The North Loop's Colonial Warehouse building. Photo by Eric Best

The North Loop's Colonial Warehouse building. Photo by Eric Best

The North Loop: Minneapolis’ hippest neighborhood

Updated: August 24, 2016 - 11:24 am

The North Loop evolved over the past decade from clusters of historic warehouse buildings and surface parking lots into one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

Among the neighborhood’s notable landmarks are Target Field, the ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, and the Colonial Warehouse Building, an 1885 warehouse building now home to men’s clothing retailer MartinPatrick3 and Moose & Sadie’s café. One of the country’s premier comedy clubs, Acme Comedy Company at 708 N. 1st St., has been in the North Loop for 25 years.

The neighborhood features a mix of new construction and historic buildings. The area has seen a boom of new housing with several high-end apartment buildings like 139-unit The Paxon, the 182-unit Junction Flats and the 47-unit Brunsfield North Loop. There’s also turn-of-the-century warehouses like the Itasca complex, one of the first industrial spaces converted into housing in the neighborhood. The 1897 Jackson Building is seeing a major rehabilitation to become a 126-room hotel complete with amenities like an outdoor pool and rooftop deck.

The area is also one of the most in-demand office markets in the Twin Cities, attracting larger businesses like Arctic Cat in the Western Container building and Be The Match, which recently opened its own seven-story headquarters building. Hines is constructing the T3 office development, bringing an additional 220,000 square feet of office space to the neighborhood.

The North Loop is a hotbed for acclaimed restaurants. Chef Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon and Stable, 211 N. 1st St., was the first Minnesota restaurant to be nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Best New Restaurant award in the national category. Chef Paul Berglund of the Bachelor Farmer, which has sister bar and café concepts in the same building at 50 N.
2nd Ave., recently won a Best Chef in the Midwest award from the foundation.

Jeromeo is a retail shop and wellness center at 250 3rd Ave. N. Photo by Eric Best
Jeromeo is a retail shop and wellness center at 250 3rd Ave. N. Photo by Eric Best

Neighborhood overview

Boundaries: The North Loop is bordered by Plymouth Avenue on the north, the Mississippi River on the east, Hennepin Avenue and Interstate 394 on the south, and Interstate 94 on the west.

How to get involved: The North Loop Neighborhood Association board meets on the last Wednesday of each month in the Heritage Landing Community Room at 415 N. 1st St. at 7 p.m. The NLNA’s Planning & Zoning Committee, which discusses development projects, zoning and transportation improvements, meets on the second-to-last Wednesday of each month in the same place at 6 p.m.

Demographics: The
neighborhood is home to 4,263 
residents, according to the most 
recent Census data cited by
Minnesota Compass. The median household income is $107,599.

Special attractions: The Minneapolis Farmers Market, the largest farmers market in the city, is open 6 a.m.–1 p.m. daily at 312 E. Lyndale Ave. The North Loop has recently seen a boom of breweries with Modist Brewing Company at 505 N. 3rd St. and InBound Brewco at 701 N. 5th St. joining Fulton Brewery, 414 N. 6th Ave. Event centers Aria, 105 N. 1st St., and the Lab Theater, 700 N. 1st St., host a variety of social events, weddings and artistic performances.