-flight museums and cute condominiums line its banks, all leading the way to White River State Park.
    • Travel Guide - Indianapolis - Southwest Airlines 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC travel.southwest.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The Canal and White River State Park The Canal and White River State Park tell the story of Indianapolis' segue from the industrial cloud of the past into a bright, shining future.
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    $8 adults, $5 children 5-17 and students with id, $7 seniors 65+. Free parking.
  • President Benjamin Harrison Home 1230 Delaware St. +1 317 631-1888. [40] So far, Indy's only president, serving one term (1889-1893). .Take a tour of this Civil War hero's home, this beautiful 1875 home built in the Italianate Victorian school.^ There will be tours to take, galleries to visit, and you can even buy fall plants for your own grounds at home.
    • Indianapolis IN Hotels 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Holiday Inn Select INDIANAPOLIS-AIRPORT 2501 S. High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46241 Nightly Rates: ($159.00 - $159.00) 3 Star Take a video tour.
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    It's three stories, and filled with antiques, art, political memorabilia and personal artifacts. The carriage house in the back features a First Ladies exhibit. Throughout the year they have fun events, that often include amazing re-enactors, performing as Indiana historical figures. They also host Victorian murder mystery tours, a naturalization ceremony and the always fun croquet tournament. $8 adults, $3 children 5-17, $6 seniors 65+. .AAA discount available.
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd.^ Check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Calendar on their website for more details.
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    ^ The Penrod Arts Fair takes place on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

    ^ You can't go wrong with the Lilly House and Indianapolis Museum of Art (they share the same campus.
    • Indianapolis History 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    .+1 317 923-1331. [41] Recently reopened following a multi-million dollar renovation it's one of the most beautiful buildings in the country for fine art.^ The $1.2 million investment in carpeting, bedding, and new furnishing will allow us to be the most newly renovated hotel in Indianapolis' downtown.

    Founded in 1883, thsi is one of the oldest art museums in the country, boasting over 50,000 pieces of a art and an amazing public art library. Exhibits include Contemporary Art, European Art, Asian Art, African Art, Textile Art and more. Rotating and traveling exhibits are abundant. .Experience hands on exhibits where you can create your own art, walk the amazing grounds exploring the sculptures, gardens and homes, shop at the museum store and eat and drink at the IMA Cafe and Wolfgang Puck's namesake restaurant- this is the city he got his start in.^ Share your own art and fiction!
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    ^ Comments (3) Awesome Autumn "Egg"sperience at the IMA Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Cherie Lowe Well, I honestly almost feel like I'm insulting your intelligence when I tell you one of the best things to do in Indianapolis for free is to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art .
    • Indianapolis IN Hotels 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Nothing says welcome home like well lit hallways, your luggage arriving before you make it off your plane and fresh modern art installments to entertain you the whole way to baggage claim.
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    On Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9PM, the museum has a special "happy hour" for hip and artsy socialites at Puck's featuring cocktails and hor'dourves. Free admission. .Special exhibits and events may have an admission charge.
  • Conner Prairie Living History Museum 13400 Allisonvile Rd., Fishers.^ I'm having a hard time choosing between the Indianapolis State Museum  (pictured left) in Downtown Indianapolis and Conner Prairie  in nearby Fishers because I love both.
    • Indianapolis IN Hotels 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    .+1 317 776-6006 [42] Settled in the 1880s, Conner Prairie is an Indiana tradition for those interested in learning about Indiana living 'back in the day.'^ By the way, if you're interested in learning more about Topix, visit our blog .
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    ^ I think about those 60 days we had to get our shit together.

    ^ For those of you going through fair withdrawals, Conner Prairie is hosting the Country Fair this weekend.
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    .With volunteers dressed in period-costume year round you are able to experience every aspect of the way of life - from blacksmithing to cooking, games and schooling, farming and church.^ You can get up close and personal with the animals and the performers for a once in a life time experience!
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    ^ For those that don't....Polyamory is a belief that you can love more than one person...not just sexually...but in every way intimately.
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    ^ Throughout this period, you can experience an outstanding repertoire of classic creations by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra…how do we know this?

    .Start at the modern museum learning about the science and anthropological history, then head to the living history museum featuring authentic buildings from the 1880s.^ It's your chance to learn a little more about Indianapolis History (and just learn period) for free!
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    ^ Albert Einstein This is a place to meet fellow vegetarians and vegans or learn more about veggie living.
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    Current exhibits involves Native American regional language sponsored by History Channel. In the summer the grounds feature 'Symphony on the Prairie' where one can picnic in the evening and enjoy live classical and pops performances. Halloween features haunted hay rides and the Holiday season includes dinners, candlelight tours and other celebrations. Restaurants on hand and a gift shop too. $11 adults, $7 youth, $10 seniors 65+. Admission November through March is $4. Free parking.
  • Indiana Historical Society 450 W. Ohio St. 1+ 317 232-1882. [43] An amazing place to visit for those interested in the people and places that make up every bit of our state. .Featuring a state-of-the-art research library, music room, film viewing room, gift shop and cafe.^ Forging a Hoosier Legend  Exhibit at the Indiana State Library , an amazingly beautiful building and research facility in its own right.
    • Indianapolis IN Hotels 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

    ^ There are theaters, markets, museums, restaurants, cafes, sports, restaurants, shopping,restaurantss and music all within walking distance of any downtown Indianapolis hotels.
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    Special events include "A Century of Black Film," "Hoosiers In Hollywood" and "The Faces of Lincoln." .Located snugly on the White River Canal.^ The Canal and White River State Park The Canal and White River State Park tell the story of Indianapolis' segue from the industrial cloud of the past into a bright, shining future.
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    ^ Canal/White River State Park .
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    ^ The Canal and White River State Park .
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    .Free.
  • Lucas Oil Stadium Home of the Indianapolis Colts.^ We are one of the hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium.

    ^ Full Stats » Sports Home NFL Indianapolis Colts YAHOO! SPORTS .
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    ^ The hotel is near the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Motor Speedw ...
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    The stadium seats 63,000 people, but tickets are often sold out.
  • Conseco Fieldhouse 125 Pennsylvania St. +1 317 917-2727. [44] Home of the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and the NBA's Indiana Pacers. The Fieldhouse seats over 18,000 fans and regularly holds concerts and other events.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame 4790 W. 16th St. +1 317 492-6747. [45] Located inside the home of the Indy 500, this is the world's largest collection of racing, classic, and antique cars. .Check out 30 of the Indy 500 winner's cars, a 20 minute film about the history of the race, a gift shop and cafe.^ And if you're still thinking about running away to join the circus check out the Aptitude Test here .
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    ^ So if you don't have plans tomorrow, paddle your way downtown and check out Indy's first (hopefully of many) Regatta.
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    ^ Wheeler, at Indy over the weekend instead of at Charlotte's Lowe's Motor Speedway, which he ran for more than 30 years for Bruton Smith, has been noncommittal about the Indy affair.
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    .You also can pay a few bucks to ride in a bus around the actual race track (at about 40 miles an hour, ha!^ And of course the Queen wouldn't want you to blow your bucks at the Circus without saving a few so here are your best bets for a successful circus trip that doesn't leave you needing to join the circus just to pay off your tickets.
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    ). $3 for adults, $1 for children.
  • .
  • NCAA Hall of Champions 700 W. Washington.^ NCAA Hall of Champions .
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    .+1 317 916-HALL. [46] This is the headquarters of the NCAA, located in White River State Park.^ This popular event ends with a huge concert at The Lawn at White River State Park on September 26 and 27.

    ^ Park Place at City Centre 1152 N White River Pkwy Indianapolis, IN 46222 3 Star Relax in a spacious apartment-style suite at Park Place.
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    ^ Leisurely walkways, manicured gardens, top-flight museums and cute condominiums line its banks, all leading the way to White River State Park.
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    Explore the history of college athletics - from hockey to basketball, cross-country skiing to football. .Check out a film about NCAA sports, and be sure to check out the spirit section.^ You can check out our team spirit on our Facebook page photo gallery!

    ^ And if you're still thinking about running away to join the circus check out the Aptitude Test here .
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    Gift shop, too! $3 adults, $2 students, free for kids under 5.
  • Indiana University Natatorium
[47] Located on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the IU Natatorium is one of the marquee swimming & diving venues in the world. The Nat has hosted countless nationally recognized events, including USA Olympic trials, the 2003 Mega Zone Championships and the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. The Natatorium is also home to the annual IHSAA boys and girls swimming championships, along with housing various swimming clubs from across the Midwest.
  • Indianapolis Art Center 820 E. 67th St. +1 317 255-2464. [48] was formed in 1934 and continues to be one of the Midwest's premier community art centers. .Check out one of the many local art exhibits, take an affordable art class, relax and read a book in the beautiful library, shop at the art gallery gift shop and don't pass up the amazing ARTSPARK located around the White River and the natural grounds.^ Check out this exhibit .
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    ^ Forging a Hoosier Legend  Exhibit at the Indiana State Library , an amazingly beautiful building and research facility in its own right.
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    ^ R Bistro is one such restaurant, with its constantly evolving menu made up of locally sourced ingredients.
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    ARTSPARK has interactive sculptures laid out through the 12 acres designed by Michael Graves, a Hoosier native known throughout the world for his architecture and design work. .Each summer you can check out the fun Broad Ripple Arts Fair, which features arts and crafts, food and booze, and live music galore on the grounds.^ If you're coming from out of town for the Titans game, or any other, call me to check for Indianapolis group travel options!

    ^ So if you don't have plans tomorrow, paddle your way downtown and check out Indy's first (hopefully of many) Regatta.
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    ^ And since you're all in the mood of saving money and doing fun things in Indianapolis, check out Visit Indy's Restaurant Coupon Page to have some dinner out on the cheap after all that learnin'.
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    .Free.
  • Madame Walker Theatre 617 Indiana Ave.^ Madam C.J. Walker Theatre Center Gift Shop contains Walker memorabilia, stamps, books, dolls, clothing, African and .
    • Indianapolis Guide - SoulOfAmerica 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.soulofamerica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Madame Walker Theatre Center .
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    .+1 317 236-2099. [49] Visit the headquarters for the first self-made female millionaire, Madam C.J. Walker (she spelled her 'Madam' without the "e"), built in the early 1900s, Walker came from cotton field beginnings to start her own line of beauty products for African American women.^ First and foremost, we had made it through the season financially without collapsing due to lack of sponsorship money.

    ^ Boys start tasting blood early on and the feast begins right out of the gate.

    .Visit the original salon where people still get their hair done, see a concert or play at the theatre, and take a tour of the grounds.
  • Dean Johnson Gallery 646 Mass Ave.^ There will be tours to take, galleries to visit, and you can even buy fall plants for your own grounds at home.
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    ^ Mass Ave has the answer: expertly curated galleries, trendy boutiques, beloved restaurants and friendly neighborhood bars line its length.
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    +1 317 634-8020. [50] is the main hub and gallery for the renowned Dean Johnson Design group. Featuring exhibits from international, regional and local artists. The design group has designed logos and work for the NCAA, Kiwanis and other international events and businesses. A must visit for art and design lovers.
  • Domont Studio Gallery 545 South East St. +1 317 685-9634. [51] Local gallery and studio for artist John J Domont. .A beautiful space located in the historical Fletcher Place area.^ Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis , the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at Historic Union Station is 'hou ...
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    ^ Our location on the historical Monument Circle in the heart of beautiful downtown Indianapolis means the best of the city is a ...
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    Check out the artist at work, and buy a piece. He specializes in modern Indiana landscapes.
  • Stutz Artist Gallery 1005 N. Senate Ave. +1 317 833-7000. [52] Originally built in 1918 as the home of the Stutz automobile. Now, it houses numerous local artists, businesses and meeting spaces. Check out the "show room" featuring a collection of Stutz cars (Elvis drove a Stutz, ya know) and have a bite to eat at Bearcats.
  • Harrison Center for the Arts 1505 N. Delaware St. +1 317 396-3886. [53] Recently revamped gallery, art center, and conservatory. .Check out countless art galleries, VSA Arts, the Nature Conservancy and the beautiful Redeemer Presbyterian Church.^ You can check out our team spirit on our Facebook page photo gallery!

    ^ Check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Calendar on their website for more details.
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    .Punk and ska bands play in the basement on weekends, and on First Fridays they open their doors to good sized crowds of local art lovers who wander the halls drinking, eating and checking out art and music.^ This was the first national event they had all played together under the Mutiny banner, and they certainly kept their end of the agreement and made the Mutiny name look great!

    ^ Local advertisers and media buyers said they’ll keep a close eye on the first half of 2010 to see how Patrick, who launched his show Jan.
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    ^ No promises on when they'll actually be leaving but in case you missed them over the summer you really should check the giant scaled things out.
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    Great place to check out local art and local people.
  • Herron School of Art & Design Galleries 735 W. New York St. +1 317 278-9418. [54] On the campus of IUPUI this is the home to Indy's biggest art school. .Check out students studios, three galleries with regional and national art, and an outdoor sculpture gallery.
  • Noel Studio/The Sanctuary 75 N. Main St., Zionsville.^ You can check out our team spirit on our Facebook page photo gallery!

    ^ Check out the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Calendar on their website for more details.
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    +1 317 733-1117. [55] Studio of world-renowned artist N.A. Noel who is famous for her images of angels, children, Amish and more. Gallery features a cafe and gift shop too. Located in the arts community of Zionsville.
The Indiana State House
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The Indiana State House
  • Late April-Early May Indianapolis International Film Festival TBA Location.^ The hotel is conveniently located only 10 miles from Indianapolis International Airport.
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    ^ Conveniently located 7 miles east of Indiana State ...
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    ^ Welcome to the Holiday Inn Select Airport Indianapolis hotel!The Holiday Inn Select Airport Indianapolis Hotel is conveniently located across from the Indianapolis International Air ...
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    +1 317 513-9379 [56] Indie films are hosted in non-pretentious environments. Meetings, parties, lectures, and of course films! The group also hosts films throughout the city, throughout the year.
  • Early June Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Fest Military Park, 601 W. New York St. +1 800 832-WINE. [57] Over a dozen Indiana wineries come together in downtown Indy, offering samples of their finest. Restaurants from the city participate as well, serving up samples too. .Cooking classes show you how to cook with wine, and Indy's finest live music acts perform.^ I will miss listening to you a very class act on radio terrible decision on clear channels part .
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    There is a kid's activity area too for the under 21ers! Though it's rather not that exciting for the little ones.
  • Mid-June Indy Jazz Fest Military Park, 601 W. New York St. +1 317 940-9945. [58] A very popular event featuring jazz, blues, bluegrass, roots, r&b, zydeco, and fusion bands. Vendors also sell food and drinks. Past performers include Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Wynton Marsailes, BB King, Chris Isaak, Blind Boys of Alabama, Ray Charles, James Brown, and more.
  • Late-June Eiteljorg Indian Market Eiteljorg Museum. .+1 317 636-9378. [59] The Midwest's largest festival celebrating Native American culture and history.^ Military Park Downtown is the Chinese American Festival , with food, festivities and thousands of years of Chinese culture in one place for one (quite possibly perfect) day.
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    .Craft and art fair, performances, food and more.
  • Mid-July Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Downtown Indy.^ That same weekend, the Chinese American Festival kicks off with art, performances, food and Chinese medicine.

    +1 317 925-2707. [60] African Americans from all over head to Indy ever summer to celebrate life and culture. Lectures, community fairs, special events and don't forget the music - some of music's biggest starts come to town to celebrate. Everyone from Mary J. Blige to Public Enemy, Cameo to Barry White have made appearances. Traffic can be crazy and expect higher cover charges at nightclubs. .Fun for the entire family.
  • Early-Mid August Indiana State Fair State Fairgrounds.^ This year's Indiana State Fair will celebrate the state's $3 billion hog industry by putting hogs and pork products center stage during the 17-day fair.
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    ^ State Fair to toast Indiana's hog industry .
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    ^ This Indianapolis hotel is close to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana State Fairgrounds and Fort Benjamin Ha ...
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    [61] The biggest summer event in the state. A trip to Indiana isn't complete without a trip to the fair. Animals, crafts, art, rides, dancing, education, environmentalism, Hoosier Pride and FOOD!! I go at least 2-3 times within the two week period. They also have live music and concerts. Prairie Home Companion comes every other year.
  • Mid August Gen-Con Convention Center. .[62] The "best four days of gaming," in the world comes to Indianapolis every year.^ If you're coming from out of town for the Titans game, or any other, call me to check for Indianapolis group travel options!

    ^ On average, there are 186 sunny days per year in Indianapolis, IN. The July high is around 85 degrees.
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    ^ The Indianapolis New in Town Meetup Group The New-to-Indy group has been meeting for over four years, and the group has grown to over 500 members!
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    Thousands congregate from all over the world to play games of all types, meet sci-fi and fantasy film stars, purchase gamer goods and hang with others. .The freakiest time of the year in downtown Indy.
  • Late August-Early September Indy Fringe Festival On Mass Ave.^ Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Lindsay Gill September is a great month for things to do, music to hear and people to see in downtown Indy!

    .+1 317 822-4386. [63] A 10-festival of local, national and international theatre groups, performance art, visual artists and dance groups - uncensored and unique.^ That same weekend, the Chinese American Festival kicks off with art, performances, food and Chinese medicine.

    Fun, entertaining, and unlike anything else. Events are held at venues in short walking distance from each other on Mass Ave. .Great for all ages.
  • Late August-Early September Oktoberfest State Fairgrounds.^ Friday, August 14, 2009 by Lindsay Gill It's been all over the news lately: How will Indianapolis fix the Capital Improvement Board's $46 million deficit?

    ^ Thursday, August 20, 2009 by Lindsay Gill September is a great month for things to do, music to hear and people to see in downtown Indy!

    [64] Held annually since 1974, Oktoberfest is a celebration of German culture organized by the German-American Klub. The festival features German food and beer, along with other food vendors, live music (on at least two stages), shopping, and German dance exhibitions.
  • Late August-Early September Rib America Fest Military Park, 601 W. New York St. +1 317 566-2118. [65] Pig out on ribs, drink booze and listen to some tunes at this summer-time fest. A benefit for the March of Dimes, this is the national festivals stop in Indy. Last years performers featured REO Speedwagon, Hootie & The Blowfish and Charlie Daniels Band.
  • Early-Mid September International Violin Competition +1 317 637-4574. [66] Is an internationally acclaimed and attended contest.
  • Mid-September Indy Irish Fest Military Park, 601 W. New York St. +1 317 713-7117. [67] One of the most fun festivals of the year. .Celebrate your Irish (or lack of) heritage with dancing, musical acts, food, booze, sheep herding, Civil War re-enactments, Celtic Mass, a toast contest, rugby, soccer/football, and a kilted mile!^ Enjoy music, dancing, food and kid friendly activities like bounce houses.

    The festival has been featured on Food TV. Past performers include Gaelic Storm, The Prodidgals, and more.
  • Late September Normandy Festival 1201 E. 38th St. +1 800 259-5856. [68] A celebration of agriculture and good earth in Indiana. Enjoy the best of Indiana beer, wine, and food. .Farmer's market, antiques, fine art and crafts, book signings, live music, hayrides, kids crafts (make your own tie-dye!^ Share your own art and fiction!
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    ^ Live music, kids' entertainment like balloon artists, cookie decorating and even a special appearance by two beloved guests!

    ), petting zoo and demonstrations.
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  • Early October Circle City Classic RCA Dome, 100 S. Capitol.^ September will definitely gear you up for the first two weekends in October: Circle City Classic and then The Original and Fabulous Germanfest !

    .+1 317 237-5222. [69] Black college football's best teams come together to play great football and celebrate African American culture and influence in America.^ Black/African American .
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    .Music performances, special events, a parade...hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to enjoy the weekend in Indy.^ You also know our downtown Indy hotel is the host hotel and has a special room rate and package for the event.

    Benefits African American scholarships.

Outdoors

Indy Parks[70] features information and links regarding all Indianapolis public parks. Below is an example of some of the cities finest - that attract visitors and locals alike.
  • White River State Park 801 W. Washington St. +1 317 233-2434. [[71] (Free and $ parking) Home to the Indianapolis Zoo, White River Gardens, Victory Field, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theater, and NCAA Hall of Champions. .It also has the Governor's Lawn[72] near the river, which is host to concerts during each summer.^ This popular event ends with a huge concert at The Lawn at White River State Park on September 26 and 27.

    Central Canal is also located within the park. Park passes are available for purchase, entrance to all 7 of the main attractions is included in the pass.
  • Eagle Creek Park 7840 W. 56th St. +1 317 327-7110. [73] On the west side of Indy, this park boasts many amenities, including a nature center, fitness course, fishing areas, and bird sanctuary. .Fill your day with sailing, bird watching, fishing, rowing, hiking, swimming and much more.^ Business or Pleasure you will be treated to all the standard Days Inn extras that make your stay more enjoyable, like our FREE Da ...
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    .Only 10 minutes from downtown.^ Our Marriott hotel in Carmel IN is located just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and 10 minutes from downtown C ...
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    ^ The La Quinta Inn Indianapolis East Post Drive is just 10 minutes from downtown off I-70, convenient to such attractions as the Indianapolis ...
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    Admission charged.
  • Garfield Park 2345 Pagoda Dr. +1 317 327-7220. [74](Free parking) Oldest park in Indianapolis, established in 1881. Features include the Conservatory and Sunken Gardens, an Arts Center, MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts, Swimming pool and aquatic center, picnic shelters, pagoda, tennis courts, softball diamond, numerous trails, horse shoe courts, playgrounds, sledding hill and countless other park activities. Free to most activities.
  • Holliday Park 6363 Spring Mill Rd. +1 317 327-7180. [75] One of the oldest and coolest parks in town. Planted right on the White River with swamps, ponds, wildflower gardens, birdwatching sanctuaries, a renovated nature center, sculpture garden, and countless wildlife and plantlife. In the warm months parents take their kids to play on the best playground in the city, and locals picnic, lay out, read and host family gatherings at the extensive parkland. A great place to wade and rock collect too! 95 acres of trails and woodland, a must see.
  • Riverside Park 2420 E. Riverside Dr. +1 317 327-7171. [76] (Free parking) Founded in 1898, houses many athletic leagues, community activities and special events. It is situated on the White River. Amenities include a large family center, swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball & softball diamonds, boating, football fields and other sports fields and picnic areas. About five minutes from downtown. Free.
  • Broad Ripple Park 1550 Broad Ripple Ave. .+1 317 327-7161. [77] Established in 1946, Broad Ripple park was originally an amusement park.^ Broad Ripple Park .
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    Located on the White River. The park features a family center, swimming pool, playground, fitness trail, baseball diamond, tennis courts and boating. They have a great dog park, which does require a pass and proof of recent dog vaccinations. Everyday tons of dogs and their owners play in a well kept, fenced area. It can get very muddy when rainy or snowy. .Located within walking distance of Broad Ripple Village.^ Many restaurants located within walking distance of hotel and hotel ...
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    ^ Crackers' Broad Ripple and downtown locations are the only remaining comedy clubs in Indianapolis.
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    ^ Embassy Suites Indianapolis Downtown 110 West Washington Indianapolis, IN 46204 Nightly Rates: ($159.00 - $510.97) 4 Star The Embassy Suites Indianapolis - Downtown hotel is located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many downtown Indianapolis attractions.
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    Activities are free, dog pass rates vary.
  • Rent a paddle boat on the canal 801 W. Washington St. +1 317 233-2434. [78] Rent a paddle boat and roam the lengthy water of the White River canal system. .Explore tunnels and fountains, see fine outdoor art and people watch as you paddle around at your whimsy.^ If this is the case on our site, you can always call the hotel to see what "Room Type Selected At Check-In" really means and if your preferred room type is, in fact, available.

    ^ Go to work on Tuesday and let your co- workers be green with envy, that you were able to see the Fever win, and stay at a historic hotel of Indianapolis.

    .Be sure to enjoy a popsicle at the ice cream stand after your trek.
  • Picnic at James Whitcomb Riley's grave [79] Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a sunset at one of Indy's highest points with one of Indy's most beloved authors, located on the grounds of Crown Hill Cemetery.
  • Take a tour with Indiana Historical Society.^ While enjoying the ICO at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center – Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, stay at a historic hotel in Indianapolis!

    ^ Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis , the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at Historic Union Station is 'hou ...
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    ^ Located at one of the city*s most prominent intersections a skybridge provides an uninterr ...
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    340 W. Michigan St. +1 317 639-4534. [80] Located downtown, the IHS provides walking and bus tours of Indiana historical sites.
  • Walk the streets of Lockerbie [81] Located between North and Miami St in downtown Indianapolis. Dating back to 1847 it's the oldest surviving neighborhood in Indy. Featuring an amazing array of Victorian homes still maintained in their original beauty, mixed with some modern homes as well. Italianate, Federal and Queen Anne architecture line the streets. .Visit the website for a walking tour map.
  • Play croquet at President Benjamin Harrison's home 1230 N. Delaware St., +1 317 631-1888. [82] A charity event hosted in June.^ President Benjamin Harrison Home .
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    .Compete against amateurs and pros, celebrating Victorian heritage and enjoy lunch as well.
  • Ride on a gondola Ohio Street Basin at White River Canal +1 317 491-4836. [83] Available only during warm months, you can experience a bit of Venice in Indy.^ Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel 31 West Ohio Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 Nightly Rates: ($143.10 - $189.00) 3 Star A warm welcome awaits you at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel.
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    ^ Canal/White River State Park .
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    ^ The Canal and White River State Park .
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    .All ages are invited - for a public or private ride (private are more pricey).^ Aaron S. – Tutors & Private Instructor in Indianapolis, IN I have been working with students with exceptional needs for 9 years in a variety of settings and with all age groups.
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    Each ride includes lovely Italian songs sun and a tour of the Canal. And yes, they wear the striped shirts, hats and red sashes.
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway 4790 W. 16th St. +1 317 492-6747. [84] Is Indy's pride and joy sporting landmark. .Several of the world's most famous motor races take place here, including the Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and Red Bull MotoGP. Check out the museum, or a race depending on your visit.^ Best Western Indianapolis South 4450 Southport Crosing Drive Indianapolis, IN 46237 Nightly Rates: ($62.99 - $110.99) 3 Star This Indianapolis hotel is located 12 miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500, and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard racing.
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    ^ I don't know about your team, but we have Blue Friday here in Indy.

    ^ La Quinta Inn Indianapolis Airport Lynhurst 5316 West Southern Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46241 Nightly Rates: ($55.00 - $75.00) 3 Star Located just outside Indianapolis International, the pet friendly La Quinta Inn Indianapolis Airport / Lynhurst is the place to stay for all the exciting races: Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, an ...
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    Ticket prices aren't cheap to the main affairs, but just attending one of the many practices or qualifications during the reason season (May-Sept) is well worth the experience. .A must see when visiting Indy, for race lovers or not.
  • Indiana Pacers, men's basketball 125 S. Penn., Conseco Fieldhouse.^ Don't forget about the Pacers and those performances at Conseco Fieldhouse to which we're one of the the closest hotels.

    ^ Book a night and go see an Indiana Pacers game.

    ^ Area attractions near the hotel include the Childrens Park, University of Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indiana Pacers games, Indianapoli ...
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    .+1 317 917-2500. [85] The Pacers can be seen live and in person at their home court November-April.
  • Indiana Fever, women's basketball 125 S. Penn., Conseco Fieldhouse.^ Don't forget about the Pacers and those performances at Conseco Fieldhouse to which we're one of the the closest hotels.

    ^ Area attractions near the hotel include the Childrens Park, University of Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indiana Pacers games, Indianapoli ...
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    ^ RCA Dome, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indiana Conve ...
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    +1 317 917-2500. [86] Indiana's own WBNA team - the Fever. .One of the best teams in the league, their games are played June-September, and tickets are affordable!
  • Indianapolis Colts 500 S. Capitol Ave.^ The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to pull the plug on a potential undefeated season was made for one reason: “What must we do to win Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on Feb.
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    ^ Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was sensitive to criticism of the Indianapolis Colts' decision to use backups a week ago in a game they lost, ending their bid for a perfect season.
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    ^ This Thursday, September 3 marks the end of the Indianapolis Colts' preseason!

    +1 317 297-7000. [87] Indy's Colts take the stage August-January. .The Colts play home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, a retractable-roof stadium that opened in 2008.
  • Naptown Rollergirls games take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Blue Ribbon Pavilion.^ We are one of the hotels near Lucas Oil Stadium.

    ^ Lucas Oil owner backs foes of southern Indiana power plant .
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    ^ This Indianapolis hotel is also 10 minutes from attractions like the Lucas Oil Stadium, ...
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    .[88] Watch cute girls take and give a beatin' on rollerskates with Indiana's only Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Association team.^ Create a FREE account to save searches and track homes (it only takes a minute).
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    Thousands of people crowd into the pavilion each month to watch the Tornado Sirens battle it out against the nation's best teams. This is a serious game - major injuries take place. And yes, nothing like watching cute girls get into it on skates. .A great friendly event for all types of sports or not-so-sports people alike.^ My goal is to provide an environment for people get together and work on projects or learn new techniques for all types of paper crafting.
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    ^ Open to all types of bikes cruisers, sport bikes, touring...
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    ^ But seriously, what a great event and a great opportunity for the U.S. and Indianapolis to show the world we care about this sport and welcome it to our country and our city.

    Tickets range from $10-$15.
  • Catch a puck at an Ice game. 1202 E. 38th St. +1 317 925-4423. Indianapolis' Tier 1 hockey team, comprised of high school and college students. Tickets are cheap and fights are plentiful at our hockey games. They also feature funny theme nights - like Elvis Night - which are always entertaining. Tickets range from $11-15.
  • Ride the slick track at Post Road Recreation Center. 4700 N. Post Rd. +1 317 897-7908. [89] With three go-kart tracks be sure to pick the indoor oval. .You chose you race car, and during the race they throw baby powder down on the track to make it more slick - causing you to slide, spin and experience true 'wet spots' on the track.^ Business or Pleasure you will be treated to all the standard Days Inn extras that make your stay more enjoyable, like our FREE Da ...
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    ^ So the city will make less than it would otherwise, and people parking downtown will pay a lot more than they would otherwise.
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    They also have mini-cars you can race on the outdoor tracks. They have an unlimited $20 indoor track ticket you can buy. Also putt-putt, bumper cars, arcade basketball and a cafe full of junk food.
  • Check out a basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler University. +1 317 940-8000. [90] Butler's Bulldogs are one of the top teams in the NCAA, and this stadium is full of history. The movie "Hoosiers" was filmed here and the basketball fame of Hinkle is legendary amongst college sports. Tickets range from $5-20.
  • See a baseball game at Victory Field. 501 W. Maryland St. +1 317 269-3545. [91] Indy's is home to the minor league Indians, who are the farm team for the Pirates. It's been deemed the best minor league baseball stadium in the country. Pack a picnic and sit in the outfield next to the famous teepee during the game (and catch a few balls if you're lucky) or get a seat in the stands. Check out the "Dollar Monday" games or fireworks after Friday games. Tickets are cheap too - $8-12.
  • Play disc golf at Brookside Park. 3500 Brookside Pkwy S. Dr. +1 317 327-7179. [92] Disc golf is a fun and challenging outdoor sport unlike any other. .This is a great course.
  • Drag race your car at O'Reilly Raceway Park.^ O'Reilly Raceway Park .
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    ^ O'Reilly Raceway Park Shopping .
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    10267 US Hwy 136. +1 317 291-4090. [93] Yes, that's right. You can drag race your car (whether it's a Dodge Charger from the 60s or a Dodge Neon, even a Yugo!) for a nominal fee and signing a waiver, don't forget your helmet. Drag race against fellow Hoosiers and get a time-card after each drag. This world famous quarter-mile drag strip is home to the NHRA US Nationals, and the oval hosts the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. Public dragging happens once a week during the Spring-Fall. It's cheap/free to watch. .All ages, but 18+ to drag.
  • Indianapolis Tennis Center 150 University Blvd, IUPUI Campus.^ Indianapolis Tennis Center Historical Places .
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    ^ Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis Civic Theatre Murat Centre Universities & Colleges .
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    +1 317 278-2100. [94]Play tennis on one of 24 indoor and outdoor courts. Private lessons available. This is where they host the RCA Championships every year.
  • Dark Armies Paint Ball 2525 N. Shadeland Ave. +1 317 353-1987. [95] Throw on your rented protective gear and grab your paint ball gun and shoot the crap out of strangers and friends alike. Located in a warehouse with indoor, outdoor and underground space., the playspace is painted black and music is pumped through the building. .Hiding spaces and team warfare contribute to you living out your wildest war-time fantasy.^ This is not another "lame" meetup where all you do is pass out your business card and go home.
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    It's very cyber and apocalyptic. Be prepared for bruises the next day. Great for all experience levels and a good way to release some tension!
  • Go bowling anytime at the 24 hour bowling alley, Beech Grove Bowl. 95 N. 2nd Ave, Beech Grove. +1 317 784-3743. [96] Yes, 24-hour bowling alley. .Located about 10 minutes south of downtown Indy.^ Our Marriott hotel in Carmel IN is located just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and 10 minutes from downtown C ...
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    ^ Comfort Inn South 5040 S. East St. Indianapolis, IN 46227 Nightly Rates: ($104.98 - $104.98) 2 Star The Comfort Inn South is located at the junction of Interstate 465 and U.S. 31 South, just 10 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, the Conseco Fieldhouse and the RCA Dome.
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    ^ We are located just minutes from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Downtown Indianapolis, Indianapolis International Airport and all major attract ...
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    Pick up a plate of cheese-sticks and a couple of beers and bowl your brains out anytime. .It's also located in a small burb south of downtown Indy that has a very "small town" feel.^ We are conveniently located north of downtown Indianapolis, and south of Car ...
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    ^ The Super 8 Indianapolis at Southport Road is located just 6 Miles South of Downtown Ind ...
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    Very local. Games are cheap!
  • Ride your bike at the Major Taylor Velodrome 3648 Cold Spring Rd. +1 317 327-8356. [97] One of 18 velodrome tracks in the country, named after Indy's own African American bike superstar Major Taylor. Bring your road or track bike (no BMX) and your helmet and throw down $4 and you can race on the inverted track that Olympic superstars have tried out on. Perhaps you'll catch a race or one of many remote control car races they host too. There is a BMX park next door. Ages 10+. NEW: Major Taylor Velodrome will be converted into a snow park during the winter months. Hit the slopes November 15-March 1.
  • Ice skate at the World Skating Academy[98] with countless other locals year round. 201 S. Capitol Ave. +1 317 237-5555. Cheap skate rental and pro shop. Two NHL sized ice rinks located right downtown. Originally built for the Pan-Am Games in the 80s. This is the best rink to see amateur and pro hockey and ice skaters practicing, and show off your own skills. Be sure to arrive early during the cold months, you might have to wait in line!
  • See a soap box derby at Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill. [99] Starting in April check out hundreds of kids from Indy's soap box derby clubs battle it out for awards and placings. This is the longest soap box derby track in the country and was built in 1953.
  • Go duckpin bowling at Action & Atomic Bowl. 1105 Prospect St. +1 317 686-6006. [100] Experience a rare treat! Duckpin bowling is basically bowling with small balls and small wooden pins. .A lot of fun for all ages and located in this entirely retro building is an extra perk.^ Miles Away CRYSTAL H. ( See full profile ) A Nanny in Indianapolis, IN 46203 I Love children, I have lots experience with them all ages from Infant to school age.
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    Neon lights, milkshakes, jukeboxes, beer and wine, sodas and pizza, poodle skirts and all, this is the real deal. .The interior hasn't changed since the 1930s.
  • Golfing anyone? here is a list of fine golf courses located throughout Indianapolis, many award winning!^ Listed in the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis , the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at Historic Union Station is 'hou ...
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    ^ Indianapolis Singles Golf Meetup Group Meet other local single golfers to play various courses in and around Indianapolis.
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    • Brickyard Crossing 4400 W. 16th St. +1 317 492-6572. [101] Shares space with the Indy Motor Speedway, four holes are inside the oval!
    • Buffer Park Golf Course 3825 S. Foltz St. +1 317 241-5046, [102] IndyGolf.com users rated this as their favorite nine hole course in 2001. A well-maintained 3,411 yards from the Championship Tees.
    • Coffin Golf Course 2401 Cold Springs Rd. +1 317 327-7845
    • Crooked Stick Golf Club 1964 Burning Tree Ln, Carmel. +1 317 844-9938. Has hosted the 2009 US Senior Open, 2005 Solheim Cup, 1993 US Women's Open and 1991 PGA Championship. Pete Dye designed.
    • Douglass 2801 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Ave. +1 317 924-0018. Built in 1926, few hazards and good for all levels.
    • Eagle Creek 8802 W. 56th St. '+1 317 297-3366. [103] Built in 1975 by Pete Dye.
    • Heartland Crossing 6701 S. Heartland Blvd., Camby. +1 317 630-1785. [104] 15 min. southwest of Indy. Designed by Nick Price & Steve Smyers.
    • Pleasant Run 601 N. Arlington. .+1 317 357-0829. [105] Built in 1922.
    • Riverside Golf Academy 3702 N. White River Pkwy.^ Park Place at City Centre 1152 N White River Pkwy Indianapolis, IN 46222 3 Star Relax in a spacious apartment-style suite at Park Place.
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      +1 317 327-7303. Lighted 9-hole course and lighted & heated driving range for year round golfing.
    • Riverside Golf Course 3502 N. White River Pkwy W. Dr. +1 317 327-7300. Built in 1901.
    • Sahm 6880 E. 91st St. +1 317 849-0036. [106] Pete Dye designed.
    • Sarah Shank 2901 S. Keystone Ave. +1 317 784-0631 [107]
    • Smock 3810 E. Country Line Rd. +1 317 888-0036 [108]

Art

Includes art galleries, opera, classical and traditional music, dance, performance art.
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre 140 W. Washington. +1 317 635-5277. [109] ($ parking) Some of the nation's finest actors perform in this architectural masterpiece of a theater! Two theaters provide different types of performances, and their famous version of A Christmas Carol is a classic. Be sure to check out their Shakespeare performances. Dress up in your Sunday best and see a matinée to save some bucks! Cocktails are served! All ages.
  • Wander the galleries on First Fridays. [110] Various galleries in downtown Indy open their doors every first Friday to local art lovers and novices alike. Explore the art galleries, theaters, restaurants and bars on Mass Ave, in Fletcher Place, Fountain Square and the Stutz Building. Galleries serve food and booze and schedule their collection openings around this time of the month. During the warm months outdoor musicians and performers take to the streets, adding to the atmosphere. Don't forget to skip north on Delaware to the Harrison Center for their opening too.
  • The Phoenix Theatre 749 N. Park Ave. +1 317 635-7529. [111] Founded in the early 80s, Phoenix has always been a theater to experience unique, thought provoking, open minded shows. From classics to world-premiers. Controversy is frequent! Rocky Horror, HAIR, Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Six Degrees of Separation, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project, Bat Boy: The Musical are only some of the classic and fascinating titles of past performances! Tickets range from $15-29. All ages.
  • Kuaba Gallery 876 Mass Ave. +1 888 809-9179. [112] Kuaba promotes modern African art. A portion of every sale goes to a non-for-profit that helps African orphans.
  • See a puppet show at Peewinkle's 25 E. Henry St. +1 800 849-4853. [113] Indy's only puppet studio! 50-seat theater in downtown Indy provides entertaining puppet shows for all ages. Puppet are made in house. Call ahead to schedule a puppet workshop - learn about the art and history, make your own too! Tickets are only $8 and an extra post-show workshop is $3. Shows happen in the afternoons and early evening.
  • Murphy Art Center 1043 Virginia Ave. +1 317 686-0895. [114] 23 artists have galleries at this Fountain Square studio building. First Friday includes an open house. Some of Indy's most bright shining stars have galleries here, and it's a great place to buy affordable great art.
  • Wheeler Arts Community 1035 Sanders St. +1 317 916-8894. A collaboration of the city and the University of Indianapolis to provide affordable studio and housing space for students and artists. 36 loft/studios are housed here as well as a theater.
  • Indianapolis Civic Theatre 3200 Cold Spring Rd. +1 317 924-6700. [115] This is Indy's largest professionally managed theater, which started in 1914. From comedies to drama, they host it all. Their performance of of The Crucible left me in tears, great company. Tickets range range from $24-32. All ages.
  • American Cabaret Theatre 401 E. Michigan St. +1 317 631-0334. [116] ACT is a cabaret-style theater that serves food and cocktails during the performances. .Many of the shows feature song/dance/acting routines with upbeat and fun-filled performances, featuring classics and new works.^ Dance Kaleidoscope's winter show was a colorful redo of past works.
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    Tickets are $20-25. All ages.
  • Get involved with improv theater Comedy Sportz 721 Mass. Ave. +1 866 91-LAUGH. [117] A hilarious way to spend an evening! Comedy Sportz takes ideas thrown up from the audience and throws them into wacky and weird skits. They have all ages and 17+ performances. Drinks and snacks are served. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 students & seniors, $6 kids 5-11, under 4 are free.
  • Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre 9301 Michigan Rd. +1 317 872-9664. [118] For over 30 years B&B has been providing equity Broadway performances. Buffet dinner with cocktails is served during performances. Seasons range from classic Rogers & Hammerstein shows to modern hits. .Tickets range from $32.50-$52.50. All ages.
  • Theatre on the Square 627 Mass Ave.^ This week, a Bob Dylan tribute at the Athenaeum and tell-all tales at Theatre on the Square.
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    +1 317 685-8687. [119] Originally located in Fountain Square, the move of this theater to Mass Ave prompted the revitalization of this arts district. Great community theater with a varied selection of plays. A theater for the more culturally aware and open minded! Tickets range from $15-25.
  • Dance Kaleidoscope 140 W. Washington St. +1 317 940-6555. [120] Performances take place inside the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Indy's contemporary dance troupe. Performances feature Martha Graham classics to director David Hochoy's own creations such as "Magical Mystery Tour" which features the music of the Beatles. Tickets range from $15-34.
  • Indianapolis Opera Performances held at Clowes Hall - 4600 Sunset Ave. +1 317 283-3470. [121] Indy's only opera troupe. Featuring the finest singers from the region and international fame.
  • Circle City Sound [122] Performances held every Monday evening at 7PM at Scottish Rite Cath. (650 N. Meridian St) and throughout the city. Indy's only barbershop performance group.
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Performs at Hilbert Theater on the Circle downtown. +1 317 262-1100. [123] Indy's internationally acclaimed symphony. Check out the website to see what performances are happening. A great Holiday extravaganza takes place during the Christmas season and special guests are frequent.
  • Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Butler University. Performs at Clowes Hall Sunday and Mondays Sept-May. They are orchestra in residence at Clowes Hall which garnishes them plenty of experience and status. Four centuries of music are covered.

Music

Includes rock, punk, hip hop, top 40, soul, blues, jazz and all that goodness. A lot of great shows also take place in non-traditional venues (i.e. VFW's) so check out local papers for information.
  • Birdy's Bar & Grill 2131 E. 71st St. +1 317 254-8971. [124] Local venue that caters to local, national and international acts. Big beer selection and overpriced barfood menu. Posters from bands who have performed there over the years plaster the walls and there are pool tables, video games, pinball and an outdoor beer garden. Local acts frequent this venue and past performers include Prince, Yo La Tengo, Jordan Knight, Califone, Frank Black, Matt Pond PA, The Stills and more. A great place to see major local rock bands like Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Virgin Millionaires. 21+
  • Chatterbox 435 Mass. Ave. +1 317 636-0584. [125] A local favorite and one of the oldest bars in town. It's a Mass Ave. staple that has walls graffitied by visitors and the bathrooms as well. Bring a marker. Drinks are really strong and they have a small wine menu with good choices and beers too. Live jazz is the thing here. The teeny tiny bar features a teeny tiny stage that caters to Indy's finest real jazz. This is the place to hear good simple old school jazz at it's finest. Smoke free early in the evening, and outdoor seating which is the best in town. Check the website for wine tastings and special events. Great place to mix with the locals - artists, journalists, musicians all call it home. Grab some Jamaican Patties while you're there. 21+
  • Emerson Theater 4634 E. 10th St. +1 317 357-0239. [126] Indy's largest and oldest all-ages venue that caters to young punks and metal heads on the weekends. Many "older" punk rockers in town got their start here, seeing bands such as the Misfits, Sloppy Seconds, Cannibal Corpse, Babes In Toyland and many others play.
  • The Jazz Kitchen 5377 N. College Ave. +1 317 253-4900. [127] Voted one of the top 100 jazz bars in the world by DownBeat magazine, serving up jazz, salsa and American fusion food. Music six days a week. Wednesday features live jazz and soul/neo-soul/neo-jazz DJs, Thursday is Indy's biggest salsa night too. Cover ranges. 21+
  • Local's Only 2449 E. 56th St. +1 317 255-4013. [128] Housed in the space of an old reggae bar, Local's Only caters to mainly just that, local bands, as well as up and coming international acts. Priding themselves on their friendly staff, varied genres of music, safety, and all are welcome type atmosphere Local's Only has a great beer menu featuring obscure and indie beers (and if you don't like it, they'll drink it), a DIY atmosphere, pool and pinball and a nice bar menu. Open-stage is a common occurrence with bigger shows on the weekends.
  • Melody Inn 3826 N. Illinois. +1 317 923-4707. [129] One of the oldest bars in town has become the haven for punk rock and underground music in the city. Built in 1933, the bar features local relics in the decor, a back VIP lounge, the best jukebox in town and a friendly staff and group of regulars. Punk, indie, acid jazz, folk, rockabilly, techno, goth is the main beat here. They also have retro video games and pool. Drinks are cheap and hard, and the beer selection is unique and good sized. The house specialty is Pabst Blue Ribbon, and specials are usually $1.25 for a can. It is a great dive bar, however it can get very smoky. Cover ranges usually from $2-6. 21+
  • Music Mill 3720 E. 82nd St. +1 317 841-1850. [130] A great smoke free venue for concert goers. There isn't a bad seat it the house, and they have a nice modern restaurant and fully staffed bars throughout the joint. Aside from hosting countless local and regional acts they also feature international groups as well. Past/present performers include: Gin Blossoms, Sister Hazel, Junior Brown, Antigone Rising, Dark Star Orchestra, Mudhoney, Over The Rhine, Cowboy Mouth, David Sanborn, Los Lonely Boys, Blues Traveller, Duncan Sheik, They Might Be Giants, and countless other acts. 21+
  • Radio Radio 1119 Prospect St. +1 317 955-0995. [131] Located in the heart of Fountain Square, Radio Radio is one of the nicest and cleanest venues for music in town. The cool bar, leopard carpeting and bathroom doors came from the once downtown Indy Planet Hollywood. Good beers on tap. Past performers include: Ben Lee, Big Sandy, Cat Power, The Cruxshadows, Deke Dickerson, The Frogs, Silkworm, Wesley Willis, Jets To Brazil, Los Lonely Boys, Neko Case, Pansy Division, VHS or Beta and countless others. They also have monthly film nights and hosts Rockabilly Rebel Weekend every year. Smoke-free 21+ venue.
  • Slippery Noodle Inn 372 S. Meridian St. +1 317 631-6974. [132] The oldest bar in Indiana since 1850. Originally it was a brothel, and it's now the best blues bar in the city. Steaks, homemade soup, baked potatoes, sandwiches and subs are the starts of the menu with a classic bar menu to boot. Beer, champagne, wine, and of course - hard liquor is poured with pride and the blues is local and national/international acts. There are still bullet holes in the wall from brawls in the 1800s. Dis is it. 21+
  • Spin 6308 Guilford Ave. .+1 317 257-0000. [133] Housed in what used to be one of the most beloved live music venues, the Patio, in hip Broad Ripple.^ Angie F. – Housekeeper in Indianapolis, IN I used to clean houses and businesses for a living years ago.
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    Featuring open-mic or dj's during the week and a variety of genres of live music. Hip hop, punk rock, indie, metal, hardcore national and local acts play here.
  • Verizon Wireless Music Center 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville. +1 317 239-5151. [134] is Indy's biggest outdoor amphitheater. Concerts run May-September and in October they feature a crazy Halloween themed festival. This is where the famous Grateful Dead riots happened in 1995. Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett got married here in 1993. A 30 min to hour long trip from downtown Indy. All ages
  • Pig out at Trader's Point Creamery. 9101 Moore Rd. +1 317 733-1700. [135] Indy's only grass-fed USDA organic dairy. .They are always open with their self-serve dairy-shop (with a bucket you pay and take your change from - honesty basis!^ I will be happy to provide such needed services as bringing in your mail, turning on/off lights and taking out the trash while you are on vacation.
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    ), and at 4PM you can watch the cows get milked au natural. Creamy milk, amazing yogurt (voted #1 by the American Cheese Society in 2005), ice cream, eggs and cheeses are all for sale. On the weekends they feature a farmers market and organic cafe. You can walk the grounds petting cows and chasing chickens. Fun for the family and eco-friendly folk.
  • Drink hot chocolate at the Chocolate Cafe 30 Monument Circle. +1 317 951-4816. [136] Enjoy the best hot chocolate in town at South Bend Chocolate Company's chocolate shop on the Circle. Cozy up with your pal/friends/special friend and a hot cup of cocoa. Perfect during the Holidays, so you can see the beautiful Christmas lights on the Circle.
  • Get creeped out at the Indiana Medical History Museum 3045 W. Vermont St. +1 317 635-7329. [137] Set on the grounds of one of the countries most well known mental hospitals, Central State, which is now defunct, this is a creepy way to make any visit memorable. Take a tour and check out the collections. See Museums above for more gory details.
  • Grab some popcorn at Just Pop In 6302 Guilford Ave. +1 317 257-9338 [138] Indy's only popcorn shop is owned by two identical twin sisters. A cute teeny shop in Broad Ripple that offers up all types of flavors. Classics like "original" (you know, just good tasty popcorn!) and Caramel to the oh so tasty "Chocolate Karma" (chocolate covered popcorn!). They also sell gift tins and sampler packs.
  • Have dessert at the Eagle's Nest 1 S. Capitol Ave. +1 317 632-1234. [139] The Eagle's Nest is the highest dining room in the city, sitting atop the Hyatt downtown. The restaurant is revolving, slowly moving to show the best view of the city. The food is high priced and just okay but, get a table and enjoy a nightcap or dessert. Make reservations to see the sunset.
  • Head to the flea market at the Fairgrounds 1202 E. 38th St. +1 317 927-1482 [140] ($ parking) Is Indy's best monthly flea market, since 1976. Held once a month (weekends can change) at the State Fair Grounds, hundreds of vendors sell antiques, vintage goods, housewares and more. From Elvis records to a Victorian baby coffin. You can find it all. Free!
  • Eat fried chicken at MCL Cafeteria 2730 E. 62nd St. +1 317 257-5425. [141] Indy's finest cafeteria offers the best home-made cooking in town. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chocolate meringue pie..and the list goes on and on. The 62nd St location is retro in design and attracts seniors, families and young people alike. AMAZING customer service - the staff is attentive and friendly. An Indiana tradition.
  • Butler University 4600 Sunset Ave. +1 800 368-6852 [142] Located on the near northside this historic campus was founded in 1855 focusing on liberal arts education. Home to the Butler Bulldogs and Clowes Hall. They have a big fraternity/sorority community and it's always fun to drive by their big homes to see what antics are taking place.
  • Herron School of Art 735 W. New York St. +1 317 278-9400 [143] One of the top art schools in the country, Herron is attached to IUPUI. 800 students attend full and part time in the new building on IUPUI campus and other areas of town. From art history to painting, photography to sculpture it's all covered here.
  • MedTech College is located at 6612 East 75th Street on the northeast side of the city and is home to MedTech's first college in Indiana. 317-845-0100 [144]
  • IUPUI 425 University Blvd. .+1 317 274-5555 [145] The city's largest college campus is the home for Indiana University and Purdue University in the city.^ The Indiana Osteopathic Association passed over a virtually certain $75 million in startup funding from Indiana Wesleyan University to choose Marian University for its new osteopathic college.
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    ^ Indiana State University's president says the college will eliminate 80 to 100 jobs as a result of state budget cuts.
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    Mainly a commuter college the school features technical and liberal arts schools. The new campus center has added a stronger form of community, and this campus welcomes all levels of learners.
  • University of Indianapolis 1400 E. Hanna St. +1 317 788-3368 [146]

Buy

Indianapolis is made up of various areas that feature unique and typical shopping alike. From Broad Ripple Village and Fountain Square - two unique areas, to typical suburban shopping malls and chains like Castleton. Every area has different options and chances to experience all levels of shopping. Below are some local, regional and national shops and districts that are frequented by avid shoppers.

Broad Ripple Village

About 20 minutes north of downtown. Broad Ripple [147] is Indy's closest thing to "Greenwich." A big variety of vintage, hippie, trendy, and punk shops. Gift shops galore too. It's a great place for unique local fare.
  • Big Hat Books 922 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 202-0203. [148] Indy's only independently owned general interest book shop. With a nice arts & crafts style decor, a great selection of books for all. They host special events (The Harry Potter pre-order parties are amazing!) and can special order anything. "Live large. Read."
  • Broad Ripple Vintage 824 E. 64th St. +1 317 255-4135 [149] One of Indy's best known vintage shops, they offer a wide variety of retro clothes - mainly 60s, 70s and 80s. Large array of t-shirts and accessories and drag queen sized gowns. They always are playing the Doors, and the decor is out of an old school head shop. Quite pricey, and we swear that prices go up around Halloween.
  • The Bungalow 924 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 253-5028 [150]. Artsy gift shop featuring artsy kitchen, textiles, art and housewares. Local and international art pieces. Very cool store.
  • Chelsea's 902 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 251-0600 Nice gift shop featuring everything from funky neon lights to funky salt and pepper shakers, funky frames, funky jewelry, and well, all things funky. Good place for finding cards for all occasions.
  • Dinwiddies 6216 Carrollton Ave. .+1 317 253-2219. [151] Awesome clothing shop that is owned by a local designer.^ AthenaPowerLink selects Carmel firm Mitsch Design as the first woman-owned business it will assist locally.
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    Reflecting trends in fashion and her own unique style - find one of a kind pieces at affordable prices. A cute place that is funky and fun. Women, men and children's clothes and accessories.
  • French Pharmacie 823 1/2 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 251-9182 [152] A very cool award-winning shop that features fashion, furniture and accessories. Carrying clothing by names such as Balenciaga, Acne, Stella McCartney and more. 18th century and modern creations in furniture, and accessories for your home and self - candles, shoes, bags, and more.
  • Girly Chic Boutique 841 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 217-1525. Trendy cute boutique catering to ladies and children - clothing, furniture and accessories from unique designers from all over the country.
  • Good Earth 6350 E. 65th St. +1 317 257-9463 [153] Indy's oldest natural living store in town. Organic and natural food, health and accessories. Great place to stop by for a snack or for much needed groceries. Upstairs is a huge selection of vitamins and supplements, shoes and clothing too.
  • Hardwicke's Pipe & Tobacco 743 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 257-5915 Indy's finest and oldest tobacco shop offering new and vintage pipe and tobacco equipment and every cigar and tobacco you can find. Very knowledgeable staff.
  • Haus 5910 N. College Ave. +1 317 257-0659. Great clothing, housewares and furniture shop for women and children. Very cool clothes from all over the world. Great place for shabby chic fans.
  • Indy CD & Vinyl 806 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 259-1012. [154] One of Indy's most popular record shops specializing in independent musics and obscure finds. A wide selection of new and used CD's and vinyl. From indie rock to hip hop. Great selection of box sets and music-related DVDs. They also host instore performances, and is a great place to pick up fliers about upcoming shows and events.
  • Luna Music 5202 N. College Ave +1 317 283-5862 [155] Indy's finest local record shop. Featuring CDs, vinyl and collectibles - posters, t-shirts, etc. Great place to find rare imports and out of print gems. All genres of music with friendly staff, clean and hip environment.
  • The Magic Bus 1073 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 251-5463. Indy's most infamous "smoking accessories" shop. Every type of smoking and hippie thing available is sold here - from pipes to hookahs, Grateful Dead memorabilia and that pack of patchouli that you might need for later.
  • Missing Link Records 4905 N. College Ave. +1 317 466-1967 [156] This is where Indy goes to collect vinyl. Thousands upon thousands of vinyl is sold at this staple of the Indianapolis music scene. Many young punks (myself included) got their start here, buying up 7" singles of their favorite bands and listening to music there. Missing Link doesn't only carry punk, they carry every genre and plenty of collectible pieces. From jazz to hip hop, new wave to heavy metal, folk to alt.country, they've got it all. Prepare to spend hours here.
  • Pitaya 842 Broad Ripple Ave +1 317 465-0000 [157]. Women love Pitaya's homegrown jeans - trendy and stylish shopping since 1990 that provides women with an affordable place to get lovely trendy clothes. Voted best jeans in town numerous times!
  • Red Rose Vintage 834 E. 64th St +1 317 257-5016 [158] Red Rose is one of Indy's oldest vintage shops. Owned by a lovely lady named Ralph you'll find all types of gems in her little house. From flapper dresses to Victorian bustles, 80s parachute pants and rockabilly rebel western wear. Tons of accessories too! They also rent outfits for special events.
  • Rusted Moon Outfitters 6410 Cornell Ave. +1 317 253-4453. [159] Indy's finest outdoor shop for hiking, canoing, kayaking and camping. They offer a great selection of hiking boots, clothing, rope climbing accessories, and offer canoe & kayak rentals. Located within a 5 minute walking distance of the White River for easy access, and right on the Monon Trail!
  • Vibes Music 1051 E. 54th St. +1 317 726-0927. [160] Independent record store owned by local rocker John Zepps. Strong collection of new and used CD's, with some vinyl. Vibes also carries an assortment of new and used music equipment and accessories. They also have a store located in Castleton.

Castleton

Castleton [161] is Indy's biggest shopping mall chock full of mall-chains, mall rats and mall food. Surrounded by mega-shops and a few local joints.
86th St. is very complicated in this area because it alternates between 86th St. and 82nd St. There is a Vietnamese restaurant called Viet Bistro at the mall. There is also a large Japanese grocery store.

Fountain Square

Fountain Square [162] is a historical area about a mile from downtown Indy, to the Southeast. Mainly comprising of antique, thrift and art shops.
  • Arthur's Music Store 931 Shelby St. +1 317 638-3524. [163] Arthur's is Indy's finest music instrument shop, focusing mainly on fretted instruments. From it's retro housing, it's been a staple on the Indy music scene since 1952. From guitars to banjos, dulcimers to luthier's - you can find it all. A great place for on-site repairs and supplies too. A must see for any stringed instrument lover!
  • Boca Loca Beads 1311 Prospect St. +1 317 423-2323. [164] Indy's finest bead shop featuring handcrafted beads locally and internationally. They also offer bead classes.
  • Claus' German Sausage & Meats 1845 Shelby St. +1 317 632-1963. [165] Indy's finest place for homemade sausage, lunch meat, smoked, and well, meat. Originally opened as Klemm's in 1913, it is now owned by Claus Muth, who is a master sausage maker from Frankfort, Germany. They also have great German beers and other goods.
  • Days Gone By Antiques 1028 Virginia Ave. +1 317 636-1954.
  • Dolphin Papers & Art Supplies 1043 Virginia Ave. +1 317 822-3846. Located right under the Murphy Arts Building you find Indy's best paper shop. Featuring beautiful, exotic, classic and lovely paper from around the world. They also make their own too! You can also find all your art supply needs. They also sell gifts, how-to-books, journals, and notepads.
  • Indianapolis Downtown Antique Mall 1044 Virginia Ave. +1 317 635-5336. Chock full of antiques and collectibles. Furniture, primitives, glassware, country an antique art. Two story mall that is for serious enthusiasts.

Keystone at the Crossing & West

Is easily findable as "86th and Keystone." West includes shopping West of Keystone - Nora, 86th & Ditch, etc. Indy's high scale shopping district with fancy chains and boutique shops and restaurants.
  • The Fashion Mall 8702 Keystone Crossing. +1 317 574-4000. [166] This is the mall to see and be seen. The ritz and the wanna-be's shop at this classic Indy mall. Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue are the anchor stores. Other shops include Crate & Barrel, Tiffany & Co, MAC (Cosmetics), Sephora, Coach, Sony, Apple, William & Sonoma and more. They also have a huge variety of locally owned boutique shops too. Locals often declare this mall has the worst food court in the city, so grab a bite before/after you leave.
  • Frankey's 1300 E. 86th St. +1 317 580-1111 [167] Indy's most trendsetting boutique that offers names like 7 For All Man Kind, Diesel, Nicole Miller, True Religion, Gaultier and more. Womens, mens and children's clothes.
  • Global Gifts 1468 W. 86th St. +1 317 879-9090 [168] Indy's only all fair-trade boutique. Meaning that artisans from all over the world receive a fair price for their work. Buy clothing, decor, beauty products, food, and unique gifts from Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond. A unique non-profit shop that supports third-world-countries artisans and talents.

Mass Ave

A hop skip and a jump from the Circle, this area has gone through an amazing rebirth to become one of the coolest shopping areas in town full of local shops. [169]
  • At Home In The City 434 Mass Ave. +1 317 955-9925. [170] Voted Indy's favorite gift shop by Nuvo readers. Great selection of unique gifts and jewelry.
  • Global Gifts 446 Mass Ave. +1 317 423-3148. [171] Indy's only all fair-trade boutique. Meaning that artisans from all over the world receive a fair price for their work. Buy clothing, decor, beauty products, food, and unique gifts from Africa, Asia, Europe and beyond. A unique non-profit shop that supports third-world-countries artisans and talents.
  • City Market 222 E. Market St. +1 317 634-9266. [172] Halfway between Mass Ave. and the Wholesale District this is a historical landmark in downtown Indy full of shops and restaurants. From chocolates to crafts, fresh meats to veggies, they also feature an awesome farmer market in the warm months.
  • Luna Music 431 Mass Ave. +1 317 917-5862. [[173] Indy's finest local record shop. Featuring CDs, vinyl and collectibles - posters, t-shirts, etc. Great place to find rare imports and out of print gems. All genres of music with friendly staff, clean and hip environment.
  • Mass Ave Toys 409 Mass Ave. +1 317 715-9158. [174] The coolest toy store in town features Ugly Dolls, Steiff Toys, ecological toys and more. A friendly and knowledgeable staff abounds. A fun place to stop by after a drink and feel like a kid again.
  • Out Word Bound 625 N. East St. +1 317 951-9100. [175] Indy's only gay bookstore.
  • The Best Chocolate In Town 880 Mass Ave. +1 317 636-2800. [176] The name here does not lie. Truffles anyone?

Wholesale District

Is basically downtown Indy. The heart of the city. The main shopping attraction here is the mall.
  • Circle Center Mall 49 W. Maryland. +1 317 681-5615. [177] This is the mall that caused the big revitalization of downtown Indy. Shopping and restaurants fill up this mall. Flagship shops include Nordstrom and Parisian. Stores vary to feature Victoria's Secret, Banana Republic, Hot Topic, Forever 21, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M and more. The third floor has a movie theater and video game arcade. It's a nice mall, but on the weekends in the evenings can be overrun with underage kids.
  • Downtown Comics 11 E. Market St. +1 317 237-0397. [178] Indy's finest locally owned comic chain features new and collectible comics, games, and toys. They have three other locations.
  • Hardwicke's Pipe & Tobacco 20 N. Meridian St. +1 317 635-7884. The cities finest cigarette, pipe and cigar shop. Every type of those goods that is available here in the country is available from the knowledgeable staff and well kept shop. Vintage and antique smoking goods litter the walls and windows.
  • Krieg Brothers Religious Supply House 119 S. Meridian. +1 317 638-3416. A must see! A legendary religious supply shop that has been in the same location for at least 30 years or more. Every kind of Christian worship item is seen here. From giant 6' long glow-in-the-dark rosaries to Saint sculptures. Bibles and rosary rings, holy water and prayer cards. No matter what your religion, it's quite a fascinating experience. The staff is friendly and open minded.

Suburbs North

Northern Suburbs include Carmel, Zionsville [179], Noblesville, Westfield and Fishers. These start anywhere north of 96th St. and are about 30 minutes from downtown. Shopping varies area to area.
  • Clay Terrace 14300 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel. +1 317 566-0011. [180] The first new outdoor mall in ages is in the burb of Carmel. A well kept environment this mall has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Shops include DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Dick's Sporting Goods, Circuit City, Wild Oats, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie, Indigo Nation and White House/Black Market. When the weather is nice, it is a lovely place to stroll.
  • Brown's on 5th 315 N. 5th St, Zionsville. +1 317 873-2284. [181] Gift shop that specializes in Vera Bradley bags. You can get new and old bags, in this collectors paradise. It's like Vera Bradley threw up and out popped this store.
  • Captain Logan 150 S. Main St., Zionsville. +1 317 873-9999. [182] Trendy and stylish antique and vintage store specializing in rare furniture and decor goods.
  • Hamilton Town Center 13901 Towne Center Blvd, Noblesville. +1 317 214-6956. [183] A brand new outdoor mall that opened in May of 2008. Located on the southwest corner of Interstate 69 and State Road 238 (Exit 10), it has some great options for dining and shopping. There you will find discount-type stores such as SteinMart and Payless; a large JCPenney anchor; and a good varitey of shops including Ann Taylor Loft, Borders, Chico's, Dicks' Sporting Goods, Old Navy, etc. If shopping makes you hungry, you can find both casual and fine dining at places like Stone Creek Dining Co., McAlister's Deli, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Paradise Bakery & Cafe.

Suburbs West

Includes Speedway & Lafayette (parts of Indy incorporated) and Plainfield.
  • Lafayette Square Mall 3919 Lafayette Rd. +1 317 291-6390. [184] This mall, like the area around it, has fallen into disrepair over the past 20 years. The mall is big, with little stores however, and lots of fascinating retro architecture. Shops include Macy's, Bath & Body Works, Champs and Old Navy. There are also a number of local speciality and boutique shops. Many cater to hip hop culture and living. Warning: This mall is NOT a safe place to visit past dusk.
  • Metropolis 2499 Futura Park Way, Plainfield. +1 317 203-4555. [185] A bizarre innovation in outdoor shopping, the Metropolis is the 'future mall.' With modern architecture and unique events, this is the latest mall in the region. Anchored by JC Penney and Dick's Sporting Goods, they also have Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes & Noble, Coldwater Creek and more. They also have a huge movie theatre, Rave, with 18 screens.
  • 96th Street Burgers 4715 E. 96th St. +1 317 844-6351 [186] Numerous winner of best fast food burger and best fries and shakes. Indy's local take on the fast food joint - serving up tasty steak burgers, fresh cut french fries and delectable fresh hand-dipped shakes. A super cool retro decor makes this the hippest looking fast food place in probably the Midwest.
  • Au Bon Pain 901 Indiana Ave. +1 317 624-9123. Located just off campus at IUPUI, Au Bon Pain is a chain that offers tasty sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. A simple and modern decor with mediocre service offers up a help yourself section and a 'made to order' section. Take your choice of countless pastries - muffins, scones, croissants and so forth. Sandwiches are good and the beverage choices even include organic drinks. After 4PM they offer a "half off" baked goods deal that allows to eat great pastries for cheap! Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your carbs. Vegan friendly.
    • Downtown - 26 Monument Cir +1 317 226-9300
  • Badaboomz 4930 Lafayette Rd. +1 317 291-6932 The owner of Badaboomz used to run a few BW-3's and now owns Badaboomz. Morphing it into an "upscale sports bar," it's cozy, clean and not full of typical frat guys chugging beers and wings. They tossed out the wing based menu to introduce gourmet hamburgers and healthier eats. Lots of tv's, and they still have tv trivia for playing. A nice jukebox, and when we were visiting they were playing a great alternative muzak channel that pumped out The Cure and Sonic Youth, much to our surprise. The staff was friendly, the entire place was clean (bathrooms could use a bit of work), and they have a HUGE beer selection (on tap and bottled). Their wings aren't the best...but their homemade chips and voodoo burger are tasty.
  • Bazbeaux Pizza Multiple Locations, see below. [187] Indy's finest gourmet pizza! Established in 1986, Bazbeaux is a local favorite. Downtown is perfect for that pre-theater or concert eat, and Broad Ripple is located snugly along the White River. Both locations offer indoor/outdoor dining. Art students and hip kids serve your eats - don't be surprised to see mohawk or two in the kitchen. I haven't been to the Carmel location! Their chicken BBQ pizza is amazing - BBQ sauce instead of tomato, and their Greek pizza is to die for. Vegan friendly.
    • Broad Ripple - 811 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 255-5711
    • Downtown - 334 Mass Ave. +1 317 636-7662
    • Carmel - 111 W. Main St. +1 317 848-4488
  • Boogie Burger 927 Westfield Blvd. +1 317 255-2450 [188]] Some consider this tiny little shack in the heart of Broad Ripple to be the best place to get a burger. Freshly made burgers right before your eyes with mouthwatering french fries (the hand cut garlic fries are the best, with chunks of garlic on them!). They also have smoothies too!
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Multiple Locations, see below. [189] This country-wide chain has great wings and boneless wings. Specials vary, and all locations have extensive beer on tap and bottled. Televisions slather the walls showing every sporting game going on, and you can also play trivia/poker/etc on the tele, which is quite fun.
    • Broad Ripple - 6235 Guilford Ave. +1 317 257-2999 - 21+
    • 86th & Township Line - 2514 Lake Circle Dr. +1 317 872-9464
  • Canary Cafe 621 Ft. Wayne Ave. +1 317 635-6168. One of Indy's oldest late night establishments opens late and stays that way until early afternoon. Serving up hardy piles of pancakes and eggs, this is a cozy spot to nurse early morning hangovers (or prepare for the hangover to come).
  • Chocolate Cafe 30 Monument Circle. +1 317 951-4816 [190] Enjoy Indiana's favorite chocolate from the South Bend Chocolate Company at their Circle-side cafe. Yes, they serve only chocolate, sweets, coffees and sweet drinks. Check out the wall of celebrities who've indulged, and get educated on chocolate by the helpful and friendly staff. Watch fudge get made, sample the goods and enjoy the best hot chocolate in town. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Donut Shop 5527 N. Keystone Ave. +1 317 255-3836 Breakfast and lunch are cheap and good - cheap biscuits and gravy, pancakes and eggs, and don't forget a freshly baked donut. One of Indy's favorite hang over and breakfast stops! 36 types of donuts.
  • Fountain Diner 1105 Prospect St. +1 317 685-1959 [191] Originally a Woolworth built in 1959, it's been revitalized amongst the rebirth of Fountain Square. Pop a squat on a stool at and check out old photographs of Indy and retro art. The Diner only serves breakfast now and milkshakes and ice cream during the day. Quite a shame, they used to have great grilled cheese! It should be noted that Smokehouse on Shelby; the restaurant that replaced the Fountain Diner, sells all the menu items that the Fountain Diner used to offer. You can still get your Fountain Burger and Grilled Cheese sandwich at the Smokehouse.
  • Greek Islands 906 S. Meridian St. +1 317 636-0700. [192] Opening in the late 80s by the Stergiopoulos (is that Greek enough for you?) family, Greek Islands offers great Greek dining in a small, cozy atmosphere featuring art, pictures and a feeling of being right at home with the family. Everything is freshly prepared by the family everyday and they have belly dancers! Vegetarian friendly.
  • Heidelburg Haus 7625 Pendleton Pike +1 317 547-1230 Enjoy this German bakery's treats and sweets. German-born owners who have served great German eats since the 60s here in Indy. Real Black Forest Cake, sausages, potato salad, and more. Check out the gift shop with great German beer-lover gifts. The decor is filled with antiques and German decor. Authentic as hell and a great destination for simple basic German eats. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Iaria's 317 S. College. +1 317 638-7706. [193] An Indiana tradition, Iaria's is where you go when you're craving moms homemade Italian. Since 1933 the Iaria's have owned this Italian gem. With it's amazing building - neon lights greet you in and out, mirrored walls and teeny bathrooms - have been a staple in the city. This is the place joints like Buca Di Beppo base their restaurant on. Family style portions, the biggest "wall of celeb photos" in the city, and the biggest and best meatballs available outside of mom's kitchen. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Indianapolis City Market 222 E. Market St. +1 317 634-9266. [194] Indy's favorite historical landmark to dine at! Open only for breakfast and lunch stop by here for a great cheap meal. From Cajun to Greek, gourmet potatoes and roast beef sandwiches. Tons of restaurants and merchants make this a multi-level historical edible experience. Dine outside to enjoy the historical area and watch the locals buzz around on their lunch breaks.
  • Long's Bakery 1452 N. Tremont Ave. +1 317 632-3741. Grab a doughnut from this Indy institution just off 16th St., not far from the track.
  • Mug-N-Bun Drive-In 5211 W. 10th St. +1 317 244-5669. Serving up an award winning pork tenderloin and a world famous "bacon cheeseburger on toast" this is a destination for all greasy food loving Hoosiers. Employees arrive at 7AM to start preparing the root beer that lures people from all over the state. Famous racecar drivers are known for making an appearance here during race season. A must visit! Cash only.
  • Peppy Grill 1004 Virginia Ave. +1 317 637-1158. An institution in 24 hour feasting. Greasy spoon is an understatement. Take a seat at the Peppy, try to sit in the main room, where you sit next to the tiny open kitchenette where tattooed ladies serve up piping hot "sour cream fries" and burgers. Great cheap as hell breakfast lunch and dinner to serve a hangover. Good pie, too. Good country jukebox with lots of old school tunes.
  • Red Eye Cafe 250 S. Meridian St. +1 317 972-1500. [195] One of the few non-chain 24-hour restaurants downtown. A haven for alternative types during the weekend "party fest" of downtown Indy. Board games are offered at every table, beer and wine is available. The food varies from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sandwiches and great fries. Sit back with free wi-fi and watch drunks stumble in from the street and cops chug coffee next to you. Quite a place to people watch in the evening! Vegetarian friendly.
  • Rene's Bakery 6524 Cornell Ave. +1 317 251-2253 [196] One of the premier bakeries in Indianapolis, in a little house in North Broad Ripple and owned by a pastry chef named A. Rene Trevino. With an expansive menu that is freshly baked and changes daily -- you'll find so many lovely treats. Scones, croissants, muffins, cookies, truffles, eclairs, tortes, tarts and breads. Currently, the weekly bread selection is Walnut Rye, Multi-Grain, Raisin, White, Brioche and Challah. Great place for a quick snack or to pick up a lovely breakfast. It's just a bakery - no seating, but when the weather is nice you can sit outside or relax on one of the many benches on the Monon Trail.
  • Ripple Bagel & Deli 850 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 257-8326 [197] Broad Ripple's only locally owned deli - with the only steamed bagel sandwich in town. Hippies work the counter and the bagels are fresh. Look for the giant bagel clock over the door! Vegan friendly.
  • Shalimar 1043 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 465-1100 [198] One of Indy's finest Indian restaurants featuring a great affordable buffet. Chock full of yuppies and Broad Ripple hipsters. Vegan friendly.
  • Side Wok Cafe 1087 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 722-1090 Good, affordable Chinese located in Broad Ripple. Clean, friendly and basic good food. Vegan friendly.
  • The Bosphorus Instanbul Cafe 935 S. East St. +1 317 974-1770. [199] Indiana's only Turkish restaurant located in a cute building with loads of character.
  • Three Sisters Cafe 6360 Guilford Ave. +1 317 257-5556 Three Sisters has withstood the changes of Broad Ripple. Offering vegan friendly breakfasts - from classics eggs and sausage to tofu treats and omelettes. Located in a lovely old home just off Broad Ripple's main drag, enjoy outdoor dining for breakfast and lunch in warm months and a relaxing and quaint indoor dining experience, featuring local art and nice folk tunes through the speakers. Great for an affordable, healthy bite to eat. Vegan friendly.
  • Yats Many locations, see below. Indy's top restaurant for Cajun food. Sharing three locations, owned by a New Orleans native transplant, you'll feel like you're in the Cresent City. Large quantities of limited meals are offered up each day - and each is so tasty you'll be content. Pig out on great Cajun eats in a fun artsy environment. Vegan food available too! Hipsters and punks serve up your meals and sodas are refillable and mere $1. A great deal for a lot of enjoyable food. The chili cheese crawfish etouffe is their signature dish, but the jambalaya is also outstanding. Vegan friendly.
    • Broad Ripple - 5363 N. College. +1 317 253-8817
    • Downtown - 659 Mass Ave. +1 317 686-6380
    • Fishers - 8352 E. 96th St. +1 317 585-1792
  • A2Z Cafe 4705 E. 96th St. +1 317 569-9349. [200] Named after the owners and their child (Asraf, Antonio and Zulma) A2Z offers up tasty breakfast and lunch dishes. From oatmeal to crepes, omelettes and "build your own" breakfast, to babba ganouche and Divine Salmon Cake salad. Warm, friendly environment for families and friends alike.
  • Agio 635 Mass Ave. +1 317 488-0359. [201] Located right on Mass Ave, serving Italian food from chef Joseph Heidenreich. Local art decks the walls and a covered patio offers outdoor dining rain or shine. Agio is very popular pre-shows - theatre and concerts, so make reservations or be prepared to dine at the bar or have a drink while waiting. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Ambrosia 915 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 255-3096 [202] Located in Broad Ripple, a family establishment for just that, and for romantic night outs, gatherings, and so forth. Owned by a tiny Italian lady who has kept it in the family since she moved here so long ago. Great Italian food and a bar next door. Great outdoor dining. Dress cute, jeans are very lame to wear here, and enjoy a nice, relaxing, homemade Italian meal. Elegant and light decor, Ambrosia is also a staple place to visit for visiting racecar drivers.
  • Andrus O'Reilly's 36 S. Pennsylvania St. +1 317 974-0674. [203] Irish owned! Traditional Irish and American food in a dark, nice, clean environment. Plenty of televisions for your sports viewing pleasure, lots of beers and plenty of room to wander. Nice outdoor dining, and a good place to grab a bite for lunch or early evening.
  • Barcelona Tapas 201 N. Delaware St. +1 317 638-8272. [204] Barcelona serves up tapas - Spanish appetizer-sized dishes - to make your palette happy! Small portions and a big menu, with lots of options. Indoor and outdoor dining, with a hip and cute Spanish inspired interior, makes it a unique dining experience for Indy. Go during the week- it's less crowded; you'll get more attentive service, and not feel as rushed. The food comes out as it is prepared, and they also have cheap cocktails (martinis, beer, wine and of course sangria!). Favorites include Pincho de Maruno (pork tenderloin with curry mayo), Patatas Bravas (roasted potatoes in spicy tomato sauce) and Alas de Pollo (garlic pepper chick wings with sherry mayo). Vegetarian friendly.
  • Capri 2602 Ruth Dr. +1 317 259-4122 [205] Locally owned Italian restaurant that is one of the stars of the city. The family is from Naples, and the food is fresh and delectable. Dine in the bar - a dark wooden collection of comfy couches and a few televisions. Live music all week and a nice wine list!
  • Champps 8711 River Crossing Rd. +1 317 574-0333. [206] Champps is a sports bar meets restaurant explosion. Indoor and outdoor dining, family friendly and bar friendly. The food ranges from American classics to fusion treats. Lots of beer to chose from. The biggest highlight of dining here is sitting in the booths facing the bar and watching karaoke that happens once a week. Northside is more laid back than downtown's touristy feel. Vegetarian friendly.
    • Downtown - 49 W. Maryland St. +1 317 951-0033.
  • Claddagh Irish Pub Multiple locations, see below. [207] Regionally owned Irish pubs that offer the biggest fish and chips in town, two pounds worth! The "chips" are dipped in sour cream then fried, and the Irish stew's base is Guiness. Downtown is 21+ and the other two locations have family and bar dining. Irish/English jams pump out through the stereo (from U2 to Loreena McKennitt to Radiohead) and Black and Tans are served a plenty. The stools are short, the whiskey is served from upside down pours, and the decor features Irish antiques and themed paintings.
    • Downtown - 234 S. Meridian St. +1 317 822-6274
    • North - 3835 E. 96th St. +1 317 569-3663
  • Edelweiss Restaurant 8602 South Meridian Street. +1 317 888-6940. Located inside German Park on the far south side of Indianapolis, this restaurant is run by a private club (the German-American Klub) but is open to the public. Serves lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Food is mostly Bavarian in style, with some American specialties on the menu with daily specials. Friday evenings often have live entertainment in the quaint Gasthaus-style dining room. There is also a Biergarten for dining on pleasant evenings. A ballroom on the upper floor is available for rental.
  • India Garden 830 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 253-6060. [208] Locally owned Indian restaurant that is considered the best in town. They have a lunch and dinner buffet that is legendary in Indianapolis. The downtown location just reopened for lunch & dinner, and the Broad Ripple location is chock full of hungry college students and Broad Ripple hipsters and vegetarians. Bring on the buffet! Vegan friendly.
    • Downtown - 207 N. Delaware St. +1 317 634-6060
  • Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria 100 Byrd Way, Greenwood. +1 317 881-8888. [209] The world's biggest cafeteria. Yes, cafeteria. Your wildest fantasies will come true here. Well, cafeteria wise. They also offer their food to go and desserts galore. Jonathan Byrd is a millionaire and also has one of the world's biggest collections of Bibles. You can see some on display here too. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Le Peep Multiple locations, see below. [210] One of Indy's favorite places to have breakfast. Classics like oatmeal and biscuits & gravy. Breakfast served in skillets with names like "Hobo" "Gypsy" and "Desperado" these meals are hearty for any wandering traveller. Their omelettes are the number one in town, and their pancakes will leave you speechless (cause you'll be eating them so quickly). Have a sweet tooth? Try the King Cakes, a sweet tempting pancake. They also offer lunch fare too. Be prepared to wait, no reservations accepted. Only open for breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian friendly.
    • Carmel - 12213 N. Meridian St. +1 317 580-9193
    • Keystone at the Crossing - 8487 Union Chapel Rd. +1 317 259-8344
    • Castleton - 8225 Craig St. +1 317 576-0433
    • Downtown - 301 N. Illinois. +1 317 237-3447
  • Loon Lake Lodge 6880 E. 82nd St. +1 317 845-9011. [211] This place is a melding between a Montana Lodge, Epcot Center, and well, an interstate off ramp. However, they server medium sized portions of good steak, seafood and chicken at moderate prices. Enjoy your meal in a wooded-like area, capped of with animatronic animals (i.e. raccoons). The bar is a wooded canoe lodge, with friendly staff and even a gift shop for your outdoor, err..sorta, experience. They have a nice wine list, featuring flights, and also half off wine night on Monday! Super kid friendly, but not obnoxious.
  • Luxor 1026 S. Virginia Ave. +1 317 [212] Downtown's only Egyptian restaurant also offers Greek and Italian cuisine - but stick with the Egyptian fare - it's amazing. Vegan friendly.
  • Mark Pi's China Gate 1439 E. 86th St. +1 317 254-8839. A long time standard for great Chinese, Mark Pi is world famous - and he even created the "worlds longest Chinese noodle." Unlike most Chinese joints in town, Mark Pi's offers a nice sit down "upper" scale version of traditional Chinese. White table clothes and all. Oh, and don't forget the fancy aquarium. The food is great and don't forget the tastiest fortune cookies in town. Vegan friendly.
  • Naked Tchopstix 6253 N. College Ave. +1 317 252-5555 Great Broad Ripple restaurant with a good location and late night dining. Offering Asian cuisine - Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Korean and the list goes on. A huge menu, interesting Japanese drinks (the sake-plum cocktail is superb!) and friendly stylish servers. A cute decor reminiscent of San Francisco. Nice portions, sushi bar, and a clean environment with good music on the stereo (Air is a popular choice). Indoor/outdoor dining. Great for large groups and a good place to drink heavy at an Asian restaurant.
  • Santorini Greek Kitchen 1417 E. Prospect St. +1 317 917-1116. [213] Winning numerous awards has put this Greek restaurant at the top of its game in town. The dining room is white and blue, art from Greece decorates the walls and belly dancers wander table to table. A small bar offers bar seating. Prepare to load up on potatoes, salad, and the best pasticchio in the city. Vegan friendly.
  • Scholars Inn 725 Mass. Ave. +1 317 536-0707. [214] Located right on Mass Ave. offering quick accessibility to bars and theaters. The decor is modern and the food is okay, but the location shines. Downstairs is proper dining and a bar for dining, upstairs is the bar where young people clamor for cheap martinis on Thursdays and half off wine bottles on Mondays. Smoking is allowed upstairs, and can be quite heavy. The dessert menu is outstanding; even if you eat dinner somewhere else along Mass Ave., it's worth it to come here for dessert. The drink specials and location shine; eat in the bar for better and faster service. Vegan friendly.
  • Shapiro's Delicatessen 808 S. Meridian St. +1 317 631-4041. [215] There are two locations, but the downtown is the one to go to. Indy's finest Kosher cuisine is served up at this cafeteria daily. This is the real deal - serving up mile-high sandwiches - including the best corned beef on rye in the state. Great potato pancakes, mac and cheese and the selection of pies and cakes is enough to make ones head explode. Grab a Dr. Brown's root beer or cream soda and enjoy.
  • Thai Cafe 1041 Broad Ripple Ave. +1 317 722-1008. One of the finest Thai restaurants in the city. Dine in and watch Thai-themed films on hi-res televisions in a teeny tiny restaurant or order to go. Arrive with plenty of time, there can be a wait. Not good for large tables, but if you have a party of 6 or less you should be okay. Great for couples. With 10 levels of spice, a good start level is 2. Amazing Thai ice tea and the greatest pad thai in town.
  • Amalfi's 1351 W. 86th St. +1 317 253-4034. [216] One of the warmest and finest Italian restaurants in the city. Owned by Mario and Joni DiRosa, with help from Mario's mother Pina, both from Naples, serving mouth-watering homemade Italian food. Ravioli Pomodora and Pollo Al Marsala are two of the prime dishes on the menu. Joni greets visitors and Mario stops by the tables to greet visitors, making it a very lovely environment. Best tiramsu in the city and chicken lasagna ever. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Chanteclair 2501 S. High School Rd. +1 317 243-1040. Located inside the airport Holiday Inn, Chanteclair is an Indy classic, the restaurant of choice for romantics. Traditional French cuisine that requires a jacket for men and business attire for ladies. A strolling violinist roams the tables playing romantic serenades tableside. Don't forget your left-overs, they wrap up doggie bags in foil to be shaped like swans.
  • Corner Wine Bar 6331 Guilford Ave. +1 317 255-5159 [217] A Broad Ripple staple that offers a plentiful wine list (hence the name) and specialty beer list. French inspired food with perfect portions. Their cheese crock is great - served with fresh apples in a bread bowl. They have a weekly filet mignon special where you can get a small filet for a mere $12.99 or so. They also have a special where you allow the manager to pick out a bottle of wine you like for $15 - tell them what you like, and out it comes, nice and unique choices. Their outdoor dining is some of the best in the city and the interior is lovely dark wood, small and intimate.
  • Dunaway's 351 S. East St. +1 317 638-7663. [218] Located in the old Indiana Oxygen Building, Dunaway's has won numerous local accolades for it's dining. The front door greets you with two old oxygen tanks, hollowed out to make beautiful lamps inspired by the art deco building they represent. Chef Dunaway offers the best crab cakes in town, live jazz three days a week, and the best rooftop outdoor dining in the city. Their wine cellar has won the prestigious Wine Spectator Award and is one of the best in the city. Reservations are recommended. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Elements 415 N. Alabama St. +1 317 634-8888. [219] An amazing restaurant. Modern in design, with beautiful art and stylish decor. Make reservations - this is one of Indy's hottest dining establishments. With a great location and a great ever changing seasonal menu, incorporating local and fresh food. The Kobe Beef is amazing, ice cream selections for dessert are heavenly and the side dish of fingerling potatoes are so tasty. A hip place to enjoy and be seen.
  • Fleming's 8487 Union Chapel Rd. +1 317 466-0175. [220] National group of steak houses that have one of the best wine lists in the country (Wine Spectator award and all!). Sit at the bar and ask enjoy the company of Jimmy, Evelyn or Curtis, three of the best bartenders in the city. The dark wood decor adds to a cozy feel. Great steaks, lobster and hor'dourves. They have great shoe-string fries for a side!
  • L'Explorateur 6523 Ferguson Ave. +1 317 726-6906. [221] Focusing mainly on seafood, this restaurant has won numerous awards declaring it the finest restaurant in town. The menu changes all the time, based on freshness and availability. They do offer meat and fowl dishes as well. Sweet Potato Ravioli and Duck Confit are only two of the fine options on the menu. They also offer a raw bar - with oysters and sushi. Beautiful design, nice location, very special place!
  • Midtown Grill 815 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 253-1141. [222] One of Broad Ripple's finest. Great steaks, wine and unique fusion cuisine. Fresh ingredients contribute to their ever changing menu. Their lobster bisque is the best, grill beef medallions with risotto, and the best dessert in town - white chocolate brownie. Great service and indoor/outdoor dining. Modern decor too!
  • Mo's 47 S. Penn. +1 317 624-0720. [223] Mo's serves great steaks, chops, chicken and seafood. The room is open air and wide, offering cigars for an after dinner...snack. They wheel a cart out full of meat and let you pick out your choice cut. Not a vegetarian's ideal stop.
  • P.F. Chang's Two locations, see below. [224] World-famous Chinese-American fusion chain that offers up great food. Downtown is in the Circle Center Mall, uptown is in front of the Fashion Mall. Both locations are decorated in modern Chinese-inspired decor and giant statues from Chinese history. The lettuce wraps are great for an appetizer, the wine list is good, and they have beer on tap! The dessert menu is small, but every treat is tasty. The north side location is frequented by shoppers and celebs - you'll often catch local Colts' players (Peyton Manning, for example) grabbing a bite to-go after games. Downtown is busy at lunch and early dinner, so make it a late one. Dine at the bar for less wait time and faster and more attentive service. Vegan friendly.
    • Downtown - 49 W. Maryland St. +1 317 974-5747
    • Keystone at the Crossing - 8601 Keystone Crossing. +1 317 815-8773
  • Palomino 49 W. Maryland St. +1 317 974-0400. [225] Located right downtown in a prime location - at the mall, at the theater, at the RCA Dome. Modern design with Chihuly-designed lighting. Palomino's European-melding cuisine is tasty and they have one of the best appetizers in town - "Crisp Potatoes Gorgonzola" a.k.a. waffle fries with gorgonzola cheese dripped all over them. Decadent! They also offer a Colt's brunch before games on Sundays which offer tasty brunch fare and champagne and beers pre-game. Great location so you can walk to the game. Half off appetizers in the evenings. Make reservations. Vegetarian friendly.
  • R Bistro 888 Mass Ave. +1 317 423-0312. [226] The weekly menu changes every week, Chef Regina has traveled the world and uses only the finest local ingredients. A small cozy spot at the end of Mass Ave. Reservations are a must for one of the finest in town.
  • Rathskeller 401 E. Michigan. +1 317 636-0396. [227] Indianapolis' best joint for traditional German food. One of Indiana's oldest buildings, the building was actually built by writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s grandfather. Originally housing the German Klub of Indianapolis, it's now a true German dining experience. Located right on Mass Ave. it's within walking distance of bars and theaters. Make reservations to enjoy potato pancakes, Jaegerschnitzel, and wurst. Tons of beer and wine available too including beers that are hard to find locally. Lunch time offers outdoor dining in the beer garden.
  • St. Elmo Steak House 127 S. Illinois St. +1 317 635-0636. [228] Downtown in Indy since 1902, the restaurant has went through some changes, but the biggest asset is the main room. Make reservations to dine in the main room/entry room/bar. This is the original restaurant, the walls are covered with celebrity photos including more car racing stars then the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's museum, artwork and memorabilia from the opening to present. Their shrimp cocktail features giant prawns and is the best in the city. The wooden bar is beautiful and the prep-chef sits in the window, serving up shrimp cocktails and preparing seafood and steaks for your viewing.
  • Sullivan's 3316 E. 86th St. +1 317 580-1280. [229] Inspired by the famous boxer, 1940s decor offers up amazing steaks and seafood. Now smoke free, their bar is a great place to hear live jazz and watch a sports game. Bar menu is a tad different then the dining room. The bar menu features "The City's Best Hamburger" and it is - thick, juicy and cooked perfectly. Also order a chocolate souffle when you order dinner, your taste buds will thank you. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Taste 5164 N. College Ave. +1 317 925-2233 [230] Stop in for breakfast or lunch at this gourmet cafe. Be sure to order the pomme frites or the cheddar biscuits! Vegetarian friendy.
  • The Villa 1456 N. Delaware St. +1 317 916-8500. [231] Built in 1906, the Villa is also a spa and bed & breakfast. It's like eating in a castle. The restaurant is small and reservations are a must. Quite possibly one of the best meals in the city, and the service is superb. The chocolate desserts are to die for, orgasmic is the best word to describe. The bar is small, and offers a checkers table. Great wine list too. Perfect for a romantic evening. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Abbey Coffee House 825 N. Pennsylvania St. +1 317 269-8426. One of the city's oldest locally owned coffee shops. Has one of the largest vegetarian/vegan menus in the city. Live music on many weekends. Free wi-fi.
  • Cornerstone Coffee 651 E. 54th St. +1 317 283-1360. Local coffee shop that offers full menu, pastries, tea and coffee of course. Indoor and outdoor seating, connected to Moe & Johnny's bar.
  • Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co. Two locations, see below. [232] H&C has their own warehouse where they custom-roast all their own beans and import over 20 types of coffees. Considered the finest coffee in town by some.
    • Broad Ripple - 4930 Penn. Ave. +1 317 251-5161
    • Broad Ripple - 6229 Carrollton Ave. +1 317 803-4155
  • Lazy Daze Coffee House 10 S Johnson Ave +1 317 353-0777. Located in the historic Irvington neighborhood just a few miles east of downtown. Its just south of Washington St and attached to the Irving Theater. Small but cozy, this coffeehouse features live music almost every weekend. Outside seating available. Free Wi-fi.
  • Mo'Joe Coffee House 222 W. Michigan St. +1 317 822-6656. [233] Located by IUPUI providing coffee and tea and so forth in a clean modern and cozy environment. Live music too. Free wi-fi.
  • Monon Coffee Company 920 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 255-0510 [234] Independent coffee shop, free wireless access.
  • Net Heads Cybercafe 1011 E. Westfield Blvd. +1 317 257-6635 [235] One of the few cybercafe's in town. It's cheap to use one of the many super nice computers with your own private speaker. Aside from internet access you can play one of many video games - online and off (i.e. World of Warcraft, Doom, etc). They serve chips and hot dogs, soda, coffee and BEER! Open early and late.

Booze and Cocktails

To drink and get into bars you must be 21+. Bars close at 3AM; 12:30AM on Sundays. Alcohol cannot be bought in stores on Sundays. Age requirements vary and are listed below.
  • 501 Eagle 501 N. College Ave. +1 317 623-2100 [236] Hardcore gay leather bar. For serious enthusiasts of the leather. Leather events, charity events and theme nights are regular.
  • Alley Cat 6267 Carrollton Ave. +1 317 257-4036 This is the #1 dive bar in the city, according to every poll, award and every heavy drinker in town. Located in Broad Ripple, down an alley. No windows, smoke-ridden, and open at 7AM for breakfast till 3AM for dinner. A great jukebox, legendary bar staff, numerous pool tables, and the hardest drinks in town. Sometimes bands play too. A place you know will never change. Vegetarian friendly. 21+
  • Babes East 7259 Pendleton Pike +1 317 545-5100 Indianapolis strip club featuring female exotic dancers, decent cocktails and plenty of drooling men to boot. Always popular on weekends and during car race season!
  • Blu 240 S. Meridian St. +1 317 955-8585 [237] Another night club to jump on the whole "Miami inspired ultra lounge" wave. Theme rooms and leather couches, oh and don't forget beds for lounging on. DJs pump top 40, appetizers are served and you can call ahead to reserve space and "VIP" treatment. Martinis are the house speciality. 21+
  • Bourbon Street Distillery 361 Indiana Ave. +1 317 838-3316 Always an after work staple, the Distillery has evolved into a bizarre bar. Offering a cajun fare of spice and heat in downtown Indy - the downstairs is a standard pub and upstairs is a mix of a living room and a nightclub offering a Bourbon Street style balcony that is heated year round. Aside from having tasty food, the Distillery is a house for house music, top 40 and live music.
  • Broad Ripple Brew Pub 840 E. 65th St. +1 317 253-2739 [238] Indy's favorite "British" pub. Located snugly in Northern Broad Ripple, the neighborhoods namesake pub brews some of the best beer in the city. It was the first brewpub in town, and is the oldest microbrewery in the state. If E.S.B., India Pale Ale, Lager, Porter and Bitter falls into your vocabulary then this is the place for you. Good food - Scotch Eggs, bangers and mash - and one of the best vegetarian menus in the city. Smoke free finally, with a friendly and familiar bar staff. Indoor and outdoor dining makes this one of the busiest lunch and dinner spots in the area. They also have real darts (not plastic). A must visit!! All ages.
  • Brugge Brasserie 1011a E. Westfield Blvd. Broad Ripple. +1 317 255-0978 [239] The only Belgian restaurant in the city. Amazing food and beer. Sit at one of many indoor/outdoor tables - what are those holes for in the table you ask? Frites of course! The best Belgian Fries in the Midwest. Chose one of your many dips - garlic mayo is the gem. Order a crepe, sandwich or perhaps some mussels and pig out. Don't forget one (or more) of their award winning microbrew Belgian ales. Watch European football on the television and enjoy great music (Nick Cave!). Reservations are recommended, this place gets packed fast. 21+
  • The Casba 6319 Guilford Ave. +1 317 251-3138. One of Indy's only basement bars! Located underneath the restaurant Usual Suspects, this is as Broad Ripple institution. Nice drink specials, and a variety of DJ's during the week. Wednesday's features retro/electro DJ's, Thursday a jam band, and on the weekends DJ's and jukeboxes. They just renovated, expanding the basement to cater to larger crowds. 21+
  • Chalkie's 5603 E. 82nd St. +1 317 578-2221. Probably the cleanest pool hall in town. A spacious venue featuring pool tables and dart boards galore. Mediocre bar food is served (eat before you go) and they have a really unique drink menu (high end import beers). Friendly staff, and cheap pool on really nice tables. It's also smoke free. They also have a great jukebox with weird and popular music alike (from Sisters of Mercy to Outkast). Nice crowd, and a low-key joint.
  • Chatham Tap 719 Mass Ave. +1 317 917-8425. [240] English style pub that features hi-def tv's playing soccer (err..."football") all day and night. A nice selection of high end beers and a mix of bar style food with more gourmet takes on classics. They serve some of the best fish and chips in town to a mix of hipsters, post-work yuppies, gays and jocks.
  • Claddagh Irish Pub (downtown) 234 S. Meridian St. +1 317 822-6274. [241] Regionally owned Irish pubs. The one downtown is a bar, so no kids allowed. The closest thing to Ireland - short stools and all. Grab a pint of beer and some amazing fish and chips and listen to live Irish music and watch some sports on the televisions. Can get crazy on the weekends, so check it out during the week and sit at the bar to watch them poor some black and tans. 21+
  • Coaches Tavern 28 S. Pennsylvania St. +1 317 917-1191. [242] Popular for lunch and after-work meet ups, Coaches celebrates just that - sports and coaches. A nice wooden pub located right downtown with high tables, video games and jukebox, and of course sports on the TV. Live music and DJs offer entertainment on the small stage and outdoor seating is nice during the warm months. Thursdays is $2 pint night, and the beer choices are good and plentiful. They also serve food - and lots of it. Great place for lunch and a brew in the afternoon. Vegetarian friendly. 21+
  • Club Level 120 E. Market St. +1 317 964-0400. Night club housed in an old bank in downtown Indy. Music caters to mainly top 40 and hip hop crowds. 21+
  • Deano's Vino Restaurant & Wine Bar 1112 Shelby St. +1 317 423-3154. [243] Located in the heart of Fountain Square, Deano's started out originally as a wine shop. Now it's an award-winning restaurant and wine bar. A relaxing atmosphere decorated with local art (many of it from the local art galleries next door), seasonal menu items with sandwiches for lunch and regional themed dinners. The wine bar is filled with wine/beer memorabilia and a visitors Wall of Fame. Wednesday nights is wine tasting night, with awesome wines and affordable prices. Lots of beers too! All ages. Vegan friendly. All ages.
  • Elbow Room 605 N. Pennsylvania St. +1 317 635-3354 Located inside of just that, an Elbow shaped building just north of Mass Ave. With a bar and a restaurant, outdoor dining too, the Elbow Room is a great meeting place for lunch or pre-club or show dinner and a drink. American fare with nice twists on sandwiches. Good fish and chips! Vegetarian friendly. All ages
  • English Ivy's 944 N. Alabama St. +1 317 822-5070 An Old Northside (that's the historic district downtown) institution. The downtown queer community regulars it, but everyone can find themselves at home here. Not much natural light, but plenty of Christmas lights decorate this bar and pub. Enjoy drinks and good food. Vegan friendly. 21+
  • Front Page 310 Mass Ave. +1 317 631-6682 Located on Mass Ave's far west end, the Front Page is a great stop for late lunch and after work drinks. From 4PM-5PM the Front Page offers half off appetizers - so eat greasy food like a king and enjoy cheap beers. A few tables litter the street for warm weather outdoor dining/drinking, and the bar inside offers karaoke once a week.
  • Jillian's 141 S. Meridian St. +1 317 822-9300. [244] The Chuck E. Cheese for adults, if you will. This chain features a restaurant serving a variety of American-based cuisine, a hibachi restaurant, and a dance club. Then, littered with bars, is the huge arcade room featuring retro and current game systems, a dance club, and a crazy bowling alley with dance lights and cocktails. Drink prices aren't too cheap, and honestly, the best time to go is when you can have the place to yourself on a rainy afternoon. Drinking and Dance Dance Revolution, woo! 21+ Vegetarian friendly.
  • Kellerbar at the Rathskellar 401 E. Michigan. +1 317 636-0396. [245] Located inside the Rathskellar German restaurant the Kellerbar is the downtown place to drink beers from around the world and sop it all up with German food. During the warm months, this is one of the busiest bars in town. Get there early to enjoy a quieter beer (or two, or three, or four), the bar opens up in the afternoon and you can enjoy their in-house brew (the Dunkel is amazing) outside in the Biergarten or inside in the cozy oak bar that emulates a German castle. Later in the evening on the weekends cover bands rock out in the garden and drunk college students go wild.
  • Living Room Lounge 934 N. Penn. +1 317 635-0361. A downtown semi-dive bar that offers the type of karaoke that you plug your ears, cover your eyes and ask yourself "Why, God, why?" then you get on the microphone yourself. Jaegerbombs's are $2 on Thursdays. With cheap specials, you'll become a regular yourself quickly.
  • MacNiven's 339 Mass Ave. +1 317 632-7268. Indy's only Scottish pub, owned by a Scotsman with a vegetarian wife. Real haggis and blood pudding - and the nice thing is that they offer vegan haggis too (a vegan friend describes it as "tasty but salty"). Comfort food at its best - fish and chips from heaven. Restaurant on one side, street side seating and a bar on the other side. Scottish antiques, flags, and the biggest best beer menu in town. Oh, don't forget the Scotch! 18+
  • Metro 707 Mass Ave. +1 317 639-6022 [246] A laid back, casual environment with a pub downstairs and a modern pool hall upstairs. Their karaoke is legendary - featuring people who really can sing. Upstairs they also feature a sex/bdsm shop for kinky goods. Speaking of kink, food is served too! 21+
  • Mo's Loading Dock 1045 N. Senate. +1 317 637-2680 [247] Located inside the Stutz Art Gallery the Loading Dock is just that - an old Loading Dock for the Stutz car factory. Resident artists and workers stop in for lunch, a smoke, or perhaps a drink throughout the day and evening. Cheap specials, Monday's is .50 draft night, and good food. They have great chicken fingers which are rolled and fried in Cap N' Crunch cereal. Live music too. 21+
  • Moe & Johnny's 5380 N. College Ave. +1 317 255-6376. [248] A popular bar for Butler students and Broad Ripple residents. Big screens pump sports games from all over the world - we watched the World Cup here - and the huge bar offers plenty of room for eating and drinking. Pool tables, pinball and that crazy golf game are here too. Nice outdoor seating that offers some of the best street-watching in the city. The best buffalo chicken sandwich in the city. Great beer specials!
  • Nicky Blaine's 20 N. Meridian St. +1 317 638-5588. Martinis and cigars are the main attraction here. With a 1930-40s feel from the dark plush interior.. A lot of businessmen and businessmen-loving-women attend here, as do early-night partiers, and the night-cap types. Once a month they have a meeting called "Meet The Mistress" which features local Dominatrix's having cocktails with interested folks. Fascinating mix and serious cocktails. 21+
  • Old Point Tavern 401 Mass Ave. +1 317 634-8943. Great location on Mass Ave for eating before a performance. Great for meeting friends, chatting till they close (around 1AM), bathing in the red neon light, listening to alternative music on the stereo. The nachos are legendary - a huge pile of nachos with every topping imaginable(vegetarian is the most popular choice) will feed 3-4. The freshest and healthiest bar food in town - hummus, parfaits, bean sprouts, sandwiches and fresh salad. Great desserts, drink specials - lots of beer! Friendly staff and perfect outdoor dining too. It's hard to find a seat outside once 5PM rolls around during warm months. They have a great muzak channel that plays all new wave and 80s alternative - the only place you'll hear Morrissey on the stereo.
  • Plump's Last Shot 6416 Cornell Ave. +1 317 257-5867. This pub is owned by Bobby Plump, who threw the winning Hail Mary shot in the Milan 1954 game that is immortalized in the film "Hoosiers." It's been described as a "boho sports bar" which is a good, yet cheesy, name for it. The type of sports bar that hippies, artists, and jocks can come together without a problem. And only one tv. Yes, one TV. A huge outdoor deck in this small house, that has indoor dining too. A good jukebox that is pumped outdoors and the best hush puppies this side of the Mississippi. Friendly staff, friendly locals. We'll hang out here for hours during the summer on the patio. Very dog friendly. 21+
  • Red Key 5170 N. College Ave. +1 317 283-4601. An Indianapolis legend, this is where Ben Affleck filmed his first motion picture. You'll walk in to this joint and think you're back in WW II. It's been owned by the same folks since then. Model planes hang from the ceiling, awesome vintage art, and pennies on the ceiling that get tossed up and pulled down for donation each year (and thousands of them, seriously). A beer is served with a small glass and unique cheap eats are on the bar menu. There are rules here - don't put your feet on the chairs or booth seats, hang your coat up on one of the hooks, and don't get too obnoxious or you're out. They'll ask you politely of course the first time. A must see for lovers of classic bars. By the time you leave you'll be a regular.
  • Talbott Street 2145 N. Talbott St. +1 317 931-1343. [249] In the old Talbott Theater building is Indy's most popular gay dance night club and drag show cabaret. With modern design and three bars, it's never a dull moment. Gays, straights, androgyny, punks, art schoolers, celebrities and parties - it's a great venue that anyone can feel comfortable at. Fridays is 80s night and drag shows with the "Legends" drag troupe is the best is the city. Saturdays is house, techno and top 40 dance remixes all night long in the main room and drag shows in the Legends Lounge. I like to grab a drink at the upstairs Sky Bar and observe the insanity on the dancefloor. Bring plenty of cash to tip the drag queens and heavy pouring bartenders! Cover ranges from free-$5. 21+
  • Ten 1218 N. Penn St. +1 317 638-5802. Indy's only gay-girls bar. Dark, smoky, and no outdoor lighting - the dive of the gay bars, it's a favorite. Ran by a group of women, who have been there since day one, who offer a safe, clean and fun environment for gay women, men and everyone else who wants to feel comfortable someplace. Top 40 DJ's spin, vendors sell goods, the dancefloor is packed. Drag king shows and open mic nights. Thursdays is the most insane - cheap cover and half off drinks, and we mean every drink. From margaritas to Jack and Coke to Newcastle. Great place to meet like-minded ladies! Cash only, 21+
  • Therapy 605 E. Market St. +1 317 632-0325. [250] Modern design with local artists displaying their works on the walls of this simple and sleek joint. Two rooms - main room offers major techno/dance/house/trance DJs - this is the venue for the genre - the best DJs in the world tour through. The lounge features chill out on major event nights, and during the week offers up the best local DJ talent. Tuesdays is dark industrial called "electro Faktory" and Thursdays is "Keepin' It Deep" featuring world-class house DJs Slater Hogan and John Larner spinning house, underground hip hop and soul, trip hop, brit pop and more. 21+
  • The Unicorn 122 W. 13th St. +1 317 262-9195 [251] Indy's ONLY male strip club. Yes, men, stripping. It also has the biggest cast of male strippers in the Midwest, so never a dull moment. Ladies and gays flood the Unicorn 7 days a week. It is a private club, yearly memberships are available - but of course there is an option for guests. You're welcome there any night, just donate, depending on the evening ($2-5). Mondays feature the famous drink and drown, where you play a flat cover and drink all you want. Check out the hot bods and drink yourself into a frenzy. Life is good. 21+
  • Union Jack Pub Two locations, see below. There are two locations of this English pub, the best being in Broad Ripple. This location offers family and bar dining. Both rooms are littered with well placed English and local antiques and artifacts. Busts of great English minds greet you in the bar and televisions show sports. They have the best "Chicago Style" pizza in the city. Thick, hot and amazing. Great beer selection and weekly specials. They also have a great selection of whiskey and scotch! Friendly bar staff. The Speedway location is drenched in racing memorabilia, a huge bar with good music and lots of televisions!
    • Broad Ripple - 924 Broad Ripple. +1 317 257-4343
    • Speedway - 6225 W. 25th St - +1 317 243-3300
  • The Varsity 1517 N. Penn. +1 317 635-9998 A dark divey bar that attracts a fascinating mix of people. Lunch and dinner features good, greasy bar food and decent drinks. TVs, pool, darts, arcade and karaoke too. 21+
  • The Vogue 6259 N. College Ave. +1 317 259-7029. [252] Originally a movie theater built in the 1930s, in the 70s it opened up as a music venue and nightclub. Now, it's the place for college kids to get wasted on the weekends and dance to top 40 and retro tunes. You'll also find great live music and past acts include: Cheap Trick, Johnny Cash, David Byrne, The White Stripes, Common, Sean Paul, The Faint, VHS Or Beta, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams III, The Black Keys and more. Cover varies. 21+
  • Chateau Thomas Winery 6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield. +1 317 837-WINE. [253] About 20 minutes from downtown Indy. One of Indy's original wineries, grapes are grown in California and wine is made here. Stop by for a free wine tasting, tour and shop their gift shop featuring locally made wine, cheese, food and wine lover goodies. During the spring and summer they feature live local music and social hours.
  • Easley Winery 205 N. College Ave. +1 317 636-4516. [254] The oldest winery in downtown Indy. Free guided tours, wine tasting, and events. In warm months they feature after-work cocktails and live music. Check out the wine-shop featuring tons of wine and beer making goods.

Sleep

There are many national/international hotel/motel chains in town; listed below are some more unique and/or regionally owned operations.
  • Indy Hostel 4903 Winthrop Ave. +1 317 727-1696 [255] Indy's only hostel! Located in Broad Ripple with easy access to bus lines, nightclubs, bars, shops and so forth. Affordable housing in a clean, safe, open minded environment. Hostels are a great way to travel - affordable and you will learn a lot about the city by getting to know the owners and other travellers you may share a room with. A suite is available for those who don't want to be bothered. Local art adorns the walls and the hostel hosts a myriad of travelling folk and acoustic artists for performances. No curfew, internet access, and bicycles are available for hire.
  • Quality Inn 8325 Bash Street. +1 317 577-0455 [256] An Indianapolis hotel, the Quality Inn hotel is a pet-friendly hotel that offers guests free local calls, and high-speed Internet access in every room. This hotel in Indianapolis Indiana is located near the Verizon Wireless Music Center and the Indianapolis Zoo. The Quality Inn also has an outdoor heated pool.
  • Serendipity Haus 1423 Hoyt Ave. +1 317 236-9844 [257] An affordable little B&B, owned by a massage therapist and her husband who is a seasonal Santa! Very kind and sweet couple. Built in 1885 the B&B offers two bedrooms with private baths each, two friendly pets (cat and dog), and breakfast is served freshly made! Walking distance of Fountain Square. Vegetarian friendly.
  • Suburban Extended Stay Northeast Hotel 8055 Bash Street. +1 317 598-1914 [258] The Suburban Extended Stay Castleton is conveniently located close to several area attractions. All standard guest rooms are tastefully designed and come with microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, spacious work desks and cable television with free movies. Handicap accessible and non-smoking rooms are available upon request.
  • All Nations B&B 2164 N. Capitol Ave. +1 317 923-2622 [259] Downtown bed and breakfast located in the home of a couple who have travelled the world. This has led to their creation of their B&B, with themed rooms decorated in the motif of visited countries, i.e. New Zealand, China, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Clean, friendly and comfortable the beautiful home offers a well mainted backyard and front decks, family room, and dining room, where the owners cook guest meals.
  • Brick Street Inn 175 S. Main St, Zionsville. +1 317 873-9177 [260] A bed & breakfast home built in 1865. Placed right in the heart of Zionsville, a quaint arts and food district north of Indianapolis, it's family operated with has a restaurant and gift shop as well. 8 bedrooms offer different regional design styles common to Indianapolis' past. Zionsville is quite cute, filled with antique shops and art galleries.
  • Brickyard Crossing Inn & Resort 4400 W. 16th St. +1 317 241-2500. [261] The Motor Speedway's own inn. It books up fast, months in advance for the races, providing simple and nice accommodations for racing and golf enthusiasts. The race track is right behind it. Literally. The place to party the nights before the race, the entire street turns into a mini-Mardi Gras.
  • Comfort Suites, 4125 Kildeer Dr, 317-791-9610. checkin: 4 pm; checkout: 11 am. The newly built Comfort Suites hotel includes free continental breakfast, free coffee, free local calls, and an indoor heated pool.  edit
  • FantaSuite 1117 E. Main St., Greenwood. +1 317 882-2211 [262] The main reason this place is listed because it's surreal and stuck in a time warp. It's been in Greenwood since probably the late 70s as a "themed room" hotel. Stay in "Arabian Nights," "Le Cave," "Geisha Garden" or perhaps the "Jungle Safari" is your pick. The decor is tacky and retro, and most of the bedrooms are equipped with a mere AM/FM tape player. Celebrate kitsch and strange retro love making with a FantaSuite.
  • Looking Glass Inn B&B 1319 N. New Jersey St. +1 317 639-9550 [263] A beautiful home built in 1905 located downtown in a historic district. A mission style home filled with Victorian antiques. They also own the Villa. Movie collection available, multi-lingual innkeepers and on-call massage therapists available. Breakfast is provided.
  • Nestle Inn B&B 637 N. East St. +1 317 610-5200 [264] One of the most delightful B&B's in town. Victorian home built in 1896 located just off of Mass Ave. Five bedrooms and one suite, library, dining room and sitting rooms, they also serve great homemade breakfast (the scones are stellar!). The owners are sweet and remember all their past guests. Romantic, cute, and friendly.
  • Quality Inn Downtown South, 4502 South Harding St, 317-788-4774. checkin: 4 pm; checkout: 11 am. The Quality Inn South hotel is located five miles from downtown and includes free continental breakfast, free coffee, free wireless internet access, a fitness center, and is a pet-friendly hotel (additional fees apply).  edit
  • 15 North 15 N. Penn. +1 317 255-8002. [265] Locally owned loft located in a 1923 built building. A beautiful loft that most of us can only dream of owning! Located in the heart of the city it features 2 bedrooms, a stainless steel kitchen, flatscreen entertainment center - stay in the city in style.
  • Cambria Suites 6014 Gateway Dr. +1 317 279-2394. [266] Just minutes away from the airport and also located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the RCA Dome multipurpose facility and downtown Indianapolis.
  • Canterbury Hotel 123 S. Illinois. +1 317 634-3000. [267] One of the cities oldest and most beautiful hotels. Award winning, built in 1858. With a beautiful lobby bar and restaurant, French/European decor overwhelms you. Turndown service doesn't have a mint - it offers truffles. This is for the creme de la creme of hotel experiences in Indy, where celebrities often stay.
  • Conrad Indianapolis 50 W. Washington St. +1 317 713-5000. [268] State of the art hotel that features plasma screens and wi-fi in every room. Restaurants, spa, and pet friendly.
  • Crowne Plaza at Union Station 123 W. Louisiana St. +1 317 631-2221. [269] Stay in one of the 26 authentic Pullman train cars or one of the other guest rooms and suites at this hotel situated in historic Union Station. A great downtown location that is smoke-free. All rooms are equipped for high-speed internet connection. Light sleepers should ask for a room on the quiet side of the hotel, as you may hear the rumble of a train passing by.
  • DeWolf-Allerdice House B&B 1224 N. Park Ave. +1 317 822-4299. [270] A beautiful home built in 1870, Victoria and modern design, and dial-up access. Gourmet meals (vegetarian friendly) and cocktails served in the evening.
  • Hyatt Regency 1 S. Capitol Ave. +1 317 632-1234. [271]
  • The Kendall Inn, 5830 N. Post Rd., +1 317 591-7280. [272] Locally owned luxury inn located at Fort Harrison State Park on the East side of town. Beautiful grounds in a historic building that originally served as a hospital on the military grounds starting in 1902. 28 unique rooms with an early American decor. Each room has a jacuzzi!
  • Luxus Suites & Spa, 502 Indiana Ave., +1 317 423-3460. [273] Luxurious is the word to describe this penthouse suite. Two bedrooms, grand piano, fireplace, rooftop terrace, limo, spa services, plasma screens, and more. Live like a celebrity during your visit to Indy.
  • Old Northside B&B, 1340 Alabama St., +1 317 635-9123.[274] Located in the Historic North Side and built in 1885, this Victorian mansion offers opulently designed theme rooms. Jacuzzi tubs, bridal suites, off-street parking and breakfast served every morning.
  • The Villa, 1456 N. Delaware, +1 317 916-8500, [275] Bed and breakfast located downtown. Beautiful building from 1906, which is like staying in a castle. Six rooms are offered with luxurious offerings. The Villa is great for a romantic stay, offering one of the finest restaurants in the city, an in-house spa (again, one of the finest) and the most modern experience in the city for a bed and breakfast.
  • Yellow Rose Inn, 1441 N. Delaware St., +1 317 636-7673, [276] Beautiful restored 1898 home located in a historical district of downtown Indy. All four rooms have access to a hot tub, 1200-ft deck, gardens, spiral staircases and outdoor dining. Amazing antiques, beautiful rooms and jacuzzi's welcome you. Romantic and lovely!
  • WTTV 4 CW
  • WRTV 6 ABC
  • WISH 8 CBS
  • WTHR 13 NBC
  • WFYI 20 PBS
  • WNDY 23 MY
  • WXIN 59 FOX
  • Indianapolis Star [277] Indy's main daily/Sunday paper.
  • Nuvo [278] Locally owned alternative newsweekly that is the best in town.
  • InTake [279] Owned by the Star, competes with Nuvo for a weekly free paper.
  • Indianapolis is a very safe city, and has the typical Midwest sense of hospitality.
  • Be aware of some areas of the city which may be prone to crime. The downtown center of the city is very safe. The inner loop (inside I-465) suburbs can be dangerous in certain areas depending on what neighborhood/area you are in. Just use the usual common sense you would in any large city.
  • As of 2006 Indianapolis and the majority of the state of Indiana are now on Eastern Time and DO observe daylight savings time in the summer.
  • Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 1 Hall of Fame Ct., New Castle. +1 765 529-1891. [280] About 30 minutes east of Indy. This is where "Hoosier Hysteria" is celebrated. Explore exhibits celebrating Indy's basketball history, players, coaches, cheerleaders and so forth. Check out the Hall of Fame featuring amateur inductees from all over the state. $4 for adults, $2 for children.
  • Brown County +1 800 753-3255. [281] Is an hour south of Indy. A quaint and cute artist commune with shops, galleries, food and drink, theaters, music halls and historical monuments. One of the most popular places for locals to check out the 'changing of the leaves' during the Fall. Make sure to get some pumpkin ice cream and take a hike through the beautiful Brown County State Park.
  • Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum [282] is a hidden secret in Southern Indiana. This is also the site of the legendary annual bluegrass festival in June that draws people from all over the world to perform, jam out, drink, eat and celebrate bluegrass music and culture. Check out the Walk of Fame, Bill Monroe's personal collection of memorabilia and other items from the likes of Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones and more. $4 for adults, $3 seniors, children are free.
  • Edinburgh Premium Outlets 11622 N.E. Executive Dr, Edinburgh. +1 317 812-526-9765. [283] Indy's best Outlet, about 30 minutes south of downtown. Features shops like Borders, Banana Republic, the Gap, Calvin Klein, Clarks, Adidas, J.Crew, Guess, Polo and more. They also have an Estee Lauder Company Store which features make-up by companies like MAC, Estee Lauder, Clinque, Perscriptives and Bobbi Brown at outlet prices. AAA discount available.
  • Hunter's Honey Farm 3440 Hancock Ridge Rd., Martinsville. +1 765 537-9430. [284] Locally owned and operated for over 90 years. Take a tour and learn how honey is made, watch it get extracted and bottled, learn about how candles are made and explore the grounds. They also have a gift shop. $3 per person, kids under 2 are free. About 20 minutes south of Indy.
  • Morse Reservoir This man-made lake, located between Cicero (Indiana) and Noblesville has 1,500 acres for boating and water activities and 35 miles of shoreline. More than 95% of the shoreline is residential, but recreational boating is allowed. Launch your boat from the Carrigan Road Bridge marina. Morse Lake Park, by the dam on the east side of the lake, allows supervised swimming in the lake and year-round picnicking as well as fishing.
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.INDIANAPOLIS, the capital and largest city of Indiana, U.S.A., situated on the W. fork of the White river, in Marion county, of which it is the county-seat, and at almost the exact geographical centre of the state.^ Search Indianapolis houses for rent in Marion County and find your home in this capital city of Indiana.
  • Indianapolis Homes for Rent, Rental Homes in Indianapolis IN, Apartments, Home Rentals in Indianapolis Indiana | RentalHouses.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.rentalhouses.com [Source type: News]

^ Indianapolis, located in the center of the Hoosier state, is Indiana's capital and largest city.
  • Office: Indianapolis - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.taftlaw.com [Source type: News]

^ One of the reasons Indianapolis was chosen as the capital city was its proximity to the White River.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana - PeopleFinders 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.peoplefinders.com [Source type: General]

It is 824 m. .W. of New York by rail, and 183 m.^ W. of New York by rail, and 183 m.

.S.E. of Chicago, and is about 710 ft.^ S.E. of Chicago , and is about 710 ft.

above sea-level, and about 138 ft. above Lake Erie. .Its area is 30 77 sq.^ Its area is 30 77 sq.

m., of which 29.95 sq. m. is land. Pop. .(1880) 75,074; (1890) 105,436; (1900) 169,164, of whom 17,122 were foreignborn (8362 being by birth German, 3765 Irish, and 1154 English) and 15,931 were negroes; (1910 census) 233,650. Indianapolis is near the centre of population of the United States.^ Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Indianapolis is capital of the state Indiana .
  • Current local time in U.S.A. – Indiana – Indianapolis 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.timeanddate.com [Source type: News]

^ Indianapolis is near the centre of population of the United States .

^ German, 3765 Irish, and 1154 English) and 15,931 were negroes; (1910 census) 233,650.

.From 1847, when the first railway entered the city, Indianapolis has steadily grown in importance as a railway centre.^ The city is an educational centre of considerable importance.

^ From 1847, when the first railway entered the city, Indianapolis has steadily grown in importance as a railway centre.

^ The twenty-first century is witness to the city of Indianapolis being transformed into a cosmopolitan metroplex catering to the convention/tourist trade.
  • Indianapolis Hotels, Attractions, and Information 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC visit-indianapolis.com [Source type: News]

.It is served by the Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville, the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton, the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St Louis (New York Central System), the Lake Erie & Western (New York Central System), the Pittsburg, Cincinnati, Chicago & St Louis (Pennsylvania System) and the Vandalia (Pennsylvania System) railways.^ New York Events Los Angeles Events San Francisco Events Boston Events Chicago Events Philadelphia Events Washington DC Events Miami Events Atlanta Events San Diego Events .
  • Indianapolis Events, Nightlife, Arts | Going.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indianapolis.going.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Trips from Chicago (to outside Illinois) Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips to Central Indiana Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips from Cincinnati (to outside Ohio) Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Chicago & Northern Illinois Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips from Detroit (outside Michigan) Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Cleveland Area & Northeast Ohio Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips from Cleveland (outside Ohio) Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Cincinnati Area & Southern Ohio Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips from Indianapolis Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips to Indianapolis Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Trips from Saint Louis Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Northern Indiana Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Saint Louis Area Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Indianapolis & Central Indiana Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Detroit Area & Southeast Michigan Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Southern Indiana Weekend Getaways and Day Trips Central Indiana Scenic Drives and Road Trips Outdoor Recreation Near Indianapolis, Indiana .
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Travel Information | Travels.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.travels.com [Source type: General]

^ We at Ray Skillman Kia, Indianapolis Indiana, look forward to serving your Kia needs and we hope that we can help you with your next new Kia or pre-owned Kia purchase.
  • Ray Skillman Indianapolis Kia Dealers - Indiana 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.rayskillmankia.com [Source type: General]

.At the Union Station more than 150 trains enter and depart daily, carrying more than 30,000 passengers.^ At the Union Station more than 150 trains enter and depart daily, carrying more than 30,000 passengers.

^ Conner Prairie, a 19th century “living history museum” just north of the city, is visited each year by more than 320,000 people.
  • Frost Brown Todd - Offices - Indianapolis 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.frostbrowntodd.com [Source type: News]

^ The original station constructed in 1852 was the first train station in the nation to handle multiple railroad lines (thus the name "union").
  • Indianapolis, Indiana  -  Travel Photos by Galen R Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.galenfrysinger.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Outside the city there is a "belt line," 151 m.^ Outside the city there is a " belt line," 151 m.

long, connecting the several railways and carrying more than .1,000,000 freight cars annually; and an extensive electric street railway system, with more than 150 m.^ Conner Prairie, a 19th century “living history museum” just north of the city, is visited each year by more than 320,000 people.
  • Frost Brown Todd - Offices - Indianapolis 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.frostbrowntodd.com [Source type: News]

^ Since that time the event has grown to what is now the largest African-American event in the nation with more than 300,000 in expected attendance.
  • Indianapolis History 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC blog.indy.org [Source type: General]

^ WHAT: More than 270 live theatre performances in 10 days, plus fine arts, film festival, street performers, and lots more.
  • Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indyfringe.org [Source type: General]

of track and with interurban connexions, serves every part of the city and its suburbs. .The city has a large traction terminal station, and is the principal centre for the interurban electric lines of Indiana, which handle freight as well as passengers; in 1908 twenty-five interurban electric lines entered the city and operated about 400 cars every 24 hours.^ The city has a large traction terminal station, and is the principal centre for the interurban electric lines of Indiana, which handle freight as well as passengers; in 1908 twenty-five interurban electric lines entered the city and operated about 400 cars every 24 hours.

^ The largest city in Indiana as well as a major city in the region, Indianapolis is famous for its association with sports, especially the Indy 500 and the NCAA basketball tournament.
  • Indianapolis Guide to Events, Dining, Hotels, and Area Information 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indianapolis.indiana.com [Source type: News]

^ Connecting you to causes in or near Indianapolis, Indiana ( change location ) Enter a zipcode or city, state: Help now All Causes .
  • Indianapolis Non Profit and Charity Events, Programs, Volunteer Match, and Jobs - The Indianapolis Star 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC dogood.indystar.com [Source type: News]

.Physically Indianapolis is one of the most attractive inland cities in America.^ Physically Indianapolis is one of the most attractive inland cities in America .

^ Indianapolis is America's 14th largest city.
  • INDY USA, Everything Indianapolis, Real Estate, Businesses, Home Values 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indianapolisrealestate.org [Source type: News]

^ One the most popular and storied venues in the Midwest since its opening in the late 1970s, The Vogue has consistently been considered the top night spot in Indianapolis.
  • Indianapolis Indiana. Indianapolis City Guide and Yellow Pages. Zip Codes 46206 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.helloindianapolis.com [Source type: General]

.It is built on a level plain surrounded by low, gently sloping and beautifully wooded hills.^ The city is built on a level plain surrounded by low, gently sloping hills.
  • Indianapolis (Indiana, United States) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is built on a level plain surrounded by low, gently sloping and beautifully wooded hills.

.Four principal avenues radiate from points near a central circle to the four corners of the city.^ Four principal avenues radiate from points near a central circle to the four corners of the city.

^ The Circle City Classic Parade has a focus on education highlighting honor students from central Indiana high schools.
  • Indianapolis Events Guide 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indpls.com [Source type: General]

^ It is a planned municipality, its layout resembling that of Washington, D.C. , with radiating streets that converge on Monument Circle at the city centre.
  • Indianapolis (Indiana, United States) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The other streets run at right angles to one another.^ The other streets run at right angles to one another.

.Streets and avenues are 90 ft.^ Streets and avenues are 90 ft.

wide, except .Washington Street, which has a width of 120 ft.^ Washington Street, which has a width of 120 ft.

.An excellent system of parks-8 within the city with an aggregate area of 1311 acres, and 3 with an aggregate area of 310 acres just outside the city limits - adds to the beauty of the city, among the most attractive being the Riverside, the St Clair, the University, the Military, the Fair View, the Garfield and the Brookside.^ An excellent system of parks-8 within the city with an aggregate area of 1311 acres, and 3 with an aggregate area of 310 acres just outside the city limits - adds to the beauty of the city, among the most attractive being the Riverside , the St Clair, the University, the Military, the Fair View, the Garfield and the Brookside.

^ Recent real estate reports indicate that the average purchase price of a home within the city limits is currently around $271,833.
  • Indianapolis, Indiana Relocation - Relocation information for the great area of Indianapolis, Indiana 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indianapolis-living.com [Source type: News]

^ Three city parks offer walking trails, picnic areas, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and wooded common areas.
  • Indianapolis Indiana Real Estate & Homes for Sale 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.pathaddad.com [Source type: General]

.The city is lighted by gas and electricity, - it was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt electric lighting, - and has a good watersupply system, owned by a private corporation, with a 41 acre filter plant of 18,000,000 gallons per diem capacity and an additional supply of water pumped from deep wells outside the city.^ The city is lighted by gas and electricity , - it was one of the first cities in the United States to adopt electric lighting , - and has a good watersupply system, owned by a private corporation, with a 41 acre filter plant of 18,000,000 gallons per diem capacity and an additional supply of water pumped from deep wells outside the city.

^ To utilize minority-owned businesses, securing goods and services for the city and county in a dollar amount equal to at least ten (10) per cent of monies spent by the City of Indianapolis and Marion County; .
  • The Indianapolis Ordinance 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.nostatusquo.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is also the largest city currently in the state, but it is not one of the biggest U.S. tourist destinations.
  • Indianapolis ACLS Online Certification, Recertification & Renewal Course & Class for Only $175 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.aclsrecertificationonline.com [Source type: General]

.The public buildings and business blocks are built mostly of Indiana building stone.^ The public buildings and business blocks are built mostly of Indiana building stone.

^ Indiana Avenue is home to many newer built condos and apartment buildings.
  • Indianapolis Apartments for Rent - Apartments in Indianapolis - Indianapolis IN Apartment Rentals | MyNewPlace 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.mynewplace.com [Source type: General]

.The state capitol stands in a square 8 acres in extent, and has a central tower and dome 240 ft.^ The state capitol stands in a square 8 acres in extent, and has a central tower and dome 240 ft.

^ The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, erected by the state, stands in the circle in the centre of the city, rises to a height of 284.5 ft.

high. .It covers 2 acres of ground and cost $2,000,000. The Marion county court-house cost $1,750,000. Other noteworthy buildings are the Federal building (containing post-office, custom-house and Federal court-rooms; erected at a cost of $3,000,000); Tomlinson Hall, capable of seating 3000 persons, given to the city by Daniel Tomlinson; the Propylaeum, a club-house for women; the Commercial club; Das Deutsche Haus, belonging to a German social club; the Maennerchor club-house; the Union railway station; the traction terminal building; the city hall, and the public library.^ It covers 2 acres of ground and cost $2,000,000.

^ The Marion county court -house cost $1,750,000.

^ Other noteworthy buildings are the Federal building (containing post-office, custom-house and Federal court-rooms; erected at a cost of $3,000,000); Tomlinson Hall, capable of seating 3000 persons, given to the city by Daniel Tomlinson; the Propylaeum, a club-house for women; the Commercial club; Das Deutsche Haus, belonging to a German social club; the Maennerchor club-house; the Union railway station; the traction terminal building; the city hall, and the public library.

.Near the city is the important United States army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison, named in honour of President Benjamin Harrison, whose home was in Indianapolis.^ Use Zillow to find homes for sale in Indianapolis or cities near Indianapolis.
  • Indianapolis, IN Real Estate & Indianapolis Homes for Sale - Page 1 - Zillow 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.zillow.com [Source type: General]

^ Indianapolis is the site of Fort Harrison , a former Army post that's home to a championship golf course.
  • Indianapolis Indiana Real Estate & Homes for Sale 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.pathaddad.com [Source type: General]

^ Near the city is the important United States army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison , named in honour of President Benjamin Harrison , whose home was in Indianapolis.

.In or near the city are the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane, the Indiana Institution for the Education of the Blind, the Indiana Institution for the Education of the Deaf, the Indiana Girls' School (included with the Women's prison until 1899, and under the same management as the prison from 1899 to 1903, when it became a separate institution, - it was removed to Clermont, to m.^ In or near the city are the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane, the Indiana Institution for the Education of the Blind, the Indiana Institution for the Education of the Deaf , the Indiana Girls' School (included with the Women's prison until 1899, and under the same management as the prison from 1899 to 1903, when it became a separate institution, - it was removed to Clermont, to m.

^ The Circle City Classic Parade has a focus on education highlighting honor students from central Indiana high schools.
  • Indianapolis Events Guide 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC indpls.com [Source type: General]

^ About Indianapolis: Founded in 1821, the city is Indiana's second capital, chosen because of its central location in the state.
  • The Indianapolis Star 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.gannett.com [Source type: News]

from .Indianapolis, in 1907), and a Women's prison (opened in 1873, the first in the United States), which is under female management.^ Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Indianapolis is capital of the state Indiana .
  • Current local time in U.S.A. – Indiana – Indianapolis 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.timeanddate.com [Source type: News]

^ Indianapolis, in 1907), and a Women's prison (opened in 1873, the first in the United States), which is under female management.

^ Some obvious events include the following for race fans: the Indianapolis 500, the Allstate 400 in the Brickyard, the United States Grand Prix, the NHRA U. S. Nationals.
  • Indianapolis Indiana. Indianapolis City Guide and Yellow Pages. Zip Codes 46206 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.helloindianapolis.com [Source type: General]

.The public library, founded in 1871, contains more than 100,000 volumes.^ More than 100,000 people are expected this year.
  • Indianapolis Indiana. Indianapolis City Guide and Yellow Pages. Zip Codes 46206 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.helloindianapolis.com [Source type: General]

^ The public library, founded in 1871, contains more than 100,000 volumes.

^ The campus enrolls more than 30,000 students in 21 schools and academic units.
  • Home : HRA : IUPUI 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC hra.iupui.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • IUPUI: Campus Visits 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC visit.iupui.edu [Source type: General]

.There are ten other libraries, the most important of which are the state law library (about 40,000 volumes) and the state library (about 46,000 volumes).^ There are ten other libraries , the most important of which are the state law library (about 40,000 volumes) and the state library (about 46,000 volumes).

^ Slaughtering and meat -packing is the most important industry, the value of the product amounting to $ 2 4,45 8, 810 in 1905; this industry dates from about 1835.

^ The public library, founded in 1871, contains more than 100,000 volumes.

.The city is an educational centre of considerable importance.^ The city is an educational centre of considerable importance.

^ From 1847, when the first railway entered the city, Indianapolis has steadily grown in importance as a railway centre.

.The university of Indianapolis (1896) is a loose association of three really independent institutions - the Indiana Law School (1894), the Indiana Dental College (1879), and Butler University (chartered in 1849 and opened in 1855 as the North-western Christian University, and named Butler University in 1877 in honour of Ovid Butler, a benefactor).^ The university of Indianapolis (1896) is a loose association of three really independent institutions - the Indiana Law School (1894), the Indiana Dental College (1879), and Butler University (chartered in 1849 and opened in 1855 as the North-western Christian University, and named Butler University in 1877 in honour of Ovid Butler, a benefactor).

^ INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Robert Glenn had 19 points, five blocks and two steals to lead Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis over Western Illinois 67-54 Saturday night.
  • Indianapolis : Indianapolis News and Photos - chicagotribune.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.chicagotribune.com [Source type: News]

^ The art association of Indianapolis was founded in 1883; and under its auspices is conducted an art school (1902) in accordance with the bequest of John Herron (1817-1895), the school and museum of the association being housed in the John Herron Art Institute, dedicated in 1906.

.Other educational institutions are the Indianapolis College of Law (1897), the Indiana Medical College (the School of Medicine of Purdue University, formed in 1905 by the consolidation of the Medical College of Indiana, the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Fort Wayne College of Medicine), the State College of Physicians and Surgeons (the medical school of Indiana University), the Indiana Veterinary College (1892), the Indianapolis Normal School, the Indiana Kindergarten and Primary Normal Training School (private), and the Winona Technical Institute.^ Other educational institutions are the Indianapolis College of Law (1897), the Indiana Medical College (the School of Medicine of Purdue University, formed in 1905 by the consolidation of the Medical College of Indiana, the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Fort Wayne College of Medicine), the State College of Physicians and Surgeons (the medical school of Indiana University), the Indiana Veterinary College (1892), the Indianapolis Normal School, the Indiana Kindergarten and Primary Normal Training School (private), and the Winona Technical Institute.

^ Marian University to launch state's second medical school .
  • Indianapolis Business News - Latest Indiana Headlines, Top Stories, Breaking News - Indianapolis Business Journal - IBJ.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.ibj.com [Source type: General]

^ Buck received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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.The last named was opened in 1904, and is controlled by the Winona Lake corporation, having official connexion with several national trade unions.^ The last named was opened in 1904, and is controlled by the Winona Lake corporation, having official connexion with several national trade unions .

.It has departments of pharmacy, chemistry, electrical wiring, lithography, house-painting, printing, carpentry, moulding, tile-setting, bricklaying, machinery and applied science.^ It has departments of pharmacy , chemistry , electrical wiring, lithography , house- painting , printing , carpentry , moulding, tile -setting, bricklaying, machinery and applied science.

The art association of Indianapolis was founded in 1883; and under its auspices is conducted an art school (1902) in accordance with the bequest of John Herron (1817-1895), the school and museum of the association being housed in the John Herron Art Institute, dedicated in 1906.
.The city has several fine monuments, among which are statues of Oliver P. Morton, George Rogers Clark, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas A. Hendricks and Major-General Henry W. Lawton.^ The city has several fine monuments, among which are statues of Oliver P. Morton, George Rogers Clark , William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas A. Hendricks and Major-General Henry W. Lawton.

^ Near the city is the important United States army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison , named in honour of President Benjamin Harrison , whose home was in Indianapolis.

.The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, erected by the state, stands in the circle in the centre of the city, rises to a height of 284.5 ft.^ Monument Circle, celebrating its centennial, is also home to the 284-foot Soldiers & Sailors Monument.

^ The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, erected by the state, stands in the circle in the centre of the city, rises to a height of 284.5 ft.

^ In 1902 the soldiers and sailors Monument is built.

above the street level, and is surmounted by a statue of .Victory 38 ft.^ Victory 38 ft.

high. .On the east and west faces of the base are two great stone groups of Peace and War respectively.^ On the east and west faces of the base are two great stone groups of Peace and War respectively.

.The monument was erected after designs by Bruno Schmidt of Berlin, with fountains at the base said to be among the largest in the world, their capacity being 20,000 gallons per minute.^ The monument was erected after designs by Bruno Schmidt of Berlin , with fountains at the base said to be among the largest in the world, their capacity being 20,000 gallons per minute.

^ The Soldiers and Sailors Monument located in the center of downtown Indianapolis is annually transformed into one of the world's largest Christmas trees (284 feet tall).
  • Indianapolis Hotels, Attractions, and Information 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC visit-indianapolis.com [Source type: News]

^ The monuments the city has erected are designed to represent and symbolize the memory of the Civil War veterans who fought for the country.
  • Counseling Indianapolis 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.theravive.com [Source type: General]

.The city's central geographical position, its extensive' railway connexions, and its proximity to important coal-fields have combined to make it one of the principal industrial centres of the Middle West.^ Nevertheless, it has become one of the biggest cities in the world not accessible by water, attracting food, paper and pharmaceutical industries, … more » .
  • Indianapolis, IN Hotels, Tourism, Things to Do, Restaurants - Yahoo! Travel 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC travel.yahoo.com [Source type: General]

^ It’s location in the center of the U.S. gives it a great location for manufacturing and transportation but its Midwestern sensibilities and hospitality make it one of the friendliest cities you can live in.
  • Indianapolis Apartments for Rent - Apartments in Indianapolis - Indianapolis IN Apartment Rentals | MyNewPlace 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.mynewplace.com [Source type: General]

^ Indianapolis, the largest city in Indiana and seat of Marion County, is located in the central part of the state on the West Fork of the White River.
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.The value of its "factory" products was 17.6% of the state's total in 1900 and 20.9% of the total in 1905. The increase in the value of the "factory" product between 1900 and 1905 was from $59,322,234 to $82,227,950, or 38.6%.^ The value of its "factory" products was 17.6% of the state's total in 1900 and 20.9% of the total in 1905.

^ Slaughtering and meat -packing is the most important industry, the value of the product amounting to $ 2 4,45 8, 810 in 1905; this industry dates from about 1835.

^ This year's Indiana State Fair will celebrate the state's $3 billion hog industry by putting hogs and pork products center stage during the 17-day fair.
  • Indianapolis Business News - Latest Indiana Headlines, Top Stories, Breaking News - Indianapolis Business Journal - IBJ.com 16 January 2010 2:58 UTC www.ibj.com [Source type: General]

.Indianapolis is the principal live stock centre of the Ohio Valley, and has extensive stock-yards covering more than loo acres.^ There's more to Indianapolis than a speedway” .
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^ Indianapolis is the principal live stock centre of the Ohio Valley, and has extensive stock-yards covering more than loo acres.
  • Indianapolis - LoveToKnow 1911 16 January