Detroit is America’s great comeback story, a city ready for anything. We’re a complete-package destination with new restaurants, retail and walkable downtown riverfront; high-energy championship sports, nightlife and gaming; and nationally recognized music festivals, cultural attractions, architectural wonders and more. Come and feel Detroit’s irresistible energy.
New Developments in The D
Opportunity Detroit began as a
breakthrough Kid Rock-narrated and Quicken Loans-produced television
spot that aired during the 2012 World Series. Since then it has grown
into a movement underscoring the unparalleled opportunities available in
Detroit today. What does opportunity look like? It looks like Detroit.
The vision of Opportunity Detroit is to transform downtown Detroit into a
great urban neighborhood that has a unique point of view, where people
will choose to live, work, shop and play while enjoying the benefit of a
highly valued public realm that has a super-regional – if not national –
draw. The plan includes street activation, housing renovations and
additions, parking additions and enhancements and way finding
opportunities throughout the major downtown districts. Developments are
scheduled to be complete as soon as this summer. To learn more about
Opportunity Detroit and the new development go to www.opportunitydetroit.com.
Nearly 50 percent of the $300 million expansion and renovation of Cobo Convention Center is complete.
Currently in its third and final phase, construction includes the new
30,000 square foot Atrium. Adaptive re-use of the former Cobo Arena as a
40,000-square foot Grand Ballroom is also underway, with pre-function
areas, new central kitchen, food court and additional meeting rooms. The
new Atrium and Grand Ballroom will come on line this summer, with
events being booked for late August and September. Redevelopment of the
south side of building along the Detroit River includes new pre-function
and meeting areas and two new junior ballrooms. Cobo Center operations
will continue to remain open during the entire renovation process, which
will be complete by the end of 2014. For the latest updates on
construction, go to www.cobocenter.com.
The historic Pontchartrain Hotel, and most recently Detroit Riverside Hotel, will reopen this summer as the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center.
Located in downtown Detroit, just across the street from Cobo Center,
the upscale property will be a 25-story, 371-room hotel that caters to
business travelers and the meetings and conventions market. Hotel
amenities include concierge service, on-site restaurant and bar, a
state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi Internet, a
24-hour Business Center and valet parking available 24/7 with in and out
privileges. For more information, go to www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/detroit/dttnd/hoteldetail.
Construction is underway on the new Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi.
The 124 room hotel will be attached to the Suburban Collection
Showplace and is expected to open in October 2013. The hotel will
feature a 24-hour StayFit Hyatt fitness center, 24/7 Guest Kitchen,
complimentary Wi-Fi, an interior pool and an upscale exterior courtyard
that will provide first-class ambiance to accommodate weddings and other
elite social events. The Suburban Collection Showplace is a 215,000
square foot exposition center. Its Diamond Convention Center has 30
meeting rooms including two ballrooms; the Diamond Ballroom can
accommodate up to 2,200 people and the Platinum Ballroom accommodates up
to 450 people. The meeting/banquet space also has 25,000 square feet of
pre-function area for registrations, cocktail receptions and networking
events. Go to www.suburbancollectionshowplace.com, for more information.
Michigan’s first Aloft Hotel is coming to Detroit in July 2014.
Located in the David Whitney building downtown on Woodward Avenue in
Grand Circus Park, Aloft Detroit will offer 136 rooms, banquet and
meeting space, the WXYZ bar, re:mix lounge, a second restaurant and one
and two bedroom residential apartments. It will also connect to the
Detroit People Mover.
Detroit’s newest museum opened its doors to the
public this April and features artifacts, family treasures and
historical documents highlighting the history of the Greek community. The Hellenic Museum of Michigan
chronicles the struggles, triumphs and contributions of a vibrant Greek
immigrant community’s journey to Michigan. Their legacy will be
recorded and preserved through artifacts, oral histories, documents and
photographs. Current exhibits include a photographic history of
Greektown and the Immigration Story. www.hellenicmi.org
After a major renovation, the Detroit Historical Museum
is now open with new and expanded exhibits, technology upgrades,
educational offerings and enhancements, with a total of 7,500 square
feet updated or added to the museum. Visitors will notice three new
permanent exhibits: the Gallery of Innovation, the Allesee Gallery of Culture and Detroit: the Arsenal of Democracy; an expanded Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibit and updates to the Streets of Old Detroit and Motor City
exhibits. The upgrades and improvements mark the first major
renovations of this scale since the museum was expanded to its current
size in the 1960s. In addition to the interior museum improvements, the
plaza outside of the museum has been transformed into Detroit Legends
Plaza, an outdoor destination meant to honor Detroit’s stars of sports,
entertainment and media. Stop by and see handprints of Detroit’s living
legends, such as Martha Reeves, Barry Sanders and Elmore Leonard. For
more information about the museum, go to www.detroithistorical.org.
The Michigan Science Center is now
open in Detroit’s cultural center. Formerly the Detroit Science Center,
the new Michigan Science Center’s mission is to inspire children and
their families to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology
and engineering in a dynamic, fun, learning environment. A new exhibit
will open this summer and will be announced soon. The center currently
features the exhibits Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion and Diabetes: A Deeper Look (both through the end of May 2013). What’s Up? Your Guide to the Night Sky, The Secret of I and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Solar System are showing at the Dassault Systemes Planetarium. Also showing in the Chrysler IMAX Dome Theatre are The Human Body, Animalopolis, Dolphins and Mysteries of the Great Lakes. For more information, go to www.mi-sci.org.
Detroit’s Whole Foods Market is on
schedule to open June 5. Whole Foods Market is a full-service, natural
and organic grocery store, offering a wide variety of fresh-baked
artisan breads, vegan and vegetarian specialties, hearty local produce,
hand-cut cheeses, whole grains, seeds and nuts, natural and organic
health and beauty products and the highest quality meats and seafood
available. The store will also feature Detroit-centric touches, such as
the tabletops in the café made from old car hoods, a timeline of Detroit
events will be proudly displayed above the dairy section and the
numbers at the cash registers will be made from old Motown 45s. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/detroit
Upcoming Festivals, Events, Exhibits and more
Downtown Detroit will transform into a hockey winter wonderland this December in preparation for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® that
will take place Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium on the University of
Michigan campus in nearby Ann Arbor. As members of the NHL’s Original
Six™ and longtime rivals, the game between the Detroit Red Wings® and
Toronto Maple Leafs® is sure to be an exciting matchup. In weeks prior
to the game, Detroit will host the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™,
an outdoor celebration of hockey at Comerica Park beginning in
mid-December. The festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 to
the city and feature an outdoor rink placed on the infield of the
ballpark that will host games between teams representing every level of
hockey and opportunities for open skating for the public. The showcase
events at the Festival promise to be the two games featuring notable
alumni of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs – the 2014 Red Wings vs. Maple
Leafs Alumni Showdown™ – on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31. www.detroitredwings.com/2014nhlwinterclassic
See why millions of Americans traveled to world’s
fairs in the 1930s for a glimpse of the future at the newest exhibit at
the Henry Ford Museum, Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s.
The exhibit brings together nearly 150 artifacts including building
models, architectural remnants, furniture, ephemera, period film
footage, and Elektro the Moto-Man robot. www.thehenryford.org
This year dozens of museums, organizations and communities are celebrating Henry Ford’s life on the anniversary of his 150th birthday.
Discover Henry Ford’s story through presentations, dinners,
exhibitions, displays and other special celebrations throughout the
year. Coming Together: A Celebration of Henry Ford at
the Henry Ford Estate on Saturday, July 27 will bring Henry Ford to
life, featuring many of his little known interests. Enjoy a BBQ picnic
cooked with charcoal briquettes – an innovation of Mr. Ford, an avid
outdoorsman. Experience the highlights of his beloved home, currently
closed to the public for extensive restoration and reinvention, and
learn intriguing facts of Mr. Ford’s life. For a complete list of
events, go to www.henryford150.com.
More than 40,000 people flock to Detroit’s Eastern Market
on Saturday mornings to check out the great selection of produce, from
fruits and veggies to meat and other wares. Eastern Market is also open
on Tuesdays, July 9 through October 29, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. And there
will be a special Thanksgiving Market on Tuesday, November 26. www.detroiteasternmarket.com
Detroit has a music festival in the coming weeks for
just about every ear. Electronic music fans will fill Hart Plaza this
Memorial Day weekend to see more than 100 artists on five
technologically-rich outdoor stages at Movement Electronic Music Festival (www.movement.us). Country lovers will take over the grounds surrounding Comerica Park for the WYCD Downtown Hoedown May 31-June 2 (http://wycd.cbslocal.com/category/hoedown/). Belle Isle will be rocking June 8-9 for the new Orion Music and More Festival, featuring Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (www.orionmusicandmore.com).
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
returns to the Motor City May 31-June 2, 2013, featuring the cars of
the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the
Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. New this year is the
IndyCar doubleheader Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken
Loans.There are plenty of off-track activities too, including a concert
from popular Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, Dwele and the Plain
White T’s. Friday, May 31 is Free Prix Day where visitors can enjoy free
admission to watch the day’s on-track activities, including practice
and qualifying. Fans can also visit the paddock and garage areas and
enjoy live entertainment. www.detroitgp.com
Detroit celebrates all-things auto, all year long,
and the coming months are filled with car cruises, races and shows that
are sure to fill up your schedule. Here in metro Detroit we’ve coined
the term Autopalooza to promote these auto-focused
events. From one day, to full-weekend celebrations, you’ll have to make a
couple Motor City pit stops so you don’t miss any Autopalooza action.
For a complete list of events, go to www.autopalooza.org.
Celebrate Detroit’s maritime, ecological and culinary culture at the Detroit River Days Festival
June 21-23. Interactive exhibits, large-scale sand sculptures,
strolling entertainers, eco-friendly kids’ zones, carnival rides, and
live concerts with performances featuring more than 50 local, national
and international music acts will be back this year, along with some
yet-to-be-announced enhancements and new components as well. This year
also marks the 10th anniversary of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy,
so event organizers are expecting this year’s festival to be the best
yet. For more information, go to www.riverdays.com.
The Ford Fireworks presented by Target
will light up the sky, Monday, June 24, at 10:06 p.m., with views of
the Detroit River in downtown Detroit. Created and produced by The
Parade Company, the event – celebrating 55 years – attracts hundreds of
thousands of spectators from Detroit and Windsor for one of the most
anticipated summer nights in Detroit. The show will feature more than
10,000 pyrotechnic effects. For more, go to www.theparade.org.
Maker Faire at The Henry Ford
celebrates creativity and discovery through interactive, family-friendly
activities. Taking the do-it-yourself mindset to a new level, this
event on July 27-28, presents more than 300 exhibiting makers,
demonstrations and hands-on workshops in robotics, electronics, rockets,
food and fashion. For ticket information, go to www.thehenryford.org.
The Concours d'Elegance of America
returns to the Inn at St. John’s this summer on Sunday, July 28. The
show exhibits prestigious collector cars and offers an automotive art
exhibition, a vintage car auction, Mode du Concours and social events.
For a complete schedule of events, go to www.concoursusa.org.
Join the more than one million visitors and over
50,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest
vehicles for the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture. The
19th annual Woodward Dream Cruise takes place
Saturday, August 17, 2013 and will have many great events throughout the
day including entertainment and kids’ activities. For more information,
go to www.woodwarddreamcruise.com.
Rejoice, relive and reconnect at this year’s African World Festival.
This free 3-day family friendly festival will take place August 16-18
at the Wright Museum. In its 31st year, the festival features
performances, poetry, arts and crafts, African drumming and dance,
hundreds of vendors, ethnic foods, and events for all ages, including an
expanded Watoto Village for the younger festival-goers. For more
details, go to www.thewright.org.
Sword swallowing, jousting tournaments, wizards and pirates are all a part of the Michigan Renaissance Festival
in Holly. With more than a month of interactive, outdoor activities
(weekends & Labor Day August 17-Sept. 29), including several themed
weekends, this festival will take you back to a fantasy village during
the days of Queen Elizabeth I. For ticket information, go to www.michrenfest.com.
The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
makes its North American debut at Meadow Brook Music Festival on Sept.
14. The boutique indie festival, renowned for its forward-thinking,
adventurous line-ups and inspired metropolitan locations, now spans
three countries and seven cities (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide
and Perth in Australia; Auckland NZ, and Singapore). Go to www.palacenet.com, for a complete list of performers.
Labor Day weekend in The D is jam packed with festivals and events all weekend long.
Now in its 34th year, the Detroit Jazz Festival
features five stages and 100 acts over four days, among several Detroit
city blocks from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius Park. The festival also
offers educational activities for adults and children, fireworks,
late-night jam sessions and rare opportunities to meet the artists.
World-renowned musicians, including artist in residence Grammy award
winner Danilo Pérez, will come together for this free festival, August
30-Sept 2. For a complete list of performers, go to www.detroitjazzfest.com.
Celebrate art, music, cuisine and humanity at this year’s Arts, Beats & Eats Festival,
August 30-Sept 2 in downtown Royal Oak. With more than 200 performances
on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants
with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international,
regional and local attractions, it’s going to be a fun weekend for all
ages. For more details, go to www.artsbeatseats.com.
The Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo
is a weekend of parades, sports, carnival rides, craft show, food and
fun for the whole family over five days around Labor Day weekend, August
29- Sept. 2, in downtown Romeo. For up to date information, go to www.peachfestromeo.com.
The Michigan State Fair has found a
new home at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The new Fifth
Third Bank Michigan State Fair will feature the world famous
agriculture, tourism and livestock products of the great state of
Michigan this Labor Day weekend. In addition to the home arts and
livestock exhibits, the fair will also feature the Detroit Shrine
Circus, with the world’s largest circus tent. Fairgoers will also enjoy
an expanded midway, live entertainment, a Michigan beer garden and an
abundance of favorite tasty carnival treats. For ticket information, go
For a complete list of events for the upcoming months, go to www.visitdetroit.com and click on the “to do” tab along the top of the home page.
Visitors looking to get their caffeine fix won’t have to look far with all the new coffee shops that have opened up downtown.
One of the latest coffee shops to open in downtown Detroit is the Urban Bean Co.,
which is a great place for a quick cup of Joe. The shop serves Great
Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and offers products from local
Detroit-area vendors including Dutch Girl Donuts, Beignets and Pinwheel
Bakery in Ferndale. There is seating for 15 people with free Wi-Fi, and
the second floor of the building has a DJ booth. www.facebook.com/UrbanBeanCo.
The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
located in midtown Detroit is centered on a sense of community. The
café serves its own Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company coffees, roasted
locally every day, and also works with like-minded breweries, wine
importers, bakeries, and other purveyors. Also look for Great Lakes
Coffee on Saturday mornings at Detroit’s Eastern Market. Other coffee
bars are located in Bloomfield and Lake Orion and its roastery is
located in Bloomfield Hills. www.greatlakescoffee.com
Chez Zara, the first espresso bar
concept in Detroit, offers coffee the way it was meant to be experienced
– traditionally, affordably, and passionately. The coffee shop serves
espresso drinks, including the popular Nutella Latte, organic teas and
pastries from Detroit’s Avalon bakery. Chez Zara originally opened in
2009 in a storefront along Woodward Ave., but moved to its new location
in the M@dison Building in August 2012. www.chez-zara.com
The New York based Roasting Plant
coffee shop recently opened in Detroit in the First National Building at
Campus Martius Park. This is the company’s first location outside of
New York City and the co-owner is a native Detroiter. The Roasting Plant
offers 11 daily choices of coffee from around the world, brewed by an
on-the-spot Javabot system that ensures the freshest cup of coffee
Along with all these coffee shops that have
opened up downtown, there are also many new restaurants now open or
opening soon. Check out dining options at www.visitdetroit.com and click on the “dine” tab along the top of the home page.
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