Destination: downtown

Just 10 minutes from campus is a cultural district where you can do it all

Awesome food.
Acapulco Joe’s. Bazbeaux Pizza. The Old Spaghetti Factory. Yat’s. Barcelonas Tapas. Too many great places to name.

Great live music.
Concerts on the Canal. Conseco Fieldhouse. The Lawn at White River State Park. Clubs. Festivals.

Fabulous shopping.
Journeys, Charlotte Russe, Aeropostale. Circle Centre Mall.

Downtown has all those things and much, much more—not to mention recreational activities galore. And it’s all minutes away from the University of Indianapolis, just wait- ing to be explored. Downtown is only six miles from campus. No wonder students say it’s a guaranteed weekend destination.

“I love it being close because if there is a free afternoon, and friends and I just want to do something, we get in the car and take a drive,” says sophomore Lauren Bauer.“Being so close also gives us great opportunities not only to shop and do different activities, but also to have many different choices of places we could get a group together and eat somewhere.”

Indianapolis is the nation’s 13th-largest city, and Downtown will satisfy your appetite for fun while giving you your pick from a big menu of activities.

Senior Crystal Abrell says that Downtown Indy offers whatever she needs. “It generally depends on what kind of mood I’m in. If I’m going for more of a romantic dinner with my boyfriend, I like to go to my favorite restaurants, Sushi on the Rock or PF Chang’s,” Crystal says.“If I’ve had a long week of stress and finals or I’m looking to cut loose, I’ll get a big group of girls to get dressed up and hit the strip for dancing and fun.”

White River State Park and the Canal Walk are perfect for outdoor concerts or peaceful strolls. Downtown’s famous Monument Circle, at the heart of the city, is a great meeting place and home base for explorations and adventures.

The many museums include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and the Children’s Museum—the world’s largest.

You’ll love cheering on the teams at top-of-the-line sports venues, too. Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts—the team with the most wins in the league over the past decade—was named the NFL’s best venue in 2009.

(Lauren says that, while other families go camping or on small vacations, hers prefers to spend time together at Colts games.)

Retro-style Conseco Fieldhouse is hailed as one of the NBA’s best and is home to the Indiana Pacers as well as the WNBA’s Fever. And the Indians baseball team plays in beautiful Victory Field—another venue found in a number of “best of” lists. Indianapolis is known as the nation’s amateur sports capital, too, so sports fans have plenty of options.

Indianapolis also features cultural districts ranging from Fountain Square and Broad Ripple to the artsy Massachusetts Avenue, affectionately known as “Mass Ave.” The city’s many attractions draw tourists from all over the world. Lauren says she’s grateful to be able to take part in creating memories with her friends downtown. “When I do go with friends, we always have a lot of fun. They add to the experience,” Lauren says. “We always have a lot of laughs and entertaining adventures. And we often have great experiences that turn into memories we’ll be able to look back on for years after our time here at college is over.”

Crystal says everyone should take advantage of Downtown Indy. “Downtown is a culturally diverse area where there is something to do for all groups of people. There are ample opportunities that fit everyone’s budget,” she says. “Everyone should experience what downtown has to offer.”

—Adrian Kendrick ’10