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A Beginner’s Guide to Crosstown Concourse

Crosstown Concourse, formerly a Sears distribution and retail center, is now a place with countless purposes and plenty of opportunities for discovery within its 1.5 million square feet.  The ten-story building, divided into three atriums, is home to a wide variety of inhabitants –food vendors, local retail, medical & business offices, local nonprofits, a YMCA, and even a charter high school. You name it, Crosstown’s (probably) got it. If you’re unsure of how to spend a day at Crosstown Concourse, let us be your guide. 

By day, it’s bustling with the regulars of the many Crosstown office spaces. Crosstown fosters productivity; every floor is filled with different spaces designed for independent or group work open to all, and of course, free wifi. 

Grab a coffee and snack from French Truck, a New Orleans based cafe located on the first floor, or stop by the Crosstown Arts cafe, located at the top of the iconic red staircase. The café offers a variety of coffee drinks and pastries, and you’ll also find a menu of healthy, plant-based meal options, and creative daily specials. 

Speaking of food, there are plenty of options for lunch around the building such as Farm Burger, Saucy Chicken, and I Love Juice Bar. There’s also Curb Market which has a hot bar stocked with fresh meats and veggies, a salad bar, and a grab-and-go cooler in addition to a small selection of groceries. The front patio of the building offers lots of covered seating. 

 

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If you need a snack or pick-me-up to get through that lull between lunch and dinner, you can grab a treat from Lucy J’s Bakery or Pop-A-Roos Gourmet Popcorn stand.

 

Though Next Door American Eatery, Elemento Neapolitan Pizza, and Global Café are also open for lunch, they make great after office hours destinations, too. NextDoor has a solid happy hour and a nice patio. Elemento has a nice selection of local beer you can sip with your pizza. Global Café is open until 10 on Fridays & Saturdays and has a full bar that serves until midnight on the weekends. Stop by Mempops or Area51 ice cream for some dessert. Find out more about all of the food options here.  

 

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There’s a lot to see around the building. Crosstown Arts Gallery on the second floor has rotating displays of contemporary art available and you can cruise the galleries for free. Throughout the Concourse, walls are filled with local photography and murals of all sizes. A new exhibit called Negative Space aims to convert unused spaces around the building into art displays. Check it out on the first and second floors of the Central Atrium. 

Crosstown Concourse also has a little bit of retail and some helpful services in its West Atrium. There’s a pharmacy/ convenience store and a FedEx Office. Cheryl Pesce The Lifestyle Store is a charming shop with jewelry, home decor, gifts, clothing, and more. You can make an appointment or walk-in for a mani or pedi at Gloss Nail Bar.

Crosstown doesn’t quiet down at night. Live music can often be found at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts. Right next to the Green Room is Art Bar, specializing in craft cocktails. You can grab a drink before you head into a show at the Green Room, or simply post up at the bar and strike up a conversation with artsy types, or settle into one of the cozy nooks of mid-century sofas and armchairs with your friends. For a completely different vibe, there’s Crosstown Brewing Company‘s taproom. Check out their events calendar for comedy nights and other local entertainment. Live music events are also hosted at the new Crosstown Theater, a brand new venue located behind the main building.

 

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Citizen Cope concert at Crosstown Theater

You may know already know that people live in apartments at Crosstown Concourse, but did you know that you could use one of the apartments for an overnight or short-term stay? Check out the Layover at Concourse to find out more about renting a fully furnished apartment and keep it in mind the next time you have visitors coming to town.

More than anything, Crosstown Concourse is a place to hang out, no plans necessary. The urban village’s atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in a totally different city. And did we mention it’s dog-friendly? You don’t need an excuse to visit but you can find a long list of them at crosstownconcourse.com.  

 

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