Celebrate the Work of an Acclaimed Indy Photographer

There’s a good chance you’ve seen a compelling photo or two that was shot by Pulitzer-prize winner Bill Foley.

Photography by Bill Foley

Photography by Bill Foley

With decades of around-the-world experience, the Indianapolis-born photojournalist has covered everything from the Indy 500 to wars in the Middle East during the span of his career, working for The Associated Press, Time magazine and more. And starting March 28, the Indiana State Museum will present an exhibition highlighting a moving body of Foley’s work that includes more than 100 vintage photographs, three-dimensional artifacts and personal accounts from the acclaimed photographer.

“More than a year ago, when I began reviewing thousands of images from Bill’s career, I knew this would become one of the most emotional, compelling exhibitions I have worked on in my career,” said Katherine Gould, associate curator of cultural history with the Indiana State Museum. “Many of these breathtaking images have appeared in major newspapers and magazines around the world and bear witness to the devastating effect of armed conflict and the resiliency of humanity amid its aftermath.”

Art Meets News: The Work of Photojournalist Bill Foley will feature three themed areas highlighting the photographer’s Indiana roots, his nearly decade-long odyssey throughout the Middle East, and his work for news and charity organizations across the globe and for Hollywood. Another part of the exhibition will also showcase some of the now-forgotten equipment that Foley once used before the dawn of the digital age.

For a sneak peak of this exciting collection, the Indiana State Museum will be hosting an opening reception from 6:30 to 8 pm. Sponsored by Monarch Beverage and Sun King Brewery, the event also includes complementary hors d’oeuvres and drinks. For more information, be sure and visit the Indiana State Museum website.

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Indy Voted on MONOPOLY’s Here and Now US Edition Board

When MONOPOLY was created in the early 1900s, the world was a very different place. I’ve seen my share of Monopoly game boards in my lifetime and I’ve spend hours moving thimbles and unfashionable shoes from space to space. I’ve even overturned my fair share of MONOPOLY boards in a fit of frustration. The properties on the classic game board are hot places for land ownership in that time. The game pieces are reflections of a society that was very different from our world today.

Indianapolis Space on Monopoly Here & Now U.S. Edition Board

Indianapolis Space on Monopoly Here & Now U.S. Edition Board

For the 80th birthday celebration, the clever people from Hasbro teamed up with BuzzFeed readers and MONOPOLY fans. They were asked to cast their vote to fill the remaining slots with their favorite destinations for the newest edition. Nearly 4 million fans voted.

You guessed it. Indianapolis is pretty high on the list of popular places.

There are many reasons that Indy is the place to be: we have Hoosier hospitality, amazing hotels, beautiful parks, world-class museums, talented artists, wonderful athletes, delicious restaurant fare, unique festivals and so much more.

MONOPOLY is played by over 1 billion people and is the world’s favorite family game brand. Indianapolis is a top destination for travel and leisure in the midwest and is currently my favorite place to land. The MONOPOLY Here and Now edition featuring Indianapolis will be available online and in stores fall 2015.

If you aren’t a resident of this beautiful city, no problem, we’ve carefully placed hotels on our little yellow space and we hope you’ll stop in and stay for a while.


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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Recognized as Top Vacation Destination

FamilyFun Magazine at The Children's Museum of IndianapolisIndy natives know they have something special with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (TCM) and FamilyFun Magazine agrees. TCM is in the top 10 of three different categories from the magazine’s 2015 Travel Awards.

  • Top 10 Science Museums in the Country
  • Top 10 Regional Vacation Destination in the Midwest
  • Top 10 Overall Vacation Destination

TCM is the largest children’s museum in the country. It houses over 120,000 artifacts and specimens that tell stories and educate visitors. It also features five floors of exhibits and activities that span through arts, world cultures, sciences, and humanities.

With all of its great features, it is no surprise that TCM is being awarded with these great accolades, and our local community couldn’t agree more. Check out the slideshow below, showcasing a few of TCM’s biggest fans.

Carpenter Family

Carpenter Family

Graham Family

Graham Family

Jeffers Family
Lile Family
Mann Family

Mann Family

Taflinger Family

Taflinger Family



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A History Lover’s Bar Crawl

There are a number of downtown pubs and neighborhood taverns in Indianapolis, but not all of them are able to mix drinks with history, and history with legend. There are rumors that John Dillinger visited a near eastside tavern. There are whispers that the oldest bar in Indianapolis is haunted by the ghosts of the Underground Railroad. And then there are the facts: live jazz music can be found seven nights a week on Massachusetts Avenue, and a small pub on Washington Street was included on a list of the 50 best Irish pubs in the nation. So, whether you’re celebrating a birthday or St. Patrick’s Day, drop by these historic taverns; you never know who you might meet, or the history you might encounter. Bottoms up!

Slippery Noodle Inn
372 S. Meridian St.

IMG_5311The Slippery Noodle Inn is Indiana’s oldest, continually-operated bar in its original building. It was established in 1850 as the Tremont House, whose painted sign is still visible on the building’s north side. Legend says that, during the Civil War, a narrow passageway in the basement served as a way station for the Underground Railroad. Over the years, the establishment has served as a German club, speak-easy and brothel. Today, the Noodle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Praised by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the nation’s top blues bars, the Noodle offers three full bars, two stages and live blues music seven days a week.

435 Massachusetts Ave.

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetAfter Prohibition ended in 1933, a man by the name of Edward DeBaise opened a tavern in a former feather store on Massachusetts Avenue. The tavern eventually became the Chatterbox, where, today, patrons listen to live jazz music seven days a week. The establishment, whose eclectic interior includes Christmas lights, Mardi Gras beads, old posters and graffiti, also has an outdoor seating area. The narrow dive is full of surprises, and a fridge in the back is said to be autographed by Mick Jagger. On St. Patrick’s Day, Chatterbox hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day Sing-A-Long, with specials on Guinness, Harp, Killian’s, Baileys and Jameson. (Of course, you can always knock back a pickle back, too.)

The Rathskeller
401 E. Michigan St.

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetThe Rathskeller is Indy’s oldest restaurant and is located inside a 19th-century German cultural center. In the Kellerbar, patrons are able to choose from 12 imported draft beers and more than 50 imported bottled beers from Germany, continental Europe, the U.K. and North America. During the warmer months, the Biergarten offers live music and a full-service walk-up bar. Supplementing the drinks is an award-winning menu featuring authentic German fare. For St. Patrick’s Day, the Rathskeller is hosting the Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest, which is free to attend, and offers live music from noon until midnight. Guten Appetit!

Dorman Street 
901 Dorman St.

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetLocated in Indy’s Cottage Home neighborhood is Dorman Street, a neighborhood tavern that opened in the early 1900s. Over the years, the bar has had several names, including the 9th Street Tavern, May’s Lounge and The Mahogany Bar, which was shortened to “The Hog,” and is still used as a nickname today. There are rumors that John Dillinger, who robbed the nearby Massachusetts Avenue State Bank in 1933, frequented the bar. Though Dillinger’s patronage cannot be proved, the dive has always been a haunt for local residents. Today, Dorman Street offers inventive cocktails, an extensive array of microbrews and plenty of bike parking for those who pedal over for a pint.

Tick Tock Lounge
2602 10th St.

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetThe Tudor-style building in which the Tick Tock is housed was constructed in the 1920s. After Prohibition ended, the building became a drinking establishment. In 1955, it was renamed the Tic Toc Club and often hosted live jazz. After a spelling adjustment in the 1980s, the bar became the Tick Tock Lounge. Today, the Tick Tock offers live music, a space-age jukebox and an upscale bar menu. What the Tick Tock is best known for, however, is its one-of-a-kind Bloody Marys, which are made with bacon- and hot pepper-infused vodka. They’re topped with what looks like half of a salad bar: olives, pepperoni, bacon, tater tots, celery and skewers of cheese.

Butler Inn
5221 E. Washington St.

IMG_5366Irvington’s Butler Inn has existed at its current location since 1934, the year after Prohibition ended. It is rumored, however, that the tavern’s origins lie in an actual inn that served travelers along the National Road, as well as visitors to Butler University (before it was relocated). The neighborhood tavern is frequented by those who live within walking distance, and a euchre tournament was established recently. Mid-summer marks the free, annual Butler Inn hog roast. As for St. Patrick’s Day? The kitchen plans to serve up corned beef and cabbage, with an appearance from the Murat Highlanders at 5:30 pm.

McGinley’s Golden Ace Inn
2533 E. Washington St.

IMG_5357No St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl would be complete without a visit to Golden Ace, the oldest family-owned tavern in Indianapolis. On March 1, 1934, County Donegal, Ireland immigrants John and Ann McGinley opened the pub, which is known for its tasty cheeseburgers and monthly trivia games. For more than 80 years, the Golden Ace has hosted a St. Patrick’s Day party, complete with Irish music and corned beef. The annual celebration helped land the Golden Ace on USA Today’s “10 Best Places to Party Like You’re Irish,” as well as Complex’s “50 Best Irish Pubs in America.” (The cheeseburgers help, too.)

 Red Key Tavern

5170 N. College Ave.

Processed with VSCOcam with g1 presetRussel Settle, who was a bomber pilot in World War II and a prisoner of war in Germany, opened the Red Key Tavern on April 2, 1951. Settle, who died in 2010, was known for “Russel’s Rules.” Patrons were expected to hang their coats and hats at the door and were not supposed to use foul language. The tavern, which is now managed by Settle’s son, was featured in the 1970 Dan Wakefield novel “Going All the Way.” (In 1997, the book was made into a movie, and several scenes were filmed at the tavern.) Nowadays, the SoBro landmark is frequented by young couples and octogenarians alike. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Murat Highlanders drop by at 9:45 pm.

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5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Indy

Looking for the best way to spend St. Patrick’s Day? Look no further than right in the heart of Indianapolis. There are multiple events and happenings in downtown Indianapolis sure to make this St. Patrick’s Day a great one.


Blarney Bash

Downtown Indy is hosting its third annual Blarney Bash on the East block of Georgia Street. Blarney Bash is a free outdoor festival that features live music, green beer and a great selection of food. The festival lasts from 2 pm-10 pm. This event is a great option for a large group of friends because it is free and has many different food and drink options.

The music for Blarney Bash will be provided by two DJ’s and two local bands. The first DJ will be on from 2 pm-3 pm, then My Yellow Rickshaw will be taking over. My Yellow Rickshaw specializes in playing cover songs from six different decades and genres ranging from hip/hop to country. There is another DJ from 6 pm-7 pm and then Zanna-Doo! takes the stage to close the night. Zanna-Doo! is a six member band that plays covers spanning rock, Motown, and Top 40 hits. Between all the music and multitude of genres, there will be familiar tunes for everyone in attendance on Georgia Street.

With any good festival, there will be plenty of food and drinks to choose from. There will be food and beverage tents set up from The Pub Indianapolis, Howl at the Moon, Kilroy’s, and Tilted Kilt. Their tents will line the boardwalk and be accompanied by some of the best food trucks Indianapolis has to offer.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Hoosier Lottery will take place on Tuesday, March 17, at 11:30 am. You can expect to see high school bands, floats, Irish dancers, Irish organizations and more. Along with the parade, there is a festival on Vermont Street from 10 am to 3 pm. It will include live entertainment, food and a beer garden. Both events are free and open to the public. The parade and festival are great destinations for family friendly fun during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

St. Practice Day at the Rathskeller

The Rathskeller, located downtown in the Athenaeum Building, takes its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations seriously. Starting off on March 14th, the Rathskeller is hosting St. Practice Day. It will last from  8 pm to midnight and include live music from Mother Grove, a Celtic rock band. Once you get all warmed up from the practice day, Rathskeller is hosting the 18th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest. It is an all day event starting at noon and ending at midnight. It will feature live music and authentic Irish food. Music will be provided by Gordon Pipers, Woomblies, Zanna Doo! and more. Entrance to the festival is completely free.

St. Pat’s Bar Crawl

If you are looking for a good bar hopping adventure, Indy has you covered for that as well. The St. Pat’s Bar Crawl, by My Drinks On and Image First, will be taking place on St. Patrick’s Day from 12 pm to 6 pm. Some of the participating bars include Subterra Lounge, Tiki Bob’s, Revel Nightclub, Howl at the Moon, and more. A ticket for the St. Pat’s Bar Crawl includes admission to all the bars, three gift cards, and access to exclusive drink specials.

There is also a photo challenge included with the bar crawl. There are 8 specific photos that participants must try to obtain. Some examples are “Pinching someone not wearing green” and “Doing an Irish Jig.” Whoever can capture the most photos on the list will be the winner. First and second place will receive cash prizes and event tickets for a year. Third place will also receive event tickets for a year.

Shamrock Run

On the West block of Georgia Street, there will be a Shamrock 5k Beer Run/Walk from 3 pm to 6 pm. This 5K not only celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, but it also raises money for some great causes. Throughout the race, runners and walkers will consume 3 ounces of beer at 5 different stops. At the end, each runner will receive a pint of locally brewed beer. The event costs $70 to register, which helps multiple local charities.



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10 Big Spring Concerts

Don’t let the spring months pass without getting a healthy dose of live music in your system. Below are 10 exciting Indianapolis concerts worth checking out this March and April.

Old National Centre

Old National Centre

Ledisi, March 14, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

With nine Grammy nominations to her name, this R&B powerhouse recently played the role of legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, Selma.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, March 22, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

As a part of the Ride Out Tour, this rock ‘n’ roll behemoth visits the Bankers Life stage, touring in support of their latest album.

American Pianists Association’s Jazz Fellowship Awards | FINALS, March 28, Hilbert Circle Theatre

Five of the U.S.’s finest young jazz pianists will showcase their talents on stage, each manning the keys alongside Dianne Reeves and the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra. Following these performances, the American Pianists Association’s 2015 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz will be announced.

Primus, April 12, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

Fronted by bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, this San Francisco band has gained quite a following over the decades, thanks to their out-of-the-ordinary approach to rock ‘n’ roll.

Neil Diamond, April 17, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

With countless chart-topping hits, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of the best-selling recording artists ever.

J. Brookinz Tag Team Battle II, April 18, The Hi-Fi

Local DJ/producer pairings battle it out, each presenting their carefully orchestrated beats to a live audience. The event will also feature an appearance from Indianapolis’ Ghost Gun Summer hip-hop collective.

Chick Korea and Herbie Hancock, April 18, Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

When this outstanding pairing of pianist takes the Palladium stage, audience members truly will be in the presence of jazz royalty.

Sufjan Stevens, April 18, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

On March 30, Sufjan Stevens will release his latest full-length effort, Carrie & Lowell, via Indy-based record label Asthmatic Kitty. In support of the album, the highly regarded indie singer-songwriter pays a visit to the Murat Theatre,

Josh Kaufman, April 25, The Vogue

The Season 6 winner of NBC’s The Voice stops by Broad Ripple, treating his hometown supporters to a night of soulful fun. Recently, Kaufman made his Broadway debut, playing the lead role in Pippin.

Happy Hour at the Symphony, April 30, Hilbert Circle Theatre

Join ISO artists-in-residence Time for Three for an energetic evening of music. Food and drinks will also be included with the price of the admission.

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Plan Your Next Bachelorette Party in Indy

Plat 99 at The Alexander. Photo courtesy of CityWay.

Plat 99 at The Alexander

I know what a tough decision this can be firsthand. I’m getting married this fall, and this has been an ongoing conversation with friends for months and months. I also admit that I have very particular friends.

When the ladies nearest and dearest in my life asked me where we should go, they found my answer quite interesting. I said, “Can we find a place that is just like Indy?” I want to travel to a new-to-me location, but want a city full of arts and culture, great food, a cool bar scene, and someplace that has amazing day time activities. Not all bachelorette parties should leave you stranded by a pool or on the beach.

I am so excited to share with you why Indy should be the next place for your bachelorette party.


I absolutely love Indy during the day. There are so many ways and places to explore, and they sure beat a sunburn at the pool.

New Day Craft Tasting Room. Photo courtesy of New Day Craft.

New Day Craft Tasting Room. Photo courtesy of New Day Craft.

Breweries: Ladies love craft beer just as much as the guys. Indy boasts a ton of local brewery experiences, many that include complimentary tastings, funky tasting rooms and delicious eats. Check out Visit Indy’s listing here. Don’t miss Indy’s New Day Craft, too, which serves mead and amazing cheese plates.

Bikeshare: For the active bridesmaids, hop on a yellow Pacers Bikeshare and tour Indy via the Cultural Trail. You will find museums, restaurants, bars and shops along the way. For those a bit more adventurous, take advantage of Indy’s Handlebar. Imagine, you and up to 15 of your closest friends peddling a vehicle that is meant for transporting beer, wine and good time (bar stops are allowed).

Shopping & Sipping: Do you love little boutiques and local shops? Stroll on Mass Ave in downtown Indy to check out some of Indy’s best local shopping. You may also want to schedule a time at Painting with a Twist or Mimosa and a Masterpiece for a paint and sip shopping break.

Another great area of Indy that boasts cool shops is Broad Ripple Village, located just five miles north of downtown Indy. Don’t worry, there are places to sip here, too.

Spa Time: There are great downtown amenities for those gals that desire pampering. Check out Studio 2000 located right on Monument Circle in one of the city’s coolest Art Deco buildings or schedule time at the Evan Todd Spa and Salon located in the Conrad Hotel (great pool, too!).

Catacombs at the City Market. Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks.

Catacombs at the City Market. Photo courtesy of Indiana Landmarks.

Arts & Culture: Located in the heart of downtown Indy, you have quite the selection of experiences. Choose from the Indiana State Museum, a tour of the catacombs at the City MarketIndiana Repertory Theatre or the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.


Dinner & Drinks: If you are seeking an area that will allow you to check out a variety of restaurants and bars for the evening, be sure to visit Mass Ave. My favorite spots to check out with my girlfriends for dinner include Black Market and R Bistro. For drinks, I recommend Union 50, Bakersfield and Ball and Biscuit. Friends, I know we all love a good pair of heels, but Mass Ave is best enjoyed on foot. I suggest you pack a pair of flats.

Another area that is enticing for the evening is the Fountain Square/Fletcher Place neighborhoods- known for their live music, hipster bars and cool food spots. Check out Bluebeard or Thunderbird for dinner and Hotel Tango, Revolucion, Radio Radio and The Hi Fi for drinks and bands.




Brunch: Brunch may in fact be the backbone of a successful bachelorette trip; good thing Indy has you covered. If you are looking for a truly unique and inspired brunch experience, don’t miss your chance to dine a Milktooth. There is no greater joy than devouring chef-driven dishes, amazing cocktails, rich lattes and fresh air when the garage doors are open. Other fantastic options include Cafe Patachou, Yolk and Mesh on Mass.


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Drive an IndyCar at the Final Four

Final Four fans now have another reason to be excited about coming to Indianapolis in April. From April 3-6, the Indy Racing Experience is offering four different opportunities that will take fans racing around the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

1. Drive an IndyCar

Imagine getting behind the wheel of an IndyCar that has raced in the Indianapolis 500. Make it a reality with this driving experience. Participants will go through an instructional class and then suit up and take to the track. If you are an adrenaline junkie looking for unique opportunities, this experience is for you.

2. Two-seat High Speed IndyCar Rides With Professional IndyCar Drivers

Race around the track with a licensed IndyCar driver at speeds up to 180 mph. The IMS has done over 50,000 two-seater rides and each and every one has been amazing for participants. Sit back and at least try to relax while a professional driver takes you around IMS.

3. Ultimate Drive and Ride Experience

If you can’t decide what experience best fits you best, you can get the best of both worlds by choosing a combination of the first two options. Participants will get to experience driving an IndyCar themselves as well as riding around the oval with a licensed IndyCar driver.

4. Victory Lap Experience

Take a victory lap around the IMS just as the winner of the Indianapolis 500 does each year in your choice of an IndyCar, NASCAR, or Chevy Impala Event Car. For only $60, this is a great option for families looking to make long-lasting memories together. Participants must be 9+.

All experiences will fill up quickly. Click here to reserve your spot.

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Bourbon Women to Launch in Indy

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Ladies, the amazing news is true. Bourbon Women is launching its first-ever branch in Indianapolis. I know your next question. Your involvement is both welcome and encouraged. Here’s a little background to get you started.

Bourbon Women formed in 2011 to serve as the voice and unifying body for female bourbon drinkers, and strives to preserve the heritage that surrounds the making and responsible enjoyment of America’s only native spirit. Since its inception, Bourbon Women has attracted hundreds of members from across the US. You can become a member, too!

You heard right; a member-based organization all about bourbon education and networking for all of Indy’s whiskey loving ladies. So, how did Bourbon Women get its start, and what makes it incredibly unique?

Bourbon Women was founded by a woman named Peggy Noe Stevens. Peggy has worked in the beverage industry for 25+ years and was the first female Master Bourbon Taster in the world. Her catalyst to do something for women came as the result of her tastings audiences makeup of predominately men. Peggy says, “Women actually have been part of the bourbon industry for 200 years in various capacities; they just never received the credit. Women are the other half of the population, but the industry truly chose men as their profile drinker and target audience. Loyal bourbon women were out there, just not marketed to. This is a foundational reason we began Bourbon Women.”

Now’s your chance to get involved. Don’t miss the two launch events happening in March, which just happens to be Women’s History Month.

Launch 1: Saturday, March 7, 2-5 pm. at Payless Liquors located at 1225 North Madison Avenue in Greenwood, Indiana. You’ll have the opportunity to engrave your very own Woodford Reserve bottle!

Launch 2: Thursday, March 12, 6-8 pm. at Vine & Table, located at 313 East Carmel Drive in Carmel, Indiana. You won’t want to miss it.

Both events will feature extensive bourbon tastings, cocktails and delicious food samples. The March 7 event also offers the special opportunity to meet master distillers from Garrison Brothers and Hobson Roberts. Both events are free, and reservations are not required. Attendees are encouraged to drink responsibly and to rely on Uber, taxis or a designated driver as needed.


Follow Bourbon Women and learn about future events at:
Twitter: @BourbonWomen
Facebook: Facebook.com/BourbonWomen


P.S. On March 7, before Bourbon Women’s first launch event, check out Remarkable Women of Indiana at the Indiana State Museum to further celebrate Women’s History Month.

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12 Historic Places to Instagram in Indianapolis

Each day, more than 70 million photos are shared on Instagram, the third-fastest growing social network. In Indianapolis, Instagram has inspired the creation of Igers Indy, a local Instagrammer group. Popular hashtags include #igersindy and #indyarchitecture, which highlights Indy’s historic buildings and architectural curiosities. Explore the hashtags while exploring the city, and don’t forget to tag Visit Indy and #LoveIndy!


1. Morris-Butler Home

Any architecture- or preservation-loving Instagrammer would love to photograph the Morris-Butler Home, an 1865 construction located in Indy’s Old Northside. The home is one of the city’s best examples of Second Empire architecture. Furthermore, the Morris-Butler Home is located in a historic neighborhood that is both picturesque and extremely walkable.


2. Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens is a 26-acre historic estate and house museum. The 22-room mansion was once the home of J.K. Lilly Jr., the grandson of pharmaceutical chemist Colonel Eli Lilly. Both the home and the gardens—which were designed by Percival Gallagher of the Olmstead Brothers—offer free admission.


3. Indiana Statehouse 

One of downtown Indy’s architectural gems is the Indiana Statehouse. Constructed in 1888 in the Renaissance Revival style, the Statehouse boasts marble floors and a stained glass dome. The symmetrical interior is golden and grandiose, and is incredibly photogenic. The Statehouse is open to the public and free to visit. Tours of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are also available.


4. Monument Circle 

Located in the heart of Indianapolis is Monument Circle, a brick-paved roundabout featured in Top Ten Outdoor Spaces. “The Circle” is home to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which offers a 360-degree, birds-eye view of the city. Surrounding the Circle are a number of historic buildings, including Circle Tower. Take a selfie in front of the iconic Monument, or rotate your camera 90 degrees for a new perspective on a downtown destination!


5. Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery was established in 1863 and is located just a few miles north of Monument Circle. At 555 acres, Crown Hill is the nation’s third-largest non-governmental cemetery. Notable individuals interred at the cemetery include President Benjamin Harrison, infamous bank robber John Dillinger and Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley. Riley’s tomb is located atop the 842-foot Crown Hill, which affords visitors a view of downtown Indianapolis.


6. The Athenaeum 

The Athenaeum was constructed in the 1890s as a cultural center for the German-American community of Indianapolis. Located in bustling Mass Ave, the Athenaeum still hosts a number of social gatherings, including live music events held in the Biergarten during the warmer months. Indy’s oldest restaurant, the Rathskeller, is also located in the building. Visually, the Athenaeum is full of opulent details, including its leaded glass windows.


7. James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

The James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home is located in Lockerbie Square, Indy’s oldest surviving neighborhood. For 23 years, Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley lived in the neighborhood, which is abound with historic properties. The Riley Home is decorated ornately with furniture used by the poet, but the exterior is just as regal—visitors will want to capture its brick construction with the hashtag #oldhouselove.


8. Scottish Rite Cathedral 

The Scottish Rite Cathedral was constructed between 1927 and 1929. It is one of the largest and best examples of Masonic architecture in the nation, with every dimension being evenly divisible by three. The cathedral is owned by the Valley of Indianapolis Scottish Rite, an affiliated body of Freemasonry that offers guided tours. The building’s craftsmanship is seen in its woodwork, patterned ceilings and stained-glass windows.


9. Old National Centre (Murat)

Built in 1909 and originally known as the Murat Centre, the Old National Centre is located in the heart of Mass Ave. The Old National Centre is home to a concert hall, theater and other event spaces, including the opulent Egyptian Room. The building, modeled after Islamic temples found in the Middle East and Egypt, is a unique piece of architecture in downtown Indy. Be sure to share photos of its minarets with the hashtag #indyarchitecture!


10. Indiana War Memorial Plaza

The Indiana War Memorial Plaza Historic District comprises five city blocks and 24 acres, making Indianapolis second only to Washington D.C. in acreage devoted to veterans. The district also contains two museums, including the 210-foot Indiana War Memorial. From the top of its steps, the Memorial offers picturesque views of downtown Indianapolis at all hours of the day or night.


11. Garfield Park

Garfield Park is Indy’s oldest city park, having been established in the late 1800s. Today, the park spans 136 acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to a conservatory, sunken garden, arts center, amphitheater and other amenities, including an outdoor pool and sledding hill. In the spring, the 10,000-square foot conservatory and sunken garden feature a rainbow of colorful bulbs.


12. Union Station

Indianapolis was home to the nation’s first “union station,” where, in 1886, construction for the red brick head house was started. The Romanesque Revival construction features a soaring clock tower and a two block-long barrel vault ceiling, and the stained glass window even has its own hashtag: #thatrosewindow. Today, the head house serves as a banquet hall and event space. Instameets have even been held at historic Union Station!

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