Neighborhood Profile Irvington

Dated: 08/15/2018

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This small pocket neighborhood on Indianapolis' east side continues to grow. This historic neighborhood thrives on quirky architecture, old buildings, and the brick-lined streets. What was originally home to the precursor to Butler University, this originally historic suburb of Indianapolis is now home to many families, community festivals, and several small businesses.


As the community once was surrounded by a plethora of farmland, it's great to see that so much green space has survived. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Ellenberger Park has long been a community staple. Home to some of the best sledding in Indianapolis, complete with a pool, playgrounds, and sports fields. The park is connected to the Southside's Garfield Park, via the Pleasant Run Trail in the southwest corner of the park. The Pennsy Trail is also a popular place for residents who enjoy walking & running in the neighborhood. Set where the old Pennsylvania Railroad tracks used to be, this 1.2-mile trail takes visitors through historic residential areas around the neighborhood.

Irvington also lies just five miles east of the center of downtown Indianapolis, making it a great place to live for those working in the downtown area.


Several boutique shops reside in the Irvington area. If you’re looking for thrifted or secondhand items, check out Audrey’s Place for furniture or other thrifty household items. Antiques and other collectibles are also available around the neighborhood and at the Irvington Flea Market.

Books, vinyl, and gifts are also easy to come by in the area. Pay a visit to Bookmama’s for new and used books or Irvington Vinyl (in the same building) to add to your record collection.


There are plenty of options for a good meal in the Irvington area, but don’t expect to rage all night. Most places in the neighborhood close at earlier hours than other bars around the city.

Right on Irvington’s main drag, you can visit Jockamo’s for some of the best pizza options in the city or head to The Legend Cafe to get your comfort food fix. Coffee is also easy to come by with a Starbucks in a central location, but also a few locally owned options to try out as well such as Coal Yard or 10 Johnson Avenue.

Irvington is also home to Black Acre Brewing Co. - one of Indianapolis’ several craft breweries. A new addition includes the Ixca Mexican Kitchen, a locally owned restaurant preparing some of their favorite recipes from Mexico.

As one of the oldest Indianapolis neighborhoods, Irvington continues to thrive. Families move to the area for the history, events, and charm that this quirky neighborhood beholds.

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