Detroit metropolitan area, with almost 4 million residents, offers
convenient, affordable housing, a diverse population and many cultural
attractions and sporting and leisure activities.
Detroit is home to one of the
countryís finest symphony orchestras, as well as the Michigan Opera
Theatre, and several professional dance companies. Summer brings both
classical and popular entertainers to outdoor amphitheaters at Chene
Park on the Detroit riverfront, suburban Meadow Brook, in the Oakland
University campus, and the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston.
Throughout the Detroit area youíll find jazz, folk and rock clubs,
piano bars, cabaret entertainment and comedy clubs.
In April 1996, the gala opening of the
restored and expanded Detroit Opera House received international
raves. The Fisher theatre has a full calendar of touring Broadway
shows and previews. The Fox Theatre, a grand movie palace first opened
in 1923, has been completely restored and now presents Broadway shows
and popular performers. Second City, an improvisational theatre, and
aptly named Gem Theatre are nearby. All are only five minutes from
Wayne State Universityís Hilberry
Theatre is the nationís only graduate repertory theatre. The
university also operates the Bonstelle Theatre. The Masonic Temple
Theatre, Music Hall Center and State Theater, hosts to a variety of
music, dance and theater troupes from around the world, are also a
five-minute drive from the hospital.
The Detroit Cultural Center, adjacent
to Wayne State University and less than a mile from The Detroit
Medical Center, includes the nationally acclaimed Detroit Institute of
Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Detroit Historical Museum and
the Museum of African-American History.
Housing in Detroit, in the city and
suburbs, is less expensive than in many comparable metropolitan areas,
particularly those on the east and west coasts. Affordable apartments
and houses for rent or sale are easy to find.
Those who enjoy city living might want
to investigate several modern apartment and town house developments
downtown, the student community around Wayne State University, or the
older, elegant buildings of Indian Village, Rosedale Park or Palmer
Woods. A number of faculty and fellows find these to be charming and
If you prefer a suburban lifestyle, the
Detroit area offers many options. Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties
have many attractive communities with excellent public and private
schools. Although Oakland County has one of the highest per-capita
incomes in the country, house staff can easily find affordable housing
there. The Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores on the east and
Dearborn, Livonia and Farmington on the west side are a few of the
pleasant communities convenient to Childrenís Hospital.
Oak, a suburb about 15 minutes outside of downtown Detroit, has become
a popular area for night time entertainment. Featuring a variety
of cafes, restaurants, bars, and dance clubs, downtown Royal Oak has
something to do virtually every day of the week.
Detroit is the "Motor City"
and drivers find it easy to navigate. Freeways enable motorists to
move quickly from one end of the metropolitan area to the other.
Childrenís Hospital of Michigan is close to all major freeways and
within half-hourís drive of most suburban residential areas.
Michigan, bounded by four of the five
Great Lakes, has more than 1,000 inland lakes, many of them within an
hourís drive of Detroit. Eleven Metroparks near the city and an
extensive network of state recreational areas offer swimming, camping,
boating, fishing, biking, and cross-country and downhill skiing.
Detroit is a diverse city, with more
than 150 ethnic groups represented. International shops and
restaurants abound, offering everything from African, Belgian, Chinese
and Jewish goods to Japanese, Greek, Middle Eastern, Polish and Thai
cuisine. Many Detroit area restaurants enjoy national reputations.
Downtown Detroit has several restaurant districts, including Greektown,
Bricktown, the Theater District, the Warehouse District and
Detroit is represented by a team in
almost every professional sport, including Tigers baseball, Lions
football, Pistons basketball and Red Wings hockey.
The nationally famous Henry Ford Museum
and Greenfield Village, with collections of restored American
buildings and artifacts, is just outside Detroit in Dearborn. Other
area attractions include the Detroit Zoo and the Cranbrook Educational
Community with its art museum, science museum and formal gardens.
Belle Isle, an island playground on the Detroit River, has its own
beach, a zoo, a Great Lakes museum, the countryís oldest aquarium
and a botanical garden. The Canadian city of Windsor is only a few
minutes from Detroit by bridge or tunnel.
Every year Detroit hosts a Grand Prix
auto race on Belle Isle and hydroplane races on the Detroit River. The
annual Free Press International Marathon takes runners through
downtown Detroit and into Canada. The Detroit-Windsor Freedom
Festival, held in late June and early July, includes a spectacular
fireworks display on the river that attracts more than a million
For weekend getaways, residents of the
Detroit area have a choice of big city excitement or country quiet.
Toronto and Chicago are each a few hoursí drive from Detroit, and
hotels in both cities offer attractive weekend packages. Many areas
"up north" in Michigan are popular spots for camping,
hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting, boating or just relaxing.