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Kalamazoo [1] is a city in Southwestern Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 77,145, with a metropolitan area of 452,851, which includes neighboring Battle Creek. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.

The city has a strong higher education presence, being home to Western Michigan University (with 25,000 students), Kalamazoo College (a private, liberal arts institution), and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Because of the the first downtown pedestrian mall in America, Kalamazoo got the nickname the "Mall City" In 1959"

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport serves the area. Major connections include Chicago (American Airlines), Minneapolis (Delta), Detroit (Delta), Sanford, FL (Direct Air), Punta Gorda, FL (Direct Air).

By car[edit]

Kalamazoo lies on Interstate 94 roughly mid-way between Chicago and Detroit. US Highway 131 connects the city with Grand Rapids and resort areas further north.

By train[edit]

Amtrak offers service to Chicago and Ann Arbor/Detroit several times daily on the Wolverine Service. A train ride to Chicago is about 2.5 hours.

By bus[edit]

The downtown train station also acts as a bus station. Major destinations include Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit.

One of our most recognized Cab Companies is Godspeed Transportation. Very professional, and Reliable. Pick up time is usually 20 minutes from when you call and you have constant contact with the dispatcher. They are open for business 24/7 every day of the year no matter what the road conditions are. You can request a minivan or a luxury Lincoln Town Car. No reservations required but are available upon request. Call 269-547-5477==Get around==

See[edit][add listing]

  • Western Michigan University, [2]
  • Kalamazoo College, [3]
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College, [4]
  • State Theater, 404 South Burdick, (269) 345-6500, [5]. Popular concert venue.
  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, [6]
  • Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, 269-373-7990, [7] Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the past…Experiment with science and make surprising things happen…Explore the mysteries of weather, the human body, and an Egyptian mummy…Investigate the stories behind artifacts in the collection, and discover a treasure that brings back memories or reveals a new way of looking at history.
  • Theatre Kalamazoo, [8]
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave., (269) 381-1574, [9]
  • Kalamazoo Arts Council, [10]
  • Arcadia Creek Festival Place, [11]. Hosts several popular summer events including Greekfest and Ribfest.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

Kalamazoo is full of great events, featuring everything from Hot Rods [12] to Pianos [13]. Discover Kalamazoo [14] has a fairly comprehensive list of annual happenings, but don't miss Super Saturday [15] in June, New Year's Fest [16] or the USTA Boys National Championship [17] in August.

For a small city, Kalamazoo also offers an interesting and walkable Downtown [18], with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and the free Kalamazoo Valley Museum [19].

Nearby, you will find the Kalamazoo Air Zoo [20], Binder Park Zoo [21], and the Gilmore Car Museum [22].

Kalamazoo enjoys an arts-friendly community, tempered by such establishments as the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo [23]and The Gilmore [24]. The city hosts an "Art Hop" in the downtown area on the evening of the first Friday of every month. Independent artists, students, and groups or organizations are featured in galleries hosted at several different businesses and venues.

  • Waldo Stadium, 1903 W. Michigan Ave.. Western Michigan University's stadium lies in close proximity to the downtown Kalamazoo area. Waldo Stadium is home to Bronco football and the stands are often packed for Saturday afternoon games during the season. Even those who are not particular fans of football should enjoy themselves in the presence of the renowned, lively Bronco Marching Band, who are sure to keep everyone in high spirits.  edit
  • The Entertainment District, [25]. The Entertainment District is downtown Kalamazoo's center for dining & nightlife. It hosts many events including the Block Party, and is home to such locales as the Monaco Bay Piano Bar & Grill, which features live music and dueling pianos.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Crossroads Mall, 6650 S. Westnedge (Take I-94 to Exit 78 Southbound. Continue down Westnedge, go through many sets of lights, turn right when you see signs for THE CROSSROADS), [26]. A 100+ store, two story regional shopping center featuring Sears, Macy's, JCPenney, and Burlington Coat Factory, traditional mall chains, and specialty retailers. Also features a food court with numerous restaurants.  edit
  • Southland Mall, Corner of Westnedge and Milham (From I-94, take exit 78 southbound, head south until you hit Milham Ave., mall is on right.). A major strip mall over 1 mile long featuring major clothing and specialty stores. Reailers include Old Navy, Kohls, TJMaxx, Charter One Bank, Tuesday Morning, Barnes & Noble, ULTA, OfficeMax, MC Sports, Petco, Hallmark, and numerous bars/ restaurants.  edit
  • Maple Hill Pavilion, West Main St. (Take US-131 to the West Main Exit (Head Eastbound Into Kalamazoo), go down West Main a little ways, mall is on your left). A formerly enclosed shopping mall, now a strip mall. Features many big-box retailers, anchored by Target.  edit
  • South Westnedge Shopping District, Westnedge Ave. from Cork to Shaver (Exit 78 off I-94). Starting at Cork Street in Kalamazoo all the way through Shaver Road, one can find almost anything they need along Westnedge. With 1000+ retailers located in numerous strip malls, Westnedge has it all. From big box retailers to specialty shops, including restaurants, bars, and bakeries, you can get it all here.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Rasa Ria, 1921 W Main St. Phone: +1 269 381-0788. The only Malaysian and Indonesian restaurant in Michigan. In fact, it is one of the few ethnic restaurants in Kalamazoo. Reasonably priced and the 'nasi goreng kampung' is a must try.
  • West Main Shopping District, West Main St (West Main Exit, US-131). A mini version of the Westnedge district, the major chains usually have a location around here.  edit
  • Food Dance, 401 East Michigan Avenue, (269) 382-1888, [27]. 7AM-10PM. Authentic, eclectic new American cuisine, featuring locally grown produce.  edit
  • Saffron, 1710, Suite D, West Main St, +1 269-381-9898, [28]. M-Sa 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-9:15PM. Indian cuisine, in a relaxed atmosphere.  edit
  • Sweetwater's Donut Mill, 3333 Stadium Dr., 1-269-372-3636, [29]. A frequent stop for tourists and locals alike, the lovable Sweetwater's features a wide array of delicious donuts and pastries at highly affordable prices. Sweetwater's also has locations at Sprinkle Road and in Battle Creek, and all locations are open 24/7!  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Bell's Brewery / Eccentric Café & Beer Garden, +1-269-382-2338 [30] Local brews, live music. Bell's was one of the first "micro-breweries" east of the Rockies in the 1980s, and their popular line of ales and stouts are also available in many local bars.
  • Kraftbrau Brewery, [31] Provides craft beers and entertainment with a wide variety of acts both international and local. (The Kraftbrau closed Nov. 2007 due to increased rent, but as of early 2008 is in search of a new building.)
  • Shakespeare's Pub, 241 E Kalamazoo Ave, [32]. A very popular local pub featuring a lively atmosphere, wide selection of beers and typical bar fare.  edit


Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Four Points By Sheraton Kalamazoo, 3600 E. Cork St., Tel: (269) 385-3922, Fax: (269) 385-2747. Upscale six-story facility with 149 deluxe rooms - located halfway between Detroit and Chicago, on I-94 at exit 80 and just minutes from US-131. Secure Online Reservations http://www.fourpointskalamazoo.com.
  • Henderson Castle, [33]. one of Kalamazoo's most notable landmarks. It is a one-of-a-kind destination designed to enthrall, delight, and welcome each guest.
  • Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast, 447 W South St, +1 269 382-0880 (), [34]. A popular downtown bed and breakfast in a beautifully restored Victorian showplace. Free high-speed WiFi, in-room HDTV/DVD, free parking. Romantic rooms with fireplace and double whirlpool, or rooms for the business traveler. $109-169. (42.289684,-85.588294) edit
  • Quality Inn, 3820 Sprinkle Rd. Tel: (269) 381- , Fax: (269) 381-5334. Conveniently located off of I-94 @ exit 80 - 1/4 mile south of I-94 on Sprinkle Road next to McDonald's. Near several restaurants, malls, museums and recreational facilities as well as most area businesses.
  • Stuart Avenue Inn, [35]. a guest house and events center located in the prestigious Stuart Area Historic District.
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel, 1000 W. Michigan Ave., 1-269-343-3333, [36]. The Radisson lies in the center of downtown Kalamazoo, kiddy corner from Bronson Park and within walking distance of most of downtown Kalamazoo's attractions. It features four built-in restaurants, including Old Burdick's Bar & Grill, and also has amenities including the Idun Spa & Salon, indoor heated pool, several conference & banquet rooms, built-in shops, a fitness facility, etc.  edit


Stay safe[edit]

Generally safe, Kalamazoo has some crime, mostly in the north- and eastside sections of town. Downtown could also be dangerous after dark, stay in a group and be aware.

Get out[edit]

The Lake Michigan resort towns of South Haven and Saugatuck-Douglas are about an hour west of Kalamazoo. Gull Lake (NE) and Gun Lake (North) are clear, spring-fed lakes of over 1000 acres each. Each offers boating and water-sports opportunities. Gull Lake has sailboat races on weekends.


Routes through Kalamazoo
Michigan CityBenton Harbor-Saint Joseph  W noframe E  Battle CreekAnn Arbor
Grand RapidsWyoming  N noframe S  ConstantineEnds at I-80.pngI-90.png





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