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by Kate Mulcrone | August 01, 2012
So It Goes
Famed American author Kurt Vonnegut was an Indianapolis native. Groups can visit the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, open noon to 5 p.m. every day but Wednesday.
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The Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium debuted a $275 million expansion project last year that brought the combined exhibition space for the two facilities up to 749,000 square feet.

Last year saw the debut of the huge 1,006-room JW Marriott Indianapolis. The property features an impressive 55 meeting rooms spanning a total of 104,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 40,500-square-foot JW Grand Ballroom. Also on-site are four restaurants, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The 34-story hotel has been dubbed "Big Blue" by locals.

In January, the 499-room Hyatt Regency Indianapolis wrapped up a nearly $20 million restoration of its guest rooms, suites and ballroom. The property features approximately 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 9,408-square-foot Regency Ballroom. The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis is connected to the Indiana Convention Center via an enclosed walkway.

The Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation in May. Upgrades included new windows, bedding, furniture and 37-inch flat-screen TVs for most of the property's 395 guest rooms and suites. Among some 30 meeting spaces at the hotel is the 7,845-square-foot Plaza Ballroom.

This fall, Dolce Hotels and Resorts will open a 157-room hotel with 15,000 square feet of function space, a 1,200-square-foot lounge with city views and an American-style brasserie. The hotel (its official name yet to be released), aims to be Dolce's model for the future -- a hybrid between a center-city lifestyle hotel and a conference property.