"Ann Arbor does it up different"

If you're new to the city, know these things:

  • Yes, we *are* liberal. And progressive. And proud of it.
  • Yes, we *do* wear Birks. Brazenly.
  • Yes, we care about being green.
  • Yes, we love diversity—in many flavors.
  • Yes, we're smart. More people here have graduate degrees than undergrad.
  • Something's happening every day and night. Check the city's most comprehensive events calendar.
  • Don't plan on going anywhere on football Saturdays. Except during the game. Unless you're *at* the game.
  • No, we're not snobby. We're deep in thought.

Local Faves



Local Secrets

Fairy Doors:

  • Urban Fairies website
  • Fairy Doors search results on Google, including stories by Atlas Obscura, MLive,  NPR and the Today show.

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Reduce / Reuse / Recycle / Resources


Peruse the many organizations Ann Arbor hosts, from the Ann Arbor Observer's City Guide.

The University of Michigan Medical Center was recently rated the No. 1 hospital in Michigan and the 18th best in the United States.

Kid Stuff

Farmers' Market / Foodies / CSA

Events Calendars

Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ann Arbor Observer
Current magazine
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room
City of Ann Arbor
Jim Toy Community Center
Pride Source
Kerrytown goings-on
University of Michigan
University Musical Society

Useful Ann Arbor Links

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