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Media Kit table of contents Welcome to Minneapolis THE BASICS + Fast facts .......................................................... 5 + Minneapolis icons ............................................ 6 + Seasons ............................................................ 8 + Neighborhoods ................................................ 9 + Community background, business .................. 10 + History and heritage ......................................... 14 + Famous Minnesotans ...................................... 15 + Visitor resources ............................................... 17 + Going green ...................................................... 18 THINGS TO DO + Top things to see/do ........................................ 19 + Annual events ................................................... 20 + Theater ............................................................. 22 + Museums .......................................................... 24 + Arts Explosion .................................................. 26 + Shopping 28 + Culinary ............................................................ 30 + Music and nightlife ........................................... 33 + Outdoor recreation 34 + Sports ............................................................... 37 + Family fun ......................................................... 38 + Historical attractions ........................................ 40 + Tours, excursions, day trips .............................. 41 PLANNING A TRIP + Hotels 43 + Transportation .................................................. 45 2 ;g kZa ^c deigV kZa\j^YZh I ? hi^cVi^dc j Z DA>H Y V ? 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Where every season, every art and every type meet in every possible way. Minneapolis is a With beautiful surroundings and plenty to do, Minneapolis “Most Delicious City” nominee is “an exhilarating place to spend a few days,” according to – Food Networkthe Kansas City Star. The one-of-a-kind theater scene sells more theater tickets per capita than any U.S. city, while the “ city’s 22 lakes provide an abundance of year-round activities. Minneapolis is #4 on Cooking Light’s A lush green environment combined with contemporary 2007 list of top 20 American architecture makes the city a unique combination of natural beauty and sophistication. Upscale shopping and sidewalk cities that fit the magazine’s “eat dining paired with cultural and family activities make the City of Lakes a wonderful place to visit or live. smart, be fit and live well” . philosophy. - Sept 2007 Minneapolis Saint Paul is the 8th healthiest city in the nation. 1 - AARP, August 2008 USA Today says in Minneapolis, “edgy art, architecture and Frommer’s Travel Guidebooks named Minneapolis one of its top 12 international travel spots for 2007. theater thrive.” - Nov 2006 2 3” %, '%%,%, '%%, '%, '%%,'%%, %, '%%, tHe basics+ MINNEAPOLIS Population (2006 U.S. Census estimate) Minneapolis: 369,051 Hennepin County: 1,122,093 Downtown: 33,000 16th largest metro area Nicknames: City of Lakes, Mill City Fast Facts Geography MINNESOTA Latitude: 44° 58’ 39’’ North Settled: 1858 Longitude: 93° 15’ 56’’ West Capitol: Saint Paul Area: 59 square miles or 37,516 acres State Bird: Common Loon Land: 35,244 acres State Fish: Walleye Pike Water: 2,324 acres State Flower: Pink and White Lady’s Slipper Lakes: 22 Elevation: 824 feet above sea level Population 5,197,621 (2007 U.S. Census estimate) Tallest Building IDS Center: 57 stories, 775 feet Geography Area: 86,943 square miles Colleges and Universities: Water: 7,326 square miles of Minnesota are covered Four Public by water Eight Private Lakes Weather 11,842 (22 within Minneapolis city limits) Average high temperature in January: 22° F Ave in July: 83° F Annual visitor statistics (metro area) Overall: 45° F 2006: 18.3 million Annual precipitation: 27.3 inches 2001: 10.3 million Annual snowfall: 49.5 inches 2000: 11.1 million 1990: 4.5 million Sales Tax 7.15% (downtown Minneapolis) Minneapolis Historic Nicknames 6.5% (elsewhere-statewide) Mill City *There is no sales tax on apparel in Minnesota City of Lakes Lodging Tax 13% did YOU KnOw ? With more than 90,000 miles of it, Minnesota has more shoreline than Hawaii, California and Florida combined!? 44 MInneapolIs Icons Visitors will find loads of must-sees in Minneapolis. Here Lake Calhoun is a quick guide to the top 10 icons that represent the city’s Part of the Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is a popular site diverse offerings: for windsurfing, swimming, sailing and canoeing. More than three miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking and in-line Spoonbridge and Cherry skating encircle the lake with the unique Minneapolis sky- This has been Minneapolis’ signature sculpture since its line as its urban backdrop. The popular lake is also part of completion in 1988. The spoon tips the scale at 5,800 the 50-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. pounds and the cherry weighs 1,200 pounds! The 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where the Spoonbridge and Stone Arch Bridge Cherry reside, is one of the largest of its kind and includes Enjoy the roaring St. Anthony Falls with a stroll across the more than 40 works of art. It’s also just across the street Stone Arch Bridge – the only one of its kind to span the from the renowned Walker Art Center. Mississippi River. As part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, this pedestrian crossing is the oldest mainline railroad First Avenue & 7th Street Entry bridge in the Northwest. Chronicling Minneapolis’ milling Featured in “Purple Rain,” this Minneapolis classic is still history are the nearby Mill Ruins Park and Mill City one of the hottest clubs in town. Stop in and rock out to Museum. musical stylings from major national acts and local emerging artists. Flagship Target store This 2-story retail hot spot lies in the heart of downtown action, just down the street from Target Corporation’s world Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum headquarters. With a unique escalator for shopping carts, Housed in a striking stainless steel building, the Frank this flagship retail experience shouldn’t be missed.Gehry-designed Weisman is a unique museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, its collection features early 20th-century American artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Alfred Maurer and Marsden Hartley. HaVe YOU HeaRd ? “A slew of high-profile architectural projects—from Jean Nouvel’s stunning Guthrie Theater on the Mississippi to Cesar Pelli’s luminous Central Library—have people flocking to the Midwest’s “cultural capital” – Conde Nast Traveler, April 2008 44 5” sKY waY HiGHwaY+ Uptown Theater sign Just south of downtown, Uptown is the center of Min- neapolis’ hip energy, and includes off-beat shopping, late-night dining, vibrant nightlife and up-and-coming music. Just steps from the Chain of Lakes, Uptown has everything an urban neighborhood should and then some. You’ll know you’ve entered Uptown when Glass-enclosed walkways provide comfortable, you see the iconic Uptown Theatre sign towering over convenient connections between downtown restaurants, the neighborhood. shops and more. Guthrie Theater The Minneapolis skyway system links hotels, The stunning new Jean Nouvel-designed riverfront restaurants, shopping malls, office buildings, home for the nationally-renowned theater company performance venues and attractions via glass-enclosed opened in July 2006 and has already earned numerous walkways one floor above street level. The first design awards. With three theaters, 11 bars and lobby skyway opened with fanfare in 1962 and many more space offering breathtaking views of the surrounding followed. Today, a typical skyway in the city’s retail core area, the bold blue building has laid the groundwork accommodates thousands of shoppers, sightseers and for continued growth in the Mill District. office workers every day. Mary Tyler Moore statue Just across the street from where the hat-tossing So where is everybody going? Almost anywhere, scene at the end of the Mary Tyler Moore Show credits considering the skyway system spans 80 blocks was filmed, catch a glimpse of her bronze statue. and accesses the Minneapolis Convention Center, Nicollet Mall is a pedestrian-only thoroughfare that’s Orchestra Hall, the State and Orpheum theaters, home to countless shops, watering holes and side- Target Center, Block E entertainment complex, almost walk dining spots. every downtown hotel, and many popular shops and restaurants. Banks, hair salons, dry cleaners and day Skyways spas line the city’s skyway highway too – as if staying The skyway system is one of our most striking assets. high and dry in the rain or snow weren’t enough. One floor above ground, this seven-mile system Directional signs and maps aid navigation in the skyway links shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more system, where even seasoned locals can get turned through enclosed walkways. It connects 80 blocks of around.downtown Minneapolis in climate-controlled bliss. The Saint Paul skyway system—the largest system in the world, connects visitors to the Xcel Energy Center, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Landmark Towers and more. did YOU KnOw ? Eight miles long, the Minneapolis skyway system was the first and is the most extensive network of enclosed skyways in the country, connecting almost every building in the downtown metropolis. The system connects more than 80 blocks, 1,000 businesses, 2,000 condos, 4,000 hotel rooms and accommodates 200,000 pedestrians every day. ? 66 seasons The beauty and sophistication of Minneapolis is FALL augmented by its striking seasonal variety. Whether (September through late November): As the air turns nestled by a crackling fire sipping wine or ice skating at the crisp and leaves turn to deep golds, oranges and reds, fall Depot; strolling through the Walker Art Center’s world- is easily one of the most beautiful times in Minneapolis. class sculpture garden or stopping to smell the flowers at Visitors can enjoy striking fall colors and lively outdoor Lake Harriet’s rose gardens; watching movies under the activities in mild temperatures by packing a sweater or stars at Loring Park’s Summer Movies & Music or playing a light jacket. Fall foliage peaks late-September on the in the water at one of the cities 22 lakes; apple picking North Shore and slowly spreads throughout the state and in crisp autumn air or admiring the colorful fall foliage; into the cities by mid-October, making the transition from visitors and residents alike will enjoy the abundance of summer to winter a long and leisurely one. activities each season brings. WINTER SPRING (Late November through March): Snuggled under a white (April through May): Spring in Minnesota varies widely and blanket of snow, winter is our coldest season and though weather may be glorious or volatile and visitors should vegetation may be hibernating, the city is not. During our pack a heavy jacket. Late April shows the first true signs winter season lakes are alive with skaters, our landscape is of spring when snow melts and gentle showers abound. full of snowmen and snowshoers, and downtown bustles By May, flowers have pushed their way out of hibernation, with shoppers and diners. Minneapolis has the country’s trees blossom, gardens are planted and the city bursts into largest network of glass-enclosed, climate-controlled life. skyways; however, a winter coat, gloves, hat, scarf and boots may be necessary. SUMMER (June through August): The city sizzles with temperatures in the mid-nineties and high humidity levels make it the perfect season to hang out at one of our 10,000 lakes! Downtown restaurants have sidewalk seating and the city is alive with bikers, joggers, sunbathers and festivals. Shorts and sandals are the standard uniform and the abundance of lakes make bathing suits and beach towels a must. did YOU KnOw ? Denver has more days below zero than Minneapolis.? 66 7 n eIghborhoods Neighborhoods ranging from eclectic to ethnic, historic to Minneapolis Riverfront District hip, create the colorful fabric of Minneapolis, where there’s Idyllic parks and pathways, landmark restaurants and a place for every personality. historical attractions line the banks of the Mississippi River, which once fueled Minneapolis’s flour milling boom DOWNTOWN and now defines downtown’s northern edge. Many milling- Locals work and play in downtown Minneapolis. They live era buildings have been reborn as housing, cultural venues there too, in artsy lofts and upscale condos – and in steadily and hotels, while concerts and festivals along historic increasing numbers (a 20% jump in the last 5 years). cobblestone Main Street further enliven this ever-evolving That’s because this glittering metropolis, which overlooks neighborhood. the scenic Mississippi River, is easy to get to, easy to get Home to: Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, Gold Medal around, and easily one of the most vibrant, engaging cities Park, St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, in America. Hot restaurants, cool shops, festive events and MacPhail Center for Music diverse entertainment ranging from professional sports to Broadway shows keep downtown constantly buzzing. Safe, Loring Park Area friendly and compact, downtown is a destination and Located on the southwestern edge of downtown Minneapolis, a community in one. Loring Park revolves around its namesake green space. Its popular restaurants offer city skyline views and intimate Downtown Central theaters present original productions. An eye-catching The city’s glimmering steel and glass core spans more suspension bridge connects Loring Park to the Walker than 50 square blocks, encompassing the financial, retail Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. and theater districts. Sidewalk cafes, window displays and Home to: Basilica of St. Mary, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis outdoor concerts have people flocking to the streets, while Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis Convention Center, Orchestra the city’s second-story skyway system links restaurants, Hall, Peavey Plazastores, theaters, hotels and the Minneapolis Convention Center. NORTHEAST (‘NORDEAST’) Home to: Hennepin Avenue Theatre District, Hubert H. Ethnic churches and restaurants highlight this long- Humphrey Metrodome, IDS Building, Nicollet Mall, Foshay established, newly imagined neighborhood, located just Tower, Block E, Target Center across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis. New immigrant populations add flavor to the global dining Warehouse District scene, while artists living and working in the area’s brick Flush with historic charm, as well as design firms, photo warehouses shape the city’s visual arts scene. Dance clubs, studios and publishers, the Warehouse District reflects wine bars and polka lounges create a vibrant come-one- the city’s creative streak. Weathered brick buildings that come-all nightlife scene. served the previous century’s industrial boom now house hip restaurants, wine bars and art galleries. Located on Home to: Nye’s Polonaise Room, St. Anthony Main Theater and downtown’s northwestern edge, the district is the epicenter Riverfront District, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Northrup King of Minneapolis nightlife, offering music venues, comedy Building, Ritz Theater, 13th Avenue Arts District, Peacock Lounge clubs, sports bars and martini lounges. Home to: ACME Comedy Club, Fine Line Music Cafe 88 UPTOWN WHITTIER Decidedly urban and unabashedly hip, Uptown supplies More than 50 ethnic restaurants, groceries and cafes form trendy twenty- and thirty-somethings with cutting-edge the urban buffet known as “Eat Street,” a 17-block stretch of cuisine, intoxicating nightlife, funky, high-end fashions, Nicollet Avenue running south from downtown Minneapolis. independent movie theaters and home accessories. Located Asian flavors abound in noodle shops and authentic markets, immediately south of downtown Minneapolis, just steps while German, Greek, African, Mexican and Middle Eastern away from the scenic Chain of Lakes, Uptown centers around cuisine awaits as well. the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and West Lake Street, Home to: Eat Street, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis where coffee shops, restaurants, and salon-spas abound. Institute of Arts, Music Box Theatre, Minneapolis College of Art Home to: Uptown Theater, the Lagoon Theater, Brave New and Design (MCAD) Workshop, Calhoun Square, Lake Calhoun, Midtown Greenway UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CHAIN OF LAKES East of downtown, the University of Minnesota straddles A modern village with a view of the downtown skyline, the Mississippi River, supporting dining, shopping and Linden Hills occupies an idyllic pocket of southwest entertainment on two banks of the Mississippi River. Minneapolis between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet. Born as a The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood offers multicultural resort community at the turn of the century, the area remains restaurants, shops and theater along the river’s West Bank. an escape from the everyday – a unique shopping and dining On the East Bank of the river, Dinkytown epitomizes the destination minutes from beaches, gardens, concerts and urban university experience, with bookstores, music shops, winding recreational paths. and energetic eateries and nightlife. A covered pedestrian bridge spans the river and unites the campus.Home to: Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway Home to: Weisman Art Museum, Mixed Blood Theatre, Theatre in the Round, U of MN Football Stadium (2009) LYN-LAKE South of downtown and east of Uptown, Lyndale Avenue 50TH AND FRANCE (EDINA) and Lake Street converge in this funky urban zone where 50th Street and France Avenue intersect in the posh originality reigns supreme. Flamenco music, authentic tapas, community of Edina, where classy restaurants, upscale gift European-style brews and late-night bowling are among shops, esteemed art galleries and designer boutiques thrive the diverse dining and nightlife options, while inventive amidst cobblestone streets and elegant street lighting. entertainment includes multimedia arts performances and Home to: Edina Theater, the Edina Art Fair, the Arthur Murray boundary-pushing local theater. Dance Studio Home to: Intermedia Arts, Jungle Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl HaVe YOU HeaRd ? Forbes ranked Minneapolis the #4 best city for couples. (February 2008) 88 9 Made in + Minnes Ota a GReat Place It might surprise you, but a lot of products you use every day were developed right tO liVehere in Minnesota. The land of 10,000 lakes is also the land of 10,000 innovators! Minneapolis combines the bustle of a big city with the intimacy of neighborhood life. Big enough to attract world- Locally grown goods: class theater, sports teams, and businesses, yet small enough to avoid the crime and overcrowding of bigger, + Aveda beauty and wellness Products denser cities, this city by the Mississippi has it all.+ Betty Crocker® baking goods + Bisquick Why? Well, start with employment. Target, 3M, United + Bundt cake pan Health Group, Best Buy and Medtronic are just a few examples of the Fortune 500 companies which, along + Caribou Coffee with strong local businesses, bring a low rate of + Dairy Queen® ice cream treats unemployment and a high tax base to the area. The + Green Giant® vegetables good public schools and many options for higher education + Magnetic Poetry (including the University of Minnesota) mean an educated, skilled workforce resulting in good business in Minneapolis.+ Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, and Mars bars + Minnetonka moccasins Companies from nearly every U.S. industry provide the + Pacemaker local economy with a strong base, representing manufacturing, + Polaris snowmobiles health care, publishing, and many others. There are more Fortune 1000 companies here than any other state. Wide-+ Post-it® notes reaching public facilities and investment in transportation + Rollerblades® and infrastructure have yielded a city that’s good for + Sandpaper business. + Scotch® Tape And business is good for the city. Companies here, both + SPAM big and small, have a tradition of giving back to the + Toastmaster Toaster communities that help them succeed. Private funding and + Tonka® Trucks corporate philanthropy help keep Minneapolis vibrant and + Toro® exciting. One example: A large portion of the five new or expanded venues in Minneapolis (the new public library, the + Video tape Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis + Wheaties cereal Institute of Art, and the Children’s Theater Company) were funded by the generous giving of businesses and individuals throughout the city. did YOU KnOw ? The name Minneapolis is attributed to the city’s first schoolmaster, who combined Minnehaha and min (the Dakota word for water) with polis (the Greek word for city).? 1010