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Tour de Indianapolis; Top 5 must see’s

1.) Indiana War Memorial, 431 N Meridian, Open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
Indianapolis was designed by Alexander Ralston, who earlier worked under Pierre L’Enfant in designing
Washington D.C.’s City Plan.
Indy is number 2, behind D.C. with the most monuments (I’ll say easy access to limestone?). All this to say, the Indiana War Memorial is one of my favorite places in town, they offer tours inside during the day, or a cool sight at night.
If you make this stop during the day, you can grab a bite across the street at City Cafe (443 N. Pennsylvania, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mon-Fri, Sat 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

2.) Latin Dance Night at The Jazz Kitchen – Thursdays, 5377 N College Ave, Ladies in Free until 10 p.m.
Salsa Night at The Jazz Kitchen; get some great food before the party starts. Free Salsa lessons at 9:30 p.m. and Latin Music all night long!

3.) Indianapolis Museum of Art , 4000 Michigan Rd, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tue, Wed & Sat, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thu & Fri, Noon – 5 p.m. Sun
There is something for everyone at the IMA. Check out their calendar for other unique events to the Museum including lectures and movie screenings.
Get a meal in, about 4-miles away from the museum is Jiallo’s, Caribbean/West African Cuisine (4202 W 56th, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon-Sat, Sun 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Getting a meal at Jiallo’s may make your trip. Best Jerk Chicken in Indianapolis and the portions are generous. Read some of the other great reviews on Yelp.

4.) Indy Winter Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, 222 E. Market (located inside the Indianapolis City Market) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — through April 21, 2012)
Saturday mornings the Indianapolis City Market now hosts the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market which even as a visitor could make a good spot to get some breakfast and walk around downtown to take in the sights.

5.) Fountain Square Neighborhood
Buy local in Fountain Square. Check out indySwank (1043 Virginia Ave; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon-Thu & Sat, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fri, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sun) in Fountain Square, downtown. Maybe even stop in at New Day Meadery (1102 E. Prospect, Tue-Fri 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sun Noon – 4 p.m) for a $5 sampler of mead, the owner, Tia, is a jewel.

Honorable Mention: TURF, 202 N. Alabama, through Feb 5. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Located in the old Central Library/State Museum/City Hall building. The building has been vacant since the library moved in 2005. Now, temporary home to IDADA’s, TURF. A gallery full of installations from local artists.

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Indianapolis, from a local’s perspective

We are hosting Final Four and thought I would compile some recommendations. Contact me on twitter @akcrook

#1 Indy Yellow Cab (317) 487-777.  A cab ride should be $5 for any traveling within the North, South, East and West Streets.  To get to Mass Ave and Fountain Square look at maybe $7-9.

#2 Killing time? 10 min Walk or Cab it East on Ohio Street to College Avenue taste some local Indianapolis Beer & Wine:

Sun King Brewery: 135 N College Ave

Thursday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Easley Winery: 205 N College Ave

Mon-Sat 9a-6p

Sun 12-4p

#3 First Friday, Check out local Indy artists as they have an open house.  You have three areas downtown to check out:

Mass Ave: 10 min walk or cab it east to Delaware and go north to New York and you have reached a great area for dining, nightlife, retail, etc. I’d recommend MacNiven’s for the best craft beer selection, Chatterbox for jazz, The Rathskeller, Yat’s for cheap creole and R Bistro for local food for lunch or dinner.

Fountain Square: 20 min walk or cab it south to South Street, walk east to East Street, at the six way take Virginia Avenue.  I’d recommend Siam Square for Thai, Radio Radio NON-SMOKING establishment for nightlife (Mayer Hawthorne performing Thursday, April 1)

The Stutz building, walk West to Capitol, go north to 10th Street.

Random bits of information:

Tata Cuban Cafe, Great Cuban spot with authentic mojito’s just off the circle on West Market Street

City Cafe, great soup/salad/sandwich place using local ingredients at 443 N Pennsylvania…this would be right near the War Memorial http://www.in.gov/iwm/ if you are taking a walk to check that out, great to see lit up at night and check out the interior during tour hours, amazing!

If you walk north on Capital to New York, this is a six way and take Indiana Avenue, there you will walk by Bourbon Street, great pulled pork sandwich and Zing! for small plates You’ll be near the canal if you are taking in a walk…

Contact me at @akcrook on twitter and I’d be happy to get you around and give you any further recommendations during your visit!!  Just let me know what you are looking for!

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