About the North Loop

About the North Loop

What used to be a neglected, largely-abandoned section of Minneapolis is now one of the city’s most vibrant and walkable neighborhoods, with award-winning restaurants, fashionable boutiques, lively taprooms and Major League Baseball just steps away.

Forbes magazine calls the North Loop “One of America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods.” Fodors Travel Guide puts us on a list of 25 places in the world that avid travelers should check out. Thrillist raves about our “rags to riches” story. 

It’s not just that the old warehouses, factories and livestock facilities have been given new life here. It’s the fact that many of them have been transformed into something truly exceptional. 

For instance, a former horse stable is now a nationally-acclaimed restaurant, Spoon and Stable, run by James Beard award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen. An old farm implement warehouse is now the stylish Hewing Hotel, proclaimed “Best Hotel in the Midwest” by Conde Nast Traveler readers. A former horsecar storage facility from the 1880s is now home to high-end shops, most notably MartinPatrick3, which Forbes Magazine called “the hottest retailer in America’s hottest retailing city.”  

The North Loop is also home to a gorgeous section of the Mississippi Riverfront where cyclists, joggers and pedestrians enjoy well-maintained trails and families enjoy the playground in a city park that features tall trees and views of the Minneapolis skyline.

Our light rail station at Target Field provides direct access to MSP airport, US Bank Stadium, Allianz Field, the University of Minnesota, downtown St. Paul and other destinations.  

And the North Loop’s momentum just keeps building as more residents and more businesses take note of this urban success story and decide they too want to invest in its future.

A Part of the Historic Minneapolis Warehouse District

The warehouses that characterize the district are mostly six to eight stories high, and about 62 structures on seven square blocks contribute to the district. The predominant form of design is the Chicago Commercial style, but many other styles were built, including Italianate, Queen Anne style, Richardsonian Romanesque, Classical Revival, and early 20th century commercial styles. The warehouse district was in turn associated with the railroad transportation network that was under development at the time, which connected Minneapolis with the rest of the Midwest and the rest of the country. These warehouses were used for wholesale and storage of goods related to milling and manufacturing. The nomination for the National Register of Historic Places states that the district, as a whole, comprises a cohesive district of buildings with a common physical appearance, as well as a common age and original use.

Minnesota Compass North Loop Neighborhood Profile

Facts

  • The North Loop is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Minneapolis, growing from 1,500 residents in 2000 tripling to 4,300 in 2010… and increasing rapidly!
  • The largest age groups were 25-34 (37%), 35-44 (17%), 45-54 (13%) and 55-64 (9%).
  • In 2010, the neighborhood had about 2,200 households. Children under 18 years were in about 5% of these households (116 households). People over age 65 were in 5% of the neighborhood’s households.
  • Owner-occupied housing units were 51% of the North Loop neighborhood in 2010; rental housing was 49%.
  • In 2010, approximately 9,500 jobs were located in the neighborhood, a number increasing rapidly.
  • The neighborhood includes Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
  • The Minneapolis Farmers Market, an institution since 1937, adds to the neighborhood vibrancy, and attracts people from across the Twin Cities.
  • Rated best biking city by Bike Score, and #3 bicycling city by Bicycling Magazine.
  • Target Field Station serves as a central, multi-modal transportation hub, serving the METRO Blue and Green lines and Northstar Commuter Rail. The adjacent public plaza and amphitheater is a community gathering spot and host to year-round special events.
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