Detroit is an exciting city on the rise, with neighborhood revitalization, substantial economic development, a new light rail, and a resurgent creative community. Begin your exploration of the city with this welcome video from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, our Conference host:
Detroit was included in The New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2017 roundup.
Detroit is one of six worldwide cities named by National Geographic as an “unexpected” food destination.
For a selection of local events taking place during the Conference, check out the MetroTimes calendar.
For a complete range of activities, destinations, travel information, and more, see visitdetroit.com.
For a map of Detroit neighborhoods, click here.
Home of skyscrapers, sports (Tigers, Lions, Red Wings), historic architecture, nightlife, Campus Martius Park, the RiverWalk, and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
Besides the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Midtown is where you’ll find Wayne State University and some of the best arts, culture, and food in the city—including the Museum District (DIA, MOCAD, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and more), the historic Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library, innumerable bars and restaurants, and more.
Home to the weekend open-air food, produce, meat, and flower market of the same name, Eastern Market is also a great place for jaw-dropping street art and creative cuisine.
Just north of Midtown, New Center is full of art deco majesty, including the opulent Fisher Building. Just down West Grand Boulevard is the Motown Museum, housed in the record label’s original Hitsville, U.S.A. location.
Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, originally settled by Irish immigrants from County Cork. Hip restaurants and bars, quaint houses, and the original location of Tiger Stadium.
Indian Village/West Village
Indian Village (Seminole, Iroquois, and Burns streets) is Detroit’s primary historic mansion district, where Albert Kahn and other famed architects designed homes for politicians, doctors, and auto industry moguls. West Village is its slightly more modest neighbor, with a strong community of small local businesses.
University District/Livernois Corridor
The University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College sit on opposite sides of Livernois Avenue, a bustling retail and restaurant corridor. Beautiful brick homes line the side streets, particularly the ones that border the Detroit Golf Club.
Boston Edison/Arden Park
Another historic mansion district, home to the former palatial digs of Berry Gordy and Henry and Clara Ford.
Hamtramck is technically a separate municipality, surrounded on three sides by the city of Detroit. Its Polish and Eastern European roots are easy to spot, but it’s now one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America—with over 30 languages spoken in just two square miles.
Home to almost all of Detroit’s Hispanic population, Mexicantown and the surrounding areas in Southwest Detroit are a major hub for Mexican food and culture.
Anchored by an increasingly active retail and restaurant strip along Grand River Avenue, Grandmont-Rosedale and the surrounding neighborhoods are full of tree-lined streets and beautiful architecture.
Detroit has a thriving and creative culinary scene. Local classics (like soul food, coney dogs, and Detroit-style pizza) coexist with modern cuisine, comfort food, fine dining, and dishes from around the world.
Click here to view a list of recommended restaurants and bars close to The Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.
Click here to view a list of recommended restaurants and bars close to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Click here to view a list of recommended restaurants and bars in other parts of the city.
Midtown Detroit is home to several world-class museums that will pique a variety of interests:
Detroit Institute of Arts: dia.org
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD): mocadetroit.org
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: thewright.org
Detroit Historical Museum: detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum
Michigan Science Center: mi-sci.org
Elsewhere in the city and around the metro area you’ll find:
The Motown Museum: motownmuseum.org
Dossin Great Lakes Museum: detroithistorical.org/dossin-great-lakes-museum
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation: thehenryford.org
The Arab-American National Museum: arabamericanmuseum.org
Cranbrook Art Museum & Institute of Science: cranbrook.edu
Both a market and a neighborhood, Eastern Market is a must-see. Shop for food, meat, produce, flowers, and various other goodies in a bustling open-air bazaar every Tuesday and Saturday morning. easternmarket.com
The largest island park in America, designed in part by Frederick Law Olmsted (the architect of Central Park in New York City). Belle Isle has everything—walking trails, barbeque pits, tennis courts, a beach, a botanical garden, the oldest aquarium in the United States, and more. belleisleconservancy.org
Please note: vehicle entry to the park requires a Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport (for Michigan residents, $11.00) or a State Park Day Pass (for nonresidents, $9.00). Both are available for purchase at the park entrance. Walking or cycling across the bridge to Belle Isle does not require a Recreation Passport.
The Detroit Zoo
Just north of the city in the suburb of Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoo is regularly voted one of the best in the country. Don’t miss the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, with more than 80 species of penguin! detroitzoo.org