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.

Where to Eat in Medical Mile

Choose from an assortment of national restaurant brands and local favorites

Where to Shop in Medical Mile

Start your shopping at two hospital gift shops, a 70-year old hardware store and several food shops.

What to Do in Medical Mile

Check the 7 Monks Taproom for regular bingo, open mic and other entertainment events.

Bring Fido to Hillcrest, an official off-leash dog park that offers separately fenced areas for small and large dogs.

Hop on the FREE Route 19 bus to travel Michigan Street from the Medical Mile to the West Side neighborhood. Buses run Monday through Friday from 6 am-3 pm and 8 pm-10 pm.

What to See in Medical Mile

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. See a unique art piece in adjacent Belknap Park – Earthwork is a giant asphalt “X” inscribed in the hillside by American sculptor Robert Morris.

Local Medical Mile Favorites

Bagel Beanery is a locally owned and operated quick-service bagel bakery and gourmet coffee shop serving the area since 1996.

Logan’s Alley and Birch Lodge are popular neighborhood pubs serving great bar food and drinks.

Medical Mile Hidden Gems

Pickleball courts at the Belknap Park Pavilion host practitioners of this unique paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

Griff’s Icehouse is the official practice facility of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team – and it offers public skating (and skate rental) all year ‘round.