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Pop-up shops planned for the Iowa City Ped Mall this holiday season

Pop-up shops are coming to the Ped Mall for the holidays. The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) is hosting its third annual Downtown Holiday Market, and this year it will feature a variety of shops in three temporary structures that will be built in Black Hawk Mini Park. […]

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Iowa City Downtown District solicits public opinion on the future of public art

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, interested community members and aspiring creators of public art in downtown Iowa City will have a chance to share their ideas with the Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) and each other in a public input meeting to be held at MERGE (136 S Dubuque St). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. […]

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Home-like art installation coming to Black Hawk Mini Park

The Black Hawk Mini Park in downtown Iowa City will host a temporary art installation called the Prairie Box designed by Hannah Givler, a sculpture and design instructor at the University of Iowa, from August through the end of October. The plan was unanimously approved by the Iowa City Council last week. […]

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Downtown Iowa City testing out open containers with a Saturday block party

In their most ambitious event yet, the Iowa City Downtown District is bringing together dozens of local businesses to throw a get-together spanning seven blocks and the Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City this Saturday, June 24. The city will try out a new policy allowing open containers of alcohol within the premises. […]

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Fight off the cold in an ugly sweater for fun and prizes!

Holiday Cocktail Ugly Sweater Party Black Hawk Mini Park — Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Don we now our most flagrant fashion faux pas — it’s time for an ugly sweater party! Hosted by the Iowa City Downtown District and the Iowa Fashion Project, this free event is a chance to gather with friends […]

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Iowa City staple The Den will close Dec. 31

A favorite of college students, screen printing fanatics and discount soda lovers, the Den will be leaving the Iowa City downtown scene. The store at 123 E. Washington St. will be closing on Dec. 31 after 15 years of business. Due to high rent prices and the impact of Washington St. construction on foot traffic, […]

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Iowa City to celebrate a new place to park bikes

Bike Downtown Day Iowa City Downtown — Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 a.m. Iowa City will unveil a new sculptural bike parklet Friday morning on the corner of Washington and Dubuque Streets. The grand reveal festivities of Bike Downtown Day will start at 7:30 a.m. and include free breakfast and bike-related giveaways. The creation of […]

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Photos: Northside Oktoberfest rings in the first weekend of fall

Zak Neumann, Oktoberfest

Prost! Decked out in their best lederhosen and dirndls, people came from all over the Corridor for the 21st annual Northside Oktoberfest. Brewfest featured craft brews from more than 50 breweries and beer games like Hammer Schlagen and Beer Slide, as well as food from local vendors and an array of live music. Sodafest had […]

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Photos: Scout Men’s Store receives a warm welcome to Downtown Iowa City

Scout, Zak Neumann

On Thursday, the Downtown District gained a new contemporary menswear pop-up, Scout Men’s Store. Co-owners Catherine Champion, Jamie Boling and Jil Dasher welcome guests to the new space on Washington St. all night long. Guests were treated to free beer and were able to get a first glimpse at the quality brands and exclusive collaborations […]

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