MPLS: Uptown
Posted on Jan 20, 2016

Uptown is located about a mile south of downtown Minneapolis and centered at the popular Uptown Theater. The neighborhood is a hip, vibrant, commercial district beloved by former resident and music legend Prince who wrote a song titled Uptown (1980).

He sings “Our clothes, our hair, we don’t care. It’s all about being there.” Certainly Prince’s nonconformist, carefree ideology still holds true with the younger crowd that inhabits this popular Minneapolis community.

Restaurants and bars (more than 20 within a three-block radius) are abundant in Uptown along with movie theaters, retail stores, coffee shops and professional offices. The area draws young professionals and recent college graduates from throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest. The area’s offerings range from hole-in-the-wall hangouts to high-end eateries as well as mom-and-pop book and record outlets.

Lake Calhoun, at the heart of Uptown, is the largest lake in Minneapolis. The path bordering the lake is often covered with crowds of runners, walkers, pets and bikers. The lake’s beaches fill up in the warmer months, as does the abundance of surrounding parkland that offers parking, picnicking, volleyball and athletic fields. You’ll also find several sailing groups frequenting Lake Calhoun including the University of St. Thomas Sailing Team, the Calhoun Yacht Club, the Lake Calhoun Sailing School, as well as local high school teams.

Another hot spot for trail lovers is the popular Midtown Greenway, a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor converted to biking and walking trail that runs through Uptown. In 2014 Midtown Greenway was honored with the Great Places Award from the Sensible Land Use Coalition. The trail was recognized for how it “has transformed many people’s ways of being in the city.”

The annual Uptown Art Fair is another huge draw during the first full weekend of August. Local, national, and world artists display and sell their paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery and other fine art that ranges in price from a few dollars to hundreds or even thousands.