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Monday, February 20, 2017

Guest blog provided by Erika Dowell, Assistant Director and Head of Public Services at the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Abraham Lincoln has a special place in the hearts of many Americans, especially those who grew up in the same places that Lincoln grew up: Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.... Read More

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February is all about love: the love of music, theater, art, and more! And we're positively in love with these upcoming events. Make sure you make time for the things you love this month. Drama, comedy, musicals, and more, the spring theater season in Bloomington is looking good. From Row after... Read More

Friday, January 27, 2017

By Erica Sagon A new type of crafting and artistry has become popular recently, and as a hub of creativity, Bloomington has a wealth of makers and opportunities to build and buy hand-crafted works. Bloomington has happily grown into a hub for indie, handmade goods — think along the lines of a quirky... Read More

Thursday, January 26, 2017

When the weather isn't cooperating there's no shame in hanging out inside. Check out these 5 dive bars that are local gems in their own right. Some offer stiff drinks at cheap prices and others have your favorite games but they all will show you a good time. The Office Lounge - Part bar, part... Read More

Thursday, January 26, 2017

From seeing miles of rolling hills stretched out beneath you to exploring deep gorges in the forest, Bloomington’s seemingly countless hiking trails and nature preserves gives everyone, regardless of skill level, the opportunity to experience the wonders that southern Indiana’s natural landscape... Read More

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You don't have to have a significant other to have fun. We've already rounded up all things Valentine's Day but if you and your girls want more, come down to Bloomington for a weekend and have the ultimate Galentine's Weekend. What is Galentine's Day? Ladies celebrating ladies. Traditionally... Read More

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Make your way through the Bloomington area on foot or on two wheels with these handy city trails. Walking, running, and biking through Bloomington and Monroe County is easy and safe with the extensive trail system that crisscrosses through the city and beyond. If you’re looking for a convenient... Read More

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pizza is a staple in any college student’s diet, so it’s not a surprise that Bloomington boasts dozens of pizza places. Check out a few local favorites featuring classic and unique flavors. Bloomington is a town of passionate pizza aficionados; it is a thing. Every college town has pizza lovers but... Read More

Monday, January 16, 2017

There’s lots of love going on in February… To help with your Valentine’s Day plans we’ve rounded up all things love for you: gift ideas, events, restaurant specials and more. Celebrate with your sweetie, friends, or just have an epic #treatyoself day. Unique Valentine Gift Ideas Chocolate... Read More

Monday, January 9, 2017

Drama, comedy, musicals, and more the theater season in Bloomington this spring is looking good. Check out some of our picks for the season. Give us your night and we'll give you a show. Row After Row | Bloomington Playrights Project | January 27-28, February 2-4, 9-11 at 7:30pm Created by Jessica... Read More