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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

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    Posts from February 2016

    LaughFest Logo
    Homegrown talent is on the docket and ready to get you laughing during the sixth annual LaughFest benefitting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids March 10-20. “We have a team of locally based comics who serve as hosts and openers across the festival – they also produce some of their own shows,” Joanne Roehm, festival director for Gilda’s LaughFest, said. “These guys tour throughout the country year-round doing comedy and we’re excited to welcome them back home.” Pop Scholars Performing March 11 and 18 at the Wealthy Theatre is the four-man group and LaughFest regulars Pop Scholars. The Grand Rapids-based, fast-paced improv team has been doing improvisational comedy for over five years in Grand Rapids and around Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and most notably, Chicago’s iO (formerly Improv Olympic).... Read More ›
    Art Outdoor 2016
    Art lovers love Grand Rapids and for good reason: our city is chock-full of beautiful and innovative art. For starters, La Grande Vitesse, by Alexander Calder, stands tall downtown, reminding everyone who passes by of Grand Rapids' commitment to the arts. Add to that the impressive collections at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts ,  Grand Rapids Art Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park , and our unparalleled art competition, ArtPrize , which attracts more than 400,000 to our city each fall. In addition, Grand Rapids is home to several educational art programs, like those at Grand Valley State University and Kendall School of Art and Design and hosts a myriad of art galleries, as well. The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts is now featuring dinner and a movie. Enjoy local restaurants and then venture to the UICA for a unique art film experience. Film showtimes and info here.  ... Read More ›