Welcome to Detroit!

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 Times52 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.


Neighborhoods

For a map of Detroit neighborhoods, click here.

Downtown

Home of skyscrapers, sports (Tigers, Lions, Red Wings), historic architecture, nightlife, Campus Martius Park, the RiverWalk, and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

Midtown

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.

Eastern Market

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.

New Center

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. 

Corktown

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

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.

Southwest/Mexicantown

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.

Grandmont-Rosedale

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.


Dining

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.


Attractions

Museums

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

Eastern Market

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

Belle Isle

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