Downtown Minneapolis is a progressive city with a dynamic vibe and a whirlwind of creative energy. The city is a haven for retail, dining, amazing theater, world-class museums, festivals, sporting events and picturesque strolls in a green urban environment.
The West Downtown area is growing by leaps and bounds. Thousands of brand new luxury apartments have been built in and around the West Downtown Minneapolis area with recently projects including The Nic on 5th, Latitude 45, and the 4Marq.
Marquette Plaza is located at the northern end of Nicollet Mall, currently undergoing a $50 million redesign of the entire mall from building face to building face, from Washington Avenue to Grant Street. The design includes features that prioritize the space for pedestrians that includes hardier trees, enhanced sidewalk spaces, improved lighting, and places for people to enjoy the mall. This new mall will form a cultural and commercial heart of the city with better connections to the Mississippi Riverfront, Minnesota sporting centers, Loring Park and the Walker Art Center. It will provide better functioning and visually appealing green space and create a more inviting place for visitors and workers to live, play and visit.
Nicollet Mall is the home to several shopping stops including Sak’s off 5th Avenue, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Macy’s, Brooks Brothers, Hubert White and Target’s Flagship store and numerous restaurants along Nicollet Mall feature outdoor al fresco dining experiences in warmer months.
Minneapolis is the third largest theater market in the US and is home to more than 100 theater companies. Founded in 1963, the acclaimed Guthrie Theater is an American center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training.
The nearby Hennepin Theater District includes the historic Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatre which are home to a variety of Broadway plays and various other events throughout the year.
THE WALKER ART CENTER
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the crown jewels of the city’s park system, uniting two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its green space and its cultural life. The 11 acre site,home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, showcases more than 40 works in its collection. The Garden is a top destination for visitors, who enjoy not only the art but also the seasonal displays in the Cowles Conservatory and the Alene Grossman Memorial Arbor and Flower Garden.
THE NORTH LOOP (Warehouse District)
Located along the Mississippi River, the North Loop is Minneapolis’ oldest “new” neighborhood and is frequently referred to as the Warehouse District. In this area landmark buildings have been developed into unique lofts, innovative restaurants, classic neighborhood pubs, and specialty shops.
- The Twins found a new home at Target Field in the North Loop which opened in April 2010. This LEED Green facility is a state of the art outdoor baseball field which offers a number of convenient commuter options. You can commute via light rail, bike, walk or bus to any game and then stick around after the game to enjoy more of downtown Minneapolis.
- US Bank Stadium is near completion and getting geared up for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League in Minneapolis. This new stadium site will include approximately 1.75 million square feet and 65,400 seats and will be home to the 2018 Super Bowl!
MALL OF AMERICA
This 4.2 million gross square foot mall is the largest and most well-known super regional shopping mall in the US. It contains over 520 stores arranged along three levels of pedestrian walkways, with a fourth level on one side. Four “anchor” department stores are located at the corners. The Mall is organized into 4 different cones, each with its own decorative style. The Mall is used as a major transportation hub in the region, with bus and light rail service linking the Mall to other destinations.