With a vibrant downtown, lush parks, and an intellectual community, you'll love it here.
Detroit is known for putting the world on wheels and the Motown sound. Today the Motor City has a burgeoning entrepreneurial sector, a vibrant local food scene, a scenic riverfront, music, and one of the best art collections in the country.
Just 40 miles away, Detroit offers an array of activities all within easy reach from Ann Arbor via I-94 or M-14. From there you can venture downtown, to Midtown, or one of the city’s neighborhoods where you’ll find great entertainment and sites of historical and cultural significance. Detroit’s amenities are nationally recognized. It’s been named one of the top Next Hot Food Cities by Zagat and USA Today readers named Detroit the nation’s Best Sports City. Its signature art collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the 20 must-see art museums, according to Fodor’s.
Michigan Ross has longstanding ties with the city of Detroit. For example, for more than 20 years the school has hosted community service projects in Detroit as part of the onboarding of new students. The Impact Challenge through the Sanger Leadership Center challenged MBA students to develop business ideas to make a positive difference in Detroit’s Brightmoor Community. The Detroit Revitalization and Business Initiative connects students with the Detroit Business Landscape while a Social Impact Challenge tasked student teams with developing plans to solve a pressing issue in the city. MAcc students ventured to Cornerstone School to teach students there about financial literacy. Ross also hosts events in Detroit, such as #ROSSTALKS and the annual Revitalization and Business conference. When in Detroit, you also can visit the U-M Detroit Center.
No. 3 Next Hot Food City
Detroit has always boasted fine restaurants but a new generation has ushered in a boom of fresh, inspired cuisine. There’s a restaurant or watering hole for every taste and budget throughout the city.
Best Sports City in the U.S.
If you like sports there are few cities better than Detroit. There are teams in all four of the major professional leagues with passionate fans and you’ll find a game any time of the year.
Detroit Institute of Arts: One of 20 Must-See Art Museums in America
Enjoy one of the finest art collections in the country at the Detroit Institute of Arts or take in a concert at one of the city’s music halls. Detroit is home to a world-class symphony and opera company, and one of the largest independent bookstores in the nation. The street art of the Heidelberg Project draws visitors from all over the world.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History—Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor.
Detroit has a rich history and ethnic diversity. You can find this in many of the neighborhoods and cultural institutions in the city and its surrounding suburbs. Have a passport? A trip to Canada is just a bridge or tunnel drive away.
The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation has won two consecutive Daytime Emmy awards.
Outdoors or indoors, the Detroit area has a number of kid-friendly venues for family outings. Enjoy a relaxing day at Belle Isle Park or learn about Detroit’s industrial might at the Rouge Factory Tour.