Workshop Location Information

About Bloomington, IN

Bloomington is widely regarded as a college town with a population of approximately 84 thousand residents, housing approximately 58% of Monroe County’s total population [1]. The City of Bloomington has recently revised and developed a web portal for learning more about specific government functions and organized community events, in addition to accessing geographic maps, city-regulated parking maps, and other city services.

Workshop activities will be hosted by venues on campus and in the downtown Bloomington area. For attendees who enjoy exploring urban environments, the downtown area of Bloomington is generally friendly to walking and rolling. Some locations of note: The Monroe County Public Library, the Evans-Porter Memorial Library, several museums and archives, The Kinsey Institute, nearby parks and recreational areas. The local paper is known as the Herald Times and you can read one of the more prominent local magazines, Bloom Magazine, online. Food Truck service operates under strict city ordinance rules, and so locals tend to gather for Food Truck Friday to support mobile food vendors. Btown Menus and Mr. Delivery are two dominant food delivery services.

Other Local Attractions

  • Lilly Library: The rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington
  • Bloomington Community Farmer’s market: “The Farmers’ Market is smoke-free. Restrooms and an ATM are available in City Hall during Market hours. Dogs are NOT permitted at Market on the paved area of Showers Common (where the farm vendors are set up) or the Market Plaza on the B-Line Trail.” Saturday 8am-1pm
  • IU Cinema: The Indiana University Cinema is a world-class venue and curatorial program that is dedicated to the scholarly study and highest standards of exhibition of film in both its traditional and modern forms, advancing the University’s long-standing commitment to excellence, research, and public engagement in the arts by providing educational, entertaining, and enriching cinematic experiences. This is your place for film!
  • IU Theater: Urine Town — “Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Set in a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!”
    Friday Sep 29 @ 7:30pm, Saturday Sep 30 @ 2pm and 7:30pm
  • The B-Line Trail: “The B-Line Trail extends a total of 3.1 miles from the east side of Adams Street, through the downtown, through the switchyard property, and to the north side of Country Club Drive….The trail is lighted with energy-efficient LED lights. The lights are on from dusk to dawn.”
  • The Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology: The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is a premier center for informal science education and discovery. WonderLab provides opportunities to experience the wonder and excitement of science through interactive exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, connect to the arts and everyday life, and foster lifelong learning.
  • Mother Bears Pizza: The students and staff of IU have voted Mother Bear’s best pizza in Bloomington for ten straight years. It has twice earned Final Four status at the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas and has been named “Best Pizza in Indiana” by USA Today.
  • Boxcar Books: Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer powered, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; send literature of all types free of charge to prisoners in the midwest; and to provide a meeting space for community and literary groups.
  • I Fell building: houses working artists’ studios, small businesses, and a bakery.
  • Jacobs School of Music: Fall Ballet – “Dances for Two,” Friday Sep 29 @ 7:30pm, Saturday Sep 30 @ 2:00 and 7:30pm

About Indiana University Bloomington

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. IUB welcomes more than 48,000 students from around Indiana, all 50 states, as well as 165 foreign nations. IUB houses several archives including The Black Film Archive, The Moving Image Archive, and The Lilly Library. There is a strong Science and Technology Studies (STS) presence at IUB that span several departments, including The School of Informatics and Computing, The Media School, Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, and Department of Gender Studies.

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

*Note: The embedded map here does not reliably display while using Google Chrome. A direct link to the map is available here. You may need to log out of your Google account in order to properly access this resource, or revisit this page using an Incognito browser. Alternatively, Indiana University has this list [PDF] of gender neutral bathroom locations on file. Although not mapped, unisex bathrooms are also available on the second and third floors of the Informatics West building.

Urban Mobilization

Parking: The City of Bloomington operates two prominent parking garages:

Both of these garages are several blocks from the campus perimeter, but they are good locations to park on the weekends in the downtown area. Learn more about rates and hours for City-owned and operated parking locations here.

Indiana University owns and operates several parking garages on and around campus.

For Friday, we recommend that you use the Jordan Parking Garage.

Jordan Avenue Garage
150 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408
(Located at the corner of Jordan Avenue between Third Street and Seventh Street)

The garage closest to the Informatics building is reserved during the work day on Friday for faculty and staff; visitors may be ticketed. Parking in campus garages is free on Saturday and Sunday, but only on Friday after 6pm. If you plan on driving to and parking on campus on Friday and want to know more about what is available, we recommend you consult this list of available garages and review their associated fees. As a campus visitor, you are eligible for a Visitor’s Permit which may improve your access to parking locations on campus. This privilege is mediated by Parking Operations on campus and does come with a cost; you must contact the department for information related to the price of the permit, but you may pick up the permit in person at either the Parking Operations office or the Biddle Hotel (located in the Indiana Memorial Union) when you arrive on campus.

Public Transit: During the school year, the City of Bloomington Transit Department operates a consistent and reliable bus service throughout major destinations downtown and on campus. The City employs the Double Map tracking service to provide you with a better idea of when and where buses are operating throughout the city. You can find more information about bus fares here. A few of the bus lines make navigating around the campus perimeter easier; the 9 IU Campus route (around the central perimeter) and the 6 and 6L Campus route (between campus and downtown) are particularly noteworthy.

Rentals: Two local bike shops offer rental services; they are, listed in no particular order, Salt Creek Cycles and Pedego Electric Bikes.

Taxis: Red Tire Taxi is the common-use taxi service around town. They offer a competitive flat-rate fee for one-way transportation to the Indianapolis International Airport, which is useful if you’re traveling during odd hours of the early morning and late evening when shuttles may not be running (the most common provider of airport shuttles being GO Express).

Dietary Accommodations

Coffee shops (in order of closeness to campus):

Bars and lounges:

  • The Atlas Ballroom (open until 3am)
  • Serendipity Martini Bar (open until 12am) “Creative cocktails & eclectic small plates served in a stylish lounge with live music.”
  • Cardinal Spirits (open until 12am)
    The Backdoor Night Club (open until 3am): “Festive, quirky, gay-friendly nightclub with drag & burlesque shows, plus DJ dance nights.” (
  • The Root Cellar (open until 3am) “Colorful cellar lounge decorated in Americana, offering live music, karaoke & dance parties.”
  • The Tap Beer Bar (open until 2am) “Chill hub for creative pub fare & many draft beers, including house brews, plus live music.”
  • The Upland Brewery (open until 1am) “Contemporary pub grub accompanies rotating house brews in a comfy, art-lined space with a patio.”

GF-, Vegan-, Vegetarian- Friendly Food