Uptown

Follow Hennepin Avenue a few blocks south of downtown and you’ll find the Uptown that Prince sang about. This hip, vibrant neighborhood is home of Jungle Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl, and Lake Calhoun. With late-night dining and an ever-growing nightlife scene, it’s where you’ll want to be.

Through the 20th century, Uptown was primarily a family area. Modest housing along Lowry Hill met the mansions of Kenwood to the west and around the lakes. Hennepin flourished as a commercial corridor and route from downtown to residential homes, while Uptown served also as an important streetcar route from Uptown to the vacation homes of Lake Minnetonka. White flight via the freeway system after World War II signaled a demographic shift in the area. After this, Uptown became a haven for the artist culture. The Lakes Area of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles became popular in the 1880s as vacation cottages, hotels, and boating recreation became available by streetcar. As Minneapolis expanded south, housing construction boomed through the 1920s. A commercial district began forming just east of the Lakes Area. At the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lagoon Avenue, the Lagoon Theatre was built, a multi-function vaudeville theater. When the Lagoon burnt down in 1939, owners sought to rebuild and the business community took the opportunity to rebrand the area. Following the success of Chicago's Uptown District, the new Uptown District of Minneapolis centered on the newly renamed Uptown Theatre.

A retail renaissance of the area occurred in the 1980s when Calhoun Square was developed. Combining a half block of existing storefront buildings. Uptown is now a mix of various cultural strains and is considered an area for young people to live and shop. It's known as a vibrant center for artists and musicians. Much more numerous are the young professionals from throughout the Twin Cities area who frequent this district at night, especially on the weekends, in order to visit local restaurants and bars. 

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Listing information last updated on December 13th, 2018 at 4:20pm CST.