The swift flowing and beautiful Grand River courses adjacent to and through Downtown Grand Rapids, about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan and three hours northeast of Chicago. This vibrant community of 200,000 is growing at a clip of 6.9%, the fastest among Michigan’s core urban cities. The combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland is 1.3 million. The award-winning and municipally operated Gerald R. Ford International Airport transports two million passengers worldwide each year via six carriers. The City has received numerous recognitions ranging from the Best U.S. City to Invest in Housing and the Fastest Growing Economy in the U.S. (Forbes); highest grossing arena; the #1 City to Raise a Family; the #1 Hottest Real Estate Market to Watch (Trulia.com), and #28 Most Hipster City in the world. GR is home to the ArtPrize Festival, recognized annually as one of the premier festivals worldwide.