The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Chatham Arch, IN

Indianapolis Central Library | © Serge Melki/Flickr
Indianapolis Central Library | © Serge Melki/Flickr
Photo of Anna T. Wilson
9 February 2017

Chatham Arch in Indianapolis is a beautiful, quaint, and preserved district, filled with small establishments that make a big mark, and well-known businesses that are still humbled and gracious to customers and tourists. This district is a growing area that has the help of local businesses and establishments to become a district united in its mission to be noticed accepted, and visited by history enthusiasts and tourists alike. Below is a list of what to do and see in this thriving area of Indiana‘s capital city.

Truffles | © David Leggett/Flickr

The Best Chocolate In Town

Taste The Best Chocolate in Town and their long list of chocolates, caramel, toffees, truffles, chocolate covered pretzels, and more! Their specialty is their fresh, smooth, handmade truffles which come in over 40 different flavors. Incredible truffle flavors include chocolate chip cheesecake made with a milk shell and white ganache, chocolate chips and cream cheese; and then there is the dark and stormy truffle that has a dark shell and white ganache with ground ginger and spiced rum for extra flavor. Take advantage of their wide variety of beautifully decorated chocolate delights and find a sweet treat perfect for your tastes here.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

880 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 636 2800


The mission of IndyFringe is to help independent artists through creating an environment that is open to any style, background, ethnicity; it is an open and accessible creative outlet. It also was founded on the basis of discovering the extraordinary youth of Indianapolis, up-and-coming artists with the potential to become highly respected artists in the future. IndyFringe hosts year-round theater events on both of their theater stages: IndyFringe Basile Theater and the Indy Eleven Theater. A known event is the IndyFringe Festival, that lasts 11 days every August, where uncensored festivities occur with 64 groups performing at eight venues, totalling to over 384 individual performances.

719 E Saint Clair St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 522 8099

Chatham Home Interior

Award-winning interior designer Hope and her mother, Faith, run Chatham Housethe family owned and operated furniture store with unique options that are modern, simple, and antiquated. To make your future purchases even more of a steal, pricing is honest and do not fluctuate to benefit the store, but to benefit the customer as the buyer; this is possible through the manufacturer’s discount and the place is the best for getting a deal on quality items. Their furniture is made of solid wood because that is the only furniture that Chatham Home furniture believes in and the owners feel that hollowed wood is not durable and it is hard to make that kind of furniture last through generations.

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11am-6pm

517 E Walnut St., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 917 8550

Comedysportz Indianapolis

Live, interactive, rated E for Everyone entertainment awaits visitors at Comedysportz Indianapolis. Since 1993, the improvised comedy from this local laugh factory has been lifting spirits and making their mark on the world of comedy in their community. The name does not mean that it is all jokes about football, soccer, basketball, and cricket; the name actually means that there is a winner and each team that plays has a chance to outwit the other team. They compare themselves to the art of the long-running improvised comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Comedysportz have performances every week that are often based on suggestions from fans with great ideas.

Opening hours: Thurs-Fri 7:30pm-9pm, Sat 7:30pm-9pm and 10pm-11:30pm

721 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis, IN, +1 317 951 8499

Firefighters Museum & Survive Alive

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The Firefighters Museum & Survive Alive is dedicated to living and fallen heroes who fight fires, save lives, save homes, and protect the buildings of their city. This history of firefighting is appreciated deeply at this museum and many of the tools that people normally see only on the television, or far too quickly as a fire truck passes by in a hurry, are available to view. You can see the hand pumper, horse-drawn hose cart, horse-drawn steam pumper, and many more older and current tools used for putting out fires, transporting said tools, and gear. To get a better understanding of an under-appreciated profession and lifestyle, stop through and learn some fun facts about extraordinary heroes.

Phoenix Theater Indianapolis

The performances at the Phoenix Theater are intimate and personal. They are a member of the Actors’ Equity Union and every season, Phoenix Theater gives 100 professional artists the opportunity to hone their skills, gain experience, and practice their craft. They are also a part of the National New Play Network, which is an alliance of the United State’s non-profit professionals, who support the constant growth and development of new plays.

Outliers Brewing Company

Outliers Brewing Company is a company that makes a large amount of beer while maintaining a high quality and in good timing. They have both signature and seasonal beers and like many places, signature items seem to be available for a limited time only. While this can be disappointing, Outliers give their customers the opportunity to taste their products by making all of the their beers available every day of the year at different establishments around their area. The beers include the buffalo jacket IPA, whitcomb rye, and the county brown beers. These beers only make up a fraction of what the brewery has created and if you want to try some, go and explore the brewery and find out where to purchase your new favorite beer.

534 E North St., Indianapolis, IN

St. Joseph Brewery

St. Joseph Brewery is unlike many others because it is actually in the same building that the old St. Joseph’s Church used to be. The owners retained the beautiful architecture and dim lighting of the church before they arrived and turned it into the successful establishment it is now. They serve American cuisine, burgers, steak, seafood, sandwiches and more, all at reasonable prices that do not jeopardize the quality of food.

Walk Along Massachusetts Avenue

Massachusetts Avenue has many beautiful sights, places to eat, and places to shop. The historical architecture of the building is very apparent and ranges from building to building. The Hammond Block, The Athenaeum, The Marott Building, and others all have structures, and a history behind them, that make them unique. The Hammond Block was a home to a wide range of offices and the storefront window hoods are made of cast iron and reminiscent of Italianate classic.

Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN

University Park

Just a mere block from the World War Memorial Building is the peaceful, beautiful, fresh, and clean University Park. Directly in the center of the park is the Indiana War Memorial, which is as intriguing as it is beautiful, and eye opening. This park is perfect for sightseeing as well as a great place to take a rest from the day’s activities, explore more of the city and its people, or to just leisurely walk without abandon and take in the fresh air around you. It is good way to start the morning and it is a relaxing way to end the night.

431 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN

By Anna Wilson

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