Live in an intimate neighborhood, home to a thriving music scene, rich arts culture and surrounded by beautiful lake parks
Enjoy a slower pace of life in Bloomington’s Westside, with the bustle of Downtown only a short walk or bus ride away. Retreat from busy city life on a tree-lined nature trail or discover a new band at one of the laid-back live music bars dotted around this quaint part of town.
Pick up the best locally grown produce or meet friends for a coffee date at Bloomingfoods Market and Deli. (Insider info: their Jalapeno Club Melt is to die for!) Watch how a shamrock-decorated pint of Guinness is created at the characterful Irish Lion or for fun meals out, traditional American fare at The Crazy Horse Food & Drink Emporium never disappoints.
Join streets filled with people celebrating with musicians from all over the world at Lotus Festival. Three nights of street parades and free concerts bring this area to life every fall. Stop by Landlocked Music, an effortlessly cool record shop with a vast vinyl collection to pick up your favorite records. Channel your inner DJ talking to the knowledgeable staff or simply enjoy rummaging through decades of album covers in this legendary music hub.
Gazing up at the stars on a clear night is one of the perks of living on the fringes of a city. Another is being able to escape to the surrounding countryside any time you feel like losing yourself in nature. Hike, bike or simply amble around Leonard Springs Nature Park for wetland views, rugged caves and wild springs.