3 Days in Detroit

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Detroit, no stranger to bootstrapping, is once again carving out a dynamic identity for itself. Job creation is up, crime is down, and initiatives like the Detroit Works Project are working to shape the city’s future. Casinos, stadiums, and hotels are helping to reawaken downtown, while emerging industries like the life sciences and fuel cell technology are giving Detroit a start on a post-Motown, post-Motor City identity.
Day 1: Downtown
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Try Hockeytown Cafe before any downtown area sporting event. With custom motorcycles themed after the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers on display, and a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and deep-dish pizza, this is also a good spot to catch a game from the comfort of a private table. www.hockeytowncafe.com
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If you’re a sports fan, take in a game at Comerica Park (home of the Tigers), Ford Field (home of the Lions), or Joe Louis Arena (home of the Red Wings). If your team of choice isn’t playing, these venues are used for everything from concerts to circuses to your very own private event. www.fordfield.com, www.olympiaentertainment.com
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What happens in Vegas, happens in Detroit. The MGM Grand has over 4,500 slot and video poker machines, 90 gaming tables, and a poker room to satisfy serious players. Situated in the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, the casino is surrounded by great restaurants and shops. www.mgmgranddetroit.com

Day 2: Midtown
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Midtown is a neighborhood on the rise. Within two blocks, you can take in the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the newest hipster mecca, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). All feature special events, music, and educational programs. www.detroitmidtown.com
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For a sophisticated lunch, try The Whitney, a stunning gourmet restaurant located in an equally eye-catching 100-year-old mansion. www.thewhitney.com
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Founded in 1932, the Detroit Artists Market is a gallery dedicated to promoting, exhibiting and selling the work of area artists. It operates as a nonprofit and works to educate the public about both emerging and established artists. www.detroitartistsmarket.org
Day 3: Corktown
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Voted Detroit’s most walkable community by the Metro Times, Corktown’s charms include the neighborhood’s John K. King Books. Located in a former glove factory, this store features more than 1 million used and rare books. www.rarebooklink.com
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Corktown got its name from the influx of Irish from County Cork who fled the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s. Celebrate the area’s roots at one of the neighborhood’s Irish pubs, like Nancy Whiskey, which also features live music. www.nancywhiskeydetroit.com