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Fort Wayne Visit

Indiana

Enjoy the

Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride

at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo!

2019 VISITORS GUIDE Kid Picks

Riverfront Fort Wayne

Eclectic Eats

Fort Wayne For Every Age

The Midwest’s Newest Destination

Your Complete Guide

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Festivals & Special Events

Welcome

to Fort Wayne, Indiana

On the Cover Enjoy the Crocodile Creek Adventure Ride at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It’s just one of many ways to see the animals at “One of the nation’s top ten zoos!”

Start planning your getaway today! Published by:

The Official Convention and Visitors Bureau for Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana

1-800-767-7752 www.VisitFortWayne.com


Contents

Features

6 Choose Your Adventure

Which path will you choose to your next great getaway?

46 Ten Slam Dunk Sports Experiences

Whether you prefer to get in on the action or cheer from the sidelines we’ve got your game!

74 Pet-Friendly Fort Wayne

Bring Fido along and enjoy these pet-perfect amenities.

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FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

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ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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TOURS SPORTS & RECREATION

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SHOPPING DINING

LODGING Three Rivers Festival’s famous Chalk Walk event held on Main Street each July.

RELOCATION & COMMUNITY

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MAPS

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COUPONS

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CHOOSE

your Question 1:

You’re headed out for a new adventure! Do you picture yourself indoors or outdoors?

Question 2:

Are you ready to dig into history, or explore the worlds of design and art?

Question 4:

Which is the bigger thrill? “Having the scoop” about your family members, or exploring the living history around you?

You’re a Genealogy Junkie

Question 5:

OK – you enjoy some great design! Do you prefer wearing it, or taking selfies in front of it?

You’re a Very Vera Visitor

You’re an Art Aficionado

Question 3:

Is your camera roll full of big group photos or fun selfies?

Question 6:

Tell me about your dream day with the family. Are you petting stingrays or splashing on a river adventure?

You’re a Family Fanatic

You’re a You’re a Riverfront Explorer Downtown Devotee

VERY VERA VISITOR Shop the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale, Indiana’s premier shopping event! Held only in Fort Wayne this April 10-14, 2019, the sale offers 40-60% off retail prices on Vera Bradley handbags, luggage, and accessories! Build an amazing Girlfriend Getaway around the sale with a tour (and tasting) at DeBrand Fine Chocolates or a local winery. Enjoy a day spa, shop at some of Fort Wayne’s finest boutiques, and enjoy some of our classic museums and performances.

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Question 7:

Quick! Best selfie background: sunset over water or vibrant cityscape?

DOWNTOWN DEVOTEE As Indiana’s second-largest city, Fort Wayne is the perfect urban destination for families. Discover downtown attractions including Science Central, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Botanical Conservatory, and Parkview Field. And, make sure to celebrate at many of our summer festivals in Headwaters Park happening every weekend. Add on classic dining experiences at Cindy’s Diner, Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island, or one of downtown’s more than 50 great restaurants!

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GENEALOGY JUNKIE Start your family history research at The Genealogy Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Here at the nation’s largest public genealogy collection, visitors from around the nation research their family tree for FREE. Whether you’re a casual family historian or a seasoned professional, the trained genealogists on staff will help you get started on your family history or dig deeper into your existing family research!

VisitFortWayne.com/ Genealogy

FAMILY FANATIC Fill a memorable weekend in Fort Wayne with family fun! Start at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, one of the top ten zoos in the country! Feed a giraffe, enjoy a log ride through the Australian Outback, pet a stingray, and make memories you’ll never forget. Join the boys of summer at a TinCaps Baseball game in Fort Wayne’s downtown ballpark, where seats on the lawn are just $6. Or, plan to visit one of our authentic ethnic festivals including Germanfest and Greekfest; unique events like the Dragon Boat Races and Buskerfest; or delicious celebrations including Taste of the Arts and BBQ Ribfest! Families also love Science Central (our hands-on Children’s Museum), our Botanical Conservatory and our Museum of Art.

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ART AFICIONADO Fill your itinerary with dance by the Fort Wayne Ballet or a theatrical performance by the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre. Catch a show at the Historic Embassy Theatre or relax with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Indulge in the Museum of Art, and more than three dozen other art galleries and boutiques, full of unique treasures.

VisitFortWayne.com/Art Fort Wayne is a Music City, too! We are home to Sweetwater (the nation’s largest online music retailer as well as an incredible shopping and event destination) and dozens of amazing music festivals. From the epically-cool Middle Waves Music Festival to the hundreds of concerts and events we host each year, you’ll enjoy an all-access pass to Fort Wayne’s music scene.

RIVERFRONT EXPLORER Fort Wayne’s newly developed riverfront offers access points to our rivers for outdoor recreation, and a new destination for nature, fun, and culture at Promenade Park. Take a seat in the Concert Shell for spectacular performances, walk among the trees on the Tree Canopy Trail, make a splash in the Kids’ Canal, or take a seat in the Amphitheatre or dining gardens for a relaxing afternoon. In addition, you can enjoy numerous outdoor recreation opportunities including kayaking, boat rides, bike trails, and more!

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VisitFortWayne.com/ Music

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The Perfect Trail Mix Spring

BIKE TRAILS With over 100 miles of trails to choose from, families love to bring their bikes (or rent some here) to explore our city on two wheels! The Rivergreenway and Fort Wayne trail network connect to many of our 80 award-winning parks and refreshing splash pads. We’ve even broken the 100 miles of trails down into easy themed rides for bikers of all levels. Discover the one that’s right for you at VisitFortWayne.com/Trails.

DESSERT TRAIL After all that fresh air and exercise, reward yourself with a stop (or two!) along the Fort Wayne Dessert Trail. Check out local treats including donuts, ice cream, and chocolates! Pick your passion at VisitFortWayne.com/DessertTrail.

Summer

PUBLIC ART TRAIL Fort Wayne is exploding with Instagram-worthy murals that span entire alleys, and innovative sculptures that are truly making this city a premier art destination. Downtown Fort Wayne is also home to the innovative designs of more than 50 unique bike racks that add a little fun to every corner – see how many your family can spot! Download a map of Fort Wayne’s murals, sculptures, and bike racks at VisitFortWayne.com/PublicArt, and if you visit any of these masterpieces, be sure to share it with us on social media with #MyFortWayne!

WATER TRAILS Fort Wayne’s three rivers create ample opportunities to explore the city from a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddleboard! Rent one at Fort Wayne Outfitters and enjoy a day on the water! Discover urban exploration and wilderness floats at VisitFortWayne.com/WaterTrails.

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Explore Fort Wayne with a trail for every taste and season Fall

HISTORIC TRAILS Visitors to downtown Fort Wayne will want to stop by the Visitors Center, located at 927 S. Harrison Street, to pick up one of several downtown walking maps. Each one is designed to help you explore the city – and pick up a little history along the way! Stops along the trail include the historic Allen County Courthouse, Embassy Theatre, and original canal boat landing, now restored into The Landing – one of downtown’s entertainment and dining corridors. Download a Downtown Walking Tour or Heritage Trail Map at VisitFortWayne.com/Tours.

APPLE TRAIL The Fort Wayne Apple Trail helps visitors uncover all of the sweetest parts of the city – starting with the final resting place of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, and ending with the world’s greatest caramel apple at DeBrand Fine Chocolates. This fall, enjoy our apple heritage and win a t-shirt at VisitFortWayne.com/AppleTrail.

Winter

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TRAIL Clark Griswold look out – Fort Wayne homeowners take Christmas seriously too! With the maps and descriptions found at VisitFortWayne.com/

BEER TRAIL

ChristmasLights, you can load

No matter the weather, craft beer enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the Northern

the craziest Christmas houses

Indiana Beer Trail. The Beer Trail showcases more than 25 local breweries, all

in the city! Many are set to

located within a two-hour drive of Fort Wayne.

music and some include Santa

Eight of the breweries are located right here in Fort Wayne and each one offers

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visitors something special. Be sure to check out Gnometown Brewing Co., Indiana’s only brew-on-premises establishment, where guests can brew their own beer. Or enjoy farm-to-fork dining alongside unique brews at Junk Ditch Brewing Company or Trubble Brewing. And you can’t forget Mad Anthony – Fort Wayne’s original brewpub featuring 20 rotating taps of award-winning beer. Receive a stamp at each stop, good for earning swag (and bragging rights)! Download your passport at VisitFortWayne.com/Breweries or pick one up at any participating location. 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 9


The Midwest’s Newest Destination:

Riverfront Fort Wayne

For centuries, Fort Wayne’s three rivers – the Maumee, St. Joseph, and St. Marys – have unified the region, bringing people together in downtown Fort Wayne for commerce, community, and cultural enhancement. Today, Fort Wayne’s riverfront offers new ways for you to connect with nature, culture, and the Fort Wayne community.

Promenade Park Opening in June 2019, visitors can relax and explore Promenade Park – the centerpiece of Riverfront Fort Wayne. Promenade Park will feature amenities including river access, dining, a fully accessible park and playground, and the Parkview Tree Canopy Trail. The Tree Canopy Trail will be a unique experience for all ages and abilities. It will feature a slide into the PNC Playground and one of the best views of downtown Fort Wayne – a true bird’s eye view of the city.

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Promenade Park will also host activities for every day and season – think bonfires, hammocks, yard games, adult swings, events, docking systems, and the Ambassador Enterprises Amphitheatre. Plus, Promenade Park will showcase fun outdoor recreational opportunities for all abilities. The Auer Lawn will feature special grass that allows access for wheelchairs, specialized boat cradle systems allowing easy access to enjoy Fort Wayne’s rivers, and many thoughtful details that allow people of all abilities to discover Fort Wayne’s riverfront. 1 Sweet Breeze Canal Boat Trip 2 Promenade Park Aerial View – Opening June 2019

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Natural Experiences Start at Fort Wayne Outfitters to rent bikes for a Rivergreenway trail ride, or take to the rivers by renting a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board. You can also book a tour from one of our many tour boat operators who offer riverboat pubs, historical tours, and even a ride on Sweet Breeze, our replica 19th-century canal boat.

Headwaters Park

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With festivals every weekend in the summer, ice skating in the winter, and concerts and cultural events throughout the year – this 30-acre park is your downtown riverfront destination. Located at the “headwaters” of downtown Fort Wayne and our three rivers, you can experience daily events and activities, or enjoy the park passively with a walk through the winding tree-lined paths. Discover a special event during your visit at VisitFortWayne.com/ Festivals.

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Historic Old Fort Take the footbridge from Headwaters Park east to the Historic Old Fort, and enjoy a stroll through history. For an extra special experience, discover the sights and sounds of yesteryear during reenactments at the Old Fort. On a daily basis, the Historic Old Fort grounds are also open to the public.

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This summer, make a trip to Fort Wayne,

Indiana to discover new access points to our three rivers. You will be just steps away from unlimited opportunities to explore dining, shopping, attractions, events, and activities in downtown Fort Wayne.

VisitFortWayne.com/Summer

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Festivals & Special Events

Experience any one of the many culturally diverse festivals and events in Fort Wayne, and you’ll find a feast for the senses. Taste great ethnic food, hear exciting live music, and see unique art from around the world. Celebrate with us by searching our complete calendar of events online at VisitFortWayne.com/Events. Pictured: Taste of the Arts 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 13


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Headwaters Park

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A 30-acre park, located at the “headwaters” of downtown Fort Wayne and our three rivers. Headwaters Park provides a setting for a wide range of events including festivals, concerts, cultural events, weddings, family reunions and other parties. Most of the festivals listed on the following pages are held inside the park, which also features a free Splash Pad open Spring to Fall and Ice Skating open late November through February, weather permitting.

Headwaters Park

333 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 • (260) 425-5745

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Fort Wayne for free!

Looking for more fun – for less money? Consider adding a few of these FREE activities to your Fort Wayne itinerary! Fort Wayne offers several museums and galleries that are open for free or a small donation. Check out the Firefighters Museum, Karpeles Manuscript Library, Allen County Courthouse, Cathedral Museum, Artlink, Orchard Gallery, Northside Galleries, and others. Uncover great local food at many of Fort Wayne’s farmers markets open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays! Explore VisitFortWayne.com/FarmersMarkets for specific times.

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Explore the Allen County Public Library – kids love the downtown branch, complete with reading nooks, aquariums, a toddler play area, and free programming all summer! Soak up history at the Old Fort: the grounds are open to visitors every day with special programming monthly. Explore Fort Wayne’s 100 miles of trails. Highlights include the 18 miles of hilly Aboite Trails, the downtown-centric Rivergreenway, the Indiana Native Tree Walk, and the historic 5.5-mile Towpath Trail. And, take in Fort Wayne’s great nature preserves and parks including Little River Wetlands, Eagle Marsh, Lindenwood Nature Preserve, and Salomon Farm Park. Catch a live show at Sweetwater, or take a tour of the facility, one of the nation’s largest leading musical instrument and sound retailers. Tour an Amish community in Grabill, Indiana.

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Enjoy one of Fort Wayne’s free walking tours, including our Public Art Tour, Downtown Walking Tour, Downtown Historic Walking Tour, or one of our ten historic Fort Wayne districts. Download your map at VisitFortWayne.com/Tours. Enjoy outdoor live music and movies all summer long at Jefferson Pointe, Foellinger Theatre, Rock the Plaza at the Downtown Library, Summer Nights at the Embassy, Botanical Roots Concert Series, and others. Learn more at VisitFortWayne.com/Music.

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Festivals & Special Events

Check out some of these events and find even more at VisitFortWayne.com/Events Vera Bradley Classic

March 15-16

April 27

Memorial Coliseum www.NCAA.com/tickets

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo www.kidszoo.org

NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball National Championship

March 16

Get Green Fest

1000 W. Main St. www.getgreenfest.org March 16-17

FAME

Grand Wayne Convention Center www.famearts.org March 22-24

Lucky Duck Consignment Sale Memorial Coliseum www.luckyduckfortwayne.com

JANUARY January 9-20

Savor Fort Wayne

www.savorfortwayne.com January 15-17

Fort Wayne Farm Show

Memorial Coliseum www.tradexpos.com/fort-waynefarm-show

March 23-24

February 14-17

Fort Wayne Boat Show & Sale Memorial Coliseum www.fortwayneboatshow.com February 16

Weather the Fort

Barrett McNagny Parking Lot www.weatherthefort.com

Memorial Coliseum www.ftwayneallamericanoutdoor expo.com

February 23

Winter Cozy

January 26

SEE AD ON PAGE 14 Comparison shop for all kinds of home and garden goods and services. See the latest trends in in-home design and newest products on the market. Ask experts about your garden and lawn problems. Think spring! 47th Annual: Feb 27-March 2, 2020 Memorial Coliseum www.home-gardenshow.com

FEBRUARY January 31-February 3

Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show Memorial Coliseum www.rvshows.org/fort-waynewonderland-rv-camping-show/ February 9

WMEE Baby Fair and Family Expo

Memorial Coliseum www.facebook.com/ events/257502394915176/

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Downtown Fort Wayne www.kickstartfortwayne.com May 9-11

Fort Wayne Music Festival

Headwaters Park www.fortwaynemusicfestival.com May 11

disAbilities Expo

Memorial Coliseum May 12

APRIL

Downtown Fort Wayne www.downtownfortwayne.com

April 4

May 19

Fort Wayne TinCaps Opening Day

Parkview Field www.tincaps.com

Mother’s Day Downtown

Cherry Blossom Festival

Allen County Public Library www.fortwaynesistercities.net

Memorial Coliseum www.womensexpofw.com February 28-March 3

Downtown Fort Wayne www.fortwayneparks.org

Kickstart

Fort Wayne Women’s Expo

Downtown Fort Wayne www.riverfrontfw.org

Winterval

Month of May

Construction World Expo

Memorial Coliseum www.constructionworldexp.org

January 26

MAY

Memorial Coliseum

February 20-21

January 25-27

All American Outdoor Expo

Shipshewana on the Road

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day

Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show

MARCH March 9

Spring Forward Fest

Embassy Theatre and downtown locations www.fwembassytheatre.org

Vera Bradley Annual Sale April 10-14

Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale

SEE AD ON PAGE 14 Shop the ticketed sessions April 10-12, or the open sessions April 13-14, for the best selection of handbags, travel items, stationery and accessories by Fort Wayne’s own designer, Vera Bradley. Memorial Coliseum www.verabradley.com/ annualoutletsale

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JUNE

Festivals & Special Events

Three Rivers Festival

June-August

September 20-21

Freimann Square www.downtownfortwayne.com

www.middlewaves.com

Lunch on the Square

Middle Waves Music Festival September 21-22

Johnny Appleseed Festival

June-August

Rock the Plaza

Voted Fort Wayne’s favorite festival! Celebrate the life and times of John Chapman with period authentic food, crafts, re-enactors, a farmers market, a 5K run, and a special children’s area. Two days of continuous entertainment. Free admission. Johnny Appleseed Park www.johnnyappleseedfest.com

Downtown Library Plaza June 1

Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Headwaters Park www.fort4fitness.org June 1-2

Arabfest

Headwaters Park June 2-3

Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic

SEE AD ON PAGE 14 The annual Classic gathers more than 2500 guests, players and volunteers for a beautiful sporting event of golf, yoga and pickleball to raise funds for breast cancer research. Registration opens in February. www.verabradley.org June 2-9

Germanfest

Headwaters Park & city locations www.germanfest.org June 4-8

New Haven Canal Days

New Haven, IN www.newhavencanaldays.com June 8

Pedal, Paddle & Play Guilden Park www.riverfrontfw.org June 13-16

BBQ Ribfest

Headwaters Park www.bbqribfest.com June 21

Promenade Park Grand Opening www.riverfrontfw.org June 21-22

Sweetwater Gearfest

Sweetwater Campus www.sweetwater.com June 24-30

International Jugglers Association – Festival

Grand Wayne Center www.juggle.org/festival June 27-30

Greekfest

Headwaters Park www.fortwaynegreekfestival.org

June 29

ARCH Historic Home & Garden Tour www.archfw.org

AUGUST

September-October

Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival

August 2

Zoofari Bites, Brews, & Beasts

June 29

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo www.kidszoo.org

Downtown Fort Wayne www.downtownfortwayne.com

August 16-17

Buskerfest

Latino Festival

Headwaters Park

JULY July 12-20

Three Rivers Festival

SEE AD ON PAGE 18 An annual nine-day celebration with over 80 events held in downtown Fort Wayne. Create great memories with live music, the bed race, parade, Junk Food Alley, craft and merchandise shopping, Midway rides, river events and more! Headwaters Park & other locations www.threeriversfestival.org July 18-20

St. Joe Pickle Festival

An old-time festival that was named one of the Food Network’s “All American Festivals”. Enjoy parades, competitions, fireworks, food vendors, kids activities, live music and performances as well as tours of the pickle factory and more. Downtown St. Joe, IN www.stjoepicklefestival.com July 23-28

Allen County Fair

Allen County Fairgrounds allencountyfairgroundsin.com

August 17

Annual Fall Festival running for six weeks in September and October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The festival includes a dairy farm tour, food, a corn maze, pumpkin painting, games, hayrides and fire pits. Kuehnert Dairy Farm www.kuehnertdairy.com

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races Downtown Fort Wayne www.riverfrontfw.org August 23-24

Taste of the Arts

200-300 E. Main St. www.artsunited.org/tasteofthearts August 24-September 1

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Auburn, IN www.acdfestival.org

SEPTEMBER September 5-7

Grabill Country Fair

Grabill, IN www.grabillcountryfair.com September 7

Brew IN

Headwaters Park www.brewedinthefort.com

September 27-28

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival

Kids and Seniors Marathon: September 27 Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, 4 Mile: September 28 Parkview Field www.fort4fitness.org

OCTOBER October 4

September 7-8

West Central Home and Garden Tour

Vera Bradley Tickled Pink www.verabradley.org

West Central Neighborhood www.westcentralneighborhood.org

October 5

Swiss Days

September 8

Headwaters Park www.fwvegfest.com

July 26-27

Downtown Fort Wayne www.visitfortwayne.com/ beatourist

July 25-27

Berne, IN www.bernein.com/swiss-days

Pride Fest

Headwaters Park www.fwpride.org

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

Veg’n Brew Fest

October 11-13

Hobnobben Film Festival Cinema Center www.hobnobben.com

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Festivals & Special Events

OCTOBER October 19

Fright Night (Zombie Walk)

Downtown Fort Wayne www.frightnightdowntown.com October 19

Fright Night Haunted Lantern Tours

Historic Old Fort www.oldfortwayne.org

NOVEMBER HolidayFest & Night of Lights

November 29-December 15

November 30

History Center www.fwhistorycenter.com

Downtown Fort Wayne www.downtownfortwayne.com

Festival of Gingerbread

Holly Shopping

November 23-January 5

Holiday Displays

Botanical Conservatory www.botanicalconservatory.org November 27

Night of Lights

Downtown Fort Wayne www.downtownfortwayne.com November 28-December 4

Festival of Trees

Embassy Theatre www.fwembassytheatre.com

For a full list of events going on during your visit: VisitFortWayne.com/ Events

November 26-December 31

Fantasy of Lights

Franke Park www.fwfantasyoflights.com November 29-December 1

Festival of Trains

Science Central www.sciencecentral.org

HolidayFest

Presented by:

JULY 12-20, 2019 NEW THIS YEAR! Come & experience the Kissel Entertainment Traveling Amusement Park!

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Want to know what’s going on during your visit?

2019 offers many special exhibits at our museums and attractions that you won’t want to miss! 1

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Science Central

1950 N. Clinton (260) 424.2400 sciencecentral.org

311 E. Main (260) 422.6467 fwmoa.org

January 12-May 26 Heart Smart

April 20-August 4 The Ideal Sketching Ground: Prints by the Artists of Brown County

Enjoy entertaining, interactive stations for light exercise and education on how your heart works, and take a breather in the relaxation station. Learn about your heart, how to lower your risk for heart disease, and how physical fitness and healthy eating can be fun.

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June 1-September 8 Robonology Explore the fantastic reality of robotic technology as it applies to space and ocean exploration, industrial applications, disabled services, and the movie industry. 1

In 1905, the Illinois Central Railroad connected Indianapolis with northeastern Brown County, Indiana. Not long after, numerous artists—particularly landscape painters—began making the journey to the small town of Nashville where they discovered camaraderie with fellow artists and an unspoiled, picturesque place for inspiration. 4

June 15-September 8 Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham The first exhibition of this seminal artist’s photographs to tour the USA in 20 years gives a new generation the opportunity to view her work for the first time. Categories such as family photographs, portraiture, abstract still lifes, and work from the 1960s and 1970s. 2

Permanent Installation Martin Blank’s Glass Sculpture Repose in Amber

Frida Kahlo Rivera, 1931

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Commissioned in 2004 by a Chicago art philanthropist, Repose in Amber was in storage for many years but is now a highlight at FWMoA. The sculpture, created by worldrenowned artist Martin Blank, has a new life as the most dramatic and largest work in the museum’s growing collection of glass sculpture. 3

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

1100 S. Calhoun (260) 427.6440 botanicalconservatory.org

January 12-April 21 Hundred Acre Wood This winter, come in from the cold to discover the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. You’ll find that Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet and Pooh Bear have made their homes quite comfortably in the Botanical Conservatory’s Showcase Garden.

April 27-July 7 Migrations Discover the paths and perils of the Monarch as you follow their route in this exhibit. Enjoy personal encounters with hundreds of non-migratory tropical butterflies as they fly, feed, and offer an array of color.

July 13-November 17 Botanica Jones: Scientist, Merchant or Thief? Visit a wealthy Englishwoman’s garden, showcasing plants brought back by “Botanica Jones,” a fictional plant explorer of the late 1800s and 1900s. While you view exotic and familiar plants through new eyes, you’ll discover the fascinating episodes of daring that real plant hunters endured to bag their quarry.

November 23-January 5 Christmas Connections While our busy modern life often separates friends and family members across schedules and distances, holidays are periodic opportunities for people to re-connect. Vignettes suggest a diversity of family and friendship traditions while video interviews offer insight into the impact those connections can make.

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Attractions & Museums

visit science central

Spark Your Imagination! 1950 N. Clinton St. 260-424-2400 Stay up to date on our website: www.sciencecentral.org 20 | VisitFortWayne | 2019


Attractions & Museums

Visit one of the nation’s top ten zoos. Test your imagination (and the rules of gravity!) at a hands-on science center. Wander through lush gardens featuring a two-story waterfall. Enjoy dozens of hands-on opportunities for your family to reconnect, laugh and learn together when you get away to Fort Wayne! Pictured: Fort Wayne Museum of Art 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 21


Fort Wayne Kid Picks

Do you have a preschooler or a hard-to-please teen in your family? Are you looking for the perfect destination for your multi-generational getaway? Fort Wayne, Indiana has some of the best attractions and activities that fit everyone’s interests – especially the toughest critics, your kids!

For the Young & the Young at Heart Two top kid picks for our youngest visitors are the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Science Central. Step into the wild with the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s 40 acres of animals. Discover interactive activities like hand-feeding a giraffe and petting a stingray. Enjoy rides in every corner including the Australian Outback Log Ride and the African Journey Sky Safari. Immerse yourself into the world of science at Science Central. From hands-on water tables to the high rail bike and Science on a Sphere, you can create new memories with an afternoon of discovery. Even your teen might crack a smile!

Budding Nature Enthusiasts Fearless adventurers will enjoy exciting fun along Fort Wayne’s riverfront at Promenade Park – featuring a tree top trail and kids canal. And they’ll love discovering hidden adventures throughout the Botanical Conservatory – can you find the chocolate tree?

We get to see lots of wildlife on all of the different boat rides,

I like all of the rides. [Especially] the horsies.” – ­­Isabella, 3 years old 22 | VisitFortWayne | 2019

Grown-Up Fun Burn off some energy at the actionpacked destinations of Combat Ops, Crazy Pinz, Lazer X, UltraZone, and SkyZone. The whole family can get involved, but these gaming destinations really tailor to the teens!

We love to compete and play

and we love the new playground in Promenade Park.”

with family and friends – and each other – in Fort Wayne.”

– Ben and Tommy, 6 and 8 years old

– Preston and Steven, 11 and 13 years old


Opening Spring 2019

Fun for the Whole Family No matter your interests, the whole family has plenty of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy a weekend away in Fort Wayne. Get your tickets for a TinCaps Baseball game, the “#1 Minor League Ballpark experience,” and make sure you stay for the postgame fireworks after every Friday and Saturday game! Celebrate with festivals in downtown Fort Wayne including the Three Rivers Festival, Taste of the Arts, and Middle Waves, and seasonal celebrations like HolidayFest and Fright Night. The best part about Fort Wayne’s festivals is that most offer a kid-friendly area and free activities. If you’re an active family, lace up your skates and hit the ice with a skate around the rink anytime of year at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse or the seasonal winter rink at Headwaters Park!

Downtown Fort Wayne is a beautiful place to spend time during the day with my kids, or date nights with my husband. This is a place where people gather!” – Hannah, mother of 4

New at the Zoo: Journey to the Heart of the Zoo

The very first thing you’ll see when you step through the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo entrance is the fan favorite Monkey Island – but with an all new look! Have a swinging good time with our Capuchin monkeys as they dangle from the branches of their new trees and enjoy the classic moat, now enhanced with a beautiful waterfall. Next, stop by the completely redesigned North American River Otter exhibit to check out our playful otters using their brand-new slide, and come face to face with them in the underwater discovery area as they splash and dive!

Total Qty. 3 - 63.5” x 48” Single Sided Directly Printed on Dibond Journey to the Heart of the Zoo gives a breath of fresh air to the Central Zoo, while preserving the iconic features you know and love. Guests of all ages will love connecting with animals from the moment you step inside the Zoo! Learn more at VisitFortWayne.com/Summer. 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 23


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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

An oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne! Wander lush gardens featuring a cascading waterfall, tropical palms, and Saguaro cacti. Four seasonal exhibits, including spring butterfly display; café and gift shop on site. 1100 S. Calhoun St. (260) 427-6440 www.botanicalconservatory.org

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

American art museum offering diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The Paradigm Gallery features fine art and craft for sale, and the Early Learning Center offers hands-on fun for youngsters. Closed Mondays and holidays. 311 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6467 www.fwmoa.org

Science Central

SEE ADS ON PAGES 20 & 40 Spark your imagination at Science Central! Explore 200 permanent hands-on exhibits and national touring exhibitions. Get fun, educational items in our Gift Shop. Open: Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12-5pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays during the school year. 1950 N. Clinton St. • (260) 424-2400 www.ScienceCentral.org

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The History Center

Set in the historic 1893 City Hall, discover exhibits from Little Turtle to Anthony Wayne alongside inventions that originated in this area with over 32,000 historic photographs, records and artifacts. Open: Mon-Sat, and first Sundays. 302 E. Berry St. • (260) 426-2882 www.fwhistorycenter.com

The Chief Richardville House

Now a national historic landmark, this 1827 Greek Revival was built for Miami Chief Jean Baptiste De Richardville. Open: first Saturday May-November. Please visit our website for current and upcoming events. 5705 Bluffton Rd. • (260) 426-2882 www.fwhistorycenter.com

Historic Fort Wayne

SEE AD ON PAGE 27 Stroll through the sights and sounds of yesteryear! Visit the Historic Fort, where history is brought to life through hands-on demonstrations and re-enactments. Enjoy events ranging from the early 1700s through the Civil War Era. 1201 Spy Run Ave. • (260) 437-2836 www.oldfortwayne.org

African/African-American Historical Society and Museum of Allen County

Discover the histories of Allen County citizens since 1809 and African history from earliest times to today. The museum houses the city’s largest public collection of African Art. Call to schedule your visit or tour. 436 E. Douglas Ave. (260) 348-4465

Allen County Courthouse

A National Historic Landmark, featuring magnificent art glass, murals, patterned tile floors, and Beaux Arts architecture. Group tours by appointment. No cell phones or cameras allowed during business hours. Available for special occasion rentals. 715 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 449-4246 www.allencountycourthouse.org

Fort Wayne Firefighters Museum Located in historic Engine House No. 3, discover artifacts used by the city’s earliest heroes. See two floors of equipment and photos from 160 years of firefighting in Fort Wayne. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. 226 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-0051 www.fortwaynefiremuseum.com

The Town of Grabill

SEE AD ON PAGE 28 Sample a taste of yesterday just 15 minutes from Fort Wayne. Enjoy the rural scenes with picturesque farms and horse drawn vehicles. Visit the general store, antiques and craft shops. Festivals and fairs occur all year round. St. Rd. 1 North from Fort Wayne to Leo, IN Turn right at Leo-Grabill Rd. Grabill, IN www.grabill.net

Riverfront Fort Wayne

SEE AD ON PAGE 12 Promenade Park Opening June 21, 2019. Picnic on the Plaza, Splash in the Kids’ Canal, Take a Boat Ride, Stroll the Tree Canopy Trail, and Paddle the Rivers. Harrison St. and Superior St. (260) 427-6000 www.riverfrontfw.org

Tag Art Fun Farm

Enjoy a whimsical family, group, or party experience nestled on over 25-acres of countryside. Discover a storybook world of imagination - visit the castle, “The Little Old Lady’s” shoe-shaped house, the alien space ship, and more! 7629 Moeller Rd. • (260) 456-6999 www.tagartfunfarm.com


“Must Visit” Parks

Fort Wayne has more than 80 parks, over 100 miles of trails, and 10 splash pads for our visitors to enjoy as they relax and connect with nature! You won’t want to miss these four parks on your visit: Promenade Park Opening in June 2019, Promenade Park will be the city’s most interactive and innovative park yet. Located downtown on our three rivers, Promenade Park features a pavilion, tree top trail, playground, public art and plenty of water activities. This new park is the hub for leisure and entertainment downtown. 1 1

Foster Park The 225-acre Foster Park, located just south of downtown, has plenty of greenery, flower gardens, and trails for you to explore. You can play golf at the 18-hole course or simply walk or cycle on the Rivergreenway through the park. 4

Johnny Appleseed Park Johnny Appleseed Park is the final resting place of wandering missionary John Chapman – also known as Johnny Appleseed. Crafters, food vendors, musicians, and traders gather here every year on the third full weekend in September to take the city back to the 19th century as they celebrate the Johnny Appleseed Festival. 2

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Experience life on the farm right here at the north edge of Fort Wayne. Strolling through Salomon Farm you can enjoy a park, vegetable garden, and a variety of farm animals. Come on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 7:00 pm during summer months to enjoy the farmers market, featuring local produce, baked goods, artisan crafts, and live music. 3

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Learn Create Explore

at the Allen County Public Library LINCOLN FINANCIAL FOUNDATION COLLECTION Abraham Lincoln lived in Indiana as a young boy. Today, you can come to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana and learn even more about the man who so many people admire. The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection is internationally known for information on one of our most beloved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The collection includes original family photos, letters, documents, over 20,000 books, Civil War diaries, as well as Lincoln related documents, many of them written or signed by Lincoln, himself. As always, our knowledgeable staff will be glad to assist you in your research.

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MAKERLAB

THE GENEALOGY CENTER

It’s time to explore your creative side!

The Genealogy Center, with its 453,000 printed volumes and 660,000 microfilms and microfiche, is a source of information and a destination for genealogists, historians and scholars. The collection features access to online databases, as well as published family histories, local histories, directories and local records from across the U.S. and Canada. An experienced staff provides services to everyone from the beginner to the advanced genealogist. Isn’t it time you found out more about your family?

The MakerLab at the Main Library features equipment that many people have never seen or used. 3D printers and scanners, a fully equipped Electronics Workbench with a soldering iron, oscilloscope and power supply, a vinyl cutter, special computer stations with Adobe Creative Suite, and more are available. Stop in and step into the future with us.

900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 260-421-1200 www.acpl.info


Attractions & Museums Diocesan (Catholic) Museum

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

SEE AD ON BACK COVER Your family will love 40 acres of animals, rides and beautifully landscaped grounds. Don’t miss the African Journey, featuring lions, hyenas and monkeys. You can even hand-feed giraffes! Ride the Sky Safari, trek through the Indonesian Rain Forest and say hello to orangutans or sharks. See why the zoo was named a top ten zoo by Trip Advisor! Open: April 27-early October, 9am-5pm; open until 7pm Memorial Day-Labor Day. 3411 Sherman Blvd. (260) 427-6800 www.kidszoo.org

Allen County Public Library The Genealogy Center

SEE AD ON PAGE 26 Serving Allen County since 1895, the fourteen locations circulate more than 4,500,000 items. Concerts, book groups and children’s activities make the library a destination for everyone. The downtown library hosts The Genealogy Center and the MakerLab. 900 Library Plaza • (260) 421-1200 www.acpl.info

See hundreds of religious artifacts, some dating back to the time of Jesus Christ and Abraham. Rare hand-written bible, beautiful stained glass, statuary, fine carvings and relics. Open: Tue-Sat 10am2pm. Free admission and free parking. Next to the Cathedral. 1102 Calhoun St. • (260) 422-4611 www.diocesefwsb.org/ diocesanmuseum

Getaway Guide

Room to Escape

SEE AD ON PAGE 30 A real-life adventure escape game. Get “locked” in a room with hidden clues. Work to solve the puzzles and unlock the door before your 60 minutes run out. Will YOU make it out? 3734 Allen Ave. • (800) 454-3927 www.roomtoescape.com

Sign up to receive deals, contests and trip ideas delivered to your inbox! VisitFortWayne.com/ GetawayGuide

Bringing history to life for all generations to enjoy! The Old Fort is a historic education center located in Northeast Indiana – focusing on the eras from the Native American Culture to the Civil War. 2 0 1 9

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January 26 Nouvelle Annee

May 3 Education Day

August 24-25 Post Miamies 1755

February 23 Winter Garrison 1812

May 4-5 Muster on the St. Mary’s

March 2 British Garrison 1775-1783

June 8-9 Siege of Ft. Wayne 1812

September 8 Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown

March 9 Civil War Garrison

July 13-14 Napoleonic Days 1804-1814

April 13 School of the Soldier

July 27-28 Colonial America 1775-1783

October 19 Fright Night Tours November 30 Joyeux Noel

For Old Fort info and current happenings, tune to AM 1640 Old Fort Radio

Historic Fort Wayne 1201 Spy Run Ave., Ft. Wayne, IN 46805 • 260.437.2836

www.oldfortwayne.org

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Grabill Live a bit of yesterday. Come visit our town, stay for lunch or dinner and a leisurely stroll thru our shops. Take a trip to Grabill if you are interested in tasting a little bit of simple country life, experiencing first-hand some rich cultural heritage and recapturing a glimpse of the past. Grabill is located in the middle of one of the nations largest settlements of Amish. But Grabill is also modern. The various manufacturing companies in town swell the population threefold during the bustling business day, while, at night, the ever present horses hooves once again play their cadence throughout the night air.

Specialty Shops Catalpa Tree Shops 13405 Main St. 260.627.3012 H. Souder & Sons General Store 13535 Main St. 260.627.3991 Country Shops of Grabill 13756 State St. 260.627.6315 Mother Hubbards 13743 State St. 260.627.2913 Katie’s Kountry Korner 13312 Schwartz Rd. 260.627.8352 Grabill Country Sales 13813 Fairview Dr at Grabill Country Village 260.627.8330 Grabill Hardware 13534 Main St. 260.627.2012 Sportmans Cove 13621 Fairview Dr. 260.627.8443

My Heart and Home 13731 State Street 260.627.2171

First Merchants Sports Complex 14218 North Main St.

Attractions & 2019 Events Restaurants April Das Nolt Haus Amish Restaurant 12530 Cuba Rd. 260.466.4224 The Coffee Cabin 13531 Main St. 260.627.0010 Grabill Dairy Sweet 13305 State St. 260.627.3151 Olde Church Museum 13506 West St. 260.627.5227 Hurshtown Reservoir 16000 Roth Rd. 260.427.6005 Grabill Country Fair 13717 First St. 260.627.5227, X4 Grabill Branch Public Library 13521 State St. 260.421.1325

www.grabill.net

Spring Fling - April 13 Car Show, Benefit Auction, Hog Roast, Stage Show Fudergong Building May Women’s Healthcare Day May 4 Grabill Missionary Church June Freedom Festival & Fireworks Riverside Gardens - June 28 & 29 on the banks of the St. Joe River Riverside Gardens – Leo July Grabill Chamber/ Amish Community Benefit Bake Sale, Dinner & Auction - July 12 Fudergong Building

August Gateway Woods Benefit Auction - August 3 14505 Klopfenstein Rd., Leo September Grabill Country Fair September 5, 6 & 7 Grabill Country Fair Road Apple Cruise-In September 28 November Shop Small Saturday November 30 Christmas Open Houses November 29 & 30 Retailers offer specials throughout the Christmas season December Breakfast with Santa December 7 Fudergong Building Santa Comes to Town December 14, 11am Grabill Hardware Parking Lot

Grabill Chamber of Commerce / 260-206-9354


Nearby Attractions Huntington County Visitors Bureau

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

One of Indiana’s Top Ten “Summer Gotta-Do’s,” Black Pine is a true sanctuary, home to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals. Observe nearly 100 big cats, bears, wolves, primates, and reptiles. Informative and educational tours offered year-round. 1426 W. 300 N., Albion IN (260) 636-7383 www.blackpine.org

Huntington Twin Drive-in Watch movies under the stars and make memories with family and friends! Digital projectors, concession stand, playground. April through early October. See two movies for the price of one with Double Features. Credit cards, gift cards, FMG Rewards cards. 1291 Condit St., Huntington IN (616) 827-6514

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

SEE AD ON PAGE 32 A National Historic Landmark featuring over 120 antique, classic, and special interest cars in 1930 Art Deco showrooms of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company. Banquet and reception facilities available. 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, IN (260) 925-1444 www.automobilemuseum.org

SEE AD ON PAGE 33 Minutes from Fort Wayne. Visit neighboring Huntington County for Zip Timber Lake, Two-EE’s Winery, live performances at the Pulse Opera House. Enjoy our scenic reservoirs, unique shopping, festivals and eateries. 407 N. Jefferson, Huntington, IN (260) 359-8687 www.visithuntington.org

Journey to DeKalb County Visitors Bureau

SEE AD ON PAGE 30 Discover the story behind the prestigious Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg automobiles; Shop downtown; Visit our museums and 3 wineries! Don’t miss the ACD Festival Labor Day weekend and the DeKalb Free Fall Fair! 500 S. Grandstaff Dr., Suite C, Auburn, IN • (260) 927-1499 www.VisitDeKalb.org

Satek Winery

SEE AD ON PAGE 32 Local, hand-crafted award-winning wines from NE Indiana’s first winery. Open year round 10am to 6pm, and offering free tasting with proper ID. 6208 N. Van Guilder Rd. Fremont, IN (260) 495-9463 www.satekwinery.com

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard

SEE AD ON PAGE 20 This award-winning, family owned winery and vineyard provides a quality experience for the expert or novice. Share a glass in our tasting room or under our gazebo. Open daily, just 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne on Highway 3, Lima Rd. 0185 CR 68, LaOtto, IN (260) 637-2980 www.countryheritagewinery.com

Grabill, Indiana Sample a taste of yesterday just 15 minutes northeast of Fort Wayne in Grabill, Indiana. Explore the shops and enjoy the rural scenes filled with picturesque farms.

Hartland Winery

SEE AD ON PAGE 30 2018 Indiana Winery of the Year. Enjoy award winning and beautiful views at this family-owned winery. Just a short drive from Fort Wayne, north on Interstate 69 exit 340. May 1-Oct 31: Mon-Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-5pm. 425 County Rd. 23, Ashley IN www.hartlandwinery.com

Two-EE’s Winery

Nestled on a hillside near Roanoke, Two-EE’s Winery believes each grape has a story to tell. Voted Best Winery Experience by Indiana State Tourism. Tastings available every day, 11am-7pm. 6808 N. U.S. 24 E., Huntington IN (260) 672-2000 www.twoees.com

Moose Lake Christian Village

SEE AD ON PAGE 34 Just 10 miles north of Fort Wayne, this 1800’s style attraction features a 5-star restaurant serving all day, Amish store, crafts and gift shops, kids rides and lake activities. Cabins available. Open year-round Tues-Sat 8am-8pm; Closed Sun and Mon. 11330 E. 500 South, LaOtto, IN (260) 637-2372 www.mooselakechristiancraft village.com

Visit the general store and sample the local cuisine where hearty homemade cooking is a specialty. Download our scenic drive at VisitFortWayne.com/ Amish.


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425 Country Road 23, Ashley, IN | 260.587.3301 May 1 - Oct 31: Mon-Sat 12-7pm, Sun 12-5pm Nov 1 - Apr 30: Mon & Tues Closed, Wed-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-5pm

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DeKalb County in NE Indiana • www.VisitDeKalb.org • 877-833-3282

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WHERE THE WORLD’S FINEST CARS OF YESTERDAY LIVE TODAY! The Museum is located in the original 1930’s national headquarters of the legendary, world-renown Auburn Automobile Company. Over 120 classic, antique, and special interest cars are displayed with many other fascinating exhibits on three floors.

1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, IN 46706 (260) 925-1444 info@automobilemuseum.org Open Daily* 9 AM - 5 PM *Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day 1600 S. Wayne St. • Auburn, IN • 46706 • http://www.automobilemuseum.org

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An 1800’s Christian Craft Village

Creating Memories worth returning to

Moose Lake Lodge Restaurant Open breakfast, lunch and dinner year-round.

“Top Five Restaurant Experience”

Ryan Duvall - Journal Gazette

Kalahari Dining Experience

Moose Lake’s newest thematic African dining experience Opening this Summer

Craft Village

Mackey’s General Store –With the largest selection and variety of Amish meats and cheeses, homemade jelly and jams, apple butter and salsas. Amish candies and donuts and a large selection of unique one of a kind gifts and handcrafted gifts.

MOOSE LAKE CABINS Four Additional Cabins. Each cabin themed differently. New in Summer of 2019!

SHOPS Opening FALL 2019: • Anna’s Pottery & Candle Shop • Honeybee Shop Gift Shop • Moose Around Gift Shop • Moose Lake Gemstone

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School Field Trips, Youth groups, nursing homes outings, charter buses, church camps and more! Visit our 1800’s Church in the Wildwood and have a wedding 34 | VisitFortWayne | 2019 memory to last a lifetime!

• Chainsaw Carving Festival • Children’s Pioneer Day • National Day of the Cowboy • Moose Lake Fall Festival • Pumpkin Day at the Village • Old Time Country Christmas Festival of Lights

Moose Lake Activities

Paddle Boats • 3 Wheel Aqua Bike Kayaks • Canoes • Hydro Bike Swimming Beach • Fishing

11330 East 500 South, LaOtto, IN 46763 www.mooselakechristiancraftvillage.com 260-637-2372 Open year ’round (Closed Sundays and Mondays) Open Tuesday -Saturday 8 am- 8 pm


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Arts & Entertainment

Make your getaway truly memorable - take part in Fort Wayne’s rich arts and cultural scene! Whether you make art of your own, catch a live performance, or stroll through our art galleries, you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime. Pictured: One of downtown’s many breathtaking murals 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 35 17


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MAJESTIC SPACES. EXQUISITE EVENTS. The Embassy Theatre's historic architecture is the perfect backdrop for your gala, workshop, conference, awards banquet, reunion, wedding or special event. Host your event at the Embassy Theatre. YERGENS ROGERS FOUNDATION BALLROOM THE PARKVIEW HEALTH ROOFTOP PATIO THEATER LOBBY THE MADGE ROTHSCHILD FOUNDATION MEZZANINE LOUNGE

    260.424.5665  www.fwembassytheatre.org

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY Grand Wayne Center is more than an event facility — it’s an experience, carefully crafted to simplify every event planner’s To-Do list with: • Luxurious, carpeted meeting and expo spaces • On-site AV, catering, and event management • Free high performance WiFi for up to 5,000 users • Fort Wayne, Indiana’s friendly, bustling downtown amenities

STATS: • 225,000 sf of divisible, carpeted, fully equipped event spaces • 4500 theatre • 3100 banquet • 2880 classroom • 18 meeting rooms • 500 attached guest rooms and covered parking • Free WiFi and Room set • Complimentary event hosting and Guest experience enhancements.

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Jeremy Bugge A/V Technician

Becca Kaufeld Guest Experience Manager

The Midwest’s Favorite Drive-To Destination! Easy by Air via Fort Wayne International (FWA).

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Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Fort Wayne Youtheatre

Freimann Square

Civic Theatre at the Arts United Center Artlink Gallery

Main Street Arts Campus One convenient campus, brought to life by a vibrant arts community.

Fort Wayne Ballet

Pembroke Bakery and Cafe

ArtsLab Black Box Theater

Fort Wayne’s Arts Campus offers visitors a chance to participate in, and enjoy, all the facets of the arts in one location. Within one block you can enjoy theatre, dance, fine art, music, festivals, and more. A stroll down Main Street is a chance to savor and celebrate the arts!

Freimann Square

Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Pembroke Bakery and Cafe

This park, located in the center of the city, provides space for many local festivals and events. Visitors can enjoy the colorful fountain, majestic statue of General Anthony Wayne, and beautiful flowers each season.

This American art museum offers diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The Paradigm Gallery offers fine art and crafts for sale and the Early Learning Center provides hands-on fun for youngsters.

Fort Wayne’s plant-powered bakery specializes in artisan breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and gluten-free items alongside homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre One of the oldest children’s theaters in the nation, the Fort Wayne Youtheatre provides quality entertainment for all ages. Enjoy four productions each year by, and for, children.

Civic Theatre at the Arts United Center Celebrating 90 years of live theater, the Civic presents a variety of spectacular productions each year, with an emphasis on Broadway musicals.

Artlink Gallery This nonprofit art gallery showcases more than 25 exhibitions yearly, featuring quality work by diverse visual artists.

Fort Wayne Ballet The Fort Wayne Ballet features a full academy alongside spectacular performances.

ArtsLab Black Box Theater From the traditional to the avant-garde, this black box theater accommodates performances, concerts, events, and celebrations of all styles. And more! Adjacent to the Arts Campus you will find Cinema Center, the Dance Collective, and other organizations offering weekly programs for visitors to enjoy.

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all for One productions, inc.

afO produces a season of excellent, thought-provoking, family-friendly theatre in the ArtsLab Black Box, and sponsors the Annual Young Playwrights Festival. We are committed to bettering our community through fine drama and nurturing the theatre artists of tomorrow. 3901 S. Wayne Ave. • (260) 745-4364 www.allforonefw.org

Artlink Gallery

A non-profit art gallery and artist resource center. Located downtown on the Auer Center arts campus, discover unique exhibitions and programming. Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday: 12-7pm, Sunday: 12-4pm, Closed Monday. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-7195 www.artlinkfw.com

The Bach Collegium

The region’s only early music ensemble-singers and period instruments; performing works of Bach and more with a unique sound. Details online or on Facebook at BACHCOLLEGIUM-A Baroque Music Ensemble. (260) 485-2143 www.bachcollegium.org

Bower North Productions

Audience-participation mysteries, vocals, and Vaudeville comedy for banquets, conventions, tour groups, fundraisers and private parties. We travel to your event. Entertaining the Fort Wayne area for over 30 years. 4938 Southwood Ave. (260) 745-0557 www.bowernorth.com

The Clyde Cutting-edge sound and lighting, world-class acoustics, and impeccable customer service. Powered by Sweetwater, The Clyde delivers a live music experience unlike any other. With national touring artists from a wide variety of genres, The Clyde has something for everyone. 1808 Bluffton Rd. • (260) 747-0989 www.clydetheatre.com

Downtown Improvement District

SEE AD ON PAGE 40 Your Downtown Fort Wayne news and information resource is just one click away. Check out the event calendar, take a 360° virtual tour, sign up for their weekly e-newsletter, reference downtown guides and videos, find parking information and more! 904 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-3266 www.DowntownFortWayne.com

FAME

We are celebrating 32 years in our community. We provide programs for students to showcase their talents in the arts. The FAME Festival is March 16-17, 2019 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7325 www.famearts.org

First Presbyterian Theater

A church that produces community theatre. The six-show season includes musicals, comedies, and dramas which speak to the human condition. 300 W. Wayne St. • (260) 426-7421 www.firstpresbyteriantheater.com

Arts Campus Fort Wayne Arts Campus Fort Wayne is the city’s seven-building downtown arts and cultural district, featuring festivals and events with music, dance, visual art, theatre, film, history and more year round. Infinite experiences, one Arts Campus Fort Wayne. Go. Make. Believe. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-0646 www.artsunited.org/artscampus

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Castle Gallery Fine Art Embassy Theatre A unique gallery set in a historic mansion, featuring three floors of original works by nationally recognized artists. Castle Gallery staff will help you select fine art for your corporate or residential spaces. Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm or by appointment. 1202 W. Wayne St. • (260) 426-6568 www.castlegallery.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 36 Built in 1928, the historic Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming and a continued commitment to young people. 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 424-5665 www.fwembassytheatre.org

Fort Wayne Ballet

Fort Wayne Ballet is Indiana’s leading professional ballet company and premiere pre-professional academy offering training for beginners and adults. The Ballet has three main stage performances, a Family Series and ArtsLab Series each season. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 484-9646 www.fortwayneballet.org


Music to Your Ears Destination music festivals, unique music venues, and outstanding acts of all types. Fort Wayne is playing your tune with these amazing live music experiences! From outdoor concert series to Friday-night favorites, be sure to check out Fort Wayne’s great summer concerts including Rock the Plaza, Friday Nites Live, Botanical Roots, and Summer Nights at the Embassy. A few of our favorite venues include the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre and the Sweetwater Pavilion. Stand among your friends at the new Clyde Theatre – bringing in national recording artists and performers. Enjoy a performance at many of Fort Wayne’s summer festivals including Buskerfest, Taste of the Arts, and Gearfest. Take a seat at the historic Embassy Theatre for comedy shows, national performers, Broadway shows, and much more.

making their way to the Memorial Coliseum this year. Mark your calendars for Middle Waves Music Festival, a two-day music festival featuring three stages and large interactive art displays! Wrap up your night of fun with more live music at Club Soda – a cool jazz hotspot, the Brass Rail – featuring traditional rock concerts, and the Tiger Room and the B-Side – known for intimate performances by indie bands.

You’ll never know who will be taking the stage next in Fort Wayne, Indiana! VisitFortWayne.com/Music

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You can find dining, shopping, living, parking information and so much more on our website!

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SPARK YOUR IMAGINATION! Experience inspiring and fun science education for all people of all ages with more than 200 hands-on exhibits at Science Central!

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Arts & Entertainment

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

Presenting a variety of theatrical productions with an emphasis on Broadway musicals, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding local talent on and off stage. Civic Theatre performances have been a downtown event destination for over 90 years. 303 E. Main St. • (260) 424-5220 www.fwcivic.org

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Under the direction of Music Director Andrew Constantine, the Philharmonic performs over 300 concerts each year. The Philharmonic’s purpose is to foster and instill a lifelong love of classical music through performance and education. 4901 Fuller Dr. • (260) 481-0777 www.fwphil.org

Orchard Gallery

Fine Art. Fine Craft. Owned by artists since 1983, featuring original artwork by 55 artists. Contemporary or traditional, they’re sure to have something you’ll love to take home, including paintings, pottery, glass, wood, jewelry, photography, sculpture and wearables. 6312 Covington Rd. • (260) 436-0927 www.theorchardgallery.com

Unity Performing Arts Foundation

UNITY’s youth soulful choral program, are five-time World Choir Olympics gold medal winners, and performed a mass at the Vatican in 2016. Youth 7 to 19, from all backgrounds, join together in character, artistry, and leadership development. (260) 481-6719

Northside Galleries

www.northsidegalleries.com

Fort Wayne Comedy Club Downtown Fort Wayne’s first comedy club brings the best comedians to Northeast Indiana. Guests enjoy an intimate night of great comedy, drinks, and food (including our “almost famous” signature wings). Shows are Saturdays at 7:15pm and 9:30pm. 2104 S. Calhoun St. (260) 426-6339 www.fortwaynecomedyclub.com

Fort Wayne Youtheatre

As the 5th oldest children’s theatre in the nation, the Fort Wayne Youtheatre offers quality entertainment through main stage and traveling shows. Six levels of classes, workshops & camps available for ages 4-18. 303 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6900 www.fortwayneyoutheatre.org

Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Theatre

Theatre students learn from faculty directors and designers while presenting an exciting line-up of musicals, plays and comedies during the academic year. 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 481-6551 Box Office: (260) 481-6555 www.pfw.edu/theatre

Contests & Deals Fort Wayne Dance Collective

FWDC engages community members of all ages and abilities through diverse outreach programs and performances. Join a wide variety of dance, wellness and drumming classes, and experience private and public performances. 437 E. Berry St., Suite 203 (260) 424-6574 www.fwdc.org

Heartland Sings

Heartland Sings, Inc. is a nonprofit company of vocal artists and ensembles based in Fort Wayne. Always striving for excellence and innovation, we serve Northeast Indiana and beyond with entertaining productions, cultural programming, and quality education in the vocal arts. 2402 Lake Ave. • (260) 436-8080 www.heartlandsings.org

Summit City Barbershop Chorus Singing in the Barbershop Style. The Chorus, or one of its quartets, is available to entertain at your special occasion. The Chorus rehearses Mondays at 7pm at the First Wayne United Methodist Church. 300 E. Wayne St. • (260) 414-3285 www.summitcitychorus.org

Discover great ways to save on your Fort Wayne Getaway! VisitFortWayne.com/ Deals

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Close to Everything

The Holiday Inn at Purdue Fort Wayne and Memorial Coliseum represents one of the first redesigned hotels in the world’s most famous brand. You’re just minutes from nearly all the major attractions: The Memorial Coliseum, The Children’s Zoo, downtown venues, museums and the major sports, attractions and shopping. For business or pleasure, you will want to stay awhile. • 151 Rooms and Suites including the Chancellors Suites and KidSuites™ • Sealy™ Posturepedic mattresses, walk-in showers, and 50”HDTV monitors in every room • 100% FREE Wi-Fi in the entire hotel • Free parking • The Mastodon Grill and Patio Restaurant • Largest indoor pool in the city with a fitness center and hot tub/spa • 6,000 ft flexible reception space and meeting rooms • Working partnership with IPFW campus and the Memorial Coliseum next door • Airport shuttle

Holiday Inn at Purdue and The Memorial Coliseum 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, Fort Wayne 260-482-3800 fortwayneholidayinn.com


Tours Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at all that Fort Wayne has to offer? Enjoy a taste of our community by touring DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Mad Anthony Brewing Co. or Sechler’s Pickles. Or, take in our rich architectural heritage as you tour one of our

DeBrand Fine Chocolates

SEE AD ON PAGE 56 Come taste and see one of the world’s elite chocolatiers. Tours begin with a video, include a sampling and a peek into the kitchens and end in the elegant Chocolate Shop. See website for tour times or stop in our shop anytime. 10105 Auburn Park Dr. (260) 969-8333 5608 Coldwater Rd. (260) 482-4373 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite D1 (260) 432-5050 878 Harrison St. (260) 969-8353 www.debrand.com

historic buildings, like the Allen County Courthouse or Brookside Mansion. For more information on over 30 other available facility tours, contact our Visitors Center at 1-800-767-7752 or learn more online at

Sechler’s Pickles, Inc.

From genuine “aged in wood” dill pickles to freshly packed bread and butter pickles, visit our showroom to taste one of over 40 pickle varieties. Group tours available. Order online. 5686 SR 1 - Saint Joe (260) 337-5461 www.sechlerspickles.com

Mad Anthony Brewery Tours

Visit our award-winning brew pub for a tour of our onsite brewery! We welcome brewery tours and tasting parties. Sample a variety of ales and lagers. Call for an appointment. 2002 Broadway Ave. (260) 426-2537 www.madbrew.com

University of Saint Francis, Brookside Brookside is the centerpiece of the University of Saint Francis campus. During business hours, the public can enjoy the former home of industrialist John H. Bass through free self-guided tours or docent-led tours (requires advance scheduling) May-October. 2701 Spring St. (260) 399-8034 (tours) go.sf.edu/usf-brookside

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ARENA • EXPO CENTER • CONFERENCE CENTER

Sports, concerts, family shows and consumer events

Start planning your visit at: www.memorialcoliseum.com

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Venues

Allen County Fairgrounds

From a large wedding to a 400-person company dinner, the fairgrounds have over a dozen spaces, buildings, and pavilions for both indoor and outdoor events. Pick your own decorator, food service or beverage company. 2726 Carroll Rd. • (260) 449-4444 AllenCountyFairgroundsIN.com

Turnstone

The beautiful 65,000 sq. ft. Plassman Athletic Center includes 4 collegiate basketball courts, a six lane 230-meter indoor track, and 3 modern conference rooms. From collegiate track meets to international Paralympic competitions, Turnstone could be the rental space you’re looking for! 3320 N. Clinton St. • (260) 483-2100 www.turnstone.org

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Parkview Physicians Group Pavilions

Sweetwater Performance Pavilion

Grand Wayne Convention Center

Yolo Event Center

SEE AD ON BACK COVER Plan your group outing of 100 or more for employee picnics, reunions, and special events. The zoo’s catering service offers delicious meal options. Attendees receive zoo admission, which creates a unique experience for your event at Indiana’s top family destination! Open: April 22October 8, 9am-5pm; open until 7pm Memorial Day-Labor Day. 3411 Sherman Blvd. (260) 427-6800 www.kidszoo.org

SEE AD ON PAGE 54 The Sweetwater Performance Pavilion is a covered outdoor music venue located on the Sweetwater campus. The Pavilion features a custom-designed, state-of-the-art sound system, visits from local food trucks, beer and wine available for purchase, air-conditioned restrooms, and free parking. 5501 U.S. Hwy. 30 W. (260) 432-8176 www.sweetwaterpavilion.com

Empyrean Events and Catering

SEE AD ON PAGE 40 Experience the difference at the top of the town through flawless event planning, exceptional service, modern design and sophisticated cuisine. Providing full-service, gourmet catering and design services. Empyrean ensures the absolute best in Indiana. 110 W. Berry St., Suites 2500 & 2600 • (260) 444-4688 www.empyreaneventsfw.com

Indiana Wesleyan University Education and Conference Center 16,000 sq. ft. conference center perfect for business meetings, seminars and trainings. Our 11 classrooms and 4 large conference rooms are fully equipped. We offer free parking. Beverage catering and onsite delivered catering is available. 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 918-1212 www.indwes.edu/fort-wayne

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Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

SEE AD ON PAGE 43 The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum hosts national concerts, family shows, trade shows, private and corporate events. It hosts the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G-League, the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons men’s basketball team and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls. The Memorial Coliseum is the area’s largest multi-purpose event venue with over 1 million square feet of space. 4000 Parnell Ave. • (260) 482-9502 www.memorialcoliseum.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 36 Recognized as one of the Midwest’s most appealing and accommodating event facilities, Grand Wayne Convention Center offers 225,000 sq. ft. of versatile, comfortable, and affordable space for national, regional, and statewide events. Eighteen carpeted, climatecontrolled, perfectly-equipped meeting rooms, three adjacent hotels, and downtown Fort Wayne’s growing list of hospitality and entertainment venues provide the ideal experience. 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 426-4100 www.grandwayne.com

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Fully staffed event and catering facility for your reception, celebration, corporate retreat or any other sort of gathering. Spacious room can easily fit 300 guests and features state-of-the-art technology, WIFI and built-in DJ booth. 4201 N. Wells St. • (260) 483-2929 www.yoloeventcenter.com


Festivals & Special Events

Sports & Recreation

Fort Wayne is rich with recreational opportunities to explore. Whether you prefer to get in on the action, or watch from the sidelines, you won’t be disappointed by Fort Wayne’s outstanding sports scene. So join us, and catch the action in Fort Wayne! Pictured: Recreation on Fort Wayne’s Rivers 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 17 45


Sports & Recreation

More than a Game

We believe that life lessons are learned through competitive sports, so we strive to teach personal values of mutual respect and teamwork today to contribute to a better tomorrow.

Let the Begin!

Fun

Putt-Putt Courses 3•Super Jungle • Pro • Volcano ®

Arcade and Prize Center • With Over 70 Video Games

Go-Karts

(260) 471-5270 GymRatsBasketball.com

FEBRUARY Hoops N Heels Night Better Business Bureau

FEB 01 Friday | 7PM

11AM Education Day Game

FEB 07

Thursday | 11AM T-Shirt Night

Indiana Donor Network

FEB 08 Friday | 7PM

Hoops N Hounds Night Bring Your Dog to the Game

FEB 10

Sunday | 5PM Lei Giveaway-Luau Night Crazy Pinz

FEB 23

Saturday | 7PM

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• With Family & Competition Carts

4530 Speedway Drive • 260-483-7618

www.puttputtfw.com

MARCH Faith & Family Night

Associated Churches, Thrivent Financial

MAR 08 Friday | 7PM

Madame Ants Team Poster Giveaway

MAR 19

Tuesday | 7PM

Bobblehead Giveaway Evans Toyota

MAR 23

Saturday | 7PM


Top 10 Fort Wayne Sports Experiences Get in on the action – or cheer from the bleachers – as you enjoy Fort Wayne’s extensive sports and entertainment options! 1 • Each October-April you can take to the ice to celebrate more than 65 seasons of Komet Hockey in Fort Wayne! • This March 15-16, Fort Wayne will be home to the NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Finals! Catch the madness at the Memorial Coliseum! • The boys of summer play in downtown Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field – where every game puts BIG FUN at the top of the order! TinCaps Baseball tickets start at just $6. • The National Gridiron League will debut a new Arena Football league in the spring of 2019. The Fort Wayne Blue Bombers’ 16-game season starts in March. • With more than 15 golf courses to choose from, you can try both wellloved city courses and PGA-level challenges. • Turnstone, a leader in Paralympic sports, will host the World Blind Games this summer. Cheer on future Olympians from over 50 countries as they compete in Judo and Goalball.

• Looking for a new way to enjoy the greens? McMillen Golf Course offers foot golf – a fun combination of soccer and golf! • The Fort Wayne Curling Club offers visitors a chance to try their hand at this unique winter sport! • The Fort Wayne Derby Girls are Indiana’s first all-female, flat track roller derby league. Catch them in action each winter at the Memorial Coliseum.

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• Our NBA G-league team offers major league entertainment at a price that families love! Catch a Mad Ants Basketball game at the Memorial Coliseum November-March.

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1 Komet Hockey 2 Derby Girls 3 Mad Ants Basketball 4 Sycamore Hills Golf Course

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Get in on the action! VisitFortWayne.com/Sports

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See it to believe it Take a 360º tour www.crazypinz.com

BOWLING - LAZER TAG - ROPES COURSE AUGMENTED ROCK WALL - MINI-GOLF ARCADE AND REDEMPTION ZONE BAR AND RESTAURANT

1414 Northland BLvd. fort wayne, in 46825 - crazypinz.com

Midwest’s Premier Lasertag and Arcade Family Center • • • • • •

Completely remodeled with the latest laser technology Up to 50 players for corporate team building, family and youth groups Huge 9,000 sq. ft. intergalactic arena and game room Party room for corporate, birthday and school functions Special group rates ADA Compliant Facility

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Sports & Recreation

Crazy Pinz, Inc.

SEE AD ON PAGE 48 A 50,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center that includes bowling, ropes course, laser tag, rock wall, mini golf, a three-story ball tent, redemption arcade, snack bar, casual dining and much more. Voted Fort Wayne’s Best Bowling! 1414 Northland Blvd. (260) 490-2695 www.crazypinz.com

Fort Wayne Derby Girls

The FWDG have provided Fort Wayne with action-packed, family friendly competitive roller derby since 2005, while also raising over $130,000 for local women’s and children’s charities. Home Games: February 23, March 9, March 23, and May 18. www.fortwaynederbygirls.com

Fort Wayne Komets

SEE AD ON PAGE 50 The Fort Wayne Komets are celebrating their 67th Season of Komet Hockey, a Fort Wayne family tradition since 1952! Visit our website for complete schedule and ticket options for the entire ECHL Season. 1010 Memorial Way, Suite 100 (260) 483-0011 www.komets.com

Fort Wayne Mad Ants

SEE AD ON PAGE 46 Major league ANT-ertainment at a price families love. Players dunking in Fort Wayne tonight might be on TV slamming for the NBA the next. The Mad Ants are owned and operated by the Indiana Pacers. (260) 469-4667 www.ftwaynemadants.com

Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot

It’s more than a cool bike and kayak shop with a full service department and rentals. It’s a place where you can find apparel, outdoor gear, gifts and lots of fun. Hours change seasonally. 1004 Cass St. • (260) 420-3962 www.fwoutfitters.com

Georgetown Entertainment Center

Putt-Putt Fun Center

This new attraction features bowling, bumper cars, 4D interactive theater, augmented climbing wall, arcade, and bar & restaurant. The area’s only interactive theater has roller-coasterstyle seats to experience the ride of your life. Open daily. 6770 E. State Blvd. • (260) 749-9610 georgetownentertainment.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 46 Enjoy the family fun center, miniature golf with three different 18-hole themed courses, go-karts (family and competition karts), arcade with redemption center and over 70 of the latest games. 4530 Speedway Dr. (260) 483-7618 www.puttputtfw.com

Gym Rats Basketball

Sky Zone Trampoline Park

SEE AD ON PAGE 46 Founded in 1992, Gym Rats’ provides an organized structure for youth to compete in basketball at all levels of skill. Gym Rats offers local, regional and national sanctioned tournaments. Located at SportsONE/Parkview Fieldhouse. 3946 Ice Way • (260) 471-5270 www.gymratsbasketball.com

Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball

SEE AD ON PAGE 52 More than just baseball, a Fort Wayne TinCaps game is the perfect choice for fun from April through September. Parkview Field is home to the TinCaps, Midwest League affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Tickets start at just $6.00. 1301 Ewing St. • (260) 482-6400 www.TinCaps.com

Lazer X

SEE AD ON PAGE 48 The Midwest’s largest laser tag and arcade game facility, now with the newest state of the art equipment with 9,000 sq. ft. arena. Specializing in corporate and group events, we offer special rates for parties and school functions for over 20 years. Located next to Glenbrook Square and Target. 244 Fernhill Ave. • (260) 484-1350 www.lazerxfw.com

SEE AD PAGE ON 52 We’re always working to invent epic new ways to PLAY EVERY DAY. Offering Open Jump, Personalized Birthday Parties, Ultimate Dodgeball, Elite Membership Rewards, & more! We are the originator of wall-to-wall aerial action & we never stand still. 401 Fernhill Ave. (260) 483-JUMP (5867) www.skyzone.com/fortwayne

SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse

Premier indoor sports facility perfect for volleyball, basketball, futsal and pickleball. Full Ortho Express Clinic, PSM Golf Academy. Entities: restaurant/bar, free parking and onsite storage. Available to rent for tradeshows, wrestling, gymnastics and other indoor events. 3946 Ice Way • (260) 444-2788 www.sportonefieldhouse.com

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Accessible

Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is a city for people of all abilities. Our attractions and community partners are intentionally providing accessible and sensory friendly experiences for every guest. Visit us at VisitFortWayne.com/ Accessibility for more details.

Fort Wayne is home to Turnstone, the fourth largest Paralympic Sport Club in the United States. Their Plassman Athletic Center has been named as “One of the Top 10 best Adaptive Sports Facilities in America.�

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Sports & Recreation

Make a Splash! Cool off all summer long at one of Fort Wayne’s 10 exciting spraygrounds!

SportONE/Parkview Icehouse

Three full-sized rinks with the Thirsty Penguin Restaurant overlooking all three. Come enjoy hockey leagues, competitive figure skating, public ice skating, learn to skate programs, bounce houses, birthday parties, corporate events, and meetings. 3869 Ice Way Dr. • (260) 387-6614 www.icesports.com/fortwayne

Play in one of the ten FREE splash pads conveniently located all around the city: Memorial Park, McCormick Park, Waynedale Park, Shoaff Park, Buckner Park, Robert E. Meyers Park in Parkview Field, Kreager Park, Headwaters Park, Franklin Park, and Riverside Park. Our splash pads feature fountains, water jets, showers, dumping buckets, sprinklers, and more. Highlights include the rubberized play surface at Memorial Park, and Taylor’s Dream: Boundless Playground that is inclusive for children of all abilities, located at Kreager Park.

Ultrazone Family Entertainment Center

Fort Wayne’s first and best Laser Tag facility, ULTRAZONE is the Ultimate Laser Tag Adventure. Host your birthday parties, corporate events, group outings, team training programs or just a day with the family. 1104 W. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 471-6719 www.ultrazoneftw.com

Allen County Parks and Recreation

Fox Island, Metea, Payton and Cook’s Landing County Parks offer hiking, birding, cross-country skiing, swimming, fishing and nature preserves as well as educational and school programs. 7324 Yohne Rd. • (260) 449-3180 www.allencountyparks.org

For more information visit VisitFortWayne.com/Splash. Splash pads are open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting.

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FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT | 8:00PM – 11:00PM

GLOW PRICING

$25…………………………….. 3 HOURS $20…………………….......... 2 HOURS $15……………........……….…. 1 HOUR

BUY 2 HOURS OF GLOW GET 1 HOUR

*Neon Shirts Required During GLOW – Wear Your Own or Purchase an Official GLOW ZONE T-shirt For Only $5 *SkySocks required – Available for purchase for $3

401 Fernhill Avenue | Fort Wayne, IN 46805 | 260.483.JUMP

Terms and conditions apply. Cannot be combined with other offers. Walk-in only, discount not available for pre-purchased tickets. One jumper per coupon. Offer only valid at Sky Zone Fort Wayne. Offer expires 12/31/2019.

Reserve your jump time now at www.skyzone.com/fortwayne Glow is for ages 6+. Waivers are required for all guests, both jumpers & non-jumpers, entering the park during Glow. Participants under 18 must have a valid waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

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Shopping

Fort Wayne is home to two outstanding destination-style malls and dozens of your favorite national retailers! Looking for something you can’t find anywhere else? Then you’ll love our unique specialty shops! Let us help you find what you’re looking for – we can guarantee that you won’t leave empty handed. Pictured: Fort Wayne Farmers Market 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 53


Shopping

Want to make the most of your girlfriend getaway to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale this April 10-14?

COME PLAY.

With the nation’s largest selection of music gear under one roof and a diverse array of workshops and live music, Sweetwater is a music lover’s paradise.

SAVE THE DATE! GearFest 2019 June 21–22

• • • • •

Music Store Recording Studios Music Lessons Artist Workshops Concerts & More

Whether you want to play, learn, or listen, there’s always something fun happening at Sweetwater.

5501 US Hwy 30 W Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Sweetwater.com

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The Vera Bradley Outlet Sale provides 40-60% off on Vera Bradley’s beautiful handbags, luggage, accessories and home items! Plan your trip with these Insider Tips: 1 Everyone who wants to attend the show must

complete a registration. In addition, those who want to attend the sale on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday must purchase a $5 ticket. Saturday and Sunday are non-ticketed days.

2 Bring some cash. It costs $6 to park at the

Memorial Coliseum and is cash only, and you may want to buy some snacks on site.

3 Be hands-free. While strollers, kids and totes are allowed, they make navigating the sale more difficult.

4 Dress comfortably and remember the snacks. Since you will be on your feet a lot during the sale, choose fashionable comfort.

5 Have an open mind. While the sale offers

100,000 sq. ft. of product at over 40% off retail prices, you may not find the exact pattern or style you’re looking for. Bring an open mind and you will leave happy!

6 Make a list and plan to do your gift shopping

for the year at the lowest prices available. Birthdays, Christmas, special occasions...get it all at the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale!

7 Make a weekend out of it! Gather some

friends and make it a Girlfriend Getaway. Plan your weekend at VisitFortWayne.com/ VeraBradley.


Can’t Miss Shopping Events in Fort Wayne On any given day you can shop until you drop at many of Fort Wayne’s boutiques and our regional shopping destinations: Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square. But for an extra special experience, mark your calendars for these shopping events. 1

Holly Shopping Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale The Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale offers 40-60% off the retail prices of Vera Bradley handbags, purses, totes, luggage, stationary and accessories – in a shopping experience filling more than 100,000 square feet of space! Join us this April 10-14 for this special event you can only find in Fort Wayne! 1

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Gearfest Every June, Sweetwater, the nations largest online music retailer, brings nearly 400 manufactures and equipment under 20 tents for two days of gear, deals, workshops, performances, giveaways. Join them at their award-winning Fort Wayne campus. 2

Cinda B Outlet Sale 3

Two times a year, local purse manufacturer cinda B hosts annual sales that provide deep discounts on their luggage and accessories. Their factory store offers a mix of retired products, new collection samples, factory seconds and accessories!

Hop on a FREE trolley to shop for all of your holiday gifts in downtown Fort Wayne. Holly Shopping is an annual event held every Shop Small Saturday, offering you the chance to take in all of the beautiful downtown holiday displays and decorations while you shop at many amazing boutiques and gift shops! 3

Mother’s Day Downtown Support local business and celebrate your mom during Mother’s Day Downtown, a spring celebration with many downtown boutiques, gift shops, and attractions offering special promotions for moms. Similar to Holly Shopping this event also offers FREE trolley’s that transport you around town!

Broadway Street Stroll At events like Broadway Street Stroll, you can party and shop at the same time. Discover the Broadway corridor’s distinct, unique, and creative businesses during the Broadway Street Stroll where performances, art displays, food, and shopping all combine for a fun event!

Learn more at VisitFortWayne.com/Shopping.

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Check out over 100 free family activities in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

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Shopping

Antiques on Broadway Antique Mall

Antique furniture, primitives, post cards, military, vintage clothes, glass, pottery and many other unique items. Something for everyone! 1115 Broadway Ave. (260) 422-6505

Market in the Mall

SEE AD ON PAGE 57 Shop over 70 small business owners in this “mini mall” inside the mall. Shop for unique items including women’s boutiques, girls, jewelry, collectibles, comics, sign maker and more. Also offering DIY classroom/ workshop area for vendor products. 4201 Coldwater Rd. (260) 471-1002 www.facebook.com/ MarketintheMall/

Jefferson Pointe

SEE AD ON PAGE 2 Open-air lifestyle center, with Mediterranean-style architecture and tree-lined courtyards, offering sights, sounds and tastes like none other in Fort Wayne. Visit over 60 stores and restaurants, an 18-screen stadium seating movie theater and IMAX. 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1160 www.jeffersonshopping.com

Vera Bradley

SEE AD ON PAGE 95 Shop cheerful patterns and your favorite functionality! Visit us at Jefferson Pointe or our website. www.verabradley.com

Glenbrook Square

The only enclosed super-regional shopping center within a 100-mile radius. Shop at a wide variety of stores including: Macy’s, JCPenney, Express, Pandora, New York & Co., Crazy 8, Foot Locker/House of Hoops, H&M and more! 4201 Coldwater Rd. (260) 483-2119 www.glenbrooksquare.com

Kamylle’s Spa Bar

SEE AD ON PAGE 56 Your downtown destination for pampering. Massage, skincare, hair + much more. Our services and products make us a unique one stop for all of your health and beauty needs. 122 W. Wayne St. • (260) 399-5874 www.kaspabar.com

Sweetwater

SEE AD ON PAGE 54 The Sweetwater Music Store has the nation’s largest selection of instruments and gear under one roof. You can try out guitars, keyboards, drums, electronic music equipment, and much more. Whether you’re a beginner or a touring superstar, our friendly experts are here to help you find exactly what you’re looking for and will make sure you have a blast in the process. 5501 U.S. Hwy. 30 W. (260) 432-8176 www.sweetwater.com

Stoner’s Funstore

Locally owned, one-of-a-kind downtown shop featuring three rooms of fun. This must-see store offers a huge selection of costumes, gag gifts, funny jokes, magic, wigs, makeup and masks. Selling funny, goofy items since 1949! 712 S. Harrison St. • (260) 426-1100 www.funnygoofycrap.com

The Olive Twist

A culinary boutique specializing in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as locally made gifts. Learn delicious new gourmet recipes by attending a monthly cooking class or enjoy a tasting tour. Please visit our website for dates and times. 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 7A (260) 436-3866 www.theolivetwist.com

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Dining

If heaven is really the paradise they say, maybe you shouldn’t be taking such good care of yourself. We can help. Sizzling steaks. Mammoth martinis. Commodious cocktails. Club Soda. There’s nothing good for you here. And that’s just how it oughtta be.

Celebrating over 100 years in business.

Where Kansas City BBQ meets Chicago steakhouse! Featuring baby back ribs, pulled pork and brisket • Seven house made sauces to choose • Seafood dishes, appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches •

Located inside Ramada Plaza Hotel Everyday Breakfast 6am-11 am, Dinner 4pm-10pm, Brunch Buffet 10:30am-2pm

305 E Washington Center Rd • 260.484.0411 billssmokehouse.com

Talk about old school! Our family owned business has been serving generations of loyal customers at this location since 1914. We are a local favorite and must see by visitors. Voted “#1 Downtown Restaurant!”

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island 131 W. Main Street • (260) 424-2997

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27 BIG screen televisions Daily lunch and nightly food and drink specials • Every bar food you expect: wings, nachos, fries like no other • Burgers galore like candied bacon and blue cheese bison burger • Flatbreads, salads, pork sandwiches, pizza and smoked wings • Live music friday nights • •

Located inside Ramada Plaza Hotel Sun 11am-10pm , Mon-Thur 11am - 12am, Fri-Sat 11am to 1am

305 E Washington Center Rd • 260.483.5681 duesyssportsbar.com


Dining

When you come to Fort Wayne, you’d better bring your appetite! From the nationallyknown favorites your family loves, to hometown originals that you’ll never forget, we’re ready to tickle your taste buds. Pictured: Three Rivers Distilling Company 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 59


Dining

CASA RISTORANTI

ITALIANO

Voted Fort Wayne’s #1 Italian Restaurant

A Fort Wayne favorite for over 70 years.

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Family Owned & Operated Since 1977

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“ B e s t M e x ica n Re s ta urant ”

Dine In & Carryout

For over 40 years, el Azteca has created quality food from scratch – always fresh. Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant” by Fort Wayne Newspapers. Full bar service, 150 premium Tequilas and outside dining on our deck have made el Azteca a local favorite.

Casa Ristorante Italiano 4111 Parnell Ave. • 260-483-0202

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Casa Grille 411 East Dupont Rd. • 260-490-4745

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Casa Grille Italiano 6340 Stellhorn Rd. • 260-969-4700

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Casa! Ristorante 7545 West Jefferson Blvd. • 260-436-2272

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Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

535 E. State Blvd. • 260-482-2172

www.elaztecarestaurant.com


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816 Pint & Slice

BakerStreet Steakhouse

Caliente Cuban Restaurant & Bar

Copper Spoon

Asakusa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Cindy’s Diner

Cork ‘N Cleaver

Club Soda

Dash-In

Featuring N.Y. style pizza (whole or by the slice), calzones, grinders and fresh salads! Family-friendly dining room, 2nd floor party room (with big screen TVs), beer and wine! We deliver with Waiter On The Way! 816 Calhoun St. • (260) 423-6600 www.pintandslice.com

The perfect destination featuring a big city atmosphere, attentive service and a culinary staff dedicated to excellence. Taste the best steaks in Fort Wayne, try one of our exquisite seafood options, or enjoy our weekly features! 4820 N. Clinton St. (260) 484-3300 www.bakerstreetfortwayne.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 64 Taste the freshest, most delicious sushi Fort Wayne has to offer. Voted “Best Sushi Restaurant” since 2008. All your favorite traditional Japanese dishes from the miso soup appetizer, teriyaki, and tempura. A tradition for eighteen years and counting. 6224 Lima Rd. • (260) 490-6888 www.asakusasushibar.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 58 A casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of house made, imported pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, and steaks. Large portions all at an affordable price and prepared with the freshest ingredients. 4010 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-6700 www.biaggis.com

Bagger Dave’s

Big Eyed Fish Bar and Grill

Founded in 2008, serving the best food inspired by the people and towns our restaurants call home. It’s a celebrated “local” place that serves fresh, hand-crafted burgers, Belgian style hand-cut fries, and local craft beers. 2886 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 498-2082 www.baggerdaves.com

Just blocks from downtown. Voted “Best Fish in Town”, this family owned, family friendly restaurant is known for their special recipe Alaskan Pollock breaded Fish. Try the HUGE tenderloin. Casual dining, outdoor dining, breakfast daily. Downtown - 1502 N. Wells St. (260) 420-3474 Northwest - 3001 Hillegas Rd. Express • (260) 203-3009 Northeast - 10380 Leo Rd. (260) 498-2921 www.originalbigeyedfish.com

Enjoy classic Cuban sandwiches, authentic plates, specialty cocktails, and great local art. Dine-in, carryout, and catering available! Open Monday-Saturday at 11am. 120 W. Wayne St. • (260) 471-0900 www.calientecuban.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 68 Authentic ‘50s diner. “We serve the whole world, 15 at a time!” Home of the world famous “Garbage” breakfast & traditional diner lunch served anytime. A local favorite! Mon-Sat 6am-2pm. Cash and credit cards accepted. 230 W. Berry St. • (260) 422-1957

SEE AD ON PAGE 58 Sizzling steaks, cool jazz and commodious cocktails. Voted Best Martini Bar, Best Place for Jazz and Favorite Place for a Night Out. Club Soda brings a bit of Chicago to downtown Fort Wayne. 235 E. Superior St. • (260) 426-3442 www.clubsodafortwayne.com

Enjoy a seasonal menu prepared with sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Nationally acclaimed bar features about 600 unique spirits & wines. In the summer, try The Sidecar patio Tiki bar. Across from the Grand Wayne Center. 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100 (260) 755-1019 www.copperspoonfw.com

A local steakhouse featuring steak, seafood and prime rib. Open for lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm and dinner Mon-Fri 5-10pm, Sat 4-10pm, Sun 4-9pm. Reservations suggested. 221 E. Washington Center Rd. (260) 484-7772 www.corkncleaveronline.com

Offering 20 craft beers, many brewed locally. A local favorite, with modern classic dishes made in-house and most made gluten free or vegan. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Full service catering available. 21 and over. 814 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 423-3595 www.TheDash-In.com

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Duesy’s Sports Bar and Bill’s Smokehouse

Features at the Hilton

Hop River Brewing Company

Liberty Diner

Eddie Merlot’s

The Fish House and Seafood Market

Hoppy Gnome and GnomeTown Brewing

Mad Anthony Brewing Company

A unique restaurant concept, offering legendary service and delicious food. Enjoy a made from scratch menu offering tacos, tortas, and other chef-driven dishes. A great selection of handpicked wine, cocktails, and 48 lines of craft beer. 203 E. Berry St. • (260) 422-0070 www.hoppygnome.com

With nationally awarded MadBrew, craft cocktails, live music and a family-friendly menu, Mad Anthony should be at the top of your list for craft beer fun. Four regional locations. Full catering and bar service available. 2002 Broadway • (260) 426-2537 (260) 222-6704 (Catering Hotline) www.madbrew.com

J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House

Naked Tchopstix

SEE AD ON PAGE 58 Bill’s Smokehouse is Fort Wayne’s newest BBQ where Kansas City meets Chicago steakhouse! Duesy’s Sports Bar features 27 BIG screen tv’s and the best sports bar menu in town. Inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel. 305 E. Washington Center Rd. (260) 483-5681 www.duesyssportsbar.com

Choose from USDA Prime Beef and made from scratch meals. Relax in a contemporary, elegant atmosphere and choose from 50 wines by the glass and an extensive reserve wine collection. Business or casual attire. 1502 S. Illinois Rd. • (260) 459-2222 www.eddiemerlots.com

Enjoy great food in a casual atmosphere. We offer a delicious breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets, great burgers, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and dinner options that feature our chef’s creative menu of the week! Steaks, seafood and your favorite cocktail, beer or wine. Daily 6:30am - 11:00pm. 1020 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-1100 www.ftwayne.hilton.com

Fresh seafood, pasta and steaks. Enjoy our expansive 70 item salad bar. Casual, cozy and intimate, perfect place for the family, date night or business. Outside dining. Fresh seafood retail counter. Open daily. 4910 N. Clinton St. (260) 420-0084 www.fishhousefortwayne.com

Visit our 15-barrel production micro-brewery/taproom in downtown. We are a local, all-ages brewery with award-winning beer, long community tables, games, outdoor patio with fire pits, fromscratch & seasonal food menu, and community events. Open Tues-Sun. 1515 N. Harrison St. (260) 739-3931 www.hopriverbrewing.com

A local favorite family restaurant with American (from burgers to steaks) and Mediterranean style food (from lamb loin chops to souvlaki) in a New York diner atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trip Advisor “Excellence Award” winner. 2929 Goshen Rd. • (260) 484-9666 www.libertyfw.com

El Azteca Mexican Restaurant

SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 60 We have served Fort Wayne’s finest Mexican food for over 40 years within the cozy confines of our 1901 vintage house. With over 150 premium tequilas at our bar, we are famous for our tequila platters and fresh squeezed margaritas. 535 E. State Blvd. • (260) 482-2172 www.elaztecarestaurant.com

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Henry’s

A Fort Wayne favorite offering outstanding atmosphere, friendly service and unique dishes. Enjoy daily specials, Friday prime rib and Saturday seafood special. Family owned and operated since 1959. 21 and over. 536 W. Main St. • (260) 426-0531

SEE AD ON PAGE 64 A wee bit of Ireland in downtown Fort Wayne. 90+ beers, hard ciders, whiskeys, bourbons and scotches. Traditional pub and housemade fare served in JK’s classic pub or family-friendly Belleek Hall. Fáilte! 121 W. Wayne St. • (260) 420-5563 www.jkodonnells.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 66 A Pan-Asian Restaurant, sushi bar, bar and lounge. Fresh homemade ingredients in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine. Renowned assortment of cooked sushi rolls. Voted “Best in Indy,” now in Fort Wayne! 8607 U.S. Hwy. 24 W. (260) 436-2211 www.facebook.com/tchopstixfw


Eclectic Eats in Fort Wayne

Do you travel to eat or eat to travel? Either way, pull up a chair, share an appetizer, and celebrate with Fort Wayne’s most eclectic eats. Fine Dining Enjoy a night on the town at some of Fort Wayne’s fine dining establishments. Book a table at Ruth’s Chris Steak House – serving sizzling steaks on 500-degree plates. Taste classic fare at BakerStreet- featuring fine dining and scallops that are out of this world. Cozy up at Cork ’N Cleaver for unique secluded dining areas and a scrumptious salad bar. For a cool jazz bar atmosphere, pull up a seat at Club Soda. Or, invite the whole family for exclusive dining at Eddie Merlot’s, featuring large portions and family-style side sharing.

Fusion Foods Looking for new experiences and tastes? Dine at Trubble Brewing for unique brewery-eats, including gourmet ramen every Thursday. For a cool downtown atmosphere, pull up a seat at Nawa on The Landing, which features Asian fusion. Nearby, Proximo is serving up latinthemed fare perfect for any time of day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Family Dining

Historic Eats

As a family destination, Fort Wayne offers dozens of restaurants to cater to your crowd. Enjoy tacos and tortas at Hoppy Gnome where your littles are served fish tacos (goldfish crackers served in tortilla shells) as you order! Or try one of the nine restaurants in the Don Hall’s family, all serving up classic fare in varying styles from diner to steakhouses. And pizza lovers will discover countless local options including 800 Degrees Pizza and 816 Pint and Slice.

Take a seat at Cindy’s Diner, serving breakfast and lunch to the world “15 at a time.” Or, order a classic coney dog and coke at the 103-yearold Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island. These “Fort Wayne Famous” restaurants are every visitor’s favorites!

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Fresh Finds Looking for farm-to-fork freshness? Tolon, one of Fort Wayne’s first farm-to-table restaurants, offers a seasonal menu that pushes the limits of your taste buds. At Junk Ditch Brewing Company, you can try the chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits. Or check out Bird & Cleaver, offering humble ingredients and honest hospitality.

We’ve got brunch, fresh ingredients, Asian fusion, fresh brewery eats, steaks, and historic finds - come to Fort Wayne to share a meal and get to know our eclectic eats.

Who can visit a new place without taking home a sweet treat? Visit DeBrand Fine Chocolates for affordable luxuries, Sassie Cakes for the cutest cupcakes, cookies, and edible cookie dough, and Cookie Cottage for Fort Wayne’s favorite cookies – think classics like snickerdoodles, oatmeal chocolate chip, macadamia nut, and more.

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Bar in Town!

“Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant” 11 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Now Serving Hibachi at our “Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant” Mon-Thu: 11:00am-9:00pm 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Sushi Happy Hour Jefferson Blvd. location. Fri: 11:00am-10:00pm

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Fáilte! Hard ciders and 90+ beers from around the world, featuring local breweries. Fine Selections of Irish whiskey, bourbon, scotch, wines and craft cocktails. Freshly prepared Irish, vegetarian and gluten-free fare. Family Room available.

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Nawa Restaurant

Higher-end Asian cuisine. Heavily on Thai, real Asian chefs, contemporary city vibe, great food, affordable price, front patio and basement event room for up to 50 guests offered. Locally owned. Stop by to see us! 126 W. Columbia St. (260) 399-7501 www.nawa.live

Nori Asian Fusion Cuisine

Casual dining offering Sushi, Thai and Asian foods. A unique mix of cultural classics featuring an extensive Sushi menu and Hibachi choices. Try the Maki or specialty rolls made to your tastes. Lunch and dinner. 2882 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 739-5387 www.noriasiancuisine.com

O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

SEE AD ON PAGE 68 Great food, drinks, sports and company! Enjoy Irish specialties, great grilled hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. We carry 17 tap beers and over 45 bottled craft beers. Ballpark dining, catering and party buffets. 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 120 Harrison Building • (260) 267-9679 www.oreillysirishbar.com

Park Place on Main

We have returned as a downtown dining destination offering amazing food selections that are sure to please everyone’s palate. Complimentary parking for lunch and dinner, our menu offers fine steaks and seafood, pasta dishes and more. Open Mon-Thurs 11am10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4-11pm. 200 E. Main St. • (260) 420-8633 www.parkplaceonmain.com

Paula’s on Main

A local favorite featuring a fun, eclectic atmosphere. Enjoy Alaskan king crab legs, lobsters, oysters, fresh and saltwater fish, handcut steaks, chowder, salads, and desserts. Try the fresh fish market and full bar. 1732 Main St. • (260) 424-2300 www.paulasonmain.com

Proximo

The place to experience Latin cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the growing downtown area! Enjoy our open and vibrant atmosphere. We will make you feel at home as soon as you walk through our door! 898 S. Harrison St. • (260) 459-6150 www.proximofw.com

Red Mango-Frozen Yogurt, Smoothie, Juice and Cafe

Red Mango offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, nutritious and made-to-order café meals under 500 calories. 100% natural frozen yogurt, smoothies with fresh fruit and fresh-squeezed juices. Located in Jefferson Pointe. 4120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite H11 (260) 739-3384 www.redmangousa.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

SEE AD ON PAGE 4 Famous for its sizzlin’ steaks and New Orleans inspired menu, this street-level restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining for 300 guests, private dining and event space. Located in the Skyline Tower in the heart of downtown with parking garage access. 224 W. Wayne St. • (260) 444-5898 www.ruthschrisfortwayne.com

Scotty’s Brewhouse The food is made fresh, like their signature burgers and house-made proprietary recipes. Enjoy local and regional craft beer while watching ALL the BIG games on dozens of TV’s. Sun-Tue: 11am-11pm, WedSat: 11am-12am. All ages welcome! 6282 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 918-0346 www.scottysbrewhouse.com

Shigs in Pit Barbeque

Voted Indiana’s Best BBQ Joint in 2017! Shigs In Pit proudly offers everything from St. Louis Style Ribs to flavorful chopped chicken and more, all served with our own competition-quality BBQ sauce. Full service catering available. 2008 Fairfield Ave. • (260) 387-5903 6250 Maplecrest Rd. • (260) 222-8802 Catering Hotline • (260) 222-6704 www.shigsinpit.com

Shoccu

Asian fusion restaurant with Japanese and Korean foods. Asian appetizers like egg rolls, pot stickers and seaweed salads. Teriyaki and noodles entrees. Dozens of sushi choices and bar service. 9930 W. Illinois Rd. (260) 999-4131 www.facebook.com/shoccu

Starbucks at the Hilton

Just steps away from the Embassy Theatre and Botanical Conservatory. Located at the downtown Hilton, it’s convenient and fast. Enjoy a hot breakfast sandwich or a tasty sweet today! Open daily 6am-8pm 1020 S. Calhoun St. (260) 420-1100 www.ftwayne.hilton.com

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LET’S GO NAKED!

Tasty entrees in traditional Korean, Japanese, Chinese, or Thai food served with rice. Satisfy your hunger with our sushi and Pan-Asian restaurant options, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items. Fresh Sushi for You!

8607 US Hwy 24 West • (260)436-2211 www.facebook.com/tchopstixfw

“Locals’ Favorite!” –USA Today

Serious Food in a Casual Atmosphere

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The Oyster Bar

SEE AD ON PAGE 66 A tavern, ever since it opened in 1888. The Oyster Bar is legendary. USA Today called it a “Locals’ favorite, an innovator in the culinary arts, as well as personal service.” Daily lunch specials. 1830 S. Calhoun St. (260) 744-9490 www.fwoysterbar.com

Wu’s Fine Chinese Cuisine

An elegant atmosphere, outstanding service and unmatched presentation accompany a reputation for the finest in Chinese cuisine. A banquet room available by reservation. Serving lunch, vegetarian and gluten free items every day. Voted #1 Favorite Chinese Restaurant! 4411 Coldwater Rd. (260) 483-0899 www.wuschinese.com

Culver’s Butterburgers and Frozen Custard

Stop in and experience Culver’s quality meals, small town values and friendly service. Enjoy award winning “made-to-order” Butterburgers, chicken filets, North Atlantic cod, fresh salads, kids meals and Culver’s famous FROZEN CUSTARD DESSERTS. 3510 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 482-4466 (I69 exit #316) 6527 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-4111 (I69 exit #302) 1425 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 451-2002 (I69 exit #311B) 6026 Stellhorn Rd • (260) 755-5256 www.culvers.com

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island

SEE AD ON PAGE 58 Family-owned, and serving generations of loyal customers since 1914. Enjoy the legendary “Coney Dog.” When you add Cokes in the little bottles, all meat burgers, chili (no beans) and homemade baked beans you’ve got a real old school experience! 131 W. Main St. • (260) 424-2997 www.fortwaynesfamousconey island.com

Three Rivers Distilling Co.

Fort Wayne’s only distillery, featuring a full restaurant and cocktail bar. Spirits made from Indiana organic, non-GMO grain and distilled on-site. Choose from the finest whiskeys, vodka, gin, and coffee liqueur. Tour times and hours online. 224 E. Wallace St. • (260) 745-9355 www.threeriversdistilling.com

Umi Fort Wayne

Along with great seafood, Umi Fort Wayne also features amazing beef, pork, and chicken, noodle dishes and innovative sushi & Japanese dishes. Delicious food and beverages, immaculate service, an enjoyable atmosphere with a full bar, sake, and fine Japanese whiskeys. 2912 Getz Rd. • (260) 203-9975 www.umifortwayne.com

CASA Ristoranti Italiano

SEE AD ON PAGE 60 Voted Fort Wayne’s #1 Italian Restaurant. Family owned & operated since 1977. Casa’s menu features authentic Italian specialties like linguine tutto mare, lasagna, chicken palermo, fettuccine carbonara and the well renowned original Casaburo salad. Large portions & familyfriendly service. Casa Grille 411 E. Dupont Rd. • (260) 490-4745 Casa Grille Italiano 6340 Stellhorn Rd. • (260) 969-4700 Casa Ristorante Italiano 4111 Parnell Ave. • (260) 483-0202 Casa! Ristorante 7545 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-2272 www.casarestaurants.net

Don Hall’s Restaurants Columbia Street West Bourbon Street Hideaway

A Fort Wayne favorite for over 25 years. Open: Wed-Sat 4pm with music on the weekends. In the lower level, visit the Bourbon Street Hideaway for the region’s only authentic New Orleans style restaurant. Open Thur-Sat 5pm. Call for reservations. Just 5 blocks from Grand Wayne Center. 135 W. Columbia St. (260) 422-5055 www.columbiastreetwest.com (260) 422-7500 www.bourbonstreethideaway.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 60 Fort Wayne’s local favorite for 70 years. Offering Fine Dining at these locations: Takaoka of Japan 305 E. Superior St. • (260) 424-3183 The Factory 5811 Coldwater Rd. (260) 484-8693 The Guesthouse Grill 1313 W. Washington Ctr. Rd. (260) 489-2524 The Old Gas House 305 E. Superior St. • (260) 426-3411 The Tavern at Coventry 5745 Coventry Ln. • (260) 459-2893 Triangle Park Bar & Grille 3010 Trier Rd. • (260) 482-4342 www.donhalls.com

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January 8-19, 2020

The Party is always on.

Each January, Fort Wayne celebrates the tastes of Fort Wayne through our restaurant week: Savor Fort Wayne.

Open Daily until 3am Full menu late everynight Sat/Sun Brunch: 10am-2pm Family Dining

During Savor Fort Wayne you can enjoy special value menu deals at over 50 of Fort Wayne’s favorite restaurants. Make it a night out by taking advantage of one or more of the Savor Fort Wayne event deals – it’s a great way to enjoy 12 delicious days in the City of Restaurants! Find out more information at SavorFortWayne.com

We serve the Whole World... fifteen at a time! Also featuring

Murphy’s Donuts!

Breakfast served anytime – including our World Famous entrée “GARBAGE”

CINDY’S DINER

Mon-Sat 6 am to 2 pm • Sun 7 am to 2 pm Corner of W Berry St & Maiden Lane • (260) 422-1957

Voted #1

Local Music Venue

Must be 21 years old

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Harrison Building 301 W. Jefferson Blvd 260-267-9679 Across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center by Parkview Field

Moose Lake Lodge Restaurant “Top Five Restaurant Experience” Ryan Duvall – The Journal Gazette Food Review

Serving the area’s largest selection of Amish influenced Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners • • • •

Amish Pizza & Sandwiches Steaks, Pork Chops & Fish Salads, Lasagna & more Homemade Desserts

Just 10 min North of Fort Wayne 11330 East 500 South, LaOtto, IN 46763 www.mooselakechristiancraftvillage.com 260-637-2372 Open Tues-Sat 8am-8pm, CLOSED Sun & Mon, Open year round


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NIGHTLIFE

Cookie Cottage

SEE AD ON PAGE 64 A family business specializing in original recipe and customized cookies. We offer top-quality products in a home-like atmosphere. Cookies are available in-store. Delivery and out-of-town online. Shipping available. Open Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Next to Texas Roadhouse. 620 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 471-6678 www.CookieCottage.com

800 Degrees Restaurants

Wood-fired Neapolitan pizza baked at oven temperatures between 800-1,100 degrees, providing a truly authentic taste. Enjoy our pizza, salads, and regional craft beers. Made from the finest ingredients including free range local meats. A local favorite! North - 800° Wood Fired Pizza 10020 Lima Rd. • (260) 490-0111 South - 800° Three Fires 5215 Illinois Rd. • (260) 416-0005 www.800degrees.net

Pembroke Bakery & Café

Yummy food for everyone! Fort Wayne’s plant-powered bakery specializes in artisan breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and gluten-free items. Homemade soups, salads and sandwiches made with local and organic ingredients. Saturday brunch all day. Special orders welcome. Catering available. Find us on Facebook for our daily specials! 300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7220 pembrokebakeryandcafe.com

Flashback

Fort Wayne’s only Retro Dance Club with three full service bars. Elevated dance platforms, VIP rooms, outdoor party patio and the cities hottest DJs. Open every Friday and Saturday night! Best in 70’s 80’s 90’s and today!! 4201 N. Wells St. • (260) 422-5292

Tucanos Brazilian Grill The Brass Rail SEE AD ON PAGE 66 Savory Brazilian cuisine carefully prepared over open-flame rotisserie grills. Churrasco (shoe-HAS-ko) is a delicious fusion of South American and European cultures. Fresh meats and vegetables are carefully selected, artfully seasoned and slowly grilled over wood-fired grills. Closed Sun. 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-4433 www.tucanos.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 68 Downtown’s spot for live music, craft beer and cocktails. Live original music many nights. A Fort Wayne original for over 70 years. Open 3pm to 3am 365 days a year. Carry-out available. 1121 Broadway (260) 267-5303 (call/text) www.brassrailfw.com

Pedal City Beer Garden

Home base for the Pedal Pub bikes - seats 14, and 2 & 4-person surrey bikes. Plus, a full bar and food with a beer garden and activities including ping pong, giant Jenga, cornhole, live music and much more. Open at 4pm. 1215 W. Main St. • (260) 415-6167 www.pedalcityfw.com

Rudy’s Wine, Craft Beer, Chocolate and Cigars

A unique meeting place in a historic Victorian home next to Parkview Field, serving Indiana wines and beers, fine cigars, and DeBrand Fine Chocolates. Smoking available on large rear patio only. 409 W. Brackenridge (260) 451-0115 www.facebook.com/RudysShop

Insider Blog Moose Lake Lodge Restaurant

SEE AD ON PAGE 68 Just 10 miles north of Fort Wayne, this unique dining experience is set in an 1800’s style town inside Moose Lake Christian Village. Featuring Amish ingredients and recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open year-round Tues-Sat 8am-8pm, closed Sun & Mon. 11330 E. 500 S., LaOtto, IN 46763 (260) 637-2372 www.mooselakechristiancraft village.com

Mitchell’s Sports & Neighborhood Grill

Great food, craft beer, local favorite for sports, arcade games and live entertainment. Family-friendly atmosphere - everyone will enjoy. Watch your favorite sports teams on over 45 HD TV screens including our 20 foot jumbo screen. 6179 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 387-5063 www.mitchellsfw.com

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10 Instagram-Worthy Downtown Fort Wayne Experiences Downtown Fort Wayne is bursting with colorful experiences that turn into jaw-dropping photos worth sharing. But don’t just take it from us. Check out these 10 downtown experiences – posted by locals and visitors – that lit up our Instagram feed. Share your own Fort Wayne adventures using #MyFortWayne. 2 1

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Botanical Conservatory

HolidayFest & the Night of Lights

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The lush indoor gardens at the Botanical Conservatory offer a colorful experience with nature all year long! Every spring, guests can step inside the butterfly tent to find hundreds of beautiful butterflies at play. 1

The night before Thanksgiving, largerthan-life light displays are ceremoniously lit during the Night of Lights, featuring the iconic Santa and His Reindeer along Main Street. 2

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Coney Island

Downtown Murals

Farmers Markets

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Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island has been dishing up its legendary “Coney Dog” since 1914. Adding to the old-school feel, diners can even sip their Coca-Cola from a glass bottle! 3

These old walls are getting a new ‘do. With over 20 pieces of public art – and even more on the way – Fort Wayne’s downtown arts scene is more vibrant than ever. 4

From May to September, Fort Wayne’s outdoor farmers markets are bustling with activity every Saturday morning – featuring everything from locally-sourced produce to live music and entertainment. 5


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Exploring the Trails

Three Rivers Festival

TinCaps Baseball

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Fort Wayne is home to more than 100 miles of paved trails – through urban and natural settings! Head out on bike or foot around sunset for some of the most stunning skyline views. 6

For over 50 years, the Three Rivers Festival has been the main event of the summer in Fort Wayne. More than 80 events make up the festival, including a giant kickoff parade, concert series, Chalk Walk, and fireworks finale. 7

Catching a TinCaps game at Parkview Field is one of our favorite summer activities. Named the “No. 1 Minor League Ballpark Experience,” Parkview Field offers $6 tickets, family-friendly entertainment, and post-game fireworks shows in the outfield. 8

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Middle Waves Music Festival @jasminebejarphoto Middle Waves is a two-day music festival that fills downtown with the best tunes and the brightest colors. Indie, hiphop, and rock & roll converge across three stages, with art, food, drinks, and photo ops in between for all ages and backgrounds. 9

Riverfront Adventures @brianlfletcher Fort Wayne is known for its three rivers: the Maumee, St. Marys, and St. Joseph. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and enjoy an adventure on our downtown waterways! 10

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5251 Distribution Dr. • (260) 484-1400

Home Away From Home Spacious studio style suites designed for over night and extended stays, featuring fully equipped kitchens. Complimentary WIFI Candlewood Gym Large Workspace Candlewood Cupboard Lending Locker Free Guest Laundry Outdoor Gazebo Grill Indoor Pool Pet Friendly

www.CandlewoodSuites.com/ FortWayneNW

By Hilton

Where your satisfaction is Guaranteed!

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Free Hot Breakfast Buffet Indoor Pool Hilton HHonors Points Fresh & Clean Bedding Fitness Center Business Center Complimentary Internet Manager’s Reception Mon thru Thurs Close to Shopping, Entertainment, Restaurants, Attractions and Businesses • Meeting Room • Jacuzzi Rooms Available

Group Rates Available for Corporate, Sports Teams or Leisure Travel.

Hampton Inn SW

8219 W Jefferson Blvd 46804 Located Off I-69 At Exit 302 Close to Downtown

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It’s Not a Room. It’s a Residence.

• Short Term or Extended Stays • Apartment Style Suites • Full Breakfast Buffet Included • Manager’s Social Mon thru Wed • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Outdoor Sport Court • Pet Friendly • Complimentary Internet • Fully Equipped Kitchens • Close to shopping, Entertainment, Restaurants and Businesses

Group Rates Available for Corporate, Sports Teams or Leisure Travel.

Teaming Together to Cover All Your Hotel Needs

Residence Inn

7811 W. Jefferson Blvd. 46804 Located Off I69 at Exit 302 Close to Downtown

260.432.8000

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Lodging

Fort Wayne hotels offer comfort, amenities, and a price that fits your budget. Discover full service luxury and affordable family favorites. And now, you can even book online! Visit us at VisitFortWayne.com, and we’ll help you find the right room for your next getaway! 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 73


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Downtown Style and Starbucks

Your Escape Awaits • Newly Renovated Hotel & Restaurant • Conveniently connected to the Historic Embassy Theatre and Grand Wayne Convention Center • Spectacular Views of Parkview Field and TinCaps Baseball • High Tech and High Touch meets High Style • A Refreshing New Break from an Old Routine • Conner’s Kitchen Bar - Elevated Midwest Cuisine and a Hangout Worthy Atmosphere

The Hilton Fort Wayne is downtown’s premier full service hotel within easy walking distance of major attractions, restaurants and entertainment. We offer: • Our full service Starbucks store serves all of your favorite beverages and is located adjacent to our lobby • Features Bar and Restaurant showcases new entrees every week, in addition to fabulous steaks, sandwiches, seafood and more located in our main lobby • Spacious guest rooms with new 55” televisions, refrigerators, and microwaves in all rooms • Upgraded WI-FI throughout the hotel provides fast and continuous connectivity • Within one block of the Embassy Theatre, Botanical Conservatory, Parkview Field and the Genealogy Center • Complimentary airport and local shuttle service

1150 S. Harrison St. • 260.490.3629

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1020 S Calhoun St • Fort Wayne 1-260-420-1100

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Pet-Friendly Fort Wayne

Planning a fetching Fort Wayne, Indiana adventure with your pup? There are plenty of fur-friendly activities that you can enjoy together. Lodging If you’re traveling from out of town, the first thing you’ll need is a place to put your feet (and paws) up. Choose from 20 petfriendly hotels that offer pet amenities and outdoor recreation spots. Just be sure to read their requirements before you bring Fido along! Some hotels even provide a large pet bed, food and water bowls, and a cute placemat to set them on.

Outdoor Adventure Fort Wayne has more than 80 parks for you and your bestie to enjoy! Bring a ball or Frisbee to throw and a blanket to relax together under a tree.

Dining If you’re looking for good grub that you won’t have to beg for, make a stop at Trubble Brewing. They have a puppy-friendly patio so you can enjoy the great food and drinks together.

Special Treats While downtown, take a short walk to the West Central Microcreamery and Café. Grab a cone and a small vegan pup-cup for Sparky, and peruse the historically restored homes in the West Central Historic Neighborhood. You can also stop at Firefly Coffee House for some freshly made dog treats, or let your kissable canine pick out their own treat at Pet Supplies Plus.

Entertainment If you’re looking for some evening entertainment you can do together, join other pet lovers at Pedal City for Doggie Date Night every Tuesday. Enjoy drinks on the patio, talk to local pet organizations and vendors, and let your pup socialize with other dogs. If you “ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog,” you might also enjoy karaoke starting at 10:00 pm.

And make sure to stop by the Fort Wayne Visitors Center to view our new Fort Wayne pet items including travel bowls, bandanas, and treats!

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I-69, Exit 312A 111 W Washington Center Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825 260.471.8522 www.fortwayne.place.hyatt.com

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Special Group Blocks/Rates Complimentary Parking Outdoor Pool Mini-Fridge in Every Room Starbucks© Specialty Coffee 1,612 sq. ft. of Meeting Space Complimentary Wi-Fi Complimentary Airport Shuttle (7 am-11 pm) Pet Friendly World of Hyatt Complimentary Breakfast for World of Hyatt Members

Experience Downtown from the top! OPENING SUMMER 2019

Located in the heart of the city, you will enjoy spectacular views of Parkview Field and downtown Fort Wayne from many of the 136 guestrooms and oversized suites and indoor/outdoor rooftop bar. Other amenities include: • HDTV and free in-room movie channels • free hot breakfast • 24-hour business center • a walk-up Burger Bar restaurant • oversized roof top fitness center • Adjacent to the Grand Wayne Convention Center

223 W. Jefferson Blvd. | 1-800-445-8667 | www.hampton.com

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America’s Best Value Inn

Comfort Suites North

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Hampton Inn & Suites

BEST WESTERN PLUS Fort Wayne Inn & Suites North

Comfort Suites Southwest

Fairfield Inn & Suites Southwest by Marriott

Hampton Inn Dupont

91 expanded size guest rooms. Book your stay and enjoy our indoor pool, exercise room, complimentary shuttle service & HOT breakfast. Located within close proximity to the Fort Wayne International Airport and Plex. 7737 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-1000 www.fairfieldinn.com/fwasw

The newest Hampton in Fort Wayne, offers you the amenities you’re looking for. Heated indoor pool/ whirlpool, “On-The-House” Breakfast, microwave/mini-refrigerator in each room, guest laundry, business center, meeting rooms. Various suites available. Near Parkview Hospital. 3520 E. Dupont Rd.• (260) 483-3999 www.ftwaynedupontroad. hamptoninn.com

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown

Hampton Inn Southwest

I-69/311B. Non-smoking rooms, microwave, refrigerator, ironing board and hairdryers. Free Cable, 43” flat screen TVs HBO - over 1,000 cable channels. Free high-speed internet. Weekly rates available. 1401 W. Washington Center. Rd. (888) 315-2378 • (260) 489-3588 www.americasbestvalueinn.com

A newly renovated property featuring an indoor pool, updated rooms, and complimentary high speed internet and hot breakfast. Book your stay in a Jacuzzi suite with fireplace. Featuring microwaves refrigerators, indoor spa/pool. 5926 Cross Creek Blvd. (260) 490-6060 • (800) 528-1234 www.bwfortwaynein.com

Candlewood Suites

SEE AD ON PAGE 72 One of Fort Wayne’s extended-stay hotels! Spacious studio and onebedroom suites, complete with full kitchens, heated indoor pool and outdoor gazebo with grill for cookouts. Pet-friendly, free high-speed internet, on-site fitness room. 5251 Distribution Dr. (260) 484-1400 www.candlewoodsuites.com

Completely renovated and conveniently located, book your stay and enjoy heated indoor pool, complimentary deluxe hot breakfast, microwave/minirefrigerator in each room, fitness center and business center. All-suite hotel with pullout sofa sleeper. 3302 E. Dupont Rd. • (260) 480-7030 www.choicehotels.com/in102

SEE AD ON PAGE 78 All-suite hotel offering spacious rooms featuring full-size sleeper sofa, microwave, fridge, and high-speed internet. Other amenities include a fitness center, meeting rooms, indoor heated pool, free hot deluxe breakfast, and a free weekday newspaper. Smoke-free property. 5775 Coventry Ln. • (260) 436-4300 www.fortwaynecomfortsuites.com

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown/ Convention Center

SEE AD ON PAGE 74 Conveniently connected to the Embassy Theatre and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Spectacular views of Parkview Field and TinCaps baseball. Close to all downtown attractions. Enjoy our new restaurant Conner’s Kitchen. Newly renovated bar coming 2019. A higher class of casual. 1150 S. Harrison St. (260) 490-3629 www.marriott.com/fwadt

Conveniently located, one of Fort Wayne’s newest remodeled hotels offering 83 beautifully appointed rooms/suites. Guests will enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour business center, fitness room and indoor pool/spa. 6021 Lima Rd. • (260) 442-3040 www.marriott.com/fwaff

SEE AD ON PAGE 76 Enjoy the amenities of the newest downtown hotel including free hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center. The 136-room hotel will feature a walkup Burger Bar restaurant and an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar offering spectacular views of Parkview Field. 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. (800) 445-8667 www.hampton.com

Enjoy one of our spacious guestrooms including a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool, fitness center, suite shop and free Wi-Fi. Located within minutes of Fort Wayne’s great sports and entertainment facilities, shopping, and restaurants. 5702 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0908 www.hampton.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 72 Indoor pool, complimentary breakfast buffet, business and fitness centers, meeting room, HHonors Points. Mon-Thur eve reception with complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. Jacuzzi rooms available. Close to shopping, entertainment, restaurants and businesses. 8219 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1999 www.ftwaynesouthwest. hamptoninn.com

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Add life to longer stays. Next door to SportONE Parkview Icehouse and Fieldhouse, stay in the latest in comfort and convenience. This all suite hotel has full kitchenettes, free high speed internet, 24 hour exercise room and heated indoor pool. Just minutes away from Spiece Fieldhouse, Glenbrook Square Mall, and Downtown Fort Wayne. And two blocks from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Stay where the action is!

3949 Ice Way • (260) 483-1160 1313 W WASHINGTON CENTER RD FORT WAYNE, IN 46825 260.489.2524 DONHALLSGUESTHOUSE.COM

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Welcome Home.

Located close to Everything. Walk to restaurants, bars, coffee house, shopping, and grocery.

NEWLY RENOVATED 84 Suites with Fully Equipped Kitchens • Complimentary Indoor Pool & Whirlpool • Complimentary Fitness Center • Complimentary Wireless Internet • Pet Friendly - Kennel Required • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Daily • Complimentary Guest Laundry

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IHG Rewards Points Airport Shuttle: Mon-Fri IHG Torch Bearer Award Winner Complimentary 24 hour Business Center • Complimentary Social Reception Mon, Tues, & Wed night

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Located on I-69

NEWLY RENOVATED SPRING 2019 • All guests rooms are Suites • Free ultra high-speed internet • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily • Indoor pool & Sauna

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Conference rooms Meeting rooms Bus parking Airport Shuttle

Comfort Suites Fort Wayne Southwest 5775 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne 260.436.-4300


Lodging

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Hyatt Place

Staybridge Suites

Hilton Garden Inn

Holiday Inn Express New Haven

Quality Inn

Super 8

SEE AD ON PAGE 82 Make yourself at home and have room to unwind at this newly remodeled hotel offering spacious suites and fully equipped kitchens. Studio and Penthouse Suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily and outdoor pool. 4919 Lima Rd. • (260) 484-4700 www.wyndhamhotels.com/ hotel/45345

SEE AD ON PAGE 80 I-69, Exit 302. Enjoy our comfortable and spacious rooms with microwave, fridge, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary Wi-Fi and guest laundry facility. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness facility. Airport shuttle, banquet facility and catering services. 8615 U.S. Hwy. 24 W. • (260) 435-1777 www.fortwayne.HGI.com

Stay smart at Holiday Inn Express, a newly remodeled hotel featuring an indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, and Keurig coffee makers in all rooms. We are next to shopping and entertainment. 5915 Ellison Rd. • (260) 459-1888 www.hiexpress.com/ftwaynein

Newly remodeled right off 469 exit, 15 minutes from airport and downtown. Enjoy free breakfast and indoor pool, nearby shopping and restaurants. 11205 Isabelle Rd., New Haven (260) 748-6767 www.holidayinnexpress.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 76 Located near shopping, attractions, and entertainment. Amenities include Hyatt Grand Bed, complimentary hot breakfast for World of Hyatt members, and 24-hour food and beverage service. Meeting rooms, shuttle and group blocks available. 111 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 471-8522 • (888) 492-8847 www.hyattplace.com

All your favorite amenities at great rates. Amenities include: microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, FREE hot breakfast, FREE high-speed wireless, and interview center and meeting rooms. Discounts: AARP/AAA. Rates: $80-$129. 1734 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 489-5554 www.qualityinnftwaynein.com

SEE AD ON PAGE 78 Features 84 suites with fullyequipped kitchens. Indoor pool, whirlpool, laundry and fitness center. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and an evening social reception. Complimentary guest laundry. Airport shuttle. Pet-friendly. IHG Torch Bearer Award Winner. 5925 Ellison Rd. • (260) 432-2427 www.staybridge.com/fortwaynein

Breakfast, spacious rooms with free high-speed internet, microwave and refrigerator, business center, cable TV, exercise room, seasonal pool and in-room amenities. Close to great shopping, dining, and attractions. 5710 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0050 www.super8.com

Holiday Inn Purdue Fort Wayne

SEE AD ON PAGE 42 151 rooms and suites with all of the amenities of a full-service hotel including the city’s largest indoor pool, hot tub/spa, a 24-hour fitness room, shuttle service, and The Faculty Lounge & Mastodon Grill. 4111 Paul Shaffer Dr. (260) 482-3800 www.fortwayneholidayinn.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton

SEE AD ON PAGE 80 Enjoy our all-suite hotel, featuring separate living and sleeping areas and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet and complimentary light dinner, beer & wine (Mon-Thurs). Everything you need to feel at home. 8621 U.S. Hwy. 24 W. (260) 432-5100 www.homewoodsuites.com

Red Roof Inn

We keep your comfort in mind and always offer what you truly want - quality accommodations at the best value possible. Known for our welcoming staff that cares. Located near Glenbrook Mall, Spiece Fieldhouse and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. 3017 W. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 483-0091 • (800) 214-8378 www.redroof.com

TownePlace Suites by Marriott

SEE AD ON PAGE 78 Located next to the new SportONE/Parkview Icehouse. This all-suite hotel has full kitchenettes, free high-speed internet access, 24-hour exercise room, indoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. 3949 Ice Way • (260) 483-1160 towneplacefortwaynenorth.com

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A Suite Deal Enjoy your daily routine away from home in our residential-style, all-suite hotel.

• Each luxurious suite features separate living & sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchen. • Daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet • Complimentary evening social (Mon-Thu, 5 pm - 7 pm). • Complimentary WiFi and 24 hour business center. • 24 hour fitness facility; airport shuttle. • Meeting facilities for up to (35) people. • Complimentary parking!

I-69, EXIT 302 • 8621 US Hwy. 24 West Fort Wayne, IN 46804 • (260) 432-5100 • 1-800-CALL-HOME www.fortwayne.homewoodsuites.com

Relax & Recharge! · Spacious rooms with mini-fridge, microwave oven, Keurig coffee maker · Complimentary WIFI & 24-hour business center · Indoor pool, whirlpool & fitness center · Garden Grille & Bar featuring made to order breakfast and full dinner service · Meeting facilities for up to 120 people · Wedding reception & rehearsals up to 100 people · Complimentary airport shuttle (7 am - 9 pm) · Complimentary parking!

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Lodging

NEARBY

Tru by Hilton

Close to major companies and downtown Fort Wayne. Amenities include free continental breakfast, 24/7 market with snacks and drinks, and business center. Shoot pool, work out, play board games, and take a swim. 5345 Distribution Dr. (260) 444-2500 www.hilton.com

Extended Stay America

SEE AD ON PAGE 76 Our studio style suites feature a new, fresh, open layout with contemporary decor and comfort bedding. We offer business and leisure travelers alike all the amenities they need, including fully-equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi and on-premise laundry facilities. Pet-friendly. South - 8309 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-1916 North - 5810 Challenger Parkway (260) 490-0500 www.extendedstay.com

Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel and Conference Center SEE AD ON PAGE 82 I-69, exit 312A. Full-service hotel features 222 rooms with refrigerators and microwaves. Concierge level with a concierge lounge and large fitness center. Concierge king rooms with upgrades. Newly remodeled fullservice restaurant, sports bar and grill, over 18,000 sq .ft. of meeting and banquet space with free Wi-Fi. 305 E. Washington Center Rd. (260) 484-0411 www.Ramada.com

Beside Still Waters

A restored 1850s log cabin nestled among 40 wooded acres on a scenic private 8-acre pond. Room for four and a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your meals. No TV, internet or phone. 18017 Devall Rd., Spencerville, IN (260) 238-4040 besidestillwaterslogcabinretreat. com

Don Hall’s Guesthouse

SEE AD ON PAGE 78 Enjoy your stay with FREE DINNER and FREE BREAKFAST in our award-winning restaurant and lounge. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, indoor/ outdoor pools, fitness center, live entertainment, laundry facilities and a full service restaurant. Banquet rooms and meeting rooms available. I-69 exit 311B 1313 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 489-2524 • (800) 348-1999 www.donhallsguesthouse.com

Residence Inn by Marriott

SEE AD ON PAGE 72 Relax in spacious suites, all with fully equipped kitchens and work areas, some with fireplaces. Enjoy luxurious bedding, home-style breakfast buffet, Manager’s Social Mon-Wed with complimentary beer, wine and food; sports court, indoor pool and fitness facility. Pet-friendly. 7811 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-8000 www.residenceinn.com/fwari

Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center

SEE AD ON PAGE 74 Newly updated with 55” televisions offering 60 HD channels. Attached to Grand Wayne Convention Center. Complimentary airport transportation and Wi-Fi. Restaurant/pool/fitness center on site. Close to churches, downtown reception halls, restaurants and attractions. Group rates and suites available. Convenient parking in attached city garage. 1020 S. Calhoun St. (260) 420-1100 www.ftwayne.hilton.com

Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne

SEE AD ON PAGE 82 Newly remodeled, full-service hotel features 134 graciously appointed guest rooms, with plush bedding, flat-screen TV, mini-fridges and microwaves and free Wi-Fi internet. On-site restaurant and bar, and complimentary breakfast. Indoor/ outdoor pool, hot-tub, BBQ area and outdoor fireplace. 5750 Challenger Parkway (260) 999-6040 www.wyndhamhotels.com/ hotels/49146

MORE LODGING

Baymont Inn Suites - (260) 490-8989

Oakwood Resort

Waterfront hotel featuring 77 rooms and luxury suites, beach with abundant outdoor recreation, tour boat, The Pier Restaurant & Bar, banquet and conference facilities. Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice for best hotel, four consecutive years! 702 E. Lake View Rd. Syracuse, IN Toll free (855) 929-2733 (574) 457-7100 www.OakwoodResort.com

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites New Haven - (260) 748- 6767

Motel 6 - (260) 482-3972

Best Way Inn Motel - (260) 747-4950 Best Western Luxbury Inn - (260) 436-0242

Homestead Inn - (260) 432-9715

Parkview Studios - (260) 482-1711

Coliseum Inn - (260) 424-0975

Hometown Inn - (260) 749-5058

Pine Haven Motel - (260) 747-7502

Comfort Inn - (260) 489-2220

Kings Inn - (260) 484-2669

Rodeway Inn - (260) 484-8641

Days Inn - (260) 489-6556

Klopfenstein Inn & Suites - (260) 436-8600

Economy Inn - (260) 449-9564

Knotty Pine Motel - (260) 483-0855

Suburban Extended Stay (260) 739-7462

La Quinta Inn & Suites - (260) 490-7950

Woodspring Suites - (260) 489-4164

Fair Oak Motel - (260) 747-8444 Fort Wayne Inn & Suites (260) 484-6262

Motel Wayne - (260) 749-8579

Magnuson Hotel - (260) 484-8326 Midwest Motel - (260) 493-4977

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Enjoy an upscale full service hotel for both business and leisure travel with meeting space, business and fitness center. • Completely renovated 2018 • Onsite restaurant and bar • Great complimentary breakfast buffet • Free high-speed internet • 24-hour business center • 24-hour fitness center • Pool and hot-tub • Meeting and event space • All rooms with minifridges and microwaves

Located near major attractions and shopping, just off I-69, Exit 311 B 5750 Challenger Parkway • 260-999-6040

www.wyndhamhotels.com/hotels/49146

Hotel & Conference Center Fort Wayne

Say Hello to RED 305 E Washington Center Road • Fort Wayne, IN 46825 • 260-484-0411

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Stay as long as you like and have room to unwind! We offer spacious suites and fully equipped kitchens. Make yourself at home! • Studio & Penthouse Suites • Separate living & sleeping areas • Fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, microwave & coffee maker • Nonsmoking and ADA – accessible rooms • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily • Guest Laundry facility • 24 hour staffing and business services • Outdoor pool

Conveniently located off I-69 Exit 311A by major attractions and shopping 4919 Lima Road • 260-484-4700

www.wyndhamhotels.com/hotel/45345


Relocation & Community

We don’t mean to brag, but we just can’t help ourselves. We’ve been named a threetime All-America City, one of the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids,” and we were even named a “Most Playful City!” Add this to our low cost of living and high level of community pride, and you’ll see why so many of our visitors turn into Fort Wayne residents. Pictured: Fort Wayne Skyline 800.767.7752 | VisitFortWayne.com | 83


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• 24 HOUR URGENT CARE for your pet • Consultations with board-certified specialists available by appointment.

Discover

Your Family History

260-426-1062

5818 Maplecrest Rd. • Fort Wayne, IN 46835

www.nives24h.com

The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library is home to the nation’s second largest genealogy collection. Whether you’re an experienced researcher or a beginner in the process, the staff at The Genealogy Center are available to guide you along your journey of discovering your family history – for free! With more than 456,000 print volumes and 660,000 microfilm resources, The Genealogy Center has an abundance of historical data that attracts researchers from around the country. Even if all you have is your DNA test results or the beginnings of your family tree, The Genealogy Center is eager to share it’s vast resources with you, and provide you with all the one-on-one assistance you need. The Genealogy Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, just steps from hotels, attractions and dozens of restaurants. Plan a trip to discover your family heritage at The Genealogy Center.

VisitFortWayne.com/Genealogy

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A New Fort Wayne to Discover! With multiple groundbreakings on major development projects, openings of new restaurants and coffee shops, and a buzzing entertainment and tourism scene, our downtown is more vibrant than ever before.

A SIZZLE LIKE

During your visit, be sure to check out these new features of our lively community! 1

Recreation and Nightlife

Entertainment

Dining

Fort Wayne’s leading development projects highlight new opportunities for entertainment and leisure. First, The Landing will be a hub for art and entertainment with 56,000 sq. ft. of redeveloped commercial space to include more dining, shopping, and other amenities.

From catching a baseball game at the awardwinning Parkview Field to enjoying live music at the brand-new Clyde Theatre, there is always something to do on any night in the city. Fort Wayne expects an even more robust live music scene in 2019 with the additions of Promenade Park and Sweetwater Pavilion.

The Fort Wayne dining scene saw tremendous growth in 2018 and is expected to continue this momentum. Upscale restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris and Nawa have been added to the city as well as trendy spots like Hop River Brewing Company and Bird & Cleaver. In 2019, visitors can expect to see a variety of new restaurants from a new coffee shop in the Historic West Central neighborhood to a “brews and bbqs” destination on The Landing.

Next, the Riverfront development project highlights Fort Wayne’s three rivers and celebrates them as a new year-round destination. Phase one of this project will bring Promenade Park to downtown, featuring community spaces, public art, and interactive experiences. Both projects will be completed and ready for visitors to enjoy this summer.

Lodging Downtown Fort Wayne is adding two new hotels to its inventory– a gorgeous new Hampton Inn & Suites, featuring direct access to the Grand Wayne Convention Center, a rooftop bar, a walkup burger joint, and 136 hotel rooms. And in 2020, we look forward to opening Fox on Main, a boutique hotel with 120 rooms, coming to Fort Wayne through partnership between Barbara Baekgaard (creator of Vera Bradley) and Provenance Hotels.

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SMART TRAVELERS CHECK FWA FIRST!

DAILY, NON-STOP FLIGHTS CONNECTING YOU TO OVER 350 OTHER CITIES.

Sand Point Living Interiors is Your Partner in Green

· Expert installation and service to nurture live plants · Custom silk greenery · Special event rentals · Holiday decorations · Outdoor seasonal planters · Living plant and moss walls

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Make a Great Move!

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COMMUNITY & INFORMATION

BUILDERS

Home & Garden Show

SEE AD ON PAGE 14 Comparison shop for all kinds of home and garden goods and services. See the latest trends in inhome design and newest products on the market. Ask experts about your garden and lawn problems. Think spring! Fort Wayne Shows, Inc. (260) 432-1705 • (800) 695-5288 www.home-gardenshow.com

Parkview Health

www.parkview.com

Sunoco Mac Food Marts (260) 426-7676 www.macfoodmart.com

APARTMENTS

Apartment Association of Fort Wayne & NE Indiana

Indiana Tech Lancia Homes

Building homes in Fort Wayne since 1975. New Smart technology, new plans, in-house service and custom building keeps Lancia homes a popular choice. Visit our office, model or open house to start building today. 9430 Lima Rd. • (260) 489-4433 www.lanciahomes.com

Indiana Tech specializes in careeroriented degree programs in business, engineering, computer science, criminal justice, education and health care administration. In all, Indiana Tech offers more than 60 degree options at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. level. 1600 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-5561 www.indianatech.edu

SCHOOLS/COLLEGES/ UNIVERSITIES

Edwardrose

Three Rivers Luxury Apartments

Situated in Downtown, you’ll find amazing views from any style of apartment you choose (studio, one, two, or three bedroom). Enjoy convenient access to amazing restaurants, great shopping and much more! 101 Three Rivers North (260) 423-9511 ThreeRiversLuxuryApartment.com

Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus

Canterbury School

An independent, coeducational day school, Canterbury School offers a college preparatory education to students in Early Childhood through Grade 12 that maximizes the potential of young people with a challenging, enriching, and supportive learning environment. 5601 Covington Rd. (260) 407-3553 www.canterburyschool.org

Purdue University Fort Wayne offers a traditional campus experience within a thriving metropolitan setting. As part of the venerable Purdue University system, a diverse mix of students earn undergraduate and graduate degrees – in more than 200 programs – from one of the most trusted and prestigious brands in higher education. 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 481-6100 www.pfw.edu

University of Saint Francis

www.apartmentsfortwayne.com SEE AD ON PAGE 86 No matter which side of town you decide to live on, we have four apartment communities to call home. From economy to luxury, we’re located near the conveniences of the city, but in peaceful settings designed for comfortable living. 6101 Newport Rd., Kalamazoo, MI (269) 323-9484 www.edwardrose.com

Purdue University Fort Wayne

Located in Fort Wayne’s northern medical campus and home to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, this 80,000 sq. ft. LEED Certified building features state-of-the-art facilities and contemporary settings for your next meeting, conference, or seminars. 10627 Diebold Rd. • (260) 470-2700 www.manchester.edu/pharmacy

Founded in 1890, in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers 70+ undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on campus in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne and online. USF’s 16 athletic programs boast six NAIA national championships. 2701 Spring St. • (260) 399-7700 admissions.sf.edu

EVENT SERVICES

Purdue Fort Wayne Hospitality & Tourism Management Department (260) 481-6562 www.pfw.edu/cfs

Empyrean Events and Catering

SEE AD ON PAGE 40 Experience the difference at the top of the town through flawless event planning, exceptional service, modern design and sophisticated cuisine. Providing full-service, gourmet catering and design services. Empyrean ensures the absolute best in Indiana. 110 W. Berry St., Suites 2500 & 2600 (260) 444-4688 www.empyreaneventsfw.com

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Relocation & Community

PET CARE

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

WORSHIP

25th Hour Concierge

Markey’s Rental & Staging

Defining experiences in Fort Wayne since 1990, Markey’s Rental & Staging provides creative solutions for corporate theater, live event management and audio visual presentation support. We offer skilled technicians, quality equipment and professional project management. Markey’s is 100% employee-owned. 509 Ley Rd. • (260) 483-0528 www.markeys.com

Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital

SEE AD ON PAGE 84 The community’s only 24-hour emergency/referral animal hospital. Proud to be the only Certified Critical Care Facility in the state, NIVES features dedicated ER doctors & board-certified veterinary specialists. We offer Purpose Driven Care in your time of need. 5818 Maplecrest Rd. (260) 426-1062 www.nives24h.com

@ your service @ work and @ home Providing “if-you-can-think-of-it” services when you’re short on time, want a helping hand, or don’t care to do it yourself. Specializing in moving coordination/relocation assistance, maintenance, vacation watch, event planning, and more. 111 W. Berry St., Suite 211 (260) 222-8855 www.25thhourconcierge.com

Baden, Gage & Schroeder, LLC CPA & Business Consultants (260) 422-2551

Better Business Bureau

BBB.org/northernindiana.com

Trinity English Lutheran Church (ELCA) SEE AD ON PAGE 84 Trinity English Lutheran Church welcomes all who seek to experience God’s love in a friendly and inclusive environment. Join us for worship, music, and engaging opportunities. We’re working together to change the world, through Jesus. 450 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-3424 www.TrinityEnglish.org

TRANSPORTATION

PRINTING Bankers Advertising & Promotions/Old Fort Specialty Sand Point Living Interiors

SEE AD ON PAGE 86 Increase productivity, reduce stress and enhance aesthetics with interior plants. For business, home or special events, we offer expert interiorscape installations and service, moss and plant walls, custom silk greenery, special event rentals, holiday decorations and seasonal outdoor planters. (260) 747-6362 www.sandpointlivinginteriors.com

(260) 747-6161

Temporary Solutions

EP Graphics

Commercial web offset printer that will handle all of your publication/ catalog/travel guide needs. Printing Solutions that work! 169 S. Jefferson St., Berne, IN (260) 589-2145 www.epgraphics.com

Fast Print, Inc.

Using the newest technologies, we provide start to finish: layout and design, printing and copying, mailing services and signage, along with promotional items. Your image is our reputation for over 40 years! 3050 E. State Blvd. • (260) 484-5487 www.fastprintinc.com

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Since 1990, Temporary Solutions has provided industrial and clerical staffing services for northeast Indiana. Locally owned and operated and consistently voted as one of the top employment agencies in Fort Wayne. 2210 Maplecrest Rd. (260) 493-TEMP www.employmentagency fortwayne.com

Fort Wayne International Airport SEE AD ON PAGE 86 With twelve non-stop destinations, and connections worldwide, our airlines can truly get you anywhere in the world that you need to go. Enjoy short security lines, convenient parking, and a fresh cookie upon arrival. Fly FWA, fly local! 3801 W. Ferguson Rd., Suite 209 (260) 747-4146 www.flyfwa.com

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America’s Best Value Inn Beside Still Waters (Cabin) 14 Best Western PLUS Inn and Suites North Candlewood Suites Comfort Suites North Comfort Suites Southwest Courtyard by Marriott Downtown See map on page 89 Don Hall’s Guesthouse Extended Stay America South Extended Stay America North Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites Southwest by Marriott Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown See map on page 89 Hampton Inn and Suites North Hampton Inn Dupont Hampton Inn Southwest Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center See map on page 89 Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn Purdue Fort Wayne Holiday Inn Express & Suites Holiday Inn Express New Haven Homewood Suites by Hilton Hyatt Place Quality Inn Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel & Conference Center Red Roof Inn Residence Inn by Marriott Staybridge Suites Super 8 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tru by Hilton Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne

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Access this map on your mobile device! Scan this QR code (or head to www.VisitFortWayne.com on your smartphone) to access our Mobile Visitors Guide and Maps. Use our GPS- enabled maps to help you find directions, restaurants, attractions, activities, and more!

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Welcome to Fort Wayne, Indiana!

Des Moines 479 miles

Fort Wayne is located in the heart of the

St. Louis 378 miles

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You’ll also love arriving by air. Fort Wayne International Airport has been named “the nation’s friendliest airport” by USA Today! With 12 non-stop destinations on four airlines, FWA offers convenient and affordable options.

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