Living in Bloomington

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Bloomington combines the charm of a small Midwestern town with the excitement of a cosmopolitan city triple its size. Live music, international cuisine, bike races, limestone carving symposiums, experimental theater- you name it, Bloomington has it.

Bloomington is renowned for its restaurant scene, with food from around the corner, as part of our growing locavore movement, and around the world, thanks in large part to the international influences from IU. For those craving more standard pub fare, three local micro-breweries and the state’s oldest vineyard nicely compliment a hearty burgers or hand-made pizza. If cooking your own food is your interest, Bloomington has one of the very best farmers markets in the nation.

Here in Bloomington you will also find an active music scene. In addition to the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington has many great venues for hearing quality live music; as well as the popular Lotus International Music Festival every September.

Bloomington’s visual art scene is thriving. From the Fouth St Festival of Arts and Crafts every Labor Day weekend to the Gallery walk the first Friday of every month, to the myriad of art and craft shows throughout the year, Bloomington is a place that treasures its artists.

Bloomington is compact and easy to get around by foot, bike, car or bus. The Bloomington Transit bus, winner of North America’s Best Public Transportation System, runs throughout town and campus, and is free for IU students.

Immersed in natural beauty, Bloomington is home to several public parks, and is surrounded by state parks and forests which provide excellent opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, and picnicking. Lake Monroe, the largest in the state, provides great opportunities for summer swimming and boating.

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