45 Degrees from Ordinary: Explore the Mass Avenue Cultural District!


Massachusetts Avenue is the spoke that flows to the northeast from Monument Circle.

The Mass Avenue Cultural District is a five-block area ripe with theaters, restaurants, art galleries, and, most attractively for shoppers, a number of eclectic, independent boutiques (15-minute walk to Mass Avenue).

You will encounter unique finds on each block, from Stout’s Shoes (the nation’s oldest shoe store, established in 1886), to Silver In The City/At Home In The City (offering silver jewelry and unique gift items), to The Best Chocolate In Town (which is fairly self-descriptive). Venture to the Athenaeum (pictured) for a stein of German lager in the historic Rathskeller biergarten, try local craft beers at Ralston’s Drafthouse, or sip a cocktail at the prohibition-era ball&biscuit. Foodies can indulge in American-modern cuisine at Mesh or take down a platter of tacos at Bakersfield.

At the end is the Indy Reads Bookstore where proceeds support adult literacy and education programs in Central Indiana (Additional 15-minute walk to bookstore).

Discover Mass Ave and take in Indy culture at its finest, “45 Degrees from Ordinary.”

Your Local Host Committee Co-chairs,

Ken Boyd and Robert Roethemeyer

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