Regionalist artist Grant Wood lived in Cedar Rapids most of his life, so it’s fitting that the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art owns the largest collection of his works (more than 200) as well as the Grant Wood Studio where he worked from 1924 to 1935.
Czech heritage also permeates Cedar Rapids (30 miles northwest of Iowa City). In Czech Village, the business hub of the city’s Czech community, try a kolache (filled pastry) at Sykora Bakery, and admire elaborate folk costumes at National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.
Iowa’s second-largest city continues to reinvent itself with ventures such as NewBo City Market, once an abandoned industrial building and now the place to shop for produce, regional cheeses and locally raised meats.
Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan’s Bar serves upscale steaks and Italian food in a 1912 Louis Henry Sullivan-designed building that once housed a bank.
On the Kirkwood Community College campus, hospitality students and professional staff work together to provide top-notch service at the contemporary 71-room Hotel at Kirkwood Center and restaurant.
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