Visiting GR

Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Planning your trip to Grand Challenges? Be sure to check out all that Grand Rapids has to offer!

No stranger to top 10 lists, Grand Rapids was named as one of the best places to visit by the New York Times in 2016, by Groupon in 2015 and by Lonely Planet in 2014. It was also named Best Beer Town by USA Today. The city is a thriving hub of art and culture, boasting numerous museums and theaters, and is home to a host of restaurants, brew pubs, and bistros that have something for everyone.

Learn more at www.experiencegr.com.

 

Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

Courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

ArtPrize
ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition. More than 160 venues within three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids will feature more than 1,500 entries from artists from all over the world. Downtown comes alive as artwork covers buildings, fills outdoor spaces, and adorns the walls of restaurants, businesses, museums, and other buildings. The top award is decided by public vote.

ArtPrize will be held Sept. 21–Oct. 9, 2016. Learn more at www.artprize.org.

 

Lodging options near Van Andel Institute (VAI):

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (0.46 miles from VAI)
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
PH: 1.800.253.3590
(from $194 per night)

CityFlatsHotel (0.5 miles from VAI)
83 Monroe Center Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
PH: 1.616.451.1892
(from $189 per night)

JW Marriott (0.6 miles from VAI)
235 Louis Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
PH: 1.616.242.1500
(from $239 per night)

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown (0.7 miles from VAI)
11 Monroe Avenue
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
PH: 1.616.242.6000
(from $189 per night)

Holiday Inn Downtown (0.8 miles from VAI)
310 Pearl Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
PH: 1.616.235.7611
(from $189 per night)

Riverfront Hotel (2.6 miles from VAI)
270 Ann Street Northwest
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
PH: 1.855.344.6835
(from $94 per night)

 

Lodging options near Gerald R. Ford International Airport
(Approximately 13 miles from Airport to Van Andel Institute in downtown Grand Rapids)

Clarion Inn and Suites (2.4 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/9.9 miles from VAI)
4981 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
PH: 1.616.956.9304
(from $84 per night)

Crown Plaza Hotels & Resorts (2.1 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/10.5 miles from VAI)
5700 East 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
PH: 1.877.270.1393
(from $105.99 per night)

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Rapids (2 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/10.9 miles from VAI)
4284 29th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI     49512
PH: 1.616.975.9000
(from $79 per night)

Springhill Suites Grand Rapids Airport SE (1.77 miles from Gerald R. Ford Airport/9.6 miles from VAI)
5250 28th Street Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
PH: 1.888.287.9400
(from $139 per night)

Map of Grand Rapids area hotel listings

Air travel
The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is only 13 miles from Van Andel Institute’s downtown Grand Rapids location. Learn more about flight options and keep up to date on flight times by visiting www.grr.org.

Parking
Metered parking is available on Bostwick Ave. NE and in lots near VAI. Valet parking also will be available for all attendees.

Information on parking in Grand Rapids is available here and here.