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A lineup of only-in-Indy experiences makes Indy a must-visit destination. You didn’t hear it from us though, as Frommers named Indy one of their “Best Places to go in 2020,” Food & Wine put us on their list of “America’s Favorite Food Cities,” and Forbes called Indy “America’s Most Underrated City.”
From June, 2020 through May of 2021, Indy will celebrate our city’s 200th birthday. The city will roll out the red carpet for a yearlong celebration of music, food, arts, and culture.
The incredible story of Madam CJ Walker will finally be told this year as Indy celebrates the grand reopening of her theatre and legacy center, along with art installations and a downtown exhibit. Madam Walker became the first self-made female millionaire as she built her empire selling hair care products (that recently resurfaced on the shelves of Sephora nationwide). Madam’s story will also be highlighted in a Netflix mini series backed by Lebron James and starring Octavia Spencer. The Madam Walker Legacy Center will honor the late Madam Walker while focusing on critical programming in the areas of art, financial literacy, leadership, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.
Exciting change is coming to the north end of Mass Ave. Bottleworks’ $300-million redevelopment of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant will be home to 11 acres of entertainment, restaurants, residences, an independent movie theatre, a food hall, and the Bottleworks Hotel. The 146-room boutique hotel, which is set to open in August of 2020, will occupy the top two floors of the historic administration building and will also operate a restaurant and bar.
Last summer, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis gathered paleontologists from around the world to join them in a massive dinosaur dig in Wyoming. After a successful dig resulting in 15 tons of excavated dinosaur bone, the world’s largest children’s museum will be expanding their paleontology lab to welcome home these bones in 2020. Families will be able to watch first-hand as real paleontologists work diligently to rebuild full bone structures of living creatures that walked the earth 65 million years ago.
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