There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the downtown Minneapolis community.

Each year, more people continue to move downtown for different reasons. The short walking commute to work. The incredible food and nightlife. The entertainment options. Sporting events. Endless possibilities.

For many, the question isn’t whether or not they want to live downtown. It’s where to live.

Explore Downtown Living has helped eliminate that conundrum.

On May 19, Explore Downtown Living will return for a fourth year in downtown Minneapolis. The event, a product of the Mpls downtown council 2025 Plan’s development committee, aims to help people experience what it’s like to live downtown with no strings attached. It’s free and features more than 20 downtown residential communities. People sign up online on, then decide which apartments they want to visit between 10 am-5 pm on the day of the event.

The residential communities are located in downtown’s five distinct neighborhoods: East Town, Central Business District, Loring Park, North Loop, and Northeast. People see the apartment buildings — including the residential units, roof decks, party rooms, and fitness spaces — and while they’re touring they can get to know what could eventually be their new neighborhoods.

They also can enjoy promotions at downtown businesses including food, beverages, retail, fitness, and more.

Since 2015, over the course of eight event days, Explore Downtown Living has facilitated approximately 17,000 free apartment views. There is no solicitation involved — only the chance to see which apartments you want to visit and see firsthand.

The 2025 Plan is focused on adding several elements to downtown to help enhance its vibrancy. Adding residential population is one, because a busy and active space is a safe and thriving space. Adding to the downtown experience is another aspect of creating an extraordinary place to spend your time, so adding fun and free activities that converge with other sporting and entertainment events downtown is another goal. The Mpls downtown council’s website ( has a community calendar that is all-inclusive and offers great opportunities to see what is going on downtown.

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It also focuses on enhancing greening and the public realm, transportation, ending street homelessness, and adding innovation through a festival of ideas called the Minneapolis Idea eXchange. Through six 2025 Plan committees, more than 350 volunteers work to enhance the downtown community. Explore Downtown Living is a byproduct of that vision, and through this shared belief in downtown’s vibrancy and vitality these volunteers are helping keep our city’s core vibrant and thriving.

Now is the time to consider living downtown, and Explore Downtown Living is the best way to see it up close.

All of the elements of The 2025 Plan work together to help form a community we can all enjoy. See it for yourself up close when you attend Explore Downtown Living on May 19.

Discover what life is like in the heart of the city. Sign up for Explore Downtown Living and experience downtown in a whole new way.

—Mark Remme is the communications manager for the Mpls downtown council and Downtown Improvement District. To learn more about mdc or to follow along with its initiatives, visit or follow along on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @MplsDowntown.


By Mark Remme

Mpls downtown council

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Enjoy a free outing touring the city’s core on May 19

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