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MWLUG 2013 - Extra Info For Visitors

Sam Bridegroom  |  Posted Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 11:42:08 AM

I hope you you're planning to attend MWLUG 2013 this August 21-23 in Indianapolis. If you haven't registered yet, go do it now. The agenda has been published, and the session list is excellent!

If you are going to be here, speaking on behalf of the resident Hoosiers, welcome to the city. There's a lot to do and see here, so I thought I'd take a few minutes to provide some logistical support. If you're planning on arriving early or staying an extra day or two (or just need to take a break), here's what you'll want/need to know. Everything listed below is within walking distance from the Crowne Plaza hotel (unless otherwise noted).

Take a walk over to the Central Canal and do the canal walk and the White River State Park area. It's two blocks from the Crowne Plaza, so you have no excuses. Things that are directly attached to or are in very close proximity to the canal walk:
- USS Indianapolis Memorial
- Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial
- Indiana State Museum
- The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
- The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens
- NCAA National Office and Hall of Champions

Lucas Oil Stadium - home of the Indianapolis Colts and a wide variety of other things. They do offer tours.
Monument Circle - the heart of Downtown Indianapolis.

If you're not opposed to a short drive or cab ride, I'd also recommend:
- Children's Museum of Indianapolis (the clock in the lobby is really cool)
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)
- Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)

The week/weekend before the MWLUG conference:
Red Bull Moto GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Aug 16-18.  So if you're a fan of motorcycle races and can/want to make it in early, just letting you know this is going on.
GenCon August 15-18, Indiana Convention Center - Gen Con Indy is the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world (or so they claim). Again, just letting you know.

Both of these are big events (100,000+ people each) - so if they're of interest to you, check/update your accommodations sooner rather than later!

On Wednesday 8/21:
I realize that this conflicts with the agenda events of Wednesday evening, but the WNBA Indiana Fever host the San Antonio Silver Stars at 7:00PM in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. I'll be attending the game (season ticket holder), and if there are three of you out there that would like to join me, let me know (seats are center court, about 12 rows up - just FYI). The Fieldhouse is like the Taj Mahal of basketball places - which is important when you live in Indiana. Sorry, MWLUG Sponsors - no offense intended if I miss the showcase.

On Saturday 8/24:
There's a 5K race - the Colts Back to Football Run - that will finish on the 50-yard-line of Lucas Oil Stadium. Later that day, there's also a Colts Pre-Season Game at Lucas Oil Stadium - 7:00 PM vs the Cleveland Browns. If you are interested in attending, I have two tickets that can be had for 1/2 face value - contact me or leave a comment if you're interested.

Places to Drink (and eat, I guess):
Scotty's Brewhouse - one of my favorite places. Great food, great/many beers and most of all great service.
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
The RAM Restaurant and Brewery
Hard Rock Cafe Indianapolis

Escalating in price:
- St Elmo's (the shrimp cocktail is legendary, the steaks are great)
- Harry and Izzy's
- Palomino
- Morton's Steakhouse
- McCormick and Schmicks
- Fogo de Chao (Brazilian steakhouse, where it's delivered via skewer)
- Weber Grill

For a more complete listing of options, here's the Downtown Restaurant listing from the Visit Indy site.

If you're interested in getting to an actual micro brewery, there are several in and around Indianapolis (since beer seems to be the great commonality/equalizer with this group). The list is long - I'd go here to see a more comprehensive collection of descriptions. I might also suggest looking into the Indy Brew Bus (which is a genius idea, I might add) - and as of this posting it looks like there's availability Thursday through Sunday.

Of course there are the chain location things - Panera, Qdoba, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, Subway and the like, all within a short walk from the hotel.

I know I've missed some things, so I'm sure the locals will contribute their thoughts and recommendations in the comments (that's your gentle nudge to do so). If you have questions or want to stake a claim to tickets, post a comment or tweet at me (@sambridegroom).

Looking forward to seeing everyone in August!

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