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Be In The Know: Downtown Chapel Hill


Be In the Know about Downtown 

from the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 

Sidewalk Scoop

 Porthole Alley is now open, and only for pedestrians and bicyclists. Brunch just got real on the Wild West side of Franklin Street at Crook’s Corner. Make art at Monumental Voices, a two-day pop-up event on Franklin Street. Enjoy signature cocktails at the 5th Annual Ackland Artini.  How Soon is Now? Find out at Local 506’s New Wave Dance Party.

Partnership Picks

Imbibe Restaurant is now open for lunch, serving delicious and authentic New Orleans foodMandey Brown, owner of both Imbibe Restaurant and Zog’s Art Bar & Pool Hall, came to Chapel Hill from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Mandey’s a strong supporter of the arts, a downtown champion, and a dynamic entrepreneur. 


Chapel Hill was named one of The South’s Prettiest Cities in 2018 and 3rd Best Small City for Sports in 2017. Launch Chapel Hill is changing the startup scene in North Carolina. And If You Can Only Eat Three Meals in Chapel Hill (and Carrboro), Make Sure They’re Here. 


Revel in this delicious spring sunshine and #MeetDowntown for these special events all in April: 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Arts Everywhere Day,  PlasticonUNC Science ExpoTar Heel 10 MilerRodeo on Rosemary. And featuring a new event...Near & Far: A Local Celebration of our Global Cultures on Sun, April 8! 

Downtown Rundown

Learn about infrastructure projects coming soon at a Downtown Work Plan meeting. Oh, how we love our trees in Chapel Hill! Check out this informative video to learn about their history and care. And words will soon be sprouting up downtown with the return of Floraffiti. 

Things That Go

Free bus fare is not just good for the town, it's good for love too. Ride your bike downtown to eat, shop, and be entertained; lock it up at a bike corral or rack. There's #LotstoLove with free public parking every Sunday. Download the Park Mobile app to pay for parking by smartphone. 

Cheers to you Bobby! 

After 9 years at the Downtown Partnership, Assistant Director Bobby Funk is leaving this month to start a full-time internship and continue his studies for a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning at UNC. He will enjoy spending more time with his wife Anna and their 6-month-old daughter Mira too. Although he (and his sense of humor!) will be missed greatly, his dedicated years of service to our business community has improved downtown tremendously and will be felt for many years to come. 

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Learn more at
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