Feel the Pulse of the Twin Cities
Minneapolis and St. Paul are vibrant hubs of creativity—in fact, we were ranked the fifth most creative metropolitan area in 2014. Whether you crave visual arts or theater, music or sports, the Twin Cities have it all. And MCAD is in the heart of them.
Thrive in a Land of Prosperity
We’re a thriving business community—only NYC, Houston, Chicago, and Dallas have more Fortune 500 companies. With leading medical, retail, technology, food, and advertising companies, the Twin Cities attracts top talent from around the world. In February 2015, The Atlantic praised Minneapolis as a "national model of affordability, opportunity, and wealth," thanks to our outstanding college graduation rate, high median earnings, and number one employment rate for eighteen- to thirty-four-year-olds in the country.
Get Fit without Trying
Our unmatched park system connects lakes, creeks, and rivers with miles of biking and running paths. Bicycling magazine has named us the nation's best biking city, our mix of urban and outdoor lifestyles has garnered us the third spot in Outside magazine's Best Places to Live in America, and we are behind only San Francisco in the organic co-op movement. We make it easy to be healthy here.
Live in an Urban Neighborhood
Whittier, our neighborhood and home to the famed Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue, is a rich, multi-cultural community. Learn more at whittieralliance.org.
What is there to do?
Whether you're a new transplant from another city, state, or country, or whether you've called the Twin Cities home your entire life, we guarantee there are always new surprises here for you to discover.
Below, we've gathered a list of some of the best and most unique places to eat, shop, and play near MCAD. This list is by no means comprehensive, but we hope it will serve as a jumping point as you explore all that Whittier and the Twin Cities have to offer!
The MCAD Bistro is mighty satisfying but we all crave variety.
There’s more to college than classes.
Farmers Markets (Year-round)
May Day Parade (Spring)
State Fair (Summer)
Music and Movies in the Parks (Summer)
Twin Cities Pride Festival (Summer)
Basilica Block Party (Summer)
Bastille Day Block Party (Summer)
Art Shanties (Winter)
Minnesota Zoo (Year-round)
Como Zoo and Conservatory (Year-round)
Renaissance Festival (Summer)
Because you're an adult now.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have also been included on the following lists:
- Greatest Places to Live in America: #3
- Cities with Most Arts-Related Businesses: #3
- Best Downtowns: #2
- Top U.S. Travel Destinations: #8
- Most Literate Cities: #3
- Best Cities to Be An Artist: #7
- Fittest U.S. Cities: #1
- Most Romantic City: #1
- America's Top Bike-Friendly Cities: #1
- Top 15 Cities for Commuters
- Best Cities for Millennials: #6
- Best Places to be Young, Broke, and Single: #20