The Indianapolis meetings package continues to evolve with new developments to excite planners and attendees alike. Below is a sampling of what's on the horizon.
A national design firm has been charged with activating 18+ miles of the White River that flows through the heart of the city, connecting more than 60 points of interest and creating recreation opportunities. A 100-acre site within a 10 minute walk from the convention district is primed for mixed use and visitor- centric expansion.
Uplift in Airlift
The country’s best airport now boasts record airlift, with nonstop connections to 51 destinations. A new Delta Indy-to-Paris route means easy connections to and from 60+ destinations in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia.
11 hotel developments in the pipeline, including a new headquarter hotel, are slated to bring an additional 2,500 rooms to Indy’s walkable downtown. The city currently features 7,100 rooms within 6 blocks of the center, with a record 4,700 connected. 2018 will also welcome a new hotel concept turning heads across the country – luxury shipping containers in an urban park-like setting.
America's Most Underrated Food City
64% of downtown Indy’s 300+ restaurants are locally owned, and the city has more highly anticipated restaurant openings than ever before. Community focused options like Kimbal Musk’s Hedge Row and Patachou’s Public Greens are expanding. James Beard stand-out chefs like Jonathan Brooks and Abbi Merriss are opening new concepts. From tiki bars to Omakase-style hot spots, Indy’s culinary scene is thriving.
Thriving Cultural Scene
Indy has emerged as a major player in the arts and culture scene, and rapid expansion is adding to the excitement. The historically significant Madame Walker Theatre Center is renovating. The Cabaret, considered the leading venue of its kind in the Midwest, just opened a new glamorous space. The thought-provoking Phoenix Theatre’s new building offers multiple auditoriums.
New Event Venues
Indy already boasts 30+ unique venues in walking distance of the convention center, but more unique spaces are popping up, offering planners creative options.
New Sports Experience
The world’s largest children’s museum
just opened a 7.5-acre Sports Legends Expe- rience in partnership with the NFL Colts, NBA Pacers, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and more. This one of a kind facility is available for private events in the evening.
Main Street Speedway
Steps from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway’s new Main Street offers a chance to experience the excitement of racing year round. Racing themed breweries, wine bars, professional go-karting, and the official IndyCar factory all host impressive events.