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
- 740 Michigan St. NE
- 455 Michigan Ave. NE
- 720 Michigan Sr
- 809 Michigan St NE
- 545 Michigan Street
- 545 Michigan St. NE, Suite 102
- 732 Michigan St NE
- 1140 Monroe Ave. NW
- 501 Fuller Ave. NE
- 916 Michigan St., N. E.
- 855 Michigan Street
- 25 Michigan St NE
- 25 Michigan St.
- 755 Michigan St NE
- 834 Leonard St. NE
Where to Shop in Medical Mile
Start your shopping at two hospital gift shops, a 70-year old hardware store and several food shops.
- 855 Michigan St NE
- 1234 Michigan St. NE
- 100 Michigan Street NE
- 100 Michigan Street NE
- 315 Fuller NE
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.