Downtown Indy Cultural Districts

Wholesale District

Bright lights and marquees highlight the best performances in town. Doormen in tuxedos greet guests. Circle Centre mall delights the most meticulous shoppers. Bustling sidewalks overflow with excited visitors taking in the scenery. Monument Circle beckons all. Welcome to the main event. Amidst Downtown's historic buildings and newest skyscrapers in the heart of the business district, you'll find the biggest names and the brightest attractions the city has to offer. In the Wholesale District, entertainment is front and center.

Welcome to the Main Event

In the Wholesale District, entertainment is front and center. Amid Downtown’s historic buildings and modern skyscrapers, in the heart of the business and entertainment district, you’ll find the biggest names and brightest attractions. From world-class shopping and professional sports to concerts and theater, it’s all here among fine hotels and signature restaurants.

This is home to Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Circle Centre Mall, Rhythm Discover Centre and Indianapolis Artsgarden to name just a few of its unique destinations.

Increasingly, people want to be in the heart of the action 24/7. A range of residential options meets this need. The Wholesale District is home to trendy lofts, condos and apartments. 

Art & Architecture

Created as a tribute to Hoosier war heroes who died in pre-World War I conflicts, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands 284 feet, 6 inches tall - just 15 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty. A glass-enclosed balcony at the 230-foot mark is a splendid perch for looking out on the city.

Union Station, (1888)Indianapolis' Romanesque Revival railroad station, was the first in the nation to house three railroad companies under one roof - hence the name "Union" Station.

The Indianapolis Gas Company built the city's first steel-frame skyscraper:The Majestic Building (1896). The 10-story building is in the Romanesque Revival style. It now houses offices and a restaurant.

Billed as the finest movie palace west of Manhattan, Circle Theatre was a favorite venue of performers for many decades. During 1982-84, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra renovated the building, making it the orchestra’s home.

A Spanish Baroque facility is home to the Indiana Repertory Theatre (1928).

Formerly the Big Four Railroad Building/Chesapeake Building (1930), this art deco building was the height of architectural fashion with its glazed terra cotta ornamentation. It's now the Hampton Inn.

Circle Centre's (1995)exterior incorporates the facades of eight landmark buildings. Two other classic facades and nine entire historic buildings are part of the mall.  Further, the Indianapolis Artsgarden connects Circle Centre to Wholesale District hotels, attractions and convention sites. 

111 Monument Circle,
Ste. 1900
Indianapolis, IN 46204
  (317) 237-2222