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The founding of medical-research facility Van Andel Institute in 1996 jump-started a multi-billion dollar investment along Michigan Street just northwest of downtown. Today, this area is known as the Medical Mile and it is renowned as a world-class healthcare destination. The clinical, research and academic institutions that now line the Mile have attracted medical professionals from around the world. Their influx has spurred new retail and residential developments, transforming this once sleepy neighborhood into a bustling center of activity.
El Barrio Mexican Grill serves traditional Mexican cuisine with a fresh, modern flair, while Grand Coney is a classic diner serving traditional breakfasts, custom coney dogs and classic comfort foods.
Urban Mill Café offers "healthy food, local flavor" with a variety of made-to-order espresso drinks, sandwiches and salads.
Birch Lodge and Bob's Sports Bar are friendly neighborhood hangouts featuring great food and drink along with plenty of TVs for sports fans. Logan's Alley offers a wide variety of foods that pair well with its 23 beers on tap and 200+-bottle beer list.
Where to Shop
Sallie Bender Guild Gift Shop at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is filled with colorful, smile-inducing gifts, games and goodies. The Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Gift Shop is stocked with cards, flowers and unique gifts. Both are open to the general public.
Rylee's Ace Hardware, a Grand Rapids institution since 1955, is the kind of well-stocked, full-service hardware you rarely see these days.
What to See
Crane your head skyward to appreciate Medical Mile's impact on the Grand Rapids skyline - from the dramatic stepped silhouette of Van Andel Institute to the gleaming glass tower of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and beyond.
Walk a few blocks north of the Mile to Belknap Lookout for stunning views of the city skyline and river valley. The historic Belknap Hill neighborhood also features the city's only original true field cobblestone streets.
The Omelette Shoppe & Bakery, a Michigan favorite since 1975, serves up a wide variety of homemade omelets and other creations for breakfast and lunch.
Bagel Beanery is a locally owned and operated quick-service bagel bakery and gourmet coffee shop serving the area since 1996.
Balk Café at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital dishes up some of the area's best pizza - handmade, gourmet and stone hearth-baked. The Café also features a salad station, ice cream counter and coffee kiosk.
Pickleball courts at Belknap Park host practitioners of this unique paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Free lessons on Saturday mornings!
Founded in 1992, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions with Jewish themes that are universal in appeal. In doing so, we hope to enrich the Jewish experience in West Michigan, and inform, educate, and engage both the Jewish and non-Jewish community. It’s live theatre to learn, love and laugh with! MORE >>