Uptown is quite possibly one of the most urban areas in the entire great state of Minnesota. By definition, it functions almost as its own mini-city, and is certainly one of the liveliest communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Bordered by 28th Street to the north, Dupont Street to the east, 31st Street to the south, and Lake Calhoun to the west—its heart is located where Hennepin Avenue and West Lake Street intersect.
Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake are only a few blocks away, making Uptown’s tree-lined streets both welcoming and walkable— where the blues meet the greens. The mixture of housing, from studio apartments to lakeside mansions, offers much in the way of diversity, and one can take their pick from an array of book stores, one-of-a-kind specialty shops, theaters, and locally owned restaurants and corner cafés.
In addition to shopping, dining, and entertainment, Uptown is an urban oasis reflecting the attitudes, landscapes, and spirit of a multi-disciplined and layered community
It is home to Calhoun Square, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Walker Art Center, the City of Lakes Loppet, cross-country ski festival, the North Star Bicycle Festival, and the Uptown Art Fair, which attracts as many as 375,000 people during the first full weekend in August.
While these annual events are becoming increasingly popular, the Uptown area captures attention year-round simply because it’s Uptown—intriguing and inviting, established and new, bohemian and fabulous. It is an eclectic mix that attracts businesses, residents, and visitors alike.
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