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Downtown

Intro to Downtown (last updated 9-1-2012)

First off, I’m going to point out that downtown parking is awful. It’s either parallel park at a meter (which charges by the half hour, although it’s free on weekends) or go to a parking garage, which usually charge anywhere from $4-20 depending on which area you’re in or how long you go there.

HOWEVER, Circle Centre’s Sun garage (accessible off East Washington Street), only charges $1.50 for up to 3 hours, which is the cheapest garage around (at least that I’ve found)!

There used to be a Borders here, but thanks to their recent cutbacks, they closed April 3, 2011. It was in a fancy building with magnificent architecture, but the rent was too high. The last remaining Borders at Castleton Square Mall and Southport Plaza soon followed suit and closed once the company declared bankruptcy.

Monument Circle. Currently under construction.

Monument Circle is an attraction in and of itself. There’s a museum inside the monument if you’re into historic sites. There’s also another historic museum a few streets over.

The wholesale district is the main attraction for downtown, and it spans 2 blocks from the center of town in every direction. Keep in mind, the center of town really isn’t Monument Square- it’s one block south at the intersection of Meridian & Washington streets.

There are several restaurants in the wholesale district; some are pricey, some are cheap. For cheap, there’s a Panera, Steak n’ Shake, and an Enzo Pizza. There’s also a Starbucks for coffee. For expensive, there’s a seafood restaurant by the Hilton, an oyster bar by 30 N. Meridian, and the Weber Grill, which specializes in barbecue and dinner entrees.

There’s also a CVS pharmacy on Ohio Street and a comic store just off Monument Circle on east Market Street.

For me, the best part of downtown is Circle Centre. It’s very clean and well-run, and has all the perks of a SIMON mall.  While it features mostly clothing store, it has a good mix of stores that can also be found at Castleton Square Mall or Greenwood Park Mall, such as Frullati Café, Asian Chao, GameStop, Ambercrombie & Fitch, Hot Topic, and Aeropostale.

Welcome to Weber Grill.

But one interesting thing about Circle Centre is its connection to the Artsgarden, which is a good place to meet people to have lunch, to get information about entertainment and upcoming events in Indianapolis, or to sometimes hear local artists perform for free. Check it out if you’re already at Circle Centre- it gives a scenic view of the surrounding streets!

There are also 7 hotels to stay in that surround Circle Centre. There’s the Hyatt, the Hilton, Embassy Suites, the Conrad, Mariott, Westin, Canterbury, and the Raddison. These are all expensive hotels but the offer a very comfortable and relaxing stay, and they’re located on-site or blocks away from the wholesale district.

A big part of downtown is also the miscellaneous sporting games and events. The Indianapolis Colts, Pacers, and Indians play here, so Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse have a constant flow of traffic. There are also several events and sometimes even free concerts at White River State Park, Military Park, the Artsgarden, The Convention Center, and Monument Circle. Downtown Indianapolis is becoming an area swarming with people out to enjoy themselves and have a fun night of dining and entertainment.

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