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39 sports & recreation

18 attractions & museums

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Welcome to Fort Wayne, Indiana!

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Fast Facts • Indiana’s second-largest city • Host to 5.8 million visitors annually • We’ve been named: - #1 City for Minor League Sports - One of the 20 Best Cities to Visit with Kids - Perfect City to Tour Like a Local

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Come Play in the Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second-largest city, is fast becoming one of the Midwest’s most affordable, fun family getaways, and it is easy to see why! Any trip to Fort Wayne starts at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. As a “Top 10 Zoo in the Nation,” you’ll discover amazing animals, fun places to stop and play, and rides around every corner! Round out your trip with hands-on fun at Science Central, a charming afternoon on our Arts Campus, and an action-packed stop at a TinCaps Baseball game. And don’t forget to add a delicious downtown festival and time spent on our splash pads and rivers to your trip! A trip to Fort Wayne is easy, affordable, and fun. What are you waiting for? Learn more at

While you are here, take in a few of the countless activities that Hear a free concert at Rock the Plaza, Saturdays at the Downtown Library, all summer long. Browse the newest exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art with free admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Catch a free family-friendly film on Wednesday nights all summer long at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Movie Series. Bike, walk, or run on Fort Wayne Trails. Listen to great local music at a Friday Nites Live concert – every Friday of the summer at Jefferson Pointe. In the spring, you can view the beautiful flowers at Foster Park – the tulips are legendary. Or in late summer, hit the Lakeside Rose Garden for the most beautiful specimens in town!

Share in the holiday spirit in downtown Fort Wayne at HolidayFest. Browse the genealogy collection (the nation’s second largest!) at the Allen County Public Library downtown. Explore Kids Crossing, Taylor’s Dream, Three Rivers Junction, and our 53 other playgrounds. Or, splash at our sprayground parks, open for free in the summer, starting at 9 a.m. Enjoy Last Saturdays (by the Downtown Improvement District) and participate in free or half-priced events all over downtown.

Examine historical documents at the Karpeles Museum, browse the art at Artlink and the Castle Gallery or stroll the sacred at the Cathedral Museum – all of which are free! Grab lunch to go and take it to a free concert at Lunch on the Square during the summer in downtown Fort Wayne. Our library system is one of the best in the nation and each branch offers a place to relax and let the kids play and explore! Soak in the history at Historic Fort Wayne. The Old Fort’s grounds are open for visitors every day, with special programming monthly. Tour the Little River Wetlands and see animals and plants of Fort Wayne.

Stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a walking tour map – choose from our Downtown Walking Tour, Public Art map, or the Heritage Trail. All are free and offer a unique taste of the city! You can also print your own from Visit the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and hop aboard one of the last surviving steam locomotives in the world: Nickel Plate Road no. 765. Enjoy the Indiana Native Tree Walk on IPFW’s campus. Go stargazing with the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society on Saturday nights. Visit the breathtaking Allen County Courthouse (cell phones and cameras not admitted).

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your family can enjoy for FREE: Stroll the great shopping at Glenbrook and Jefferson Pointe and enjoy their free indoor play areas – both offer a great spot for kids to blow off some steam! Walk through Lindenwood Cemetery and visit the graves (and do grave rubbings) of many of Fort Wayne’s founders. Lindenwood’s office offers a free book about the history and famous people buried there. In winter months, you can go sledding, build a snowman, make snow angels, or feed the squirrels and birds at any of our parks. Take a tour of a music lovers dream campus, Sweetwater, the largest online retailer of music gear. Uncover local food at Farmers Markets downtown and around the city.


Catch a TinCaps Baseball game with $5 lawn seats! Taste the secret recipes at DeBrand Fine Chocolates’ behind-the-scenes tour. Take in our affordable museums, including the History Center ($6 for adults), Firefighters’ Museum ($4 for adults), and Botanical Conservatory ($5 for adults). Enjoy admission to Allen County Parks, Preserves and Nature Centers for only $2. Enjoy Kid’s Korner indoor playground at McMillen Community Center for only $1. Enjoy a silent movie at the historic Embassy Theatre. Call 800.767.7752 I I 7

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.

Freimann Square 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 the beautiful flowers each season.

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.

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

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Fort Wayne Museum of Art 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.

Pembroke Bakery and Cafe

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

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

ArtsLab Black Box Theater From the traditional to the avantgarde, this black box theater accommodates performances, concerts, events and celebrations of all styles.

Fort Wayne Ballet Indiana’s only professional ballet company, the Fort Wayne Ballet features a full academy alongside spectacular performances.

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An Outdoor Lovers to Fort Wayne PARKS and TRAILS

Fort Wayne is home to 86 parks and 91 miles of trails, the most prominent of which is the Rivergreenway, which stretches 25 miles, winding along the banks of the rivers. This trail is perfect for walking, jogging, rollerblading, biking, and more. Don’t want to travel with your bike? Fort Wayne Outfitters make it easy for you to hop on a trail and enjoy the river scenery with their bike rentals. Another way to travel the Rivergreenway is by segway! You can get a personalized tour of Fort Wayne and learn about our rich heritage and cultural significance on a guided segway tour from Tour Fort Wayne Segway Tours.

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Come play in one of the nine FREE splash pads conveniently located all around the city. Each one features fountains, water jets, showers, dumping buckets, sprinklers, and more.

Eagle Marsh Cross Country Skiing at Fox Island

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Memorial Park McCormick Park Rent a Segway from Tour Fort Wayne

Whichever way you choose to play in Fort Wayne, you won’t be disappointed. The combination of our rivers’ natural and urban


Running alongside our trails, you’ll find our three rivers: the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee. If you’re ready to venture onto the waters, you can do it by canoe, single or double kayak, or stand up paddleboards. Fort Wayne Outfitters rents all three at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates. You can also rent canoes or kayaks from Earth Adventures Unlimited. It’s a great way to see the city!

beauty makes each adventure a memorable one. In the coming years, you’ll find even more ways to explore the rivers as a result of the Riverfront Fort Wayne project, a plan to continue to develop the rivers and make them more accessible. Watch for increased festivals and programming, as well as arts and activities on the banks, and in the water.

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Fort Wayne is home to many one-of-a-kind attractions, events and opportunities. Take time to enjoy three of the world-class attractions that are most uniquely Fort Wayne! Bag a Bargain with Vera Bradley Another Fort Wayne original, Vera Bradley hosts Indiana’s premiere shopping event every April at the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale! The event will be held this April 19-23, and will feature Vera Bradley’s famous quilted handbags, luggage and accessories at 40-60% off retail prices!

Sweetwater: A Music Lovers’ Playground Sweetwater Sound is one of the most respected businesses in the music industry, and a leading online retailer in music equipment of all types. Visitors to Fort Wayne can enjoy their stateof-the-art facility that offers a retail store, restaurants, entertainment, and even a two story slide! You can also enjoy a tour through their distribution center, recording studios, performance theatre and more. And be sure to visit June 23-24 during Gearfest, their annual two-day festival and sales event! Learn more at

More than just a sale, the Outlet Sale is an experience! Both the sheer number of shoppers and the vast amount of product will blow you away. The sale features over 100,000 sq. ft. of handbags, purses, laptop bags, backpacks and wallets for sale – in the stunning, bold and colorful patterns that make Vera Bradley items unique. Vera Bradley fans travel from across the U.S. and beyond to attend this five-day sale. Learn more and discover overnight hotel packages and Girlfriend Getaway trip ideas online at

Discover Your Roots at The Genealogy Center One of Fort Wayne’s many treasures is The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. The Genealogy Center is home to the nation’s second-largest genealogy collection, housed in a gorgeous, $65 million facility. The Genealogy Center is home to over 456,000 print volumes and 660,000 microfilm resources, but even more valuable is the personal assistance that they provide – for free! Whether you are just starting out, or are an experienced researcher who has met a roadblock in your research, The Genealogy Center’s staff will work beside you to help guide you to the next level of your research! 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, right here in Fort Wayne at The Genealogy Center.

Uniquely Fort Wayne

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Quench your thirst with a refreshing brew made right here in Northeast Indiana! Rooted in our German heritage, Fort Wayne is home to world-class beer and breweries all throughout the city!

Summit City Brewerks

Trubble Brewing Company

Get a taste of the many brews created at Summit City Brewerks. Their taps feature 20 various craft beers and around 40 other guest brews, wines, and ciders. Summit City Brewerks also offers a bit of history – they’re located in the old Wayne Candies building – where Bunn Bars were once made! Brew shown: Carl’s Creamy Ale

Awaken your tastes buds with a selection of Trubble Brewing Company’s craft brews. Trubble is a brewer-owned microbrewery offering IPAs, stouts, and a killer brunch. Kick back in this cool and comfortable brewery and enjoy a night of drinking, eating, and playing foosball! Brew shown: Mindtrap IPA3

Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Hoppy Gnome – Gnometown Brewing

Fort Wayne’s first brewpub, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, brews more than 2,500 barrels of beer annually. Grab a pint of their award-winning hand-crafted ales or lagers and enjoy a great meal that everyone’s tastes buds will enjoy! Brew shown: Ruby Raspberry Wheat

If you’re looking for a unique experience, pull up a seat at Hoppy Gnome where craft beers and outstanding food meet. Think copious amounts of fun tacos, tortas, and creative dishes, paired with their unique brews. Or schedule a time to brew your own beer at Gnometown Brewing – Indiana’s newest Nano Brewery. Brew shown: Milk Stout

Scotty’s Brewhouse Although Scotty’s is not a local-made brewery, they’re an important champion of Indiana regional brews. Enjoy the tastes of their Fort Wayne location, featuring their brews and many others. Brew shown: Bulldog Brown

Junk Ditch Brewing Company

Birdboy Brewing Company As a production brewery, make sure you get your hands on one of Birdboy’s classic brews! You can find Birdboy brews on tap at many of Fort Wayne’s great restaurants including BakerStreet, The Hoppy Gnome, and The Golden! Brew shown: Old Stolen Bicycle Barley Wheat

Located in an old paper company warehouse, Junk Ditch Brewing Company started out offering creative dishes to Fort Wayne from their food truck, Affiné. Now you can also enjoy their delicious craft beer and creative farm-to-fork food in their destination restaurant that evokes a cool modern atmosphere! Brew shown: Andy Pants Cream Ale Call 800.767.7752 I I 13 5

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. There’s something special going on every weekend in Fort Wayne! Celebrate with us by searching our complete calendar of events online at


Festivals & Special Events

March 11

February 2-5

January 11-22

Get Green

Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show

Savor Fort Wayne

Memorial Coliseum

Wells Street Corridor

February 11

March 18-19

Memorial Coliseum

Grand Wayne Convention Center

February 11

March 25-26

Freimann Square

Memorial Coliseum

January 17-19

February 16-19

April 8

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Memorial Coliseum

Parkview Field

February 22-23

April 8

Fort Wayne’s Restaurant Week


WMEE Baby Fair and Family Expo

Shipshewana on the Road

Weather the Fort

Fort Wayne Farm Show

January 27

Winter Cozy Downtown Fort Wayne January 27-29

Outdoor Sports, Lake and Cabin Show Memorial Coliseum January 28

Winterval Downtown Fort Wayne

April 27-29

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Shindigz Spring Soccer Event

Construction World Expo Memorial Coliseum

May 7

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 22

Allen County Public Library

February 25-26

Fort Wayne Women’s Expo Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day

March 2-5

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show Memorial Coliseum

Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale SEE AD ON PAGE 17 Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne Tincaps Opening Day

Fort Wayne Boat Show and Sale

April 19-23

May 10-14

Fort Wayne Music Festival May 13

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Create Great Memories this summer July 7-15. Nine days of celebration that includes live music, innovative races, a spectacular parade, tasty treats, art, carnival rides and shopping — just to name a few. Celebrating our 49th Community Festival!

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Festivals & Special Events

May 14

Mother’s Day Downtown (Spring Trolley) Downtown Fort Wayne May 20

Kickstart Downtown Fort Wayne

June 22-25


August 18

Zoo Brew & Wine, Too

Headwaters Park

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

June 24

August 25-26


Taste of the Arts

Freimann Square

200-300 E. Main St.

June 24

August 29-Sept 3

Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle

Riverpalooza & Dragon Boat Races

Headwaters Park

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June-August – Thursdays

June 24

September 7-9

Freimann Square

ARCH Historic Home and Garden Tour September 9-10

Downtown Library Plaza

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September 10

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown July 7-15

Three Rivers Festival

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Germanfest Headwaters Park & city locations June 6-10

New Haven Canal Days New Haven, IN June 15-18

BBQ Ribfest Headwaters Park June 15-18

Hobnobben Film Festival Cinema Center June 23-24

Sweetwater Gearfest Sweetwater Campus

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St. Joe Pickle Festival Downtown St. Joe, IN July 21-22

Pride Fest Headwaters Park July 25-30

Allen County Fair Allen County Fairgrounds July 27-29

Swiss Days Berne, IN July 28-30

Ikasucon Grand Wayne Convention Center August 17-19

Shindigz National Soccer Festival

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Johnny Appleseed Festival Johnny Appleseed Park

Grabill Country Fair

West Central Home and Garden Tour

Rock the Plaza

Vera Bradley Classic

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival

June-August – Saturdays

June 2-5

Middle Waves September 16-17

May 20

Lunch on the Plaza

September 15-16

Downtown Fort Wayne


Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival Kuehnert Dairy Farm September 29-30

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival Kids and Seniors Marathon: Sept 29, 2017 Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, 4 Mile: Sept. 30, 2017 Parkview Field

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October 6

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Vera Bradley Tickled Pink October 7

Chili Fest Headwaters Park October 13-15; 20-22; 27-29

Wild Zoo Halloween

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo October 21

Fright Night (Zombie Walk) Downtown Fort Wayne October 21

Fright Night Haunted Lantern Tours Historic Old Fort

November 18-January 7

Snow Days

Botanical Conservatory November 22

Night of Lights Downtown Fort Wayne November 22-29

Festival of Trees Embassy Theatre November 21-December 31

Fantasy of Lights Franke Park November 24-26

Festival of Trains Science Central November 24-December 10

Festival of Gingerbread

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History Center November 25

Holly Trolley Shopping Downtown Fort Wayne


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Headwaters Park is Fort Wayne’s Festival Headquarters!

April 19 – 23, 2017 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

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 here are held inside this park, which also features a free Splash Pad open Spring to Fall and Ice Skating open late November through February, weather permitting.

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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!

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Attractions & Museums

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Fort Wayne Museum of Art


This American art museum offers diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The Paradigm Gallery has fine art and craft for sale and the Early Learning Center offers hands-on fun for youngsters. Open: TuesSat 10am-6pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun Noon-5pm. Closed Holidays.

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 22-October 8 9am-5pm; open until 7pm Memorial Day-Labor Day.

311 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6467

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

Allen County Public Library The Genealogy Center

The AAAHSM (“AWESOME”) exhibits the histories of people of African descent in Allen County since 1809 and African history from earliest times to today. An Arts United affiliate, the museum houses the City’s largest public collection of African Art. Call to schedule your visit or tour.

Serving Allen County since 1895, the fourteen libraries circulate more than 4,500,000 items. Computer classes, book groups and children’s activities make the library a destination for everyone. The downtown main library hosts The Genealogy Center and the newly opened tech MakerLab.

436 E. Douglas Ave. • (260) 420-0765

900 Library Plaza • (260) 421-1200


3411 Sherman Blvd. • (260) 427-6800

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory Surround yourself with nature at an oasis in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Enjoy lush seasonal displays, four outdoor gardens, the Tropical Garden with orchids, palms and a cascading waterfall and the Sonoran Desert Garden. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop. Open: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Thur 10am-8pm; Sun Noon-4pm. Closed Mondays, Labor Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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

Allen County Courthouse A national historic landmark, the restored Allen County Courthouse boasts magnificent art glass, exquisite murals and intricately patterned tile floors. Enjoy one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture. Group tours by appointment Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. No cellphones or cameras allowed during business hours. Available to rent for your special occasion. 715 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 449-7602

1100 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 427-6440


The History Center Set in the grand historic 1893 City Hall, the center features exhibits from Little Turtle to Anthony Wayne alongside inventions that originated in this area with over 28,000 historic photographs, records and artifacts available for study. Open: Mon-Sat, and first Sundays. 302 E. Berry St. • (260) 426-2882

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Providing downtown walking tours, including haunted sites, charter tour guides and historic home tours. Visit ARCH headquarters during business hours and tour the historic Rankin House for free. See website for special events or to schedule tours. 818 Lafayette St. • (260) 426-5117

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. (next to SW Conservation Club) (260) 426-2882 VisitFortWayne Call 800.767.7752 I I 19

Attractions & Museums

Enjoy over 200 exhibits featuring hands-on


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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
















January 28 Nouvelle Annee (Winterval)

July 8-9 Camp Allen Muster: 1861-1865

February 25-26 Civil War Garrison

July 29-30 Colonial America on the Frontier

April 1-2 Early Modern Muster of Arms

August 26-27 Post Miamies: 1754-1763

April 22-23 13th Pennsylvania Drill

September 10 Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown

May 6-7 Muster on the St. Mary’s: A Time Line Event

October 21 Fright Night Lantern Tours

June 10-11 Siege of Fort Wayne 1812

November 25 Joyeux Noel – A Christmas Open House

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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.



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.

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Imagine nature accelerated.

zip it.

Experience the thrill of nature at Zip Timber Lake, where zip-lines are just the beginning. With a large campground, four sky bridges, climbing tunnels, and the famous 1,000 foot Lake Zip, there’s a little something here for everyone.

sip it. Imagine an award-winning winery. Two-EE’s Winery may be relatively new to the wine scene, but the indulgent flavors of their wines have been grabbing national attention and awards since opening in 2013. Stop in and see what all the buzz is about.


Imagine a day away from the routine.

Take some much needed time off to come embrace the natural beauty of our trails and unwind with friends over a late night campfire. Load your car with treasures from the charming downtown boutiques and dine in one of the best restaurants in the state. All just a few minutes away from Fort Wayne.

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Want to know what’s going on during your visit? 2017 offers many special exhibits at our museums and attractions that you won’t want to miss!


Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory 260-422-6467 260-427-6440

Slang Aesthetics: Robert Williams and Juxtapoz Magazine: 25 Years Under the Influence

Mary Poppins Garden Party January 14 - April 2

April 22 - July 9

Dual exhibitions chronicle the trail blazed by Juxtapoz Magazine founder Robert Williams, a painter and cartoonist, who championed art that formal art academia tended to reject: comic books, movie posters, trading cards, surfer art, and hot rod illustration, to mention a few.

Summer of Glass

June 24 - September 10

When there’s a bit of heavy weather brewin’ outdoors this winter, bring the children down to the Conservatory to explore the new Mary Poppins-themed garden exhibit. Discover Mr. Banks’ world of finance, Admiral Boom’s punctuality and nose for weather, a chimneysweep’s rooftop perspective, and the magical imaginings of Bert’s chalk drawings and carousel horse steeplechase.


The Summer of Glass is an annual showcase of the world’s most brilliantly executed studio glass. This trio of exhibitions includes the Annual International Glass Invitational Award Winners and solo exhibitions by contemporary glass sculptors. 3

April 8 - June 25

At the Conservatory’s newest exhibit of live butterflies, you’ll get at least three perspectives on these winged creatures as well as “up close and personal” time in our exhibit tent! The garden offers you views from microscopic, backyard, and global angles.

Becoming Present: Louis I. Kahn and the Arts United Center April 29 - January 28, 2018

In the late 1960s, architect Louis I. Kahn envisioned the design for a visionary arts campus where the Arts United Center and Fort Wayne Museum of Art presently sit. This exhibition celebrates the great importance of modern architecture and Kahn’s gift to our community. 1


July 1 - November 12

Join us as we celebrate our Sister City of Gera, Germany. From the Stadtwald, or city forest, to the Renaissance-era town square and market, from the dahlia garden to the botanical garden, Gera demonstrates a respect for both nature and history.

Snow Days

November 18 - January 7, 2018

Do you remember when school was canceled because of unexpected winter weather? Snow days were a surprise, a break in routine, an invitation to play. In the Conservatory’s holiday imagination, snowkids go out for snowball fights and forts while snowmoms bake cookies and prepare hot chocolate. Snowmen and snow angels mark the spot where families spent time together. 2 3

Science Central 260-424-2400 The Zula Patrol: Mission Weather January 14 - May 28

The Zula Patrol has finally landed on Earth to study the weather on our planet. Visitors experiment along with them and learn what weather is, how it works, what affects it, and how it affects us.

RiverWorks Discovery June 3 - September 10

RiverWorks Discovery is a journey of imagination and exploration of America’s inland waterways. This fun, hands-on exhibition weaves a rich, multidisciplinary story through immersive environments, educational panels, interactive exhibits, engaging films, a playful water table, and unique artifacts. 2


September 16 - January 7, 2018

Spiders; people love them or hate them, but everyone is fascinated by them. Spiders! is the largest touring collection of arachnids in America. It celebrates the beauty and mystique of spiders, as well as the cultural connections between spiders and humans. The exhibition features nearly 100 LIVE arachnids, incredible colorful photos, and interactive exhibit stations.

The History Center 260-426-2882 200@200: To Govern and Serve, How We Warred and Commemorating the Ages January 1 - March 31

The History Center’s 200@200 project celebrates Fort Wayne’s legacy of progress throughout Indiana’s 200 years of history. The project is a series of virtual exhibits, physical displays, and media presentations featuring 200 artifacts from the museum’s 27,000 piece collection, each telling a unique story of Fort Wayne’s role in the 200 years of Indiana’s statehood.

For a complete list of special exhibits and events going on when you are in town, visit our Calendar of Events online at Call 800.767.7752 I I 13 23


Celebrate a simpler life.

Come visit our town, stay for lunch or dinner and a leisurely stroll thru our shops. 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 Miller’s Country Store 11205 Roth Rd 260.657.1703 Grabill Country Sales 13813 Fairview Dr at Grabill Country Village 260.627.8330 Grabill Hardware 13534 Main St. 260.627.2012

Attractions & Restaurants Das Nolt Haus Amish Restaurant 12530 Cuba Rd. 260.466.4224

July Freedom Festival Community Fireworks - July 1 on the banks of the St. Joe River Riverside Gardens – Leo

Grabill Inn 13706 Fairview Dr. 260.627.2719

Grabill Chamber/ Amish Community Benefit Auction/ Bake Sale/Food - July 14

Grabill Dairy Sweet 13305 State St. 260.627.3151 The Coffee Cabin 13531 Main St. 260.627.0010 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 iAB Financial Bank Sports Complex 14218 North Main St. 260.627.8943


2017 Events

September Grabill Country Fair September 7, 8 & 9 Celebrate a simpler way of life. Grabill Country Fair Road Apple Cruise-In September 30 November Christmas Open Houses November 24 & 25 Retailers offer specials throughout the Christmas season December Breakfast with Santa December 2 Grabill Parks Santa Comes to Town December 16 Grabill Hardware Parking Lot

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 three-fold during the bustling business day, while, at night, the ever present horses hooves once again play their cadence throughout the night air. Contact: Jim Gerig / Grabill Hardware / 260.627.2012

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Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, 3 & 4 Card Poker, Texas Hold’em, Cash Games & Tournaments. Open Wednesday & Friday 10am and 12 noon on Saturday. Take exit 311B of I-69. ½ mil down turn left at Home Depot entrance left on S. Ring Rd. Next to Fairfield Inn & Suites. Real Cash Payouts. License # 141709

St. Rd. 1 North from Fort Wayne to Leo, IN Turn right at Leo-Grabill Rd. Grabill, IN 46741

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 crafts shops. Festivals and fairs occur all year round.

1820 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 387-7254

Historic Fort Wayne SEE AD ON PAGE 20

Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Museum Located in historic Engine House No. 3, this museum showcases artifacts used by the city’s earliest heroes. See two floors of equipment and photos from 160 years of firefighting in Fort Wayne. Open: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm. Closed Sun and Wed.

Enjoy a 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. Period specific events ranging from the early 1700s through the Civil War Era are presented.

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1201 Spy Run Ave. • (260) 437-2836

226 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-0051

What is Fort Wayne’s best-kept secret? Fort Wayne’s best-kept secret is The History Center where you can discover the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County!

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Set on an 1800’s homestead, this family-friendly arts and nature center is a must see destination. Here, children of all ages will find experiences, encounters, and education in the arts and nature. “Bringing the fun!” to ages 3-103. Just minutes from Downtown. 7629 Moeller Rd. • (260) 456-6999

What is a signature Fort Wayne experience? One of Fort Wayne’s most treasured experiences is a Coney Dog from Coney Island—serving Fort Wayne for more than 100 years!

Where is the best place to experience the great outdoors? For a fun outdoor experience, you can’t beat our growing trails system. The Fort Wayne area trail network has more than 90 miles for you to enjoy the best in biking, walking, running and hiking.

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Black Pine Animal Sanctuary Auctions America An event for the whole family! Each year we welcome 100,000+ visitors to the Classic Car Capital of the World for our Spring and Fall auctions. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Auctions America is a national collector car auction company headquartered in Auburn, Indiana. 5536 County Rd. 11A, Auburn, IN (260) 927-9797

Recognized as one of Indiana’s Top Ten “Summer Gotta-Do’s” Black Pine is a true sanctuary, home to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals. Meet and observe nearly 100 big cats, bears, wolves, primates, reptiles and more. Informative and educational tours offered year-round from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Private winter tours available. 1426 W. 300 N. Albion IN (260) 636-7383

DeKalb County Visitors Bureau

Moose Lake Christian Craft Village


Come experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the early 1800’s including The General Store with Amish food and homemade artistry, cabin bed and breakfast, man-made 5 acre lake stocked with 20,000 trophy sized fish, sun bathing, swimming, fishing, kayaks, paddle boats and canoes.

The “Hub of Transportation Heritage” features nine different museums including automobiles, trucks, aircrafts, railroad history, a military collection and county history. Come for the world’s largest collector car auction and classic car festival over Labor Day weekend, or visit our antique and specialty shops. 500 S. Grandstaff Dr. Suite C, Auburn, IN 46706 (877) 833-3282

11330 E 500 South, LaOtto, IN 46763 (260) 637-2372 www.mooselakechristiancraftvillage. com

Huntington County Visitors Bureau SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 22

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum SEE AD ON PAGE 27

See a National Historic Landmark featuring America’s favorite classic cars in 1930 art deco showrooms of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company. Featuring over 120 antique, vintage, classic and special interest cars. Banquet and reception facilities available for weddings and business meetings. Open 7 days a week. Family and group rates are available. 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, IN 46706 • (260) 925-1444

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard SEE AD ON PAGE 27

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 7 days a week-just 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne on Highway 3, Lima Road. 0185 CR 68, LaOtto, IN 46763 (260) 637-2980    

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

Satek Winery SEE AD ON PAGE 27

Local, hand-crafted awardwinning 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 46737 (260) 495-9463

On Sunday, September 10th, you can Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown – for FREE! Enjoy free admission to 12 of Fort Wayne’s museums and attractions!

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Arts & Entertainment Make your getaway truly memorable—grab a front row seat to our rich arts and cultural scene! Whether you catch a live performance or take a trip to one of our amazing art galleries, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.

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The Bach Collegium

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.

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.

3901 S. Wayne Ave. • (260) 745-4364

Artlink Gallery


The Historic Embassy Theatre

A non profit art gallery and artist resource center. Located downtown in the heart of the Auer center arts campus, Artlink offers a variety of art exhibitions and programming from artist talks to live storytelling events. Gallery hours Tues Saturday noon - 7:00pm, Sunday noon - 4:00pm, closed Monday. Find us on Facebook. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-7195

125 West Jefferson Boulevard 260.424.5665 Check our website for the latest schedule.

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Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne Arts United develops, coordinates and supports arts and cultural efforts in Northeast Indiana, believing that music, dance, fine art, theatre, cinema, museums, historical sites, architecture and artful public spaces enhance the vibrancy of the region’s urban core. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-0646

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Bower North Productions Audience-participation mysteries, musicals, magic and Vaudeville comedy for banquets, conventions, tour groups, fundraisers and private parties. They travel to your event anywhere in the region and perform public shows. Visit their website for dates and locations. 4938 Southwood Ave. (260) 745-0557

Castle Gallery Fine Art A unique gallery set in a historic mansion, featuring three stories of nationally recognized artists. Castle Gallery staff will help you select fine art for your corporate or residential spaces. Open TuesSat 11am-6pm or by appointment.

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(260) 485-2143

1202 W. Wayne St. • (260) 426-6568

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Downtown Improvement District SEE AD ON PAGE 37

Your Downtown Fort Wayne news and information resource is just one click away. Check out the event calendar, take a 360° virtual tour, signup for their weekly e-newsletter, reference downtown guides and videos, find parking information and more!

First Presbyterian Theater

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

A church that produces community theater. Their sixshow season includes musicals, comedies, and dramas which speak to the human condition.

Celebrating 90 years of live theatre! Presenting a variety of productions with an emphasis on Broadway musicals, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding volunteer talent on and off stage. Proud founder and host of the annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director Andrew Constantine, holds over 300 performances in Northeast Indiana each year. The Phil’s core purpose is to foster and instill a lifelong love of classical music through performance and education.

303 E. Main St. • (260) 422-8641 Box Office: (260) 424-5220

4901 Fuller Dr. • (260) 481-0777

Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Established in 1934, Fort Wayne Youtheatre is the 5th oldest children’s theatre in the nation! Classes, workshops & camps available for ages 4-18 in six levels of theatre, voice, dance, comedy & backstage stagecraft. Youtheatre offers quality entertainment through our main stage season & traveling shows!

300 W. Wayne St. • (260) 426-7421

904 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-3266

Fort Wayne Ballet

Embassy Theatre SEE AD ON PAGE 30

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

FAME We celebrate 30 years in our community. We provide programs for students to showcase their talents in the arts. The FAME Festival is March 18-19, 2017 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7325

Fort Wayne Ballet is Indiana’s only professional ballet company and premiere pre-professional academy offering training for beginners through career dancers. The Ballet has three main stage performances at the Arts United Center each season! Also a Family Series and ArtsLab Series. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 484-9646

Welcome to Fort Wayne and to the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Committed to promoting human creativity. FWDC is a diverse, non-judgmental not-for-profit organization that offers dance and movement classes, outreach programs, Japanese style Taiko drumming and brings outstanding performers to the community. 437 E. Berry St. Suite 203 (260) 424-6574

Fort Wayne Youtheatre

303 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6900

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Northside Galleries

Heartland Sings


Heartland Sings is a company of professional vocal artists and ensembles residing in Fort Wayne. Heartland changes lives through song with performances, community outreach, and educational initiatives to entertain and enrich audiences.


1516 Leesburg Rd. • (260) 436-8080

The Orchard Gallery of Fine Art The Orchard Gallery has been 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

There’s always plenty of fun to be had at Sweetwater - vendor roadshows, clinics and classes, live performances, and a whole lot more. You can even come out and jam with other musicians in a very cool, casual setting. No matter your skill level or experience, there is something you’ll enjoy! Be sure to visit Sweetwater’s events page to see what’s coming next!

2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 481-6551 Box Office: (260) 481-6555 cvpa/depts/theatre/

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

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Voices of Unity directed by Marshall White, a world class, youth choral program, has won 5 gold-medals in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Choir Games and performed at the Vatican in 2016. Youth are also engaged in life-skills, character and leadership development. (260) 481-6719

5501 US Hwy 30 West (260) 432-8176

IPFW Department of Theatre Faculty directors and designers present an exciting line-up of musicals, complemented by classic and contemporary comedies and dramas each season. IPFW productions feature both student and community actors in the Williams and Studio Theatres on the beautiful IPFW campus.

Voices of Unity

Trinity English Lutheran Church Trinity English Lutheran Church welcomes all who seek to experience God’s love in a friendly and inclusive environment. Please join us for worship, music and enriching activity for children, youth and adults. Working Together to Change the World Through Jesus. 450 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-3424

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Fort Wayne has been named “Playful City USA” four times, and when you check out our parks, trails, and splash pads, it’s easy to see why! Come play in one of the nine 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, and Franklin Park. The splash pads feature fountains, water jets, showers, dumping buckets, sprinklers, and more. The splash pad at Memorial Park features a rubberized play surface, and the Kreager Park splash pad is located in Taylor’s Dream: Boundless Playground that is inclusive for children of all abilities. They are open 9am to 9pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. For more information visit

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Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at all that Fort Wayne has to offer? Get 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 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 University of Saint Francis, Brookside

DeBrand Fine Chocolates SEE AD ON PAGE 33

Come taste and see why DeBrand is quietly gaining a reputation as one of the world’s elite chocolatiers. Tours begin with a video presentation, include a sampling and a peek into the DeBrand Kitchens and end in the elegant Chocolate Shop. 10105 Auburn Park Dr. (260) 969-8333


Mad Anthony Brewery Tours

Sechler’s Pickles, Inc.

Visit this award winning brew pub for a tour of their onsite brewery! They welcome brewery tours and tasting parties. Sample a variety of ales and lagers. Call for an appointment.

From genuine “aged in wood” dill pickles to fresh packed bread and butter pickles, you’re going to love Sechler’s Pickles. Visit our showroom to see the process and taste one of over 40 pickle varieties. Group tours available. Order online.

2002 Broadway Ave. (260) 426-2537

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) (260) 399-7700 (meetings/events)

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Allen County Fairgrounds On over 75 acres of space, The Fairgrounds has over a dozen spaces and buildings and pavilions for both indoor and outdoor events that can serve a large wedding or a company dinner for 400. Pick your own decorator, food service or beverage company. 2726 Carroll Rd. • (260) 449-4444

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Empyrean Events and Catering



The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum hosts national concerts, family shows, tradeshows, private and corporate events. They are the home of the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, the Mad Ants of the NBA D-League 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. The full-service Holiday Inn Fort Wayne is across the street.

Empyrean creates excellence through flawless event planning, exceptional service, modern design and sophisticated cuisine. Providing full-service, from-scratch gourmet catering and design services, Empyrean ensures the absolute best in Indiana and throughout the country. Experience the difference at the top of the town.

4000 Parnell Ave. • (260) 482-9502

110 W. Berry St., Suites 2500 & 2600 (260) 444-4688

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Parkview Physicians Group Pavilions 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 22-October 8 9am-5pm; open until 7pm Memorial Day-Labor Day. 3411 Sherman Blvd. (260) 427-6800

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Close to Everything

The Holiday Inn at IPFW 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 32”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

Holiday Inn at IPFW and The Memorial Coliseum 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive, Fort Wayne 260-482-3800

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Grand Wayne Convention Center SEE AD ON PAGE 38

Among the Midwest’s most advanced meeting options. 225,000 sq. ft. of flexible space, a 50,000 sq. ft. carpeted, dividable, multi-purpose convention hall, two elegant ballrooms and eighteen meeting rooms. Advanced technology throughout; spacious public and pre-function areas; ample loading zones. Serving state, regional and national events in a progressive, spacious environment. Two connecting hotels plus adjacent entertainment venues.

Indiana Wesleyan University Education and Conference Center Located conveniently off I-69, this 16,000 sq. ft. conference center is perfect for business meetings, seminars and trainings. Our 11 classrooms and 4 large conference rooms are available for rent day or night, fully equipped with plenty of free parking. Beverage catering and onsite delivered catering is available. 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 918-1212

The Summit Fort Wayne Accommodating group sizes 4 to 400, The Summit is your comprehensive venue filled with beautiful, innovative spaces for workshops, meetings, banquets, and overnight retreats. Additionally, The Summit provides customized strategic consultation & organizational training and offers seamless onsite catering options. 1025 W. Rudisill Blvd. (260) 446-3200

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120 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 426-4100

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2017 Event Dates Celebrate Downtown: January 26 Mother’s Day Downtown: May 14 Lunch on the Plaza: Thursdays, June ­ Aug. BuskerFest: June 24 Fright Night: October 21 HolidayFest: November 22 – December 31 Night of Lights: November 22 Holly Trolley Shopping: November 25 Call 800.767.7752 I I 37

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Your experience here will set a new standard: • Divisible, carpeted, fully-equipped event spaces • On-site masters in AV, Event Management, Catering, and Guest Experience Enrichment • 500 attached guest rooms and covered parking • Free high performance WiFi and Room setup Invite your organization to experience downtown Fort Wayne — and let’s create some buzz . . .

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Three Rivers Festival What Fort Wayne festival would you recommend to visitors? The Three Rivers Festival in July has something for everyone. Personally, I love going to the river events and junk food alley!

What’s your favorite Fort Wayne hangout? The Deck by Halls – I enjoy sipping a Salty Dog while sitting on the banks of the St. Mary’s River.

What should visitors absolutely not miss? The Wells Street Bridge is a beautiful piece of history that offers a great view of the river. It is one of the only 19th-century truss bridges remaining.

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Sports & Recreation Whether you prefer to watch from the sidelines or take to the field yourself, you won’t be disappointed in Fort Wayne’s outstanding sports scene. We’ve been named the “#1 City for Minor League Sports,” and it’s easy to see why! So join us, and catch the action in Fort Wayne!

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

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Combat Ops Arena

Crazy Pinz, Inc.

Fort Wayne Derby Girls



Experience Fort Wayne’s newest and only mission-based laser tag arena. Think live action video game with strategic team-building game play. Our missions contain dangerously high levels of fun and excitement. Before or after your mission, try our state-of-theart redemption arcade. Great for families, birthdays, groups or corporate events. Just south of Spiece Fieldhouse.

Crazy Pinz is a 50,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center that includes bowling, laser tag, mini golf, a three-story ball tent, redemption arcade, snack bar, casual dining with lounge and much more-something for everyone. Voted Fort Wayne’s Best Bowling!

The FWDG have provided Fort Wayne with action-packed, family friendly competitive roller derby since 2005, while also raising over $100,000 for local women’s and children’s charities. Home Games: February 11, March 25, April 29, May 20

1414 Northland Blvd. (260) 490-2695

702 Ley Rd. • (260) 999-4940 Discover pre-planned trail routes to hike and bike – from family-friendly to challenging!

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Fort Wayne Komets SEE AD ON PAGE 40

The Fort Wayne Komets are celebrating their 65th Season of Komet Hockey, a Fort Wayne family tradition since 1952! Visit for complete schedule and ticket options for the entire 2016-17 ECHL Season. 1010 Memorial Way, Suite 100 (260) 483-0011

Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball SEE AD ON PAGE 41

More than just baseball, a Fort Wayne TinCaps game is the perfect choice for BIG FUN from April through September. Parkview Field is home to the TinCaps, Midwest League affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Tickets start at just $5.00. 1301 Ewing St. • (260) 482-6400

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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.

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

244 Fernhill Ave. • (260) 484-1350

Room to Escape SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 45

Fort Wayne Mad Ants SEE AD ON PAGE 40

As part of the NBA Development League, the Mad Ants provide major league entertainment at a price that families love. Players dunking in Fort Wayne one night might be on TV slamming for the NBA the next. The Mad Ants are celebrating their 10th season and are now owned and operated by the Indiana Pacers. (260) 469-4667

Gym Rats Basketball Founded in 1992, Gym Rats mission is to provide an organized structure for youth to compete in basketball at all levels of skill, learning life skills through competition. Gym Rats offers local, regional and national sanctioned tournaments in over a dozen states. SportsONE/Parkview Fieldhouse 3946 Ice Way • (260) 471-5270

Paintball PLEX

Come enjoy an action packed day of Paintball and Airsoft games. Everything you need to play for as little as $25. Just 20 min North of Ft. Wayne. Ages 8 or older. Indoor and outdoor courses. Friday 5-9pm, Sat 12-9pm, Sunday 10-6pm Weekday, parties by appointment. 6485 Merchants Dr., LaOtto, IN (260) 357-1560

A real life adventure escape game. You are put in a “locked” room with hidden clues. Groups must work together to solve the puzzles and unlock the door before your 60 minutes run out. Hints are available. Will YOU make it out in time? 3734 Allen Ave. • (800) 454-3927

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park 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, hammocks, walking sticks and more - all of the unique, quality items for your adventure called life. Open: SunTues 10am-6pm; Wed-Sat 10am8pm. Hours change seasonally. 1004 Cass St. • (260) 420-3962

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Pedal City Beer Garden Kamylle’s Spa Bar SEE AD ON PAGE 45

Your downtown destination for pampering. Sore back? Stop in for a relaxing massage. Our salon services make us a unique one stop for all your health and beauty services. 122 W. Wayne St. • (260) 399-5874

We are home base for the Pedal Pub bikes for you and 12 of your friends and 2 and 4 person surrey bikes. We have a full bar with a beer garden and activities including ping pong, giant jenga, cornhole, live music and much more. Hours Mon-Thurs 3pm to 1am, Fri 3pm to 3am ,Sat 11am to 3am, Sun 11am to 1am. 1215 W. Main St. • (260) 415-6167


Unmatched, high-flyin’ FUN on the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing courts. With FUN in the form of Dodgeball Courts, SkySlam Basketball dunk lanes, a Foam Zone and Open Jump Court, Sky Zone takes your jump to the sky! 401 Fernhill Ave. (260) 483-JUMP (5867)

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Completely remodeled with the latest laser technology Huge 9,000 sq. ft. intergalactic arena and game room Party room for corporate, birthday and school functions Up to 40 players for corporate team building, family and youth groups Special group rates Handicap enabled arena

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Sports & Recreation

More than a Game SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse

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.

The Ball Hive

A new 57,000 sq. ft. multi-use premier indoor sports facility offering 8 hardwood indoor volleyball courts (or 6 indoor basketball courts). Amenities include restaurant/bar, free parking and onsite storage. Available for rent for basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and other indoor events. 3946 Ice Way • (260) 444-2788

What is zorbing? You get a ball and you’re free to run, bounce, and smash into your friends, and play tons of fun games. Great for team building, birthday parties, corporate events, and private party sessions. Open Wed-Th 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-6 Private Parties on Mon and Tues. 4629 Lima Rd. • (260) 220-0210

SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse UltraZone Family Entertainment Center

SportONE/Parkview Icehouse Enjoy three full-sized rinks with the Thirsty Penguin Restaurant overlooking all three for a spectacular view. Events at the rinks include hockey leagues, competitive figure skating, public ice skating, learn to skate programs, bounce houses, birthday parties, corporate events, meetings and catering. Fundraising opportunities available.

Fort Wayne’s first and best Laser Tag facility. UltraZone is perfect for hosting birthday parties, corporate events, group outings, team training programs or just enjoying a day with the family. Celebrating over 21 years in business, ULTRAZONE is the Ultimate Laser Tag Adventure.


1104 W. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 471-6719

3869 Ice Way Dr. • (260) 387-6614

The ultimate mission-based laser tag experience.

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• Strategic Team Gaming-live versions of today’s popular video games • State-of–the-art equipment • Fun for all ages • Modern redemption arcade • Book your birthday party, group or corporate event now

Tues-Thur 4-10pm, Fri 4-midnight, Sat 11-11pm, Sun noon-7pm 702 Ley Rd • (260) 999-4940

Sports & Recreation

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Vortex Indoor Karting and Games

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Zip Timber Lake

The longest, fastest electric karts in the Midwest. Enjoy our arcade with the newest games and a 4,000 sq. ft. laser tag arena. Carting age 8 and over, parental approval required. Laser Tag players must be at least 42” tall. Open daily 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

Experience up to 8 zip lines and 4 sky bridges on our guided aerial tours. Introductory Canopy Tours and HighAdventure Tours available. Located at Camp Timber Lakejust minutes from Fort Wayne. Learn more and book online at

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Arcade and Prize Center • With Over 70 Video Games


• With Family & Competition Carts

4530 Speedway Drive • 260-483-7618

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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.




Consignor Boutique

Jefferson Pointe

A treasure chest of fashion awaits you, featuring brand name and designer lables. Names like Chico, Loft, Vince, Rag & Bone, Eileen Fisher and more. Serving the community since 1988. Located near Glenbrook just south of Target.


3516 N. Clinton St. • (260) 484-6686

More than just a new shopping destination-it’s an entirely new shopping experience. This open-air lifestyle center, with its Mediterranean-style architecture and tree-lined courtyards, offers sights, sounds and tastes like none other in Fort Wayne. Visit over 60 stores and restaurants, an 18-screen stadium seating movie theatre and IMAX. 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1160

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Fort Wayne Antique Dealers Association SEE AD ON PAGE 48 Antiques on Broadway Antique Mall (260) 422-6505 Mercantile on Main (260) 420-5656 Nature’s Corner Antique Mall (260) 483-5236 The Wood Shack (260) 424-2093 Vintage Treasures (260) 482-9455

Kamylle’s Spa Bar SEE AD ON PAGE 45

Want to look your best for that special occasion? Beauty starts here! Let us be your comprehensive stop for hair, makeup and nails! 122 W. Wayne St. • (260) 399-5874

Sweetwater is the country’s largest online retailer of musical instruments and studio gear, and our campus is a dream destination for music lovers. Browse and play in the Sweetwater Music Store, grab a bite in the award-winning Downbeat Diner or a gourmet coffee from the Crescendo Café. And no visit is complete without a spin down our twostory slide or a game at our free arcade.

– Stop by and see us! Glenbrook Square As the only enclosed superregional shopping center within a 100 mile radius, the center provides a wide variety of shops and department stores including: Macy’s, JCPenney, Carson’s, Sears, F.Y.E, Express, Pandora, Rue 21, New York & Co., Crazy 8, Foot Locker/House of Hoops, Francesca’s, H&M and more! 4201 Coldwater Rd. (260) 483-2119

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

SAVE THE DATE! GearFest 2017 June 23 and 24

Giveaways • Workshops • Deals and More! 5501 US Hwy 30 W • Fort Wayne, IN 46818 • (800) 222-4700

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Sweetwater SEE AD ON PAGE 47

Welcome to Sweetwater, the country’s largest online retailer of musical instruments and studio gear. The campus is a dream destination for music lovers. Browse and play in the Sweetwater Music Store, which boasts the nation’s largest inventory of instruments and gear under one roof. Check out the free arcade, and enjoy games like virtual golf, Skee-ball, pinball, and much more. You can grab a bite in the award-winning Downbeat Diner or perhaps a gourmet coffee drink and a tasty treat at the Crescendo Café. And no visit to Sweetwater is complete without a twisty spin down the two-story slide!

The Olive Twist Covington Plaza A culinary boutique specializing in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Enjoy tasting some of the freshest quality olive oil from around the world and aged balsamic vinegar. Share recipes while shopping for delicious specialty gourmet food and locally made gifts. 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 7A (260) 436-3866

Antiques on Broadway Antique Mall 1115 Broadway, 46805 260-422-6505 Mercantile on Main 1753 W Main St, 46808 260-420-5656 Nature’s Corner Antique Mall 2307 Spy Run Ave, 46805 260-483-5236 The Wood Shack “We recycle old homes!” 444 W Baker St at Fairfield 46802 • 260-424-2093 Vintage Treasures 625 W Coliseum Blvd, 46808 260-482-9455

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5501 US Hwy 30 W • (260) 432-8176

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What is your favorite Fort Wayne activity?

What’s Fort Wayne’s best-kept secret?

Fort Wayne Komets

Well… obviously, NOTHING compares to Komet Hockey from October through May! But in the summer, I like to hang out with some of the other “birds” at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

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Fort Wayne Mad Ants The Mad Ants, of course! The Fort Wayne Mad Ants have been in Fort Wayne for 10 years and are owned and operated by the Indiana Pacers, under the direction of Larry Bird. Visitors can expect to see top quality basketball and great Ant-ertainment.

Johnny TinCap

Fort Wayne TinCaps What’s your favorite cold-weather activity in Fort Wayne? The Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park is a great family tradition, as well as strolling through downtown to see all of the Christmas decorations and lights.


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. Lucky for you, the biggest challenge is deciding where to go—we guarantee that you’ll leave satisfied!



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

Asakusa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Bandido’s Mexican Restaurant


A local favorite, Bandidos is a fresh approach to Mexican food. Delicious Mexican dishes made with thoughtfully sourced ingredients, cooked from scratch. Premium hand-squeezed margaritas, meats are slow-cooked, fresh made daily. Come taste the difference at Bandidos.

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, tempura and hibachi (Jefferson location only). A tradition for fourteen years and counting. 6224 Lima Rd. • (260) 490-6888 6401 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-9888


4122 Lima Rd. • (260) 482-9497 7510 Winchester Rd. • (260) 478-1587 8230 Glencarin Blvd. • (260) 969-2763 6536 E. State Blvd. • (260) 749-0485

Enjoy their delicious Chickfil-A® Chicken sandwiches, fresh squeezed lemonade and handspun milkshakes. Catering menu available. Closed on Sundays. 1725 Apple Glen Blvd. (260) 436-8203 Open: Mon-Sat 6:30am-10pm. 4201 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 482-5993 Open: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm

Cindy’s Diner

816 Pint & Slice Fort Wayne’s newest tradition! 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! “So, what’ll it be; our place or yours?” 816 Calhoun St. • (260) 423-6600


BakerStreet Steakhouse

CASA Ristoranti Italiano

BakerStreet is the perfect destination to enjoy a big city atmosphere, attentive service and a culinary staff dedicated to excellence. Enjoy the best steaks in Fort Wayne, try one of our exquisite seafood options, or visit our website and see what our weekly features are!


4820 N. Clinton St. • (260) 484-3300

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

Murphy’s Donuts!

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


Mon-Sat 6 am to 2 pm • Sun 7 am to 2 pm Corner of W Berry St & Maiden Lane • (260) 422-1957 50 I VisitFortWayne I 2017

Voted Fort Wayne’s #1 Italian Restaurant. Family owned & operated since 1977. Casa’s menu features authentic Italian specialties like linguini tutto mare, lasagna, chicken palermo, fettuccine carbonara and the well renowned original Casaburo salad. Large portions & family friendly 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

Authentic ‘50s diner. “We serve the whole world, 15 at a time!” Breakfast served any time, featuring the world famous “Garbage.” Traditional diner lunch items like hamburgers, grilled sandwiches, french fries and milkshakes. A local favorite! Mon-Sat 6am-2pm, Sun 7am-2pm. Cash and credit cards accepted. 230 W. Berry St. • (260) 422-1957

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“ B e s t M e x ica n Re s ta urant ” 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, 100 premium Tequilas and outside dining on our deck have made el Azteca a local favorite.

January 10-21, 2018 Each January, Fort Wayne celebrates the tastes of Fort Wayne through our restaurant week: Savor Fort Wayne. During Savor Fort Wayne you can enjoy special value menu deals at over 40 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

Asakusa Asakusa Asakusa Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

535 E. State Blvd. • 260-482-2172

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar


Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Now Serving Hibachi at our 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Jefferson Blvd. location. “Best Japanese Sushi Happy Hour Sushi Restaurant” Now Serving Hibachi at our 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Now Serving Hibachi at our 6401 W. Jefferson, Fort Wayne, IN our 46804 Jefferson Blvd. location. Japanese Sushi Restaurant” Now Serving Hibachi at Monday - Friday 2:30-4:00pm “Best“Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant” Sushi Happy 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Hour 6224 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 (Jefferson Location Only) Jefferson Blvd. 6401 W. Jefferson, Fortlocation. Wayne, IN 46804 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Monday - Friday 2:30-4:00pm Jefferson Blvd. location. “Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant”

6224 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 (Jefferson Location Only) Sushi Happy Hour 6401 W. Jefferson, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 64016224 W. Jefferson, FortWayne, Wayne,IN IN 46804 Monday -(Jefferson Friday 2:30-4:00pm Lima Rd, Fort 46818 Location Only) 6224 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 (Jefferson Location Only)

Sushi Happy Monday - FridayHour 2:30-4:00pm

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Voted Fort Wayne’s #1 Italian Restaurant

Club Soda

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island


Sizzling steaks, cool jazz and commodious cocktails. Club Soda is proof that there is intelligent nightlife out there. 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


Family-owned, Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island Wiener Stand has been serving generations of loyal customers since 1914. Enjoy the legendary “Coney Dog” on its steamed bun, savory mustard, secret sauce and hand chopped onions. 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

Family Owned & Operated Since 1977

Columbia Street West Bourbon Street Hideaway A Fort Wayne favorite for over 25 years. Open: Tues-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.

Dine In & Carryout Casa Ristorante Italiano 4111 Parnell Ave. • 260-483-0202

= Casa Grille

411 East Dupont Rd. • 260-490-4745


135 W. Columbia St. (260) 422-5055 (260) 422-7500

Cookie Cottage SEE AD ON PAGE 55

A family business specializing in original recipe and customized cookies. Cookie Cottage offers top-quality products in a homelike atmosphere. Cookies are available in-store. Delivery and out-of-town online shipping now available. Confectionately Yours, Cookie Cottage. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Located at Jo-Ann Plaza off Coldwater Rd. 508 Noble Dr. • (260) 471-6678

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


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

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Culver’s Butterburgers and Frozen Custard

Duesy’s Sports Bar at Hotel Fort Wayne

el Azteca Mexican Restaurant

Don Hall’s Restaurants





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.

All you want in a sports bargreat food and 27 big screen televisions! Try the bacon and blue cheese bison burger, smoked wings, flatbreads, pulled pork sandwich and many other favorites sure to please. Daily food and drink specials. Open 11 AM-11PM daily.

We have served Fort Wayne’s finest Mexican food for over 40 years within the cozy confines of our 1901 vintage house. With over 100 premium tequilas at our bar, we are famous for our tequila platters and fresh squeezed margaritas.

Fort Wayne’s local favorite for 70 years. Offering Fine Dining at these locations:

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

535 E. State Blvd. • (260) 482-2172

305 E. Washington Center Rd. (260) 483-5681

Takaoka of Japan 305 E. Superior St. • (260) 424-3183 The Factory 5811 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 484-8693 The Guesthouse Grill 1313 W. Washington Center 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

Golden Corral Eddie Merlot’s


Fort Wayne’s largest craft beer selection featuring over 23 varieties on tap. All our modern classic dishes are made in house, and most can be made gluten free or vegan. We serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, specialty coffee drinks and desserts.

Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood starts with U.S.D.A. Prime Beef. Choose from 70 wines by the glass and an extensive reserve wine collection. With a contemporary but elegant atmosphere, guests can have fun and relax, while dressed in business or casual attire. 1502 S. Illinois Rd. • (260) 459-2222

Our new location continues to offer home-style buffet favorites (such as pot roast, fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and steamed vegetables), plus new culinary innovations like made to order Premium Salads, Paninis, cook-toorder steaks and seafood daily. Sunrise Breakfast Buffet Fri-Sun 7:30 -11:00 a.m. Large Groups and Buses Welcomed! 5335 Distribution Dr. (260) 480-0193

814 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 423-3595

Henry’s A Fort Wayne favorite offering outstanding atmosphere, friendly service and unique tasty dishes. Enjoy our daily specials, Friday prime rib and Saturday seafood special. Family owned and operated since 1959. Full food service 4pm until midnight. Five blocks west of Downtown on Main St. 21 and over. 536 W. Main St. • (260) 426-0531

Sculpture with Purpose Did you know that 50 new sculptural bike racks are located throughout downtown Fort Wayne – creating a citywide public art project that also serves a practical purpose for bike enthusiasts! Each one features a completely unique design and serves as a functional bike rack.

Stop by the Visitors Center at 927 S. Harrison to pick up a map of all 50 locations, or download one online at to participate in a “sculpture hunt” and find all of these amazing pieces of artwork.

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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.

Visit Culver’s of Fort Wayne: North




1425 W Washington Ctr. Rd. Exit 311B, I-69 (260) 456-7890 6527 W Jefferson BlvdUS 24 W, Exit 302, I-69 (260) 432-4111

3510 E Dupont Rd. Exit 316, I-69 (206) 482-4466 6026 Stellhorn Rd. at Maplecrest (260) 755-5256

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Hoppy Gnome

Liberty Diner

Enjoy the legendary service, delicious food and welcoming atmosphere in this unique restaurant concept, specializing in an eclectic, made from scratch menu that offers tacos, tortas, and other chef driven dishes. A great selection of hand picked wine, culinary cocktails, and 40 lines of craft beer.

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. Open: 6am11pm, 24 hours on Fri. and Sat. Trip Advisor Excellence Award winner.

203 E. Berry St. • (260) 422-0070

2929 Goshen Rd. • (260) 484-9666

Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge

Naked Tchopstix


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! Next to Hilton Garden Inn at I-69.

Fort Wayne’s downtown dining destination. Open for lunch, dinner & late night! Offering a menu selection sure to please, from upscale meals to bistro style pizzas. Main Street offers something for everyone. Complimentary valet parking available! 200 E. Main St. • (260) 420-8633


8607 US Hwy. 24 W (260) 436-2211

Insider Insight J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House SEE AD ON PAGE 58

A wee bit of Ireland; close to Parkview Field and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. 90+ beers, hard ciders, whiskeys, bourbons and scotches from around the world. Traditional pub and housemade fare served in JK’s classic pub or family friendly Belleek Hall. Fáilte! 121 W. Wayne St. • (260) 420-5563

Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Jen Brown

National award-winning beers, craft cocktails, live music and a family-friendly menu; Mad Anthony Brewing Company should be at the top of your list for Indiana craft beer fun. 2015 GABF Gold Medal Winner for their Auburn Lager in the American-Style Amber Lager Category.

Visitors Specialist, Visit Fort Wayne

2002 Broadway • (260) 426-2537

What do you recommend to visitors? As someone interested in the arts, I often recommend the wonderful architecture in the Downtown area (Calhoun Corridor, the Allen County Courthouse, and the Lincoln Tower) and our amazing street art.

Where do you take visiting friends and family?

Cookies for Every Occasion

508 Noble Drive Fort Wayne


Visiting friends and family are normally taken to one of our historic restaurants, (Henry’s, The Gas House, Coney Island or Cindy’s). I also really like to show off our parks and trails system as they link some of the most beautiful areas in town.

What should visitors absolutely not miss?

Headwaters Park is a location that I highly recommend. It is a wonderful place to walk and it links a lot of different parts of the city together since it is a central part of our trail system. From Headwaters, you can visit the Old Fort, Lawton Park, Fort Wayne Outfitters, or Hall’s Gas House to get out on the river via boat, kayak or canoe. 55


O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

Paula’s on Main


Enjoy great food, drinks, sports and company! Enjoy Irish specialties like Bangers and Mash or Fish and Chips,or great grilled hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. We carry 17 beers on tap and over 45 bottled craft beers. We offer ballpark dining, catering and party buffets. Open: 11am-3am M-F, 10am-3am Sat, Sun; Kitchen open until 2 am.

The eclectic atmosphere is comfortable and fun, and the food is a local favorite. Enjoy lobster, oyster on the half shell, fresh cut steaks, chowder, salads and desserts. Try the fresh fish market and full bar. Party room available. Open: Lunch 11-2 MonFri, Dinner 5-10pm Mon-Sat. 1732 Main St. • (260) 424-2300

Penn Station East Coast Subs Voted America’s Best Quality Sandwich and six time winner of Fort Wayne’s Best Sub award. Featuring 14 Gourmet Hot-Grilled To Order Subs, Signature FreshCut Fries and Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade. Having a convention, tournament or meeting? Penn Station also offers deli-style subs, party platters and box lunches. 4916 Illinois Rd. • 260-449-9441 818 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 755-1257 6037 Stellhorn Rd. • (260) 755-3761 1125 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 338-2376

301 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 120 Harrison Building (260) 267-9679

Pembroke Bakery & Café

The Oyster Bar SEE AD ON PAGE 59

The Oyster Bar on Calhoun Street has always been a tavern, ever since it opened in 1888. The food is legendary. A short walk from downtown, USA Today called it a “Locals’ favorite, an innovator in the culinary arts, as well as personal service.” Daily lunch specials. Open Mon-Thur 11 am-10 pm, Fri. 11am-11pm, Sat. 5pm-11pm

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!

SEE AD ON PAGE 54 East State 3820 E. State Blvd. • (260) 483-9531 Canterbury 5801 St. Joe Rd. • (260) 485-7593 Northwood 6039 Stellhorn Rd. • (260) 485-1607 West State Plaza 1233 W. State Blvd. • (260) 426-4429 Pine Valley 10302 Coldwater Rd. (260) 489-9090 Coventry 5735 Coventry Ln. • (260) 432-6000 New Haven 1440 Highway 30 E. • (260) 749-9584 Southgate 4911 S. Calhoun • (260) 745-4926 Northcrest 701 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 482-1528 Waynedale 6809 Bluffton Rd. • (260) 747-7117 Lima Road 8311 Lima Rd. • (260) 969-2400 Scott Road Plaza 10080 W. Illinois Rd (260) 432-3777

300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7220

1830 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 744-9490

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Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne

The Party is always on. Ballpark dining outside, your favorite games inside. Harrison Building 301 W. Jefferson Blvd 260-267-9679 Across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center by Parkview Field

Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant Serving a healthy and tasty authentic Ethiopian vegetarian combination dish and for meat lovers - beef and lamb. The Ethiopian coffee ceremony roasts the coffee in a pan and brews in a traditional pot - come enjoy this unique experience! 2805 E. State Blvd. • (260) 498-7862


Celebrating over 100 years in business. Red Mango Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies and Juice Bar

All-natural nonfat and low fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies. Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer to earn the National Yogurt Association’s Live and Active Cultures seal for healthy frozen yogurt. Try our NEW freshsqueezed juices! Next to Marshalls in Jefferson Pointe. 4120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite H11 (260) 739-3384

Shigs in Pit Barbeque Just voted Indiana’s Best Barbeque Joint! Shigs in Pit proudly offers everything from St. Louis Style Ribs to flavorful chopped chicken; all served with our own competitionquality BBQ sauce. Bring the family in for a meal their taste buds will never forget! 2008 Fairfield Ave. • (260) 387-5903

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 Shoccu Salsa Grille

Enjoy healthy and authentic Mexican food made with only the freshest, local ingredients. Every day we make fresh, high quality salsa, pico de gallo, and guacamole to go along with our authentic nopreservatives tortillas. Family owned and operated since 2012. Southwest 5735 Falls Dr. • (260) 209-5049 North 7755 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 755-6905 Downtown 2021 Broadway • (260) 420-5565

An Asian fusion restaurant with Japanese and Korean foods uniquely presented for your pleasure. Asian appetizers like Egg Rolls, Pot Stickers and Seaweed Salads. Teriyaki and Noodles entrees like Bibimbap with Hot stone bowl. Dozens of Sushi choices and bar service. Just 2 minutes west off I-69 exit 305. 9930 W. Illinois Rd. • (260) 999-4131

Toscani Pizzeria

Salud! Tapas N Tequila

We are a Tapas Bar with a Latin infusion of flavors in our menu. Enjoy our full service bar with an emphasis on our tequilas. Open Tues-Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm. Call or visit our website for reservations.

Serving delicious, homemade pizza and pastas with your choice of wines or import, domestic and specialty beers. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Enjoy Fort Wayne’s only authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Downtown. 120 W. Wayne St. • (260) 423-6706

5735 Falls Dr. • (260) 209-5048

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LET’S GO NAKED! Watch for our new food truck!

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!

Trolley Steaks and Seafood

Wine Down

A local favorite, offering four-star meals at affordable prices. Fine steaks, famous shrimp cocktail, we are considered northeast Indiana’s fine dining destination. Best Sunday Brunch 10-2; Tues: Wine and Tapas with live Jazz. Every Thursday offering live entertainment, half price appetizers and $5 martinis!

A new, locally-owned casual fine dining establishment, Wine Down features state of the art machines giving you the ability to sample several varietals of wine. Wine Down also boasts a full bar with craft beers and specialty cocktails. The food includes both tapas-style small plates and large entrée options. Open 4 pm- 11 pm Monday-Thursday, 4 pm- 1 am Friday and Saturday.

2898 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 490-4322

301 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 100 (260) 755-1019

8607 US Hwy 24 West • (260)436-2211

Broadripple • Keystone • Indy Airport • Hoosier Park

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.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill SEE AD ON PAGE 59

Savory Brazilian cuisine carefully prepared over open flame rotisserie grills. Churrasco (shoeHAS-ko) is a delicious fusion of South American and European cultures. All of the fresh meats and vegetables are carefully selected, artfully seasoned and slowly grilled over wood-fired grills. Catering, party platters and box lunches available. Private room available. Large groups welcome. Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays.

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

4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-4433

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“Locals’ Favorite!” –USA Today

Serious Food in a Casual Atmosphere

1830 S. Calhoun • 260-744-9490

Insider Insight

Jenniffer Jordan

Visual Merchandising Communications Manager, Vera Bradley

What Fort Wayne festival would you recommend to visitors? My favorite Fort Wayne festival is the Three Rivers Festival. I love the Chalk Walk, music, art, food, and fireworks.

What is a signature Fort Wayne experience? A signature Fort Wayne experience is shopping at local stores, especially at the Vera Bradley store at Jefferson Pointe, of course!



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, homemade pork skins • Live music Friday nights Located inside Hotel Fort Wayne Open 11am-11pm 7 Days a week or later for sporting events. • •

305 E Washington Center Rd • 260.483.5681

Newly Remodeled Casual fine dining • Hand-cut steaks, BBQ and fresh seafood • Open Breakfast and Dinner daily •

Mitchell’s Sports & Neighborhood Grill

Early Birds Ultra Lounge and The OC SEE AD ON PAGE 60

Upscale sophisticated nightlife with VIP service, concerts and so much more. The OC is Fort Wayne’s biggest outdoor party patio. It will take you to a whole new level of nightlife, with live entertainment, cocktails and so much more. 4201 N. Wells St. • (260) 483-1979

Great food, craft beer, local favorite for sports, the brand new location features our famous pizza, hand-cut steaks and the popular Mitchell’s Burger and Fries. Over 50 ice cold bottled brews with over 45 HD flat screens and our 20-foot jumbo screen. Mon-Thur 4pmclose,Fri-Sun 11am-close. 6179 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 387-5063

Located inside Hotel Fort Wayne

305 E Washington Center Rd • 260.484.0411 Flashback on the Landing SEE AD ON PAGE 60

Fort Wayne’s only Retro Dance club with multi levels, two full service bars and elevated and lighted dance floor. Whammy award winner for “best dance club.” Open: every Friday and Saturday night. Best in 70s, 80s, 90s and today!!! 118 W. Columbia St. • (260) 422-5292

Rudy’s Wine, Chocolate and Cigars A unique meeting place in a historic Victorian home next to Parkview Field, serving Indiana wines and beers and DeBrand Fine Chocolates. Non-smoking inside, but cigar aficionados can pick from a large selection of fine cigars and smoke on the large rear patio. 409 W. Brackenridge (260) 451-0115 VisitFortWayne Find Visit Fort Wayne on Instagram to get inspired for an upcoming visit to our city, and don’t forget to tag your #myfortwayne photos!

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We know that you’re looking for a relaxing hotel with all of the comfort and amenities of home, at a price that fits your budget. With over 45 choices, from luxurious full-service hotels to family favorites, we have just the place for you to relax, unwind and take a dip in the pool! And now, you can even book online! Visit us at, and we’ll help you find the right room for your next getaway!




Beside Still Waters A restored 1850s log cabin nestled among 40 wooded acres on a scenic private 8-acre pond. Private bedroom with king bed, lofted bedroom with double bed, fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals. No TV, internet or phone. Peaceful. 18017 Devall Rd., Spencerville, IN (260) 238-4040

BEST WESTERN PLUS Fort Wayne Inn & Suites North Exit 311B off I-69, near Spiece Fieldhouse, SportONE/Parkview Icehouse and Memorial Coliseum. Newly renovated, featuring complimentary hot breakfast with waffle station. Internet, microwave, refrigerator, 40” LED TV in all rooms. Indoor spa/ pool and Jacuzzi suites with fireplaces available.

Comfort Suites North Completely renovated in 2016 and located just off I-69 across from Parkview Hospital, near Carmike Cinemas. Amenities: heated indoor pool, complimentary deluxe hot breakfast, microwave/ mini-refrigerator in each room, fitness center and business center. All suite hotel. 3302 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 480-7030

5926 Cross Creek Blvd. (260) 490-6060 • (800) 528-1234

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown/ Convention Center SEE AD ON PAGE 64

Conveniently connected to the Embassy Theatre and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Spectacular views of Parkview Field and TinCaps baseball. Close to all the downtown attractions. Enjoy the onsite Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar…good food, good times, good sports. 1150 S. Harrison St. (260) 490-3629


Comfort Suites - Southwest Candlewood Suites Americas Best Value Inn 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


I-69 exit 311A. One of Fort Wayne’s newest hotels! Spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, complete with full kitchens, heated indoor pool and outdoor gazebo with grill for cook-outs. Pet friendly, free high-speed Internet throughout the hotel, onsite fitness room and free access to Spiece Fitness.

Guests of this Fort Wayne hotel will enjoy many full-service amenities, including free hot deluxe breakfast, free local calls and free weekday newspaper. Other amenities include a fitness center, six meeting rooms, indoor heated pool and a sauna. 100% smoke free property. 5775 Coventry Ln. • (260) 436-4300

5251 Distribution Dr. (260) 484-1400

Don Hall’s Guesthouse SEE AD ON PAGE 69

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


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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Our studio style suites feature a new, fresh, open layout with contemporary decor and comfort bedding. Our hotels 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.

Conveniently located at Exit 311B off I-69, near Harris & Raytheon. One of Fort Wayne’s newest remodeled hotels with 83 beautifully appointed rooms/ suites. Our guests will enjoy complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, 24 hour business center, fitness room and indoor pool/spa.

South 8309 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-1916 North 5810 Challenger Parkway 260-490-0500

6021 Lima Rd. • (260) 442-3040

Extended Stay America

Fairfield Inn & Suites Southwest by Marriott

The NEW Fairfield Inn & Suites features 91 expanded size guest rooms offering amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool, exercise room, & HOT breakfast. Complimentary shuttle service available. Located within close proximity to Fort Wayne International Airport, Plex Sports Center South and Lutheran Medical Center. 7737 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-1000

Hampton Inn & Suites I-69, Exit 311B, Enjoy our partially remodeled rooms, with complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool, suite shop and free Wi-Fi. Within minutes of Spiece Fieldhouse, Parkview Ice House, Parkview Fieldhouse, Memorial Coliseum, IPFW, The Plex, Glenbrook Square Mall, shopping and restaurants. 5702 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0908


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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

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A Refreshing New Stay Hampton Inn Dupont The newest Hampton in Fort Wayne, located off of I-69 across from Parkview Hospital, near Carmike Cinemas. Amenities: Heated indoor pool/whirlpool, “On-The-House” Breakfast, microwave/mini-refrigerator in each room, guest laundry, business center, meeting rooms. Various suites available.

• Conveniently connected to the Historic Embassy Theatre and Grand Wayne Convention Center • Spectacular Views of Parkview Field and TinCaps Baseball • A Refreshing New Break from the Old Routine • High Tech and High Touch meet High Style • Champions Restaurant & Sports Bar – Good food, good times, good sports!

3520 E. Dupont Rd. • (260) 483-3999 www.ftwaynedupontroadhampton

Hampton Inn Southwest SEE AD ON PAGE 65

Indoor pool, Jacuzzis, breakfast buffet, business and fitness centers, meeting room, Manager’s Reception Mon-Thurs, Hilton HHonors Points. Close to shopping, entertainment, attractions, restaurants and downtown. Shuttle available for corporate travel or qualified wedding blocks. 8219 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1999 www.ftwaynesouthwest.hamptoninn. com

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham SEE AD ON PAGE 71

Stay as long as you like and have room to unwind at this newly remodeled hotel offering spacious suites and fully equipped kitchens to truly make yourself at home. Studio and Penthouse Suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily and outdoor pool. 4919 Lima Rd. • (260) 484-4700

Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center SEE AD ON PAGE 67

Newly-renovated with refrigerators and microwaves throughout. 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

1150 S. Harrison St. 260.490.3629

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Hilton Garden Inn

Holiday Inn at IPFW & The Memorial Coliseum


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 US Hwy 24 W • (260) 435-1777


151 rooms and suites with a shuttle to the Memorial Coliseum, Glenbrook Square Mall, airport or IPFW Campus. We have the city’s largest indoor pool and hot tub/ spa and a fitness room available to you 24 hours. The amenities of a true full-service hotel including The Faculty Lounge and The Mastodon Grill. Breakfast and dinner served daily. 6,000+ sq. ft. of meeting or banquet space.

redefining what a great hotel value should be

4111 Paul Shaffer Dr. (260) 482-3800


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Where your satisfaction is Guaranteed!

• Free Hot • Wireless Internet Breakfast Buffet • Manager’s Reception • Indoor Pool and Mon thru Thurs Hot Tub • Close to Shopping, • Hilton HHonors Entertainment, Points Restaurants, • Fresh & Clean Attractions and Bedding Downtown • Fitness Center • Meeting Room • Business Center Group Rates Available for Corporate, Sports Teams or Leisure Travel.

It’s Not a Room. It’s a Residence.

8219 W Jefferson Blvd 46804

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

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

Located Off I-69 At Exit 302 Close to Downtown


• Outdoor Sport Court • Pet Friendly • Complimentary Internet • Fully Equipped Kitchens • Close to Shopping, Entertainment, Restaurants and Downtown

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• Short Term or Extended Stays • Apartment Style Suites • Full Breakfast Buffet Included • Manager’s Social Mon thru Wed • Indoor Pool & Whirlpool

Shuttle Service Free Shuttle to *Airport *Weddings *Corporate facilities


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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Hotel Fort Wayne

Hyatt Place

Located at I-69 exit 302, Hwy 24, this newly remodeled hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, high speed Wi-Fi, and Keurig coffee makers in all rooms. We are next to shopping and entertainment. Stay smart at Holiday Inn Express!




I-69, Exit 302. Enjoy your daily routine away from home in our residential-style, all-suite hotel, featuring separate living and sleeping areas and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily complimentary hot breakfast buffet and complimentary evening social (Mon-Thurs).

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.

With shopping, attractions and entertainment nearby, rooms feature 42” flat panel HDTV, sectional sofa, Hyatt Grand Bed, complimentary hot breakfast and Wi-Fi, 24-hour food and beverage service, Starbucks, beer, wine and liquor. Meeting rooms, catering, shuttle and group blocks available.

5915 Ellison Rd. • (260) 459-1888

8621 US Hwy 24 W. (260) 432-5100 1-800-CALL-HOME

305 E. Washington Center Rd. (260) 484-0411

111 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 471-8522 • (888) 492-8847

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Most hotels provide a place to sleep... we create outstanding memories.

Enjoy the Hotel Fort Wayne’s full service facilities, designed for business and leisure travelers. • • • • • • • •

Refrigerators and Microwaves in Every Room Complimentary Parking Gift/Newsstand Laundry Services Room Service Heated Indoor Pool Seasonal Outdoor Swimming Pool 24-Hour Fitness Center

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Newly Remodeled Red River Steakhouse Duesy’s Sports Bar 18,000 sq. ft. of Meeting/Event Space Complimentary 24 Hour Business Center Courtyard Rooms Available Concierge Level Rooms Available as an Upgrade Pet-friendly

I-69, Exit 312A 305 E Washington Center Rd Fort Wayne, IN 46825 1-855-322-3224


A Grand

Motel 6

Residence Inn by Marriott

Welcome to Fort Wayne Motel 6! We offer clean, comfortable rooms with great service and the lowest price of any national chain. Children and pets stay free. Expanded cable, Wi-Fi (fee may apply), free coffee. AARP discounts.


3003 W. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 482-3972


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, sports court, indoor pool and fitness facility. Pet friendly. Shuttle for business travel and qualified wedding blocks. 7811 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-8000

Quality Inn I-69 Exit 311B. In-room amenities: 40” LED TV with 4 HBO channels, microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, iron/ironing board, FREE hot breakfast. FREE local calls, USA Today (Mon- Fri), FREE high speed wireless, interview center and meeting rooms. Discounts: AARP/AAA. Rates: $80-$129. 1734 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 489-5554

Staybridge Suites SEE AD ON PAGE 70

Off I-69 at exit 302, Hwy 24 SW. Features 84 suites with fullyequipped kitchens. Indoor pool, whirlpool, laundry and fitness center. Free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast 7 days a week and an evening social reception Mon-Wed. Complimentary guest laundry. Airport Shuttle. Pet-friendly. Quality Excellence Award winner. 5925 Ellison Rd. • (260) 432-2427

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The Hilton Fort Wayne is Downtown’s premier full service hotel and within walking distance of major attractions, restaurants and entertainment. We offer: • Spacious guest rooms with refrigerators, microwaves and 60 HD channels • Complimentary WI-FI in each guest room and throughout the hotel • Over 6,000 square feet of event space at the Hilton to accommodate groups of up to 150. Over 100,000 square feet of space at the attached Grand Wayne Convention Center • Within one block of the Embassy Theatre, Botanical Conservatory, Parkview Field and the Genealogy Center

Super 8

• Indoor pool and exercise facility

Easy access off I-69, Exit 311B. 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 Glenbrook Square Mall, shopping, Spiece Fieldhouse, restaurants and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

• Outstanding restaurant, bar and room service provide great food and beverages • Complimentary airport and local shuttle service

5710 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0050

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

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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 View our packages online at - Turn to page 80 for our special offers.

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 160 people · Wedding reception & rehearsals up to 120 people · Complimentary airport shuttle (7 am - 9 pm) · Complimentary parking!

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TownePlace Suites

Oakwood Resort


Waterfront hotel featuring 77 spacious rooms and luxury suites, beach, tour boat, The Pier Restaurant & Bar, full-service Aveda Salon/ Spa, banquet facility and conference center. Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice award winner for best hotel! Great moments begin here!

Located at exit 311A off I-27, next door to the new SportONE Parkview Icehouse and Fieldhouse and minutes away from Spiece Fieldhouse, Glenbrook Square Mall and Downtown Fort Wayne. 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 www.towneplacefortwaynenorth. com

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Potawatomi Inn Resort & Conference Center - Angola

Holiday Inn Express Auburn SEE AD ON PAGE 70

Located at exit 329 off I-69, 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne. Minutes away from Auctions America by RM Auction Park and many museums. On-site fitness center. Guestrooms include FREE high speed internet, complimentary Express Breakfast, pet friendly and USA Today.

In Pokagon State Park, I-69 at exit 354. Tollroad exit 144. Overlooks beautiful Lake James. 138 guest rooms with two restaurants. Indoor pool, game room, library, gift shop and 10,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. Nature Center, horseback riding, seasonal toboggan and paved bike trail (rentals available).

Fort Wayne’s Answer to Food & Lodging

6 Lane 100A, Lake James Angola, IN 46703 (260) 833-1077 • (877) 563-4371

404 Touring Dr., Auburn (260) 925-1900

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84 Suites with Fully Equipped Kitchens 3 Floors Complimentary Indoor Pool & Whirlpool Complimentary Fitness Center Complimentary Wireless Internet Pet Friendly Complimentary Hot Breakfast Daily Complimentary Social Reception Mon, Tues, & Wed night Complimentary 24 hour Business Center Complimentary Guest Laundry IHG Rewards Points Airport Shuttle Quality Excellence Award Winner

5925 Ellison Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 260.432.2427


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Next door to SportONE Parkview • FREE Express Start • FREE Deluxe Breakfast Interstate 69 & S.R. 8 Icehouse and Fieldhouse, stayBreakfast in the Bar Bar Daily (7th Street) Exit 129 latest in comfort and convenience. • FREE Wireless High • FREE Wireless High This all suite hotel has full kitchenettes, Speed Internet Speed Internet free high speed internet, 24•hour Indoor Heated Pool • Indoor Heated Pool & Spa 306 Touring Drive exercise room and heated indoor with Patio Area withpool. Patio Area • Conference Center with • On Site Fitness Center Just minutes away from Spiece 3 Meeting Rooms to Auburn, IN Fieldhouse, Glenbrook Square Mall, • FREE Bright Side Breakfast • Banquet Facility accommodate from and Downtown •Fort Wayne. And two 4 to 180 people • Business Center Whirlpool Suites blocks from the•Fort Children’s • FREE wi-fi PetWayne Friendly Zoo. Stay where the action is!


• Indoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub

Interstate 69 & S.R. 8 (7th Street) • Exit 329 306 Touring Drive • Auburn, IN

260-920-1900 3949 Ice Way • (260) 483-1160

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Interstate 69 & S.R. 8 (7th Street) Exit 129 404 Touring Drive

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• FREE wi-fi • Indoor Heated Pool with Patio Area • On Site Fitness Center

Interstate 69 & S.R. 8 (7th Street) • Exit 329 404 Touring Drive • Auburn, IN

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Stay as long as you like and have room to unwind at this newly remodeled hotel offering spacious suites and fully equipped kitchens to truly 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 • Pets permitted

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

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Insider Insight Aimee Nelson Head Giraffe Keeper, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

What should visitors absolutely not miss? I may be biased, but I think guests should not miss an opportunity to visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo! As one of the best zoos in the nation, our amazing creatures will capture your heart from sting rays to Sumatran tigers to Tasmanian devils!

Where’s the best place to enjoy the arts in Fort Wayne? The Embassy Theatre showcases some amazing performances throughout the year. We enjoy the Fort Wayne Ballet and Fort Wayne Philharmonic performances!

What should visitors not leave town without? Visitors should not leave town without having the unforgettable experience of feeding our giraffes! Being up close and personal with the world’s tallest mammals is awe-inspiring. They love all that lettuce too! 71

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We don’t mean to brag, but we just can’t help ourselves. We’ve been named a three-time 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.

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Home & Garden Show SEE AD ON PAGE 17

44th annual event. Comparison shop for all kinds of goods and services for your home and garden. See the latest in-home design and products on the market. Ask the experts on your garden and lawn problems. Come on in. Think Spring! Fort Wayne Shows, Inc. (260) 432-1705 • (800) 695-5288

Parkview Health

Sunoco Mac Food Marts (260) 426-7676

APARTMENTS Apartment Association of Fort Wayne & NE Indiana SEE AD ON PAGE 73

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 a peaceful setting designed for comfortable living. 6101 Newport Rd., Kalamazoo, MI (269) 323-9484


Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus

Indiana Tech 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

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Indiana’s Multisystem Metropolitan University, offering 200+ IU and Purdue University degree programs to 12,500+ diverse students. We offer Division I athletics, cultural, intellectual, and social innovation, and meaningful community and corporate partnerships. 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 481-6100

IPFW Hospitality & Tourism Management Department (260) 481-6562

Situated in the heart of Fort Wayne’s northern medical district 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 meetings, conferences, and seminars. Featuring flexible spaces and top-rate technology, it is ideal for your next event. 10627 Diebold Rd. • (260)-470-2700

Lancia Homes has been building homes in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area since 1975. Our commitment is reflected in the quality of each Lancia home. Visit our office, model or open house to start building your new home. 9430 Lima Rd. • (260) 489-4433


Empyrean creates excellence through flawless event planning, exceptional service, modern design and sophisticated cuisine. Providing full-service, from-scratch gourmet catering and design services, Empyrean ensures the absolute best in Indiana and throughout the country. Experience the difference at the top of the town. 110 W. Berry St., Suites 2500 & 2600 (260) 444-4688

Gordon Food Service (260) 490-8518

University of Saint Francis SEE AD ON PAGE 36

Founded in 1890, in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers 80+ undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on campus and online. Home of 2010 Men’s and 2014 Women’s NAIA National Basketball Champion Cougars. The new USF Downtown houses business and music technology programs in the heart of Fort Wayne. 2701 Spring St. • (260) 399-7700

Lancia Homes

Empyrean Events and Catering

Make a Great Move!

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

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Baden, Gage & Schroeder, LLC

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CPA & Business Consultants

Better Business Bureau (260) 423-4433

Sand Point Living Interiors

ProFed Federal Credit Union


ProFed is a full-service financial institution with eleven branches serving seven counties in northeast Indiana. ProFed offers checking accounts, low-rate loans, mortgages, ATMs, VISA debit and credit cards, online banking, mobile deposit, commercial services and much more.

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

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Great loan rates? Yes. ebanking? Yes. Big orange roof? Yes. Bank with us at any of our five local, 37 area or 5000 nationwide shared branch locations. If you live or work in Allen County or any of the surrounding eight counties, bank with the best! 6601 Mutual Dr. • (260) 471-5544

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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 46711 • (260) 589-2145

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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 Ft. Wayne. 2210 Maplecrest Rd. (260) 493-TEMP www.employmentagencyfortwayne. com


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!

Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital SEE AD ON PAGE 75

Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (NIVES) serves our community as the only 24-hour emergency/ referral animal hospital in the tristate area. Proud to be the only Certified Critical Care Facility in the state, NIVES features boardcertified veterinary specialists in Small Animal Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology and K9 Rehabilitation working along side our doctors limiting their practice to veterinary critical care. We offer Purpose Driven Care in your time of need. 5818 Maplecrest Rd. (260) 426-1062

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Mike Thomas Associates Relocating to Northeast Indiana? We offer premier relocation services with agents that fit your personal requirements. We manage the process and facilitate smooth transitions. Full comprehensive services for corporations and individuals. 1020 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 489-2000 Ext 421

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Direct flights to/from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, DallasFort Worth, Minneapolis, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, New York City/ Newark, NJ; Phoenix/Mesa, Punta Gorda/Fort Myers and Tampa Bay. Free shuttle service to/from the parking lots, curbside luggage assistance, ample parking, short security lines and free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal. 3801 W. Ferguson Rd., Suite 209 (260) 747-4146

What’s Fort Wayne’s best-kept secret? Fort Wayne has a huge amount of family-friendly, free events like Make Music Day, Taste of the Arts and GearFest, where you can experience something enriching for everyone and not spend a dime!

What is your favorite Fort Wayne thing to do? Taking my kids to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a staple for my family. We’ve had a membership for years, and try to get there anytime we have the desire to “unplug” and walk around with our kids.

Where do you take visiting friends and family? In the summer, we love going to see the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field. In the winter, it’s “Go Komets!”

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Where’s the best place to enjoy cocktails? The bartenders at The Golden make an outstanding drink! Afterwards, I always like to stop by DeBrand Fine Chocolates next door for some gourmet chocolates!

What’s Fort Wayne’s best-kept secret? The Castle Gallery! There is a small art gallery a little west of downtown Fort Wayne, and it is absolutely amazing. You’ve got to go and check it out! 76 I VisitFortWayne I 2017



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