Michigan Central Station


The once-grand beaux-arts rail terminal, within eyeshot of Corktown's main drag, was left to fall into decline after closing in 1988 and became a symbol of the city's shattered economy. Like Detroit itself, though, Michigan Central Station is making a mighty comeback. Ford Motor Company bought it and is spending $350 million to transform it into a new innovation campus that will focus on self-driving cars. It's slated to open in 2022.

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Nearby Detroit attractions

1. Beacon Park

1.21 MILES

A community gathering space across the street from the fortress-like GAR Building, Beacon Park always has something cool going on: food trucks on summer…

2. City Sculpture Park

1.32 MILES

Local artist Robert Sestok bought a forlorn lot by the freeway where cars whizz by, and plunked down his hulking abstract sculptures welded from scrap…

3. Campus Martius Park

1.59 MILES

This public space in the heart of Detroit's downtown is the perfect spot to while away a sunny afternoon. A fountain dots the middle, surrounded by…

4. Guardian Building


Commissioned as a 'cathedral of finance,' this distinctive, 40-story, redbrick building with green and white accents was the world's tallest masonry…

5. The Belt

1.63 MILES

In the alley between Broadway and Library Sts, that links Grand River and Gratiot Aves, The Belt is part art installation and part nightlife destination…

6. Hart Plaza


This is the site of many free summer weekend festivals and concerts. While there, check out the sculpture of Joe Louis' mighty fist.

7. Art Gallery of Windsor

1.85 MILES

The jaunty glass-and-concrete prow of the AGW has an excellent permanent collection focused on Canadian visual arts, from the historical to the…

8. Chimczuk Museum

1.85 MILES

Sharing the building with the Art Gallery of Windsor, this remarkable museum unfolds the region's history in an inclusive and in-depth way, integrating…