East Calhoun – Minneapolis, MN

Small but exciting, East Calhoun has plenty packed into its radius of a few blocks. With theaters and festivals, locally-owned businesses, and an engaging community council, this neighborhood promises a trendy scene in which to live and work. Its unique placement in the Lyn-Lake and Uptown business districts allows residents to pop out for a ritzy meal or designer shopping day, while keeping independent cafes and stores successfully operating within east Calhoun boundaries. Minneapolis lies ten minutes to the northeast, providing further access to benefits of the big city. East Calhoun apartments attract savvy individuals with a passion for good food, clean streets, and a quality way of life.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Most of the area’s restaurants and bars line the streets above East Calhoun, in Uptown and Lyn-Lake. The emphasis here is on unique craft brews and thoughtfully designed dinner combinations. In Uptown, the beer taps shine brightly at Lake and Irving. On this gastropub’s menu, you’ll find traditional dishes with an Asian twist, like the Kaluha pulled pork sandwich, which comes highly recommended. Lake and Irving stays open until 1 a.m. on weekends and has extra parking for patrons behind the building. Muddy Waters, another Uptown classic, stays busy until 2 a.m. Rushes occur at brunch and dinner, when diners can stick to soft drinks or opt for a beer from the restaurant and bar’s extensive menu. Spices work their way into dishes like chorizo hash browns and Siracha Bloody Mary's. In East Calhoun, Republic gives the neighboring bars stiff competition. Focusing on quality food and communal events, their burgers are second in fame only to their stock of both well-known and rare beers. Stop by for trivia on Wednesday nights or get together a bocce ball team to play on Republic’s indoor court. Nightlife tends to drift downtown, especially if you’re looking for a dance club or music gig. Around East Calhoun and Uptown, the environment remains subdued. Instead of getting lost in a multi-story club, enjoy a long conversation and margarita at Chino Latino. Or sip handmade lagers while playing shuffleboard on Herkimer Pub & Brewery’s outdoor patio. For a good laugh, the locals head to ComedySportz. A bit like "Whose Line Is It Anyway," this comedic improvisation performance involves two teams dueling with wit and humor. Audience participation is a must, so sit in the back if you’re stage shy. Thursday through Saturday, the 8 p.m. show keeps things family-friendly, while a 10:30 p.m. show on Saturdays contains more adult themes.

History & Culture

Like other neighborhoods in this area, East Calhoun established itself at the turn of the century with developments from a newly constructed streetcar route. Prospering from the trendy reputations of Uptown and Lyn-Lake, East Calhoun draws in some of the area’s best artists for the annual Uptown Art Fair. Photography, ceramics and paintings compete for your attention and sell at prices that reflect their reputable quality. Special events at the fair include a culinary arts competition and an imagination station for kid-made crafts. East Calhoun’s permanent art scene shines from the stages of the Jungle Theater, which highlights local talent through community theatre productions, and HUGE Theater, which features improv sketches. The Purcell-Cutts museum in Uptown belongs to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and showcases the Prairie School style of architecture.


The Metro Bus Rapid Transit's Orange Line runs east of East Calhoun along Highway 35. The closest stop at Lake St. Station sends passengers north to downtown Minneapolis or the opposite direction, to the suburbs of Bloomington and Burnsville. One of the city’s busiest transit centers, Uptown Transit Center on Hennepin Avenue sends buses out to the University of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Interstate 35, several blocks east of East Calhoun, drops you into downtown in approximately 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can book a cab with Metro Taxi & Limo. Several airport transfer and luxury vehicle services operate in the neighborhood. For Sure Luxury has a reputation for courteous drivers and glamorous vehicles. The ride sharing service Uber operates around greater Minneapolis, and the service’s convenient app allows you to access potential lifts around the city from your phone. Lyft, a second transportation service that utilizes mobile apps, connects passengers with nearby drivers via GPS positioning. Like Uber, this option is all about sharing the driving experience. Due to its size, pedestrians have no problem walking around East Calhoun. For cyclists, the Midtown Greenway bike route cuts above East Caloun, along Lake Street. Greenway began as a revitalization project in neighboring Phillips; now, its 5.7 miles of bike and walking lanes encourage residents to move between Lake Calhoun and the Mississippi River.


The cost of living in East Calhoun is approximately 5 percent higher than the average cost of living in Minneapolis. While goods and services are similar to the city average, you’ll pay more in housing costs. The median rent for a one-bedroom unit is higher here than in other parts of the city, typically ranging between $850 and $1,000. Prices tend to increase with the age of the building and its proximity to Uptown and Lyn-Lake. However, most of East Calhoun’s homes predate the 1940s. Along with a handful of low-rise townhouses and duplexes, rental costs are still reasonable given East Calhoun’s central Minneapolis location. A bus ride from the Uptown Transit Center to the downtown area costs $1.75. If you choose to drive, you’ll pay approximately the national average price for gas. Food prices in the neighborhood vary depending on the venue. A pint of beer at the local pub costs about $7, while a mixed drink will set you back $9 or more.


Men’s and women’s fashions fill the shop fronts in much of East Calhoun and Uptown. Home décor and artsy gifts may line the displays, but it’s the clothing that draws customers here. While high-end labels mean high-end prices, you can always find a surprise bargain at the numerous consignment shops located in the neighborhood. The stores here have items to dress up any budget. In Uptown and Lyn-Lake, vintage and consignment stores such as Via’s Vintage and the Buffalo Exchange provide hours of treasure-hunting fun. In East Calhoun, gently used designer labels rotate through the racks at June. According to locals, the store offers the most reasonable prices for the best quality consignment blouses, dresses and handbags. Heel lovers will appreciate June’s massive shoe room. More mainstream chain stores, like Urban Outfitters and the North Face line Hennepin Avenue, west and north of East Calhoun. For groceries, the easiest and biggest selections are at Uptown’s Cub Foods and Lunds Market. While these two chains belong to Minnesota companies, there are other options for supporting local grocers. Louie’s Food & Deli in East Calhoun carries a mix of produce, canned beverages, hookah supplies and deli meats. Locals know and love it for its $5 gyros. The family-run Kyle’s Market is a second East Calhoun convenience store with moderate prices and friendly staff. The nearest farmers market is the Kingfield Farmers Market, southeast of East Calhoun on Nicollet Ave. The Kingfield market runs on Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


With the grand Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles parks running along its west side, East Calhoun has no shortage of outdoor activity spaces. But this little neighborhood also has plenty of parkland close to home. One of the city’s oldest ice rinks, established in 1913, supports hockey games and figure skating in Bryant Square. In warmer weather, you can play baseball, basketball and soccer. Gather with other residents on a summer evening for the concert series held in the amphitheater and outdoor performance space. While dogs are welcome in the park, they’re not allowed off leash. The adjoining Bryant Square Recreation Center supports community activities and development with a computer lab, classrooms, kitchen and craft room. Cyclists and walkers can access the Midtown Greenway lanes from Lake Calhoun and above Lake Street, through Lyn-Lake and Uptown.
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