At one time, Fountain Square served as a sort of downtown for the southside, and that energy persists still in this hub of quirky creativity. Designated as one of the city’s cultural districts, Fountain Square is also home to three national historic districts, and is home to a unique commercial district where you’ll find plenty of one-of-a-kind shops. Foodies consistently rate Bluebeard and Milktooth as top restaurants in the state. The vintage lanes at Atomic Bowl Duckpin offer a great way to spend an evening, as do the tiki drinks at The Inferno Room and the swanky speakeasy atmosphere of The Brass Ring Lounge.
Bates-Hendricks is just south and east of downtown’s commercial district. This largely residential neighborhood is especially friendly to bike commuters and features strikingly unique one- and two-story homes. Many houses in the neighborhood have been featured on the show Good Bones, and it is home to the Two Chicks District Co. retail store. As you explore you might notice irises everywhere - planted and in artistic imagery- since it is a historical neighborhood tradition to plant them.
Old Southside allows its residents to enjoy a neighborhood experience while still being connected to city life. There’s a lot of neighborhood pride to be found in this diverse community filled with historic houses and tree-lined streets. The corned beef sandwich at local institution Shapiro’s is legendary, and the flaming saganaki at Greek Islands is a fan favorite.
Garfield Park is a vibrant, artistic neighborhood named for the 128-acre park at its heart. The lush park features a huge conservatory, a picturesque sunken garden, an aquatic center, an amphitheater that draws national and international acts, an art center, numerous trails to explore, and large, wooded tracts of land. Additionally, you’ll find a full schedule of yearly festivals at the park, including Jazz Fest, Irish Fest, and the Garfield Park Arts and Music fest. Garfield Park offers a family-friendly oasis that’s a mere 10 minutes from downtown. Two art institutions, the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car Collaborative have attracted artists from a variety of disciplines to the area.
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