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What’s Happening With so much to do – any time of the year – Fort Wayne is always ready for a celebration! For a full list of activities taking place during your visit, search




And don’t forget to bring your appetite for Savor Fort Wayne – Fort Wayne’s restaurant week!

Celebrate the season of love with outstanding concerts and events at the Historic Embassy Theatre and Memorial Coliseum!

Get Green - Fort Wayne’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration includes a river greening, Lucky Charms eating contest, and more!

Bundle up and enjoy outdoor celebrations including Winter Cozy and Winterval!


Celebrate spring with the opening of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and TinCaps Baseball!

Kickstart your summer with our celebration of arts, music and bikes all month long!

And, don’t forget to bag a bargain at the Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale!


Celebrate at unique festivals, including Germanfest, BBQ Ribfest, Hobnobben Film Festival, Sweetwater Gearfest, Greekfest, Buskerfest, Dragon Boat Races and more!


Celebrate the past at the historic Johnny Appleseed festival – or look to the music of the future at Middle Waves Music Festival!

Three Rivers Festival celebrates their 50th year in Fort Wayne!

Taste the best food and entertainment in Fort Wayne at Taste of the Arts.


Celebrate the spooktacular at Downtown Fort Wayne’s Fright Night and Zombie Walk.

Kick off the season at the Night of Lights – Downtown Fort Wayne’s annual holiday celebration!


The HolidayFest celebrations continue all month in Fort Wayne – a great place to get away and make memories together!

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The Ultimate Family-Fun Weekend Discover a family-friendly destination that is home to one of the top ten zoos in the nation, festivals every weekend of the summer, hands-on experiences, and much more! While in Fort Wayne, families get the city experience for a fraction of the cost of most major cities. Start planning your family getaway today with our “Fort Wayne Family Must-Dos:”

1. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Take a walk on the wild side as you explore the zoo’s 40-acre park setting full of kid-friendly features, five amazing rides, and outstanding hands-on opportunities. Discover why the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is consistently ranked as “One of the Nation’s Top Ten Zoos for Kids.”

2. Summer Festivals Experience any one of the many culturally diverse festivals and events in Fort Wayne, and you’ll find a feast for the senses. Throughout the year, you can taste great food, hear exciting live music, and enjoy unique art from around the world. Plan your itinerary at

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3. Riverfront Boat Tours Fort Wayne’s three rivers - the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee - are an intrinsic part of the city. Get out on the water by adventuring along the river trails via kayak, or one of our many boat tours, headlined by our new canal boat, Sweet Breeze!



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More than just baseball, a TinCaps Baseball game has something fun for everyone! Parkview Field is a family destination in downtown Fort Wayne offering tickets starting at just $5 and fireworks every weekend game. A TinCaps game is the perfect addition to a fun, affordable weekend in Fort Wayne!

5. 100 Miles of Trails Discover Fort Wayne’s great outdoor adventures by biking, hiking or even kayaking along our 100 miles of trails. Fort Wayne’s trails connect you to many of our 86 parks, attractions, downtown, and more!



6. Science Central Perfect for a visit any time of year, explore science and spark your imagination at Science Central with more than 120 exhibits, including Science on a Sphere.

7. Botanical Conservatory Escape the hustle and bustle with a retreat to the Botanical Conservatory. The Botanical Conservatory will transport you to a peaceful oasis including lush seasonal displays, four outdoor gardens, a tropical garden with orchids and a waterfall, a desert garden, and more.

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Immerse Yourself in our Vibrant City

Fort Wayne is exploding with new adventures to explore! From downtown shopping and dining to unique festivals and events, we invite you to plan an exciting weekend getaway! Your urban adventure starts in our “Midwest Music City,” and ends with a memorable meal in one of our award-winning, farm-to-fork restaurants!


1. Main Street Arts Campus Activities abound on the vibrant Main Street Arts Campus. The arts campus offers you the chance to treasure the arts community, and is home to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Arts United Center, festivals, and more!

2. Hobnobben Film Festival and Middle Waves Music Festival


Looking for the perfect time to explore Fort Wayne? Plan your visit around a special event like the Hobnobben Film Festival (June 7-10, 2018), or Middle Waves Music Festival (September 14-15, 2018) a two-day destination music festival in downtown Fort Wayne.

3. Outdoor Exploration with Fort Wayne Outfitters Bring your bike (or rent one at Fort Wayne Outfitters) to explore Fort Wayne’s 100 miles of trails. Or, you can rent kayaks and canoes to explore the city from our three rivers.

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Take your taste buds on a world tour with cuisine from several different countries. New additions to Fort Wayne’s foodie scene include Umi and Shoccu (two new pan-Asian restaurants), and Gnometown Brewing, which offers a unique experience of brewing your own beer at Indiana’s first nano-brewery. For a taste of our local flavor, enjoy farm-to-fork meals at Tolon or Junk Ditch Brewing Company, or crunch into mouth-watering tacos at Hoppy Gnome!

5. TinCaps Baseball Game For an evening activity, grab your $5 lawn seat tickets to a TinCaps baseball game. A TinCaps baseball game offers a great atmosphere to have a good time with friends and enjoy the entertainment – especially on Thirsty Thursdays!

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Your next trip to Fort Wayne should include an exploration of our rich German heritage - in craft beer form! Set up a brewery tour at Mad Anthony Brewing Company, or a tasting at Three Rivers Distilling Company. Fort Wayne’s local breweries offer some of your favorite drinks with a little bit of Fort Wayne flair.

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Explore the nation’s largest online music retailer, Sweetwater, see a show at a beautiful venue like the Embassy Theatre or Memorial Coliseum, or add an indie show or summer concert series to your schedule. Listen closely, and you’ll find that we’re playing your tune!

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Fort Wayne’s

Murals 816 Pint N Slice | 816 S Calhoun St

Fort Wayne’s murals provide a glimpse into our history, culture, and character. Discover some of Fort Wayne’s public art on your next visit!

Brass Rail | 1121 Broadway

This wild boar mural shares the story of Fort Wayne’s history, paying tribute to the Native Americans who once lived in this region.

Old Fort Trail

1201 Spy Run Ave This mural not only features a lively frog, but also a whimsical hedgehog-like creature! Both murals were created by NoseGo, an internationally-recognized artist. Yis “NoseGo” Goodwin mixes fine art with a contemporary style to deliver highly energetic work. Many of his designs feature various patterns, vibrant colors, and distinct characters derived from his imagination and environment.

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To discover additional murals and public art all throughout our community, visit

Firefly Coffee House | 3523 N Anthony Blvd

East Columbia Street Mural | E Columbia St near the Three Rivers Apartments

Welcoming you to Downtown Fort Wayne from the east is the new East Columbia Street Mural created by local artist Jerrod Tobias. Known as the Metaform mural, this beautiful 300-foot display brightens any day!

Wunderkammer 3402 Fairfield Ave

MKM Architecture 119 W Wayne St

Hyde Brothers Books 428 Wells St

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• Browse the newest exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art with free admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.

• Share in the holiday spirit in downtown Fort Wayne at HolidayFest.

• Catch a free family-friendly film on Wednesday nights all summer long at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Movie Series.

• Browse the genealogy collection (the nation’s second largest!) at the Allen County Public Library downtown. Or make an appointment for a free personal consultation.

• 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 blooms in town! • Hear a free concert at Rock the Plaza, Saturdays at the downtown library, all summer long.

• Explore Kids Crossing, Taylor’s Dream, Three Rivers Junction, and our 53 other playgrounds. Or, splash at one of our 10 sprayground parks, open for free in the summer, starting at 9 a.m. • 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!

• 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 explore the animals and plants of Fort Wayne. • Discover more than 1,400 acres of Indiana forest on the scenic Cedar Creek at the Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, and explore many more public preserves available through ACRES Land Trust.

• Enjoy food truck fare and a free concert at Lunch on the Square during summer months in downtown Fort Wayne.

Explore Fort Wayne via our three rivers! Rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards to enjoy nature in the heart of the city!

Use Fort Wayne

Bike Share

(or rent a bike at Fort Wayne Outfitters!) to explore our 100 miles of Fort Wayne trails.

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While you’re here, make the most of the countless activities that your family can enjoy for free! • 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.

• 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.

• Go stargazing with the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society on Saturday nights.

• In winter months, you can go sledding, build a snowman, make snow angels, or feed the squirrels and birds at any of our parks.

• Visit the breathtaking Allen County Courthouse (cell phones and cameras not admitted).

• Take a tour of a music lovers’ dream campus, Sweetwater, the largest online retailer of music gear.

• 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!

• Uncover local food at Farmers Markets downtown and around the city. • 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

Tour Fort Wayne

offers segway rentals - another fun way to tour the city!

Nearly FREE • Catch a TinCaps Baseball game with $5 lawn seats! • Taste the secret recipes at DeBrand Fine Chocolates behindthe-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.

Downtown’s “Heritage Trail”

is a great place to start, taking you through the Historic Fort, Headwaters Park, and our riverfront development!


Personalized cookies. Mouth-watering cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

Luxury chocolates.

Pick Your Sweetness Fort Wayne is a sweet tooth’s paradise! Stop by any of these Fort Wayne favorites for the perfect afternoon treat. Cookies & Baked Treats On your visit to Fort Wayne, you can’t leave without enjoying Cookie Cottage’s delectable cookies. Their custom frosted sugar cookies are a Fort Wayne favorite.

Sassie Cakes, located in downtown Fort Wayne, offers beautifully decorated cupcakes, cookies, and even cookie dough cups! Our many classic bakeries each offer their own unique flavors. Enjoy Courtney’s Bakery, For Goodness Cakes, Pembroke Bakery & Café, Vanilla Bean Bakery, and more! 12 II VisitFortWayne VisitFortWayne II 2017 2018 12


If you are a chocolate, coffee, and ice cream lover, your sweet treat destination is DeBrand Fine Chocolates! DeBrand Fine Chocolates offers Fort Wayne visitors four locations to savor chocolates that are mouthwatering, and the perfect affordable luxury gift. For an extraspecial treat, take their factory tour. Pop culture lovers will enjoy Sweets So Geek, a Fort Wayne bakery that strives to create uniquely geeky and delicious cookies, cakes, chocolates, and (just about) anything you can think up. Check out this tasty celebration of all things geeky!

Doughnuts Made fresh daily, Rise’n Roll Doughnuts are a hit with any variety you choose! Think moist chewy doughnuts, covered with the best cinnamon sugar around.

Ice Cream Want a healthier sweet treat? Make a stop at Red Mango where you can build your own frozen yogurt bowl! Located in downtown’s most historic neighborhood, West Central MicroCreamery offers homemade ice cream, fruit pops, and more. Looking for a Fort Wayne classic? Locals flock to Zesto for their soft serve ice cream.

Or, savor madefrom-scratch, smallbatch doughnuts from Hetty Arts, a mobile truck serving some of the best specialty doughnuts in Fort Wayne!

For an extreme treat, take a bite of Just Cream – Ice Cream Boutique’s “Extreme Shake of the Week!” And, the rolled ice cream trend is making its way to Fort Wayne as well. To take a bite of this sweet treat, enjoy Sweet Monster Ice Cream.

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 Pictured: Middle Waves Music Festival

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Festivals & Special Events

January 10-21

Savor Fort Wayne Fort Wayne’s Restaurant Week January 16-18

Fort Wayne Farm Show Memorial Coliseum (507) 437-4697 January 26-28

Outdoor Sports, Lake and Cabin Show Memorial Coliseum www.outdoorsportslakecabinshow. com

February 10

Fort Wayne Boat Show and Sale Memorial Coliseum February 17

Weather the Fort Freimann Square February 21-22

Construction World Expo

Downtown Fort Wayne

February 24-25

Winterval Downtown Fort Wayne February 1-4

Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show Memorial Coliseum

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Memorial Coliseum

February 15-18

Memorial Coliseum

January 27

Lucky Duck Consignment Sale

Memorial Coliseum

Winter Cozy

January 27

March 22-25

WMEE Baby Fair and Family Expo

Fort Wayne Women’s Expo Memorial Coliseum

March 24-25

Shipshewana on the Road Memorial Coliseum March 1-4

Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show SEE AD ON PAGE 15

45th annual event. Comparison shop for all kinds of goods and services for your home and garden. See the latest trends in in-home design and newest products on the market. Ask the experts about your garden and lawn problems. Come on in. Think spring! 46th Annual: Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2019

Month of April

National Soccer Festival St. Francis University Field April 7

Fort Wayne TinCaps Opening Day Parkview Field

Memorial Coliseum (800) 695-5288 March 17

Get Green Wells Street Corridor March 17-18 FAME Grand Wayne Convention Center

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June-August Thursdays

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Freimann Square June-August

Rock the Plaza Downtown Library Plaza April 11-15

Vera Bradley Annual Sale SEE AD ON PAGE 15

Shop the ticketed sessions April 11-13, or the open sessions April 14-15, for the best selection of handbags, travel items, stationery and accessories by Fort Wayne’s own designer, Vera Bradley. Memorial Coliseum

June 2

3rd Annual Pedal, Paddle, & Play Fort Wayne Outfitters NEIndianaWaterTrails

Discover what tens of thousands of annual visitors already know: The Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show is a No. 1 Discover what winter attraction in the Midwest!

June 3-10

Germanfest Headwaters Park & city locations

April 11-16

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tens of thousands of annual visitors already

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Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Month of May


Downtown Fort Wayne May 5

50+Life Expo Memorial Coliseum May 9-13

Fort Wayne Music Festival May 12

disAbilities Expo Memorial Coliseum May 13

Mother’s Day Downtown (Spring Trolley) Downtown Fort Wayne May 19

Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Headwaters Park May 20

Cherry Blossom Festival Allen County Public Library

For additional information for exhibitors or visitors, know: please call (800) 695-5288The Fort Wayne June 4

Vera Bradley Classic SEE AD ON PAGE 17

Join us for the largest women’s amateur golf and tennis charity event in the nation. Includes golf tournaments held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club and Fort Wayne Country Club, and a tennis tournament held at Wildwood Racquet Club. Benefiting the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. Registration opens in February.

Home & Garden Show is a No. 1 winter attraction in the Midwest! For additional information for exhibitors or visitors, please call (800) 695-5288. June 5-9

New Haven Canal Days New Haven, IN June 7-10

Hobnobben Film Festival Cinema Center June 14-17

BBQ Ribfest Headwaters Park

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Festivals & Special Events

June 21-24

Greekfest Headwaters Park June 22-23

Sweetwater Gearfest Sweetwater Campus June 23

Fort Wayne Dragon Boat Races Downtown Fort Wayne

July 19-21

St. Joe Pickle Festival An old time festival that was named one of the Food Network’s “All American Festivals.” The 22nd annual event features parades, competitions, fireworks, food vendors, kids activities, live music and performances as well as tours of the pickle factory and more. Downtown St. Joe, IN (260) 337-5138

September 8-9

West Central Home and Garden Tour West Central Neighborhood

ARCH Historic Home and Garden Tour

Allen County Fair (260) 449-4444 July 26-29 June 30

Swiss Days

Freimann Square

Berne, IN (260) 589-8080


July 27-28

Pride Fest Headwaters Park

September 14-15

October 20

Middle Waves Music Festival September 15-16

Johnny Appleseed Festival Voted Fort Wayne’s favorite festival! Celebrate the life and times of John Chapman with period authentic food, crafts, military re-enactors, educational demonstrations, a farmers market and a special area for children. Two days of continuous entertainment on five stages. Free admission.

Victorian Holiday

Botanical Conservatory

Headwaters Park and other locations

November 21

Night of Lights Downtown Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

August 26-September 3

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival Auburn, IN September 6-8

Grabill Country Fair (260) 627-5227


Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival The Annual Fall Festival runs for six weeks in September and October on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The festival includes a dairy farm tour, great food, a corn maze, pumpkin painting, games, hayrides and fire pits. A family farm open to the public for special events and tours. Kuehnert Dairy Farm September 28-29

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Historic Old Fort

November 17-January 6

ZOOFARI Bites, Brews, & Beasts

200-300 E. Main St.

Fright Night Haunted Lantern Tours

Johnny Appleseed Park (260) 427-6003

August 17

Taste of the Arts

Fright Night (Zombie Walk) Downtown Fort Wayne

July 13-21

August 24-25

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October 20

St. Francis University Field

Celebrating 50 years, the Three Rivers Festival is an annual nineday celebration with over 80 events held in beautiful downtown Fort Wayne. The festival brings art, entertainment, education and community involvement to almost half a million attendees each year from the surrounding area. Create great memories with live music, the bed race, the parade, Junk Food Alley, craft and merchandise shopping, Midway rides, river events and more!

October 11-13

Downtown Fort Wayne

National Soccer Festival


1530 Progress Rd.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown

August 16-18

Three Rivers Festival

Vera Bradley Tickled Pink

September 9

July 24-July 29

June 23

October 5

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

November 28-December 5

Festival of Trees

Embassy November 20-December 31

Fantasy of Lights

Franke Park November 23-25

Festival of Trains Science Central November 23-December 9

Festival of Gingerbread History Center November 24

Holly Trolley Shopping Downtown Fort Wayne

Festivals & Special Events

What they’re saying about us... Mary Moore Raising Dick and Jane, contributor to Traveling Mom

June 4, 2018

There are some vacation destinations that my kids will simply tolerate and then there are some that they beg for! Fort Wayne, Indiana has definitely proven itself to be the latter – a city that is fun, family-oriented, and full of new adventures.

Bag a Bargain at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale 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 11-15, and will feature Vera Bradley’s famous quilted handbags, luggage and accessories at 40-60% off retail prices! 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 Call 800.767.7752 I I 13 17

Attractions & Museums

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

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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 crafts 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

3411 Sherman Blvd. • (260) 427-6800

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

Allen County Public Library The Genealogy Center

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


900 Library Plaza • (260) 421-1200

436 E. Douglas Ave. • (260) 420-0765

Science Central SEE AD ON PAGE 27

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

Cathedral Museum and Bookstore 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) 449-4246

1100 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 427-6440

CATHEDRAL MUSEUM: See hundreds of religious artifacts, some dating back to the time of Jesus Christ and Abraham. Open: Tue-Fri 10am-2pm. Free admission and free parking. CATHEDRAL BOOKSTORE: The bookstore carries a large selection of gift items. Open: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, 8:30am-5pm; Thur 8:30am-7pm; Sat 10am-2pm. Free parking. 915 S. Clinton St. • (260) 422-4611 museum

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.

Experience the best Fort Wayne events and attractions one video at a time!

302 E. Berry St. • (260) 426-2882

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Attractions & Museums

Bringing history to life for all generations to enjoy! The Old Fort is a historic education center located in Northeast Indiana – focusing on the eras from the Native American Culture to the Civil War. 2 0 1 8


January 27 Nouvelle Annee 1757 February 10 1812 Winter Garrison March 3 Revolutionary War Garrison April 7 13th Pennsylvania Regiment Drill 1777 April 14 Montcalm & Wolfe: School of the Soldier

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April 21 Early Modern Muster of Arms: Soldiers of Pike and Shot 1580-1610 May 4 Education Day May 5-6 Muster on the St. Mary’s June 9-10 Siege of Fort Wayne 1812 July 7-8 The Three Rivers Muster

July 28-29 Colonial America 1775-1783 August 25-26 Post Miamies 1754-1763 September 9 Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown October 20 Fright Night Lantern Tours November 24 A Christmas Open House

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

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.

Huntington County...Where every day is an escape.


Festivals 101 Celebrate Fort Wayne’s diverse cultural heritage at festivals like Germanfest, Greekfest, and Arab Fest. Taste some of the best food Fort Wayne has to offer at BBQ Ribfest and Taste of the Arts. Or, discover Fort Wayne’s three rivers at Dragon Boat Races, Middle Waves Music Festival, and the epic Three Rivers Festival. Plus, there are many other unique festivals to enjoy, including Hobnobben Film Festival, Buskerfest, the Covington Art Fair, Gearfest, New Haven Canal Days, Open Streets and the Johnny Appleseed Festival! Before you enjoy one (or more!) of Fort Wayne’s fantastic festivals, here’s everything you need to know:



Transportation – If you’re staying in downtown Fort Wayne, you can easily walk to many festivals or use an Uber or taxi. If you’re staying outside of the downtown area, a car would be your best option.

Dining Most festivals have food vendors or food trucks available for you to enjoy on-site. Heck, some festivals even focus on food specifically. If you’d rather skip eating at the festival, there are many dining options available in Fort Wayne.

Most of Fort Wayne’s festivals take place downtown in our Headwaters Park, or on our Main Street Arts Campus. Parking – If you’re utilizing a car during your stay in Fort Wayne, ample parking can be found in public lots, on-street, or in parking garages, all of which are affordable. Learn more at Items to Bring – Bring some cash for any purchases you may make at the festival. Food tickets, entrance fees, or souvenirs could require cash. And, don’t forget your license! Some portions of festivals are 21 and older, and you will not be admitted without your ID.

ENJOY Most festivals run on Saturdays and Sundays from midday until the late evening (or, even later for some events). Make sure to check the times and schedules as you plan your day!

Pick your pleasure at VisitFortWayne. com/restaurants. Other Things to Do There are many other things to do in Fort Wayne throughout the summer including summer concert series, food tours, breweries and wineries, shopping, outdoor recreation on our rivers and over 100 miles of trails, and much more! And, new in Fort Wayne, consider taking a tour on the new historic canal boat or an amphibious “duck” boat. It’s a great way to explore the city!

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

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

Grabill Hardware 13534 Main St. 260.627.2012

Grabill Country Fair 13717 First St. 260.627.5227, X4

September Grabill Country Fair September 6, 7 & 8

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Grabill Branch Public Library 13521 State St. 260.421.1325

Grabill Country Fair Road Apple Cruise-In September 29

Das Nolt Haus Amish Restaurant 12530 Cuba Rd. 260.466.4224 Grabill Inn 13706 Fairview Dr. 260.627.2719 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 20

First Merchants Sports Complex 14218 North Main St. 260.627.8943

2018 Events June Freedom Festival & Fireworks Riverside Gardens - June 30 on the banks of the St. Joe River Riverside Gardens – Leo July Grabill Chamber/ Amish Community Benefit Auction July 13 *Bake Sale*Food*Auction

November Shop Small Saturday November 24 Christmas Open Houses November 23 & 24 Retailers offer specials throughout the Christmas season December Breakfast with Santa December 1 Fundergong Building Santa Comes to Town December 15, 11am Grabill Hardware Parking Lot

Grabill Chamber of Commerce / 260-206-9354

Attractions & Museums

The Chief Richardville House

Historic Fort Wayne

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

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. 1201 Spy Run Ave. • (260) 437-2836

Mouth Watering Meals at Café Moose 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, Tues, Thur, Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-3pm. Closed Wed and Sun. 226 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-0051

Tag Art Fun Farm Enjoy a whimsical family, group, or party experience nestled in the rural countryside. Set on over 25 acres, immerse yourself into a storybook world of imagination. Options include a visit to the castle, “The Little Old Lady’s” shoe shaped house, the alien space ship, and more! 7629 Moeller Rd. • (260) 456-6999

Voted Top Five Restaurant & Top Five Appetizer of 2015 by Ryan DuVall, The Journal Gazette

Activities • Festivals • Lodging

Wagon Ride Adventure - 1800’s Gristmill, Alligator Island and more

Mackey’s General Store Gift Shops • Largest selection of Amish meats, cheeses, jellies and jams in the region

The Town of Grabill SEE AD ON PAGE 24

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

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11330 East 500 South • LaOtto, IN 46763 Just 10 Miles North of Fort Wayne! (260) 637-2372 ~ (260) 466-7741

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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

Auburn Auction Park


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. Spring: May 10-12 & Fall: Aug 30-Sept 2.

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.

5536 County Rd. 11A, Auburn, IN (260) 927-9797

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary 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. Find scheduled tours online or call. 1426 W. 300 N. Albion IN (260) 636-7383

1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, IN 46706 • (260) 925-1444

DeKalb County Visitors Bureau SEE AD ON PAGE 28

Visit our nine museums showcasing classic cars, trucks, aircraft, railroad and military collections. Shop antiques, downtown boutiques and specialty shops. Daily tasting at 3 wineries. Tour Sechler’s Pickles (seasonal). Don’t miss the world’s greatest collector car auction and classic car festival Labor Day weekend. 500 S. Grandstaff Dr., Suite C Auburn, IN 46706 (877) 833-3282

Huntington County Visitors Bureau SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 22

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard SEE AD ON PAGE 27


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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.

407 N. Jefferson, Huntington, IN (260) 359-8687

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Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second largest city, is fast becoming one of the Midwest’s most affordable, family-fun getaways, and it is easy to see why! Any trip to Fort Wayne starts at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Ranked on Trip Advisor as the 7th best 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 developing riverfront, and end the day with an action-packed stop at a TinCaps baseball game! And don’t forget to add a delicious downtown festival and times spent at mouth-watering farm-to-fork restaurant to your trip. A trip to Fort Wayne is easy, affordable and fun. What are you waiting for? Learn more at! 26 I VisitFortWayne I 2018

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.

Satek Winery SEE AD ON PAGE 20

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

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles

9 museums with collections of classic cars, trucks, railroad, aircraft and military history.

Ask about the

Museum Passport for discounts

ACD Museum

Auto & Carriage Museum

Auto & Truck Museum


Stop for tastings at our three wineries Country Heritage Winery (Laotto), Byler Lane Winery (Auburn), Hartland Winery (Ashley)

Country Heritage Winery

Hartland Winery

Byler Lane Winery

And so much more

Downtown boutiques, great dining, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Sechler’s Pickle Factory Tours (seasonal)

ACD Festival

Betsey’s Boutique Shop

Sechler’s Pickles


Arts & Entertainment

Make your getaway truly memorable take part in Fort Wayne’s rich arts and cultural scene! Whether you make art of your own, catch a live performance, or stroll through our art galleries, you’ll be making memories to last a lifetime. Pictured: Chalk Walk at the Three Rivers Festival

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Artlink Gallery

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.

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 unique art exhibitions and programming. Gallery hours Tues - Saturday noon - 7pm, Sunday noon - 4pm, Closed Monday. Find us on Facebook.

3901 S. Wayne Ave. • (260) 745-4364

300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-7195

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

Congratulations to the

Embassy Theatre – celebrating 90 years!

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

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

Celebrating 90 Years! A nostalgic series celebrating the Embassy’s historic past

Tickets on sale at the STAR Bank box office, and 800.745.3000


90 Years of Film We picked movies from the past 90 years—one from every decade in the Embassy’s lifetime. Presented by Embassy Theatre and Fort Wayne Cinema Center. Presented by Sweetwater and Chuck and Lisa Surack

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90th Anniversary Community CELEBRATION May 19, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Organist Mark Herman Vaudeville Stage Acts Black-and-White Movie Screening Red Carpet Arrival

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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 17-18, 2018 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center.

Castle Gallery Fine Art

300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7325

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

First Presbyterian Theater A church that produces community theatre. Our sixshow season includes musicals, comedies, and dramas which speak to the human condition.

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Presenting a variety of theatrical productions with an emphasis on Broadway musicals, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding local talent on and off stage. Civic Theatre performances have been a downtown event destination for over 90 years.

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

300 W. Wayne St. • (260) 426-7421

Downtown Improvement District

Fort Wayne Comedy Club


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! 904 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-3266

Fort Wayne Ballet Fort Wayne Ballet is Indiana’s only professional ballet company and premiere pre-professional academy offering training for beginners and adults through professional dancers. The Ballet has three main stage performances at the Arts United Center each season! Also a Family Series and ArtsLab Series.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre

Downtown Fort Wayne’s first comedy club brings the best comedians to Northeast Indiana. Located inside 2104 Fort Wayne, guests enjoy an intimate night of great comedy, drinks, and food (including our “almost famous” signature wings). Shows are Saturdays at 7:15pm and 9:30pm.

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!

2104 S Calhoun St. • (260) 426-6339

303 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6900

Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Heartland Sings

Fort Wayne Dance Collective is a diverse, non-judgmental nonprofit organization that offers dance and wellness classes, outreach programs, Japanese style Taiko drumming and performances throughout the year. Classes are integrated for inclusive education to students with and without special needs.

Heartland Sings, Inc. is a nonprofit company of vocal artists and ensembles based in Fort Wayne. Always striving for excellence and innovation, we serve Northeast Indiana and beyond with entertaining productions, cultural programming, and quality education in the vocal arts.

437 E. Berry St., Suite 203 (260) 424-6574

2402 Lake Ave. • (260) 436-8080

300 E. Main St. • (260) 484-9646

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

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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.


Unity Performing Arts Foundation

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!

World-renowned Voices of Unity, directed by Marshall White, is UNITY’s youth soulful choral program, which has won five gold medals in the World Choir Olympics and performed a mass at the Vatican in 2016. Youth 7 to 19, from all backgrounds, are welcome to join and experience character, artistry, and leadership development.

5501 US Hwy 30 W • (260) 432-8176

(260) 481-6719

2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 481-6551 Box Office: (260) 481-6555

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What they’re saying about us... Courtney Elko Summit City Barbershop Chorus

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

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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

Northside Galleries

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The people are friendly, the food is delicious and the attractions are family friendly. Downtown Fort Wayne is a walkable town with plenty for families to do. Families can catch a baseball game, paddle a kayak in the river, stroll the river trails, visit the art museum, smell the flowers at the botanical gardens, attend a show at the theater or grab a meal at one of the many restaurants or food trucks. Just a short drive outside of the downtown area, there is a cute children’s zoo where all the animals are viewable from a kid’s height; Science Central offers hands-on exhibits; and the Amish countryside and village of Grabill offer vintage and antique shopping.



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 DeBrand Fine Chocolates

University of Saint Francis, Brookside

Mad Anthony Brewery Tours


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 5608 Coldwater Rd. (260) 482-4373 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite #D1 (260) 432-5050 878 Harrison St. • (260) 969-8353


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. 2002 Broadway Ave. (260) 426-2537

Sechler’s Pickles, Inc. From genuine “aged in wood” dill pickles to freshly 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.

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) MayOctober. 2701 Spring St. (260) 399-8006 (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, trade shows, private and corporate events. It hosts the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G-League, the Fort Wayne Mastodons men’s basketball team and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls. The Memorial Coliseum is the area’s largest multi-purpose event venue with over 1 million square feet of space.

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

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Parkview Physicians Group Pavilions

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


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 DayLabor 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 50”HDTV monitors in every room • 100% FREE Wi-Fi in the entire hotel • Free parking • The Mastodon Grill and Patio Restaurant • Largest indoor pool in the city with a fitness center and hot tub/spa • 6,000 ft flexible reception space and meeting rooms • Working partnership with IPFW campus and the Memorial Coliseum next door • Airport shuttle

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

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Experience inspiring and fun science education for all people of all ages with more than 200 hands-on exhibits! 1950 N. Clinton St. • 260-424-2400

Bishop John D’Arcy Stadium

EXPLORE THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS Art, athletics and architecture to add spirit to your Fort Wayne visit.

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From kayaking with views of the city – to a budget friendly & fun minor league baseball game – to a larger than life, hands-on science museum, Fort Wayne just may be the perfect family friendly getaway that you & your family have been looking for.

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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.

Yolo Event Center A fully staffed event and catering facility for your wedding reception, anniversary celebration, corporate retreat or any other sort of gathering. The staff at YOLO includes wedding planner Angie Devaney. Spacious room can easily fit 300 guests and features state-ofthe-art technology, Wi-Fi and built in DJ booth. 4201 N. Wells St. • (260) 483-2929

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

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

Susie Bruick Sales Manager

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Jeremy Bugge A/V Technician

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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 ten FREE splash pads conveniently located all around the city: Memorial Park, McCormick Park, Waynedale Park, Shoaff Park, Buckner Park, Robert E. Meyers Park in Parkview Field, Kreager Park, Headwaters Park, Franklin Park, and Riverside Park.

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 9 am to 9 pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. For more information visit 38 I VisitFortWayne I 2018

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Sports & Recreation

Fort Wayne is rich with recreational opportunities to explore. Whether you prefer to get in on the action, or watch from the sidelines, you won’t be disappointed by Fort Wayne’s outstanding sports scene. In fact, 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! Pictured: Recreation on Fort Wayne’s Rivers

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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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Fort Wayne Derby Girls

Fort Wayne Komets


The FWDG have provided Fort Wayne with action-packed, familyfriendly competitive roller derby since 2005, while also raising over $100,000 for local women’s and children’s charities. Home Games: February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19.


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 moresomething for everyone. Voted Fort Wayne’s Best Bowling! 1414 Northland Blvd. (260) 490-2695

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 ECHL Season. 1010 Memorial Way, Suite 100 (260) 483-0011

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Room to Escape SEE AD ON PAGE 45

Fort Wayne Mad Ants SEE AD ON PAGE 40

As part of the NBA Gatorade League, the Mad Ants provide major league ANT-ertainment 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 11th season and are owned and operated by the Indiana Pacers. (260) 469-4667

Georgetown Entertainment Center Fort Wayne’s newest attraction that features bowling, bumper cars, a 4D interactive theater, an augmented climbing wall, an arcade, and bar and restaurant. The area’s only interactive theater has roller-coaster-style seats to experience the ride of your life. A great gathering place for friends and family members. Open daily. 6770 E. State Blvd. • (260) 749-9610


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

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 SEE AD PAGE ON 43

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

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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Gym Rats Basketball SEE AD ON PAGE 45

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 on our outdoor courses. Everything you need to play for as little as $25. Just 20 min. north of Fort Wayne. Ages 8 or older. See our website for hours and events calendar. Parties by appointment.

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401 Fernhill Ave. (260) 483-JUMP (5867)

6485 Merchants Dr., LaOtto, IN (260) 357-1560

SportONE/Parkview Fieldhouse

Putt-Putt Fun Center

The best of Fort Wayne from local insiders!

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!


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

A new 57,000 sq. ft. multi-use premier indoor sports facility: 10 hardwood indoor volleyball courts (or 8 indoor basketball courts), 8 futsal and 15 pickleball courts. Full Ortho Express clinic. 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

Sports & Recreation


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

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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 50 players for corporate team building, family and youth groups Special group rates ADA Compliant Facility

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Sports & Recreation

SportONE/Parkview Icehouse

Ultrazone Family Entertainment Center

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 23 years in business, ULTRAZONE is the Ultimate Laser Tag Adventure.

3869 Ice Way Dr. • (260) 387-6614

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

Zip Timber Lake Experience up to 8 zip lines and 4 sky bridges on our guided aerial tours. Introductory Canopy Tours and High-Adventure Tours available. Located at Camp Timber Lake- just minutes from Fort Wayne. Learn more and book online at 1740 E. 675 N. Huntington, IN (260) 672-3251

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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.

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Sports & Recreation

What they’re saying about us...

More than a Game

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

(260) 471-5270

Leah Yoder Yoder Toter Blog

New York, Chicago, Nashville- these cities come to mind when thinking of a long weekend with which to take the kids along. Fort Wayne? For the Midwest traveler, it’s definitely worth the trip! Not only is Fort Wayne close-to home, but it’s very clean and manageable for young ones.

Let the Begin!


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

1. Can you escape our real-life adventure escape games in under 60 minutes? 2. Test your memory and sleuthing skills in our Pawn Shop Game, FREE when you play an escape room, or just $5.00 per person otherwise. 3. Play our outside games at, a division of Room to Escape, to continue your fun.

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. Pictured: The Find




Fort Wayne Antique Dealers Association

Jefferson Pointe

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

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 theater and IMAX.


4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1160

Visit Sweetwater 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

Rekindle Marketplace Enjoy a unique experience in antiques and upcycling, also featuring online consignment for the public, annual live auction events, and a rough room that will feature furniture and antique items that can be refurbished and/or upcycled. 4702 Parnell Ave. • (260) 387-5485

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! SAVE THE DATE! Kamylle’s Spa Bar

Stoner’s Funstore


Your downtown destination for pampering. Massage, skincare, hair + much more. Our services and products make us a unique one stop for all of your health and beauty needs.

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!

122 W. Wayne St. • (260) 399-5874

712 S. Harrison St. • (260) 426-1100

GearFest 2018 June 22 and 23

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, as well as locally made gifts. Learn delicious new gourmet recipes by attending a monthly cooking class or enjoy a tasting tour. Please visit our website for dates and times. 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 7A (260) 436-3866

Vera Bradley SEE AD ON PAGE 83

Shop cheerful patterns and your favorite functionality! Visit us at Jefferson Pointe or

Antiques on Broadway Antique Mall 1115 Broadway, 46805 260-422-6505

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Mercantile on Main 1753 W Main St, 46808 260-420-5656

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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

Your Downtown Spa Where Medical Spa meets Day Spa • • • • • • • • •

January 9-20, 2019 Each January, Fort Wayne celebrates the tastes of Fort Wayne through our restaurant week: Savor Fort Wayne.

Downtown’s only Luxury Spa

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

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122 W. Wayne St. | 260-399-5874

When you come to Fort Wayne, you’d better bring your appetite! From the nationally-known 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! Pictured: Tolon’s Carrot Cake



800 Degrees Restaurants

Bagger Dave’s

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

CASA Ristoranti Italiano

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!

Founded in 2008, serving the best food inspired by the people and towns our restaurants call home. It’s a celebrated “local” place that serves fresh, hand-crafted burgers, Belgian style hand-cut fries, and local craft beers.



Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of housemade and imported pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and served in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.

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.

4010 W. Jefferson Blvd. (206) 459-6700

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

North - 800° Wood Fired Pizza 10020 Lima Rd. • (260) 490-0111 South - 800° Three Fires   5215 Illinois Rd. • (260) 416-0005

2886 E. Dupont Rd. • (260) 498-2082

BakerStreet Steakhouse

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?”

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

816 Calhoun St. • (260) 423-6600

Caliente Cuban Cafe Enjoy the classic Cuban sandwich and much more at Caliente Cuban Cafe. With bread baked daily, fresh ingredients, and food made to order it’s a difference you can taste. Downtown 120 W. Wayne St. • (260) 471-0900 The Original 1123 E. State St.

Bandido’s Mexican Restaurant Asakusa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar SEE AD ON PAGE 51

Taste the freshest, most delicious sushi Fort Wayne has to offer. Voted “Best Sushi Restaurant” since 2008. All your favorite traditional Japanese dishes from the miso soup appetizer, teriyaki, and tempura. A tradition for eighteen years and counting. 6224 Lima Rd. • (260) 490-6888 (260) 432-9888

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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. 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

Cindy’s Diner SEE AD ON PAGE 52

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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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.

Asakusa Asakusa Asakusa Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar


Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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

Happy Hour Sat: 11:30am-10:00pm Mon-FriSushi 2:30pm-4:00pm Now Serving at our “Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant” 6401 W. Jefferson, FortHibachi Wayne, IN 46804 Monday - Friday9 2:30-4:00pm years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Sun: 12:00pm-9:00pm Now Serving Hibachi at46818 our Jefferson Blvd. location. “Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant” Now Serving Hibachi at our 6224 Lima Rd, Fort Wayne, IN (Jefferson Location Only) “Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant”

Jefferson Blvd. 6401 W. Jefferson, Fortlocation. Wayne, IN 46804 6224 Lima Road, FortJefferson Wayne, IN 46818 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Monday - Friday 2:30-4:00pm Blvd. location. Sushi Happy 9 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner Hour

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

Cookie Cottage



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.

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.

235 E. Superior St. • (260) 426-3442

Located at Jo-Ann Plaza off Coldwater Rd. 508 Noble Dr. • (260) 471-6678

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 the Grand Wayne Center.

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

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

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

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

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

Casa Grille 411 East Dupont Rd. • 260-490-4745 Casa Grille Italiano 6340 Stellhorn Rd. • 260-969-4700

Cork ‘N Cleaver

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


Culver’s Butterburgers and Frozen Custard

Duesy’s Sports Bar & Grille

Features at the Hilton

Golden Corral



All you want in a sports bar- great food and 27 big screen televisions! Try the Burger of the Month, smoked wings, flatbreads, pulled pork sandwich and many other favorites sure to please. Daily food and drink specials. Located at the Ramada Plaza. Open 11am-11pm daily.

Enjoy great food in a casual atmosphere. We offer a delicious breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets, great burgers, sandwiches and salads at lunch, and dinner options that feature our chef’s creative menu of the week along with steaks, seafood and your favorite cocktail, beer or wine. Daily 6:30am-11pm.

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 madeto-order premium salads, paninis, cook-to-order steaks and seafood daily. Sunrise Breakfast Buffet FriSun 7:30-11:00am. Large groups and buses welcome!

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

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

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 50 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

814 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 423-3595

1020 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-1100

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island SEE AD ON PAGE 54

Don Hall’s Restaurants

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

5335 Distribution Dr. (260) 480-0193

Fort Wayne’s local favorite for 70 years. Offering Fine Dining at these locations: Takaoka of Japan 305 E. Superior St. • (260) 424-3183 The Factory 5811 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 484-8693 The Guesthouse Grill 1313 W. Washington 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

el Azteca Mexican Restaurant SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 57

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We have served Fort Wayne’s finest Mexican food for over 40 years within the cozy confines of our 1901 vintage house. With over 150 premium tequilas at our bar, we are famous for our tequila platters and fresh squeezed margaritas.

Congratulations to Three Rivers Festival – celebrating 50 years!

535 E. State Blvd. • (260) 482-2172

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Celebrating over 100 years in business.

WELCOME to DELICIOUS Specialty Sundaes, Shakes and Concrete Mixers! Our menu features over 45 palatepleasing items including garden-fresh salads, award winning sandwiches and homestyle dinners. Dine in, Drive-Thru or Carry Out 10am- 10pm

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

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

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3510 E Dupont Rd Exit 316, I-69 (260) 482-4466

6527 W Jefferson Blvd US 24 W, Exit 302, I-69 (260) 432-4111

1425 W Washington Ctr Rd 6026 Stellhorn Rd at Maplecrest Exit 311B, I-69 (260) 755-5256 (260) 451-2002


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

Liberty Diner

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. We have the best reuben in town. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open: 6am-10pm, 24 hours on Fri. and Sat. Trip Advisor “Excellence Award” winner. 2929 Goshen Rd. • (260) 484-9666

Naked Tchopstix

Nori Asian Fusion Cuisine


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.

Casual dining offering Sushi, Thai and Asian foods. Enjoy the unique mix of cultural classics featuring an extensive Sushi menu and Hibachi choices in vegetarian, crab, shrimp, Tofu, steak, salmon and scallops. Try the Maki or specialty rolls made to your tastes. Lunch and dinner.

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

2882 E. Dupont Rd. I-69 exit (260) 739-5387

F O R T W AY N E D E A L S Looking for more deals or great overnight getaway packages? Hoppy Gnome 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. 203 E. Berry St. • (260) 422-0070

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

With nationally awarded MadBrew, craft cocktails, live music and a family-friendly menu, Mad Anthony should be at the top of your list for craft beer fun. Locations in Fort Wayne, Auburn, Warsaw and Angola. Full catering and bar service available. 2002 Broadway • (260) 426-2537 (260) 222-6704 (Catering Hotline)

Moose Lake’s Cafe Moose SEE AD ON PAGE 25

Located just 10 miles north of Fort Wayne, this unique dining experience is set in an 1800’s style town inside Moose Lake Christian Village. Featuring Amish ingredients and recipes with a large menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Voted Top Five Restaurant in the region. Closed Sun and Mon. 11330 E. 500 S., LaOtto, IN 46763 (260) 637-2372

• 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, smoked wings and pizza • Live music Friday nights Located inside Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Open 11am-11pm 7 Days a week or later for sporting events.

305 E Washington Center Rd • 260.483.5681

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O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant SEE AD ON PAGE 59

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: 11am3am Mon-Fri, 10am-3am Sat, Sun; Kitchen open until 2 am.

Paula’s on Main

Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Fun, eclectic atmosphere where food is a local favorite. Enjoy Alaskan king crab legs, lobsters, oysters, wide variety of fresh and saltwater fish, hand-cut steaks, chowder, salads, and desserts. Try the fresh fish market and full bar. Party room available. Open: Lunch 11am-2pm Mon-Fri, Dinner 5-10pm Mon-Sat.

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


1732 Main St. • (260) 424-2300

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

Pembroke Bakery & Café

Park Place on Main Street Park Place on Main returns as a downtown dining destination offering amazing food selections that are sure to please everyone’s palate. Complimentary parking for lunch and dinner, Park Place’s menu offers fine steaks and seafood, amazing pasta dishes and more. Open Mon-Thurs 11am10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4-11pm.

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!

Famous for its sizzlin’ steaks and New Orleans inspired menu, this street-level restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining for 300 guests, private dining and event space. Located in the Skyline Tower in the heart of downtown with parking garage access. Opening in spring 2018. 224 W. Wayne Street

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

300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7220

200 E. Main St. • (260) 420-8633

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Red Mango offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, nutritious and made-to-order café meals under 500 calories. Fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies with fresh fruit and 100% natural frozen yogurt, are among our other healthy alternatives. We are conveniently located in Jefferson Pointe Mall. 4120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite H11 (260) 739-3384

Shoccu 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


Starbucks at the Hilton

Trolley Steaks and Seafood

Just steps away from the Embassy Theatre and Botanical Conservatory. Located at the downtown Hilton, it’s convenient and fast. Enjoy a hot breakfast sandwich or a tasty sweet today! Open daily 6am-8pm.

A local favorite, offering fourstar meals at affordable prices. Fine steaks and famous shrimp cocktail, we are considered northeast Indiana’s fine dining destination. Best Sunday Brunch from 10am - 2pm, Tuesday: Wine and Tapas with Live Music. Every Thursday offering live entertainment, half price select appetizers and $5 martinis.

1020 S. Calhoun St. • 260-420-1100

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

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 11am-10pm, Fri. 11am-11pm, Sat. 5pm-11pm 1830 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 744-9490

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Tucanos Brazilian Grill SEE AD ON PAGE 59

Savory Brazilian cuisine carefully prepared over open flame rotisserie grills. Churrasco (shoe-HAS-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.

“ 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, 150 premium Tequilas and outside dining on our deck have made el Azteca a local favorite.

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

Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

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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!

Wine Down

Wu’s Fine Chinese Cuisine

A locally-owned casual fine dining establishment with an awardwinning bar program and a food menu to match whatever style dining you’re looking for. State of the art wine machines provide you the ability to sample wines like never before. Kitchen hours are Mon-Thurs 4pm-10pm, and Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm. The bar rail stays open late until the last call is made.

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, dinner, vegetarian and gluten free items every day. Voted #1 Favorite Chinese Restaurant! 4411 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 483-0899

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

8607 US Hwy 24 West • (260)436-2211

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.

A Fort Wayne favorite for over 70 years.

~SINCE 1946~


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The Party is always on. Open Daily until 3am Full menu late everynight Sat/Sun Brunch: 10am-2pm Family Dining Harrison Building 301 W. Jefferson Blvd 260-267-9679 Across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center by Parkview Field

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“Locals’ Favorite!” –USA Today

Serious Food in a Casual Atmosphere

1830 S. Calhoun • 260-744-9490

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Dining / Nightlife

A SIZZLE LIKE NO OTHER. Coming to Fort Wayne Spring 2018.

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Mitchell’s Sports & Neighborhood Grill

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

Great food, craft beer, local favorite for sports, great food, arcade games and live entertainment. Family-friendly atmosphere that everyone will enjoy. Watch your favorite sports teams on over 45 HD TV screens including our 20 foot jumbo screen. Mon-Thur 4pm-close FriSun 11am-close. 6179 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 387-5063

Pedal City Beer Garden 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. Open year round. Hours: Mon-Thurs 3pm-1am, Fri 3pm-3am, Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-1am. 1215 W. Main St. • (260) 415-6167

Rudy’s Wine, Craft Beer, Chocolate and Cigars A unique meeting place in a historic Victorian home next to Parkview Field, serving Indiana wines and beers and DeBrand Fine Chocolates. No 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

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Lodging 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 50 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! Pictured: Albus checks in to the Hilton Fort Wayne



Americas Best Value Inn

Candlewood Suites

Comfort Suites - Southwest

Don Hall’s Guesthouse

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 highspeed internet. Weekly rates available.


Guests of this Fort Wayne all-suite hotel will enjoy a spacious room that includes a full size sleeper sofa, microwave, fridge, and wireless high-speed internet. Other amenities include a fitness center, six meeting rooms, indoor heated pool, free hot deluxe breakfast, free local calls, and a free weekday newspaper. 100% smoke free property.


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. 5251 Distribution Dr. (260) 484-1400

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. High-speed internet access, microwave, refrigerator, 40” LED TV in all updated rooms. Updated indoor spa/pool and Jacuzzi suites with fireplaces available. 5926 Cross Creek Blvd. (260) 490-6060 • (800) 528-1234

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

5775 Coventry Ln. • (260) 436-4300

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

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

Extended Stay America SEE AD ON PAGE 65

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


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Fairfield Inn & Suites Southwest by Marriott

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 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. 6021 Lima Rd. • (260) 442-3040

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

Hampton Inn Dupont

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 Icehouse, Parkview Fieldhouse, Memorial Coliseum, IPFW, The Plex, Glenbrook Square Mall, shopping and restaurants.

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

5702 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0908

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


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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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Make some room for a little fun

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.

• 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!

8219 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1999 www.ftwaynesouthwest.hamptoninn. com

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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

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

1150 S. Harrison St. 260.490.3629

Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center


Hilton Garden Inn

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

8615 US Hwy 24 W • (260) 435-1777

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.

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Holiday Inn at IPFW & The Memorial Coliseum

Holiday Inn Express & Suites


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. Complimentary airport shuttle. 4111 Paul Shaffer Dr. (260) 482-3800

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!

redefining what a great hotel value should be

5915 Ellison Rd. • (260) 459-1888


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Teaming Together to Cover All Your Hotel Needs

By Hilton

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

Residence Inn

Hampton Inn SW

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

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


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Homewood Suites by Hilton

Hyatt Place

Quality Inn



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).

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.

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.

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

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

1734 W. Washington Center Rd. (260) 489-5554

Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel and Conference Center SEE AD ON PAGE 71

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

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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

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

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Downtown Style and Starbucks Red Roof Inn

Staybridge Suites

We keep your comfort in mind and will always offer what you truly want – quality accommodations at the best value possible. Always known for the friendly attention of a welcoming staff that cares. Located near Glenbrook Mall, Spiece Fieldhouse and the zoo.


3017 W. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 483-0091 • (800) 214-8378

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. IHG Torch Bearer Award Winner. 5925 Ellison Rd. • (260) 432-2427

Residence Inn by Marriott SEE AD ON PAGE 65

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. Petfriendly. Shuttle for business travel and qualified wedding blocks. 7811 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-8000

Super 8 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. 5710 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0050

The Hilton Fort Wayne is downtown’s premier full service hotel within easy walking distance of major attractions, restaurants and entertainment. We offer: • Our new full service Starbucks store serves all of your favorite beverages and is located adjacent to our lobby • Features Bar and Restaurant showcases new entrees every week, in addition to fabulous steaks, sandwiches, seafood and more located in our main lobby • Spacious guest rooms with refrigerators, microwaves and 60 HD channels • Upgraded WI-FI throughout the hotel provides fast and continuous connectivity • Within one block of the Embassy Theatre, Botanical Conservatory, Parkview Field and the Genealogy Center • Complimentary airport and local shuttle service


to Turnstone – celebrating 75 years!

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

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

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

I-69, EXIT 302 • 8621 US Hwy. 24 West I-69, EXIT 302 • 8621• US Hwy. 24 West Fort Wayne, IN 46804 (260) 432-5100 • 1-800-CALL-HOME 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 120 people · Wedding reception & rehearsals up to 100 people · Complimentary airport shuttle (7 am - 9 pm) · Complimentary parking!

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NEARBY LODGING I-69, Exit 312A 111 W. Washington Center Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46825 260.471.8522 TownePlace Suites SEE AD ON PAGE 70

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 highspeed internet access, 24-hour exercise room, indoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. 3949 Ice Way • (260) 483-1160 www.towneplacefortwaynenorth. com

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

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

Oakwood Resort Wyndham Garden SEE AD ON PAGE 70

Newly remodeled. Located near the zoo and other major attractions, this full service hotel features 134 graciously appointed guest rooms, with plush bedding, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi internet. Onsite restaurant and bar, with a great breakfast and full menu available. Amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, hot-tub, BBQ area and outdoor fireplace with seating area. All rooms have mini-fridges and microwaves.

Waterfront hotel featuring 77 spacious rooms and luxury suites, beach with abundant outdoor recreation, tour boat, The Pier Restaurant & Bar, banquet facility and conference center. Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice award winner for best hotel! Great moments begin here! 702 E. Lake View Rd. Syracuse, IN 46567 Toll free (855) 929-2733 (574) 457-7100

5750 Challenger Parkway (877) 999-3223

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Welcome Home. • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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 IHG Torch Bearer Award Winner

5925 Ellison Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 260.432.2427

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

3949 Ice Way • (260) 483-1160


Welcome to the new Wyndham Garden Fort Wayne Enjoy an upscale full-service hotel for both business and leisure travel with meeting space, business and fitness center. • Completely renovated 2017

• 24-hour fitness center

• Onsite restaurant and bar

• Pool and hot-tub

• Great breakfast, menu available

• Meeting and event space

• Free high-speed internet

• All rooms with mini-fridges and microwaves

• 24-hour business center

Located near major attractions and shopping, just off I-69, Exit 311B

5750 Challenger Parkway • 1-877- 999-3223



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

Enjoy the Ramada Plaza’s full service facilities, designed for business and leisure travelers. • • • • • • • • •

Refrigerators & Microwaves in Every Room Complimentary Parking Ramada Mart Laundry Services Room Service Heated Indoor Pool Seasonal Outdoor Swimming Pool 24-Hour Fitness Center Pet-friendly

MORE LODGING Baymont Inn Suites - (260) 490-8989 Best Way Inn Motel - (260) 747-4950

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Duesy’s Sports Bar & Grille 18,000 sq. ft. of Meeting/Event Space Complimentary 24 Hour Business Center Courtyard Rooms Available Concierge Level Rooms Available as an Upgrade Updated Rooms include Wyndham Grand Bedding Package • Complimentary Airport Shuttle Service

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

What they’re saying about us...

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Andrew Tolentino, Dish Our Town Brenda and I had this date circled on our itinerary. It was our first night in what is considered the culinary hotbed of Indiana, Fort Wayne; and we were on our way to Tolon Restaurant. The beauty of Fort Wayne is that it’s a walking city and we can get anywhere in town quickly. We were running late for our reservation, so after checking into the Hilton Hotel, we made our way to the restaurant on foot, quickly at that. From afar we could see the signage which on it, had a depiction of a hog. This was a good sign.

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Relocation & Community

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. Pictured: Fort Wayne Skyline

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Home & Garden Show SEE AD ON PAGE 15

45th 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

Corporate Housing Systems A local company that provides premium temporary housing for families relocating to a new city, the traveling business person, or anyone looking for a comfortable, affordable alternative to a short or long term hotel stay. We make you feel at home. (260) 436-7171 • (800) 430-7171

Edwardrose SEE AD ON PAGE 73

APARTMENTS Apartment Association of Fort Wayne & NE Indiana

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


2811 Westbrook Dr. (844) 635-2787

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Three Rivers Luxury Apartments Situated in Downtown Fort Wayne – enjoy the Urban Life! You’ll find that the views are amazing from any style of apartment home you choose (studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, or a three bedroom apartment home). Enjoy the convenience of walking to amazing restaurants as well as great shopping and much more!

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


Indiana Tech

1600 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-5561

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

University of Saint Francis SEE AD ON PAGE 36

Founded in 1890, in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers 70+ undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on campus and online. USF Downtown allows students and faculty to collaborate in the heart of Fort Wayne. USF’s 16 athletic programs boast two individual and four team NAIA national championships. 2701 Spring St. • (260) 399-7700

Make a Great Move!

101 Three Rivers N. (260) 423-9511


to request a relocation packet!

Lancia Homes

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.

Centlivre This is a new beginning that builds upon the strength and richness of its past. Urban living in the heart of a vibrant city – an ideal blend of access and amenities, just steps away from downtown, yet secluded enough to relax and recharge.

Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus

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Empyrean Events and Catering SEE AD ON PAGE 36

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.

25th Hour Concierge

Sand Point Living Interiors

EP Graphics


Commercial web offset printer that will handle all of your publication/ catalog/travel guide needs. Printing solutions that work!

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. (260) 747-6362


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

Providing “if-you-can-thinkof-it” services when you are short on time, want a helping hand, or don’t care to do it yourself. Specializing in moving coordination/relocation assistance, travel coordination, wait services, maintenance, vacation watch, event planning and so much more. 111 W. Berry St., Suite 211 (260) 222-8855

169 S. Jefferson St. • Berne, IN 46711 • (260) 589-2145

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


Temporary Solutions

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

Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital 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


Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (NIVES) serves our community as the only 24-hour emergency/ referral animal hospital in the tri-state 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 alongside 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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Hightech Signs (260) 484-2600

Bankers Advertising & Promotions/Old Fort Specialty (260) 747-6161

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Trinity English Lutheran Church (ELCA) SEE AD ON PAGE 76

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 engaging opportunities for children, youth and adults. We’re working together to change the world, through Jesus. 450 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-3424

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Better Business Bureau (260) 423-4433

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

City and home tours

Full service agency

Over 100 agents in NE Indiana

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

• 1, 2, and 3 Bedroom Apartments • Stainless Steel Appliances • Heated Pool with Outdoor Grilling Area • Fitness Center • Secured Entry and 24 / Hr Surveillance • Bike Repair Station & Pet Washing Station • Trailside Market


• On Pufferbelly Trail

5818 Maplecrest Rd. • Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Sand Point Living Interiors is Your Partner in Green

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

Call or Text: 1-844-635-2787 2811 Westbrook Drive • Fort Wayne, IN 46805

260.747.6362 @Centlivre


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Jennifer Callison, Broker & Owner Mindy Fleischer, Relocation Director

Fort Wayne International Airport SEE AD ON PAGE 76

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.

Direct flights to/from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas-Fort 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.

9601 Coldwater Rd. (260) 489-2000

3801 W. Ferguson Rd., Suite 209 (260) 747-4146 Â


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Parks Fort Wayne Trails Hospitals Parking Bike Lanes Splash Pads

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DOWNTOWN HOTELS: Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center

MLK Bridge

Wells Street Bridge

The Landing

I&M Power Center Plaza



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America’s Best Value Inn Beside Still Waters (Cabin) 13 Best Western PLUS Inn and Suites North Candlewood Suites Comfort Suites North Comfort Suites Southwest Courtyard by Marriott Downtown See map on page 77 Don Hall’s Guesthouse Extended Stay America South Extended Stay America North Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites South by Marriott Hampton Inn and Suites North Hampton Inn Dupont Hampton Inn Southwest Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center See map on page 77 Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn at IPFW & the Memorial Coliseum Holiday Inn Express & Suites Homewood Suites by Hilton Hyatt Place Quality Inn Ramada Plaza Fort Wayne Hotel & Conference Center Red Roof Inn Residence Inn by Marriott Staybridge Suites Super 8 TownePlace Suites by Marriott Wyndham Garden

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Union Chapel Rd. Diebold Rd.

Diebold Rd.

Union Chapel Rd.

Riverside Gardens

14 5

Notestine Rd.

Chapel Ridge

24 Chapel Ridge

Splash Pads/Public Pools

Memorial Park

McCormick Park

Dawkins Rd.

Edgerton Rd. Dawkins Rd.

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

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McMillen Park, Pool & Golf Course

McMillen Park, Pool & Golf Course

Fort Wayne Trails (Biking & hiking trails)


McCormick Park

Edgerton Rd.

Doyle Rd.

Memorial Park

Doyle Rd.

Franklin Park

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Regular Room Rates, Thurs-Sun Nights 8621 US Hwy 24 W • Fort Wayne, IN I-69, EXIT 302 • (260) 432-5100 Please mention coupon when making reservations. Must present coupon at check-in. Not valid with any other offer, package or discount. Subject to availability. Offer expires: 1/31/2019

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67% Off a Crazy Pinz Experience Get a Crazy Pinz Attraction Sampler Pack (a 67% discount) for just $12. Package includes: 1-SkyTrail Ropes Course Ticket, 1-Augmented Rock Wall Ticket, 1-Game of Piratez Cove Laser Tag, 1-Round of Shankz Mini-Golf and a $5 arcade card (a $36 value). Must present coupon at time of purchase. One coupon per customer. Not valid with any other offer.

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WELCOME TO FORT WAYNE, INDIANA Get around like a local: Fort Wayne is home to 100 miles of trails, and has been named a “bike-friendly city.” For maps and bike rental information, visit

Fort Wayne International Airport has been named “the nation’s friendliest airport” by USA Today, and our passengers agree. With 12 nonstop destinations on four airlines, FWA offers convenient and affordable options. In addition, seven in-house rental car agencies can get you where you need to go! Navigating Fort Wayne by car couldn’t be easier – head to to print the maps you need!

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