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Chandler

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Downtown Chandler

Chandler is a city in Arizona, and a medium-sized suburb of Phoenix with over 240,000 residents. It is a delightful place to visit.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA IATA) +1 480-988-7600 [2] is located east of Phoenix, in neighboring Mesa. It is served mainly by Allegiant Air, although Vision Airlines also offers service from North Las Vegas. Currently, this is a smaller sized airport but is in the process of being redeveloped into a major regional airport.

By car[edit]

To reach Chandler head on I-10 until it reaches the Santan Freeway. Also, the loop 101 runs down the west side of Chandler near the mall and connects to all other major freeways in the area.

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

Car and Bus are the easiest ways to get around Chandler

See[edit]

The Sonoran desert as well as a beautiful residential area.

  • 1 Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Ave, +1 480-782-2680, e-mail: . Box office and gallery: M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 12PM-5PM, 1hr prior to all events. A small venue with seating capacity of 1,500. A gallery hosts rotating exhibits of regional and local artists' work. Free (gallery).
  • Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art, 22402 South Basha Rd, +1 480-895-5230 (option 2). Monday to Friday 9AM-4PM (call ahead to make sure the gallery is not closed for the occasional company function).. Free art gallery with over 3000 pieces of contemporary Native American and Western American art including paintings, sculptures and pottery. Groups of 25 or more are asked to make an appointment in advance. Free.

Do[edit]

Historic Downtown Chandler (Chandler Boulevard & Arizona Avenue, just south of Chandler Boulevard). Full of delightful shops and amusements.

Play the slots at Lone Butte Casino, 1077 S. Kyrene Rd (Santan 202 & Kyrene Road). Open 24 hours. Gila River Indian Community Casino opened in November 2008. Features 850 slot machines, 24 table games (Blackjack, Pai Gow, 3 Card Poker, Let-it-Ride), 750 Seat Bingo Hall, and a High Limit Room. Also offers high-end and casual dining.

Annual Events[edit]

  • Ostrich Festival, 2250 S. McQueen. A fairly new festival located at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. This festival is centered around an Ostrich theme including Ostrich races, parade, food, and arts and crafts. Festival takes places in early March annually.
  • Chandler Jazz Festival. Annual outdoor Jazz festival in downtown chandler featuring a variety of renowned jazz performers. Admission is free.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Chandler Fashion Center (Chandler Mall), 3111 W Chandler Blvd, +1 480-812-8488. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM; restaurant and dept store hrs vary. n upscale shopping mall with various department stores.

Eat[edit]

There are many fine, well known establishments in the vicinity of Chandler Fashion Center as well as downtown Chandler.

  • Chino Bandido, 1825 West Chandler Blvd (in shopping plaza on SE corner of Dobson Rd & Chandler Blvd, behind the Walgreen's), +1 480 889-5990. 11AM-9PM. Wonderfully unusual fusion of Mexican and Asian cuisine. It takes a little bit of work to understand how to order, so using the online interactive menu ahead of time is useful for first-timers. Ask for a sample spoon if you're not sure about a flavor combination. $5-10.
  • Guedo's Taco Shop, 71 E. Chandler Blvd, +1 480 899-7841. Chandler. Located in one of the eastern suburbs, Guedo's boasts a fanatical following. and for good reason. It's a simple formula -- superb soft tacos and Mexican beer, served in a hole-in-the-wall place with plenty of character. A salsa bar offers a choice of scratch-made and bottled sauces, ranging from mild to torrid. The cooks may sing Mexican ballads or pop songs while going about their work; your name will be called out when your order is ready. Some locals maintain that they have no interest in going to heaven if it doesn't include Guedo's.
  • Heart Attack Grill, 6185 W Chandler Blvd.. Monday - Saturday 11AM-9PM; Sunday 11AM-4PM.. The realization of a vision to create a restaurant serving the unhealthiest burgers conceivable. Offering single-, double-, triple-, and quadruple-bypass burgers complemented by a fry bar, offering unlimited "Flatliner Fries" which, like the hamburger buns, are fried in lard. Unfiltered cigarettes also available. Anyone over 350lbs eats on the house.
  • Hong Kong Asian Diner, Great Chinese food.
  • Rawhide (aka Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse), 5700 West North Loop Rd (exit 162 of Interstate 10 at Wild Horse Pass Boulevard), +1 480 502-5600 ext 1141, e-mail: . Hours vary by season. Authentic western-style dining with large "cowboy size" portions, accompanied by live Country Western music and dancing. "Old West" shows and activities available before and after meals. Contingent on good weather, most Saturdays they also offer chuck-wagon cookouts out onto the property; the hay wagon to the desert cookout area leaves at 6PM sharp, so you'll want to make sure you're early if you have reservations for this. $20-50.

Drink[edit]

  • The Wild Hare, 801 N Arizona Ave, +1 480 857-3088. This bar has a liberal atmosphere with fun-loving people, drag bingo and good bar food.
  • SanTan Brewing Company, 8 South San Marcos Pl, +1 480-917-8700. Microbrewery in downtown Chandler that brews beer on site and serves good food. Listed in the Phoenix New Times as the Best Happy Hour in the Southeast Valley in 2010.
  • Vintage 95, 95 W. Boston S, +1 480-855-9463. Mon-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM, Sunday 10AM-10PM. Sophisticated wine bar in downtown Chandler with happy hour 7 days a week (3PM to 6PM daily except Wednesdays where happy hour is 4PM to close). Listed as Best Happy hour in Southeast Valley for 2012 in the Phoenix New Times.

Sleep[edit]

San Marcos hotel is an old and luxurious hotel in downtown Chandler. Otherwise, many well known hotel chains have hotels in Chandler. There are however, few resorts in this area compared to Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe.

  • Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd, toll-free: +1-866-716-8134. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, Arizona’s premier Native American-owned luxury resort, boasts 500 culturally-themed rooms, 36-holes of Troon Golf, the Aji spa, four pools, a 111-foot waterslide, Koli Equestrian Center and Rawhide, an 1880s Western Town. Located on the Gila River Indian Community, this unique property offers a recreational, educational and inspirational experience never before available in a resort setting.

Go next[edit]

Visit the Grand Canyon- a four hours drive north near Flagstaff.

Head into Scottsdale for the day- take Loop 101 north.

Head on I-10 to Los Angeles and take in the sites of Santa Monica, Hollywood, etc.

Head south to Tucson.

Head north on I-10 to downtown Phoenix and see a show.

Routes through Chandler
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