She will be closer to Chicago. Google audio stores in Indy and Chicago. I know Ovation and Audio Solutions are in Indianapolis.
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Here's another, in downtown Indy: http://www.tonestudioav.com/
I noticed some Futterman/NYAL product, stashed in a cubbyhole, that intrigued me. However: it's been a few years.
Extraordinary listening environment; in a huge, reconstructed cathedral.
Highly opinionated, of course!
Thx all for the feedback. While she used to live in Chcago for some reason she is more attuned to Indy. I think she has a brother who lives up that way so she is probably looking to combine reasons to go that way. She is also used to driving on rural Kauai and my sense was she didnt feel comfortable with the situation there. Neither my wife nor I are going with her on this trip otherwise we would drive into Chicago but she is on her own.
Gary is only half an hour from Chciago downtown, Indy is at least 2 and a half hours away. Also, I think she has more options in Chicago to visit. Besides, the two places already mentioned above, there is Superior Audio Systems, Pro Musica, Decibel Audio. Further away out from Chicago, Holm Audio in Woodridge, Simply Stereo in Palatine and Audio Experience in Vernon Hill.
I've only ordered online from Music Direct, but they stock some top shelf stuff as well as stuff that delivers value at a lower price point. Always gave me a reasonably good vibe dealing with them. Never had to return anything. If they have a listening room as described above, that would probably be a good start.
As far as driving into Chicago, it ain't going to be rural Kauai, that's for sure. Better weather-wise to go in summer.
I lived in South Bend, Indiana for three years. Best advice on driving to Chicago from Indiana: other than the nice-ish South Chicago suburb of Orland Park, keep driving north. When you think you've gone far enough north, drive 5 more miles. Ten is even better. You see exit signs for Evanston, you should be OK. Slight exagerration, but not much. Lincoln Park (or is it Linkin Park :) ) area seemed OK, and parts of downtown also fine to walk in, but I don't recall seeing many stereo shops, and parking is a challenge in both areas.
Also, if I had to visit Gary, I'd take a German Shepherd or two, or maybe a Rottweiller. Famous for the Jacksons and street crime.
Thanks for all the feedback. She has relatives near Indy so that is part of the draw. She actually grew up in Gary and apparently it had a nicer area that was at that point all white and others that were mixed. She goes back pretty often so I guess she is perfectly comfortable there and says it is all a matter of knowing your neighborhoods. She knows Chicago very well too just no longer has family there. I think a nephew or bother is going to drive her as she is used to nice, quiet backroads now....she has pretty good ears so I think hearing whatever she likes makes sense. She listens to lots of classical, jazz and local Hawaiian pop. She also can surprise so she may come back with a much higher end unit than expected. Again ALoha and Mahalo to all commenters.