A mall that excites and redefines the concept of urban shopping sits at the heart of downtown Indy. Circle Center Mall is the flagship mall for Simon Malls for good reason. It hosts over 125 dining, shopping and entertainment venues, all in a creative and connected space that wraps around the biggest attractions of Indianapolis.
The first aspect of the mall that is astonishing is its layout. Instead of the massive square or block design most malls occupy, this mall wraps around the broad streets of the downtown on four levels and connected to hotels and the large convention center by glass enclosed skyway walks. Hotels in the downtown such as JW Marriott, The Conrad, Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency, The Westin and Marriott among others are all conveniently connected in this way. This feasibility is not only practical logistically, but is a pleasant way to avoid the extreme summer swells and wintry freezes that the city can experience. It also encourages shopping from the business, convention and sports crowds, all of whom find themselves in and around this concentrated area of the city.
Accessibility in terms of parking can be reached by an underground garage, which is shared by some of the hotels as well. Parking is $2.00 for the first three hours except when there’s a major event at one of the downtown arenas. Some stores offer free parking when purchasing over a certain amount. The Mall is open seven days a week with Mondays through Saturdays running from 10am-9pm and Sundays from 12pm till 6pm. The hours of particular stores within the mall may vary. The flagship store in the mall is Carson Pirie Scott, a moderate to upscale fashion and accessories clothier with a long history in business. The décor of the mall features loads of glass ceilings, walls and reflective surfaces. All of this adds a strong sense of modernity and panoramic views of the city’s classic building facades.
In addition to a well stocked food court, wide array of stores and a multiplex movie theater on site, the Artsgarden space is sure to wow guests. This globular shaped glass space comes at the convergence of the skywalks and sits on top of a major street intersection. It is a space used for concerts, social events, relaxation and even private events such as weddings and parties. The wide space and high ceilings give it a special appeal whatever is going on.