2015 Detroit

2015 Detroit Bucket List

2014 has been an incredible year for Detroit. The M-1 RAIL broke ground, new restaurants and bars opened their doors, occupancy in downtown apartments rose to 98% and the Detroit Lions went to the playoffs. Detroit has accomplished a lot in one year, and we’re even more excited for what’s ahead. As we reflect on all the good 2014 has brought, it’s time to think even bigger for the next year. How can you get the most out of this amazing city? None other than completing the 2015 Detroit Bucket List. Here are some ways to live, work and play in Detroit in the New Year.


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There are many options and benefits of living in the city in 2015. Living in Detroit gives you close proximity to great sports venues, top-notch concerts and shows, expansive casinos and a budding restaurant and bar scene. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, there are many housing options available.


New lofts and apartments are opening. Many downtown high-rises are transforming from historical hotels to apartment complexes for young professionals and families. If you’re looking to rent in the city, be sure to check out the New Apartment Roundup from the Opportunity Detroit blog.


If you’re interested in buying a home in the city of Detroit in 2015, be sure to check out the Boston-Edison, East English Village, Grandmont Rosedale, Virginia Park and Brush Park neighborhoods. Future home buyers can also find a fixer-upper at Building Detroit for an extremely affordable price. Homes through Building Detroit are auctioned off at the rate of two homes per day; each home must be brought up to code within six months of purchase (nine months for historic properties).


If moving to Detroit is not a possibility for you this year, come stay at one of Detroit’s incredible hotels. The newest one is Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney. This boutique hotel has 136 rooms and allows guest to use their smartphones as their room key through the SPG Keyless app. This new technology is available to Starwood preferred guests, and it’s just one great amenity of Detroit’s newest hotel.


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If you’re looking to work in Detroit in 2015, here are some great options for you!

Fifth Third Bank has joined the Detroit movement, and has plans to move its regional headquarters into the One Woodward building in downtown Detroit. Visit the Fifth Third careers page for updates on job openings.

Shinola Detroit is another great place to work in the city. Shinola is a growing, evolving national brand that strives to become an iconic American brand.

The Quicken Loans Family of Companies is another great option for job seekers. These Detroit companies offer many jobs for all skill types.



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Play every game at Punch Bowl Social.

The restaurant, centered around the idea of eat, drink and play, opened in December 2014, just before the holiday season. Punch Bowl Social offers a wide variety of arcade games, bowling, ping pong, shuffleboard, darts, billiard and karaoke. Get there early on a Friday or Saturday to beat the line!

Try featherbowling at Cadiex Cafe.

This Belgian pastime, similar to horseshoes and bocce ball, can be played with any number of people. The goal of this game is to roll each ball as close to the feather as possible. Cadieux Café is the only home to featherbowling in the U.S.

SlowRoll the city.

Join more than 3,000 riders in a group bicycle ride around Detroit. Each week features a new route, giving you the perfect opportunity to see a new side of Detroit. Bring a bike, a water bottle and a friend!

Try new beers at HopCat.

Listed as one of the top 50 bars in the U.S. by DRAFT Magazine, HopCat is home to more than 150 beers. What better place to try out a new beer?

See a jazz band at Cliff Bells.

This jazz club originally opened its doors in 1935. After a heartbreaking close in 1985, they decided to reopen 20 years later in 2005. Stop by for an award-winning classic cocktail and catch a live show.

Enroll in a mixology class at Sugar House.

Mixology 101 offers participants a two-hour-long course, where instructors teach participants how to make three drinks, and they learn techniques for shaking, stirring and straining.

Go to a local brewery.

Batch Brewing Company, in Corktown, is a nano brewery, meaning their beer is made one batch at a time and can only be found locally.

Ride a bike through Belle Isle.

There’s no better way to see the beautiful Belle Isle than to pedal through the 5.5-mile-long park. See the beach and waterslide, Nature Zoo, conservatory, Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Nancy Brown Peace Carillon and more. 

Attend Theatre Bizarre.

No description needed. Must see for yourself.


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