Life in Detroit
With endless ventures to pursue outside of the hospital, Detroit offers a magnificent array of local activities that spark resident interests. As Detroit continues to rebuild its infrastructure, residents often find themselves dining in local restaurants and bars after their shifts in the hospitals. Perhaps the greatest charm of Detroit is the rate at which new businesses are opening amidst a reasonable cost of living.
Up-and-coming restaurants, a do-it-yourself attitude, new hotels, scenic and social parks, public transit, bike lanes and a walkable international riverfront are redefining downtown Detroit. Architecture from Albert Kahn and Isamu Noguchi lives next to all-night joints selling loaded Coney dogs and Prohibition-born speakeasies pouring locally crafted beer and cocktails. The city’s Greektown, Eastern Market, The District Detroit, Corktown and Midtown neighborhoods are booming with activity.
The first-ever winner of the prestigious, international Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award, Campus Martius Park delivers on its promise to be Detroit’s Gathering Place in the immediate downtown community and for the entire city and region. Detroit’s signature public space presents spectacular skyline views in an extraordinary setting.
Detroit’s crown jewel, the Fox Theatre, has played host to some of the biggest names in show business and holds its ground as one of the top-grossing theaters of its size in the nation. The theater is in the epicenter of The District Detroit, 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations.
Located on the corners of Broadway Street and Madison Street at Grand Circus Park, the theater now known as the Detroit Opera House was originally opened January 12, 1922, as the Capitol Theater. At the time of its gala premiere, the 4,250-seat theater claimed to be the fifth largest in the world. The theater was the first in a series of palatial vaudeville and moving picture houses built in the Grand Circus Park area in the 1920s. Designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, whose genius for theater design took him to cities around the nation, the building was constructed with superb acoustics and in the style of the grand European opera houses. Crane also designed such Detroit landmarks as the Fox Theater, State Theater, and the acoustically perfect Orchestra Hall.
The Detroit Jazz Festival is a free jazz music festival held each year over Labor Day Weekend at Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.. The head of the festival is Chris Collins, who also serves as President and Artistic Director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. Until 2000, it was known as the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival. The festival again changed names in 2005, becoming the Detroit International Jazz Festival after Ford Motor Company removed its sponsorship. In January 2006, Gretchen Valade, Chairman of Mack Avenue Records founded the Detroit International Jazz Festival Foundation, which took over production and management of the festival. Since 2012 the festival name was changed to The Detroit Jazz Festival.
The Detroit Jazz Foundation has other events year round, and is involved in musical education. They have programs called Jazz Infusion and Jazz Week. Jazz Week started in 2007 when the Wayne State University Department of Music embarked on a long-term partnership with the Detroit Jazz Festival, serving as their Educational Advisor. One result of this collaboration is a one-week workshop that provides forty high school students with an intensive and rewarding jazz education. All participants selected from surrounding high schools are awarded full scholarships to attend the program. Every year the Detroit Jazz Festival hosts an Artist in Residence.
Detroit is where future mobility innovations meet the pavement. With the largest concentration of the world’s top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders, the North American International Auto Show serves as the global stage for companies to debut brand-defining vehicles and industry-shaping announcements. NAIAS is unmatched in the industry in presenting six unique shows in one, including: The Gallery, an ultra-luxury automotive event, AutoMobili-D, an inside look at future mobility platforms, Press Preview, Industry Preview, Charity Preview and then concluding with a nine-day Public Show.
The District Detroit will be 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations. It will be home to the young and the young at heart, families, new residents and long-time residents who want to be where the action is. The District will connect Downtown and Midtown into one contiguous, walkable area, where families, sports fans, entrepreneurs, job seekers, entertainment lovers and others who crave a vibrant urban setting can connect with each other and the city they love.
The City of Royal Oak includes over 5 miles of walkable downtown sidewalks that houses 85 boutiques, salons, and retail shops. 750 outdoor seats with over 70 restaurants. Monthly must-see events and venues are frequently occurring on the streets of Royal Oak.
With charming tree-lined neighborhoods, Birmingham has the feel of a small town as well as an urban area. Birmingham’s lively, pedestrian-friendly downtown offers one of the midwest’s premiere shopping districts. Comprised of nearly 300 retailers, downtown Birmingham offers a wonderfully diverse assortment of fashion boutiques, restaurants, gift stores, jewelers, salons, spas, antique shops, and art galleries. Movie theaters and a centrally located park complete the city center.
Centered on the iconic intersection of Woodward & Nine, Downtown Ferndale is a geographic designation, a favorite destination and a mindset that embraces the diversity of culture, class and creativity. Downtown Ferndale is a favorite local and regional destination, known for its shopping and entertainment, a 30+piece collection of public art, intimate pedestrian alleys and pocket parks, inviting streetscapes, comfortably wide sidewalks and walk signs that stop traffic with a push of a button. Throughout the year, Downtown Ferndale is the venue for a myriad of events that reflect its all inclusive status – from its hot, hot, hot wintertime Blues Festival, to a fave doggie event — Fido Does Ferndale in October. Ferndale was also the birthplace of the ongoing Woodward Dream Cruise.
DMC Sport Medicine is proud to be the official providers for the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. The brand new state-of-the-art stadium, Little Caesars Arena, is being completed right now in downtown to host the ’17 Red Wings season and beyond.
Campus Martius Downtown Detroit
Fox Theater Downtown Detroit
Comerica Park Downtown Detroit
Ford Field Downtown Detroit
Little Caesars Arena Downtown Detroit
Detroit Opera House Downtown Detroit