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South Bend is in Northern Indiana. The city's name is derived from a bend in the St. Joseph River. South Bend is the home of the University of Notre Dame, but is also the former home of many large companies such as Studebaker, Oliver Chilled Plow, and Singer. [2]

Currently, the area is home to AM General, Honeywell, Press Ganey Associates (formerly Crowe-Chizek) and Tire Rack. The city hopes to grow with the undertaking of a new business and nano-technology campus (Ignition Park) near the city, which, as of July 2020, now owns contracts for factories and businesses around the city.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • I-80/90 (Toll Road) Connects to Toledo, Ohio in the east and Chicago, to the west.
  • US 31/S.R. 933 Connects to Indianapolis in the south and runs through downtown South Bend and then 3 miles north to the Michigan line, where it becomes M-51 North.
  • US 20 The bypass around the city which connects to SR 2 (West to Michigan City), US 12 in Michigan (to Sturgis and Detroit to the East and Michigan City and Chicago to the West), SR 23 (a main artery through the city as well as St. Joseph County), the I-80/90 toll road, as well as all other major roads from Elkhart to South Bend and into Michigan.
  • S.R. 2 State Road 2 runs directly through downtown on Western Avenue and connects to Michigan City in the West (see above).
  • S.R. 23 State Road 23 runs diagonally Northeast-Southwest through South Bend from the Kankakee area and turns into M-60 in Michigan (see above).

By plane[edit]

  • South Bend International Airport

The South Bend International Airport (SBN) is located just a few miles west of the city center of South Bend, in the very northern part of Indiana. It is within a 35-mile drive west to the shores of Lake Michigan. The airport has easy access to Interstate 80/90 and US's 20, 30 and 31. Serving as a multi-modal transportation complex for the region, SBN is the only non-hub airport in the United States featuring air, interstate rail, and interstate bus services at one multi-modal terminal location.

SBN’s four air carriers (Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express) provide non-stop flights to 13 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte (new), Chicago O-Hare, Detroit, Dallas/Forth Worth, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando (via Sanford, FL Airport), Phoenix (via Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport), Punta Gorda, FL, Sarasota, FL (seasonally) and Tampa, FL (via St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport). SBN’s multi-modal terminal serves over one million air, rail and bus passengers each year.

According to the 2007 Economic Impact Report from the Aviation Authority of Indiana, the South Bend Airport's total annual economic impact on South Bend and surrounding communities was in excess of $433.7 million. SBN's annual indirect and direct contribution to the Indiana economy is estimated at more than $5.2 billion. In 2010, over 627,000 origination and destination passengers used SBN.

A $15.5 million Capital Improvement Project to expand the passenger terminal saw the completion of Phase 1 in November 2010 with final completion of all phases scheduled for January 2012. The final project will give area travelers a new 45,000 square foot concourse and will include 5 new gates, a consolidated security checkpoint, post-security food service amenities, a gift shop, a business center, and a children’s play area. Funding sources for the project include AIP funds, PFC’s, and airport operating revenue.

UPDATE: 7/1/2020: a new terminal building was completed in 2012 and an international terminal now exists, giving the airport its new designation. No regular international routes exist as yet.

The #4 bus connects the South Bend Regional Airport to Downtown. [3]

  • Elkhart Municipal Airport 2246 Airport Dr., Elkhart, IN, 574-264-5217
  • Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport 508 E Main St., Niles, MI

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak 2702 W Washington Ave, [4]. South Bend is served by the Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited routes, connecting to Chicago in the west and Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston in the east.
  • South Shore Line, [5]. Operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District. Offers regular electric rail service to/from downtown Chicago and is the US's only remaining inter-urban electric rail line. Train trips take approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes and fares hover around $11 each way. Restrooms with running water, drinkable water taps and luggage racks are equipped on the train, and new double-decker trains offer more comfortable, reclining seats which can be turned around to face other. Additional computer ports are also available on the new cars which only run between Michigan City, IN and Chicago until updated wiring is installed between South Bend and nearby Michigan City (LaPorte County). A new route has been discussed involving the former downtown South Bend station, which will would remove 20-30 minutes off of the total trip time.

By bus[edit]

  • Coach USA Offers shuttle service between South Bend Regional Airport, Notre Dame, and Chicago airports. [6]
  • Greyhound Offers service to and from destinations around the country via Indianapolis and Chicago.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation[edit]

  • Transpo 574-234-1188. The local bus system that serves South Bend and most of Mishawaka. A service called the "Transpo Trolley" makes stops at all of the tourist attractions. Rides are $1.00 each way and $.25 for a transfer. [7]

Taxis and Limousines[edit]

  • McGann's Executive Limousine Service 574-232-1418. [8]
  • Shamrock Cab 574-243-5500.
  • Yellow Cab 574-233-9333.

Driving Yourself[edit]

  • St. Joseph County Road System Driving is the fastest to navigate the city. St. Joseph County's road naming system makes it easy to find your way around. If you get lost or lose your bearings (like on a cloudy day), just remember that the main county roads running East-West are named after Presidents and other famous figures (but mostly Presidents) and begin, alphabetically, with Adams Rd. in the north (near the Michigan state line) and end with Taylor in the south, near Marshall County, IN. North-South roads are named for trees, beginning with Ash (called West County Line Rd. on the Elkhart County side of the road) in eastern St. Joseph County and ending with Redwood in the West. There are exceptions to this rule, however, such as downtown: Angela Blvd (Edison Rd in remainder of county), LaSalle St (Lincoln Way), Colfax and Washington Streets (Fillmore Rd), Wayne St (connects to Jefferson Blvd), Jefferson and Monroe Streets (which become Western Ave/SR 2 to I-94 and Michigan City) and Sample St (Grant Rd). Downtown Mishawaka has numbered streets.

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Outdoors & Landmarks[edit]

  • Century Center 120 S Saint Joseph St., 574-235-9151. Located along the St. Joe river downtown, this convention center boasts an Art Museum, several large banquet areas, an auditorium and theatre, an historic riverfront area and large patio over the former dam that ran South Bend's electrical supply, a skyway to the Doubletree Hotel over US 31, and a large lobby with high ceilings and windows that look out toward the river and the East side of town. [9]
  • Indiana University South Bend 574-520-IUSB. The third-largest of the eight IU campuses, IU South Bend has grown substantially over the last decade and is worth seeing. [10]
  • Lake Michigan Just under 40 miles from South Bend lie the cities of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, MI, popular locales for beach-goers. New Buffalo, MI is the closest waterfront at 35 miles away and is home to Redemak's famous burgers. Michigan City is due west about 40 miles and features shopping, dining, and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. New Buffalo and St. Joe/Benton Harbor are excellent sunset viewing locations.
  • North/South Continental Divide Sure, it's not that exciting, but just driving down the US 20 bypass you can see a sign that alerts you to this fact. And it's true, South Bend lies on the North/South Continental Divide, which is why the St. Joseph River flows north into Lake Michigan while the White River in Indianapolis flows south.[11]
  • Saint Joseph River Though still somewhat polluted, the riverfront along South Bend is an interesting walk through the former dam system that used to power the city's electrical supply. This walk leads (or starts from) the Century Center, which is South Bend's convention center. The Mishawaka riverfront has also come a long way near its downtown. County parks along the river are popular destinations for fisherman, boaters, and nature-viewers.
  • Saint Mary's College Located across from the University of Notre Dame. [12]
  • Shiojiri Niwa A Japanese strolling garden that symbolizes the Sister-City relationship between Mishawaka, Indiana and Shiojiri, Japan. It contains more than twenty different varieties of large plant material, over two hundred large boulders, donated statue and a teahouse pavilion. This is also a very popular summer wedding area. [13]
  • University of Notre Dame 574-631-5000. See the legendary campus for yourself. Guided tours are available through the Alumni Association. Notable attractions include the grotto, the Golden Dome, Notre Dame Stadium, the Wall of Life Mural (Touchdown Jesus) and the Hesburgh Library, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph and St. Mary's Lakes, the stations of the cross, and the Notre Dame Bookstore, which is the largest in the country. [14]

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  • Broadway Theatre League BTL is proud to present Broadway hits on national tour from New York City to you! [15]
  • Morris Performing Arts Center 211 N Michigan St. 574-235-9190. See your favorite concert at this historic venue in the heart of downtown. [16]
  • South Bend Symphony Orchestra The South Bend Symphony is a professional orchestra featuring 15 concerts each year. The SBSO features world famous soloists as well as many members of the orchestra. You can regularly see them perform at the Morris Performing Arts Center, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Campus of Notre Dame, and the Moreau Center at Saint Mary's College. [17]


  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish [18] 574-631-5000. Don't go to South Bend without seeing the Fighting Irish take on any number of conference teams from around the country.
  • South Bend Silver Hawks 574-235-9988. Plan a trip for when your team is playing the South Bend Silver Hawks. Home of the Silver Hawks (named for the legendary Studebaker Silver Hawk), Stanley Coveleski Stadium (locally referred to as "The Cove") is a great time with $1 Mondays, Twofer Tuesdays and summer fireworks. Tickets are $5 for reserve seating (bleachers) and $7 for box seating, but coupons abound throughout the city. Suites are also available.[19]
  • Indiana University South Bend Titans 574-520-4872. See this growing team play other schools from Chicagoland and the Calumet Region (aka "The Region"/Northwest Indiana).

Museums, Art Galleries, and Indoor Activities[edit]

  • Artpost Gallery 216 W. Madison St., 574-287-6293. Th-Fri Noon-6PM, Su Noon-4PM. Free. [20] Artpost is a creative space that exhibits regional artists who make contemporary art, folk art, and artist books.
  • Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum 1402 S Main St., Mishawaka, IN, 254-4550. Step back in time to a world your grandparents - even your great-grandparents - knew. You’ll also get a close look at the wonderful world of nature, a taste of life in Japan, and the excitement in our Survive Alive fire safety training house. [21]
  • Healthworks Kids Museum 111 W. Jefferson St., 2nd floor, (574) 647-5437M-F 9AM-4PM, Sa noon-4PM. Admission is $4 and children under 2 are free.[22]
  • Indiana University South Bend Art Gallery The Art Gallery at IU South Bend gives students in the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts hands-on experience in planning and conducting student art exhibits. The gallery is open to the public and offers showings by established artists who exhibit their work here throughout the school year. Other gallery highlights include both the annual faculty and student art shows. [23]
  • Northern Indiana Center for History and Oliver Mansion Located next to the Studebaker National Museum, the Center for History features interesting facts about not just the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, but also the natural history of the entire Michiana area. Artifacts (including prehistoric finds) are on display and there are changing exhibits as well. The Oliver Mansion is included with admission and there is a separate research room for those interested in searching through historical documents and newspapers. Combine admission with the Studebaker Museum and save money. [24]
  • Snite Museum of Art See art pieces from around the world at the Snite Museum of Art, located inside the campus of Notre Dame, across from the stadium. [25]
  • South Bend Museum of Art 120 S. St. Joseph St., 574-235-9102. See the work of artists from around the Great Lakes and Midwest [26].
  • South Bend Table Tennis Center The 7th ranked table tennis club in the United States. Led by the 2000 Men's Olympic Coach and 5-time U.S. Men's Singles Champion, Dan Seemiller, the club is open to all. SBTTC is a large club with activities from beginners to seasoned Loopers and Choppers with 14 professional tables. Weekly Round Robins provide lively competition and club rankings . Also offering, Saturday morning coaching for kids and newbies, competitive Juniors' program for ages 5-18, regular club sponsored tournaments, and clinics/camps conducted by Dan Seemiller.
  • St. Joseph County Public Library Ranked among the top ten libraries in the US for cities 100,000-250,000, SJCPL was the first library in the U.S. on the World Wide Web and second in the world. Features over 50 public Internet stations and a massive collection of books at the downtown location. [27]
  • Studebaker National Museum 201 Chapin St., 574-235-9714. See the cars that used to power the South Bend economy. The Studebaker Museum, now in its new location on Chapin Ave. downtown, is a great place to see the Studebaker lineup. Wagons, military vehicles, and electric cars from the 1930s are present in this three-story museum, the lower level of which is simply cars, in no particular formation, on lifters and on the ground for perusal. Featured exhibits currently running include Studebaker concept cars. [28]

Outdoor Activities[edit]

  • Amish Acres 1600 West Market St, Nappanee, IN (800) 800-4942; (574) 773-4188. An historic eighty acre farm and heritage resort. Experience the lifestyle of the Amish through guided tours, restaurants, farm restaurants, musical theatre, craft demonstrations, and quaint shops. [29]
  • East Bank Trail/Riverwalk Located along the St. Joseph River. The banks of the East Race offer more than five miles of paved and lighted walking/running paths along the scenic St. Joseph River.
Cayaker on the East Race.
  • East Race Waterway The East Race is an artificial channel that diverts water from the St. Joe River into a controlled environment with moveable barriers that simulate whitewater conditions. The East Race cuts through downtown and kayaking or rafting down the race is popular in the summer. The Summer Olympic Time Trials (including the 2008 time trials) are generally held at the East Race. A lifeguard is on duty. [30] [31]
  • Ferettie Baugo Creek 57057 Ash Rd. Osceola, IN. Located midway between Mishawaka and Elkhart - Baugo Creek has a picnic area and disc golf course as well as canoe rentals down Baugo Creek. [32]
  • Howard Park Ice Rink Public ice skating rink located in Howard Park. Viewing Park (where you can get a good view of the skyline) is nearby as well.
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore See millions of years of natural history at Indiana Dunes. The South Shore Line takes you right to the park for less than $7 each way where lakefront, marshes, huge sand dunes, and tours await. Located near Michigan City, IN.[33]
  • O'Brien Skate Park at O'Brien Park 321 E Walter St. One of the best facilities in the region to board or roller blade. The concrete, permanent obstacle, 13,000 square foot park includes challenges such as quarter-pipes, half-pipes, bowls, steps, ramps and rails. There is an area with less challenging obstacles for the beginners. A concession area and rental equipment are also available.
  • Potato Creek State Park 25601 State Road 4, North Liberty, IN. 574-656-8186. Located in the southern half of St. Joseph County, Potato Creek is a large park that features camping, hiking trails, a stocked lake, affordable overnight cabin rentals, a lodge, a beach, a public pool, and picnic areas. Deer and other wildlife abound, including wild turkey. Boats and canoes are also available for rental in the summer.[34]
  • Potawatomi Zoo The Potawatomi Zoo is a zoo in eastern South Bend, Indiana. The zoo is one part of Potawatomi Park, which includes a softball diamond, tennis courts, a public pool, picnic area, band shell, and Kid's Kingdom Playground. Founded in 1902 [1], Potawatomi is Indiana's oldest zoo. It features over 400 animals on 23 acres of land, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Admission is between $5 and $7. The zoo also has a collection of small primates not found in many zoos, such as Bononbos, and recently added another animal habitat and a perimeter-hugging train (oriented toward children) and have been expanding other animal habitats. [35]
  • Rum Village Park and Nature Center The 160 acres of natural woodland in Rum Village Park is a designated nature area. Many excellent specimens of native trees and a wide selection of flowering and herbaceous plants may be found here. Such a wooded tract is unique within an urban community. It is a remnant of the land that once was.... a source of food and shelter for a variety of wildlife and a haven for renewal of the human spirit.
  • South Bend Greenhouse More formally known as the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories and Potawatomi Greenhouse, the South Bend Greenhouse is a collection of conservatories and indoor botanical gardens located adjacent to the Potawatomi Zoo in a historic greenhose structure. The conservatory was established in the 1920s when the Potawatomi Greenhouses were built to supply flowers to the city. In 1963 and 1967, the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories were added, providing a tropical area. The "Arizona Desert Dome" was completed in 1973, and now is home to cacti, succulents, century plants, and a large monkey puzzle tree. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students. [36]
  • Sunburst 5K and 10K Races Featuring the 5K and 10K course which are fast, challenging, and fun. Both events start at the College Football Hall of Fame and run on traffic-free city streets through South Bend's parks and neighborhoods. For many years, Sunburst has finished on the 50-yard line of the Notre Dame Stadium. [37]
  • St. Patrick's County Park 50651 Laurel Rd., 574-277-4828. This park sits on 398 acres with wooded trails, ponds and St. Joseph River frontage. The Red Barn is considered one of the largest wooden barns in the county. Other features include the Robert J. Fischgrund Center for the Performing Arts, the Adair Orchard, the Manion Cabin, the Freedom Memorial: "Standing Tall", playground and outdoor stretching equipment on two sites, picnic sites, hiking trails, canoe rentals, winter innertubing, and cross country ski trails and rentals.

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Local Business[edit]

  • Bombay Boutique 119 S Michigan St, 574-271-8865. Features clothing, jewelry, and other items from India and South Asia.
  • CineArts 528 E. Colfax Ave, 574-233-8400.
  • Kaeblin Ace Hardware 52295 SR 933 (US 31), 574-277-1155. Have a hardware or automotive problem? Call the friendly, knowledgable staff at Hill's, serving the Michiana area for four decades. UPDATE: Hill's True Value Hardware is now the Kaeblin Ace Hardware's third Michiana location (within the former Hill's True Value building). This was by no means a hostile takeover. While still a good, friendly helpful place (like the ad states), the particular atmosphere of Hill's True Value will, nevertheless, surely be missed its former customers. The phone number remains the same.
  • Just Goods 1211 Mishawaka Ave, 574-286-5878. Earth-friendly, worker-friendly clothing, housewares and gift items. Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 9AM-3PM, and by appointment. [38]
  • Lange's Old Fashioned Meat Market 219-874-0071. Provider of home-smoked Sausages, Hams, and jerkies. Very tasty. [39]
  • Midwest Blind and Shade 4115 N Grape Rd, Mishawaka, IN, 574-271-0770. Find a friendly and helpful staff ready to build your order in-house. [40]
  • The Irish Import Shop 1643 Edison Rd, 574-243-1400.
  • Ten Thousand Villages 214 W Cleveland Rd, Granger, IN, 574-277-4900. Fair Trade items from over 35 countries, offering home decor, jewelry, textiles, toys, coffee, tea, chocolate, gift items and more. [41]
  • South Bend Chocolate Factory 3300 West Sample St, 574-233-2577. See the South Bend Chocolate Company creating their famous deserts while buying or sampling some for yourself. [42]
  • Woodwind and Brasswind 4004 Technology Dr, South Bend, IN. 574-251-3500. Woodwind & Brasswind is a store that specializes in musical instruments, based in South Bend, Indiana, United States. Woodwind & Brasswind hosts an annual Battle of the Bands concert as a competition among bands. [43] UPDATE: Unfortunately, Woodwind and Braswind moved to Indianapolis in 2011 and subsequently closed its South Bend, IN location.

Outlets and Malls[edit]

  • Mishawaka Grape Rd and Main St are the main drags for shopping in the area. Several outlet plazas exist up and down both roads and most major retailers are represented, as are many national and regional restaurant chains (some from Chicago and California).
  • Michigan City Many South Bend residents travel by train to Michigan City to visit their large array of outlet stores and malls. The South Shore Line has a designated station adjacent to this shopping area, and the fare is less than $6 each way.
  • South Bend Erskine Plaza on the South side is a hub for shopping in South Bend, and you can drive past the mansions of Twyckenham Hills on your way back through the city. Fortunately, downtown once again offers many local businesses within its core.
  • University Park Mall Grape Road and SR 23. University Park Mall is in the process of remodeling and currently boasts a multitude of national stores - both high and low end - including the three anchors: J.C. Penny, Macy's, and Sears. [44]
  • University of Notre Dame Shop the Notre Dame bookstore - the largest in the country - or shop the ND Varsity shop located in the Joyce Athletic Convention Center (JACC). [45]

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  • Anchor Inn 2224 W Western Ave., 574-237-9147. Good food, good bands.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Bonnie Doon Restaurant 109 E 4th St, Mishawaka, IN. 574-255-3161. Locally created and owned ice cream company and restaurant.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Cambodian Thai 229 S Michigan St, 574-289-2877. Excellent-tasting, fresh Thai and Cambodian cuisine at fair prices.
  • Chicory Cafe 105 E Jefferson Blvd, 574-234-1141. A French Quarter style coffee house featuring beignets, po' boys and jambalaya.
  • El Paraiso Grocery and Produce 425 S Main St 574-234-1546. Authentic Mexican restaurant and grocery store serving authentic Mexican food at affordable prices. Fresh meat and produce.
  • Ichiban Golden Dragon 1733 South Bend Ave, 574-277-2527. Located in the former K's restaurant, features Chinese food and sushi.
  • Loco's Mexican Restaurant 3801 W Western Ave, 574-287-0200. Mexican food at fair prices.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Mazatlan 507 E McKinley Ave, Mishawaka, IN. 574-259-4430. Authentic Mexican food at great prices. UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Mr. G's Restaurant and Lounge Osceola, IN 574-674-6362. Incredible prices, awesome food, great drink specials, proximity to Baugo Creek County Park and midway between South Bend and Elkhart on SR 933 (Lincoln Way). Free Wireless Internet is available. [46]
  • Rio's 1724 N Ironwood Dr, 574-271-9820. Good, inexpensive Mexican cuisine. Located next to La Esperanza, but open until midnight and later.
  • Silver Tower Seafood House 1536 Lincoln Way West, 574-233-0304. Great seafood at great prices.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Thai-Lao International Cuisine 320 E Russ St, Mishawaka, IN, 574-383-5900. A unique atmosphere focusing on Thai and Laotian cuisine with Filipino choices available.
  • Tom's Restaurant 131 S Lafayette Ave, (574) 237-9401. This hidden gem in the middle of downtown South Bend features excellent breakfast and lunch fares at very reasonable prices.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.


  • Backstage Grill 222 S Michigan St, 574-232-0222. Located behind Club Fever downtown, features American food for lunch and dinner as well as pizza by-the-slice.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Between the Buns 1803 South Bend Ave (SR 23), 574-247-9293. Grill and bar with multiple locations around Michiana.
UPDATE: This restaurant chain has either closed or changed names as of July 2020.
  • Bruno's 2610 S Prairie Ave, 574-288-3320. Authentic Italian Cuisine with buffet, bar, and delivery service. Multiple other locations throughout Michiana.
  • Dagwood's Sandwich Shoppes 420 N Niles Ave, 574-287-3700. A sandwich shop in a comic strip world featuring the Blondie comic strip and "The Greatest Sandwiches On The Planet!" including toasted subs, pressed sandwiches, fine deli sandwiches, salads and wraps.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Elia's 2128 South Bend Ave (SR 23), 574-277-7239. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food.
  • Giannetto's Pizza & Pasta‎ 100 N Center St, Mishawaka, IN, 574-254-9177. Papa Vic makes a great deep dish is not for anyone from the east coast. Their place has great food at decent prices and is a family run business. Beats the chains anytime!
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Hacienda Mexican Restaurants A local institution in multiple locations throughout Michiana as well as Kokomo and Evansville, IN.
  • Honker's Family Restaurant 3939 S Michigan St, 574-291-2115. An original South Bend, multi-location restaurant. American breakfast and lunch choices featuring a Saturday Polish buffet. Additional location at Edison Lakes.
UPDATE: All restaurant locations are closed as of July 2020.
  • J. W. Chen's 1835 South Bend Ave (SR 23), 574-271-2777. Authentic Chinese food, well regarded around town.
  • La Esperanza 1636 N Ironwood Dr, 574-273-0345. Authentic Mexican restaurant.
  • Legends of Notre Dame Across from Notre Dame Stadium, 574-631-2582. Pub, nightclub, and "senior bar" at the University of Notre Dame.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Luigi's Pizza 3624 Mishawaka Ave, 574-282-1215. Local pizzeria, take-out only.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Madison Oyster Bar 129 N Main St, 574-288-3776. American food with a Chicago-style, three-story bar atmosphere. Third floor billiard and bar area is popular locally on weekends.
  • Mark's Restaurant 112 W Colfax Ave, 574-232-5841. Authentic Chinese food in a friendly atmosphere.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Nicola's 1705 South Bend Ave (SR 23), 574-277-5666. Bar and pizzeria.
UPDATE: This restaurant is a bar not serving food as of July 2020.
  • Oaken Bucket Restaurant 1212 S Ironwood Dr, 574-289-1616. Bar and restaurant featuring locally renowned burgers and great views of IU South Bend and the river. There is also a lower level deck on the river which houses a bar and is served by waitstaff. There is an upper-level deck and two floors inside, both with bars and one with a salad bar.
  • Shalimar 508 West McKinley Ave, Mishawaka, IN 574-254-9070. Indian dining.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • South Bend Chocolate Company 122 S Michigan St, 574-287-0725. Cafe featuring variety of food choices including wraps, and South Bend Chocolate Company confections. Factory is on Sample St.
  • Starlite Pizza and Restaurant 2637 West Western Ave, 574-282-1177. Local restaurant and pizzeria known around the area for having a sweeter sauce than others. Additional location in Granger.
  • Sunny's Korean Restaurant 512 S Spring St, Mishawaka, IN, 574-255-5274. Great Korean food.
  • Toyo Japanese Restaurant 620 W Edison Rd, Mishawaka, IN, 574-254-9120.
  • Vesuvio Pizza 230 S Michigan St, 574-234-2183. Local pizzeria known for huge East Coast style pizzas and delivering until as late as 4:00 AM.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Vietnam Restaurant 2370 Miracle Ln, Mishawaka, IN, 574-257-0372. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine in the Town & Country Shopping Center.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.


  • Carmela's Restaurant at Macri's Delicatessan 214 N Niles Ave, 574-280-4824. Fine dining in an authentic Italian atmosphere.
  • East Bank Emporium Restaurant 121 S Niles Ave, 574-234-9000. A multi-level restaurant overlooking the St. Joseph River and East Race Waterway. Featuring Prime Rib and Seafood.
  • Fiddler's Hearth 127 N Main St, 574-232-2853. Traditional Irish food, music, and drinks.
  • Hana Yori 3601 Grape Rd, Mishawaka, IN, 574-258-5817. Authentic Japanese cuisine prepared right at your table. [47]
  • LaSalle Grill 115 W Colfax Ave, 574-288-1155. South Bend's premiere five-star restaurant. Modern American, high-end dining with a menu that varies daily.
  • Matuba Japanese Restaurant Sushi & Sashimi 2930 McKinley Ave, 574-251-0674. Authentic Japanese cuisine with great drink specials.
  • Parisi's Ristorante Italiano 1412 South Bend Ave., 574-232-4244. Highly regarded, award winning Italian restaurant. Restaurant, bar, and outdoor patio seating. [48]
  • Rocco's Restaurant 537 N Saint Louis Blvd., 574-233-2464. Locally owned restaurant (since 1955) that serves traditional Italian food.
  • Siam Thai 211 N Main St, 574-232-4445. Thai cuisine that will excite your five senses: sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and natural.
  • Sunny Italy Cafe 601 N Niles Ave, 574-232-9620. South Bend's oldest Italian restaurant. [49]
  • Tippecanoe Place Restaurant‎ 620 W Washington St, 574-234-9077. Local high-end American restaurant built into the old Studebaker Mansion downtown.
  • The Vine 103 W Colfax Ave, 574-234-9463. Local high-end American restaurant featuring an extensive wine list.
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Volte Restaurant and Lounge 211 W Washington Ave, 574-323-2120. Continental cuisine with an Italian twist. Volte’ offers a diverse menu with a broad list of wines. Voted one of downtown South Bend’s most romantic destinations. [50]
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.
  • Most National and Regional Chain Restaurants are available as well.

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  • Coffee Time 4325 N Mayflower Rd, 574-254-9991.
  • Higher Grounds 109 W Washington St, 574-282-2522‎. A coffee shop located downtown across from BW-3s.
  • Quincy's Cafe and Espresso 1631 Edison Rd, 574-273-0159. Enjoy a fresh cup of regular or specialty coffee at this small cafe near the campus of Notre Dame.
  • South Bend Chocolate Cafe 122 S Michigan St, 574-287-0725. Have a wrap, slice of chocolate cake, or a cup of gourmet coffee at South Bend's famous chocolate cafe, located next to the College Football Hall of Fame. [51]
  • Spices of Life Coffee Shop 52303 Emmons Rd, South Bend, IN.‎ 574-277-6887
  • Starbucks Multiple locations throughout the area.
  • Sufficient Grounds 719 W McKinley Ave, Mishawaka, IN. Enjoy a fresh cup of regular or specialty coffee at this small cafe near the Town and Country Shopping Center.
  • Sweet Street Corn-Er-Coffee 1105 Northside Blvd, 574-287-8724. Near IU South Bend.
  • The Coffee Mug 23420 SR 23, 574-233-1850.
  • Theta Ridge Coffee 3725 Foundation Ct, Suite E. 574-233-2436.
  • Ugly Mug Coffee and Culture 102 N Main St, 574-288-5350. In addition to great coffee and pastries, Ugly Mugs serves daily lunch specials and displays Artwork and hosts Open Mic's featuring local artists.

Bars and Clubs[edit]

  • NOTE Indiana State Law prohibits alcohol sales after 3:00 AM Monday - Friday and after midnight on Saturday (though bars stay open until 3:00 AM on Saturday night into Sunday morning). No alcohol sales are permitted on Sunday (beginning at midnight until 7:00 AM Monday morning) or on Christmas, Easter, or New Year's Day. However, you can easily cross the state line into Michigan in mere minutes and purchase alcohol on Sunday before 2:00 AM.
  • Blarney Stone 113 E Wayne St, 574-283-0452. Large bar with dance floor and drink specials.
  • Bleacher's Pub and Grub 4609 Grape Rd, Mishawaka, IN‎. 574-277-9332. Three-room bar featuring karaoke, free billiards, great food, and drink specials. Cash only.
  • Bob's Tavern & 19th Hole 26582 US Highway 20 (McKinley Ave). 574-233-0297.
  • Cheers 103 S Dixie Way (US 31/933) 574-277-8407. A small bar in Roseland (between South Bend and the Michigan line) with a second story loft that has karaoke and live local bands four nights a week.
  • C.J.'s Pub 417 N Michigan St, 574-233-5981. Small pub in downtown South Bend with great food. The C.J.'s Pub Burger is sold at the restaurant and at South Bend Silver Hawk's games.
  • Clay Pub 52170 Indiana State Route 933 (US 31/Dixie Way). 574-277-6982. A small pub in the Indian Village area (between Roseland and Michigan).
  • Club Fever 222 S Michigan St, 574-234-5200. Multi-level nightclub featuring DJs, a large dance floor (often full), and an upper-floor lounge. Has an urban club feel and has been visited by famous actors such as Will Smith. Open Thursday - Saturday, cover is generally $5 or $6. [52]
  • Club Landing 1717 Lincoln Way East, 574-289-4122. Nightclub on the St. Joseph River near IU South Bend. Has a large dance floor, large deck, and drink specials. [53]
  • Club LaSalle 115 West Colfax Ave, 574-288-1174. High-end dining and drinking club next to the Palais Royale/Morris Performing Arts Center. No cover or membership required. [54]
  • Club Noma 119 N Michigan St, 574-233-4959. New Asian-fusion club downtown. [55]
  • Corby's 441 E Lasalle Ave, Phone: 574-233-5326. Featured in the movie Rudy. A great place to grab a drink. Near Downtown and campus. Doesn't open until 3 PM. Features an outdoor patio and 5 pool tables. Expensive, and better in the summer as it is popular among Domers (ND students).
  • Fiddler's Hearth 127 N Main St, 574-232-2853. Irish pub with great food and an excellent beer and liquor selection. Live bands on weekends and a smoking patio in the rear. No cover. [56]
  • Frank's Place‎ 327 W Marion St, 574-232-2277.
  • Jay's Lounge 3025 S 11th St, Niles, MI, 269-684-8353. Great pizza and drink specials can be found at this small tavern (with outdoor patio) one block north of the state line in Niles, MI.
  • Library Irish Pub 113 E Wayne St, 574-283-0452. Downtown bar.
UPDATE: This bar is closed as of July 2020.
  • Linebacker Lounge 1631 South Bend Ave, 574-289-0186. Walking distance from Notre Dame. A tradition for 45 years. Go there to celebrate an Irish win or Friday and Saturday night. [57].
  • Madison Oyster Bar 129 N Main St, South Bend, IN.‎ 574-288-3776. Three-story bar with great food, reasonable drink specials (except Fri & Sat), billiards on the top floor (which is the "party" floor, floors 1 & 2 are a restaurant with one pool table and a large bar) and a laid-back yet fun atmosphere. No cover.
  • Main Street Pub 2046 South Bend Ave (SR 23), 574-271-9898. Bar and restaurant with a pool table, large bar, and good drink specials.
  • Marine Corps League 539 Parry St. U.S. military members can network with other service veterans at the St. Joseph Valley detachment (DET 095) of the Marine Corps League. Non-veterans and civilians may also purchase a social membership. [58]
  • McCormick's 125 N Michigan St, South Bend, IN‎. 574-289-8031. Small bar with 2 pool tables and an air hockey table. No cover and good drink specials, especially on Thusrdays. Good place to wind down at the end of the night.
  • McKinley Pub 2930 McKinley Ave, 574-234-2616. Small bar with great drink specials.
  • Oscar's Billiard Club 1902 South Bend Ave (SR 23), 574-277-6651. Pool hall with more than 10 professional-sized pool tables for free play. There is also a bar and lounge area.
  • Parkview/The View‎ 515 E Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN‎. 574-288-8439. Small bar close to the St. Joseph River and downtown with good drink specials and great food. Great burger and beer specials on Tuesdays.
  • Rum Runners 236 S Michigan St, 574-288-5977. Offers a casual dining atmosphere and full-service bar featuring a mix of live entertainment and interactive customer participation in a tropical Caribbean-style setting.
  • Sean O'Casey's (at the Marriott) 123 N St Joseph St, 574-234-2000. Authentic Irish Pub, made to replicate the true Irish atmosphere of fun and excellent cuisine.
  • Simeri's Old Town Tap 1505 W Indiana Ave, 574-289-1361. Outdoor bar and grill featuring live bands. [59]
  • Tailgaters Sports Bar‎ 1516 N Ironwood Dr, 574-233-5319. New bar near Notre Dame with good drink specials.
  • Trio's Restaurant and Jazz Club 129 N Michigan St, 574-288-8746. "Trio´s opened in the fall of 2007 to begin a tradition of upscale casual dining and live jazz entertainment, with accommodations for banquets and private parties. Trio´s is proud to present American cuisine prepared by a culinary team led by Chef Brett Boomhower, whose career includes Executive Chef positions on the east coast and in the Midwest. Chef Brett jazzes up Trio´s American cuisine with selected fare associated with two well-known cities of jazz, New Orleans and Kansas City." [60]
UPDATE: This restaurant is closed as of July 2020.


  • Domaine Berrien Cellars 398 East Lemon Creek Rd. Berrien Springs, MI., 269-473-9463. Hours: Noon-5PM Wednesday through Monday; Closed Tuesdays. Established in 2001, our winery is nestled among the grapevines on our family's 80-acre farm. All of the wines are made from grapes grown and hand-picked in our vineyards. Enjoy a picnic on our beautiful deck! [61]
  • Free Run Cellars Vineyard and Wine Tasting 9185 Union Pier Rd., Union Pier, MI., 269-471-1737. Hours: Thu, Fri & Mon 11AM-6PM; Sun noon-6PM. Free Run Cellars is a new venture of Round Barn Winery winemaker, Matthew Moersch, and brother Christian. Free run - juice that flows from crushed grapes without pressing. It is superior to pressed juice as their are no seeds or stems. Continuing the Moersch tradition. Evolving Michigan wine. [62]
  • Hickory Creek Winery 750 Browntown Rd., Baroda, MI., 269-422-1100. Hours: Friday-Sunday 11AM-6PM or by appointment. Creating world-class wines from grapes grown exclusively on Lake Michigan's eastern shore, Hickory Creek's owners bring to bear the distinct perspectives of three premier wine-growing nations: America, Australia and Germany. Sharing a lifelong passion for their craft, Hickory Creek utilizes only the highest quality estate grown and select local vineyard fruits. [63]
  • Karma Vista Vineyards 6991 Ryno Rd., Coloma, MI., 269-468-9463. Hours: 11-5; Sun 12-5; closed Tuesdays. A winery and tasting room in the middle of the vineyard on top of one of the highest hills in Berrien County. Featuring such hits as Starry Starry White, Pink Side of the Moon, Moondance Merlot and Cha Cha Chardonnay. Wine with a unique point of view. [64]
  • Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail 398 East Lemon Creek Rd., Berrien Springs, MI., 269-473-9463. Hours: Hours vary at each winery. See web site. Visit 12 wineries and tasting rooms along beautiful Lake Michigan as you tour the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail. Taste, tour and enjoy the vast selection of wine from Michigan's Great Southwest. [65]
  • Lemon Creek Fruit Farm & Winery 533 East Lemon Creek Rd., Berrien Springs, MI., 269-471-1321. Hours: Summer hours 10AM-6PM. Winter hours noon-5PM. Lemon Creek is a name with over 150 years of grape and fruit growing experience. Exclusively family owned and operated this quaint 300-acre farm is in the countryside of Berrien County. Found just 6 miles off the lake, this winery, vineyard and fruit farm is a perfect family destination. [66]
  • Round Barn Winery and Union Pier Tasting Room 10983 Hills Rd., Baroda, MI., 269-422-1617 / 800-716-9463. Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-6PM, Sunday 12-6PM. Is a winery, distillery and brewery that offers complimentary wine, brandy and beer tasting. We host a variety of events throughout the year such as wine dinners, festivals, open houses and parties. The Round Barn is available for weddings, receptions and parties. Products include: Dry reds, semi dry & sweet reds, dry whites, semi dry whites, sweet whites, sparkling wines, fruit brandies, dessert wines & cordials, Divine Vodka, and microbrews. BBQs, Harvest Parties, Wine Dinners, and venues for wedding and parties available. Call or visit online to schedule a tour. [67]
  • St. Julian Winery 716 South Kalamazoo Rd., Paw Paw, MI., 269-657-5568 / 800-732-6002. Hours: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun noon-5PM. Summer hours Mon-Sat 9AM-6PM, Sun 12-6PM. Founded in 1921, St. Julian is the oldest and largest operating winery in Michigan. Its founder, Mariano Meconi, named the winery for the patron saint of his birthplace, Faleria, Italy. The winery was moved from Detroit to Paw Paw in 1936 to be closer to the vineyards. Come see why we were named Taster's Guild 1998 Winery of Year! [68]
  • Tabor Hill Champagne Cellar 10243 Red Arrow Hwy., Bridgman, MI., 269-465-6566 / 800-283-3363. Complimentary wine and juice tasting of all products. Easy off/on from I-94. [69]
  • Tabor Hill Wine & Art Gallery 80 West Main St., Benton Harbor, MI., 269-925-6402 / 800-283-3363. Hours: Thur-Sun noon-5PM. Complimentary tasting of all Tabor Hill's wine and juice products. Beautiful retro furniture and jewelry! Shop while you taste! Paintings and art work from around the country. 25-30 wines & juices, paintings, artist's works, beautiful retro furniture & jewelry. [70]
  • Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant 185 Mount Tabor Rd., Buchanan, MI., 269-422-1161 / 800-283-3363. Hours: 10AM-9PM. For a unique and relaxing experience while visiting southwest Michigan, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant is the place to be. Seasonal tours of the facility are offered daily from 12:00-4:30PM Eastern Time. Complimentary wine tasting of our award-winning wines seven days a week will entice even the most discriminating palate. Surrounded by a breathtaking view of vineyard and countryside, our restaurant offers a tantalizing menu Wednesday-Sunday year-round (closed during the Christmas/New Year season). [71]

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Econo Lodge South Bend 3233 Lincoln Way W. [72] Tel: (574) 232-9019 (Fax: (574) 287-6474).
  • Quality Inn South Bend 4124 Lincolnway West, Tel: (574) 288-3800 (Fax: (574) 288-3810). [73] Near South Bend Regional Airport. University of Notre Dame 4 miles. Free Continental Breakfast. Suites and whirlpool available. Exercise Room. Indoor Pool. Business Suites. Free airport shuttle to South Bend Regional Airport.
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel 52825 Indiana Route 933 N, Tel: (574) 968-4737 (Fax: (574) 277-0203. [74] This extended stay hotel offers free Wi-Fi, an indoor heated pool and an on-site fitness center.


  • Comfort Suites South Bend 52939 US 933 North, Tel: (574) 272-1500 (Fax: (574) 272-3200). [75] Approximately 1 1/2 miles north of Notre Dame and 4 miles from University Park Mall. All Suites feature microwave, refrigerator, iron, ironing board and cable TV with HBO. Meeting space and Banquet space is available.
  • Hilton Garden Inn 53995 State Road 933 (US 31/Dixie Way) Tel: (574) 232-7700. Conveniently located on the Saint Mary's Campus and a short walk or drive to Notre Dame. Features Bistro 933.[76]
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites 224 Florence Ave, Tel: (574) 272-8000 the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mishawaka - South Bend is a hotel with much to offer for leisure and business travelers alike. Our guests will enjoy a culturally diverse city while staying at our new Granger hotel. Our hotel is near South Bend and the University of Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish as well as many small towns with the charm of times forgotten.
  • Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast 630 W. Washington St., Tel: 1-888-697-4466. For an enriching glimpse of Indiana life at the turn of the century, this B&B and a good choice. The Victorian style of the Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast reflects the lives and times of South Bend's most famous families, the Studebakers (automobiles) and the Olivers (the world famous Oliver Chilled Plow). Prices range from $100 - $289 a night, with last minute specials available. [77]


  • Beiger Mansion Inn 317 Lincoln Way E., Mishawaka, IN. 574-255-6300. Enjoy the comforts of an historic mansion in downtown Mishawaka. [78]
  • Hyatt Place 215 W. Day Rd., Mishawaka, IN. 574-258-7777.
  • Inn at Saint Mary's 53993 SR 933 (US 31), Tel: 1-877-567-1438. Located on the corner of U.S. 31 and Douglas Rd. (on the border of the Saint Mary's and Notre Dame campuses), the Inn features a lounge, 24 hour coffee and juice bar, complimentary breakfast, free high-speed Internet, 24 hour business center, free airport shuttle, gift shop, guest laundry, valet, concierge, state-of-the-art 24 hour fitness center, whirpool and sauna, wireless Internet, room service through Bistro 933, and a complimentary USA Today. Deluxe personal and business suites are available. (TIP: This is a very luxurious, popular hotel and should be reserved ahead of time during the Fall semester of Notre Dame and St. Mary's courses).[79]
  • DoubleTree by Hilton South Bend, 123 N St Joseph St., (574) 234-2000, [1].  edit The DoubleTree by Hilton also features Baker's Bar & Grille (Studebaker themed), full service Starbucks, 1st Source Bank, and a skyway to the Century Center and South Bend Regional Museum of Art.
  • Varsity Club 3800 N Main St., Mishawaka, IN., 574-277-0500. [80]

Stay Safe[edit]

Like many post-industrial cities, South Bend has some trouble spots. To be safe, lock your vehicle when you plan to leave it unattended anywhere downtown, but especially in a parking garage or low lit area after dark. Take care as you would in any major city after dark.

One natural threat to be aware of are tornadoes: if you hear a siren or there is a tornado warning issued, take it seriously. Because South Bend/Michiana is so far north of the tornado belt, there are very few twisters in the area, even during tornado season. However, the tornadoes that do occur are usually F0s which, though comparatively weak, are often low to the ground and very difficult to detect with doppler radar, making advanced warning more difficult. Though much smaller events, their winds speeds can reach as high as 85 miles per hour and they can cause localized damage with little warning.

Stay Healthy[edit]

Drinking water is as safe in South Bend as anywhere else in the country. Do not swim in the St. Joseph River or accidentally ingest river water as the Western half of the St. Joe is still quite polluted. A 5-phase project to reroute old stormwater pipelines out of the river is nearly halfway finished, and is the primary remaining obstacle toward relative purity.

Get out[edit]

Northern Indiana has several recreation areas that highlight the interesting topography and natural features of the area.

  • Chain-O-Lakes State Park Located in Northeast Indiana, Chain-O-Lakes is a series of glacially-formed interconnected lakes and tributaries surrounded by thick, relatively hilly forest. The area has a vast array of wildlife and canoeing is available.
  • Dr. T. K. Lawless County Park Located in Cass County, Michigan (approximately 40 minutes from downtown South Bend), this park features over seven miles of biking/cross-country skiing trails with peaks that overlook two small lakes and feature views of the surrounding county. The park also houses a soccer field, baseball diamond, two picnic houses, horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, children's play equipment, fishing in park-managed lakes and streams, a one-mile paved total access trail, modern restroom facilities, and inner-tubing in the winter (tubes provided). A modernization effort has been established to update facilities and add a dog park. [81]
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Originally slated to be one of the first national parks in the United States, Indiana Dunes continues to be a popular attraction in which visitors may see swales, bogs, and other prehistoric natural features of Northern Indiana as well as massive sand dunes and a clean lakeshore. Chicago's skyline can be seen on clear days. Camping is available. [82]
  • Pokagon State Park Located in Indiana's lake country (extreme Northeast Indiana), Pokagon State Park features rare, ancient glacially-formed bogs, marshes and lakes. The park also boasts a luxurious and historic inn/lodge (book ahead as it's usually full!), hiking trails, dense forests, ample wildlife, great fishing, a nature center, bicycle, boat and ski rental, and a nationally popular refrigerated toboggan-run that plunges riders down a moderate hill at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. [83]

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