Bankers Life Fieldhouse may be home to the Indiana Pacers, but the basketball team exudes plenty of Midwestern hospitality. The arena has hosted guests including Metallica, Disney on Ice, and Cirque du Soleil, as well as other professional sporting events. The welcoming atmosphere continues into the spacious concourse, where dining options range from drinks and pretzels at Mr. Smoothie to BBQ Alley, where athletes can sneak in a quick rack of ribs during halftime.
Of all the positive things that have led Joke Factory Comedy Club to succeed, two may be the most potent: the regular lineups of local and nationally touring standup talent and the sheer moxie of veteran comic and Florida talkshow host Artie Fletcher. The latter of those two helped nurture the venue's capacity to host the former, prompting popular southern comic Eddie Caylor to dub the Joke Factory "the little club that could and did." Today, after having firmly established itself on the comedy scene, the venue serves up big laughs every Friday and Saturday, alongside its signature adult beverage, "The Joke."
Dubbing the theater “The Palace” when it opened in 1921, Chicago architect J.S. Aroner strove to capture a regal ambiance with a patchwork of diverse, though uniformly opulent, building styles. Patrons today can spot baroque, Greco-Roman, and even art-deco designs as they drift through the restored rose, blue, and cream entryway. But in 1959, The Palace was crumbling, and it seemed that future generations would miss out on this aesthetic experience. A concerned citizen by the name of Mrs. Ella Morris swooped in, though, purchasing the building for an undisclosed sum and then selling it back to the city for $1, which she promptly blew on gumballs. Newly named, the theater welcomed such acts as Louis Armstrong, REO Speedwagon, and Fleetwood Mac in the ensuing decades until a major, two-year overhaul began in 1998. Now restored to its original condition, the venue hosts standup acts, Broadway musicals, big-name concert performances, and fully produced ballets.
A philosopher once called theatre “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $39, you get one ticket (a $67 value, including a facility charge) to see Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins live on stage. Shows are held at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Families and groups who want to sit together must use one account to make all the ticket purchases. Choose to attend one of the following show times:
An all-ages destination for live entertainment, Daddy Real’s The Place doesn’t just host rollicking regional and national acts in its intimate setting, it also boasts a full kitchen and bar. There, concertgoers can peruse the menu for upscale pub dishes such as orange-ginger-glazed duck wings, Indian flatbread pizzas, and the Big Daddy burger complete with pastrami, provolone, onion strings, and a penchant for dominating the remote control. After sating their appetites, diners can groove along to live tunes on Jazz/Blues Night, workout laughing muscles at a comedy show, or try their hands at performing on open mic night.
Latitude 360 hosts food, shows, and interactive gaming in a single space. The Latitude 360 Grille serves up upscale casual fare and drinks, while the state-of-the-art game room encourages guests to play for credits that they exchange for prizes. Then there's the HD Sports Theater, where 13 HDTVs and a 12-foot HD projection screen immerse viewers more than a sofa mounted on the field goal. Visitors can also watch popular comedians at the Latitude LIVE showroom on weekends, dance to live local music at the Axis Bar & Stage, or bowl down one of 25 luxury lanes.