Bloomington area friends and partner companies.

Check out the video below and get a glimpse of what Bloomington, Indiana has to offer. It’s set to Bloomington’s native Hoagy Carmichael’s “Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening.”

Bloomington Playwrights Project

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The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) is the only professional theatre in the entire state of Indiana dedicated solely to new plays. BPP provides opportunities for development, education, and production for promising and established writers and theater artists in a professional environment. In just the past two years alone, BPP has produced groundbreaking work from top artists such as: Jesse Eisenberg (2010 Academy Award Nominee, Best Actor – The Social Network), Greg Kotis (Two-time Tony winner, Urinetown the Musical), Erin Levy (2010 Emmy winner, Mad Men) and more.

Bloomington Visitors Center

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Looking for things you can’t see or do anywhere else? You’ll find things in Bloomington that you’ve never imagined! Many people already know about Bloomington’s unique limestone heritage and beautiful scenery, but how about the country’s only Tibetan Cultural Center, the state’s oldest and largest winery, loads of antiques or a world music festival? You’ll find all these things and more among Bloomington’s unique attractions!

Jacobs School of Music

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As one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed institutions for the study of music, the IU Jacobs School of Music plays a key role in educating performers, scholars, and music educators who influence music performance and education around the globe.

The more than 1,600 students who study at the Jacobs School of Music benefit from the intensity and focus of a conservatory combined with the broad academic offerings of a major university. The essence of a great music school is its faculty, and the more than 170 full-time faculty members in residence at the IU Jacobs School of Music include performers, scholars, and teachers of international renown. In addition, many top musicians and scholars come to the school each year to give master classes and guest lectures or to serve as visiting artistic directors, conductors, and faculty.

French Lick Resort

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French Lick Resort is the Midwest’s premier resort, spa and golf destination, offering two world-class luxury hotels: West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel. Whether you’re looking for a unique family vacation, a corporate meeting or a romantic retreat, French Lick Resort has what you need to create a memorable experience.

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

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The historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a quick stroll from the Grant Street Inn in downtown Bloomington. One of the busiest community theaters in the nation, this 600 seat downtown landmark offers a wide array of entertainment. Artists of international acclaim, esteemed theater performances and captivating film festivals and cinema are all found just a block away from the heart of Bloomington, the courthouse square. Check out what’s going on tonight!

Lennie’s & the Bloomington Brewing Co.

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Nestled on 10th Street across from the beautiful Indiana University campus, Lennie’s has been serving unique offerings for more than 15 years. Widely known for it’s award-winning chef, delicious food and hand-crafted ales, Lennie’s has become a favorite among locals, students, faculty and visiting dignitary.

Local artists’ paintings adorn the walls in the cozy dining room and pub. The menu offers award winning gourmet pizzas, tantalizing appetizers, big bowl pastas, scrumptious salads and sandwiches, huge stromboli’s and sinful desserts. Enjoy an extensive wine list and the full repertoire of hand-crafted ales from the adjacent Bloomington Brewing Company.

Pub open until midnight Sunday-Thursday and until 1 am Friday and Saturday. Dining room closes one hour earlier.

Restaurant Tallent

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Locally-grown David and Kristen Tallent met while working in a Bloomington restaurant 10 years ago and have hardly left the kitchen since. In 2000, they both went to New York to study at the Culinary Institute of America. During their studies and following, they both worked in some of the finest restaurants in New York and Atlanta. While attending C.I.A., David became acquainted with the Slow Food Movement and found inspiration in its principle of using local, seasonal and organic ingredients.

Embracing these ideals, David decided to move back to Bloomington and, with the help of local farmers, start a restaurant with a unique Indiana cuisine. Shortly after marrying, David and Kristen began renovating the property in downtown Bloomington on West Kirkwood and opened Restaurant Tallent on November 7th, 2003. After several years, Restaurant Tallent moved to its new downtown location, and re-opened in January of 2007. As Chef, David oversees the day-to-day kitchen operations and develops the savory menu items. Kristen, the restaurant’s pastry chef, develops the dessert menu and wine list, and serves as General Manager.

Oliver Winery

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Oliver Winery started in the 1960s as a hobby in the basement of Indiana University law professor William Oliver. His enthusiasm for making wine led him to establish a vineyard northwest of Bloomington. Soon the flourishing vines produced grapes far in excess of his needs as a hobby winemaker, and he began plans to open a commercial winery.

Our goal is to make approachable and satisfying wines that capture the flavor of high quality fruit. It all starts with fantastic flavor in wine grapes and fruit. Our own vineyard practices and the relationships with our growers play a critical role in our efforts to make great wine. Bright flavors and balance are the hallmarks of Oliver wine. We invite you to come experience everything Oliver Winery has to offer.

Finch’s Brasserie

Finch’s Brasserie was established in Bloomington, Indiana in the spring of 2008 by Chef Jeff Finch and his wife Candace. Jeff is a 1996 graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. The restaurant features local and organic produce, meats and cheeses from the areas fine farms and cheese artisans. The Mediterranean-American menu includes both traditional regional dishes from the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea as well as local and American favorites.

Diners can choose from: pizzettas cooked in the wood fired oven, pasta dishes and savory entrees which allow you to choose accompaniments from the daily selection of sauces, vegetables and starches. The seasonal menu is designed to showcase unique flavor combinations which can be enjoyed with a choice of 60 beautiful (yet reasonably priced) wines and 55 artisan beers. Finch’s Brasserie is located on Kirkwood Avenue, just steps away from the historic Sample Gates.

IU Auditorium

Since opening its doors in 1941, IU Auditorium has served as a university and community gathering place, hosting a diverse array of world-class artists, entertainers, musicians and lecturers in an opulent 3,200-seat theatre. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets for all Auditorium events are also available by phone at 812.855.1103 and online. Visit our website for a complete list of IU Auditorium events and more information about our current season.