Ann Arbor Visitors Guide

Located in the southeast Lower Peninsula, situated astride the Huron River and set amongst the trees is Ann Arbor. Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor features prolific public parks, international cuisine, and lively nightlife. The city is Michigan’s nexus for cultural centers, shopping, and sports all within a short journey.

Whether you’re coming in for the first time or following the sound of the Burton Tower back home, the Alumni Association welcomes you to explore our bustling and diverse community. Here we offer you a curated list of exclusive discounts, and recommended places to dine and explore.

Carson’s American Bistro

Carson’s American Bistro is an eclectic American restaurant featuring a wide array of American favorites: Prime Rib, USDA Angus steaks, chicken, pork, fish, seafood and a variety of fresh salads, sandwiches and entrees.

General Manager: Sean Ryan /
2000 Commonwealth Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (North Campus)

The Chop House

The Chop House in Ann Arbor is a beautiful destination restaurant that is richly decorated with an array of exquisite artwork and ornate gas lamps that emit a warm, natural glow throughout the dining room. Radiating a cool, urban vibe that’s sophisticated yet comfortable, this PRIME American steakhouse impresses even the most discriminating diners.

322 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Downtown)
General Manger: Sue Burke /


Indulge in the purely pleasurable atmosphere and savor regional Italian cuisine and wine. We hope our guests enjoy several courses of the freshest flavors of the season with our regional Italian cuisine. The perfect Italian meal varies according to the season or desires of the moment

326 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Downtown)
General Manager: Xander Gudejko /

Jimmy John’s

First opened in 1983, Jimmy John’s slices its all-natural meats and fresh veggies in-house every day. Its fresh-baked bread is made right here where you can see it, and Jimmy John’s house-made tuna salad is fresh every day. The contact information here will help you plan catering events for game watch parties, events and anything else requiring delicious subs and sides.

Jane Vilorio-Santos /


Palio is a country-style, Italian restaurant featuring authentic Tuscan dishes. During summer, Palio boasts Ann Arbor’s largest and most popular outdoor gathering spot on its rooftop patio – Palio Del Sole. Offering the best view of Ann Arbor’s energetic downtown nightlife, the rooftop is fully equipped with its own cucina and offers a unique dining experience. There simply is no better place to relax with friends on a warm summer evening in Ann Arbor.

347 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104 (Downtown)
General Manager: Vince Verardi

Pretzel Bell

The Pretzel Bell originally opened its doors in 1934 and became the campus watering hole of choice for nearly 50 years. Popular with students, athletes, professors, campus groups and Ann Arbor townies, the Pretzel Bell was a legend. Today, the legend has returned after closing more than 30 years ago. Our menu is a modern take on traditional American comfort food. Our University of Michigan inspired restaurant has two floors as well as the largest street side presence in Ann Arbor. The interior is made up of historic, reclaimed Detroit wood including gym floors and old bleachers.

226 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


A place where flavor takes a universal approach to activating your senses all at once, full blast.
From the flavor of our restaurant’s bold and distinctive decor, to the employees that make us who we are, right down to the food itself. We believe in flavor without compromise, the ability to add guac and queso, at no extra charge. Our promise is an experience that delivers on new creations, old classics, and the ability to create your own masterpiece.

Contact: Kathleen Preston /

Real Seafood Company

The Real Seafood Company is a contemporary seafood restaurant that offers premium fresh fish and seafood from the waters of New England to the Great Lakes and to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy fresh oysters, lobster, shrimp, and the authentic flavors of seasonal and local produce. Open for lunch/dinner daily with outdoor patio seating. Delight in the finest and freshest top-catch fish and premium seafood.

341 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (Downtown)
General Manager: Barb McCoy /

Bell Tower Hotel

Looking for an Ann Arbor Hotel near the University of Michigan? Bell Tower Hotel sits in the Downtown Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan! Book Now. Seasonal Apples. Free WiFi. On Campus. Valet Parking. Amenities: Free Breakfast, Free WiFi, 24-Hr Fitness Room, Fresh Baked Cookies.

DeWayne Grann /
300 S Thayer St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport

Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport Romulus is the best Romulus lodging choice for your trip to Michigan. With numerous amenities for guests such as 24 hour front desk, 2 onsite restaurants, gift shop, jacuzzi or spa, you will wake up at Sheraton Detroit Metro Airport Romulus feeling refreshed every day for your time in Michigan. Located close to the DTW Airport and a short drive to the University of Michigan’s campus.

Kari Gafford /
8000 Merriman Rd, Romulus, MI 48174

The M Den: Official Merchandise Retailer

For more than 20 years, the M Den has been proud to bring the finest selection of clothing, merchandise and gifts to the University of Michigan family. As the official retailer of the University of Michigan Athletic Department, we strive to make our level of quality and service worthy of the “Leaders and Best” – and to honor the tradition of excellence that sets the university apart. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, we maintain a physical connection to the university and its programs that helps us continually expand our offering of merchandise that will enhance the Michigan experience for alumni, faculty, fans and current students.

303 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Wheels Up

Wheels Up is a leading private aviation company that delivers a total aviation solution. It offers three membership options—Connect, Core, and Business—that significantly reduce the cost to fly privately, while providing unparalleled safety, service, flexibility, and quality to over 6,000 Wheels Up Members across North America. Wheels Up gives its members guaranteed access to an exclusive fleet of over 115 private aircraft, with as little as 24 hours’ notice, and at fixed hourly rates for time flown only.

In addition to its exclusive fleet of aircraft options, Wheels Up offers its members access to its Charter Marketplace, an innovative digital platform that allows them to search an available inventory of over 1,000 aircraft from Wheels Up safety-vetted and verified operators with real-time pricing, which can be instantly booked.

To learn more about Wheels Up and the benefits available to you, email or visit for information.

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