One of my favorite things about Detroit is Lafayette Park. Why? Because it really is one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the United States and few people even know it exists. Much less that it was Mies Van Der Rohe’s largest body of work before he died (and the dude made a ton of buildings). Kind of amazing that it’s stuck in the middle of Detroit. How’d that happen?
- Andy Kopietz, Director of Design
I like La Dolce Vita because it’s outside of the ever-popular downtown/midtown area. It’s a great restaurant tucked away in a vine-covered brick building on Woodward and Six Mile near Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood. It also has a beautiful courtyard away from the street. It’s one of Detroit’s best-kept secrets.
- Quinn Hamilton, Detroit Experience Coordinator
Once a month Haute to Death and Nothing Elegant put on two of the best dance parties in the city. Haute to Death goes off every third Saturday of the month at Temple Bar, and Nothing Elegant kicks out the hip hop jams every second Saturday at The Old Miami. Wear your fanciest dancin’ shoes to either one of these great events and be prepared to show off your best dance moves. See you on the dance floor!
- Alex Prouhet, Work Resident
(photo: Megan McEwan)
How about ClandesDine- An underground Pop-up supper club that benefits local charities in Detroit!
- April Boyle, Director of Recruitment
Detroit Passport to the Arts. For $125 total (if you’re under 45) you get tickets to six performances across the city (DFT, Chamber and Winds [performing at the Qube]. MOT, DSO, etc.), with a free afterparty following each performance at a bar or club near the venue. Can’t beat the deal, the performance variety, or the crowd. Makes somewhat expensive cultural venues really accessible and affordable.
- Jeff Aronoff, Executive Director
My favorite thing about Detroit is the sports, both as a spectator and as a participant. We have world-class teams play in world-class venues; Tigers in Comerica Park, Lions in Ford Stadium, and the Red Wings in the Joe (with talks of a brand new arena coming soon). As a resident, you can always find some way to get active. Of course you have your typical sports like basketball, football, baseball and soccer. But, Detroit is also gifted with unparalleled bikability, swimming, boxing gyms, auto racing, skating (ice and kick push), sailing clubs, rock climbing, and more.
- Brian Bickley, Build Resident
I love the Detroit Film Theatre. It’s a hidden gem housed in the Detroit Institute of Arts. It plays a wide range of independent and classic films, and has some really unique programming including orchestral concerts and the DFT 101 series, which is FREE to the public. And the theatre itself is stunning. Definitely worth checking out if you are into film!
- Muna Danish, Communications Resident
Fowling! It’s a mixture of football and bowling and can be played at The Fowling Warehouse, located in a revamped old toy factory on the East Side. It’s one of the most unique things in a city of unique things!
- Jeanette Pierce, Director of Community Relations
My Favorite thing about Detroit is the Riverwalk and Miliken State Park. I love the landscaping, the views, the Rivard Plaza cafe and fountain and the casual atmosphere there. It’s large enough to not often feel crowded but intimate enough to spend lots of time there. I can bring my dog or go alone or with a friend and it’s always makes me feel good. I can’t wait for the expansion of the riverwalk all the way from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle.
- Joshua Smith, Design Resident
I like the . It’s a really great way to get all of the neighborhoods interacting with each other, to get people outside, and to do something fun that engages the whole city, especially neighborhoods that are sometimes overlooked when it comes to city-wide programming. Plus, it encourages overall pride in Detroit!
- Morgan Fett, D:hive Crew Chief
Having a drink at St Cece’s on sunday night because they have pop ups and I can bring our dog and she sleeps by the fire.
- Mark Shortt, Engage Resident
The Detroit Riverfront offers so many great amenities. Between the nature trail and the festivals that take place during the summer, the riverfront has something for everyone. I particularly love the serenity and scenic views the riverfront offers! I took my engagement pictures and got married at the Rattlesnake Club!
- Anita Davis, Work Resident