Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Mill City Farmers Market in downtown Minneapolis
Come to Mill City Farmers Market for the food, then stay for the yoga, coffee, and dynamite riverfront views.
From the streets to the skyways, downtown Minneapolis offers a full menu of urban culture with a hearty dose of “Minnesota nice.” Stroll farmers’ markets, catch a Twins game at Target Field, take in a touring Broadway show or world-class local dance and music on Hennepin Avenue, or cycle your way around town in the “best bicycling city” in the United States, according to Bicycling magazine. “The city’s proximity to natural parks, lakes, and the Mississippi River makes it unique,” says Bill Deef, senior vice president of public affairs at Meet Minneapolis.
Originally farmed and hunted by the Sioux, the area that would become Minneapolis grew up around St. Anthony Falls. The falls offered a natural power source that established Minneapolis as a lumber and flour milling boomtown, growing in population from 13,000 in 1870 to nearly 165,000 in 1890. By 1880, Minneapolis was known as “Mill City,” the flour milling capital of the world.
From the North Loop’s boutique-chic vibe to the Mill District’s Mississippi River views, this is high-end apartment and condo heaven. Several luxury apartments opened in 2014, including the LPM Apartments overlooking Loring Park; the skyway-, transit-, and bike lane-connected The Nic on Fifth; and the Soo Line Building City Apartments, situated in the historic 1915 Soo Line Building, once the railroad’s headquarters. Bonus: Wherever you live, you’re within walking distance of the eight-mile skyway system, which provides climate-controlled walkability across 80 city blocks. Worried about winter? What winter?
SCHOOLS TO NOTE
FAIR School Downtown
This public interdisciplinary school offers kindergarten through third grade, as well as ninth through 12th, while its Crystal location offers fourth through eighth. It’s is a collaborative effort among districts and mines downtown experiences. fair.mpls.k12.mn.us
DeLaSalle High School
Situated on Nicollet Island, this Catholic college prep high school was founded in 1900. It prides itself on diversity and dominates nationally in football and Quiz Bowl. delasalle.com
One of the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s best answers to Broadway. hennepintheatretrust.org
Home of the Minnesota Twins, it’s often voted the best ballpark in America. It’s also a state-of-the-art outdoor performance venue. Paul McCartney takes the stage on August 2. targetfield.com
The city’s annual civic celebration draws Twin Citians together for a series of family-friendly events, including milk carton boat races, and nighttime Torchlight Parade, culminating in the state’s biggest fireworks display—over the Mississippi. aquatennial.com