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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    Movies in the Park


    Hometown Champ LogoIndividuals who assist Experience Grand Rapids in securing meetings/conventions are recognized as Hometown Champions. You will join over 1,000 other individuals who have brought their colleagues to Grand Rapids for meetings.

    Our Hometown Champs experience a sense of pride while contributing to the economy of the West Michigan region and the state.

    Benefits include:

    • Recognition during your event by local officials
    • Planning your group's events, providing a unique opportunity to participate in the process
    • Gaining the recognition of your peers both locally and regionally
    • Significantly impacting the economy of the region