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 IBJ Staff
September 22, 2012
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American Legion National Headquarters
700 N. Pennsylvania St., 46204
(317) 630-1200 / fax (317) 630-1368
Website: legion.org
2011 attendance: 2,500
Description: veterans’ service organization
Adult admission charge: none
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., closed on national holidays
Top administrator: Daniel S. Wheeler, national adjutant, COO
Owner(s): American Legion
Established: 1919

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
9301 Michigan Road, 46268
(317) 872-9664 / fax (317) 876-0510
Website: beefandboards.com
2011 attendance: 150,000
Description: Broadway shows, holiday entertainment, children’s theater and concerts; buffet dinner
Adult admission charge: $36-$59
Open: year-round; performances: Tues.-Sun. evenings, Wed. and Sun. matinees; box office: Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Top administrator: Douglas E. Stark, owner, artistic director, producer
Owner(s): Zark Productions
Established: 1973

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
1230 N. Delaware St., 46202
(317) 631-1888 / fax (317) 632-5488
Website: bhpsite.org
2011 attendance: 27,301
Description: to increase public understanding of and appreciation for the American system of government through life stories, arts and culture of an American president
Adult admission charge: $8
Open: year-round; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sun. (June and July only): 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Top administrator: Phyllis D. Geeslin, president, CEO
Established: 1966

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
3 Center Green, Suite 200, Carmel 46032
(317) 923-4597 / fax (317) 924-6671
Website: civictheatre.org
2011 attendance: 31,140
Description: professionally managed community theater featuring large-scale musicals and popular play productions, year-round theater education programs for children and adults
Adult admission charge: $21-$34
Open: year-round; varies
Top administrator: Cheri L. Dick, executive director
Owner(s): employee-owned
Established: 1915

Chateau Thomas Winery
6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield 46168
(317) 837-9463 / fax (317) 837-6709
Website: chateauthomas.com
2011 attendance: 300,000
Description: winery, wine tasting
Adult admission charge: $5 tasting fee
Open: year-round; Sun. noon-6 p.m., Mon-Thur 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Top administrator: Charles Thomas, president
Owner(s): Chateau Thomas Winery Inc.
Established: 1984

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St., 46208
(317) 334-3322 / fax (317) 921-4019
Website: childrensmuseum.org
2011 attendance: 1,270,000
Description: 11 galleries exhibiting arts, sciences and humanities; live children’s theater; planetarium; public library; Dinosphere
Adult admission charge: $17.50
Open: year-round; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; closed second Monday Sept.-Feb.
Top administrator: Jeffrey H. Patchen, president, CEO
Established: 1925

Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Monument Circle, 46204
(317) 233-0529 / fax (317) 233-3248
Website: in.gov/iwm/2335.htm
Description: 7,000-square-foot Civil War museum with a series of vignettes detailing the war experience of Indiana residents, special programming
Adult admission charge: none
Open: year-round; Wed.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Top administrator: Stewart J. Goodwin, executive director
Established: 1902

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers 46038
(317) 776-6000 / fax (317) 214-4756
Website: connerprairie.org
2011 attendance: 320,500
Description: themed historic areas set on 200 acres of wooded land with interactive adventures that allow guests to experience firsthand what it was like to live and play in Indiana’s past, three outdoor picnic pavilions, facility rentals, catering
Adult admission charge: $14
Open: year-round; outdoor areas: Apr.-Oct. Thur.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May-Oct. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; indoor areas: Nov.-March Thurs.-Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Top administrator: Ellen M. Rosenthal, president, CEO
Owner(s): Conner Prairie Foundation
Established: 1934

Crispus Attucks Museum
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., 46202
(317) 226-2432 / fax (317) 226-4611
Website: crispusattucksmuseum.ips.k12.in.us
2011 attendance: 40,200
Description: Indianapolis’ first African American high school, African American community artifacts
Adult admission charge: $5
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. noon-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Robert L. Chester, curator, history professor
Owner(s): Indianapolis Public Schools
Established: 1998

Crown Hill Cemetery
700 W. 38th St., 46208
(317) 920-2644 / fax (317) 920-3652
Website: crownhillhf.org
2011 attendance: 100,000
Description: gravesites of the famous and infamous, historic guided tours
Adult admission charge: varies for guided tours
Open: year-round; April-Sept., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct.-March, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Keith O. Norwalk, president
Established: 1863

Eagle Creek Park
7840 W. 56th St., 46254
(317) 327-7110 / fax (317) 327-7122
Website: eaglecreekpark-fdn.org
Description: 3,930 acres of land, 1,360-acre reservoir, nature center, restaurant, boat rentals, beach, hiking trails, shelter houses, golf course
Adult admission charge: biker/hiker $3, vehicles $5
Open: year-round, daily from dawn to dusk
Established: 1972

Easley Winery
205 N. College Ave., 46202
(317) 636-4516 / fax (317) 974-0128
Website: easleywinery.com
2011 attendance: 24,000
Description: seating in winery, tours, free parking, outdoor wine garden packages available, Internet access, corporate meeting pricing
Adult admission charge: $5 to taste seven wines, free cellar tours on weekends
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-4 p.m.
Top administrator: Maggie Easley
Owner(s): Mark Easley, Meredith Easley
Established: 1974

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., 46204
(317) 636-9378 / fax (317) 275-1400
Website: eiteljorg.org
2011 attendance: 141,000
Description: inspiring an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America, on-site planner, exclusive catering company
Adult admission charge: $8
Open: year-round; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon- 5 p.m.
Top administrator: John Vanausdall, president, CEO
Established: 1989

Footlite Musicals Inc.
1847 N. Alabama St., 46202
(317) 926-6630
Website: footlite.org
2011 attendance: 8,100
Description: community theater presenting musicals, winter cabaret show, young adults and artist productions, children’s workshop
Adult admission charge: $17
Open: times and dates vary
Top administrator: Keith Matters, president, Susan B. Smith
Established: 1955

Freetown Village Inc.
625 Indiana Ave., Suite 200, 46202
(317) 631-1870 / fax (317) 631-0224
Website: freetownvillage.org
2011 attendance: 20,415
Description: educational performances on African American history and culture
Adult admission charge: varies
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., by appointment
Top administrator: Ophelia Wellington, executive director
Established: 1982

Indianapolis Fringe Festival
719 E. St. Clair St., 46202
(317) 522-8099
Website: indyfringe.org
2011 attendance: 26,255
Description: an accessible, affordable outlet that draws diverse elements of the community together and inspires creative experiences through the arts
Adult admission charge: $10 per play plus $5 backer button
Open: August; varies
Top administrator: Pauline Moffat
Established: 2005

Garfield Park Conservatory & Sunken Gardens
2505 Conservatory Drive, 46203
(317) 327-7580 / fax (317) 327-7268
Website: garfieldgardensconservatory.org
2011 attendance: 96,000
Description: tropical plant conservatory, sunken garden
Adult admission charge: $1-$3
Open: year-round; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: John Williams, director Department of Parks and Recreation
Owner(s): city of Indianapolis
Established: 1915

Go Ape Treetop Adventure at Eagle Creek Park
5901 Delong Road, 46254
(888) 520-7322
Website: goape.com
Description: a treetop adventure made up of numerous rope ladders, 39 crossings, two Tarzan swings and five zip lines
Adult admission charge: $55
Open: March-Dec., varies by season
Top administrator: Carolyn Tunney, head office assistant
Established: 2002

Herron Galleries
735 W. New York St., 46220
(317) 278-9418 / fax (317) 278-9471
Website: herron.iupui.edu
2011 attendance: 7,000
Description: art exhibitions and lectures
Adult admission charge: none
Open: year-round; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., summer Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Valerie Eickmeier, dean
Owner(s): Indiana University
Established: 1902

Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
4600 Sunset Ave., 46208
(317) 940-8333
Website: butler.edu/holcomb-observatory
2011 attendance: 2,000
Description: one of the largest public observatories in the world, houses a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector and a number of smaller telescopes
Adult admission charge: $3
Open: Sept.-Dec., Jan.-July; varies
Owner(s): Butler University

Hook’s Drug Store Museum
1220 E. 38th St., 46205
(317) 924-1503
Website: hooksmuseum.org
2011 attendance: 50,000
Description: an authentic piece of history
Adult admission charge: free
Open: during the State Fair and special events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, by appointment all other times
Top administrator: Tabitha A. Cross-Arnett, president; Brandt J. Hakanson, treasurer; John Schreiner, VP; Mark Smith, secretary
Owner(s): Greenfield Museum Initiative Inc.
Established: 1971

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson 46013
(800) 526-7223 / fax (765) 644-0467
Website: hoosierpark.com
2011 attendance: 3,500,000
Description: horse racing track featuring harness, thoroughbred and quarter horses
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year-round; casino open 24/7
Top administrator: Jim Brown, president, COO
Owner(s): Centaur Inc.
Established: 1994

Hoosier Park’s Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB
20 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 2, 46204
(317) 656-7223
Website: hpwinnerscircle.com
2011 attendance: 224,807
Description: pub, grill and off-track betting facility featuring horse racing from across the nation
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year-round; 11 a.m.-midnight
Top administrator: Tricia Lavore, general manager
Owner(s): Centaur Inc.
Established: 1995

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
3145 N. Meridian St., 46208
(317) 925-2702 / fax (317) 925-6624
Website: indianablackexpo.com
2011 attendance: 241,727
Description: multi-day celebration of African-American entertainment, culture, business and youth
Adult admission charge: varies
Open: June-July; times vary
Top administrator: Tanya Bell, president, CEO
Owner(s): Indiana Black Expo Inc.
Established: 1971

Indiana Fever
125 S. Pennsylvania St., 46204
(317) 917-2500 / fax (317) 917-2799
Website: feverbasketball.com
2011 attendance: 185,740
Description: Women’s National Basketball Association team, playoff participant eight times since 2002
Adult admission charge: $10 to $90
Open: May through October; game times and dates vary
Top administrator: Kelly Krauskopf, COO, general manager
Owner(s): Herbert Simon
Established: 2000

Indiana Grand Casino
4200 N. Michigan Road, Shelbyville 46176
(877) 386-4463
Website: indianagrand.com
Description: high-tech slots, poker room with 100 gaming positions, high limit room
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year-round, 24/7
Top administrator: Tim Dingman, general manager
Owner(s): Indianapolis Downs LLC
Established: 2008

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 W. Ohio St., 46202
(317) 232-1882 / fax (317) 234-0079
Website: indianahistory.org
2011 attendance: 93,807
Description: collecting, preserving, interpreting and sharing Indiana’s history
Adult admission charge: $7 adults, $6.50 seniors
Open: year-round; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: John A. Herbst, president, CEO
Owner(s): Indiana Historical Society
Established: 1830

Indiana Ice
201 S. Capitol Ave., Suite 430, 46225
(317) 925-4423 / fax (317) 931-4511
Website: indianaice.com
2011 attendance: 114,036
Description: United States Hockey League team
Adult admission charge: $11-$29
Open: Oct.-May; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., game dates and times vary
Top administrator: Paul Skjodt, CEO
Owner(s): Paul Skjodt
Established: 2004

Indiana Medical History Museum
3045 W. Vermont St., 46222
(317) 635-7329 / fax (317) 635-7349
Website: imhm.org
Description: educates the community about health care, health careers, and life sciences in Indiana during the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries
Adult admission charge: $7
Open: year-round; Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.,- last tour at 3 p.m., groups of 10 or more Wed.-Sat.
Top administrator: Mary Ellen Hennessey-Nottage, executive director
Established: 1969

Indiana Pacers
125 S. Pennsylvania St., 46204
(317) 917-2500
Website: pacers.com
2011 attendance: 467,561
Description: National Basketball Association team with the 5th best record in the NBA in 2011-12
Adult admission charge: $10 and up
Open: regular season: Oct.-April, playoffs April-June; game dates and times vary
Top administrator: Herbert Simon, chairman, CEO
Owner(s): Herbert Simon
Established: 1967

Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 W. Washington St., 46204
(317) 635-5252 / fax (317) 236-0767
Website: irtlive.com
2011 attendance: 104,215
Description: professional resident not-for-profit theater
Adult admission charge: $39-$59
Open: Sept.-May; times vary
Top administrator: Steven Stolen, managing director, Janet Allen, artistic director
Owner(s): employee-owned
Established: 1972

Indiana State Fair
1202 E. 38th St., 46205
(317) 927-7500 / fax (317) 927-7695
Website: DND
2011 attendance: 872,312
Description: multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage
Adult admission charge: $7 in advance, $10 at gate
Open: August; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri.—Sat.
Top administrator: Cindy Hoye, executive director
Owner(s): state of Indiana
Established: 1852

Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites
650 W. Washington St., 46204
(317) 234-1637 / fax (317) 232-7090
Website: indianamuseum.org
2011 attendance: 226,459
Description: Indiana art, science, history and culture covering the Ice Age to the 21st century, large-format IMAX theater
Adult admission charge: $7-$9.50
Open: year-round; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Thomas A. King, president, CEO; Craig Mince, theater manager
Owner(s): state of Indiana
Established: 1862

Indiana Transportation Museum
825 Park Drive, Noblesville 46060
(317) 773-6000 / fax (317) 770-1902
Website: itm.org
2011 attendance: 30,000
Description: exhibits of railroad equipment from the first half of the 20th century
Adult admission charge: $3, train rides additional
Open: May-Oct.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Top administrator: Jeff Kehler, chairman

Indianapolis Air Show
4078 N. Aviation Way, Greenfield 46140
(317) 335-7252 / fax (317) 335-3411
Website: indyairshow.com
2011 attendance: 81,200
Description: Indiana’s largest show; dedicated to aviation with events, activities and demonstrations in the air and on the ground
Adult admission charge: $15
Open: three-days in June each year; Fri: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Top administrator: Robert Duncan, chairman
Owner(s): Miracle Ride Foundation II Inc.
Established: 1997

Indianapolis Art Center
820 E. 67th St., 46220
(317) 255-2464 / fax (317) 254-0486
Website: indplsartcenter.org
2011 attendance: 241,660
Description: ArtsPark outdoor creativity and sculpture gardens, exhibitions, events, borders the Monon Trail and White River
Adult admission charge: free except for specific events
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Top administrator: Carter Wolf, president, CEO
Established: 1934

Indianapolis Colts
7001 W. 56th St., 46254
(317) 297-2658 / fax (317) 297-8971
Website: colts.com
2011 attendance: 518,627
Description: National Football League team
Adult admission charge: $39-$1,500
Open: Aug.-Jan.; game dates and times vary
Top administrator: Jim Irsay, CEO
Owner(s): Jim Irsay
Established: 1984

Indianapolis Indians
501 W. Maryland St., 46225
(317) 269-3542 / fax (317) 269-3541
Website: IndyIndians.com
2011 attendance: 580,082
Description: triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team
Adult admission charge: $15-$30
Open: Apr.-Sept.; game dates and times vary
Top administrator: Max B. Schumacher, president, chairman
Owner(s): shareholder-owned
Established: 1902

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum
4790 W. 16th St., 46222
(317) 492-6784 / fax (317) 492-6449
Website: indianapolismotorspeedway.com
2011 attendance: 900,000
Description: home to the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Red Bull Indianapolis Moto GP and a museum devoted to automobiles and auto racing
Adult admission charge: race ticket prices vary, $5 museum admission
Open: year-round; museum: March-Oct. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov.-Feb. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Top administrator: Jeffrey G. Belskus, president, CEO
Owner(s): Hulman-George family
Established: 1909

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road, 46208
(317) 923-1331 / fax (317) 931-1978
Website: imamuseum.org
2011 attendance: 414,866
Description: more than 54,000 works of art from around the world, spanning 5,000 years of history; 52-acres of gardens and grounds; Lilly House; Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park
Adult admission charge: free except for special exhibits
Open: year-round; Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m, Sun. noon-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Charles L. Venable, CEO
Established: 1883

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
32 E. Washington St., Suite 600, 46204
(317) 262-1100 / fax (317) 262-1158
Website: indianapolissymphony.org
2011 attendance: 350,000
Description: orchestral music in classical, pops, family and holiday genres
Adult admission charge: $27-$75
Open: year-round; concert dates and times vary
Top administrator: Thomas R. Ramsey, VP, general manager
Established: 1930

Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens
1200 W. Washington St., 46222
(317) 630-2001 / fax (317) 630-5153
Website: indianapoliszoo.com
2011 attendance: 1,013,730
Description: zoological park, aquarium, botanical garden
Adult admission charge: $16.50 in season, $9.50 off-season
Open: year-round; Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in season
Top administrator: Michael L. Crowther, president, CEO
Owner(s): Indianapolis Zoological Society Inc.
Established: 1964

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
528 Lockerbie St., 46202
(317) 631-5885 / fax (317) 631-5885
Website: rileykids.org/museum
2011 attendance: 7,000
Description: preserved 1893 Italianate home where poet James Whitcomb Riley lived the last 23 years of his life
Adult admission charge: $4
Open: year-round, except holidays and Dec. 24-Jan. 15; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sun.-Mon. closed
Top administrator: Jim Obergfell, director
Owner(s): Riley Children’s Foundation
Established: 1922

James Whitcomb Riley Old Home and Museum
250 W. Main St., Greenfield 46140
(317) 462-8539
Website: jwrileyhome.org
2011 attendance: 1,673
Description: boyhood home of James Whitcomb Riley, museum with exhibits, gift shop
Adult admission charge: $4
Open: April - October; Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Top administrator: Tracy Doyle, superintendent, Greenfield Parks and Recreation Dept.
Owner(s): City of Greenfield, Riley Old Home Society
Established: 1934

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
340 N. Senate Avenue, 46204
(317) 652-1954
Website: vonnegutlibrary.org
2011 attendance: 7,500
Description: library, museum, art gallery, reading room, and cultural and education resource facility; Vonnegut artifacts; events featuring writers, musicians and artists
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year-round; Sun.-Tues., Thurs.-Sat. noon-5 p.m., Wed. closed
Top administrator: Julia Whitehead, executive director
Established: 2009

Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
10267 E. U.S. 136, 46234
(317) 291-4090 / fax (317) 291-4220
Website: lucasoilraceway.com
2011 attendance: 250,000
Description: drag racing facility owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association
Adult admission charge: varies by event
Open: March-Oct.; times vary
Top administrator: Tom Compton, president
Owner(s): National Hot Rod Association
Established: 1960

National Art Museum of Sport
850 W. Michigan St., 46202
(317) 274-3627 / fax (317) 274-3878
Website: namos.iupui.edu
2011 attendance: 70,000
Description: collection of fine sports art; rotating art exhibits; diverse permanent collection; about 900 paintings, photographs and sculptures representing 44 sports
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., call for weekend hours
Top administrator: Elizabeth C. Varner, executive director
Established: 1959

NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center
700 W. Washington St., 46206
(317) 916-4255 / fax (317) 916-4254
Website: ncaahallofchampions.org
2011 attendance: 52,760
Description: two-level, 30,000-square foot facility highlighting academic and athletic experiences of current and former student-athletes
Adult admission charge: $5
Open: year-round; Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., Mon. closed
Top administrator: Mike King, director of operations
Owner(s): National Collegiate Athletic Association
Established: 1999

Phoenix Theatre
749 N. Park Ave., 46202
(317) 635-7529 / fax (317) 635-0010
Website: phoenixtheatre.org
2011 attendance: 12,579
Description: professional, contemporary theater company
Adult admission charge: $15-$30
Open: year-round; Mon.-Wed. 9a.m.-5 p.m., Thur.-Fri. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 6:30-8 p.m., performances: Thurs. at 7:00, Fri.-.Sat. 8 p.m.
Top administrator: Bryan Fonseca, producing director
Established: 1983

The Sanctuary, the Art of N.A. Noel
75 N. Main St., Zionsville 46077
(317) 733-1117 / fax (317) 873-2012
Website: nanoel.com
2011 attendance: 15,000
Description: museum, shop, framing gallery, cafe, original artwork, prints
Adult admission charge: none
Open: year-round; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Nancy Noel
Owner(s): Nancy Noel
Established: 2006

Scottish Rite Cathedral
650 N. Meridian St., 46204
(317) 262-3110 / fax (317) 262-3124
Website: scottishriteevents.org
2011 attendance: 4,766
Description: 54-bell carillon; wedding, meeting and event space, 1,200-person theater, cafe
Adult admission charge: $3
Open: year-round; Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., third Sat. of every month 10am-2pm
Top administrator: Ashley J. Long, events manager
Established: 1929

Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Monument Circle, 46204
(317) 232-7615 / fax (317) 233-4285
Website: wm.in.gov
2011 attendance: 43,000
Description: 284-foot civil war monument and museum
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year-round; Fri.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Top administrator: C. Nina Gaither, director of administration
Owner(s): Indiana War Memorials Commission
Established: 1902

Sun King Brewing Co.
135 N. College Ave., 46202
(317) 602-3702
Website: sunkingbrewing.com/
2011 attendance: 113,000
Description: craft brewery with a focus on traditional, seasonal and unique specialty beers
Adult admission charge: free
Open: year around; Mon-Wed. 10 a.m-6 p.m., Thu-Fri: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Top administrator: Omar Robinson, president; Dave Colt, head brewer, VP
Owner(s): Omar Robinson, Dave Colt, Clay Robinson, Andy Fagg, Steve Koers
Established: 2009

The Cabaret
121 Monument Circle, 46204
(317) 275-1169
Website: thecabaret.org
2011 attendance: 7,000
Description: sophisticated, swanky and so New York cabaret performances; variety of food and drink
Adult admission charge: $35-$55
Open: year-round; ticket office Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., shows Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m.
Top administrator: Shannon M. Forsell, managing and artistic director
Owner(s): The Cabaret
Established: 1988

White River State Park
801 W. Washington St., 46204
(317) 231-0000
Website: inwhiteriver.wrsp.in.gov/
Description: 250 acres of green space in Indiana’s only urban state park; location of the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater, The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, Victory Field and NCAA Hall of Champions Museum
Adult admission charge: free, cost of attractions varies
Open: year-round
Top administrator: Robert Whitt, executive director
Established: 1979

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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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