You can learn a great deal about how to win in business from the champions in the world of college sports. The NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis shares the experience of top college athletes in some 23 events.

Located just four blocks from the Convention Center at 700 W. Washington St., the Hall of Champions has 25,000 square feet of exhibits, including a display of a 1930s-era gymnasium.

In theater video presentations, young champions share their experiences and thoughts on lire as a student-athlete. A March Madness theater provides an intimate look inside the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments.

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The Hall also gives you firsthand athletic experiences, with activities like a downhill skiing simulator and video games in which you throw real balls at moving targets. Visit www.ncaahallofchampions.com.

 

Shopping

The Fashion Mall at Keystone is an upscale shopping center offering 95 specialty shops and restaurants. Just 20 minutes from the Convention Center at 8702 Keystone Crossing, its high-end anchors including Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. With a host of luxury and specialty retailers, it attracts discriminating shoppers from all over the Midwest. Visit www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=166.

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Fine dining

Osteria Pronto takes you straight to the heart of Italy. Just a block from the Convention Center at 10 S. West St., this bistro-style restaurant serves dishes inspired by authentic regional Italian cuisine in an inviting environment with fresh fare made from fine locally sourced ingredients. Located inside the new JW Marriott hotel, it offers menus full of Mediterranean flavors at lunch or dinner, along with a carefully chosen wine list. Dinner entree prices range from $11 to $34. Visit www.osteriapronto.com.

 

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Casual dining

Since 1986, Bazbeaux Pizza has been an Indianapolis favorite. One of three locations is downtown at 333 Massachusetts Ave., two minutes from the Convention Center. Bazbeaux is a multiyear winner of the Indianapolis Monthly magazine People’s Choice Award for pizza. It offers innovative pizzas with fresh ingredients and a choice of 52 toppings.

All pizzas are made with a blend of provolone, mozzarella and Pecorino romano cheeses and homemade dough and tomato sauce. You can choose wheat or white crust, thin or thick. Toppings, besides the basics, include Andouille sausage, Mexican sausage, barbecue or Cajun chicken, albacore tuna, crab, shrimp, snow pea pods, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and black bean dip. Salads and sandwiches are also available. Visit www.bazbeaux.com.

 

Arts/Entertainment

To give the kids a thrill during Expo days, it’s worth a 10-minute drive to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, at 3000 N. Meridian St. Billed as the world’s largest children’s museum, this five-story playground is built for kids of all ages, with nearly 500,000 square feet, more than 120,000 artifacts, 12 permanent exhibits, and many temporary exhibits. Some 1.3 million people visited last year.

Highlights include roaring dinosaurs, science experiments, an antique carousel, and the five-story Fireworks of Glass. The museum aims to create learning experiences with engaging exhibits and interpretive activities. Visit www.childrensmuseum.org.


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