The Diversions of a Great Metropolis at Your Doorstep
Around the undisturbed peace of your apartment home, and just outside the spacious tranquility of Marquette Place’s lobby, beckons the vibrant energy of downtown Minneapolis, and all the excitement the city has to offer.
The Convention Center is across the street. Orchestra Hall—home to the internationally renowned Minnesota Orchestra—is only a block away: its Sommerfest of daily musical events takes place each year both indoors and outdoors at Peavey Plaza, in front of Orchestra Hall. A short stroll along Nicollet Mall—the “spine” of Downtown Minneapolis—leads you to gourmet restaurants, cheery pubs, glittering nightspots, performing arts, and more. During the warmer months, the Mall bustles with energy from the thousands of people enjoying its many outdoor and rooftop dining venues.
Marquette Place is connected through its own skyway to Minneapolis’ famous skyway system, network of over eight miles of indoor heated walkways, with cafes, shops and restaurants. The skyways connect every part of the downtown business district, and its entertainment, dining and shopping venues. If the weather is not conducive to an outdoor stroll, you can step directly from your residential tower into the all-weather skyway system, and roam the entire downtown area without going outdoors.
Minneapolis has nearly as many live theaters per person as New York City. They include the renowned Guthrie Theater, in a Jean Nouvel building on the Mississippi River, a short ride from Marquette Place, and the cluster of theaters forming the Hennepin Avenue Theater District, at walking distance from Marquette Place. The District includes historic and architecturally significant theaters, the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts, and the First Avenue music club, which has fostered musical acts from avant-garde to mainstream for many years, and has been a stepping stone for many prominent artists.
The main art museums in Minneapolis are all close to Marquette Place. A short walk along the Loring Greenway finger park and through Loring Park leads to the Walker Art Center, one of the nation's best museums of modern art, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a crown jewel of the Minneapolis park system: the Sculpture Garden includes the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture and the Cowles Conservatory, which provides year-round displays of seasonal and tropical gardens. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, with wings designed by Kenzo Tange and Michael Graves, has rich collections of European and American art from different periods, and one of the finest collections of Asian art in the country. The Weisman Art Museum, in an iconic Frank Gehry building overlooking the Mississippi River, is dedicated to modern art, but it also has a distinguished collection of Native American pottery.