Midwest Living Review
Midtown, the region north of the Fischer Freeway (I-75) and south of the Ford Freeway (I-94), incorporates the cultural district and most of Wayne State University. There's a lot going on in this vibrant area, with most of the excitement focused on locally owned businesses and museums. A few of our favorites in the area: City Bird, a gift shop with vintage clothing and products fashioned from Detroit maps, and Bob's Classic Kicks, a sneaker boutique. Traffic Jam is one of our favorite restaurants. It absorbed several old buildings to create an amalgamation of restaurant, brewpub (the first in Michigan), bakery and dairy (they make their own cheese!). The cultural district is as fabulous as ever. The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the nation's greatest art museums, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is terrific and worth a visit. Both are a huge asset to the city. The best place to stay in Midtown is at the Inn on Ferry Street, where four Victorian homes offer a choice of 40 unique rooms.