Feel the Pulse of the Twin Cities
Minneapolis and St. Paul are vibrant hubs of creativity—in fact, we are the nation's sixth most creative metropolitan area. 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 Washington, DC, in the American Fitness Index's list of fittest cities in the country.
Live in an Urban Neighborhood
Whittier, our neighborhood and home to the amazing Minneapolis Institute of Arts and famed Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue, is a rich, multi-cultural community.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have also been included on the following lists:
- The Absolute Top Cities In the U.S. to Live In: #1
- America's Top Bike-Friendly Cities: #1
- Most Romantic City: #1
- Best Downtowns: #2
- Greatest Places to Live in America: #3
- Best Places for Recent Grads to Find Jobs: #3
- Most Literate Cities: #3
- America’s Most Grad-Friendly Markets: #4
- Best Cities for Millennials: #6
- Top U.S. Travel Destinations: #8
- Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet: #18
- Best Places to be Young, Broke, and Single: #20
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!
EAT on the famed Eat Street of Minneapolis.
- Black Sheep Pizza
- Glam Doll Donuts
- Gyst Fermentation Bar
- Jasmine Deli
- Krungthep Thai
- Pancho Villa
- Pho 79
- Spyhouse Coffee
- Wedge Table
SEE impressive things at museums, theaters, and sporting events.
- Minneapolis Institute of Art
- Walker Art Center
- Children's Theater
- Guthrie Theater
- State, Orpheum, Pantages Theaters
- Roller Girls Roller Derby
- Timberwolves Basketball
- Wild Hockey
- Ordway Theater
HEAR everything from local acts to megastars.
DO something new every season.
- Art Shanties
- Basilica Block Party
- May Day Parade
- Music and Movies in Parks
- Renaissance Festival
- State Fair
- Twin Cities Pride Festival
BUY clothing, music, and essentials.