Cream and Crimson

MAKE A NOSTALGIC NIGHT OF IT

The iconic 189-room Biddle Hotel inside the Indiana Memorial Union, just steps from the Sample Gates, provides an academic backdrop (and an in-house bowling alley, billiards room and theater), ideal for a game weekend or business retreat.

HOW "SINK THE BIZ" CAME TO BE

You can’t get through four years at IU without playing “Sink the Biz” at Nick’s, but many don’t know that when the restaurant opened in 1927, beer wasn’t even on the menu. This Hoosier mainstay didn’t serve beer until prohibition was repealed in 1933.

BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Every summer, more than 500 IU alumni flock to campus, families in tow, for Mini University. The week long return to college features almost 100 noncredit class options as well as picnics, tours, films and social gatherings.

PAINT BTOWN RED WITH IU ADULT COLORING BOOK

Alums are clamoring for Color Your Campus, a series of adult coloring books to be published by Indiana University Press this summer. The books feature signature IU scenery illustrated by Bloomington locals and university graduates.

RENOVATION BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO HISTORIC ASSEMBLY HALL

After 45 years in use, Indiana University’s iconic Assembly Hall is getting a face lift. The $45 million renovation, slated for September 2016 completion, includes new floors, concession stands and bathrooms, a wider video board and a digitized, interactive Hall of Fame.

WALK THIS WAY

Spend an afternoon strolling IU’s campus. Self-guided walking tours invite visitors to learn about the university’s historic limestone buildings and more than 20 species of trees that dot the rolling landscape.