A growing city is a vibrant city, and a vibrant city is a destination.

Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, is a prime example with cranes and construction crews signaling growth that are luring more people, events and meetings to its bustling downtown. 

The growth is part of what has lead to the city being ranked among the best places to livestart a businessvisiteatdrink beer, be a hipsterraise a family and make your mark.

One of the more exciting projects is 20 Monroe Live, a flexible venue that is part of Live Nation’s House of Blues Entertainment division. With an impressive concert lineup starting in February, the space is a highlight of a $32 million residential and entertainment complex that includes a 5,000-square-foot outdoor beer garden.

The complex will serve as a complement to the nearby Van Andel Arena, which brings in more than 1 million visitors each year. It's part of a host of other developments including:

And all of this growth comes with other projects, including new restaurants, brewpubs, breweries, distilleries and more. For a more in-depth look at the development boom in Grand Rapids, check out our Stories that Inspire section.