Ann Arbor : Michigan's Urban Oasis!
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Ann Arbor is... a catalyst of creativity. We inspire ingenuity from chefs, historians, artists, scientists, and musicians.
Art, in its many forms, is arguably the most valued and esteemed piece of the culture and fabric of the Ann Arbor area. A long-time artists community, Ann Arbor is home to renowned galleries, museums and arts non-profits, as well as theatrical and musical organizations that offer performances from local, regional, and international artists. Neighboring Ypsilanti has its own flourishing artists community as well, with a seasonal arts & culture walk on some Friday evenings, grassroots theatrical groups, and much more.
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Ann Arbor has a diverse international food scene, with restaurants offering fare ranging from authentic Ethiopian cuisine to scrumptious Eastern European food, and from award-winning Italian restaurants to delicious American classics. Indulge in gourmet desserts and hand-crafted ice cream just steps from local parks and public playgrounds. For a pet-friendly meal, take advantage of the beautiful patio dining downtown, or consider grabbing a plate to-go from a quirky local food truck. You’ll find a variety of world-class eateries, cafés, delightful farmers markets, and a welcoming environment when you visit Ann Arbor.
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Ann Arbor is... powered by innovation. We attract top talent to our tech firms and research facilities and keep them here with our second-to-none quality of life.
Named "A Tech Hub to Watch" by VentureBeat, Ann Arbor is home to billion-dollar start-ups, autonomous driving testing facilities, and tons of co-working facilities teeming with techies that are out to change the world.
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Ann Arbor is... inspired by purpose-driven passion. We pride ourselves on giving back to our community, supporting our friends and neighbors, and working toward an even brighter future.
The LGBTQ+ community is thriving and active in the Ann Arbor area. With a rich history of activism and fellowship dating back to the 1970s, The Jim Toy Community Center is located in Braun Court, which also houses \aut\ BAR, the premiere restaurant, bar, and gathering place for the gay community and allies. Numerous LGBTQ+ events occur in the Ann Arbor area, including drag queen bingo nights, Necto Pride (Michigan’s longest-running LGBTQ+ night), book clubs, and a large summer festival in the Kerrytown area.
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Ann Arbor is... the leader of the pack.
The University of Michigan is a world-renowned leader in dozens of fields, and our James Beard Award-winning restaurants and ranking as the Best Place to Live in the United States make Ann Arbor a place where you can challenge everything, and create anything.
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Resources for your urban retreat to Ann Arbor:
- Sporting events
- Suggested itineraries
- Food tours and pedal pubs
- Theaters and attractions
- Museums and historical buildings
- Family-friendly fun
- Spa experiences
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