• Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016
  • Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016
  • Beyond the Borders: Three Exciting Events, One Weekend in Indianapolis

    POSTED August 5, 2016

Hello readers,

Summer is all about the road trips. If you’re looking for a day adventure for your group that’s economical and convenient, consider crossing the border into Indiana and head to Indianapolis

A number of initiatives have put the state's capital on the map lately. It was named the number-one convention city in America by USA Today, and proved its stature by hosting the notable 84th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in late June that welcomed everyone from journalist Ann Curry to entertainer Lady Gaga and the honorable Dalai Lama.

The city is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, founded in 1916 by former U.S. Vice President Charles Warren Fairbanks, Eli Lilly, civic leader Henry H. Hornbrook and others. It was one of the first community foundations in the country that established a number of local nonprofits. On Aug. 27, the dazzling IN Light IN festival and special gala will mark the occasion with $1 million in grants to organizations with similar missions. But that’s not the only event coming to town. Here are three ways to enjoy one weekend in Indiana:

IN Light IN
Features 20 artist-led light installations, projections and fashion programs along the city’s Central Canal and Cultural Trail.

Aug. 26–27

Central Canal & Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Downtown Indianapolis

9 p.m.–1 a.m.


Indianapolis Wine Festival
Sip on more than 250 wines from around the world, plus sommelier-led seminars, local cuisine, pairing tips and live music.

August 2627

American Legion Mall, Downtown Indianapolis

510:30 p.m. on Friday; 3:309:00 p.m. on Saturday


Dig IN
Indiana food, agriculture and chefs are on display with a series of experiences, conversation and delicious bites. Look for special highlights on locally produced, locally sourced cuisine and spirits.

Aug. 28

Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis

124 p.m.


Happy Planning!

Hello readers,

The tides are turning with new venues in Chicago, with some of the most creative spaces we’ve seen opening in recent years. The brand-new Shore Club is one of those standouts. The seasonal structure, placed square on the sand near North Avenue Beach and with floor-to-ceiling windows offering unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, evokes a coastal vacation feeling many would travel to exotic locations to find—but is right in our own backyard.


These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Melissa Carroll was recently hired as head bartender at South Water Kitchen.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as head bartender?


Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have named 2017 as the "Year of Public Art", and some of Chicago's hottest hotels will be housing living, breathing art installations. Chicago's reputation as a host of cultural and artistic inclusivity has inspired hotels to showcase art in their spaces for the rest of the year. Some of the hotels that will be hosting art pieces are the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel; The Blackstone, Autograph Collection; and Thompson Chicago.