Indianapolis City Market set to bloom with slowing construction

Since 1886, Indianapolis City Market has illustrated a storied history of retail center cultivation in the heart of downtown. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the space is now filled with over 30 local artisan booths offering everything from baked delights to bike repairs.  

City Market merchants, still recovering from the sting of the COVID-19 pandemic, were happy to once again see cars moving down Market Street after work being performed by both DPW and the North Split project came to a close. “When Market Street reopened, it was a relief. Traffic began to flow, and we got back on the map,” said City Market Executive Director, Keisha Harrison.

City Market is now looking forward to the future. The brightly colored blooms at the Original Farmers’ Market, which takes place each Wednesday from 10 am – 1:30 pm, are a signal of more than summer’s fast approach — a season of change is coming to the Indianapolis City Market.  

In a delicious proposition, the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) is adding a kitchen incubator to City Market’s many food offerings. Through a program sponsored by Bank of America, the IBCC will support new restaurant start-ups by providing guidance and retail space to help them bring their culinary visions to reality. The City of Indianapolis is also soon expected to announce redevelopment plans for the east side of the building that will include lower-level retail space and upper-level affordable housing options 

You can also step back in time to discover the Romanesque-style ruins of the City’s first convention center, the former Tomlinson Hall building (1886), fondly referred to as the City Market Catacombs. Indiana Landmarks offers guided tours on the first and third Saturday of the month, May through October as well as a monthly “After Hours,” tour for those 21 and older.  

Ready to rediscover the Indianapolis City Market? Follow them on social media at @indycm or visit to sign up for their monthly email newsletter, find merchant information and check out upcoming events.

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