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The first-ever Minneapolis Comedy Festival will make its debut in downtown Minneapolis with a kick-off event at Target Field Station on Monday, June 24that 7 PM.  Minnesota’s own Pat Proft will participate in a Q&A before a free screening of the comedy classic Naked Gun, which he cowrote. The Minneapolis Comedy Festival continues at many stages June 24 through June 30, 2019. Performers include John Crist, Claudia Oshry, Fortune Feimister,“Latin History For Morons,” written by and starring John Leguizamo, George Lopez, Cedric The Entertainer, and DL Hughley,Seth Meyers, Bob Newhart, Manitowoc Minute’s Charlie Berens, Cody Ko & Noel Miller: Tiny Meat Gang Live, Dax Shepard, 85 South, Heather Land, Jeremy Piven, and Rhett & Link.   While some events are sold out, tickets are on sale at MPLSComedyFest.com.  


 The Warehouse District is proud to be the home of Jack Link’s meat snacks.  As summer BBQ season gets underway here’s a tasty way to use some of their great products.  You can learn more about their great products here and if you’d like to learn more or offer Jack Link's in your business please contact Ryan Radzak here.  

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Spring has sprung! The grass is green, trees have leaves, and flowers are blooming. There’s no better place to take in the season than the Warehouse District and North Loop of the Warehouse District. Grab a bite to eat or a beverage at any of our restaurants and bars. Patio season is finally here and our sidewalk cafes are open and a great place to watch the world go by!  Darby’s, Freehouse, Fulton Taproom, J.D. Hoyt’s, Kieran’s, Monte Carlo, Red Cow, Red Rabbit, and Smack Shack are a few of our favorites, let us know which one your favorite is!  

Our shops have some unique and fun items including a contemporary sanctuary for beauty at Brian Graham Salon, salon and spa services at HAUS Salon, handmade artisan products from developing countries at House of Talents, lighting and electrical supplies at Industrial & Residential Lighting Supply, simple, inspired style and design in furnishings, apparel and interiors at Martinpatrick 3, also now offering valent parking, kitchen and bath products from Montaggio, wine, spirits, and craft beer at North Loop Wine & Spirits, furs and leather at Ribnick Fur & Leather, and much much more!

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Hennepin Avenue will be reconstructed from Washington to 12th Street Utility work began in April and will continue through 2022. Work will be done in two phases, starting with the portion from 12th Street to 7th Street. For the most current information and to sign up for updates visit the Hennepin Avenue Reconstruction page.

Metro Transit will be moving routes 4, 6, 12, 61 & 141 to Nicollet Mall while the Hennepin Avenue project is underway. Northbound/eastbound bus stops will be closed Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM and 6:30 to 7:30 PM due to the Farmer’s Market. Visit www.metrotransit.org/dt-mpls for details.

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Metro - 35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown
in Minneapolis: 2017-2021 construction

For a complete update on the entire project, including upcoming closures, detours, and more check out our I35W @ 94 construction page in the upper right corner or here.

Order copies of our new brochure here!

If you want to get in touch with us, please give us a call on our new number,
612-567-2029.  We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Our brochure has been updated with a new map and we now have them ready to get to you!  If you'd like one, or many, please send us a note here, making sure to include your mailing address and how many copies you'd like and we'll get them out to you immediately



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Events 


This section features some of the Warehouse District's biggest events, including Target Center, Hennepin Avenue Theatres, Target Field, First Avenue and 7th Street Entry, Fine Line Music Cafe and more!

 
 

 

North Loop

The North Loop name once referred to the trolley line that served the area. Today it defines the shape of the neighborhood and its location adjacent to the Warehouse District and the rest of downtown Minneapolis. The neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For most of its history, the North Loop was an industrial area, and home to a large railroad yard and numerous warehouses and factories. The Warehouse District fell into disrepair in the 1960s and 70s, but reemerged in the 1980s as the epicenter of the Minneapolis art scene. In recent years, revitalization of the North Loop has made it the fastest growing neighborhood in Minneapolis and “the” Twin Cities neighborhood in which to live, work, eat, shop and play! 

 

Target Center

Target Center is a multi-purpose arena located in downtown MinneapolisMinnesota. Target Center hosts major family shows, concerts, sporting events, graduations and private events. Target Corporation is the original and current naming rights partner of the arena. Seating over 20,000 for a concert, it contains 702 club seats and 68 suites.

 
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Hennepin Avenue Theatre District

With the second-most theater seats per capita in the nation, we'll always make room for you to check out our rich theater scene. Whether taking in a world-class theatrical production at the Orpheum, or participating in one of our many theater-based festivals like the Minnesota Fringe Festival, there will always be a show for any taste and a place to showcase the grace of the Minneapolis theatre scene.

 
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First Avenue and 7th Street Entry

The nightclub has been the starting point for many bands that have come out of the Twin Cities (including PrinceThe RevolutionThe ReplacementsHüsker DüSoul AsylumSemisonicAtmosphereBrother AliDoshThe Jayhawks, and Curtiss A, among others).

Bands and artists have performed at the nightclub and influenced the Minneapolis music scene from 1970 onward, as exemplified by the silver stars that adorn the black building's exterior. First Avenue also appeared in Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain, and many of the film's music performances take place at the venue.

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Fine Line Music Cafe

Over the past 25 years The Fine Line has seen thousands of nationally and regionally known acts grace its stage; Ben Harper, Alanis Morissette, John Mayer, Buddy Guy, The Neville Brothers, Amos Lee, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Raphael Saadiq, Lady Gaga, as well as playing host to various corporate clients; Microsoft, Target, RBC, Best Buy, Universal Records and has been the venue for many charity and non-profit events;35W Bridge Fundraiser, Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF), and many more.

 
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Target Field

Spectacular and intimate ... breathtaking views ... dazzling amenities ... and a staggering array of special features! Those are just a few things you can find in your experience at Target Field, the world class home of Twins Territory. There's no place in town like Target Field. You'll offer guests an event like no other. For weddings, corporate functions and more, these venues shine.

 

History of the Warehouse District


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It all started...

As an area of commercial growth during the early development of Minneapolis, the Warehouse Historic District features a remarkably intact concentration of commercial buildings designed by the city’s leading architects and engineers. Located in the north part of downtown Minneapolis the North Loop area served as the city’s warehouse and wholesaling district during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, expanding when Minneapolis became a major distribution and jobbing center for the upper Midwest.

With the panic of 1857 and the subsequent Depression, eastern retailers were no longer able to sell on credit to remote outposts. The people of Minnesota and other western territories needed a place to buy their goods; this led to the development of Minneapolis as a jobbing center. With the completion of the railroad in 1867, Minneapolis became a hub of wholesale distribution. Wholesalers found a natural location to concentrate warehouses just northwest of the central business district where land values were relatively low and rail lines were nearby. Beginning as a distributor of dry goods and groceries and then of farming implements, Minneapolis soon dominated the wholesale market. From 1880 to 1907, the wholesale trade originating from the Warehouse District grew from $24 million to $280 million. In 1919, it reached the $1 billion mark. By 1920, approximately 300 warehouse businesses were located in Minneapolis.

Prominent architects of the day were called upon to create the commercial spaces needed for these endeavors. These buildings exhibit the various tastes and trends popular at the time and represent a wide range of commercial architectural styles, from Italianate and Queen Anne to Richardsonian Romanesque and Classical Revival. As the business district moved and adjusted to changing needs of customers, so did its architectural styles. The Italianate style of the Washington Avenue stores and warehouses became the Renaissance revival style of the grand warehouses of First Avenue, which evolved into the Queen Anne Commercial of the early 1900s. This physical representation of the progression of tastes and styles is one the many significant contributions of the Warehouse District.