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 “Best of Indy” by Robert Hoke

Greetings, AEA365 readers! Liz DiLuzio here, Lead Curator of the blog. Registration for this year’s conference is officially open, and our local hosts at the Indiana Evaluation Association (IEA) are working with the AEA team to ensure our time in lovely Indianapolis is a fulfilling one. This week’s posts feature the voices of IEA’s members. Happy reading!

Welcome to the last post of Local Arrangements Working Group Week on AEA365. I am Robert Hoke, an Indianapolis- based independent consultant, an AEA Conference attendee since 2001, and a member of this year’s Local Arrangement Working Group. 

For this post, we decided to crowd-source the material by asking the members of the LAWG and others from the Indiana Evaluation Association to share with us their favorite places and things in Indy that they always recommend to their out-of-town visitors. 

Feel free to contact us at indianaevaluation@gmail.com if you have questions about activities or places in Indianapolis.


Recommended by an IEA Member:

Many of these restaurants are our members’ favorites for special occasions, and we recommend evaluating their prices in advance.

And Visit Indy’s Recommendations


Recommended by an IEA Member:

And here is Do317’s list of Indy’s Best Bars. (Bars in the Wholesale District are walkable, Mass Ave Bars are about 1 to 1 ½ miles away.)


Our Recommendations:

And Downtown Indy’s Map of Places to Shop

Things To Do

Our Recommendations:

Some additional lists:

Rad Resources

We also shared these resources in our first post.

Visit Indy (https://www.visitindy.com/evaluation2023/ ) has been the LAWG go-to site for information to share with our fellow conference attendees. An excellent site for information on things to do, events, restaurants, and general tips for Indy visitors.

Downtown Indy (https://downtownindy.org/) compliments the Visit Indy site with more detailed information about downtown neighborhoods and events.

AEA’s Visitor’s Guide: (Coming Soon).  The Local Arrangements Working Group is preparing a tailored visitor guide for the AEA Conference.  Look for more details in pre-conference announcements. The LAWG will also be staffing an information table throughout the conference, so please plan to pick up the visitor’s guide or learn more about things to do in downtown Indy.

We’re looking forward to the Evaluation 2023 conference all this week with our colleagues in the Local Arrangements Working Group (LAWG). Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this AEA365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the AEA365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to contribute to AEA365? Review the contribution guidelines and send your draft post to AEA365@eval.org. The views and opinions expressed on the AEA365 blog are solely those of the original authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of the American Evaluation Association, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

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