Where to Go Next: Minneapolis
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Where to Go Next: Minneapolis

There's no shortage of smaller American cities attracting attention these days for cutting-edge
art and architecture. But Minneapolis, it's fair to say, is leading the pack. Celebrity architects
have already completed expansions of important local arts institutions (Herzog & de Meuron
at the Walker Art Center; Michael Graves & Associates at the Children's Theatre Company),
and three more major openings are on the way this year: Jean Nouvel's Guthrie Theater, Cesar
Pelli's downtown public library, and Michael Graves's addition to the Institute of Art. (Frank
Gehry has also announced plans for an addition to his 1993 Weisman Art Museum.) The design
boom is at the heart of a wider revitalization of the city, as seen in booming neighborhoods
like the Mill District (home to the Guthrie, as well as new condos, shops, and restaurants),
and hotels catering to style-driven travelers. The sleek Graves 601 Hotel (no connection to
the architect) began the trend in 2003. It will be joined early this year by the first outpost
of New York's Chambers hotel, which will have Modern art installations and a Jean-Georges
Vongerichten restaurant, and next spring by the Ivy Hotel + Residences from Starwood's Luxury
Collection. Children's Theatre Company 612/874-0400; www.childrenstheater.org.
Graves 601 Hotel 866/523-1100; www.graves601hotel.com; doubles from
$189. Walker Art Center 612/375-7622; www.walkerart.org.

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