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Who better to turn to for what’s happening downtown than Grand Rapids’ own Urban Lifestyle Specialist? From what’s hot to everything that’s cool, Chuck’s Social Picks cover the full social scene of Grand Rapids. Plus, this is the place to check for photos and recaps of everything you may have missed.



Wednesday March 30, 2016 3:02 pm

How to Spend Your Spring Staycation

Spring Break Ideas for Kids (and Everyone Else) Although some of these are kids or family oriented, many of them will appeal to just about all of us (nature hike at Blandford, anyone?). The Great Outdoors Hike a trail at Blandford Nature Center. For just $3 a person (free for members), your whole family can enjoy a hike through the beautiful wilderness at Blandford—you [...]

Tuesday March 8, 2016 7:57 pm

Grand Rapids Gourmet Restaurant Guide

Check out the full article at http://bit.ly/1U2bErC Donkey Taqueria An authentic, wallet-friendly Mexican eater, Donkey Taqueria is housed in a converted 1920s service station on Grand Rapids’ Wealthy Street. Opened by restauranteur Paul Lee in 2013, Donkey grew out of Lee’s food truck business. Everything from the salsa verde to the guacamole is prepared on-site by [...]

Friday February 12, 2016 4:33 pm

Valent-ICE Festival This Weekend

Valent-ICE is an annual festival celebrating winter and love in Downtown Grand Rapids. This FREE EVENT is organized around Valentine’s Day, the festival features live ice carving, a walking tour of whimsical ice art, ice skating and other snowy season fun. February 12: – Unveiling of 50+ Ice sculptures Downtown (12-7pm) – Bubbles on ICE Happy Hour at the [...]

Monday February 8, 2016 3:07 pm

Big Changes Coming to The B.O.B.

We all know The BOB as that fun place to grab a drink on the weekend, listen to live music, grab dinner or catch a comedy show. Currently you may be noticing some construction going on around the building. ORion Construction and the Gilmore Collection are building a tower in the area where the parking lot used to be. The tower will include studios, one-bedroom and two-bedr[...]

Thursday December 17, 2015 8:42 pm

Christmas Around the World at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Frederik Meijer Gardens brings to you a beautiful exhibit featuring 40 different Christmas trees based on the traditions and customs of countries throughout the world. Located very close to downtown Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens is the perfect place to take the family and and learn about how the world celebrates Christmas. For example, many in the Ukraine decora[...]

Wednesday December 16, 2015 4:01 pm

Grand Rapids Trumps List of Hottest Real Estate Markets

Grand Rapids recently named No.1 on Trulia’s list of “Hottest Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2016” Ranking 14th in affordability and 22nd in strongest job growth this past year, Grand Rapids is the perfect place to call home!  [...]

Tuesday December 15, 2015 3:56 pm

Restaurant Scene Grows Quickly in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is quickly becoming a foodie’s paradise! The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has opened some mouth watering restaurants in recent years, including the highly anticipated Slows Bar-B-Q and Fish Lads (Which has some absolutely amazing fish-n-chips!). The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck was introduced quite recently and is gaining popularity fast with it’s high[...]

Monday December 14, 2015 9:22 pm

Stunning 27th floor penthouse in River House Condominiums! Only $1,200,000

A big thank you to Jim Hargar of M-live for taking the time to write a fantastic article about this amazing condo in River House in downtown Grand Rapids! Click Here to see the complete article. The minute you enter this condo, you know right away you’re walking into a home of high-style and sophistication.  Take in the views of downtown Grand Rapids from the flo[...]

Monday December 14, 2015 2:21 pm

Beautiful Views

Downtown Grand Rapids. What a stunning city!

Friday December 11, 2015 3:37 pm

Grand Caroling from 6pm-7pm!

Grand Caroling takes place from 6pm-7pm on the steps outside of the Welsh Auditorium at DeVos Place, on the first three Fridays in December! The next dates and area choir schedule includes: Friday, December 11: Grand Rapids Chorus of Sweet Adelines International Friday, December 18: Girls Choral Academy & Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus Come enjoy holiday melodies [...]

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