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The downtown Indianapolis scene is bursting with things to do and see, a great many within walking distance. Below are the latest downtown headlines.

A Dillar, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

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When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

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If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

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Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

New Day Offers Crafty Recipe for Stress Relief

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You know the feeling. Get the kids to 3 different places at the same time. Finish up that big report for the boss. Spin your wheels figuring out what’s for dinner and trying to remember if you turned the iron off before you left the house. Soon, the stress builds up so that you can […]

Homespun Has a New Home on Mass Ave

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The north end of Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis welcomed a new neighbor recently when Homespun: Modern Handmade opened the doors of its new digs. Homespun isn’t new to Indianapolis; its previous location was in Indy’s historic Irvington neighborhood. The move to Mass Ave gives the boutique a larger space for more product and for […]

Sister, Sister: Two Girls, Two Suburbs, One Night on the Town

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My family is from southern Indiana. I grew up in the toe of Indiana’s boot, but my sister and I both ended up Central Indiana. We live less than 20 miles apart, in north side suburbs, and mostly touch base whenever we’re in our homewtown. Recently, we’ve both been making an effort to get together […]

Indianapolis: Not Just a Transition City, but a Place to Live

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Shout-out to a fellow Hoosier filmmaker and his video about the rebirth of Circle City. Have you watched it yet? Indianapolis: Circle City Rebirth from Dusty Frey on Vimeo. Local filmmaker, Dusty Frey, did an excellent job capturing the essence of Indianapolis and portraying why this city should not just be seen as an inbetween […]

Nostalgia in the Food Court: Root Beer Stand at Circle Center Mall

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There was a root beer stand in my hometown called Frost Top. Like root beer stands in every hometown, you could order from your car and have food delivered along with a frosty mug of draft root beer. If you’ve never tried draft root beer, you’ve never tried root beer before. It’s a part of […]

Local Dining Treasures: 10 Must-Order Menu Items

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There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Indianapolis. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a few favorite menu items from each local restaurant. I know there is so much out there, I should really be exploring new food and restaurants instead of constantly ordering the same thing. But our favorites are just so good and […]

Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons

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It’s amazing to think a massive sheet of ice once covered Indiana, and most of North America, over 80,000 years ago. Even more amazing is what lay preserved beneath this massive ice sheet. ice-age-exhibit-indiana-state-museum Mammoths and Mastodons fossils have been found on every continent except Australia and South America. Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of […]

2014 Art & Soul Kickoff This Friday

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Hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., the 2014 Art & Soul celebration will kickoff on January 31 at 12:00 pm. Located in the Indianapolis Artsgarden at the intersection of Washington and Illinois Street, this will be Art & Soul’s 18th year. The events will feature several Indiana African-American […]

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library 3rd Anniversary Celebration

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On Saturday, January 25th join the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in their 3rd Anniversary Celebration. The afternoon will start with a welcome by Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams at 12:15 pm. Something to Cheer About, a film chronicling the 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers state basketball championship will be shown shortly after. Dan Wakefield, the Hoosier […]

Coming to Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Disney On Ice – Princesses & Heroes

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Unlike folks in Florida, who can get their fill of live Disney shows basically anytime they want, life in the north comes with no such luxury. Which is why the upcoming Disney On Ice – Princesses and Heroes show is worth marking on your calendar. This enchanting Disney production arrives in Indianapolis January 22-26, 2014 […]

The Indiana Experience: Step into a Photograph…and More!

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If you’ve ever wanted to step into an old-time photograph to experience what was happening when the shot was taken, and what life was like back then, now’s your chance. The Indiana Experience, presented by the Indiana Historical Society, offers visitors different 4 ways to learn about Indiana history. you-are-there-exhibit-at-indiana-historical-society You Are There You Are […]

Fearless Furniture: Design Meets Art at the Indiana State Museum

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Who says you have to go to the east or west coast to find cool furniture, when some of the most innovative and clever-yet-functional furniture designs you’ll find anywhere are on display right now at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis? fearless-furniture-exhibit-at-indiana-state-museum Fearless Furniture is a must-see collection of furniture made by modern-day artisans […]

FunCityFinder’s Top-10 Things to Do on New Year’s Eve

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Three…two…one…Happy New Year! Almost. Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight? Under the mistletoe? At home with friends? Out and about? Here’s a look at 10 New Year’s Eve celebrations that will take place in Indy. New Year’s Eve at the IMA. From 9 pm – 1 am in the Pulliam Family Great […]

The 2014 Indianapolis Auto Show at the Indiana Convention Center

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Ah, that new car smell. Care to take a whiff? If so, you’ll find plenty of it at the 2014 Indianapolis Auto Show in downtown Indianapolis. This massive auto show, which is the second oldest in the country, behind only the Chicago Auto Show, is celebrating its 100th anniversary at the Indiana Convention Center now […]

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum

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Enter a world of chugging locomotives, bridges and tunnels, and incredibly detailed replicas of national treasures, such as Yosemite National Park, Aspen Colorado and Mount Rushmore to name a few. jingle-rails-exhibit-at-eiteljorg-museum-indianapolis Now through January 19, 2014, Indianapolis, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is a must-see exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Naturally, […]

Christmas at the Zoo: A Lights Celebration to Remember

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In a way, Christmas is as much about making memories as it is giving presents. For after all the shopping, gift-giving and holiday celebrations have come and gone, it is the memories that endure. What memories will you make this holiday season? christmas-at-the-indianapolis-zoo Here’s a suggestion: Christmas at the Zoo. Now through December 30, 2013 […]

2-Day Big Ten Fan Fest Starts Friday on Georgia Street

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It’s not exactly the Super Bowl, but the sold-out 2013 Big Ten Football Championship Game is shaping up to be one heck of a weekend, even for fans without tickets. An estimated 100,000 college football fans will descend on downtown Indianapolis, selling out hotels, filling restaurants and generally doing their part to make the planned […]

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