The history of this midwestern city is rooted in the river it sits on

and how it’s had to evolve with industry’s past and present…Oh, and also a very famous University that’s next door.

Established in 1865, South Bend saw a business boom in industry thanks to the St. Joseph River. Studebaker, Oliver Chilled Plow, and Singer Sewing machines were just a few of the big names. But we can’t forget the University of Notre Dame. It’s a huge influence on the economy and culture in South Bend to this day.

Featured Locations, Businesses and Attractions

South Bend Chocolate Company

Address: 3300 West Sample Street, Sound Bend, Indiana 46619

Phone: 800.301.4961

Website: https://sbchocolate.com

25 years after its founding, the South Bend Chocolate company has accrued 15 different locations and a plethora of delicious confections. From hot chocolate to ice cream, they are recognized as the fastest growing chocolate company in the nation.
Concours D'Elegance Car Show

Address: 201 Chapin Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.235.9714

Website: https://www.concoursatcopshaholm.org

An event that dates back to 17th-century France, this concours d’elegance took place just outside the Studemaker museum campus. Cars from all around are displayed for viewers to admire and judges to rank.
Oh Mamma's on the Avenue

Address: 1202 East Mishawake Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46615

Phone: 574.276.6918

Website: https://oh-mammas.square.site

From their very own farm the family owned Oh Mamma’s provides cut to taste cheese and charcuterie as well as prepared meal kits.
Four Winds Field

Address: 501 West South Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.235.9988

Website: https://www.milb.com

The Four Winds Field, previously known as Coveleski Stadium, was completely remodeled in 2007 for its home minor league baseball team, the South Bend Cubs. The remodel of the stadium helped transform that area into a bustling business area with surrounding condos.
East Race Waterway
Address: 109 Niles Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46617

Phone: 574.299.4765

Website: https://eastracewaterway.gr8.com

Located in downtown South Bend, this channel was originally an irreplacebale industrial tool during the Civil War. In 1984, the east bank was converted into the first manmade whitewater rafting course in America.
Holy Cross Annex Sculpture Studio

Address: 100 Eck Center, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Phone: 574.631.6000

Website: https://sacredplaces.nd.edu

The Holy Cross Annex is an isolated studio off the beaten path of campus. It provides a quiet atmosphere to create in an unhibited manner.
Morris Inn

Address: 1399 North Notre Dame Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46617

Phone: 574.631.2000

Website: https://morrisinn.nd.edu

Sitting at the heart of the campus and coined as “The Living Room of the University” , Morris Inn operates as a place to welcome incoming or potential students, and host special events of all kinds. Due to its rich history and AAA Diamond rating, it is in the top 5% of hotels in the United States.
Civil Rights Heritage Center

Address: 1040 West Washington Street, Sound Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.307.6135

Website: https://clas.iusb.edu

Thanks to the efforts of both students and professors at Indiana University, this once a segregated city swimming pool is now an active learning center on the Civil Rights Movement.
Studebaker 84

 

Address: 635 Lafayette Boulevard, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.210.7953

Website: https://onthegrid.city

What used to be the main assembly plant for the Studebaker company now resides in the heart of the Renaissance District in downtown South Bend as a technology hub for several different business.
West Side Democratic Club (home to Dyngus Day)

Address: 617 South Warren Street, South Bend, Indiana 46619

Phone: 574.514.6583

Website: https://www.facebook.com/DyngusDaySouthBend/

Home to one of the largest Dygus Day celebrations in the US, outside of the one that occurs in Poland, a day that also coincides with presidential campaign season, making it a popular spot for Democratic candidates. The center has been visted by the likes of Robert F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and of course South Bend’s own Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Tippecanoe Place Restaurant

Address: 620 West Washington Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.234.9077

Website: https://www.tippe.com

Originally the Studebaker mansion, this restaurant now serves traditional American dining in the lavishly decorated former 19th century manor.
Howard Park

 

Address: 219 St Louis Boulevard, South Bend, Indiana 46617

Phone: 574.299.4765

Website: https://visithowardpark.com

With historical pieces integrated into the design, such as the Melan Bridge from 1906 that is still actively in use, Howard Park works as a central area for South Bend residents to spend their time in leisurely. From playgrounds and scenery in the summer to an ice skating track in the winter.
Rocco's

Address: 601 Niles Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46617

Phone: 574.232.9620

Website: https://roccosoriginalpizza.com

The oldest Italian resturant in South Bend, established in 1906.
Oliver Mansion

Address: 808 West Washington Street, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.235.9664

Website: https://www.historymuseumsb.org

The orginal interiors and woodwork intact, the Oliver Mansion displays the 38 room estate belonging to J.D. Oliver, President of Oliver Chilled Woodplows in the late 19th and early 20th century.
LaSalle Grill

 

Address: 115 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Phone: 574.288.1155

Website: https://lasallegrill.com

Location of All Times EasternShop that served as the area’s premier sporting goods store from 1934 to 1984 —Mark McDonnell opened LaSalle Grill in 1991.
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