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Join us in Detroit!

ACI is excited to bring The Concrete Convention and Exposition to Detroit, MI this spring. The automobile may be Detroit's biggest claim to fame -- and we've got truck loads of car-lovin' activities year-round to prove it -- but it's definitely just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to completely defining the Detroit experience. We've also got awesome art galleries and museums, America's greatest history attraction, Vegas-style gaming, Motown's first recording studio, shopping meccas, and a fantastic foursome of professional sports teams. Plus, the people around here are just plain fun to hang with no matter the what, why, or where. Head to www.visitdetroit.com to learn more about this awesome city!

Dining

While dining in metro Detroit, you can sample Middle Eastern, Greek, Mexican, Italian and Polish cuisines right alongside culinary creations from renowned master chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Michael Symon. In between, you can also grab some unforgettable barbecue, maybe a little soul food, and wash it down with a great selection of Michigan-crafted brews and crisp vinos. As if that's not enough yummy goodness, there are also two unassuming Detroit restaurants living next door to each other that sell a little piece of heaven tucked in a bun (aka the Coney dog). No trip to Detroit is complete without sampling these dueling world-famous, chili-smothered concoctions. Find your perfect restaurant here

Climate & Time Zone

The average daily high for Detroit in March is 51°F (10°C) and the average low is 32°F (0°C). Visit www.weather.com for the latest weather forecast.

Detroit is in the Eastern Standard Time zone. All convention events are listed in Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to create your schedule and appointments accordingly.

Childcare

Need to make childcare arrangements during the convention? Consider using these services:

Childtime of Detroit

Located inside the Detroit Renaissance Center, the same building as the Detroit Marriott, this childcare center may be the solution for you. Childtime of Detroit may be contacted at +313.393.8940 or visit their website at www.childtime.com. Please note, Childtime of Detroit is subject to availability.

Care

Want the flexibility to choose your childcare provider on your terms? Care could be your solution. Care is the largest online destination for care and connects families with great caregivers in just about every city, including Detroit. Visit www.care.com to learn more about the childcare services available to you.  

Transportation

It is easy and affordable to get to Detroit. The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the closest airport to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance center, just 21 miles (34 km) away. 

Rental Cars

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the Concrete Convention. Receive discounts on upgrades, weekly rentals, and weekend rentals. To make advance reservations, call +1.800.654.3131 or visit www.hertz.com. Provide Group Code 0077289 when making your reservation. Additionally, all major car rental companies have offices at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne Country Airport. A Hertz rental desk is also located inside the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Parking

Valet parking is available at the Marriott for $35 U.S. per day. Additional parking is available in Beaubien, Port Atwater, and Miller garages at current prevailing rates (between $5-20 USD daily). View a map of parking near the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center here.

Visas

ACI is unable to offer any financial assistance to attendees from outside the United States traveling to the convention, but will provide a letter of invitation upon request. ACI strongly encourages attendees to request a visa letter 6 months prior to the convention. ACI staff does not communicate directly with consulates or embassies on your behalf. Please contact ACI Event Services at conventions@concrete.org or +1.248.848.3795 to request a letter. Please include your complete contact information (name, address, phone number, and e-mail address) in your request. To determine if a visa is required for your trip, go to https://www.visahq.com/citizens/.

Individuals from certain countries should register on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization website and fill out an application before traveling by air or sea to the United States. If approved, this application is good for 2 years. You will not need to fill out the I-94W form before each trip. This program is designed to speed up the process for travelers, enable customs officials to screen passengers in advance and improve security. For more information and to verify if you need to complete this application, please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html.

Things to do in Detroit

ACI Offered Tours:

 

Detroit Institute of Arts Tour

Sunday, March 26, 2017

 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

$15 US per person

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The Detroit Institute of Arts has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA is proud to claim one of the largest, most significant art collections in the nation. With its first painting donated in 1883, the DIA now has a collection of over 60,000 works that brings the culture and creativity of the world to Detroit’s doorstop. On this tour, you will be led through museum highlights by an expert guide, with time to explore the museum on your own. Visit Rivera Court, a collection of fresco cycles by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, or the European collection that boasts work from artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Rodin, and van Gogh with a strong core of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Lunch is not provided on this tour, however food and drink will be available for purchase at the museum café.

 

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Monday, March 27, 2017

9:30 am – 1:00 pm

$50 US per person

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This is a “must do” tour, you can’t experience anywhere else! With the help of a knowledgeable guide, you will immerse yourself into the world of a working auto assembly plant, exploring how the game-changing Ford F150 truck comes together.  The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a five-part experience that included access to the Legacy Theater, Manufacturing Innovation Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery.

 

Downtown Detroit Walking Tour

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

9:00 am – 11:00 am

$18 US per person

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Don't miss out on this award-winning walking tour of downtown Detroit! Explore the plan for the city from the ground up. Way up! Historic high-rises, towering monuments, grand boulevards, parks and plazas are all part of this groundbreaking tour. Spanning over 300 years of Detroit history, see Detroit gems from streetscape to skyline.

 

Explore on Your Own:

 

Detroit Masonic Temple

Detroit’s Masonic Temple (The Masonic) is the largest building of its kind in the world.  Construction began in 1920 and was completed in 1926. The unique design included three theaters (one was never completed, but is sometimes used by movie-production crews), a Shrine building, the Chapel, eight lodge rooms, a 17,500 square foot drill hall, two ballrooms, office space, a cafeteria, dining rooms, a barber shop, 16 bowling lanes—1037 rooms in total—in addition to a powerhouse that generated all electricity for the complex.

Tours are available on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10am. Tours to fit your schedule are available with at least one week’s notice and only when tour guides are available.  All tours must be booked in advance by calling (313) 832.7100.

Admission: Regularly scheduled tours $15pp, custom-scheduled tours $30pp. Website: http://themasonic.com/index.php. Address: 500 Temple Avenue Detroit, MI 48201

 

Ford Field

Ford Field invites you to tour the stadium for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Detroit’s crown jewel and the home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four.  Ford Field represents Detroit’s history and its future in a single venue.  Ford Field welcomes you to experience this innovation in architecture, as it integrates the Detroit Lions stadium into the historical old Hudson’s warehouse built in 1920’s.  Also, get a peek at a Ford Field suite, an NFL locker room, walk down the tunnel to the field and stand on the turf for a player’s view of the stadium.

Each 25-person tour will start from Gate A or Gate G and will last approximately one hour.

Admission: Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children $5. For hours and available dates, please check the website http://www.fordfield.com/stadium-info/about-ford-field. Phone Number: (313) 262.2100.

 

Motown

Detroit is the birthplace of Motown Music.  In 1959 Berry Gordy opened the first ever Motown recording studio called ‘Hitsville USA” the Motown museum has preserved this studio and now thousands of people visit Berry’s studio every year.  The museum features many Motown artifacts, photographers, and other memorabilia.  Walk through Studio A where many famous artists such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson 5 all produced their hit music.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm, closed Sunday and Monday. Last tour stars an hour before closing. Admission: $15pp. Phone Number (313) 875.2264

Address: 2648 West Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208

Check the website for more information www.motownmuseum.org

 

Pewabic Pottery

Schedule a guided group tour to understand how Pewabic evolved from an innovative early 20th-century pottery to a contemporary 21st- century studio.  Your Pewabic docent will lead you through our past and present, beginning with a look at our historic exhibit, Journey of a Pioneering Spirit: The Life of Mary Chase Perry Stratton along with early Pewabic pieces in our Museum.  You’ll also see the workings of today’s pottery- with a walk through our Fabrication Studio, where you can watch our artisans create Pewabic wares from start to finish.  Finally, you’ll have an opportunity to create your own tile and peruse our Gallery of Studio Artists, which continues the fines in contemporary ceramic work by over 70 North American artists.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm.  Phone Number (313) 626.2000

Address: 10125 E Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48214

Website: www.pewabic.org

 

Museums

 

Belle Isle Park (Aquarium, Museums, Casino)

Belle Isle Park is a 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island park, located in the international waters of the Detroit River. Inspired by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s design in the 1880s, the park was created to provide an urban oasis in Detroit. Affectionately named the “Jewel of Detroit”, Belle Isle has significant natural, architectural, and cultural resources.  Almost one third of the island is a natural wooded area that is home to a wide variety of small animals and birds. The park features a n umber of historic public landmarks including the Belle Isle Aquarium, Belle Isle Casino, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lake Museum, and the James Scott Memorial Fountain.

Admission to enter Belle Isle Park is $11 for Michigan registered vehicles and $9 for out of state vehicles.

 

Belle Isle Aquarium: Admission: Free admission. Hours: Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Phone Number (313)402.0466. Website: http://www.belleisleconservancy.org/belle-isle-aquarium. Address: 900 Inselruhu Ave., Detroit, MI 48207

 

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Admission: Free admission. Hours: Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm. Phone Number: (313) 833.1805. Website: http://detroithistorical.org/dossin-great-lakes-museum/plan-your-visit/general-information. Address: 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207

 

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory: Admission: Free admission. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Phone Number: (313) 821.5428. Website: http://www.belleisleconservancy.org/anna-scripps-whitcomb-conservatory. Address: 900 Inselruhu Ave., Detroit, MI 48207.

 

Belle Isle Casino: Admission: Free admission. Hours: Sunday-Saturday 6am-10pm. Phone Number (313) 224.1100. Call for more information.  Address: 1 Sunset Dr., Detroit, MI 48209

 

James Scott Memorial Fountain: Address: Sunset Dr., Detroit, MI 48207

 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Founded in 1965, The Wright Museum opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American History and culture.  An amazing adventure of history, art and achievement awaits you or your group at The Wright!

Hours: Closed Monday, Sunday 1pm-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm.  Admission: Adults $8, Senior (62+) $5. Phone Number: (313) 494-5800

Address: Wayne State University, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

Website: www.thewright.org

 

 Detroit Science Center

The mission of the Michigan Science Center is to inspire curios minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment.  With live stage shows, and IMAX Dome Theatre, a planetarium, 250+ hands-on exhibits, lab activities and special exhibits, you will not be disappointed on your visit to the Detroit Science Center.

Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-6pm.  Admission: Adults $14, Child 12 and under, and senior (60+) $11. Phone Number: (313) 577.8400

Address: 15020 John R. St., Detroit, MI 48202

Website: www.mi-sci.org

 

Henry Ford Museum

Looking for inspiring things to do? From race cars to freedom rides, modular houses to microprocessors, the wide-ranging exhibits of Henry Ford Museum bring you face to face with real things that have the power to inspire, inform and engage you in ways no image or description can do on its own.

Hours: Open Daily from 9:30am-5pm.  Admission: Adults $19, Seniors $18. Phone Number: (313) 982.6001

Address: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124

Website: www.thehenryford.org

 

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit or MOCAD is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Detroit’s cultural center.  The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. For more information, check out www.mocadetroit.org.

 Phone Number: 1-888-588-7279

Address: 2999 East Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020

 

Casinos

 

Greektown Casino

Greektown Casino-Hotel in Downtown Detroit is one of three casino resort hotels in the city.

Hours: Daily 24hrs.  Free Admission. Phone Number: (313) 223.2999

Address: 555 E. Lafayette St., Detroit, MI 48226

Website: www.greektowncasino.com

 

MGM Grand Detroit

This sprawling Downtown casino hotel is only blocks away from Grand Circus Park and a short walk from a People Mover station. This casino offers several restaurants and bars, along with a nightclubs featuring live entertainment. 

Hours: Daily 24hrs. Phone Number: (877) 888.2121.

Address: 1777 3rd Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

 

Motor City Casino

Located in Downtown Detroit, this casino offers restaurants, bars, nightclubs and live entertainment.

Hours: Daily 24hrs. Phone Number: (800) 270.7117

Address: 2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

 

Historical Landmarks and Venues

 

Detroit International Riverfront

The Detroit International Riverfront is a tourist attraction and landmark of Detroit, MI extending from the Ambassador Bridge in the west to Belle Isle in the east, for a total of 5 ½ miles. The International Riverfront encompasses a cruise ship passenger terminal and dock, a marina, a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas along with Cobo Convention/Exhibition Center and Joe Louis Arena.  The Marriott at the Renaissance Center is situated along the International Riverfront.

 

Detroit Opera House

Located on the corners of Broadway Street and Madison Street at Grand Circus Park, the theater now known as the Detroit Opera House was originally opened January 12, 1922, as the Capitol Theater.  At the time of its gala premiere, the 4,250-seat theater claimed to be the fifth largest in the world.  The theater was the first in a series of palatial vaudeville and moving picture houses built I the Grand Circus Park area in the 1920s.  Designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, whose genius for theater design took him to cities around the nation, the building was constructed with superb acoustics and in the style of the grand European opera houses. Crane also designed such Detroit landmarks as the Fox Theater, State Theater, and the acoustically perfect Orchestra Hall.

For more information, visit http://www.michiganopera.org/detroit-opera-house/about-the-opera-house/.

Address: 1526 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226. Phone Number: (313) 237.7464

 

Fisher Building

The Fisher Building has brightened the skyline of Metropolitan Detroit since 1928, consisting of 28 story central tower and tow 11 story wings in virtual campus environment as the norther anchor to the heart of Downtown. The Fisher is the premier landmark office address in the downtown market, expertly constructed of Minnesota Granite and Maryland marble. The Fisher Building is considered Detroit’s largest art object featuring a vaulted ceiling of frescoes with bronze, marble, brass and gold leaf mosaics. This elegant art deco office and retail building houses restaurants, banks, shops, services, art galleries and renowned Fisher Theatre. For more information, check out http://fisherbldg.com/history.html. Address 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202.

 

Fox Theatre

Tours are available by appointment only, for groups of 15 or more. Tours are offered Monday-Friday on non-event days.  Tickets are $10pp.

Your group will experience a behind the scenes tour of the magnificently restored Fox Theatre.  This 45 minute, walking tour of the interior of the Fox Theatre showcases its exquisite beauty and extravagant architectural design.  You will be awed by the six-story high grand lobby, the 13-foot diameter chandelier inside the auditorium, and unique gold-embellished decorations from around the world! Explore the history of the fabulous Fox Theatre, which has hosted the world’s biggest stars for more than 75 years.  Learn more about the legendary acts who have graced our stage including, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Seinfeld and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular! Time prevailing the tour will stop at the Senate, home of the Detroit Theater Organ Society.

To schedule a tour, visit http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/events/group-sales/fox-theatre-tours.   

Address: 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201

 

Guardian Building

The Guardian Building is a timeless depiction of creativity and accomplishment, it represents a past era enriched by people who believed in the success of Detroit and its many cultures.  The building has been designated a National Historic Landmark, the highest honor given by the National Park Service.  This historic skyscraper.  For more information, check out http://guardianbuilding.com/.

Address: 500 Griswold St., Detroit, MI 48226. Phone Number: (313) 963.4567

 

Joe Louis Arena

Home of the 11-time Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena proudly stands along the banks of the Detroit River.  The 20,058-seat arena opened its doors in 1979 and regularly hots exciting attractions, including professional sports, college hockey, concerts, ice shows, circuses and much more.

Address: 19 Steve Yzerman Dr., Detroit, MI 48226.  For more information, check out http://www.olympiaentertainment.com/venues/detail/joe-louis-arena

 

Monument to Joe Louis

The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as “The Fist”, is a memorial to the boxer Detroit’s Hart Plaza.  Dedicated on October 16, 1986, the sculpture, commissioned by Sports Illustrated magazine from the Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham, is a 24-foot-long arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot0high pyramidal framework. It represents the power of his punch both inside and outside the ring.  Because of his efforts to fight Jim Crow laws, the fist was symbolically aimed toward racial injustice.  Graham referred to the sculpture as a “battering ram”.

Address: Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226. Phone Number: (313) 516.4531.

 

The Fillmore Detroit

The Fillmore Detroit is a beautiful historic venue located in the heart of Detroit’s entertainment district. Originally opened in 1925 as a movie house, this elegant venue has been renovated to offer guests a unique concert and special event experience.  As you walk through the grand lobby of The Fillmore Detroit you are embraced by the nostalgia of the original Fillmore chandeliers and the history they represent. Also, catch a glimpse of the infamous rock poster wall featuring a small sampling of the endless artists who have graced this magnificent stage. For more information, visit www.thefillmoredetroit.com. Address: 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. Phone Number (313) 961.5451.

 

The Spirit of Detroit

The Spirit of Detroit is a city monument that represents the city of Detroit.  The bronze statue was commissioned for $58,000 in 1955 by Marshall Fredricks and was dedicated in 1958.  The 26-foot sculpture was the largest cast bronze statue since the Renaissance at the time it was built. In the statue’s left hand it holds a gilt bronze sphere, emanating rays to symbolize God, and in its right it holds a family group symbolizing all human relationships. The Spirit of Detroit is often seen wearing Detroit’s professional team’s jerseys if a particular team is in the playoffs. You can find the Spirit of Detroit at the Coleman A. Young Center on Woodward Ave.

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