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.

New Hotels in Indy

Hotel Indy: Introducing Hotel Indy – a stunning Marriott Tribute brand hotel that celebrates all the best sides of the Circle City. New to the downtown sphere in 2021, this boutique hotel is artfully designed and furnished to reflect the personality of Indianapolis. Rounded light fixtures and soft edged décor pay homage to the "Circle City" moniker, while bold, vibrant colors reflect the city’s vivacious community. Nods to Indianapolis icons like Major Taylor, Kurt Vonnegut, and Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr., are seen throughout the property.

An onsite restaurant, rooftop cocktail lounge, and coffee shop are all housed within the property. And with two meeting rooms, 1,500 square-feet of meeting space, and an outdoor courtyard for events, your attendees have a truly unique Indianapolis experience at Hotel Indy. 

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

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. 

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

16 Tech is also home to The AMP Artisan Marketplace, home to innovative local culinary and retail concepts, from emerging brands to established shops. The AMP features colorful shipping containers, food stalls, an open-air bar, communal seating and ample community gathering and event space.

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.

Bicentennial Unity Plaza

Bicentennial Unity Plaza, to be located just north of Gainbridge Fieldhouse, will be home to a community basketball court that will be converted to a seasonal ice rink, community-based public programming, and new public art thanks to a $28.47 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

A large portion of the plaza will be under a permanent canopy system, which extends its use throughout the year. At least 80 percent of programming on the plaza is reserved for community activities and public performances, and a specially designed 30-ft by 110-ft sculpture, titled “Together,” will harken feelings of community for Circle City residents and attendees.

New Activations

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.

Expansion of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Indianapolis is known for a clearly connected downtown sphere, navigable through marked trails for both walkers and bikers. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, the 8-mile biking and pedestrian trail that connects downtown Indy with nearby cultural districts, will undergo its first major expansion in its ten-year history. Two new stretches to the internationally recognized urban bike and pedestrian path are in progress along South Street and Indiana Avenue.

The South Street expansion will bring the Indianapolis Cultural Trail from New Jersey Street to Capitol Avenue, improving access in a thriving stretch of downtown that includes Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center. Indiana Avenue, home to the Madam C.J. Walker Legacy Center and historic, popular jazz scene that lasted until the 1970s, will be more accessible from the downtown core. With increased connectivity to these downtown landmarks by 2024, your attendees will be able to explore more nearby neighborhoods here in the Circle City.

Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton

Unique experiences for your attendees allows Indy to stand out as the top destination for your meetings. The new Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton pays homage to Indianapolis' history and a Circle City icon, Madam C.J. Walker. Built around a three-story AME Church frequented by Walker in the 1910s, this seven-story hotel property offers 231 rooms and 11,000 square-feet of meeting space. Above all, your attendees will be surrounded by lasting remnants of the Circle City's community history. 

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