Head five miles west of downtown Indianapolis
past Eagle Creek
to find the neighborhood of Indiana Park,
a small community that gives residents a slice of quiet country living right here in the suburban west side. Mature shade trees, wide open spaces and charming bungalows draw in families searching for a laid-back atmosphere and access to local attractions, such as the Thatcher Golf Course. Residents also live just minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
while the city's top restaurants, nightlife and shopping opportunities await a short drive away in downtown.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Drive along Rockville Road to discover Indiana Park's dining scene, featuring a mix of popular chains and some of the most creative local restaurants on Indianapolis' west side. You find limited nightlife options here, but the neighborhood's 8 Seconds Saloon always draws a crowd with its cheap beer and lively entertainment.
Mexican street food gets an Indy-style makeover at The Tamale Place, a trendy eatery cooking up fresh tamales wrapped in the traditional corn husk. Order a spicy chicken verde tamale, or get a few tacos al pastor loaded with cilantro. The chefs cook up large batches of tamales at a time instead of making them to order, so prepare to be flexible if your preferred flavor isn't in stock. With spicy chicken chipotle nachos as good as the ones served here, you may not even crave anything else.
Stop by for a casual dinner at Grindstone Charley's Restaurant and Pub to sample all-American favorites while sipping on a tall glass of the house's signature Grindstone Punch or some Sun King beer on tap. Don't leave without trying the famous breaded pork sandwich with a bowl of potato soup. This place also has a spacious outdoor patio where you can dine under the moonlight when the weather permits.
For a late-night snack delivered to your door, call up Piezanos Pizza to order specialty pizzas, such as the taco pizza, piled high with salsa, seasoned beef, veggies and tortilla chips, or the creamy chicken Alfredo pizza. You can also add deluxe toppings, including sliced steak, to you pizza for a touch of gourmet. For a little something extra, get a serving of loaded breadsticks, Cheddar cheese fries or spicy wings with blue cheese.
History & Culture
After the decision was made to move the new Indiana capitol to a more centralized location, settlers began arriving to the area that would soon become Indianapolis in 1820. Although the downtown area became a thriving business district, the west side remained largely agricultural until the motor speedway was built in 1911, attracting numerous families to the suburban area. Indiana Park and nearby neighborhoods began to flourish during this period, soon growing strong residential communities and areas of commerce.
For a taste of local culture, take a short drive to the Indiana Medical History Museum or the Speedway Transportation Museum. Residents also enjoy a number of annual events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, such as the Indy 500.
Situated less than a mile from both Interstate 74 and Interstate 70, Indiana Park keeps residents well-connected to the rest of the city whether they're traveling by car or public transportation. Enjoy plenty of free parking throughout the neighborhood, and feel free to call Uber or Indianapolis Yellow Cab if you need a quick ride to the airport.
The city's IndyGo bus system services the area, with most stops located along Lyndhurst Drive and Vermont Street. The neighborhood has no bike lanes or trails, but you can easily cruise down the quiet streets for a casual trip to your favorite restaurant. Keep in mind that very few amenities lie within walking distance of Indiana Park.
The overall cost of living in the Indiana Park neighborhood falls a little below average for the Indianapolis metro area. If you choose to rent, expect to pay around $512 for a one-bedroom
apartment. Taking the bus downtown costs you around $1.75, while gas prices hover two percent below the national average. Expect to pay around $5 for a beer at 8 Seconds Saloon.
Whether you're on the hunt for a whimsical gift or a new outfit, explore the spread of antique malls, resale shops, boutiques and garden centers scattered in and around the neighborhood to find whatever you need. Basic amenities and big-box retailers offer some hefty bargains, but you also find some unique treasures hidden behind simple store fronts.
Fashion-forward men's apparel lines the shelves at Victory MFG, a streetwear boutique geared toward the younger generation. Here, you find hoodies, jeans, and t-shirts from top brands, including 10Deep and Fresh Goods, as well as the store's own brand, VICTORY. Check out the yard in the back of the shop to see graffiti murals from local talent, and keep an eye out for live DJ events and product release parties.
Discover a quirky collection of dog-themed garden tiles, foot-shaped flower vases and colored gazing balls when you stop by Dammann's Lawn and Garden Center to find the perfect accent to liven up your garden. Also, browse a huge selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees in the garden center's greenhouse.
Grab your weekly groceries at Marsh Supermarket, or stock up on bulk food items at the local Sam's Club. For fresh fruits and veggies, take a short drive into downtown to explore the Indianapolis City Market.
Whenever you want to sit back and enjoy a piece of nature, stop by one of the area's beautiful public parks. Thatcher Park has become a community favorite with its network of walking paths ideal for a morning jog or going for a casual stroll with your dog. Watch your kids climb on the playground, or head to the family center to get involved in fitness
programs or take classes at the indoor pool.
Just keep in mind that some programs and facilities charge a small fee. Don't miss special events, such as Movies in the Parks during the summer months. For more entertainment, catch a game at the Chuck Klein Softball Complex while enjoying some snacks from the concessions stand.