Midtown, Downtown, & Corktown

    A little bit about the downtown area

    • Downtown contains a lot of historic architecture, including prominent skyscrapers, ranging from the Renaissance Center, the Penobscot BuildingOne Detroit Center, and the Guardian Building. Historic churches, theatres, and commercial buildings anchor the various downtown districts. Downtown has a number of parks including those linked by a promenade along the International Riverfront. Its central square is Campus Martius Park.
    • The busy downtown district centers on Woodward Avenue, lined with indie and chain stores. Campus Martius Park brims with food trucks, plus a man-made beach in summer and an ice rink in winter. Comerica Park is home to the Detroit Tigers baseball team, while the ornate Fox Theatre puts on concerts and musicals. Cocktail lounges, dive bars, high-end steakhouses, and low-key lunch spots are scattered throughout.
    • Throughout the late 2010s, a large amount of business and investment have continued to enter the city and transform it. As of 2019, businesses such as ShinolaGoogleMoosejaw, and Nike occupy the once-vacant street fronts. Investments such as new bike lanes, the Little Caesars Arena and QLine have been successful in attracting newcomers to the city.

     

    Midtown Detroit is a mixed-use area consisting of a business district, cultural center, a major research university, and several residential neighborhoods, located along the east and west side of Woodward Avenue, north of Downtown Detroit, and south of the New Center area. The community area of neighborhoods is bounded by the Chrysler Freeway (I-75) on the east, the Lodge Freeway (M-10) on the west, the Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94) on the north, and the Fisher Freeway (I-75) on the south. The area includes several historic districts, the Detroit Medical Center, and Wayne State University.

    Corktown is a historic district located just west of Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It is the oldest extant neighborhood in the city. The current boundaries of the district include I-75 to the north, the Lodge Freeway to the east, Bagley and Porter streets to the south, and Rosa Parks Boulevard (12th Street) to the west. The neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

    The Corktown Historic District is largely residential, although some commercial properties along Michigan Avenue are included in the district. The residential section is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a City of Detroit Historic District. The neighborhood contains many newer homes and retains some original Irish businesses

     

    • Restaurants
      • Standby
      • Wright and Co.
      • Antietam
      • Selden Standard
      • Gold Cash Gold
      • Sugar House
      • Chartreuse
      • Batch Brewing Company
      • Mudgie’s Deli
      • Brooklyn Street Local
      • Republic
      • Cafe d’Mongo’s
      • Roast
      • Lafayette Coney Island vs. American Coney Island (the ultimate rival)
      • Supino Pizzeria (best pizzeria in town)
      • Hop Cat
      • Townhouse
      • La Feria (best spanish tapas and sangria)
      • Slow’s Bar BQ
      • Mercury Bar
      • Bucharest Grill
      • Joe Muer Seafood (great view of the water)
      • Ottava Via (amazing Italian)
      • Vincente’s Cuban Grill (has dancing)
      • London Chop House (fancy and amazing food)
      • Seva (vegetarian)
      • Cliff Bells (food and live music)
      • Jolly Pumpkin
      • Sweetwater Tavern (best wings)
      • Traffic Jam & Snug
      • Johnny Noodle King
      • Two James Spirits
      • Coach Insignia
    • Boutiques
      • Shinola (watches)
      • The Peacock Room (vintage and unique women’s clothing)
      • Moosejaw
      • Spectacles (Clothing and Accessories)
      • Detroit Vs. Everybody
    • Community Events and Festivals
      • Slow Roll (gathering with hundreds of people to ride bicycles around Detroit every Monday)
      • North American International Auto Show – January
      • Detroit Boat Show – February
      • Michigan Home and Garden Show – March
      • Downtown Hoedown – May
      • Detroit Festival of the Arts – June
      • Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Detroit – June
      • International Freedom Festival & Fireworks – June
      • Detroit Grand Prix – June
      • Detroit APBA Gold Cup (hydroplane racing) – July
      • Michigan Jazz Festival – July
      • Detroit Jazz Festival – July
      • Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon – October
      • Turkey Trot Race & America’s Thanksgiving Parade – November
      • Noel Night – December
      • Ice Skating at Campus Martius in the Winter
      • Tigers, Lions, Red Wings games
    • Landmarks
      • The Whitney (historical, live music at times, and great food)
      • Belle Isle (Detroit Yacht Club, Zoo, Aquarium, Conservatory, etc)
      • Detroit Institute of Arts
      • Detroit Athletic Club
      • Motown Museum
      • Ford Piquette Plant
      • Fox Theatre
      • Fisher Building
      • Ren Cen
      • Detroit Opera House
      • The Spirit of Detroit
      • The Fillmore
      • Michigan Central Station
      • Joe Louis Monument
      • Boston Edison Historic District
      • Ambassador Bridge
    • Points of Interest
      • Comerica Park (Go Tiger’s!)
      • Joe Louis Arena
      • Eastern Market
      • Ford Field
      • Campus Martius Park
      • Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
      • Heidelberg Projects
      • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
      • Greektown, MGM Casino
      • Michigan Science Center
      • Scarab Club
      • The Princess Boat dinners