The Midtown Global Market opened in 2006, and occupies the lower floors of the former Sears building. The building is now called the Midtown Exchange. The upper floors were converted to apartments. And offices and other businesses, including a Driver and Vehicle Services office, and a Hennepin County Service Center for county government services, also use space in the Midtown Exchange.
The Midtown Global Market has around 50 unique and specialty stores selling food, crafts, clothes, gifts and other items from around the world.
The Midtown Global Market food court has plenty of dining options, most are inexpensive, and good value for money.
A daily indoor farmer's market at the Midtown Global Market has fresh fruit and vegetables, and you can also get fresh meat, eggs, and dairy produce at the market. Cut flowers and plants are also available seasonally.
Freshly baked bread, cakes, and baked goods are for sale, and there's also locally roasted coffee for sale at the market.
And unlike most malls, the shops, stores and restaurants at the Midtown Global Market are all independent and locally owned. Part of the mission of the Midtown Global Market is to strengthen the economy and community of Midtown Minneapolis. Many businesses at the Midtown Global Market are owned and operated by people who live nearby in Midtown Minneapolis, and most employ local Midtown residents.
The Midtown Global Market has regular free concerts, live entertainment, and special events. There are dance classes, yoga, cooking demonstrations, art shows, and more at the market, usually a couple of events every day, and several every weekend. There are free children's activities at the Midtown Global Market - the mall has a play area, and a weekly children's program, Wee Wednesdays, has a free art project for kids, and coupons to save money on lunch at the market with the kids.
As well as regular events, the Midtown Global Market holds special events. The No Coast Craft-O-Rama is a large craft fair selling hipster arts and crafts from Minnesotan and Midwestern artists and crafters. No Coast Craft-O-Rama is held in early December at the Midtown Global Market.
Visit the Midtown Global Market's website for their event calendar - there are many events every week.
The Midtown Global Market is centrally located in Minneapolis, about a mile south of downtown Minneapolis, at the intersection of Lake Street and Chicago Avenue. Street parking near the Midtown Global Market is possible, and free, but can be a hassle - it's on the intersection of two busy streets. But, there is a parking ramp right next door, on Lake Street, to the east of the Midtown Global Market. All the businesses in the Midtown Global Market validate parking, so parking in this ramp is free.
Alternatives to driving to the Midtown Global Market? The Midtown Bus Station is right next to the Midtown Global Market, for easy access by Metro Transit bus. And the Midtown Greenway cycle and pedestrian path runs right by the Midtown Global Market.
Visit the Midtown Global Market's Website.