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When you’re in Fort Wayne, visit the must-see Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, named by TripAdvisor as the 7th best United States zoo and one of the Top 20 zoos in the world. You’ll enjoy more than 1,000 animals, five amazing rides, daily animal shows, and hours of family fun! Plan your adventure today.



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You don’t have to go to Indy or Chicago to experience great shopping. Anchored by Von Maur department store, Jefferson Pointe offers restaurants, over 60 shops, an 18-screen stadium seating theatre, IMAX and more! Go for a stroll, and be sure to try something new. Walk around Fountain Circle (go ahead, let the kids dip their toes), then enjoy lunch. Grab a last-minute gift, or spend the afternoon windowshopping. How about dinner, an opening weekend blockbuster, and the most delicious dessert in the city? Or, maybe it’s time for coffee and live music. It’s all right here. 4110 West Jefferson Boulevard D-5, Fort Wayne, IN 46804 260 459-1160 /


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Fort Wayne’s museums offer special exhibits all year long. Plan your visit around some of these great opportunities!

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Fort Wayne is home to the nation’s largest public genealogy library. Explore this growing hobby and discover your roots!

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festivals&special events Experience any one of the many culturally diverse festivals and events in Fort Wayne, and you’ll find a feast for the senses. Taste great ethnic food, hear exciting live music, and see unique art from around the world.


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CHALK IT UP Celebrate Fort Wayne’s thriving arts culture with the annual Chalk Walk on Main Street! Chalk Walk is a part of Fort Wayne’s week-long celebration, the Three Rivers Festival, where you can experience outstanding events, parades, foods – and chalk art in the streets!



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Indiana Bicentennial Event

April 13-17

April 9

Vera Bradley Annual Sale

Fort Wayne Tincaps Opening Day February 25-28

Parkview Field


April 9

Home and Garden Show 43rd 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! Memorial Coliseum March 12

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40-60% off of retail prices of handbags, travel items, stationery and accessories by Fort Wayne’s own designer, Vera Bradley. Tickets required April 13-15.

Shindigz National Soccer Festival

Memorial Coliseum

St. Francis University Field

May 8

Mother’s Day Downtown

April 23

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May 15-16

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day

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June 3-6

Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Classic SEE AD ON PAGE 8

The largest women’s amateur golf and tennis charity event in the nation. Includes an 18-hole golf tournament held at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, 9-hole golf tournament held at Fort Wayne Country Club, and a tennis tournament held at Wildwood Racquet Club. Benefiting the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

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Indiana’s premiere shopping event, the Vera Bradley Annual Sale, featuring their famous quilted handbags, luggage and accessories, takes place every year right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dates for the 2016 sale are Wednesday, April 13 through Sunday, April 17 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Why would you mark your calendar and pre-register for a sale? This is not a normal sale. The Vera Bradley Annual Sale is an experience! Both the sheer number of shoppers and the vast amount of product at the Vera Bradley Annual Sale will blow you away. There are rows and rows of displays – featuring items such as handbags and purses, laptop bags, backpacks and wallets. You will also find printed clothing items, eyeglass cases, stationary, office supplies and more – all in the stunning, bold and colorful patterns that make Vera Bradley items unique. And the best part? The sale features a variety of retired colors, collections and styles, and all items are 40 to 60 percent off regular price!

Vera Bradley fans travel from across the U.S. and beyond to attend this five-day sale. The first three days of the sale will feature exclusive ticket sessions for a $5 admittance fee, and the last two days offer open admission. Tickets can be purchased via You can stay up-to-date on this year’s sale by visiting the Vera Bradley Annual Sale online at www.

Although the Vera Bradley Annual Sale is well-established as our premier annual outlet sale, many other local businesses are getting in on the scene, including such local companies as: Peg Perego This international manufacturer of kids ride-on toys, high chairs, car seats, and strollers offers an outlet sale around Christmas, and a second in conjunction with the Vera Bradley Annual Sale dates every year.

cinda b Another local purse manufacturer, cinda b offers two annual sales that provide deep discounts on their luggage and accessories.

Gearfest Looking for something “for the guys”? Sweetwater is the largest online music retailer in the U.S. – headquartered right here in Fort Wayne. This June 17 and 18, Sweetwater’s Gearfest will bring nearly 400 manufacturers (gathering under 20 tents) to provide hands-on demonstrations of their gear, deals, workshops, performances, giveaways, and more on their award-winning Fort Wayne campus. Other past sales have included Matilda Jane Clothing, Arden Companies Outdoor Sale, and more. For more information on these and other outlet sales occurring throughout the year, visit Call 800.767.7752 I I 7

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August 18-20


Shindigz National Soccer Festival

Headwaters Park & city locations

Heffner Soccer Complex at IPFW

June 7-11

New Haven Canal Days

BBQ Ribfest Headwaters Park June 16-19

Hobnobben Film Festival Cinema Center June 17-18

Sweetwater Gearfest Sweetwater Campus June 23-26

Greekfest Headwaters Park June 25

Buskerfest Downtown Fort Wayne Freimann Square June 25

ARCH Historic Home and Garden Tour North Anthony Neighborhood June 25

Riverpalooza & Dragon Boat Races Headwaters Park July 8-10

Ikasucon Grand Wayne Center

July 8-16

Three Rivers Festival SEE AD ON PAGE 6

Founded in 1969, the Three Rivers Festival is an annual nine-day 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! In 2016, the Three Rivers Festival will be a part of Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration. Headwaters Park and other locations July 21-23

St. Joe Pickle Festival An old time festival that was named one of the Food Network’s All American Festivals. The 20th 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 July 22-23

Pride Fest Headwaters Park

Allen County Fair Allen County Fairgrounds July 28-30

Swiss Days


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Taste of the Arts

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Annie’s Craft Festival Grand Wayne Convention Center September 17-18

September 8-10

Grabill Country Fair September 10-11

West Central House and Garden Tour West Central Neighborhood

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, farmers’ market and a special area for children. Two days of continuous entertainment on five stages. Free admission. Johnny Appleseed Park





Fort Wayne’s Holiday season is nothing short of magical, thanks to our annual HolidayFest. Plan a festive getaway in Fort Wayne around the holidays! Between special holiday events and our great attractions and museums, there are countless delights for all ages to enjoy. Come downtown for the Night of Lights. On the night before Thanksgiving, downtown shines bright! Watch the traditional lighting of Santa and his Reindeer, along with dozens of other displays, and then end the evening with the grand finale fireworks at Parkview Field! It’s just the start to an amazing season of holiday events, including the Embassy Theatre’s Festival of Trees, the Botanical Conservatory’s Twelve Days of Christmas displays, The History Center’s Festival of Gingerbread, and dozens of others. Another great way to enjoy the lights is at the Fantasy of Lights. Load up the car, grab some hot chocolate and enjoy the drive through the Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park - right next to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Of course, with all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays it’s nice to sit down and relax! Whether you stop in to one of downtown Fort Wayne’s great restaurants while browsing the beautiful lights, or sit down for a bite after a day of shopping at Jefferson Pointe or Glenbrook Square, the “City of Restaurants” has a little something for every craving. While you’re in town you’ll want to be sure to take in a sporting event. Both the Fort Wayne Komets and Mad Ants Basketball are in action throughout the holiday season and are perfect for a date night, a group outing or some family fun.

November and enjoy the great local stores downtown Fort Wayne has to offer. We make the holidays easy and affordable with our outstanding hotel packages. From romance packages to packages offering fun for the whole family (and a pool to splash around in), you won’t want to miss out on these great offers. You can find a complete list at

Or get in on the action yourself! Hit the ice at the Headwaters Park outdoor skating rink, where you’ll want to make plans to skate under the stars. And, you’ll definitely want to bring your shopping list with you. Wrap up your shopping and discover local businesses with Holly Trolley shopping! Hop on one of the trolleys that will be circulating downtown on the last Saturday in

Celebrate with us! For more information, check out Fort Wayne online at, or call one of our Visitor Information Specialists at 1-800-767-7752. We’d love to help you plan a memorable getaway this holiday season!


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The Annual Fall Festival runs five weeks - Fridays through Sundays - and includes a dairy farm tour, 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

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Botanical Conservatory November 23

Night of Lights Downtown Fort Wayne

September 30 - October 1

Fort4Fitness Fall Festival Kids and Seniors Marathon: September 30 Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, 4 Mile: October 1 Parkview Field October 1

Indiana Bicentennial Event Torch Relay October 1

Chili Fest

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November 19 - January 8

Headwaters Park October 7

Vera Bradley Tickled Pink

November 23-29

Festival of Trees Embassy Theatre November 23 - December 31

Fantasy of Lights

Franke Park November 25 - 27

Festival of Trains Science Central November 25 - December 11

Festival of Gingerbread History Center November 26

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No matter when you are visiting Fort Wayne, chances are good that there is a celebration going on – Fort Wayne is a festival-loving city, and you’re invited to the party! The festival season officially launches with Kickstart, May’s month-long celebration of art, bicycling, music and theatre. Throughout the summer, dozens of other festivals come to play, including BBQ Ribfest, Greekfest, Germanfest, Riverpalooza, Busker Fest, and more! But clearly, our biggest festival of the year is the Three Rivers Festival, a two-week celebration of the arts, street food, and fun. TRF is also home to other unique events including raft races, midway rides, waiter-waitress competitions, Chalk Walk, bed races and more. The festival even kicks off with a parade and ends with a spectacular fireworks celebration.

In the fall, you will want to check out the period-authentic Johnny Appleseed Festival, where you can sample fall foods and shop the many craft stalls. In addition, Fright Night turns downtown into a scary spectacle each October! Another Fort Wayne tradition is the Night of Lights that rings in the holiday season on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Throughout the winter, visitors enjoy chilly fun at festivals including Winterval and Weather the Fort. Or, if you want a new experience, check out Hobnobben, the first-ever film festival in Fort Wayne, presented by Cinema Center. For more information on these, and hundreds of other special events and festivals, head to events – we’re ready to party with you!

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

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

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&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 getaway to Fort Wayne!





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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! At Science Central, the region’s premier science and technology center, you can explore science in motion, enjoy live demonstrations, swap your natural treasures, and view Science on a Sphere! Science Central is one of Fort Wayne’s amazing family attractions that combine learning, entertainment, and family fun! 5



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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: Tues-Sat 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 23-October 9, 9am-5pm; open until 7pm Memorial Day-Labor Day.

311 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6467

African/African-American Historical Society and Museum of Allen County 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. 436 E. Douglas Ave. • (260) 420-0765


1100 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 427-6440

Spark your imagination at Science Central! Explore 120+ exhibits, including Science On a Sphere, and discover great gifts in our Gift Shop. Open: Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12-5pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays during the school year. 1950 N. Clinton St. • (260) 424-2400

Allen County Courthouse A national historic landmark, the restored Allen County Courthouse boasts magnificent art glass, exquisite murals and intricately patterned tile floors. Enjoy one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture. Group tours by appointment Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. No cellphones or cameras allowed during business hours. Available to rent for your special occasion. 715 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 449-4246

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

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Serving Allen County since 1895, the fourteen libraries circulate more than 4,500,000 items. Computer classes, book groups and children’s activities make the library a destination for everyone. The downtown main library hosts The Genealogy Center and the newly opened tech MakerLab. 900 Library Plaza • (260) 421-1200

Providing downtown walking tours, including haunted sites, charter tour guides and historic home tours. Visit ARCH headquarters during business hours and tour the historic Rankin House for free. See website for special events or to schedule tours.

Science Central

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.



3411 Sherman Blvd. • (260) 427-6800

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

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

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception The Cathedral church was built in 1859. View exceptional woodcarvings and stained glass. 1102 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 424-1485


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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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January 23-24 Civil War Garrison

April 16 13th Pennsylvania Drill: 1776-1782

July 30-21 Colonial America on the Frontier

January 30 Nouvelle Annee: A French Garrison 1755

April 23 Early Modern Muster of Arms: Soldiers of Pike and Shot 1580-1610

August 27-28 Post Miamies: 1754-1763

March 12-13 A Winter Garrison 1775-1781

May 14-15 Muster on the St. Mary’s: A Time Line Event

March 19-20 Civil War Drill April 9-10 British Garrison (Seven Years War)

June 11-12 1816: Frontier Fort to Statehood A State Bicentennial celebration July 9-10 Camp Allen Muster: 1861-1865

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September 11 Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown October 15 Fright Night Lantern Tours November 5-6 British Garrison (Seven Years War) November 26 Christmas Open House

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

Want to know what’s going on while you’re visiting? 2016 offers many special exhibits at our museums and attractions.


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Magnificent Maps January 22 – March 2

This exhibit depicts maps, both real and fictitious.

Second Chances, a collaboration with Blue Jacket March 11 – April 13 Artists will be paired with exoffenders who have been served by Blue Jacket. The artists will create artwork to tell their stories.

36th Annual National Print Exhibition April 22 – May 25

This exhibit features a national call for entry of the best hand-pulled prints from across the nation.

Paper Airplanes June 3 – July 13

A visual representation of our membership, consisting of hundreds of airplanes created by our artists in their chosen medium.

The History Center 260-426-2882

200@200 Throughout 2016

A monthly series of virtual and physical exhibits featuring 200 artifacts that share a unique story of Fort Wayne’s role in the 200 years of Indiana’s statehood, featuring a new exhibit each month.

The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines January 30 – February 29

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A Man of the Ages March 14 – May 20

Objects from the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, one of the world’s most comprehensive collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts, are featured at the History Center in this temporary exhibit from the Indiana State Museum.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art 260-422-6467

Lure of Mexico January 30 – April 17

In the 1920s -1940s, numerous American artists, writers, and musicians traveled to Mexico, attracted by the inexpensive lifestyle, politics, welcoming artistic community, and progressive government sponsored art programs. This exhibition will explore the influence of the Mexican Renaissance on American artists, reflected in their style, subject matter, and approach.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards February 14 – April 10

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibits the best student artwork and writing of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Creative teens compete for Gold and Silver Keys with their astounding talent and fresh perspectives. All media is represented, including ceramics, painting, drawing, video, and unconventional sculpture.

Summer of Glass June 25 – September 11

Now in its fourth year, the Summer of Glass has quickly become the summer blockbuster at FWMoA. Dozens of international sculptors, working primarily with glass, create a dazzling array of color and interesting forms, filling three galleries. 2

Picasso, Braque & Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters September 24 – November 17

An exhibition of sixty lithographs, etchings and aquatints. Focusing on the creative legacy of Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso—names that need no introduction to the art world. Each man had the will to persist, innovate and change the course of art forever. They suffered derision for their attempts, but with the passing of time, their importance was established in the evolution of art and remains so today.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory 260-427-6440

Dig This! January 9 – April 10

This winter, young adventurers can don their explorer vests and pith helmets to explore mysteries hidden underground. Dig for dinosaur bones, uncover fossils and discover the identity of different gemstones.

Metamorphosis: 14th Annual Live Butterfly Exhibit April 16 – July 17

Experience the magic of being immersed among hundreds of live, exotic butterflies. These winged jewels can be observed up close as they fly, feed, or rest in the Nectar Garden. 1

Our Japanese Sister July 23 – November 13

We honor our friendly relations with our Japanese Sister City, Takaoka, in this lovely garden with a distinctly Japanese flavor. Stroll the meditative garden paths, admire each artistic specimen, and enjoy the view from the tea pavilion.

The Twelve Days of Christmas November 19 – January 8, 2017 Enjoy the whimsical twists of the Twelve Days of Christmas throughout the holiday poinsettia gardens.


Science Central 260-424-2400

Roll, Drop, Bounce January 23 – May 29

Physics roars to life as visitors roll, drop and bounce to investigate kinetic experiences and understand the science of how things move. The exhibits inspire visitors to think up new experiments to try while they explore gravity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, kinetic energy, friction and momentum.

The Nature of Things June 4 – September 11

Explore the secret lives of honeybees, and the cool features and functions of insects. Educational exhibits will examine the fascinating behaviors of salamanders, and the amazing design of mammal teeth. It’s fun to discover the nature of things!

Bones Carnival September 17 – January 8, 2017

Step right up to explore your bones! Learn how diet and exercise keeps your skeleton in tip-top shape! Bones Carnival builds awareness about the importance of developing proper, lifelong habits for healthy bones.

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The Chief Richardville House Now a national historic landmark, this 1827 Greek Revival was built for Miami Chief Jean Baptiste DeRichardville. 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

Fort Wayne Firefighters’ Museum

The Town of Grabill

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

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.

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


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Over 1,000 Items to choose from for a “Paint & Take” experience! How it works... • Choose your decorative or dishwasher safe plaster or ceramic piece • Grab a smock • Pick your colors • Have fun painting and creating your work of art • We seal your completed work and it’s ready to go in 10 minutes!

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Painting Fun Spot is Fort Wayne’s newest entertainment destination and the Midwest’s only “Paint & Take” art studio. It’s a unique place where anyone can enjoy painting one of the thousands of plaster and ceramic items in stock every day. 4150 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 616-0350

Winner’s Circle OTB and VooDoo BBQ & Grill

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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

Coming in 2016 to Winner’s Circle OTB in New Haven - VooDoo BBQ and Grill! Enjoy the sound, the soul and the taste of BBQ, New Orleans-style. VooDoo’s Cajun-spiced meats are slowsmoked to perfection and topped off with your choice of signature BBQ sauce. Catering and curbside pick-up available. Plus, enjoy our state-of-the-art horse racing simulcast facility and bar. We have all your favorites, including a wide selection of Indiana beers. 1304 Minnich Rd. New Haven, IN off I-469, Exit 19 (260) 490-9006

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Looking to explore Fort Wayne on your own or with your group? Head to where you can access and download our many trails and tours, including a Downtown Walking Tour, Heritage Trail and Downtown History Tour, and Downtown Sculpture Tour. You can also learn more about renting segways, bikes and kayaks to explore Fort Wayne’s trails and rivers!



Celebrate a simpler life.

Come visit our town, stay for lunch or dinner and a leisurely stroll thru our shops. Specialty Shops Catalpa Tree Shops 13405 Main St. 260.627.3012 H. Souder & Sons General Store 13535 Main St. 260.627.3991 Country Shops of Grabill 13756 State St. 260.627.6315 Mother Hubbards 13743 State St. 260.627.2913 Katie’s Kountry Korner 13312 Schwartz Rd. 260.627.8352 Miller’s Country Store 11205 Roth Rd 260.437.4465 Grabill Country Sales 13813 Fairview Dr at Grabill Country Village 260.627.8330 Grabill Hardware 13534 Main St. 260.627.2012

Attractions & Restaurants Das Nolt Haus Amish Restaurant 12530 Cuba Rd. 260.466.4224 Grabill Inn 13706 Fairview Dr. 260.627.2719 Grabill Dairy Sweet 13305 State St. 260.627.3151

Olde Church Museum Corner of First & West 260.627.5227 Hurshtown Reservoir Roth Rd. 260.427.6008 Grabill Country Fair 13717 First St. 260.627.5227, X4 Grabill Branch Public Library 13521 State St. 260.421.1325 iAB Financial Bank Sports Complex 14218 North Main St. 260.627.8943 The Coffee Cabin 13534 Main St. 260.627.0010

2016 Events

July Community Fireworks - TBD on the banks of the St. Joe River Riverside Gardens – Leo Grabill Chamber of Commerce Benefit Auction & Community Gathering - July September Grabill Country Fair September 8, 9 & 10 Celebrate a simpler way of life. Grabill Country Fair Road Apple Cruise-In September 24 November Christmas Open House Retailers offer specials throughout the Christmas season

Take a trip to Grabill if you are interested in tasting a little bit of simple country life, experiencing first-hand some rich cultural heritage and recapturing a glimpse of the past. Grabill is located in the middle of one of the nations largest settlements of Amish. But Grabill is also modern. The various manufacturing companies in town swell the population three-fold during the bustling business day, while, at night, the ever present horses hooves once again play their cadence throughout the night air. Contact: Jim Gerig / Grabill Hardware / 260.627.2012

December Breakfast with Santa December 3 Grabill Parks Santa Comes to Town - TBD Grabill Hardware Parking Lot

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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.


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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum SEE AD ON PAGE 23

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.

Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard

Moose Lake Christian Craft Village

Satek Winery


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

Local, hand-crafted award-winning wines from NE Indiana’s first winery. Open year round 10am to 6pm, and offering free tasting with proper ID.

This award-winning, family owned winery and vineyard provides a quality experience for the expert or novice. Share a glass in our tasting room or under our gazebo. Open 7 days a week - just 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne on Highway 3, Lima Road. 0185 CR 68, LaOtto, IN (260) 637-2980


6208 N. Van Guilder Rd. Fremont, IN (260) 495-9463

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

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

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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 with no appointment needed from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Private winter tours available. 1426 W. 300 N., Albion IN (260) 636-7383

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

Huntington County Visitors Bureau SEE AD ON PAGE 20

Minutes from Fort Wayne. Visit neighboring Huntington County for gourmet dining at Joseph Decuis, Two-EE’s Winery, live performances at the Pulse Opera House and New Huntington Supper Club. Enjoy our scenic reservoirs, unique shopping, festivals and eateries. 407 N. Jefferson, Huntington, IN (260) 359-8687

splash Fort Wayne! 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, Swinney Park, Headwaters Park, and Franklin Park. The splash pads feature fountains, water jets, showers, dumping buckets, sprinklers, and more. The fun water features are activated by touching a green post which starts a fourminute cycle. 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. The splash pads are open 9am to 9pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. For more information visit Call 800.767.7752 I I 21



just down the road – in Grabill, Indiana Located just northeast of Fort Wayne, and a bit off the beaten path, you’ll find the quaint Amish town of Grabill, Indiana. Scenic farms and horse-drawn buggies lead the way to this appealing village that boasts unique shops, antique stores, and an afternoon of adventure. Discover the Country Shops of Grabill, an impressive store loaded with antiques, primitives, finished oak, glassware, painted furniture, and other unique items. Other stops include the Catalpa Tree Shops, Mother Hubbard’s, Katie’s Kountry Korner, and Miller’s Country Store. A nod to the days of yesteryear, H. Souder & Sons General Store looks like something right out of an old western movie. The façade resembles an old country store, and the inside boasts old-time treats and kitsch. Think Coke memorabilia, ice cold bottled soda, penny candy, homemade jams, fresh roasted coffee, and local Amish cookies and baked goods.

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When you think of an Amish getaway, delicious, comforting, homemade food comes to mind. From homemade desserts and made-from-scratch noodles, to pies with fresh fillings and real crust. When visiting Grabill, make sure to try a taste (or a slice) of the Amish way of cooking. You won’t be disappointed! Grabill Inn If you’re looking to have a true Amish-style meal, Grabill Inn is the place to go! You’ll enjoy home-cooked noodles, chicken, bread, pies and more. They even feature an array of homemade barbeque and pastas, if that is more your speed. If you ask anyone about the best thing to eat at the Grabill Inn the overwhelming response is their pies – all homemade and from scratch! Grabill Country Sales Grabill Country Sales offers a full buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet features slow-roasted meats, homemade sides and fresh baked pies. You can even shop for Amish-style delicacies, including plenty of made from scratch desserts and quality meats, to take home to recreate your own comforting meal. H. Souder & Son’s General Store and Coffee Cabin Going to the Coffee Cabin at H. Souder & Son’s General store is a real treat. You’ll find plenty of homemade baked goods including pies and cookies, old-time barrel candy and bottled sodas, as well as Amish preserves and fresh-made sandwiches. Everything is made from scratch, and it shows! Don’t forget to grab a fresh smoothie, or slow-roasted coffee, to quench your thirst.

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Locally owned, award-winning handcrafted wines from Northeast Indiana’s first winery. Open daily 10-6 I free tasting

Fremont, IN I 260.495.WINE

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Sweetwater Sound a music lovers


Sweetwater Sound, located on the outskirts of Fort Wayne, is one of the most respected businesses in the music industry, and one of the largest companies in town. Sweetwater began as the brainchild of Fort Wayne local, Chuck Surack, who started the business out of the back of his van in 1979 with a 4-track recording studio. Today it has grown into a sprawling campus with hundreds of employees, boasting the title of third-largest music retailer in the world! The company sells everything from guitars to recording software, while maintaining world-class recording studios and performance facilities. The best part about Sweetwater is that many of the first-class amenities that are enjoyed by their customers and employees are also open to the public. Visitors are free to come into the Sweetwater building and explore what makes this one of the best places to work and play in Fort Wayne. Whether you’re a huge music fan, tech aficionado, or just want to see what all of the buzz is about, a trip to Sweetwater is like exploring a music lover’s playground! While much of Sweetwater’s business is done online, their recently expanded retail store is a must-see! The Sweetwater Music Store features a guitar gallery, drum room, and on-site demos. The store is open Monday – Saturday and features a wide array of instruments and equipment.

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Feeling hungry? You’re invited to grab a bite to eat at the Downbeat Diner, home to made-from-scratch specialties. In need of a sweet treat? Sweetwater has recently expanded its culinary offerings to include coffee concoctions and sweet treats with the Crescendo Cafe. Take a seat in the Crescendo Club to watch intimate performances from members of the Sweetwater community. You can even take a game break and try your hand at classic arcade games during your visit. If you want to get a behind-the-scenes look at what Sweetwater has going on, you can take a tour at no cost through their concierge services. The knowledgeable Sweetwater concierge will guide you through the Sweetwater campus, giving you a peek at the distribution center, recording studios, sales department, performance theater – and more! Taking a tour of Sweetwater is much like taking a look around Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. There are twists, turns and surprises around every corner. Don’t forget to take a ride down Sweetwater’s two-story slide during your tour; it will end your visit on a high note! Believe it or not, Sweetwater has even more for the public to enjoy with open workshops, performances and more happening in their state-of-theart performance theater! In addition, Sweetwater kicks it into high gear with their annual two-day festival, GearFest.

GearFest is Sweetwater’s biggest event, attracting 10,000 people over two days, and is often called a music-lovers dream come true. During GearFest the public is invited to explore the newest and most innovative music equipment from big-name vendors, enjoy live performances from world-class artists, and take part in hands-on clinics and presentations from some of the best of the best in the music industry.

Sweetwater Sound is located at 5501 US Highway 30 West, Fort Wayne, IN 46818. Plan a visit to Sweetwater today – it will be music to your ears!

arts & entertainment Make your getaway truly memorable—grab a front row seat to our rich arts and cultural scene! Whether you catch a live performance or take a trip to one of our amazing art galleries, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. 2




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SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF FORT WAYNE The historic Embassy Theatre is home to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and dozens of other regional and national performances each year. Located in a historic 1928 building in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, the Embassy and the treasures you’ll find there provide memories to last a lifetime! 5


arts&entertainment Bower North Productions

Artlink Gallery A nonprofit art gallery showcasing quality work by diverse visual artists, Artlink provides educational programming for artists and the community. Up to 27 exhibitions held yearly, along with classes for adults and youth. Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat Noon-6pm, Sun Noon-5pm

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

300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-7195

Castle Gallery Fine Art

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.

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

300 E. Main St. • (260) 424-0646

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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

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Cinema Center is an independently programmed, nonprofit cinema located in downtown Fort Wayne. Specializing in independent, foreign, documentary and repertory film, Cinema Center strives to increase the understanding and enjoyment of film as art. 437 E. Berry St. • (260) 426-3456

The Historic Embassy Theatre

with Broadway at the Embassy, concerts, comedians, educational programs, cinema and more. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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

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Whether it be a luxurious weekend away, or you just have some extra time between meetings, there are plenty of activities to do in Fort Wayne whether you have three days, or three hours!




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For a well-rounded Fort Wayne experience in 3 hours, explore the many homegrown favorites that started their business here, and experience some unique Fort Wayne culture.

If you have more time to spare or want a quick day trip to Fort Wayne, there are many activities to fill your agenda.

Now that we have you thoroughly hooked on spending more time in Fort Wayne, take time to experience the arts by taking in a show or catching a movie or play at one of our outstanding venues.

Go shopping at Vera Bradley in its hometown! There is a retail store located in the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center. While you’re there, find your sweet tooth at DeBrand Fine Chocolates. It is a local favorite and you must be sure to at least try some of their chocolate. If time permits, try making your way to their headquarters on Auburn Road for a tour of the facility. If you are starting downtown, you can easily fill your time with our Downtown Walking Tour (found at Trails). It will take you past the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and through the Botanical Conservatory, both of whom offer new exhibits seasonally. If you need to get a quick bite to eat, make a stop at Pembroke Bakery & Cafe on our Main Street Arts Campus for a soup and sandwich.

Get caught up in the action in “the #1 City for Minor League Sports!” During the summer, make a visit to cheer on the TinCaps, our minor league baseball team. Or, if you’re visiting from late October to early April, catch the Komets, our minor league hockey team, or the Mad Ants basketball team, an affiliate of the Indiana Pacers. If you’ve brought the kids with you, be sure to tour Science Central to experience science first hand or check out the 40-acre Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo for some great family fun that everyone can enjoy.

For dozens more ideas, no matter your length of stay, check out TripIdeas

Catch a show at the historic Embassy Theatre, or check out the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum event calendar to see if you can catch a national concert tour! For more culture, take in a movie at the Cinema Center. The Cinema Center is one of Indiana’s oldest and finest alternative theaters that was founded in 1976. You can also take in a play or ballet at the Arts United Center. Ready for a break? Check out the newly opened Trubble Brewing, or grab a quick bite to eat at 816 Pint & Slice, Coney Island or Cindy’s Diner. For a special occasion, make it a night out at The Oyster Bar, Paula’s on Main, Chapell’s Coral Grill, or Catabulu, for fine dining that you won’t soon forget.


Downtown Improvement District SEE AD ON PAGE 34

Your Downtown Fort Wayne news and information resource is just one click away. Check out the event calendar, sign up for their weekly enewsletter, reference downtown guides and videos, find parking information and more!

First Presbyterian Theater

Fort Wayne Dance Collective

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

Welcome to Fort Wayne and to the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. Committed to promoting human creativity. FWDC is a diverse, non-judgmental not-for-profit organization that offers dance and movement classes, outreach programs, Japanese style Taiko drumming and brings outstanding performers to the community.

300 W. Wayne St. • (260) 426-7421

904 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-3266

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

Heartland Sings Heartland Sings is a company of professional vocal artists and ensembles residing in Fort Wayne. Heartland changes lives through song with performances, community outreach, and educational initiatives to entertain and enrich audiences. 1516 Leesburg Rd. • (260) 436-8080

Fort Wayne Ballet

Embassy Theatre SEE AD ON PAGE 28

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.

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

125 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 424-5665

Fort Wayne Philharmonic 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. 4901 Fuller Dr. • (260) 481-0777

FAME – Auer Center for Arts & Culture FAME programs provide many opportunities for students to showcase their talents in our community. 300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7325

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Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Experience the magic of live theatre! Presenting a variety of theatrical productions with an emphasis on Broadway musicals, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding volunteer talent on and off stage. Civic is the proud founder and host of the annual Northeast Indiana Playwright Festival. 303 E. Main St. • (260) 422-8641 Box Office: (260) 424-5220

Fort Wayne Youtheatre One of the oldest children’s theatres in the nation, Youtheatre provides quality entertainment for all ages. Classes available for ages 4-18 in beginning, intermediate and advanced theatre, stagecraft, voice, movement, comedy and radio theatre. Enjoy four productions each year by, and for, children! 303 E. Main St. • (260) 422-6900

IPFW Department of Theatre Faculty directors and designers present an exciting line-up of musicals, complemented by classic and contemporary comedies and dramas each season. IPFW productions feature both student and community actors in the Williams and Studio Theatres on the beautiful IPFW campus. 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 481-6551 Box Office: (260) 481-6551 depts/theatre/


Fort Wayne Jazz Cabaret at LaSalle Inn

Summit City Barbershop Chorus

Trinity English Lutheran Church

See live authentic jazz at LaSalle Inn, the venue for the Fort Wayne Jazz Cabaret, a non profit organization associated with the IPFW Department of Music. See local, national and international jazz performances in an intimate setting.

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 Avalon Missionary Church

Trinity English Lutheran Church shares in worship, learning, mission, outreach, caring, serving, music and drama with children, youth and adults. ”Working Together to Change the World through Jesus.”

517 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-0851

1500 Lower Huntington Rd. (260) 414-3285

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450 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 426-3424

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Northside Galleries Excellence in fine art and custom framing! Fine art from local, national and international artists in 2 and 3 dimensions. Custom framing for everything from photos, posters, and mirrors to objects, collections and even large items such as flags, footballs, and guitars. 335 E. State Blvd. • (260) 483-6624

The Orchard Gallery of Fine Art The Orchard Gallery has been owned by artists for 33 years, 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

Learn about upcoming events, register to win getaways and more! Sweetwater SEE AD ON PAGE 56

Voices of Unity

They’re always making music at Sweetwater! Through free community music seminars and paid workshops, Sweetwater lets you learn, up close and personal, how the music industry’s top artists and studio professionals ply their trades. Be sure to visit the events page to see who’s coming next!

Under the direction of Marshall White, this world class, multifaceted youth program yielded gold-medal winning performances in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Choir Games and performed at Carnegie Hall. Youth are engaged in lifeskills, character and leadership development.

5501 US Hwy 30 West (260) 432-8176

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On Sunday, September 11th, you can Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown – for FREE! Enjoy free admission to 12 of Fort Wayne’s museums and attractions! This year, the event will have a special Bicentennial twist, as we celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday! Call 800.767.7752 I I 31

Bicentennial Celebration

Join Indiana’s yearlong from December 11, 2015 to December 11, 2016!

Throughout the year, Allen County community organizations will be celebrating the state’s bicentennial with dozens of unique projects – from The History Center’s “200 @ 200” object exhibit to Allen County Parks’ Trailblazers program. Local events like Winterval, Three Rivers Festival, TinCaps baseball games, and Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown will all be branded with Bicentennial themes as well. To showcase our Hoosier pride, the Allen County Public Library will be hosting a county-wide Progressive Block Party April 1st to April 3rd. Stop by any of the Allen County Public Library locations that weekend to engage in a scavenger hunt challenge and enjoy birthday cake. And, you can participate in the state-wide Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay in Fort Wayne on October 1st. This major commemorative event will unite and inspire Hoosiers. Symbolically, we will be passing the torch to the next generation of innovators, leaders, and community members.

Plan your Bicentennial activities calendar today! Visit to learn more and discover great events and activities taking place during your visit! Or, follow and like us on, and You can also find us at #allencounty200. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2016!

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tours 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 Chocolatier, 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

Explore THREE exciting museums for ONE low price!

TOURS DeBrand Fine Chocolates SEE AD ON PAGE 35

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

Sechler’s Pickles, Inc. From genuine “aged in wood” dill pickles to fresh packed bread and butter pickles, you’re going to love Sechler’s Pickles. Visit our showroom to see the process and taste one of over 40 pickle varieties. Group tours available. Order online. MuseumDreamPass USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center 431 W. Berry St.

5686 SR 1 - Saint Joe (260) 337-5461

Mad Anthony Brewery Tours 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

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University of Saint Francis, Brookside SEE AD ON PAGE 33

Brookside is the centerpiece of the University of Saint Francis campus. During business hours, the public can enjoy the former home of industrialist John H. Bass through free self-guided tours or docent-led tours (requires advance scheduling) May-October. 2701 Spring St. (260) 399-8051 (tours) (260) 399-7700 (meetings/events)

EXPLORE THE UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS Art, history and architecture to add a special elegance to your Fort Wayne visit.

Call 800.767.7752 I I 33 Historic Brookside

Art galleries

2701 Spring Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 800-729-4732

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

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Empyrean Events and Catering



The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum hosts national concerts, family shows, tradeshows, private and corporate events. They are the home of the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, the Mad Ants of the NBA D-League and the Fort Wayne Derby Girls. The Memorial Coliseum is the area’s largest multi-purpose event venue with over 1 million square feet of space. The full service Holiday Inn Fort Wayne is adjacent.

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


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

3411 Sherman Blvd. (260) 427-6800

4000 Parnell Ave • (260) 482-9502

Dine. Shop. Stay. Play.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Parkview Physicians Group Pavilions 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 late April mid-October.

2016 Downtown Improvement District Special Events Last Saturdays: The Downtown Improvement District, along with our Cultural District Partners, will promote and support activity happening Downtown on the Last Saturday of every month in 2016. Celebrate Downtown: Jan. 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Join us for a celebration of the people, places and partnerships that make Downtown Fort Wayne such a great place to live, work and play. Mother’s Day Downtown: May 8, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Free trolleys will connect you to great retail locations and restaurants around Downtown while supporting cultural attractions and events. Lunch on the Plaza: Thursdays, June - Aug., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Grab lunch Downtown and join us every Thursday in June, July and August to enjoy free live music. BuskerFest: June 25, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Join us for a celebration of the street performer and festival of the unexpected! Busker Square at Taste of the Arts: Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Come celebrate the arts through street performance at this Arts United fundraiser, Downtown’s largest celebration of arts, history, culture and local food. Fright Night: Oct. 15, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Downtown Fort Wayne’s annual Halloween spectacular features the “Zombie Walk” and an incredible day of low and no cost activities at many great locations!

For Downtown activities and Information any day of the year, visit:

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HolidayFest, Featuring the Night of Lights: Nov. 23, Lightings from 5:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Downtown’s Holiday season officially begins with an evening full of beautiful holiday display lightings and activities. The fun doesn’t stop with great HolidayFest events happening all season long! Holly Trolley Shopping: Nov. 26, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ride free trolleys to shop for unique holiday gifts at many great locations and support local businesses in our community.

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Grand Wayne Convention Center SEE AD ON PAGE 37

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 Fort Wayne Education and Conference Center Located conveniently off I-69, this 16,000 sq. ft. conference center is perfect for business meetings, seminars and trainings. Our 11 classrooms and 4 large conference rooms are available for rent day or night, fully equipped with plenty of free parking. Beverage catering and onsite delivered catering is available. 8211 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 918-1230

The Philmore on Broadway Built in 1923 just minutes from downtown hotels and the convention center, this Fort Wayne landmark hosts regional and national acts in a one-ofa-kind venue offering upscale, historical charm and style. Call now for your holiday and themed events, corporate dinners and meetings, weddings and private events. 2441 Broadway (260) 745-1000

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

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Fort Wayne With our large German heritage, beer and breweries are a big part of Fort Wayne’s history. Many local and regional breweries offer your favorite drinks, served with a side of Fort Wayne flair! You can even set up a brewery tour and tasting at some locations. So plan your night out, or grab a group for a pub crawl, and try out some of these locally made craft brews. Junk Ditch Brewing Company The local food truck, affiné, will be bringing handcrafted beers and creative dishes that reflect the season and showcase local farmers to this brick-and-mortar, destination restaurant - opening in Summer 2016.

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Birdboy Brewing Company Birdboy Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated production brewery, offering some of the city’s finest craft beer to Fort Wayne restaurants and bars. Granite City Food & Brewery Granite City is a polished casual American restaurant where you will find fresh, high-quality menu items and a full list of hand-crafted beers to match the flavors of their madefrom-scratch recipes. Mad Anthony Brewing Company With four locations around the Fort Wayne area, you can grab a pint of their award-winning hand-crafted ales or lagers, and enjoy a full food menu and weekly live music.


Scotty’s Brewhouse At Scotty’s you can find traditional bar food with a local twist, and make sure you try their craft beers, brewed at their Indianapolis location. Olde School Brauhaus This microbrewery is steeped in traditional brewing methods and brings old-world style beers to Fort Wayne at their downtown brewery. Watch for their opening day in 2016. Summit City Brewerks Summit City Brewerks is a new, locally owned brewery and pub where you can find around 20 different craft beers and pub food.

Trubble Brewing Come to this brewery to awaken your taste buds with a selection of local and regional craft beers, and make sure you try some of their delicious, fresh food.

Check out any of these popular breweries online to learn more about their craft brews and food offerings!

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sports &recreation Whether you prefer to watch from the sidelines or take to the field yourself, you won’t be disappointed in Fort Wayne’s outstanding sports scene. We’ve been named the “#1 City for Minor League Sports,” and it’s easy to see why! So join us, and catch the action in Fort Wayne! 2




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HOOSIER SPIRIT As the new Indiana Pacers affiliate, the Mad Ants are a slam dunk for family entertainment during the winter. And all throughout the year, the Mad Ants combine with TinCaps Baseball and Komet Hockey to provide sports and family fun – whenever you visit. It’s no wonder we’ve been named the “#1 City for Minor League Sports!” 5


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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.

Cherry Hill Golf Club Cherry Hill rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and voted #1 & #2 in Fort Wayne. 6615 Wheelock Rd. • (260) 485-8727

7324 Yohne Rd. • (260) 449-3180

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Play Fort Wayne area’s finest golf courses. Packages include golf and hotel. Senior, fall and spring specials available. (260) 433-1480

Autumn Ridge Golf Club Autumn Ridge rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and voted #1 & #2 in Fort Wayne.

11420 Auburn Rd. • (260) 637-8727

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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

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The Fort Wayne Derby Girls are Indiana’s first all-female flat track roller derby league. The FWDG have provided Fort Wayne with action-packed, family friendly competitive roller derby since 2005, while also raising over $100,000 for local women’s and children’s charities.

You’re locked in a room and you have 60 minutes to escape. Solve the clues to get out before time runs out. Can you ESCAPE FORT WAYNE? Great for a date night, family outing or corporate teambuilding. Wed-Fri 5 pm-11 pm, Sat. 2 pm-11 pm. 927 S. Harrison St., Suite 300 (260) 206-6985 Discover pre-planned trail routes to hike and bike – from family-friendly to challenging!


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Fort Wayne Komets SEE AD ON PAGE 40

The Fort Wayne Komets have been a part of the community since 1952, making it a family tradition for over 60 years! Proud ECHL Affiliates of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL). Visit for a complete schedule and ticket options. 1010 Memorial Way, Suite 100 (260) 483-0011 •

Fort Wayne TinCaps Baseball SEE AD ON PAGE 41

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

Fort Wayne Mad Ants SEE AD ON PAGE 40

As part of the NBA Development League, the Mad Ants provide major league entertainment at a price that families love. Players dunking in Fort Wayne one night might be on TV slamming for the NBA the next. Come help them GET MAD! (260) 469-4667


Re-Opening Summer 2016 in time for our 20th anniversary! The Midwest’s largest laser tag and arcade game facility, specializing in corporate and group events, parties and school functions. Located next to Glenbrook Square and Target, we offer special rates and facility rental for large groups. Closed during construction, so follow us on Facebook for updates on our progress.

Pedal City Beer Garden The best way to see downtown Fort Wayne. Pedal in style with up to 14 of your closest friends and family. Meet for your ride at our beer garden with food and full bar plus numerous outdoor activities. Two and four person surrey bike rentals and a 15 person party van also available. 1215 W. Main St. • (260) 415-6167

It’s more than a cool bike and kayak shop with a full service department and rentals. It’s a place where you can find apparel, hammocks, walking sticks and more - all of the unique, quality items for your adventure called life. Open: SunTues 10am-6pm; Wed-Sat 10am8pm. Hours change seasonally. 1004 Cass St. • (260) 420-3962

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

Putt-Putt Fun Center SEE AD ON PAGE 46

Enjoy the family fun center, miniature golf with three different 18-hole themed courses, go-karts (family and competition karts), arcade with redemption center and over 70 of the latest games. 4530 Speedway Dr. • (260) 483-7618 244 Fernhill Ave. • (260) 484-1350

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Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Gym Rats Basketball / Spiece Fieldhouse SEE AD ON PAGE 44

With 8 courts, Spiece Fieldhouse is the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and user-friendly basketball center in the US. Gym Rats is a nationally recognized host of tournaments, clinics, camps, 3 on 3 tournaments, leagues and instruction. Also home to a full service day spa and fitness center. 5310 Merchandise Dr. (260) 471-5270 Spiece Fitness Center (260) 483-1415


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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 runs out. Hints are available. The first 3 are free but additional hints cost time! Will YOU make it out in time? 3734 Allen Ave. • (800) 454-3927

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explorethree rivers Fort Wayne’s

Fort Wayne was founded because of three things: our rivers. Since Fort Wayne’s establishment, our three rivers: the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee, have been an intrinsic part of the city. From adventuring the trails along the river, to getting out onto the blueways, there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience and bond with the water! Fort Wayne is home to 86 parks and 81 miles of trails, the most prominent of which is Rivergreenway. The Rivergreenway Trail stretches 25 miles from Fort Wayne to New Haven, winding along the banks of the rivers. This trail is perfect for walking, jogging, rollerblading, biking, and more.

You can also rent canoes or kayaks from Earth Adventures Unlimited. This is a great way to see the city! Whichever way you choose to play on the rivers, you won’t be disappointed. The combination of the rivers’ rich histories and their natural and urban beauty makes each adventure a memorable one. In the coming years, you’ll find even more ways to explore the rivers as a result of the RiverFront Fort Wayne project, a plan to develop the rivers and make them more accessible. Watch for increased festivals and programming, as well as arts and activities on the banks, and in the water.

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Don’t want to travel with your bike? Fort Wayne Outfitters make it easy for you to hop on a trail and enjoy the river scenery with their bike rentals. Another way to travel the Rivergreenway is by segway! You can get a personalized tour of Fort Wayne and learn about our rich heritage and cultural significance on a guided segway tour from Tour Fort Wayne Segway Tours. If you’re ready to venture onto the waters, you can do it by canoe, single or double kayak, or standing paddleboard. Fort Wayne Outfitters rents all three at hourly, half-day, and full-day rates.

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SportONE/ Parkview Fieldhouse

SportONE/ Parkview Icehouse

A new 57,000 square-foot multi-use premier indoor sports facility: 8 hardwood indoor volleyball courts (or 6 indoor basketball courts) and 4 outdoor sand volleyball courts. Amenities include restaurant/bar, free parking and onsite storage. Available for rent for basketball, wrestling, gymnastics and other indoor events.

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.

3946 Ice Way • (260) 444-2788

3869 Ice Way Dr. • (260) 387-6614

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Play Ball... • Most sophisticated, technologically advanced and user-friendly basketball facility in the United States • Gym Rats organizes and operates boys and girls tournaments and weekend shootouts on a local, regional and national level • Home to one of the largest collections of one-of-a-kind sports items including Indiana and Purdue University jerseys, memorabilia from the movie Hoosiers and more • Located at Spiece Fieldhouse, Fort Wayne’s premier health and wellness facility (260) 471-5270

Conveniently located off I-69, exit 311A

...and Get Fit.

Your group is locked into a room where you have 60 minutes to decipher clues and find keys to escape! • corporate team building • birthday parties • bridal showers • bachelor parties • holidays • anniversaries • any kind of celebration!

Book your adventure now. You won’t be sorry. Hope you can say #iescapedfortwayne. Wed-Fri 5 pm-11 pm, Sat. 2 pm-11 pm. 927 S. Harrison St., Suite 300 (260) 206-6985 44 I VisitFortWayne I 2016

A full-service Health Club housed in a spacious, museum-like environment featuring two pools, indoor track, kids zone, day spa, sports performance, wellness tenants, and first class services and amenities. 5310 Merchandise Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 • 260.483.1415



sculpture with UltraZone Family Entertainment Center SEE AD ON PAGE 45

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 20 years in business, ULTRAZONE is the Ultimate Laser Tag Adventure. 1104 W. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 471-6719

Did you know that 50 new sculptural bike racks are located throughout downtown Fort Wayne – creating a citywide public art project that also serves a practical purpose for bike enthusiasts! Each one features a completely unique design and serves as a functional bike rack. Stop by the Visitors Center at 927 S. Harrison to pick up a map of all 50 locations, or download one online at www. to participate in a “sculpture hunt” and find all of these amazing pieces of artwork.

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sports&recreation Recent Accolades and Awards Most Affordable Places to Live


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Fort Wayne has long been known for our low cost of living and high quality of life. Now the experts are backing up what locals have known for years: Fort Wayne is the place to be. Fort Wayne is a threetime winner of the All America City Award from the National League of Cities, and other awards and rankings keep us top of mind as a great place to live – and visit!


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Whether you escape or not, you will leave wanting to come back again and again! Book Online 3734 Allen Ave • 800-454-3927 46 I VisitFortWayne I 2016

Arcade and Prize Center • With Over 70 Video Games


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4530 Speedway Drive • 260-483-7618

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Reserve your jump time now at All jumpers are required to complete a liability waiver for the specific SZ location they are visiting. Participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE! The largest lasertag and arcade game facility with the only LazerMaze in the Midwest! We specialize in corporate and groups events, birthday parties and school functions. We offer special rates and facility rental for large groups!

Re-Opening Summer 2016 Closed during construction of our new state-of-the-art facility. Follow our progress on Facebook

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Close to Everything

The Holiday Inn at IPFW and Memorial Coliseum represents one of the first redesigned hotels in the world’s most famous brand. You’re just minutes from nearly all the major attractions: The Memorial Coliseum, The Children’s Zoo, downtown venues, museums and the major sports, attractions and shopping. For business or pleasure, you will want to stay awhile. • 151 Rooms and Suites including the Chancellors Suites and KidSuites™ • Sealy™ Posturepedic mattresses, walk-in showers, and 32”HDTV monitors in every room • 100% FREE Wi-Fi in the entire hotel • Free parking • The Mastodon Grill and Patio Restaurant • Largest indoor pool in the city with a fitness center and hot tub/spa • 6,000 ft flexible reception space and meeting rooms • Working partnership with IPFW campus and the Memorial Coliseum next door

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

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America’s Best Value Inn Beside Still Waters (Cabin) Best Western Plus Inn and Suites North Candlewood Suites Comfort Suites North Comfort Suites Southwest Courtyard by Marriott Downtown See map page 48 Days Inn 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 Hampton Inn Dupont Hampton Inn Southwest Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center See map page 48 Hilton Garden Inn Holiday Inn at IPFW & the Memorial Coliseum Holiday Inn Express & Suites Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel Fort Wayne Howard Johnson Inn Hyatt Place LaSalle Fort Wayne Downtown Inn See map page 48 Motel 6 Quality Inn Red Roof Inn Residence Inn by Marriott Staybridge Suites Super 8 TownePlace Suites by Marriott

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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. 2




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FARM FRESH — ALL YEAR LONG Fort Wayne’s farmer’s markets are some of the best in the Midwest, with many local merchants providing great produce and goods all year long. Shop for the best local produce at over a half dozen different markets throughout the summer, and come back for several that run into the winter months! Learn more at 5



Consignor Boutique A ladies consignment shop sure to surprise you with name brand and designer clothing and accessories for juniors, misses and plus sizes. Names like Dooney & Bourke, Loft, Chico, Talbots, Free People, Eileen Fisher, Misook, plus many others. Near Glenbrook Square just south of Target. 3516 N. Clinton St. • (260) 484-6686

Fort Wayne Antique Dealers Association SEE AD ON PAGE 56 Antiques on Broadway Antique Mall (260) 422-6505 Mercantile on Main (260) 420-5656 Nature’s Corner Antique Mall (260) 483-5236 The Woodshack (260) 424-2093

Glenbrook Square

Jefferson Pointe

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, Coach, Express, Pandora, Rue 21, New York & Co., Crazy 8, Footlocker/House of Hoops, Franchesca’s, H&M and more!


4201 Coldwater Rd. (260) 483-2119

More than just a new shopping destination-it’s an entirely new shopping experience. This open-air lifestyle center, with its Mediterranean-style architecture and tree-lined courtyards, offers sights, sounds and tastes like none other in Fort Wayne. Visit over 60 stores and restaurants, an 18-screen stadium seating movie theatre and IMAX. 4110 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 459-1160

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Get a taste of Fort Wayne’s flavor by shopping at our independent and locally owned stores. One of the yummiest local stops include The Olive Twist. Pick up a bottle or two of their gourmet olive oil or aged balsamic vinegar. Your taste buds will also love the sweet treats at DeBrand Fine Chocolates and Poptique. DeBrand offers tours, tastings and gourmet delights. And who doesn’t love a bag of popcorn as a snack? The folks at Poptique have taken popcorn to the next level: think flavors like birthday cake and s’mores. You can find Poptique and more at The City Exchange shops, located in downtown Fort Wayne. The City Exchange 54 I VisitFortWayne I 2016

shops bring a new shopping experience to town with their pop-up style shopping. Visit the shops to experience an array of local businesses. Another of downtown Fort Wayne’s must-stop-shops is Creative Women of the World. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind items handmade by artisan women in developing countries. Nearby, Emiley’s Haute Cottage offers home accessories, antiques, painted furniture and more. In addition, you’ll find many other boutiques in the Summit City, including Fancy and Staple, Saving Grace, and Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot. Just north of downtown, you’ll want to revive the lost art of letter writing after a visit to Hedgehog Press. You’ll also want to visit Opal and Ruby Gift Emporium, Idlehour or Smiley’s Joy where you can find such gems as hand-made jewelry,

pillows, picture frames candles, bags, and much more. Of course, you can also stop by the Visitors Center for Fort Wayne souvenirs and locally made gifts. This is just the start to a unique Fort Wayne shopping experience! For additional suggestions or directions to any of these unique shops give us a call at 1-800-767-7752 or search “shopping” at

History Center

Fort Wayne’s history: a microcosm of the From the days when the Miami Indians settled the area now known as Lakeside Park, through the settlement of this territory and its desirable location as a crossroads, Fort Wayne has embodied our nation’s spirit. EARLY SETTLEMENT

Three rivers—the St. Mary’s, St. Joseph and Maumee—define Fort Wayne’s landscape, providing access to the nearby Wabash Valley and on to the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. The French were first to come to this area to capitalize on the fur trade and the strategic advantage for growth. The Miami settled the area, calling it Kekionga, around 1712 and the Miami became astute and wealthy business people, charging others a fee to portage their supplies. As you learn more about Fort Wayne’s history, you will become acquainted with Chief Jean Baptiste deRichardville, son of a French trader. Richardville, whose home is a National Historic Landmark located off Bluffton Road, was raised in both Miami and French cultures and at one time was the wealthiest person in this area.


The French and Indian War began in 1755 and years of fighting ensued. Despite the animosity among them, the Miami and French sided with the British during the Revolutionary War. Key names of the time were Miami Chief Little Turtle, Gen. Josiah Harmar, Gen. Arthur St. Clair and William Wells. In 1792, General Anthony Wayne was appointed by Washington to lead the armys of the United States. A series of forts were built along the Ohio River to Kekionga in 1793. The U.S. government had, in effect, drawn a line


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along the Three Rivers, determined to drive Native Americans northwest of that line. The Battle of Fallen Timbers was a decisive conflict of that time, taking place on August 20, 1794. On September 17, Wayne and his forces arrived in Kekionga and began building Fort Wayne. The fort was completed on October 22. Wayne left shortly afterwards, never to return. The Treaty of Greenville was signed on August 10, 1795, when twelve Native American tribes ceded the Territory of Ohio to the U.S. Chief Little Turtle wanted to have joint control over the land that he called “that glorious gate” but was not granted his wish. It was the beginning of the end of Miami domination.

EARLY 1800s

Today, Fort Wayne is the county seat of Allen County, established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1824 and named for John Allen, a soldier who defended Fort Wayne and was killed in a battle in Detroit. The 1830s saw the construction of the Wabash and Erie Canal and garnered Fort Wayne the nickname “Summit City” because it was the highest point above sea level on the canal’s route. Fort Wayne’s population grew and the city became a key spot on the Pennsylvania Railroad. Fort Wayne became home to a number of industries including multiple breweries, magnet wire, International Harvester, General Electric and many more. The Chicago Times labeled Fort Wayne in the 1870s as “the most

lawless town in Indiana.” When the new city hall was built in 1893, the basement housed the city’s jail. The structure, designed by Wing and Mahurin, was dubbed “The Hapsburg Horror” by local residents. Today, this building houses our History Center.


Today, Fort Wayne is a thriving Midwest city that honors its past, appreciates its present, and looks forward to its future. When it comes to history, there’s something for everyone in Fort Wayne. Historical markers and statues abound and can be a part of your city tour. We invite you to explore and learn more when you visit.

Discover historic walking tours at, or learn more at The History Center, located at 302 E. Berry Street.



Saving Grace

Stoner’s Funstore


A vintage inspired boutique, featuring painted furniture and home décor, handcrafted jewelry, natural soaps & lotions, leather handbags, vintage clothing and other unique items by local artists. Certified retailer for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, Junk Gypsy Chalk Paint and General Finishes. Open Wed-Fri 11 am-5:30 pm, Sat 10 am-3 pm.

Locally owned, one-of-a-kind downtown shop featuring three rooms of fun. This must see store offers a huge selection of costumes, gag gifts, funny jokes, magic, wigs, makeup and masks. Selling funny goofy items since 1949!


712 S. Harrison St. (260) 426-1100

614 W. Berry St. • (260) 416-8420

Sweetwater is one of the nation’s leading musical instrument and sound retailers, right here in Fort Wayne. With the largest inventory in the Midwest including everything from guitars, drums, keyboards and pro audio gear, to state-of-the-art recording studios and music academy, Sweetwater is the ultimate musician’s destination.

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

5501 US Hwy 30 West (260) 432-8176

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Antiques on Broadway Antique Mall 1115 Broadway, 46805 260-422-6505 Mercantile on Main 1753 W Main St, 46808 260-420-5656 Nature’s Corner Antique Mall 2307 Spy Run Ave, 46805 260-483-5236 Don’t miss GearFest 2016! June 17 and 18

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The Woodshack “We recycle old homes!” 444 W Baker St at Fairfield 46802 • 260-424-2093

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dining al fresco in Fort Wayne There’s something about blue skies, sunshine and warm weather that makes enjoying a meal (and delicious drink!) that much more pleasurable. There’s no shortage of places to dine al fresco in Fort Wayne, no matter what your taste buds are in the mood for. Need some help deciding where to grab a bite and take in the scenery? Here are just a few of the great places where you can dine outside in Fort Wayne! Wine Down Tastings and Tapas Wine Down Tastings and Tapas offers a unique dining experience featuring shareable plates, craft beer and cocktails, and of course, wine. Wine Down is a great place to unwind, wine and dine, or enjoy a night out with friends. Their spacious patio for outdoor dining even overlooks the award-winning Parkview Field – the perfect view whether a Fort Wayne TinCaps baseball game is in action, or you’re just enjoying the views of downtown Fort Wayne. Make sure to take part in their winetasting – Wine Down offers over 50 wines for tasting and by the bottle! RECOMMENDED COCKTAIL: Connoisseurs of other spirits need not worry, because Wine Down does cocktails just as well as they do wine. If you’re a whiskey lover, you’ll want to try their Smoked Old Fashion.The experience of watching this cocktail being made makes it taste even better. Rather than smoking the whiskey, the bartender uses a torch to smoke a plank of hickory, and then sets the glass over it to capture the flavor.

The Deck at Hall’s Gashouse

Pint & Slice

If you ask any Fort Wayne local for their favorite dinner-and-a-breeze recommendation, chances are their answer will include The Deck. Located in downtown Fort Wayne, The Deck offers a great dining experience with a beautiful view of the St. Mary’s River. Looking for a place to grab a cold brew or tasty concoction? The Deck’s bar has become a staple during the warm-weather months. You can even enjoy a pontoon boat ride before or after you eat, making The Deck a great place to enjoy those long summer nights.

What’s better than grabbing a big slice of pizza, a pint of cold brew and enjoying a little fresh air in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne? Pint and Slice is known for their delicious New York-style pizza pies, and wide-range of beers that you can enjoy no matter what the season. Grab a seat outside and enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of downtown Fort Wayne from your seat on Calhoun Street.

RECOMMENDED COCKTAIL: Their signature drinks pack a strong punch. Try The Standard Russian: made with vodka, ginger beer, mint, and lime.

Club Soda Top-notch menu? Check. Creative cocktails? Check. Smooth jazz? Check. Beautiful, extensive outdoor seating? Check! If you’re looking for somewhere for a night out on the town with a classy, but relaxed, ambience, Club Soda is the place to go. Known for their signature cocktails and delicious Gouda dip, Club Soda is a great place to relish a beautiful night. Take your group out on the patio and enjoy good company, good food and great music while enjoying culinary delights! RECOMMENDED COCKTAIL: While they offer a full bar, you’ll want to jump straight to the martini menu. Whatever your preferences: classic (“for the purist”), a little tart (“a walk through the Garden of Eden”), sweet (“the dessert martini”), or deep in color (“the dark side”), you’ll find what you like in their 20+ item martini menu, a true reflection of their expertise as a Fort Wayne craft cocktail staple of the last 15 years.

RECOMMENDED BREW: Try one of the many great craft beers in their collection – perfect with that fresh-fromthe-oven slice.

Cork ‘N Cleaver Cork ‘N Cleaver has long been known as one of the best places to eat in Fort Wayne, due largely in part to their inventive and award-winning salad bar, hand-cut steaks and signature cleaver menus. They recently constructed an outdoor seating area and lounge, designed to create a comfortable outdoor dining experience. Come for the meal, and stay for the cozy outdoor atmosphere. RECOMMENDED COCKTAIL: Fruit-lovers rejoice for Cork’s Pink Pony (a raspberry treat) or their Vox Drop, a take on a mouth-puckering Lemon Drop!

These are just a few of the great choices for extending those warm summer days with an outdoor dining experience – many others line our streets, be sure to find your favorite!


dining 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!




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CITY OF RESTAURANTS Indulge your senses in the “City of Restaurants.� Fort Wayne is known for our unique restaurants that turn a night out into a special occasion. Like Tucanos Brazilian Grill, home to churrasco (shoe-HAS-ko) style dining, where fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table. This dining experience turns all-you-can-eat into a party, South American style! 5



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

Asakusa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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A gastro pub specializing in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon.” A gastro pub with an atmosphere that is relaxed and focused on offering a particular cuisine prepared as well as the best restaurants. Utilizing local farmers and purchasing fresh products daily. Featuring live music every Friday and Saturday night no cover charge.

Enjoy their delicious Chickfil-A® Chicken sandwiches, fresh squeezed lemonade and handspun milkshakes. Catering menu available. Closed on Sundays.

Taste the freshest, most delicious sushi Fort Wayne has to offer. Voted “Best Sushi Restaurant” 2014. All your favorite traditional Japanese dishes from the miso soup appetizer, teriyaki, tempura and hibachi (Jefferson location only). A tradition for twelve years and counting. 6224 Lima Rd. • (260) 490-6888 6401 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-9888

816 Calhoun St. • (260) 423-6600


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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.

4820 N. Clinton St. • (260) 484-3300

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

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 60 I VisitFortWayne I 2016

CASA Ristoranti Italiano

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

We serve the Whole World... fifteen at a time! Murphy’s Donuts!

4910 N. Clinton St. • (260) 209-2117

Cindy’s Diner

816 Pint & Slice Fort Wayne’s newest tradition! Featuring N.Y. style pizza (whole or by the slice), calzones, grinders and fresh salads! Family friendly dining room, 2nd floor party room (with big screen TVs), beer and wine! We deliver with Waiter On The Way! “So, what’ll it be; our place or yours?”

1725 Apple Glen Blvd. (260) 436-8203 Open: Mon -Sat 6:30am-10pm. 4201 Coldwater Rd • (260) 482-5993 Open: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm


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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Burger with artisian toppings including imported cheeses, house-made sauces roasted duck, pulled pork, fried egg & more!

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“Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant” 7 years in a row! Readers Choice Winner

Located 1 mile north of Memorial Coliseum

Sushi Happy Hour Monday - Friday 2:30-4pm Now serving Habachi items

Dine in only. Jefferson location only.

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Voted Fort Wayne’s #1 Italian Restaurant

Club Soda SEE AD ON PAGE 64

Sizzling steaks, cool jazz and commodious cocktails. Club Soda is proof that there is intelligent nightlife out there. Voted Best Martini Bar, Best Place for Jazz and Favorite Place for a Night Out. Club Soda brings a bit of Chicago to downtown Fort Wayne. 235 E. Superior St. • (260) 426-3442

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island SEE AD ON PAGE 68

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 www.fortwaynesfamousconeyisland. com

Family Owned & Operated Since 1977

Columbia Street West/ Bourbon Street Hideaway A Fort Wayne favorite for over 25 years. Open: Tues-Sat 4pm with music on the weekends. In the lower level, visit the Bourbon Street Hideaway for the region’s only authentic New Orleans style restaurant. Open Thur-Sat 5pm. Call for reservations. Just 5 blocks from Grand Wayne Center.

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

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

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

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

Cookie Cottage

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Culver’s Butterburgers and Frozen Custard SEE AD ON PAGE 64

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

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

Golden Corral

Don Hall’s Restaurants



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

Locally owned since 1946. Offering Fine Dining at these locations: Takaoka of Japan 305 E. Superior St. • (260) 424-3183 The Factory 5811 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 484-8693 The Guesthouse Grill 1313 W. Washington Ctr. Rd. (260) 489-2524 The Old Gas House 305 E. Superior St. • (260) 426-3411 The Tavern at Coventry 5745 Coventry Lane • (260) 459-2893 Triangle Park Bar & Grille 3010 Trier Rd. • (260) 482-4342

el Azteca Mexican Restaurant SEE OUR AD ON PAGE 65

Dash-In 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.

We have served Fort Wayne’s finest Mexican food for over 40 years within the cozy confines of our 1901 vintage house. With over 100 premium tequilas at our bar, we are famous for our tequila platters and fresh squeezed margaritas. 535 E. State Blvd. • (260) 482-2172

814 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 423-3595

Visit our shop in the JoAnn Plaza, off Coldwater Rd. at 508 Noble Drive, Fort Wayne 260.471.6678

Cookies for Every Occasion!

Granite City Food & Brewery SEE AD ON PAGE 71

A casual dining restaurant with an on-site brewery. We offer a broad menu of items that are prepared fresh daily and are served in generous portions at reasonable prices. Our handcrafted beers are moderately priced and offer unique styles and flavors not typically produced by major breweries. Brewery tours availablecall to schedule.


3809 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 471-3030

536 W. Main St. • (260) 426-0531

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.

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

WELCOME to DELICIOUS Specialty Sundaes, Shakes and Concrete Mixers! Our menu features over 45 palate-pleasing items including garden-fresh salads, award winning sandwiches and homestyle dinners. North 3510 E Dupont Rd, Exit 316, I-69 • (260) 482-4466 North 1425 W Washington Ctr Rd, Exit 311B, I-69 • (260) 451-2002

Dine in, Drive-Thru or Carry Out 10am- 10pm

South 6527 W Jefferson Blvd-US 24 W, Exit 302, I-69 • (260) 432-4111 Northeast 6026 Stellhorn Rd at Maplecrest • (260) 755-5256 Largest variety buffet in town with wonderful low prices. Don’t wait in line! Get in and enjoy 190 selections we have on our premium buffet each day.




5335 Distribution Drive • 260-480-0193 Breakfast: Sat-Sun 7:30-11am • Lunch: Mon-Sat 10:45-4pm Dinner: Mon-Thur 4-10pm • Fri-Sat 4-11pm Sunday Dinner All Day: 10:45-10pm

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The Hoppy Gnome

Jimmy John’s

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.

America’s Favorite Sandwich Delivery Guys!™ Unlike any other sub shop, Jimmy John’s is all about the freshest ingredients and fastest service. Freaky Fast! Freaky Good!™ Order online or call for delivery.

203 E. Berry St. • (260) 422-0070

6727 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 469-7827 101 W. Wayne St. • (260) 420-1533 5412 Coldwater Rd. • (260) 484-2999 4226 Crescent Ave. (across from IPFW) (260) 222-8600

Mad Anthony Brewing Company

Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge

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


2002 Broadway • (260) 426-2537

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

Check out our latest deals and events on Facebook! J.K. O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House SEE AD ON PAGE 67

Liberty Diner

A wee bit of Ireland; close to Parkview Field and the Grand Wayne 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!

A local favorite family restaurant with American (from burgers to steaks) and Mediterranean style food (from lamb loin chops to souvlaki) in a New York diner atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open: 6am11pm, 24 hours on Fri. and Sat. Trip Advisor Excellence Award winner.

121 W. Wayne St. • (260) 420-5563

2929 Goshen Rd. • (260) 484-9666

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“ B e s t M e x ica n Re s ta urant ” For over 40 years, el Azteca has created quality food from scratch – always fresh. Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant” by Fort Wayne Newspapers. Full bar service, 100 premium Tequilas and outside dining on our deck have made el Azteca a local favorite.

Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

535 E. State Blvd. • 260-482-2172 Call 800.767.7752 I I 65


Naked Tchopstix

The Oyster Bar

Pembroke Bakery & Café

Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne



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.

The Oyster Bar on Calhoun Street has always been a tavern, ever since it opened in 1888. The food is legendary. A short walk from downtown, USA Today called it a “Locals’ favorite, an innovator in the culinary arts, as well as personal service.” Daily lunch specials. Open Mon-Thur 11 am10 pm, Fri-Sat. 11am-11pm

Yummy food for everyone! Fort Wayne’s premier vegan bakery specializes in artisan breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and gluten-free items. Homemade vegan, vegetarian and carnivore soups, salads and sandwiches made with local and organic ingredients. Special orders welcome, catering available. Find us on Facebook for our daily specials!

SEE AD ON PAGE 67 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 8311 Lima Rd. • (260) 969-2400 Scott Rd Plaza 10080 W. Illinois Rd (260)-432-3777

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

O’Reilly’s Irish Bar & Restaurant Enjoy great food, drinks, sports and company! Enjoy Irish specialties like Bangers or Fish and Chips, or great grilled hamburgers, pizza, sandwiches and salads. We carry 17 beers on tap and over 45 bottled craft beers. We offer ballpark dining, catering and party bullets. Open: 11am-3am M-F, 10am-3am Sat, Sun.

1830 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 744-9490

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

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

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300 E. Main St. • (260) 247-7220

Penn Station East Coast Subs Voted America’s #1 Sandwich, Fort Wayne’s Best Place for Lunch and six time winner Best Sub award. Featuring 14 Gourmet Hot-Grilled To Order Subs, Signature Fresh-Cut Fries and Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade. Having a convention, tournament or meeting? Penn Station also offers deli-style subs, party platters and box lunches. 4916 Illinois Rd. • (260) 449-9441 818 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 755-1257 6037 Stellhorn Rd. • (260) 755-3761 1125 E. Dupont Rd. • (260) 338-2376

Pedal City Beer Garden A great place for friends, food and fun, the Beer Garden and Grill has daily food and drink specials, plus nightly entertainment and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Open daily til Midnight or later. Reserve the beer garden for events. Home of Pedal Pub rentals. 1215 W. Main St. • (260) 415-6167

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

dining Hard ciders and 90+ beers from around the world, featuring local breweries. Fine selections of Irish whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. Wines and craft cocktails. Freshly prepared Irish, vegetarian and gluten-free fare. Lads and Lasses under 21 are welcome in our family friendly Belleek Hall.


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

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!”

All-natural nonfat and low fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies. Try our NEW freshsqueezed juices! Red Mango is the first frozen yogurt retailer to earn the National Yogurt Association’s Live and Active Cultures seal for healthy frozen yogurt. Located across from Marshalls in Jefferson Pointe. 4120 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite H 11 (260) 739-3384

Trolley Steaks and Seafood A local favorite and historic tradition, offering four-star meals at affordable prices. Fine steaks, famous shrimp cocktail and distinctive atmosphere, we are considered northeast Indiana’s fine dining destination. Every Thursday offering live entertainment, half price appetizers and $5 martinis! 2898 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 490-4322

Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island 131 W. Main Street • (260) 424-2997 Shigs in Pit Barbeque Just voted Indiana’s Best Barbeque Joint! Shigs in Pit proudly offers everything from St. Louis Style Ribs to flavorful chopped chicken; all served with our own competitionquality BBQ sauce. Bring the family in for a meal their taste buds will never forget! 2008 Fairfield Ave. • (260) 387-5903

Tucanos Brazilian Grill SEE AD ON PAGE 70

Savory Brazilian cuisine carefully prepared over open flame rotisserie grills. Churrasco (shoeHAS-ko) is a delicious fusion of South American and European cultures. All of the fresh meats and vegetables are carefully selected, artfully seasoned and slowly grilled over wood-fired grills. Catering, party platters and box lunches available. Private room available. Large groups welcome. Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Closed Sundays. 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-4433

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

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dining LET’S GO NAKED! Wine Down A new, locally-owned casual fine dining establishment, Wine Down features state of the art machines giving you the ability to sample several varietals of wine. Wine Down also boasts a full bar with craft beers and specialty cocktails. The food includes both tapasstyle small plates and large entrée options. Open: Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2 pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 4pm until close! 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 100 (260) 755-1019

Wu’s Fine Chinese Cuisine Wu’s Fine Chinese Cuisine An elegant atmosphere, outstanding service and unmatched presentation accompany a reputation for the finest in Chinese cuisine. A banquet room available by reservation. Serving lunch, vegetarian and gluten free items every day. Voted #1 Favorite Chinese Restaurant!

Watch for our new food truck!

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

4411 Coldwater Rd. (260) 483-0899

8607 US Hwy 24 West • (260)436-2211

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“Locals’ Favorite!” –USA Today

January 11-22, 2017 Each January, Fort Wayne celebrates the tastes of Fort Wayne through our restaurant week: Savor Fort Wayne.

Serious Food in a Casual Atmosphere

During Savor Fort Wayne you can enjoy special value menu deals at over 40 of Fort Wayne’s favorite restaurants. Make it a night out by taking advantage of one or more of the Savor Fort Wayne event deals – it’s a great way to enjoy 12 delicious days in the city of restaurants!

Find out more information at

1830 S. Calhoun • 260-744-9490 Call 800.767.7752 I I 69

dining/nightlife NIGHT LIFE

Flashback on the Landing SEE AD ON PAGE 71

The Brass Rail SEE AD ON PAGE 70

Voted Fort Wayne’s #1 Local Music Venue for six years straight. Craft beer, full bar, sandwich menu, live original music many nights. A Fort Wayne original. Open 3pm to 3am every day, carry-out beer/wine/ spirits available except Sundays. 1121 Broadway (260) 267-5303 Call/Text

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

Rudy’s Wine, Chocolate and Cigars Early Birds Ultra Lounge and The OC SEE AD ON PAGE 71

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

Voted #1

Local Music Venue

A unique meeting place in a historic Victorian home next to Parkview Field, serving Indiana wines and beers and DeBrand Fine Chocolates. Non smoking inside, but cigar aficionados can pick from a large selection of fine cigars and smoke on the large rear patio. 409 W. Brackenridge (260) 451-0115

Must be 21 years old

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think beyond traditional: taste Fort Wayne

food trucks

Fort Wayne is known for its wide array of dining options – it’s no coincidence that we are known as the “City of Restaurants!” But now, local food trucks are challenging residents and visitors to think beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar. Good food can be enjoyed on the go, from one of several locally owned mobile operations. From all-American to Cajun, these food purveyors offer something for everyone. Affiné Food Truck Affiné differentiates itself with its farm-to-fork approach that includes free-range, locally sourced pork, chicken and duck. Big Apple Pizza Taking one of America’s favorite foods to the streets! Big John’s Ragin’ Cajun Serving the cuisine of New Orleans and the Louisiana Bayou to northeastern Indiana.
 Bravas Food Featuring all-beef hot dogs, fresh chopped veggies and homemade chili.

The Girl of Sandwich Serving some of the freshest hand-crafted sandwiches in town. Jimmy Ray’s BarBQ Get your barbeque fix at Jimmy Ray’s, serving up ribs, grilled chicken and much more! Naked Tchopstix Fort Wayne’s favorite sushi and Korean restaurant on the go! PizzaBomba Serving New York-style handcrafted pizzas. Sol Kitchen & The Getaway Grill You’ll enjoy their large menu produced locally, from farmers markets.

Spicer’s Food Truck This ever-changing menu features all-American favorites like hamburgers and pork tenderloins.

Find any of these popular trucks on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about where you can find them during your visit!

Vietnummy Serving Asian-fusion Vietnamese food, such as Vienamese tacos and Banh Mi.

You can’t go wrong with any of these vendors, and many of the others you’ll spot around town!

Whip & Chill Enjoy ice cream cones, sundaes, floats and shaved ice.

To learn more, visit WayneFoodTruckAssociation

Who Cut the Cheese? Featuring gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fries and tater tots.
 Yum Yum’s A local fro-you favorite has now taken to the streets.

Enjoy our casual American restaurant featuring in-house, made-from-scratch innovative menu items, as well as our famous burgers, flatbreads, salads and steaks. Our onsite brewery features a variety of custom and seasonal brews. Restaurant, Brewery & Takeout Growler & Keg sales 7 days a week 3809 Coldwater Rd • Near Target Glenbrook 260-471-3030 • Call 800.767.7752 I I 71

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 45 choices, from luxurious full-service hotels to family favorites, we have just the place for you to relax, unwind and take a dip in the pool! 2

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SPEND THE NIGHT – SAVE YOUR BUDGET We make it easy by combining Fort Wayne’s great activities with overnight stays to build fun and affordable hotel packages! From pools that make a big splash, to breakfast buffets and romantic overnight packages, Fort Wayne hotels offer countless reasons to get away. Learn more at 6


lodging CABINS

Best Western PLUS Fort Wayne Inn & Suites North 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


Exit 311B off I-69, near Spiece Fieldhouse, Canlan Ice Arena and Memorial Coliseum. Newly renovated, featuring complimentary hot breakfast with waffle station. Internet, microwave, refrigerator, 40” LED TV in all rooms. Indoor spa/ pool and Jacuzzi suites with fireplaces available. 5926 Cross Creek Blvd. (260) 490-6060 (800) 528-1234 plusfortwayneinnandsuitesnorth

Comfort Suites - North Located just off I-69 across from Parkview Hospital, near Carmike Cinemas. Amenities: heated indoor pool, complimentary deluxe hot breakfast, microwave/ mini-refrigerator in each room, fitness center, business center and meeting room. Various suites available. 3302 E. Dupont Rd. (260) 480-7030

I-69/311B. Non-smoking rooms, microwave, refrigerator, ironing board and hairdryers. Free Cable, 26” TV - HBO - ESPN. Free high speed internet, grab and go breakfast. Weekly rates available. 1401 W. Washington Ctr. Rd. (888) 315-2378 • (260) 489-3588

Candlewood Suites SEE AD ON PAGE 75

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, on-site fitness room and free access to Spiece Fitness.

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

North I-69, Exit 311B, make a right turn at the first traffic light. In-room amenities: microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hair dryer, free continental breakfast, free local calls, USA Today, free high-speed wireless internet and a 32” Flat panel TV with cable, HBO, ESPN and CNN. 1161 W. Washington Ctr. Rd. (260) 489-6556

5775 Coventry Ln. • (260) 436-4300

Don Hall’s Guesthouse SEE AD ON PAGE 81

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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.

Days Inn

5251 Distribution Dr. (260) 484-1400

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1150 S. Harrison St. (260) 490-3629

Comfort Suites - Southwest

Americas Best Value Inn

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown/ Convention Center

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For $89.00 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 Ctr. Rd. (260) 489-2524 • (800) 348-1999



Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

Fairfield Inn & Suites South by Marriott

Our studio style suites feature a new, fresh, open layout with contemporary decor and comfort bedding. Our hotels offer business and leisure travelers alike all the amenities they need, including fully-equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi and on-premise laundry facilities. Pet friendly.

Conveniently located at Exit 311B off I-69, near Exelis & Raytheon. One of Fort Wayne’s newest 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.

The NEW Fairfield Inn & Suites features 91 expanded size guest rooms offering amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool, exercise room, & HOT breakfast. Located within close proximity to Fort Wayne International Airport, Plex Sports Center South and Lutheran Medical Center.

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

6021 Lima Rd. (260) 442-3040

7737 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 436-1000

Extended Stay America

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

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One of Fort Wayne’s newest extended stay facilities! Spacious Studio and One-Bedroom Suites, complete with Full Kitchens, Heated Indoor Pool, Outdoor Gazebo with Grill for Cook-outs, Pet Friendly, Free High Speed Internet throughout. Convenient location at I-69 exit 311A. Full Kitchen Large Workspace Free High-Speed Internet Free Local Phone Calls Candlewood Cupboard Free Guest Laundry Free Video/CD Lending Library Free Spiece Fitness Access Candlewood Gym Gazebo Grill 24 Hour Business Center Indoor Heated Pool

5251 Distribution Dr. (260) 484-1400

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

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

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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 and Penthouse Suites, full kitchens and complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily. Outdoor pool and shuttle available. 4919 Lima Rd. • (260) 484-4700

Hampton Inn Southwest

Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Center



Indoor pool, Jacuzzis, breakfast buffet, business and fitness centers, meeting room, cocktail reception Mon-Thurs, Hilton HHonors Points. Close to shopping, entertainment, attractions, restaurants and downtown. Shuttle available for corporate travel or qualified wedding blocks.

Newly-renovated with refrigerators and microwaves throughout. Attached to Grand Wayne Center. Complimentary airport transportation and Wi-Fi. Restaurants/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.

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

1150 S. Harrison St. 260.490.3629

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

1020 S. Calhoun St. • (260) 420-1100

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Hilton Garden Inn

Holiday Inn at IPFW & The Memorial Coliseum


I-69, Exit 302. Enjoy our comfortable and spacious rooms with microwave, fridge, Keurig coffee maker, complimentary Wi-Fi and guest laundry facility. Indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness facility. Airport shuttle, banquet facility and catering services. 8615 US Hwy 24 West (260) 435-1777

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151 rooms and suites with a shuttle to the Memorial Coliseum, Glenbrook Mall 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 fullservice hotel including The Faculty Lounge and The Mastodon Grill. Breakfast and dinner served daily. 6,000+ sq. ft. of meeting or banquet space.

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4111 Paul Shaffer Dr. (260) 482-3800


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By Hilton

Where your satisfaction is Guaranteed!

• Free Hot • Wireless Internet Breakfast Buffet • Cocktail 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

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

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


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

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Hotel Fort Wayne

Located at I-69 exit 302, Hwy 24, featuring newly refreshed guestrooms and suites, indoor pool, whirlpool, complimentary hot breakfast and highspeed internet. Suites include microwave, refrigerator and wet bar. Next to shopping and entertainment. Stay smart at Holiday Inn Express!



Howard Johnson Inn Coliseum

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

I-69, exit 312A. Full-service hotel features 222 rooms including concierge level with a concierge lounge and large fitness center. Concierge king rooms with upgrades. Full-service restaurant, bar and grill, over 18,000 sq .ft. of meeting and banquet space with free Wi-Fi.

5915 Ellison Rd. • (260) 459-1888

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

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

I-69 Exit 312A, behind Bob Evans. Free continental breakfast, Wi-Fi and business center. Each room includes flat screen TV, microwave and refrigerator. Close to Glenbrook Square, Memorial Coliseum, IPFW Campus, Zoo, restaurants and entertainment. Close to Pierre’s night club, Earlybirds and downtown. 522 E. Coliseum Blvd. (260) 484-8326

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

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


Hyatt Place

Motel 6


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

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.

A Grand Experience

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

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

Northeast Indiana Hospitality Association Lasalle Fort Wayne Downtown Inn A boutique hotel with jazz cabaret. The exquisite 1842 home of Civil War hero Sion Bass is next to the main 1901 Neo-Classical house – the intimate venue for Fort Wayne Jazz Cabaret, in association with the IPFW Department of Music.

We are an organization dedicated to and engaged in furthering the lodging, restaurant and attraction industries in the region. Our goal is to work together as a unit to make sure the groups or individuals coming into this region are provided with the finest hospitality the area can offer. www.facebook.comNortheastIndiana HospitalityAssociation

517 W. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-0851 • (877) 422-0851

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

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1020 S Calhoun St • Fort Wayne 1-260-420-1100 Call 800.767.7752 I I 79

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

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

I-69, EXIT 302 • 8621 US Hwy. 24 West Fort Wayne, IN 46804 • (260) 432-5100 • 1-800-CALL-HOME View our packages online at - Turn to page 95 for our special offers.

Relax & Recharge! · Spacious rooms with mini-fridge, microwave oven, Keurig coffee maker and 42” HDTV · Complimentary WIFI & 24-hour business center · Indoor pool, whirlpool & fitness center · Garden Grille & Bar featuring made to order breakfast and full dinner service · Meeting facilities for up to 160 people · Wedding reception & rehearsals up to 120 people · Complimentary airport shuttle (7 am - 9 pm) · Complimentary parking!

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Quality Inn

Residence Inn by Marriott

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


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

Red Roof Inn We keep your comfort in mind and will always offer what you truly want - quality accommodations at the best value possible. 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

Newly remodeled! Relax in spacious suites, all with fully equipped kitchens and work areas, some with fireplaces. Enjoy luxurious bedding, home-style breakfast buffet, manager’s social Mon-Wed, sports court, indoor pool and fitness facility. Pet friendly. Shuttle for business travel and qualified wedding blocks. 7811 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 432-8000

Staybridge Suites SEE AD ON PAGE 82

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 MonWed. Complimentary guest laundry. Pet-friendly. 5925 Ellison Rd. • (260) 432-2427

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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 Mall, shopping, Spiece Fieldhouse, restaurants and the Children’s Zoo. 5710 Challenger Parkway (260) 489-0050

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lodging 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 5925 Ellison Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 260.432.2427 NEARBY

Fort Wayne’s

Top Rated Hotel

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!

TownePlace Suites by Marriott SEE AD ON PAGE 82

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 allsuite hotel has full kitchenettes, free high speed internet access, 24-hour exercise room, indoor pool and complimentary continental breakfast. 3949 Ice Way • (260) 483-1160 www.towneplacefortwaynenorth. com

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Holiday Inn Express Auburn SEE AD ON PAGE 84

Located at exit 329 off I-69, 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne. Minutes away from Auctions America by RM Auction Park and many museums. On-site fitness center. Guestrooms include FREE high speed internet, complimentary Express Breakfast, pet friendly and USA Today. 404 Touring Dr., Auburn, IN (260) 925-1900


La Quinta Inn- Auburn, IN SEE AD ON PAGE 84

Premier 66 room hotel off I-69, exit 329, just 15 minutes north of Fort Wayne, near Auburn museums. Free bright side breakfast, whirlpool suites available, heated indoor pool and hot tub. Business Center. Free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly. Banquet facility, and catering available. 306 Touring Dr., Auburn, IN (260) 920-1900

Potawatomi Inn Resort & Conference Center - Angola In Pokagon State Park, I-69 at exit 354. Tollroad exit 144. Overlooks beautiful Lake James. 137 guest rooms with two restaurants. Indoor pool, game room, library, gift shop and 10,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. Nature Center, horseback riding, seasonal toboggan and paved bike trail (rentals available). 6 Lane 100A, Lake James, Angola, IN (260) 833-1077 • (877) 563-4371 potawatomi/

MORE LODGING Avenir Inn - (260) 489-2220 Baymont Inn - (260) 490-8989 Best Way Inn Motel - (260) 747-4950

Oakwood Resort Waterfront hotel featuring 77 spacious rooms and luxury suites, beach, tour boat, The Pier Restaurant & Bar, full-service Aveda Salon/ Spa, banquet facility and conference center. Fort Wayne Readers’ Choice award winner for best hotel! Great moments begin here! 702 E. Lake View Rd., Syracuse, IN (855) 929-2733 • (574) 457-7100

Best Western Luxbury Inn - (260) 436-0242 Coliseum Inn - (260) 424-0975 Country Hearth Inn & Suites - (260) 484-6262 Economy Inn - (260) 449-9539 Fair Oak Motel - (260) 747-8444 Fort Wayne Fun Dome - (260) 739-7464

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lodging AUBURNA U B U R N

wake up on the bright side™ • FREE Express Start FREE Deluxe Breakfast Interstate 69 & S.R. 8 Breakfast Bar Bar Daily (7th Street) Exit 129 • FREE Wireless High FREE Wireless High Speed Internet Speed Internet • Indoor Heated Pool Indoor Heated Pool & Spa 306 Touring Drive with Patio Area with Patio Area Conference Center with • On Site Fitness Center 3 Meeting Rooms to Auburn, IN • FREE Bright Side Breakfast • Banquet Facility accommodate from 4 to 180 people • Business Center • Whirlpool Suites

260-920-1900 • Pet Friendly

• FREE wi-fi • Indoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub

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

Auburn, IN

260-925-1900 • FREE Express Start Breakfast Bar

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

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

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



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Stay as long as you like and have room to unwind at this newly remodeled hotel offering spacious suites and fully equipped kitchens to truly make yourself at home. • Studio & Penthouse Suites • Separate living & sleeping areas • Fully equipped kitchens with refrigerator, microwave & coffee maker • Nonsmoking and ADA – accessible rooms

• Complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily • Guest Laundry facility • 24 hour staffing and business services • Outdoor pool • Shuttle available • Pets permitted

Conveniently located off I-69 Exit 311A by major attractions and shopping 4919 Lima Road • 260-484-4700 84 I VisitFortWayne I 2016

discover your


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 largest public genealogy collection and is housed in a gorgeous $65 million facility. The Genealogy Center is home to over 456,000 print volumes and 660,000 microfilm resources. These holdings include family and local histories from the United States, Virgin Islands, Ireland and Eastern Europe. The five rooms of The Genealogy Center and its online catalog include international collections,

historical periodicals, ship passenger lists, military regimental histories, southern plantation records, Native American census and tribal records – to name a few. The Genealogy Center offers several computer banks for research, as well as wireless internet services throughout the facility. The Genealogy Center is led by a trained genealogy staff and provides free resources to get visitors started in their genealogical research. One way to start is by taking a video tour of the center and reviewing the suggested plan to get started in genealogical research. These planning tools are available on the center’s website at

The Genealogy Center is conveniently located at 900 Library Plaza Drive in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. This location is ideal for visitors who may want to experience the other exciting downtown Fort Wayne attractions, such as the Grand Wayne Center, Parkview Field, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Artlink. Plan a trip to discover your family heritage, right here in Fort Wayne at the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.


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.




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RELAX AND RESTORE Wander through one of over 80 parks and gardens in Fort Wayne. From Freimann Square to Lakeside Park and beyond, there are many things to do and see in all of the Fort Wayne’s parks, gardens, and playgrounds!



relocation&community COMMUNITY INFORMATION


Home & Garden Show

Apartment Association of Fort Wayne & NE Indiana

43rd 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 SEE AD ON PAGE 88

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.

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

6101 Newport Rd., Kalamazoo, MI (269) 323-9484


Indiana Wesleyan University Fort Wayne Education Center

We are a women’s social club open to all women who have recently moved to Fort Wayne or experienced a major life change. Our club is a way to make new friends, explore and settle into your new city. JOIN US and we will help make Fort Wayne feel like home!

A well-respected evangelical Christian university, IWU is home to one of the top master’s degree programs in Indiana as well as a wide variety of accelerated degree completion programs. Courses are taken sequentially in 5-8 weeks to allow for accelerated learning.

Newcomers Club of Fort Wayne

Lancia Homes

Lancia Homes has been building homes in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area since 1975. Our commitment is reflected in the quality of each Lancia home. Visit our office, model or open house to start building your new home.

Lassus Handy Dandy

9430 Lima Rd. • (260) 489-4433

8211 W. Jefferson Blvd. (260) 918-1230


IPFW Hospitality & Tourism Management Department

Parkview Health

(260) 481-6562

Sunoco Mac Food Marts (260) 426-7676

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Manchester University Fort Wayne Campus Situated in the heart of Fort Wayne’s northern medical district and home to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, this 80,000-square-foot 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 33

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890, is a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, offering over 80 undergraduate and graduate programs. Along with traditional programs, USF offers degree options for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. 2701 Spring St. • (260) 399-7999

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

Make a Great Move!

relocation&community EVENT SERVICES

Gordon Food Service (260) 490-8518

Empyrean Events and Catering SEE AD ON PAGE 37

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.

LaHartz Trophies and Awards For over 30 years our family owned business has provided the highest quality of gifts, awards and engraving to the community. Our purpose is to create unparalleled standards available to each of our customers with any budget on any size order. 430 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-0827

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


Serving groups from 10 to 2,000, offering quality food at affordable prices. Delivery, equipment, linens and table services provided in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area to meet your budget. Simple or elegant, we do weddings, corporate events at work, home or anywhere.

Shaffer Multimedia


With Shaffer Multimedia, your event and project is unique unto itself and deserves to be treated as such. Trust Shaffer Multimedia for Audio Visual and content creation needs for your event or custom install and connect with a company that connects with you!

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

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Markey’s Rental & Staging

Golden Corral Catering Services

Sand Point Living Interiors

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

5335 Distribution Dr • (260) 480-0193

Relocating to Fort Wayne? Call us at 1-800-767-7752 to request a relocation packet!

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

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relocation&community FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS


General Credit Union

Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital

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

5818 Maplecrest Rd. (260) 426-1062

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

PRINTING ProFed Federal Credit Union


5818 Maplecrest Rd. • Fort Wayne, IN 46835


Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital (NIVES) serves the area as the only 24-hour emergency and specialty animal hospital. NIVES features board-certified specialists in surgery and internal medicine with veterinarians limiting their practice to the emergency and critical care of companion animals.

ProFed is a full service financial institution with eleven branches serving nine counties in northeast Indiana. ProFed offers FREE checking accounts, low-rate loans, mortgages, ATMs, VISA debit and credit cards, online banking, mobile deposit, commercial services and much more. (260) 483-0514

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EP Graphics Full service printer that will handle all of your printing and design needs. If you are in need of full color brochures, business cards, flyers or large run publication/ catalog printing, give EP Graphics a call. Printing solutions that work. 169 S. Jefferson St., Berne, IN (260) 589-2145

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For all your travel and vacation needs, talk to our AAA Trip Advisers. For your insurance needs, make the switch to auto and home insurance through AAA. Call us today for a free quote. (L-R) Donald Gage-Insurance Agent; Eileen Green-Insurance Agent; Andrew Dietsch-Insurance Agent; Lisa Williams-Travel Agent; Jessi Ferry-Travel Agent and Joe Beier-Insurance Agent. Insurance underwritten by Member Select Insurance Company. 607 Northcrest Shopping Center (260) 484-1542

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Mike Thomas Associates. Relocating to Northeast Indiana? We offer premier relocation services with agents that fit your personal requirements. We manage the process and facilitate smooth transitions. Full comprehensive services for corporations and individuals.

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We brag about our low cost of living in Fort Wayne, but how about our low cost of FUN?! Check out just a few of the countless activities that you and your family can enjoy in our city for free – or almost free! Explore Kids Crossing, Taylor’s Dream, Three Rivers Junction, and our 53 other playgrounds. Or, splash at our sprayground parks, open for free in the summer, starting at 9 a.m. Enjoy Last Saturdays (by the Downtown Improvement District) and participate in free or half-priced events all over downtown. Examine historical documents at the Karpeles Museum, browse the art at Artlink and the Castle Gallery or stroll the sacred at the Cathedral Museum – all of which are free! Grab lunch to go and take it to a free concert at Lunch on the Square during the summer in downtown Fort Wayne.

Browse the newest exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art with free admission on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Catch a free family-friendly film on Wednesday nights all summer long at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Movie Series. Bike, walk, or run on Fort Wayne Trails. Listen to great local music at a Friday Nites Live concert – every Friday of the summer at Jefferson Pointe. In the spring, you can view the beautiful flowers at Foster Park – the tulips are legendary. Or in late summer, hit the Lakeside Rose Garden for the most beautiful specimens in town! Hear a free concert at Rock the Plaza at the Downtown Library, all summer long. Share in the holiday spirit in downtown Fort Wayne at HolidayFest. Uncover local food at Farmers Markets downtown and around the city. Browse the genealogy collection (the nation’s second largest!) at the Allen County Public Library downtown.

Walk through Lindenwood Cemetery and visit the graves (and do grave rubbings) of many of Fort Wayne’s founders. Lindenwood’s office offers a free book about the history and famous people buried there. In winter months, you can go sledding, build a snowman, make snow angels, or feed the squirrels and birds at any of our parks.

And very cheap.... Catch TinCaps Baseball with $5 lawn seats!

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!

Plan a trip to University of Saint Francis Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium. Shows are $4/adults and $3/ children under 18 and seniors.

Soak in the history at Historic Fort Wayne. The Fort’s grounds are open for visitors every day, with special programming monthly.

Taste the secret recipes at DeBrand Fine Chocolates’ behind-the-scenes tour.

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

Take in our affordable museums, including the History Center ($6 for adults), Firefighter’s 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.

To learn more about any of these activities, give our Visitors Center staff a call at 1-800-767-7752 or visit us online at!

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love Fort Wayne in all seasons

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, there are wonderful spots around the Summit City to snap beautiful photos, no matter what time of year. Spring



Take a walk through the gardens of Foster Park and Lakeside Park. These two gems are beautifully landscaped to capture the colors of each season. Foster Park is best known for their massive springtime bulb display, while Lakeside Park wins awards for their rose gardens every year.

Looking for dazzling fall foliage? Explore Fox Island’s miles of wooded trails, including a special trail for exploring autumn colors. A large lake encircled by trees in multitudes of hues presents a beautiful place for a fall picnic as well. The county park and state nature preserve is located southwest of Fort Wayne near Interstate 69, exit 302.

Shoaff Park is known for its sledding and snowy vistas. The rural setting of this park and golf course make it a perfect place to snap pictures of wintery scenes. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, bring your sled and take an action video of your ride. Nearby Metea Park also offers five miles of trails to take in the crisp winter air and stroll in the freshly fallen snow. In addition, you can bundle up for more sledding at Franke Park or skating at Headwaters Park!

Summer Check out the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, open April-October. Their magical menagerie features animals from around the globe. No matter where you point your camera, you’ll be sure to capture something enchanting on your photo safari.

From pumpkin patches to apple orchards and fall festivals there are dozens of places to snap a great family picture – including the Kuehnert Dairy Farm & Fall Festival, Cook’s Orchard and Farm, Hilger Family Farm, or DeGrandchamp’s Pumpkin Patch.

You can also enjoy great views from any seat at Parkview Field. Catch the action in one of America’s top-rated minor league stadiums, and stroll the promenade, taking in the panoramic views of Downtown.

If you’d like to take it a little easier, explore any of Fort Wayne’s parks. Hidden in Headwaters Park downtown, you’ll find a bridge connecting you to The Old Fort. The apex of the bridge offers a great view of Downtown’s buildings that look spectacular when framed by the changing leaves.

For the more adventurous, check out a river tour for great views of the city you can’t see on land. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at Fort Wayne Outfitters.

Of course, if you aren’t an outdoor person, you can head to the Botanical Conservatory for some indoor photography. Warm up your winter with photos of beautiful tropical and desert plants. You’ll also love our many indoor holiday displays at the Botanical Conservatory, the Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre, the Festival of Gingerbread at The History Center, and more!

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When you’re in Fort Wayne, visit the must-see Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, named by TripAdvisor as the 7th best United States zoo and one of the Top 20 zoos in the world. You’ll enjoy more than 1,000 animals, five amazing rides, daily animal shows, and hours of family fun! Plan your adventure today.



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