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Heartside: The Pulse of Grand Rapids

In the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan, lies the vibrant neighborhood of Heartside. A blend of urban charm and green spaces, Heartside is the epitome of a city with a soul. The bustling downtown scene, coupled with a plethora of outdoor spaces, makes Heartside a unique and lively neighborhood.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Despite its urban setting, Heartside is home to several designated green spaces, offering a breath of fresh air amidst the city hustle. Monument Park provides a quaint outdoor escape. Rosa Parks Circle, a popular gathering spot, transforms into a magical ice skating rink in winter. Veteran’s Memorial Park, established in 1926, honors World War 2 and Korean War veterans with memorial pillars. The largest green oasis is Heartside Park, boasting a splash pad, picnic tables, grills, and more.

Artistic Heartbeat

Heartside comes alive every year during the annual Art Prize event, showcasing art from around the globe. Artists display their creations throughout the city, inviting admiration and votes from the public. The Grand Rapids Ballet, with over 43 years of experience, graces the neighborhood with exquisite productions and dance classes for all ages.

Medical and Educational Hub

Though not part of the Medical Mile, Heartside houses Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus, both highly recommended by patients. The neighborhood also hosts Grand Rapids Community College, Kendall College, and Davenport University, along with numerous satellite facilities from other Michigan colleges, making it a hub of education and growth.

Culinary Delights

Heartside is a food lover’s paradise. HopCat, dubbed “The Craft Beer Mecca,” offers a vast beer selection alongside a unique menu. Nearby, Stella’s Lounge tempts with award-winning burgers and a vintage arcade. Grand Rapids Brewing Company and Founder’s Brewery Company continue the craft beer journey with their unique brews. The Chop House elevates the dining experience with exceptional cuts of USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, and gourmet desserts.

More Than Just Eateries

Heartside is a treasure trove of activities. Museums like the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Grand Rapid Children’s Museum offer a dive into history and interactive fun. The Van Andel Arena, home to the Grand Rapids Griffins, hosts a variety of events, from concerts to seasonal festivities, making every visit to Heartside an adventure.


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