Transforming downtown

Cranes flood the skyline as Grand Rapids undergoes more investment.
Photo courtesy of DGRI

16 Instagram Pictures That Show Grand Rapids Is the Best City on Earth

There are two types of people. Those who are here, and those that WANT to be here.
Adulation The Future of Science sculpture by Jay Hall Carpenter

MSU unveils sculpture downtown

A new sculpture downtown depicts the three Grand Rapids women who helped develop the whooping cough vaccine.
Clinton Co: Red pine, 123" circumference

Help ReLeaf Michigan Locate the State’s Largest Trees

While you are out and about this summer in Michigan, keep your eyes peeled for Michigan’s largest trees.

‘Stories of Elders’

Former Grand Rapids resident Veronica Kirin’s book, “Stories of Elders,” won in the History: General category of the annual National Indie Excellence Awards.
Tara Johnson-Brower, left, and Jesse Johnson-Brower

On the frontlines

VetGR helps veterans and first responders find significance and purpose.

10 Boutiques That Opened in 2018

It seemed like every month saw a new boutique opening in Grand Rapids. GR|MAG did our best to cover all the new openings. Below you’ll find a list of 10 boutiques and retail shops focused on clothing, home goods and beauty products that opened during the past year.
Grand Haven beach. Photo by Marci Cisneros

Vote For Your Favorite Michigan Beach

We all know Michigan has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but USA Today wants to know which Michigan beach is the best of the best.
REI Seattle store interior footwear section

REI Opening Store on 28th Street

The first West Michigan store by the outdoor retailer REI is opening on 28th Street.
East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids Named Best Place to Live in Michigan

East Grand Rapids is the “best city to live” in Michigan, according to a report on the best cities to live in each state by 24/7 Wall Street and posted by USA Today last week.
Grand Rapids Mud Run

Let’s Get Muddy

Forget about the mud pies of your youth. The Grand Rapids Mud Run is serious about mud: expect to swim mud pits, slip down a 60-foot mudslide, slither through tunnel crawls, and wrangle a slippery hill climb.
Roselle Park in Ada.

5 Prime Picnic Spots in Grand Rapids

If you haven’t had a picnic yet this summer, you’re doing summer wrong! We’ll give you a hand and show you the best picnic locations in and around Grand Rapids to make sure you’re taking advantage of summer and this timeless tradition.
Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation hosted Wag 'n' Wade in 2017.

Dog Days of Summer: City Hosts Dog Pool Party

Before the city shuts down its public pools for the summer its hosting one last hoorah—for pooches.
Break Room Therapy

Let It All out in the ‘Break Room’

A new kind of “break room” is coming to a Grand Rapids suburb.
Wally’s Treasures Antique Mall records

Antique mall opens on 28th Street

A new treasure trove of antique and vintage goods is now open in town.

Grand Rapids Ranks Within Top 30 of World’s Most Hipster Cities

We all know that Grand Rapids is a midwest hipster haven, but now the world knows, too. According to MoveHub's annual International Hipster Index, Grand Rapids rings in at No. 28 (out of 446 cities).
Thornapple Brewing Co. beer glass flight bar

A podcast for Beer City, USA

The Michigan Brewers Guild launched a podcast, “Michigan’s Great Beer State Podcast” for the state’s beer enthusiasts.

Women make history

The Women’s Way mural project is a public art initiative meant to activate several alleyways around Grand Rapids while also honoring the important women who made the city home.
Spectrum Health Irish Jig finish line 2018

Lace Up your Running Shoes for the Irish Jig

The Spectrum Health Irish Jig is this weekend.




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