Downtown Kalamazoo Photo courtesy of Staci Ainsworth
Downtown Kalamazoo Photo courtesy of Bill Dolak
Asylum Lake Preserve, Kalamazoo Photo courtesy of Brian Wolfe
Downtown Kalamazoo Photo courtesy of Oliver Krings
Downtown Kalamazoo Photo courtesy of The Entertainment District

So Hard To Leave.

Kalamazoo offers so much more than a memorable name. We effortlessly blend energy and innovation with friendliness and a humble attitude. Located in Southwest Michigan, about two hours from Chicago, Kalamazoo is home to the nationally recognized Western Michigan University, several colleges and a variety of cultural institutions. A vibrant and progressive downtown sets the stage for quality dining, eclectic shops and galleries, and live entertainment. Plus, you’re never far from lakes and outdoor recreation, festivals, and world-class attractions.

Experience the place with a big city mindset and a small town heart. Once you make the trip, you’ll be back for more. We promise.

  • 269 COOL THINGS TO DO IN AREA CODE 269 Home page headline image

    Have you ever seen a two-headed lamb? How about cows being milked by robots? Made your own wine? We're looking for off-the-beaten-path ideas for our next edition of 269 Cool Things to do in Area Code 269. If it's cool, we want to know about it. People are encouraged to submit their ideas at from November 1 through December 7. After compiling the list of hidden gems, we'll publish the updated 269 Cool Things to Do in Area Code 269 list in early 2015. More >

  • Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival Home page headline image

    Head on over to Wings Stadium on Saturday, November 1 from 1pm - 7pm for the Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival. The event will feature over 50 breweries from across the U.S. You'll have the chance to sample award-winning brews, take part in hops and brewing workshops and can even participate in a "keg curling" tournament. More >

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