I took advantage of ReneG's post and kind offer of MegaBus tickets he couldn't use and spent Tuesday in downtown Indianapolis
. After arriving and getting my bearings, I spent a few hours at the Eiteljorg Museum of the American Indian, which I enjoyed quite a bit. Afterward, I walked down to Shapiro's, which seemed an obvious choice after looking over the Indy threads on LTH. It was, as I expected, delicious.
Corned beef sandwich hit the spot. Only ate half and then got a pastrami sandwich to take back to Chicago with me too. My backpack smelled like deli meat for the rest of the day, and I didn't mind one bit.
After walking around downtown and checking out the statues and memorials (the combo of going to the Eiteljorg, which mourns the decimation of the area's Native Americans, followed later by the statue of W.H. Harrison in Monument Circle with the text celebrating him as "Conqueror of the Indian Confederacy" was interesting for sure), I took a walk up Massachusetts Ave and ended up at the Rathskeller. It was quiet around 4:00, but not dead. A good place to kill some time over a beer--I only wish I had more of an appetite at the time as I wouldn't have minded trying the food.
All in all, a good trip. Indianapolis
was a good daytrip, and (if staying around downtown) manageable on foot.