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Indianapolis Top 10

  1. Sports: Indianapolis is one sports happy town! We're home to the 2006 World Champion Indianapolis Colts (and hosts of the 2010 Super Bowl), the Indiana Pacers and Fever, the Indianapolis Indians (playing at Victory Field, rated Best Minor League Ballpark in America by Sports Illustrated), and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the world's largest spectator sporting facility - and that's just our professional teams! Indiana's college sports rank as some of the best and most prestigious in the country!

  2. Affordable Housing: Indianapolis is ranked #2 in the 2010 Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home listing by Forbes Magazine. Find your dream home in an exciting apartment, warehouse loft or condo downtown or in the greater metropolitan area, or in one of our tight-knit suburban communities, all of which are just a short commute from campus.

  3. The Crossroads of America: Indiana is centrally located in the Midwest, providing a wealth of options for easy business and personal travel. We're less than three hours from Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati, less than five hours from Nashville, St. Louis, and Ann Arbor, and less than ten hours from Atlanta, Charlotte, and Washington. 75% of the US and Canadian population can be reached in a one-day drive. It's never been easier to travel to a conference or get away for a weekend excursion!

  4. Big City Entertainment: Look no further than your own Indianapolis back yard when it comes time to hit the town for a little culture. Mingle with celebrities while watching a "truly moving picture" at the annual Heartland Film Festival, bask in the glory of Concertmaster Zach De Pue's violin with the acclaimed Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, be inspired by performances during the Indianapolis Theater Fringe Festival, or kick back at a concert in one of our many live music venues such as the Lawn at White River State Park, Verizon Wireless Music Center, and the Vogue.

  5. Dining: Serious about your food and drinks? So are we. Indianapolis local restauranteurs are throwing down the food gauntlet! Martha Hoover's Cafe Patachou, with its five local outposts, is on both Bon Appetit's Ten Favorite Places for Breakfast in the Nation and Midwest Living's Best of the Midwest. West Coast Tacos, Indy's first food truck, was noted by the New York Times in only its fifth month of operation and added a second truck in its sixth due to demand. Sun King Brewery claimed two awards at the 2010 World Beer Cup before celebrating their one year anniversary! With places like Goose the Market, St. Elmo Steak House, Recess, and R Bistro, dining in Indianapolis is never a problem-but deciding which amazing place to go may be. No matter what you're in the mood for, we can gaurantee we've got it and it will make your mouth happy!

  6. Parks and Outdoor Activities: Sail, wind surf, hike, and watch for birds at Eagle Creek Park, the largest municipal park in the nation and one of 206 parks operated by Indy Parks within Marion County. Visit with over 360 species of animals -including watching the dolphins play in the world's first fully submerged underwater dolphin viewing experience - at the Indianapolis Zoo, the first American attraction to be accredited as a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden. Indy's making its name as a pedestrian and biking-friendly city, too. Encompassing over 10 miles and traversing all cultural districts of the city, the Monon Trail is one of the busiest urban greenways in the nation.

  7. Museums: Fun for kids of all ages, and with almost 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Indianapolis Children's Museum is one of the largest and best children's museums in the world (according to Time, Newsweek, and Smithsonian Magazine). Directly adjacent to the IUSM campus you'll find what we refer to as "museum row" - housing the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the NCAA Hall of Champions. Over 125 years old, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the 10 oldest general art museums as well as still being one of the 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the country. (Be sure to visit the IMA's newest art and nature park, 100 Acres, the only art park in the country to feature ongoing commissions of site-specific work, or The Toby, featuring public lectures, meetings, and movies!) In Indy, it's easy to lose yourself in the work of bonafied and future masters of all kinds at one of our many world-reknowned museums!

  8. Shopping: Whether a bargain hunter or a spare-no-penny fashionista, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for in Indianapolis! With high end shopping such as Nordstrom, Sax Fifth Avenue, Tiffany, and Coach available at Circle Centre Mall and Keystone at the Crossing, dressing for success is as easy as 1-2-3. Local shops such as 8Fifteen and Niche offer contemporary choices. Find a rare imprint and leisurely browse the newest sounds at Indy CD and Vinyl or Vibes in Broad Ripple, or pick up a fun tchotchke for your new place at The Bungalow or Silver in the City.

  9. Night Life: From the quiet and serene to the loud and fast-paced, there are plenty of options for winding down after work and on the weekends. Make new friends, network, or just relax with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails during the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's "Happy Hour at the Symphony." See and be seen at Subterra Lounge, 6 Lounge, or Nicky Blaine's downtown. Unwind with live jazz at The Jazz Kitchen in Broad Ripple Village or The Chatterbox on Mass Ave, or with sultry blues at The Slippery Noodle, Indiana's oldest bar (it's on the National Registry of Historic Places!). Explore the newest gallery offerings during IDADS's First Friday tours, or find the hottest action anywhere in the city on any given night!

  10. History: Indiana has a rich and storied heritage! We're home to five Vice Presidents, 29 NASA astronauts, eight Indiana University affiliated Nobel Laureates, famed World War II journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner Ernie Pyle, and the first African-American female millionaire, Madam CJ Walker. And today's Hoosiers are making just as much of an impact on the history of tomorrow!