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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.

    Posts from September 2015

    Whether you are visiting Grand Rapids or looking for a new place to sit down and grab a good cup of java, there are plenty of local coffee shops for you to explore.  A name on the tip of many coffee lover tongues since it opened in 2008 is Madcap Coffee . The ever-bustling shop specializes in pour over coffee brewed with their own beans. Coffee is their focus and it shows on the faces of their satisfied customers. Rowster Coffee , another local favorite, features house-roasted coffees and house-pressed almond milk. Voted the Best Coffee Shop in Michigan by Business Insider , the shop is a cozy hangout for coffee lovers in the Wealthy Street neighborhood and beyond.... Read More ›
    EDITORS NOTE: ArtPrize Eight is September 21 - October 9, 2016 ArtPrize 7 With over 1,500 pieces of art dotting downtown Grand Rapids, taking your family to ArtPrize can be exhilarating - and overwhelming. Thankfully, we've got the scoop on helping you maximize your family's ArtPrize 7 experience. PLAN YOUR PATH Take a moment to consider the ages and interests of your kids before setting out. Be sure your route includes exhibits that align with your child's interests. Local parenting website, GRKIDS.COM , publishes a Family's Guide to ArtPrize each year, complete with a map and exhibit descriptions. I recommend printing a copy of the map and using a highlighter to mark the exhibits you want to see. Or, use the interactive, online version. Either way this map will help you navigate ArtPrize with kids. If you're squeezed for time, consider following the Stroller & Field Trip Route . It's a great option if you're worried about fitting a large stroller into tight spaces.... Read More ›
    The room, a cozy Sherlock Holmes-inspired library, is filled with exactly the types of things you would expect: an old chair, a sturdy desk, and lots of tchotchkes.  But it’s also locked. With you inside. And if you can find and solve the puzzles and clues hidden throughout the room in the next hour, not only will you unlock the room, but you’ll be among the approximately 20-25% of guests who win the Great Escape Room game. It’s not a video game, although the concept is based on popular genre of room escape video and phone games. Instead, The Great Escape Room is a real-life room, located in the Masonic Center at 233 E. Fulton Street, Suite 211 in Grand Rapids.... Read More ›