WHY MINNEAPOLIS: CULTURE PERCEPTION: REALITY: There’s noThing To do in Minneapolis. There’s a reason we have the moniker City by Nature. Minneapolis is home to thousands of acres of parks, miles and miles of trails, plus natural attractions like the Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Falls and the mighty Mississippi River. And this is all set alongside award-winning restau-rants, Broadway theater, high-end shopping and world-class museums. No other city blends culture with nature like Minneapolis does. The ciTy offers The perfecT blend of naTural beauTy and urban culTure. libertine Dining Minneapolis institute of arts museums With nearly 60 museums, there’s always something new to explore. The Walker Center, said by Newsweek to be “possibly America’s best contemporary art museum,” boasts an impres-sive collection, while the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum exemplifies how our museums are as beautiful on the outside as they are inside. The American Swedish Institute cel-ebrates our Scandinavian heritage and Mill City Museum teaches us about the city’s flour milling past. Our largest art educator, though, is the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary. borough 8 MINNEAPOLIS MEEtINg & EVENt PLANNER’S gUIDE lefT phoTo COURTESY OF THE MinnEapOliS inSTiTUTE OF aRTS righT phoTos bY TJ TURnER Between a steady influx of new restaurants and longtime staples, Minneapolis’ dining scene is thriving—and people are recogniz-ing it nationwide. James Beard Award winners and nominees head some of our best restaurants, including 2014 Best Chef Midwest’s Tim McKee of Libertine, Alex Roberts of Restaurant Alma and Brasa Premium Rotisserie, and Isaac Becker of Bar La Grassa, 112 Eatery and Burch Steakhouse and Pizza Bar. The Nordic cuisine at The Bachelor Farmer has been nationally praised, as has the meat and bourbon at Butcher and the Boar, the ever-changing, chef-driven menu at Borough, the steaks at Manny’s and Murray’s, and the French cuisine at Vincent A Restaurant. With ethnic eats along Eat Street, locally grown and sustainable food at the fingertips of many of our chefs, and local pubs and neighborhood joints selling really good food at afford-able prices, this isn’t a city where you’ll go hungry.