New Developments in Indy

Indy’s momentum has gotten the attention of national media from Condé Nast Traveler to Food & Wine, and earned the city USA Today’s “#1 Convention City in the U.S.” honors. Numerous major developments have the city continuously evolving and moving forward.

Since in-person visits are a challenge, we invite you to step through Indy virtually with this self-driven tour. If you like what you see, we invite you to schedule a virtual site visit with a Visit Indy host or upload your RFP.


Game-Changing Connectivity

An expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, including a 50,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and 143,500-sq.ft. of flexible space, will connect to a new Signia by Hilton hotel, creating an unrivaled convention package. Hilton chose Indy as one of only three cities to launch its new meeting-centric Signia brand. This new property will stand 40 stories tall, offer 800 rooms, and include a top-level bar with skyline views. Another 600-room Hilton property is slated to be developed on an adjacent parcel, also connected to the center. This project is anticipated to open in 2025.

In addition, Indy has another 600+ downtown hotel rooms in the pipeline that will bring the number of hotel rooms in walking distance of the center to more than 10,000. Indy already touts the most hotels and hotel rooms connected by enclosed skywalks into a center in the U.S., and this expansion will boost those numbers to 14 properties and 6,100+ hotel rooms all under one roof.

 

Bottleworks District Debut

The Bottleworks District is Indy's newest culinary, arts, and entertainment hub featuring The Garage artisan food hall, retailers, entertainment venues, and more.

The centerpiece of this cultural district is the 139-room Bottleworks Hotel. This landmark once served as the largest Coca-Cola bottling plant in the world. Between the beautifully restored terrazzo floors, plaster detailing, and brass Art Deco–patterned doors, visitors will truly step through time. With a total of 13,493 square feet of meeting space, you can create an experience your attendees won't forget. 

Condé Nast Traveler, TIME Magazine, and Travel + Leisure cited the district as one of the reasons Indy made their lists of "Best Places to Visit in 2021."


16 Tech Innovation District

16 Tech
Innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields of tech, life science, and engineering are leveraging their brain power together in Indy’s new urban innovation district, 16 Tech. The region’s top-ranking research universities and global corporations add to the creative energy and collaborative spirit, including:
  • Cook Regentec
  • Cummins
  • Indiana Biosciences Research Institute
  • Indiana University
  • Lilly
  • Regenstrief Institute
  • Rolls Royce
  • Salesforce

Waterfront Activation

White River
A national design firm has been charged with activating more than 58 miles of the White River that flows through the heart of the city, connecting more than 60 points of interest and creating recreation opportunities for visitors and residents alike.
 

New Attractions

Shining A Light
Monument Circle, the iconic heart of the city, now is equipped with state-of-the-art light and audio technology and features a must-see, nightly patriotic salute entitled Shining A Light. For event strategists, the technology can be adapted to provide a unique experience for attendees. Imagine animation, video, and music working together to envelop attendees in a dazzling conference experience.
 

More Free Wifi

Free Wifi
The Indiana Convention Center now offers free WiFi service in the facility’s public areas, including the existing food courts and lobbies A through K. The new, free WiFi service provides guests attending events the ability to check email or surf the web in the public areas of ICC, outside of the exhibit floor, meeting rooms, and ballrooms, where attendees tend to congregate and get online most.

The Westin Indianapolis is Undergoing its Largest Renovation

The Westin Indianapolis Exterior

The Westin Indianapolis, one of 12 hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center via enclosed skywalk, is undergoing a three-phase, $36 million renovation. The updates are the most significant since the hotel's opening in 1989 and will add a universal theme throughout the property.

In phase one, the lobby, public spaces, meeting space, guest elevators, and food and beverage stations will be renovated. The first thing guests will notice as they first arrive is the rebuilt entryway. In phases two and three, second level meeting spaces, restaurants, rooms, and corridors will be renovated to undoubtedly enhance the visitor experience. 

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