club in the late 1970s that featured some of
the best artists of rock, jazz, bluegrass and
blues. It reopened in 2016 as a restaurant
with menu items such as shrimp andouille
fries, pulled pork smothered in barbeque
sauce and apple pierogi for dessert.
“Music is still a big part of Vegetable
Buddies, and you can dance the night away
as live music fills the air,” Franz said. “At-
tendees will be able to network and have a
great time as they taste delicious food with
awesome bands performing.”
Groups convening in Fort Wayne can
count on the Grand Wayne Convention
Center (GWCC) for standout daytime and
evening group events.
“GWCC is designed to transition its fully
carpeted and polished terrazzo meeting
spaces into perfect prime-time evening
event spaces complete with on-site gour-
met catering and F&B service,” said Marcy
McKinley, director of sales and marketing
for the GWCC. “GWCC’s staff is able to
customize its AV and event graphics and
guest amenities to complement the event’s
theme, providing an overall enhanced
Located across the street from the Grand
Wayne Convention Center in the heart
of downtown Fort Wayne are two roof-
top venues that are available for evening
group events. Parkview Field Minor League
Baseball stadium also offers space at its 400
Club for groups.
“Some of the best nights out in Fort
Wayne are spent overlooking the city,” said
Kristen Guthrie, director of marketing for
Visit Fort Wayne. “Whether your group
chooses to relax on the roof of the historic
Embassy Theatre or take in a ballgame
from the roof of the 400 Club, located right
in center field, they’ll love seeing our great
city from new heights.”
Fort Wayne also has a pair of entertain-
ment centers, Crazy Pinz and Georgetown
Entertainment, which both offer more than
50,000 square feet dedicated to fun. Both
are perfect for nighttime teambuilding
activities such as bowling, mini golf, laser
tag and more.
“The private bowling suites create a
personal environment for your group,
and the personal food and drink service
adds a level of relaxation to the evening,”
Situated nearby Lafayette-West Lafay-
ette, Wolf Park is an educational facility
that studies wolf behavior and is also home
to foxes, coyotes and bison. Here, groups
can book a program called Howl Night,
during which participants learn about
these wonderful animals and are then
taught how to howl so that the wolves will
“It’s a fun experience, and even though
I’ve done it many times it always gives me
chills,” said Ashley Gregory, director of
sales for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. “It’s
amazing to hear these animals. Need a din-
ner location? Wolf Park’s Wright Center can
hold groups of up to 100 for catered meals.”
Lafayette is also home to two breakout
rooms, Rugged Xscape and Mission Break-
out: Lafayette, both of which encourage
fun and camaraderie as the group solves
puzzles and clues to get out of a themed
In Muncie, the Horizon Convention
Center (HCC) now offers an Amazing Race-
type scavenger hunt that challenges visiting
groups at the end of the day.
The app guides teams through a series of
hints that lead to 12 downtown locations
where teams either answer a question or
participate in a physical challenge/activity.
Latest + Greatest
➜ Indianapolis Marriott Downtown (www.
indymarriott.com), which has direct access via skyway to the Indiana Convention Center, is undergoing a complete
transformation. The property’s 622
guest rooms and 40,000 square feet of
meeting space will debut new amenities
and decor in 2018.
➜ Embassy Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Downtown (http://embassysuites3.
hilton.com) is undergoing a $20 million
renovation, including updates to its 360
guest rooms, meeting space and public
➜ Ironworks Hotel Indy (http://ironworks
hotel.com/indianapolis), a boutique
hotel, recently opened with 120 guest
rooms and 1, 100 square feet of event
➜ Aloft South Bend ( www.aloftsouthbend.
com) opened in September in the
former Chase Tower. The hotel features
187 guest rooms and meeting space,
including a ballroom that accommodates up to 225 people.
➜ The 140-room Courtyard South Bend
Downtown ( www.marriott.com) is scheduled to open in February 2018 directly
across the street from the Century Center convention center.
➜ A Hampton Inn & Suites (http://hamp
toninn3.hilton.com) hotel, attached to
the Grand Wayne Convention Center,
is on track to open in 2019 with 125
➜ Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
( www.memorialcoliseum.com) recently
added 30,000 square feet of conference center space.
➜ Hampton Inn & Suites West Lafayette
( http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com) opened
early 2017 with 105 guest rooms and
event space for up to 75 people.
➜ The 128-room Double Tree by Hilton Lafayette East (http://doubletree3.hilton.
com) opened in fall 2017 with 3,000
square feet of meeting space.
➜ The 241-room Double Tree by Hilton Evansville (http://doubletree3.
hilton.com) opened in February 2017
with 12,000 square feet of banquet
and meeting space, including the
6,480-square-foot Grand Ballroom. The
property is connected via a glass-en-closed skywalk to the Old National
Events Plaza, Evansville’s convention
center, as well as the 11,000-seat Ford
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