Experience Jackson

141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

Downtown Jackson is Open for Business!

Downtown Jackson’s businesses and services are open and as eager as always to see you! Michigan Avenue construction is complete! 

Dig Downtown Jackson has modernized the city’s core infrastructure and reinvigorated the downtown area for continued growth.

Downtown Jackson is the city's center for commerce, employing thousands at large businesses like Consumers Energy Headquarters and small family-owned enterprises. Businesses are moving Downtown to invest in this thriving community.

Downtown Jackson is our entertainment and cultural district. Catch a movie or show at the historic Michigan Theatre of Jackson, relax at a colorful coffeehouse, or enjoy dinner, dancing and live music at one of the Downtown's many restaurants and bars. Don't miss Jackson's famous sculpture, Summer Night Tree by Louise Nevelson! 

As the weather warms Downtown's many street festivals begin, including Downtown Jackson Cruise-Ins, Jammin in Jackson Summer Concert Series and How Bazaar Jackson summer festival including the Taste of Jackson and juried art fair. 

Follow The City of Jackson Michigan and Downtown Jackson on Facebook for more info. 

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening downtown these days. Jackson’s Anchor Initiative, modeled after Midtown Detroit, is working to create a collaborative atmosphere, from the heavy-hitting businesses as well as the non-profit and government entities to move forward the goals to Live Local, Buy Local and Innovate Local. Don't wait to check it out! Follow this Downtown Jackson Walking tour to discover or rediscover Downtown Jackson. 

Consumers Energy's Innovation Center is now open featuring not only office space for "creativity at work" but also the best of Jackson's local art on the walls. Click to read more about what you will find at the Innovation Center.

Even Photographers will find something special in Downtown Jackson. Check out Brandy Chase's , Put a Smile In It Photography, Top 5 Photo Locations in Jackson, Michigan.

A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique

(517) 782-4880
Website | Facebook
180 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique A Frame Above &180 Chic Boutique is a unique shopping experience with one of a kind fashions, handbags, jewelry, scarves and fashion accessories. We have become downtown Jackson's boutique... » More Information

Hours

Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Closed Sunday

  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique
  • A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique

A Frame Above &180 Chic Boutique is a unique shopping experience with one of a kind fashions, handbags, jewelry, scarves and fashion accessories. We have become downtown Jackson's boutique destination. Our fashions are perfect for work and casual wear or just for fun.

  A Frame Above & 180 Chic Boutique also has a great selection of home décor and Michigan and Michigan State gifts along with Michigan made and made in the USA products.

 We believe that "Every Framing Tells A Story" and we custom frame your stories to last a lifetime. We only use conservation products when framing your art work, photos, family treasures and life memories. 

» Less Information

Anna’s Gifts & Porch Café

(517) 783-4191
Website | Facebook
401 N Mechanic St
Jackson, MI 49201

Anna’s Gifts & Porch Café If you are looking for the perfect gift or home accent you've found the place. Gifts for your home, family and friends.  Found the perfect gift? ... » More Information

Hours

Store Hours:
9:30 am to 6:00 pm Mon. - Fri.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat.

Porch Cafe Hours:
7:00 am - 3:00 pm Mon. - Fri.
7:30am - 3:00 pm Sat.

  • Anna’s Gifts & Porch Café
  • Anna’s Gifts & Porch Café
  • Anna’s Gifts & Porch Café

If you are looking for the perfect gift or home accent you've found the place. Gifts for your home, family and friends. 

Found the perfect gift?  We offer free gift wrapping!

Time to update?  Wall decors, pictures, and hangings will give a room a new look.

Transform a room?  See what a new table lamp, floor lamp, or overhead light can do.

Need a little something?  See all our unique tables and accent pieces.

A new place to sit or nap? Come in a see the uncommon chairs and sofas we have. 

Don't forget to save time for Breakfast or Lunch in the Porch Cafe!

» Less Information

Beads to Live By

(517) 962-8016
Website | Facebook
145 S. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Beads to Live By Some of the things you will find at Beads to Live By: Creative Space, Beads, Findings, Tools, Thread, Wire, Patterns, Expert Color Advice, Costume/Beaded-Jewelry Repair, Trunk Shows, Classes and... » More Information

Hours

Wednesday: 10:00 - 6:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 6:00
Friday: 11:00 - 6:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 5:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00

  • Beads to Live By

Some of the things you will find at Beads to Live By: Creative Space, Beads, Findings, Tools, Thread, Wire, Patterns, Expert Color Advice, Costume/Beaded-Jewelry Repair, Trunk Shows, Classes and Parties!

» Less Information

Bella Notte Ristorante

(517) 782-5727
Website | Facebook
137 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Bella Notte Ristorante Locally owned and operated by Greg & Annette Walker, they offer you a warm atmosphere, delicious Italian cuisine, and daily specials. All entrees are freshly made to order with the... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Sat: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Closed Sunday

Live Music: Friday & Saturday

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 450
  • Bella Notte Ristorante
  • Bella Notte Ristorante
  • Bella Notte Ristorante

Locally owned and operated by Greg & Annette Walker, they offer you a warm atmosphere, delicious Italian cuisine, and daily specials. All entrees are freshly made to order with the finest ingredients available. Menus change seasonally utilizing the best of seasonal ingredients. The extensive wine list will please the most discriminating palate.

The facility features an impressive two-story interior, popular horseshoe-shaped bar, private dining, intimate meeting rooms and banquet facilities for up to 250 guests. Live entertainment is available every Friday and Saturday.

Building History

This Commercial Italianate building in downtown Jackson once housed the Oppenheim's clothing store, originally an outlet for furniture built by inmates at the Jackson Prison. In the 1950's Oppenheim's was rebuilt in the Moderne style popular at the time. Sav-a-lot drug store operated here for many years before becoming Bella Notte Ristorante.

Group and Banquet Info

Large groups are welcome!

Enough space for bus parking and turn around.

Moonlight Room

The staff and management at Bella Notte Ristorante pride themselves in providing professional service and an elegant atmosphere for all events. By bringing your function to Bella Notte Ristorante’s new Moonlight Room, be it a wedding, shower, anniversary party, prom, conference or meeting, you can be confident that your guests will receive top of the line service, food, and accommodations.

Photo Credit: The Moonlight Room at Bella Notte. Taken by J.D.Jamieson.

» Less Information

Horace Blackman City Park

(517) 788-4040
Website | Facebook
200 W. Michigan Avenue
Jackson, MI 49201

Horace Blackman City Park Located on the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and South Jackson Street, this park features benches and green space in the shade of several mature trees. A fountain is the... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Horace Blackman City Park
  • Horace Blackman City Park
  • Horace Blackman City Park

Located on the northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and South Jackson Street, this park features benches and green space in the shade of several mature trees. A fountain is the focal point of the park as well as the First Congregational Church that borders it on the north. After demolishing the old Consumers Energy Building in 2014, the park has expanded to include many picnic tables for lunch and strings of lights above for a beautiful evening view. Live music and movies are held in the park in the summer months. There are plans for a more permanent structure to house the Glidden Parker Glass Mural as well as act as a permanent stage for the evening concerts.

The park is named after the pioneer and founder of Jackson, Horace Blackman. On July 3, 1829, Blackman, crossed the Grand River and made camp at what is now Trail and N. Jackson Street. The party arrived in Jackson on a well-traveled Indian trail leading west from Ann Arbor. Blackman returned and registered his claim for 160 acres (65 ha) at two dollars an acre. Blackman returned to Jackson in August 1829, cleared land and built a cabin. The town was first called Jacksonopolis. Later, it was renamed Jacksonburgh. Finally, in 1838 the town's name was changed to simply Jackson.

Across the street on the northeast corner of Jackson and Michigan is Bucky Harris Park on the site of Old Jacksonburg Square and on the southwest corner is the Millenium Clocktower where a time capsule buried beneath it on January 1, 2000, and finally the Horace Ismon Building on the southeast corner which is in the Michigan Registrar of Historic Places.

» Less Information

Blake Building

(517) 789-6222
Website
180W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Blake Building On Sunday, August 15, 1926, the Jackson Citizen Patriot announced the opening of the Reynolds Building, Jackson's tallest business structure. It's 14 stories overlook all other business blocks in Jackson's... » More Information

  • Blake Building

On Sunday, August 15, 1926, the Jackson Citizen Patriot announced the opening of the Reynolds Building, Jackson's tallest business structure. It's 14 stories overlook all other business blocks in Jackson's mercantile district, the dominating structure being the realization of an idea conceived by Wiley R. Reynolds, president of the W.R. Reynolds and Company, one of the city's leading real estate and insurance concerns.

On February 15, 1926, the actual construction work was started.  Albert Kahn, Inc. of Detroit were the architects.  Mr. Kahn has designed many famous Detroit buildings, including the GM Building, First National Bank Building, The David Whitney Building, and the Detroit Athletic Club, as well as Jackson buildings the Jackson County Tower Building, formerly Union and People's National Bank and the Old Consumers Power Building.

This structure occupies a ground space of 30 feet by 112 feet.  It rises into the air 14 stories, equivalent to 198 feet, 2 inches.  The building is of steel and reinforced concrete construction, thoroughly fire proof, complete with all the latest features of building construction and service of the time.

A Frame Above occupies the ground floor. 

» Less Information

Bucky Harris City Park

(517) 788-4040
Website | Facebook
190 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson, MI 49201

Bucky Harris City Park Located on the northeast corner of Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue, this park is a historical recreation of Old Jacksonburg Square, featuring green space with benches, a fountain, and a... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Fountain
  • Benches
  • Picnic Tables
  • Bucky Harris City Park
  • Bucky Harris City Park
  • Bucky Harris City Park

Located on the northeast corner of Jackson Street and Michigan Avenue, this park is a historical recreation of Old Jacksonburg Square, featuring green space with benches, a fountain, and a concert stage. Summer concerts are put on here by the Jackson Downtown Development Authority and it is also a focal point of many other downtown Jackson events including Summer Cruise-ins.

On the north side of the park is the Old Stone Post Office, the oldest stone structure in Jackson. The northwest corner of the intersection features Blackman City Park, the southwest corner features a clock tower with a time capsule buried beneath it and the southeast corner features another historical building named for local merchant Horace Ismon.

» Less Information

Candi’s B-z-B Café

(517) 784-8120
| Facebook
225 S. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Candi’s B-z-B Café A great restaurant for the whole family. Serving Breakfast and Lunch and all homemade food. Home of the Famous Muffin Bread!

Hours

Tue-Fri: 6:00 am-2:00 pm

Sat-Sun: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Candi’s B-z-B Café

A great restaurant for the whole family. Serving Breakfast and Lunch and all homemade food. Home of the Famous Muffin Bread!

» Less Information

Casler’s Hardware Store (Old Stone Post Office)

(517) 789-8153
Website | Facebook
125 N Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Casler’s Hardware Store (Old Stone Post Office) Casler's Hardware occupies four discreet buildings. The oldest, a simple, two-story, Greek Revival building at the rear, is Jackson's oldest stone building. Listed on the National Register... » More Information

Hours

7 am -- 5 pm Monday through Friday
8 am -- 12 Noon Saturday
Closed Sunday

  • Casler’s Hardware Store (Old Stone Post Office)

Casler's Hardware occupies four discreet buildings. The oldest, a simple, two-story, Greek Revival building at the rear, is Jackson's oldest stone building. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it was built in 1839 as the Post Office, General Store and Newspaper. It then faced onto the original town square, now Bucky Harris Park, where the stagecoach would stop regularly. 

The Stone Post Office built with locally quarried sandstone, is also one of the oldest commercial structures in all of Michigan. Built for local merchant Joseph G.R. Blackwell, it was once a center of local life and one of the first permanent buildings in the town then called Jacksonburgh.  

Casler Hardware Inc. has been in business since 1939, offering hardware supplies for commercial companies, as well as large or small household repairs and projects.

» Less Information

The Chase Sports Bar

(517) 768-8231
Website | Facebook
105 E. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

The Chase Sports Bar This new two level upscale sports bar features a NASCAR race car driven by Rusty Wallace hanging over the bar, 19 high definition TVs, two pool tables and 12 beers on tap.... » More Information

Hours

Monday - Thursday 11 a.m. - Midnight
Friday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Sunday Noon - 10 p.m.

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
Event Capacity
  • 50
  • The Chase Sports Bar
  • The Chase Sports Bar
  • The Chase Sports Bar
  • The Chase Sports Bar
  • The Chase Sports Bar

This new two level upscale sports bar features a NASCAR race car driven by Rusty Wallace hanging over the bar, 19 high definition TVs, two pool tables and 12 beers on tap. On the second floor, two pool tables feature tournaments and special event space. The kitchen serves typical sports bar food including burgers, wings and pizza.

MOTOR COACH & GROUP INFORMATION

Large groups are welcome! Enough space for bus parking & turn around.

» Less Information

Chilango’s Burrito Bar

(517) 513-3264
| Facebook
101 W Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Chilango’s Burrito Bar The owners of Chilango’s Mexican Grill, Chilango's Chop House and Chilango's Broken Egg took their most popular menu item, the build-your-own-burrito and make it the staple... » More Information

Hours

Mon-Thurs 10am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 10am - 3am

  • Chilango’s Burrito Bar

The owners of Chilango’s Mexican Grill, Chilango's Chop House and Chilango's Broken Egg took their most popular menu item, the build-your-own-burrito and make it the staple of this restaurant on the corner of W. Michigan Ave and S. Mechanic St., Chilango’s Burrito Bar. Opened in 2013, this restaurant features handmade tortillas as well as many other fresh and homemade ingredients. They are also open late for the bar crowd until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mlive Michigan's Best Taco - 4th Place

Delivery available from Eat Local.

» Less Information

Chilango’s Chop House

(517) 513-3264
| Facebook
110 S. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Chilango’s Chop House The owners of Chilango’s Mexican Grill decided to take their chain of restaurants the next step and offer something unique and hard to find in Downtown Jackson, a... » More Information

Hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Saturdays 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Closed on Sundays

  • Chilango’s Chop House

The owners of Chilango’s Mexican Grill decided to take their chain of restaurants the next step and offer something unique and hard to find in Downtown Jackson, a salad bar. On the corner of W. Michigan Ave and S. Mechanic St., behind their second restaurant Chilango’s Burrito Bar. These chopped salads of your own creation come in hearty portions. The restaurant also features a juice bar. 

Delivery Available from Eat Local.

» Less Information

City Crepes

(517) 789-8090
| Facebook
141 N. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

City Crepes The only restaurant in Jackson specializing in crepes, french-style pancakes with sweet or savory fillings. Treat yourself!

Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

  • City Crepes

The only restaurant in Jackson specializing in crepes, french-style pancakes with sweet or savory fillings. Treat yourself!

» Less Information

City of Jackson - City Hall

(517) 788-4035
Website | Facebook
161 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

City of Jackson - City Hall Located at the intersections of I-94 and US-127, Jackson, Michigan is a hard-working, vibrant city with the charm and warmth of a quaint town. From the historic Downtown to the... » More Information

Hours

8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday thru Friday

  • City of Jackson - City Hall

Located at the intersections of I-94 and US-127, Jackson, Michigan is a hard-working, vibrant city with the charm and warmth of a quaint town. From the historic Downtown to the beautiful acres of open parkland that stretch across the city limits, Jackson earns its recognition as one of Michigan’s “Cool Cities”, giving these opportunities to its visitors, and offering even more to its residents.

Jackson is also a great place for businesses to call home. It offers a number of incentives to help businesses succeed, and a workforce of highly skilled and productive individuals to assure that success is met.

So whether you’ve come to know it as the Rose City, home of The Cascades or the Birthplace of the Republican Party, Jackson continues to evolve and develop, making a new name for itself every day.

» Less Information

Commonwealth Commerce Center

(517) 784-0059
Website | Facebook
209 E. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Commonwealth Commerce Center The Commonwealth Commerce Center’s 7, 000 square foot ballroom and Banquet facility on the first floor are available for both business and social events with seating up to 500. The Commonwealth... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1100
  • Commonwealth Commerce Center

The Commonwealth Commerce Center’s 7, 000 square foot ballroom and Banquet facility on the first floor are available for both business and social events with seating up to 500.

The Commonwealth Commerce Center can accommodate many types of events, such as annual meetings, Conferences, Showers, Corporate Meetings, Rehearsal Dinners, On-site Weddings,  Wedding Receptions, Service Clubs, Memorials, and Special Events.

For smaller events and wedding receptions, our Atrium Ballroom boasts rich, warm color tones has a beautiful oak bar, a premium hardwood floor, and dimmer lighting, which adds a touch of softness for any event. It’s a great for any event whether it’s corporate function or a special occasion; this room can meet your needs. Included in the rental is the Atrium/Patio area, with a view of downtown Jackson, also great for viewing the fireworks.
We also have available an optional dinner rehearsal room that’s seats 40 people, and a smaller kid’s room, both located within the room itself and included in the price of the room. The Atrium Ballroom can seat up to 200 people.

The EventSource is located on the first floor and offers a variety of services, great discounts, along with professional and unique services for all your corporate and banquet needs.

If you’re looking for corporate meeting space, we offer over 14 rooms that will accommodate many different sized events. Our professional staff will see to every detail. We have in-house catering The building is handicap accessible, offers a smoke-free environment, and is monitored by on-site security guards. Over 1,200 parking spaces are available in our private lot.
 

» Less Information

Consumers Energy (Old Post Office)

(800) 477-5050
Website | Facebook
One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201

Consumers Energy (Old Post Office) Now part of the Consumers Energy campus, the former post office was designed by Jackson architect Claire Allen at the height of his powers. Built in 1932, this beautifully designed and... » More Information

  • Consumers Energy (Old Post Office)

Now part of the Consumers Energy campus, the former post office was designed by Jackson architect Claire Allen at the height of his powers. Built in 1932, this beautifully designed and sumptuously detailed United States Post Office was built with the finest materials - limestone, marble, terra cotta, and metal - crafted by experts employed by the WPA.  

In 1998 the post office moved and the next year Consumers Energy started a project that entailed restoring this building and attaching a twelve-story office building in back.  This unusually curved beaux arts former post office was incorporated as the focal point of the new Consumers Energy campus.The original post office lobby is now the entrance, the wood-paneled post master’s office is the welcoming center, while the mail sorting area has been converted into an extremely handsome employee lounge and lunchroom with a grand staircase. Note how the parking structures on either side are carefully designed to go with the main building.

» Less Information

Crazy Cowboy

(517) 817-1910
Website | Facebook
215 S. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Crazy Cowboy The Crazy Cowboy is more than a restaurant...it's an experience! Besides having some of the best Homemade Mexican food in Jackson, it also provides a night of entertainment,... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

  • Crazy Cowboy
  • Crazy Cowboy
  • Crazy Cowboy
  • Crazy Cowboy

The Crazy Cowboy is more than a restaurant...it's an experience! Besides having some of the best Homemade Mexican food in Jackson, it also provides a night of entertainment, Live Bands and DJs.

» Less Information

Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market

517-768-6410
Website | Facebook
117 West Louis Glick Hwy.
Jackson, MI 49201

Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market The Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market is organized by the Jackson Downtown Development Authority. Open June-November on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm (weather permitting).... » More Information

Hours

Open June-November: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
8am to 1pm (weather permitting)

  • Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market
  • Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market

The Downtown Jackson Grand River Farmers Market is organized by the Jackson Downtown Development Authority. Open June-November on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm (weather permitting). This farmer's market features fresh produce fresh cut flowers, baked goods and other artisan booths. Now accepting credit cards and bridge cards. Check out special events at the market including Free Yoga Fridays and Live Music. 

» Less Information

First Baptist Church

(517) 784-3151
Website | Facebook
201 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

First Baptist Church This was the first Baptist church established in Jackson. In 1834, thirteen Jackson pioneers established the Barry-Jackson Baptist Church in Sandstone Township. Five years later the Reverend David Hendee and seventeen... » More Information

Contact
April Barrett, Pastor
Hours

Office Open:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

SUNDAY INFORMATION:
Worship Service - 9:45 am
Coffee and Donuts - 11:00 am
Sunday School & Adult Bible Study - 11:30 am-12:30 pm

  • First Baptist Church

This was the first Baptist church established in Jackson. In 1834, thirteen Jackson pioneers established the Barry-Jackson Baptist Church in Sandstone Township. Five years later the Reverend David Hendee and seventeen members of that church formed the First Baptist Church in Jackson. Meetings were held in several locations until 1868, when construction began on the present church. J. R. Lewis provided the plans and specifications for this Romanesque Revival-style structure. When a lack of funds resulted in repeated construction delays, "Uncle Ben" Mosher, a member of the building committee, agreed to erect the walls free if the materials were supplied. A donation from four church members in 1871 assured the structure's completion. The church was eventually dedicated on March 10, 1872.

Founded in 1839, First Baptist Church has been a vital presence of God’s hope and grace in downtown Jackson for more than 170 years. From the corner of South Jackson and Cortland Streets, the congregation continues to live this legacy through mission and outreach to the community. With about 190 members First Baptist is a place to be known by God and friends. In 2014, the church celebrated its 175th anniversary. 

Photos coutesy of First Baptist Church of Jackson.

» Less Information

First Congregational Church

(517) 784-8577
Website | Facebook
120 N. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

First Congregational Church This pre-Civil War building has a fascinating history that includes a well-documented story about adding a basement AFTER the structure had been in operation for several years. This monumental Romanesque... » More Information

Contact
Rev. Larry Hoxey
Hours

Office Open: 9 am - 2 pm weekdays

Sunday Services: 
8:30 am Faith Connections (Early Service)
10:00 am Sunday Service (Sanctuary)
10:00 am Sunday School

  • First Congregational Church

This pre-Civil War building has a fascinating history that includes a well-documented story about adding a basement AFTER the structure had been in operation for several years.

This monumental Romanesque Revival church was erected in 1859 according to plans by architect Horatio N. White of Syracuse, New York. It is this congregation's third church. In 1871, the building was raised eight feet to accommodate lower-level classrooms.

In September 1861, on the eve of departing for duty in the Civil War, the "Jackson Blair Cadets" and the Jackson County Rifles gathered with their families in the crowded sanctuary. At Detroit's Fort Wayne, the troops joined the Eighth and Ninth Michigan infantries respectively. Beginning in the 1840s with the anti-slavery movement, the congregation actively participated in social reform--most notably the temperance and civil rights crusades. In 1987, the church was placed on the State Register of Historic Sites.

Photo Courtesy of Jackson District Library Archives.

» Less Information

First United Methodist Church

517-787-6460
Website | Facebook
275 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

First United Methodist Church The origins of the First United Methodist Church can be traced to 1831 when preacher Elijah Pilcher arrived in "Jacksonburgh" to serve the town's growing Methodist community. Services were held... » More Information

Hours

Office Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday

Worship Times: Sunday mornings 9:00am & 11:00am

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 700
  • First United Methodist Church

The origins of the First United Methodist Church can be traced to 1831 when preacher Elijah Pilcher arrived in "Jacksonburgh" to serve the town's growing Methodist community. Services were held around town until a small church was erected in 1850. The congregation built a larger church at the present site in 1868. In 1922, Detroit architect W.E.N. Hunter designed the current Neo-Gothic structure around the 1868 church. A larger pipe organ and the Virginia and Katherine Hayes memorial window were installed at that time, donated by businessman C.B. Hayes. Prominent members also included W.A. Foote, co-founder of Consumers Power Company. The church was enlarged yet again in 1954.

First UMC Jackson is the premier location for a Christian wedding in Jackson. The sanctuary, which seats up to 700, is available for large or small ceremonies. This is also the home of southern Michigan's finest organ, the Martin Ott Pipe Organ - Opus 97. The church has skilled organists who will work with you to provide the music that will enhance your special day. For more intimate weddings, there is a Chapel which seats 50 - 75. Whatever your vision, our wedding coordinator can help you make that dream come true.

The church also has excellent facilities available for non-alcoholic receptions with seating up to 200. To see the sanctuary and hear the organ, please feel free to come for a Sunday morning service at 9:00 or 11:00 am. For more information or to tour the church, contact us weekdays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Reserve your date today! Your promise to each other is important to First UMC Jackson!

» Less Information

The Foundry

(517) 796-1111
Website | Facebook
216 Francis St.
Jackson, MI 49201

The Foundry A bar and music venue for Rock 'n Roll music in Jackson. Follow them on Twitter @TheFoundryMI.

Hours

Friday 10 pm - 2 am

Saturday 8 pm - 2 am

  • The Foundry
  • The Foundry

A bar and music venue for Rock 'n Roll music in Jackson. Follow them on Twitter @TheFoundryMI.

» Less Information

Grand River Brewery

(517) 962-2427
Website | Facebook
117 W. Louis Glick Highway
Jackson, MI 49201

Grand River Brewery Firmly situated in the heart of historic Downtown Jackson, Michigan, Grand River Marketplace is home to Grand River Brewery, Winery, Distillery and Restaurant with a fun,... » More Information

Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00m
Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm

Food Service Ends 1 hr before close

Serving Lunch & Dinner

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
  • Grand River Brewery

Firmly situated in the heart of historic Downtown Jackson, Michigan, Grand River Marketplace is home to Grand River Brewery, Winery, Distillery and Restaurant with a fun, industrial, eclectic atmosphere, with a nod to the steampunk genre.

Be sure to check out the steampunk clock made by artist and winner of 2015 GSN's 'Steampunk'd' show, Steampunk Eddie

 

The heart of the facility is a state of the art steam heated 15-barrel brewhouse, where our brewers take the utmost pride in constructing creative, honest, small batch, Ales, and Lagers. Grand River Brewery uses only choice Midwestern malted barley, along with the finest local Michigan hops. The result is solid, fresh, handcrafted ales, for those who truly enjoy, and appreciate a fine beer.

Locally sourced, gourmet foods are offered in the restaurant for lunch and dinner.  Executive Chef, Corey Bieber, sources the freshest local and seasonably responsible ingredients, combining traditional and haute cooking techniques while executing a creative and modern take on classic pub fare.

Get your cans of the 2015 North American IPA of the Year Monkey Mouth!

Don't miss their award-winning wines and hard ciders too! Utilizing old world techniques, coupled with years of national and international experience, John Burtka and co. produce award winning wines and hard ciders that are celebrated here, and abroad.  They use locally grown grapes for the wines and locally grown apples for the hard ciders. Wines are now released under the brand Sleeping Bear Wine

MOTOR COACH & GROUP INFORMATION

Large groups are welcome! Bus parking available.

The Private Room seats up to 72 people and nearly 125 without tables or for cocktail style events. Interested in booking your event? Contact the event coordinator at grandriverevents@gmail.com.

» Less Information

Hayes Hotel

228 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Hayes Hotel Named in honor of industrialist Clarence Hayes, this currently vacant building was once a top-level hotel with a fancy restaurant and ballroom. Development plans are in progress. Photo Courtesy of... » More Information

  • Hayes Hotel

Named in honor of industrialist Clarence Hayes, this currently vacant building was once a top-level hotel with a fancy restaurant and ballroom. Development plans are in progress.
Photo Courtesy of Jackson District Library Archives.

» Less Information

Intimate Ideas

(517) 787-5711
| Facebook
113 E. Cortland St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Intimate Ideas They offer a discrete erotic shopping experience that's comfortable for couples. 

Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 9:30 am - 11:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Intimate Ideas

They offer a discrete erotic shopping experience that's comfortable for couples. 

» Less Information

Jackson Antique Mall

(517) 784-3333
Website
201 N. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Antique Mall Built in late 1860's in the Commercial Italianate style prevalent during that period. It has housed boarding rooms, a bar, livery stables, a freezer unit manufacturer, storage for Jackson Cracker... » More Information

Hours

Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:45p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m – 4:45 p.m.
Closed Major Holidays

  • Jackson Antique Mall

Built in late 1860's in the Commercial Italianate style prevalent during that period. It has housed boarding rooms, a bar, livery stables, a freezer unit manufacturer, storage for Jackson Cracker Company, a commercial sign manufacturer, a hardware and appliance shop, B.F. Goodrich, and A & J Tire. In 1988, the building was purchased and developed into the current Jackson Antique Mall. It is the largest antique mall in Jackson with over 3 floors of treasures in downtown Jackson.

» Less Information

Jackson Book Exchange

(517) 250-2380
Website | Facebook
130 E. Washington Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Book Exchange Now over 80,000 used books! The Book Exchange of Jackson is a family owned and operated business. We are the largest new and used book store in Jackson and one of... » More Information

Hours

Monday - Friday: 10AM - 6PM
Saturday: 10AM - 5PM
Sunday: Closed

  • Jackson Book Exchange

Now over 80,000 used books! The Book Exchange of Jackson is a family owned and operated business. We are the largest new and used book store in Jackson and one of the largest in Mid-Michigan.

The Book Exchange pricing

Paperbacks
        Regular price.....$2.50
        With trade-in.....$1.50

Oversize Paperbacks
         Regular price.....$3.50
         with trade in.....$2.50

Hard covers
         Regular price.....$3.50
         With trade-in.....$2.50

Current Release PB
         Regular price.....$3.50

         With trade-in.....$2.50

Bring a Book Save a Buck!


» Less Information

Jackson Coffee Co. Downtown

(517) 990-6770
Website | Facebook
201 South Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Coffee Co. Downtown The Jackson Coffee Co is Jackson's only gourmet coffee roaster, they produce the freshest cup of coffee possible.  It is why they have been voted "Best Coffee" every... » More Information

Hours

Mon–Thu 7am–7pm
Fri 7am–10pm with Live Entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m.
Sat 8am–7pm (downtown)
Sun Closed

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
Event Capacity
  • 12
  • Jackson Coffee Co. Downtown
  • Jackson Coffee Co. Downtown
  • Jackson Coffee Co. Downtown

The Jackson Coffee Co is Jackson's only gourmet coffee roaster, they produce the freshest cup of coffee possible.  It is why they have been voted "Best Coffee" every year.  All coffee is roasted at the downtown location.  This location features a 3,500 square feet, 1871 building in the heart of Jackson's business district and is filled with old-world charm, modern amenities, and a hip, jazz-inspired upstairs. It's worth stopping by just to check out the brass ceiling.   Live music is offered free of charge from 7 PM to 10 PM every Friday night. This store carries the widest selection of regular and sugar-free flavors in 4 counties and has something for everyone, even the non-coffee drinker. Visit Jacksoncoffeeco.com to who's playing this Friday. 

This classic commercial Italianate building was constructed in early 1870's by entrepreneur N.G. Davis. It has housed a grocery store, oil company, flour and feed store, engraving company, dentist, corset company, shoe store, awning company, investment company, paint and wallpaper store, a cabinet company, Democratic party headquarters, and now beautifully renovated to become the Jackson Coffee Company.

Jackson's Best Coffee Shop of 2012, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Jackson Magazine Best of Jackson. They have won every year since opening.

2007 Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Brick Award

2008 Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Spirit Award

Photo Courtesy of Ernst Design, LLC.

» Less Information

Jackson Coney Island

(517) 513-3369
Website | Facebook
615 E. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Coney Island Opened in 1914, the Jackson Coney Island has served the Jackson community and survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and 17 U.S. Presidents. After suddenly closing in May 2015, the restaurant... » More Information

Hours

Mon-Thu: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

  • Jackson Coney Island
  • Jackson Coney Island

Opened in 1914, the Jackson Coney Island has served the Jackson community and survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and 17 U.S. Presidents. After suddenly closing in May 2015, the restaurant was purchased by childhood best friends and Jackson natives David Griffus and Jason Holmes, who have vowed to make the Jackson Coney Island better than ever. The JCI's goal is to provide the Jackson community with great service and great food at a great price, all while making a positive social impact through philanthropy and creating local jobs.

This centuries old coney restaurant lays claim to the invention of the coney dog! (Detroit's coney island did not open until 1917) Located right in front of the train station, it makes it the perfect spot for a downtown lunch or for those arriving or departing on the train. 

» Less Information

Jackson County Tower Building - Jackson County Government Offices

(517) 788-4331
Website | Facebook
120 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson County Tower Building - Jackson County Government Offices Designed by prominent Detroit Architect, Albert Kahn and completed in 1929 after the merger of Union Bank and Peoples National Bank. The 17-story Tower Building was at that time referred... » More Information

Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Jackson County Tower Building - Jackson County Government Offices

Designed by prominent Detroit Architect, Albert Kahn and completed in 1929 after the merger of Union Bank and Peoples National Bank. The 17-story Tower Building was at that time referred to as the "Golden Towers." In 1933, the National Bank of Jackson was organized as the successor to the Union and Peoples National Bank.  Operations continued in the original building though the National Bank never took ownership. In 1958, the National Bank vacated and for several years Consumers Power Company leased space.

In 1975, it was sold to the County for a nominal sum by the Raymond Kolowich family and became the County Tower Building.  The County Commissioners' Chamber is located on the 2nd floor up the marble flight of stairs.  Italian leaded stained glass windows surround the chamber which was originally the main banking area. A long-awaited restoration of this lobby was finished in July of 2011.  This former bank lobby has been restored to its former glory with repairs made to the stained glass windows, vaulted plaster ceiling and wood paneling that surrounds the 7,200-square-foot room. Three-tiered chandeliers and a marble balustrade were also installed. It is now accessible to the public customer service area housing the county treasurer, register of deeds and equalization department.

This "castle-topped" structure is one of Jackson's most treasured buildings and continues to reign as downtown Jackson's tallest landmark.

Another unique feature of this building is not historical in nature but biological. A pair of peregrine falcons has chosen to nest and breed atop this iconic building, a first in Jackson County.  The happy couple who usually mate for life can be seen in the season on their very own webcam.

Our County consists of 160,000 citizens, 19 townships, 7 Villages, and the State of Michigan designated the City of Jackson as a “ Cool City ”. Here you will also find 16 public and 16 private parochial schools, along with Jackson College, Baker College, and Spring Arbor University. In addition, there are over 250 churches, over 500 holes of golf, of which several are nationally ranked courses. We have 188 lakes, 27 public parks, an International Speedway, a symphony orchestra, a County managed Regional Airport, and a State ranked environmental center. We encourage you and your family to experience Jackson County and discover our treasures!

» Less Information

Jackson District Library - Carnegie Branch

(517) 788-4087
Website | Facebook
244 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson District Library - Carnegie Branch Inspiring our community to discover, learn and succeed! Jackson County residents can enjoy library services of the highest quality while visiting our 13 locations or the virtual branch at www.myjdl... » More Information

Hours

Carnegie Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 80
  • Jackson District Library - Carnegie Branch

Inspiring our community to discover, learn and succeed! Jackson County residents can enjoy library services of the highest quality while visiting our 13 locations or the virtual branch at www.myjdl.com. The library strives to meet our community’s ever-changing needs for educational, cultural and recreational information. Patrons can reserve books, download eBooks, and eAudiobooks, and check the status of their library account by logging in to the online catalog through the web page 24/7. The library’s computerized catalog is also linked with the Jackson College Learning Resources Center Library.

In addition to the library services and collections, the library offers programs for all ages at all our locations throughout the year. Most programs and services are free of charge.  For more information, call 517-788-4087 or visit www.myjdl.com.

In 1901, Andrew Carnegie donated $70,000 for the construction of a library building in the city of Jackson. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State of Michigan Register of Historic Sites, this Neo-Classical style building was designed and built in 1906. The facility features inlaid terrazzo floors, intricate ceiling moldings, Carrara white marble staircase and numerous pieces of art. The Carnegie building became the main branch for the newly created district in 1978. In 1981, with a bequest from Mrs. Mable MinterVan Orman, a circular structure was built at the rear of the library. This added an elevator, history room, back lobby and a children's storytelling room. 

Meeting Rooms are available for rent free of charge. See their website for rental policies.

Carnegie Library - Reserve by calling the Reference desk at (517) 788-4087, ext. 1339 or 1340.

McIntyre Room (Seats 24)

Sergeant Auditorium (Seats 80)

Eastern Branch – Reserve by calling the East Branch at (517) 788-4074.

Knibloe Room (Seats 70) 

Meijer Branch – Reserve by calling Meijer at (517) 788-4480.

Two study rooms available on a first come, first serve basis (Each Room Seats 4)  Also, the Meijer Digital Studio offers space for a wide variety of activities.Three additional meeting rooms are also available!

The Child, The Parent, and The Book, by Freeman L. Schoolcraft, bronze, and limestone, 1988, Jackson District Library/Carnegie Branch, Michigan Ave.

The Carnegie building is graced with an outdoor public sculpture a parent and child reading and was created by famed sculptor Freeman Schoolcraft, Jackson High School graduate. Freeman Schoolcraft's The Child, The Parent, and The Book sits beside the main entrance to the Jackson District Library welcoming patrons while celebrating the right to read and symbolizing the value of parents and children learning and growing together.

» Less Information

Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall

(517) 782-3221
Website | Facebook
215 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area for 67 years. Their mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of all... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall
  • Jackson Symphony Orchestra - Weatherwax Hall

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area for 67 years. Their mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of all Jackson area residents through music. The Jackson Symphony strives to impact the lives of everyone in the community through performances and educational programs. Performances include a fall & winter concert series, a summer pops concert, up close ensemble performances and holiday concerts. 

The downtown location also known as Weatherwax Hall features Affinity Series Concerts "Live From The Wax" featuring touring pop, folk, and singer/songwriter acts. Other music events, from quartets to cabarets, are also held at this venue.

Most Jackson Symphony Orchestra series concerts are held at Jackson College’s world-class Music Hall at the Potter Center
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Conductor Designate: Matthew Aubin

The Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra open to high school aged and younger musicians from Jackson and the surrounding area. The orchestra performs pieces from the standard classical repertoire along with modern works and “pops” pieces. Their season runs from September to May, with concert performances four times each season.
Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor: David Schultz

The Jackson Community Music School is one of Michigan's premiere music organizations Committed to offering quality musical curriculum in all instrument groups to over 300 enrolled students in the Jackson area.
Jackson Coummunity Music School Director: 
David Lamse

Banquet Info

This facility is also available for rental for weddings and other corporate events with a capacity of 200.

Jackson Michigan Chorale

The Jackson Michigan Chorale, in Jackson, Michigan, performs major chorale works in a broad range of musical styles from the standard choral repertoire. The Jackson Michigan Chorale is celebrating it's 58th season! Offices for this organization are also housed in the Jackson Symphony Orchestra's Weatherwax Hall in Downtown Jackson. 

The Chorale made its official debut on March 9, 1955 in an appearance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. However the roots of the Chorale go back over 100 years as many vocal music groups formed and dissolved over the years. A newspaper article in 1911 mentions the fine singing of The Jackson Choral Society upon the occasion of a visit from President Taft.

The Chorale frequently performs with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, as well as separately singing a range of music from cabaret to classical chorale repitoire.

Michigan Shakespeare Festival Office

The building also houses the offices for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival

» Less Information

JTV

(517) 787-8817
Website | Facebook
148 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

JTV Studios for local station JTV are housed in what had been the Grinnell music store. The building façade dates from around 1900, but as was common at the time... » More Information

  • JTV

Studios for local station JTV are housed in what had been the Grinnell music store. The building façade dates from around 1900, but as was common at the time much of the building's walls likely belonged to an earlier structure. 

JTV Studios is a full-service video production, web design and marketing services firm serving clients from our offices and studios in Jackson, Michigan. JTV Studios provides corporate video, multimedia presentation, flash animation and web production services. Our aim is to help you, our corporate client, to communicate more effectively, more impressively. This is our strength. We produce much more than just a corporate DVD, graphic sales presentation, training video or a few high-quality web pages for your company. We organize your information, supplying the marketing tools and business intelligence you need to make your next production an outright winner. Working together, we help you discover powerful new ways to communicate to your audience, making them more aware of you, influencing them, and motivating them to change.

» Less Information

Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Amtrak Depot

(517) 787-6385
Website | Facebook
501 E. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Amtrak Depot In operation since September 1, 1873, Jackson’s train depot is the oldest continually operating passenger rail station in the United States! It was also the largest stop on the line... » More Information

Hours

Building open every day 7:00 am - 2:30 pm

  • Michigan Central Railroad Jackson Amtrak Depot

In operation since September 1, 1873, Jackson’s train depot is the oldest continually operating passenger rail station in the United States! It was also the largest stop on the line between Detroit and Chicago in train travel's heyday.The station currently services the Amtrak Wolverine line which still runs from Detroit to Chicago.

The Victorian-Italianate red-brick station used heart pine, ash, oak and walnut woods harvested in Michigan for its interior structures. A carved walnut arch separated the ticket office from the newsstand and women’s waiting room and crystal chandeliers hung overhead.  

Fast Facts

  • After a 32-foot addition in 1901, the building measures 296 feet long by 45 feet wide
  • 2nd in Michigan only to Detroit in terms of passenger boardings and freight tonnage handled in its heyday
  • The park in front of the depot was known as Le Grande Square and was once much larger and extending to the north
  • The express building to the east of the depot was built between 1880 and 1900 to handle mail and other shipments
  • The depot, express building, and Le Grande Square are listed on the US Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places
  • Famous people to stop at the Jackson Depot include President McKinley in 1899, President Taft in 1910 and Presidential Candidates Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 and John F. Kennedy in 1960
  • The mural in the archway inside was painted by Jackson artist Lee Bauman for the Bicentennial Celebration and feature French turbo trains that Amtrak operated in the 1970s
  • In 1926, 63 passenger trains a day passed through the Jackson Depot and it is estimated a total of 422,000 passengers would have used the station that year
  • Today about 28,000 passengers each year board or alight from the 6 daily Amtrak trains stopping at the Jackson Depot

» Less Information

Michigan Theatre

(517) 783-0962
Website | Facebook
124 N. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Michigan Theatre The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to... » More Information

Hours

Group tours of the Michigan Theatre are available by appointment please email Steve Tucker to schedule a tour. 

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Bartending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1400
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre
  • Michigan Theatre

The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to restore the theater to its original luster. It was originally built in Spanish Renaissance style with an ornate polychrome terra-cotta façade, carved walnut furniture, plush carpeting, heavy damask draperies, and stained-glass light fixtures. The Michigan Theatre is considered one of the most splendid theaters in the state. Their mission is to provide today's entertainment in an incredible historic venue. Events include kids movies, classic films, live theater and concerts.

The Theatre won a Preservation Gem Award from Michigan Architectural Foundation in 2012. The award is presented to an outstanding preservation project that includes restoration or rehabilitation of an element of a building, or of a structure or an object. It was awarded to the Michigan Theatre of Jackson for the Cupola Restoration. The cupola above the Mechanic Street Façade of the 1930 Michigan Theatre of Jackson was meticulously restored as part of a 20-plus year effort to rehabilitate the theatre.

» Less Information

Morris Building

(517) 789-5577
171 W. Michigan Ave.
132 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Morris Building Formerly known as Horace Ismon Building, this building was erected for Jackson dry goods merchant Horace Ismon in 1853. Ismon had begun his mercantile career in Paw Paw during the 1840s.... » More Information

  • Morris Building

Formerly known as Horace Ismon Building, this building was erected for Jackson dry goods merchant Horace Ismon in 1853. Ismon had begun his mercantile career in Paw Paw during the 1840s. Ismon was a founding director of the Jackson County Bank in 1872. Having no children of their own, Ismon and his wife, Clara, mentored youth interested in the mercantile trade.  A lavish gala attended by three hundred guests and future governor Austin Blair celebrated the opening of the Ismon Building on February 22, 1853.

The building has housed a variety of enterprises, among them Horace Ismon's dry goods store, a pharmacy, and a home health service. From 1927 to 1972, the Fairy Garden Chinese restaurant occupied the upper floors. It is believed to have been the first Jackson establishment with air conditioning (installed in 1933). Current tenants include Edward Jones.

» Less Information

Night Light

(517) 990-6795
145 W. Pearl St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Night Light A great hometown bar with a great food menu including tasty burgers, flavorful steak hoagies and delicious nachos.  Won American 1 Credit Union's 2013 Soup Wars

Hours

11 a.m. - 11 pm Monday-Friday
12 noon - 2 am Saturday
Closed Sunday

  • Night Light

A great hometown bar with a great food menu including tasty burgers, flavorful steak hoagies and delicious nachos. 

Won American 1 Credit Union's 2013 Soup Wars

» Less Information

P & T Fitness

(517) 789-6362
Website | Facebook
225 N Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

P & T Fitness Welcome to Pedal & Tour Cycling and Fitness, Jackson's premier destination for  bikes & exercise equipment. We carry a complete line of bicycles from Giant and Raleigh, so... » More Information

Hours

Monday & Friday 10-8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10-6
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday Closed

  • P & T Fitness

Welcome to Pedal & Tour Cycling and Fitness, Jackson's premier destination for  bikes & exercise equipment. We carry a complete line of bicycles from Giant and Raleigh, so whether you're looking to ride to the ice cream stand, or to the top of the Alps, we've got you covered.

We do more than bikes. Pedal and Tour is also Jackson County's largest source of exercise equipment. Precor, Vision, and Tuff Stuff; they're the best brands in fitness and we've got them all. We also offer FREE DELIVERY & SET UP! Ask an associate for details.

We're conveniently located in downtown Jackson in the historic C.E. Hamlin building. We always have new products coming in; shop for accessories for your bike or your fitness equipment. Bike need a tune-up? We have a full-service repair area to take care of all your maintenance needs. Whatever you need, we've got you covered.  Stop in and see us today.

This Commercial Italianate building was built as either a wagon-makers or a feed store, in the boom years following the American Civil War, circa 1880. For many years, it served as the home of C.E. Hamlin Auto Supply. The building was purchased and renovated by George Webster to relocate his business downtown and remodel the upper floors into residential units. 

» Less Information

The Pickle Barrel Deli

(517) 962-2559
Website | Facebook
156 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

The Pickle Barrel Deli Gourmet deli food, meats and cheeses by the pound, loaves of bread, and catering for just about any event! The Pickle Barrel Deli, serving high-quality deli sandwiches, homemade soups... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

  • The Pickle Barrel Deli
  • The Pickle Barrel Deli

Gourmet deli food, meats and cheeses by the pound, loaves of bread, and catering for just about any event! The Pickle Barrel Deli, serving high-quality deli sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Featuring Zingerman Bakehouse bread & pastries. Preservative-free meats and bread. Gluten-free bread available upon request. All products they use and sell are Michigan made. All packaging products are from Michigan Greensafe, using sugar and corn by-products...no petroleum based plastics. Open Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. "Keep it Local, Keep it Fresh"

This limestone building originally housed City Bank until 1927 when a new bank tower, now City Hall, was built across the street.

Voted Jackson's Best Kept Lunch Secret of 2013

» Less Information

Schupbach’s Sporting Goods

(517) 782-8418
Website
141 W Pearl St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Schupbach’s Sporting Goods Stop in to get all your hunting equipment! A family owned sporting goods store that has over 1500 firearms, over 600 bows and over 300 crossbows in stock. Archery leagues are offered... » More Information

Hours

Now Open 7 days a week

Hours

Mon-Tues 9am-8pm
Wed 9am-6pm
Thu-Fri 9am-8pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun Closed

  • Schupbach’s Sporting Goods

Stop in to get all your hunting equipment! A family owned sporting goods store that has over 1500 firearms, over 600 bows and over 300 crossbows in stock.

Archery leagues are offered for adults and youths. These leagues start in January and run through April and are offered in several different categories. Schupach's offers a 3-D league, Spot league, a Wednesday AM league for second shift workers and three Saturday kids leagues.

» Less Information

Spring Arbor University - Jackson Site (Downtown)

(517) 783-1290
Website | Facebook
113 W Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Spring Arbor University - Jackson Site (Downtown) Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Internet Available
Event Capacity
  • 15
  • Spring Arbor University - Jackson Site (Downtown)

Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.  At the Jackson Site – we support non-traditional adult learners with 1-night-a-week Undergraduate and Graduate programs.

» Less Information

St. Johns Catholic Church

(517) 784-0553
Website | Facebook
711 N. Francis St.
Jackson, MI 49201

St. Johns Catholic Church St. John's was constructed in 1857 as a Gothic brick building. Later the red brick exterior of the church was replaced with Indiana limestone.This great building, although enlarged several... » More Information

Hours

Daily Mass

Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 AM
Tuesday: 5:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM

Weekend Mass
Saturday: 4:15 PM, 5:45 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM

  • St. Johns Catholic Church

St. John's was constructed in 1857 as a Gothic brick building. Later the red brick exterior of the church was replaced with Indiana limestone.This great building, although enlarged several times, has been in continuous use and is the oldest church building in the Diocese of Lansing. St. John's is the oldest Catholic Church in Jackson and was the only church of this denomination in the city until 1901. 

Photo Courtesy of Jackson District Library Archives.

» Less Information

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea

(517) 784-7184
Website | Facebook
120 E. Wesley St.
Jackson, MI 49201

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea In 1880, a second Catholic parish was approved for the city of Jackson. It was to be a Gothic style brick building with the steeple rising 180 feet.  The building sat... » More Information

Hours

Weekday Mass:
12:05 PM
Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 
10:00 AM

  • St. Mary’s Star of the Sea

In 1880, a second Catholic parish was approved for the city of Jackson. It was to be a Gothic style brick building with the steeple rising 180 feet.  The building sat six hundred people, but within 20 years the first church had become inadequate in size and admission cards were issued to parishioners for Mass attendance.

In 1910, plans were announced for a new church, however building plans were delayed by World War I. The basement was ready and used for Midnight Mass on Christmas of 1923, however, it was not completed until 1926.

It is constructed of steel framework with an exterior limestone veneer and is a combination of Byzantine and traditional Romanesque architecture.  The steeple does indeed rise 180 feet.  The southwest corner houses the 2,700-pound bell, cast in 1902 for the parish's original church.  All three towers are capped with copper sheeting, with a gold-leafed metal clad cross on top. The front features three sets of double doors of copper and bronze.  Over the entrance is a figure of Mary and the words "Domus Mea Domus Orationis Est" which translated from the Latin is  "My House is a House of Prayer" (Isaiah 56:7).

All of the stained glass windows, "Stations of the Cross", and mosaic "Our Lady Star of the Sea" were purchased after WWI from Tyrolese Art Glass Company in Innsbruck, Austria.  The windows are said to be the finest in the country. They are listed in the Michigan Stained Glass Census with special emphasis on the "Christ and the Battlefield Window". Today the stained glass is considered priceless and a restoration process has begun that will last several years. 

St. Mary Star of the Sea School celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014 making one of the oldest schools in Michigan still operating in the same building. 

» Less Information

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

(517) 787-3370
Website | Facebook
309 S. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church On December 8, 1838, the founders of St. Paul's Parish met and began the task of drafting the Articles of Organization for a "new Protestant society". The Parish of St. Paul'... » More Information

Hours

Sundays
8:00 am Eucharist
9:15 am Choir/Adult Forum
10:10 am Church School
10:30 am Eucharist/coffee hour

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

On December 8, 1838, the founders of St. Paul's Parish met and began the task of drafting the Articles of Organization for a "new Protestant society". The Parish of St. Paul's Church was officially established with the signing by twenty-two persons of the articles of Organization on January 12, 1839. Its first house of worship, a small frame church completed at a cost of $2,500 by vestry member Lemuel S. House, was consecrated on October 20, 1840.

By 1850, the group had outgrown its original home, and plans were begun to build a larger church. Designed by Buffalo architect Calvin N. Otis, the new Romanesque Revival church was consecrated on January 11, 1853. Remodeled and expanded several times, it is one of the oldest Episcopal church structures in southern Michigan. In 2014, the church celebrated its 175th anniversary.

Photo Courtesy of Jackson District Library Archives

» Less Information

Summer Night Tree by Louise Nevelson

Corner of Francis St. and Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Summer Night Tree by Louise Nevelson Louise Nevelson created many outdoor sculptures late in her life and is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-Century American Sculpture. Summer Night Tree is a 3... » More Information

  • Summer Night Tree by Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson created many outdoor sculptures late in her life and is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-Century American Sculpture. Summer Night Tree is a 30-foot tall Cor-Ten steel compilation of geometric forms. Nevelson created the artwork specifically for this site and considered the combination of square and art to be "a marriage that's going to work". This abstract public sculpture was not met with unanimous popular approval when installed in 1978. Even to this day, with the demolition of the defunct Riverwalk Plaza Hotel, there has been much discussion about moving the sculpture, but still it stands in Downtown Jackson.

Summer Night Tree, by Louise Nevelson, painted Cor-Ten steel, 1978

Abstract and non-representational art may have been commonly installed in public places across the United States by 1978. Still Nevelson's Summer Night Tree was met with opposition when it arrived in Michigan. Letters to the Jackson Citizen-Patriot derided the appearance of the tall, dark artwork so prominently placed in an important urban plaza. Writers objected to the size, shape, and color of the sculpture, as well as to its abstract style. Some citizens complained about the $152,000 price tag, although $50,000 was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The remaining money was raised in Jackson through private contributions, and those who helped finance the sculpture certainly celebrated the dedication of this fine abstract sculpture by the renowned artist.

Summer Night Tree is not the first monumental public work by Nevelson, an accomplished artist since the 1950s. However, it is her first public sculpture in the Mid-West and the first of two installed in Michigan. The second, Triology, was installed in Southfield, Michigan the same year. Once commissioned to make a sculpture for Jackson, Nevelson visited the site to develop her concept. She then returned to her New York City studio for a year-long effort to realize her design. The piece was designed specifically for the site at One Jackson Square and Nevelson was very pleased with the installation.

However in 1988 Nevelson had died, the Inn on Jackson Square closed and Summer Night Tree began to fade away on a largely unused plaza. In January 1993, Jackson Community College suggested that the sculpture be refurbished and moved to campus. The public debate finally it was agreed that the sculpture should stay in its intended location and a local painting company, Tingley Bros. Painting, Inc. painted Summer Night Tree for free. However, it is only a matter of years that it will need to be painted again. 

» Less Information

Town Bar

(517) 782-1573
| Facebook
121 E Cortland Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Town Bar Local neighborhood dive bar in downtown Jackson. Cheap drinks, Cheap pool, Cash Only.

Hours

Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

  • Town Bar

Local neighborhood dive bar in downtown Jackson. Cheap drinks, Cheap pool, Cash Only.

» Less Information

Virginia Coney Island

(517) 784-3256
| Facebook
649 E. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Virginia Coney Island Established in 1914, this may be the very site the Coney Dog was invented. Although contested this hot dog topped with all-meat no beans chili, chopped onions and yellow mustard are... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Wed: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • Virginia Coney Island
  • Virginia Coney Island
  • Virginia Coney Island
  • Virginia Coney Island

Established in 1914, this may be the very site the Coney Dog was invented. Although contested this hot dog topped with all-meat no beans chili, chopped onions and yellow mustard are a Jackson institution. Virginia Coney Island is a family diner-style restaurant that offers homemade meal specials and homemade soup of the day. Now introducing Jamie's Sweet Endings which are delicious homemade desserts like cheesecakes, truffle brownies, bar cookies and more. Our prices are very reasonable and our coneys are the best!!  Still the best-kept secret in town!

Voted best in Jackson!

Fifth in the state in Mlive's Michigan's Best Coney

» Less Information

Withington City Park

(517) 788-4040
Website | Facebook
410 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Withington City Park The park features the sculpture Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, an original Lorado Taft sculpture made of bronze and granite, surrounded by a beautiful... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
  • Withington City Park
  • Withington City Park
  • Withington City Park

The park features the sculpture Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, an original Lorado Taft sculpture made of bronze and granite, surrounded by a beautiful flower garden and benches to rest from downtown shopping to enjoy it.

The memorial to the 3,282 men of the First and Seventeenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiments was erected by their commander, Gen. William H. Withington. Jackson holds the honor of mustering the first volunteer regiment of Civil War soldiers in the state, although it is not the first Civil War Memorial, it is one of the finest. It is unique in the fact that rather than organize a public fundraising drive as most did, Withington funded the memorial out of his own pocket.

Although the monument bears a date of May 30, 1903, production problems delayed its dedication until June 14, 1904, by which time General Withington had died. Lorado Taft was a famous sculptor of the day and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Postcard Photo Courtesy of the Jackson District Library Archives. 

Modern Photo Courtesy of Dale Fisher Galleries.

» Less Information

Wandering Owl

(517) 782-2780
| Facebook
319 W. Washington Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Wandering Owl The Wandering Owl carries a unique blend of art and hand crafted items, botanica & new age supplies, fair trade treasures from around the world, and oddities.

Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 11AM-6PM

Friday- Saturday 11AM- 8PM

  • Wandering Owl

The Wandering Owl carries a unique blend of art and hand crafted items, botanica & new age supplies, fair trade treasures from around the world, and oddities.

» Less Information