Things to do in Indianapolis, IN?

My fiance and I are looking at moving to Indianapolis. We're originally from central Illinois, so please spare the replies about the weather. We've lived in Nashville, so we've gotten very spoiled on city life after leaving podunk town, Il. So what kind of city life does Indianapolis offer? Good restaurants, nightlife, etc??

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  • Evan
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    7 years ago
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    Indianapolis would be a great place for you.

    #1 it has the lowest cost of living of ANY major US city.

    #2 Indy has the nations most affordable housing market. Average home price in Indianapolis: 100k

    #3 Indianapolis is the fastest growing city/metro in the midwest and is a leader in the midwest for job creation. 2nd only to the Twin Cities.

    #4 Indy is a very family friendly city and Indy was also ranked as the 4th happiest city for young professionals. Cities With Happiest Young Professionals - Business Insider

    #5 Indianapolis offers many unique and wonderful amendities for a city of 2M people. Attractions include Downtown Indianapolis which has over 200 unique resturants. 85% locally owned. 300+ unique shops and Circle Centre Mall and the 2nd highest concentration of monuments in a city. *2nd only to Washington D.C*

    #6 Indianapolis has low traffic for a city its size. Drive through Chicago/Charlotte/Washington D.C/Atlanta/Austin Texas and youll see a major difference in traffic backups.

    #7 Indy is famous for its sports and hosting large events. The Worlds Largest sporting event the Indy 500 is held here every may and the city turns to Party Town USA for the month of may. Super Bowl 46 was also held here and our city recieved such rave reviews Indy will be bidding for a Super Bowl either in 2018 or 2019. The Super Bowl Village turned Indianapolis into the worlds party capital for 10 days.

    #8 Indianapolis has a strong life sciences/biotech industry. Eli Lily has its worlds headquarters in Indy and employs thousands of people. Dow Agrosciences is also located here. Along with IT companies like Angie's list/ExactTarget.

    #9 Indianapolis is within a days drive to 80% of the US population. This is a major factor in the high amount of distribution jobs in Indy. a 4 hour drive or less will put you in these cities: Chicago/Milwaukee or south side of it/Detroit/Cincy/Louisville/St Louis/Fort Wayne/Columbus Ohio/Dayton.

    #10 Indianapolis has very open minded/friendly people. Visitors for Super Bowl 46 raved about how nice and kind everyone was and how awsome Hoosier Hospitality was. People are down to earth and will go out of their way to help you. Also people are tolorant of other races/cultures. Indy is the most racially intregrated city in the north. 25% of blacks and whites live on the same block.

    A good city Indy compares too would be Nashville, TN or Columbus OH

    I would also recommend getting a 2nd opinion by asking this question on under the Indianapolis forum. There more locals from all sorts of areas in Indy can give you insight on what neighborhoods to avoid and what the racial makeup and diversity of the city and nightlife etc.

    also i would check out

    Source(s): Hoosier for life.
  • 7 years ago

    Sports - NFL, NBA, minor league baseball, college sports (e.g. Butler), Indy 500

    Museums - Eiteljorg, IMA, Children's Museum, State Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, Conner Prairie, etc.

    Live music at several venues (e.g. Slippery Noodle, Flatwater)

    Symphony Orchestra

    Occasional Opera and Ballet and Modern Dance

    Theater (IRT, etc.)

    Many good restaurants

  • 7 years ago

    What Evan said notwithstanding - I prefer Nashville - by far.

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