Michigan Life


Nearly 20% of Michiganders are employed in the agriculture industry.
10 Food Capitals of Michigan: Small Towns With Big Agricultural Names

Traverse City’s status as the Cherry Capital of the world is known far and wide; but when it comes to other crops, there are plenty of cities and towns across the Mitten that have made a name for themselves and their bountiful harvests.

Michigan is filled with dog-friendly beaches.
21 Dog-Friendly Michigan Beaches That’ll Give Your Pooch the Zoomies

We’re rounding out the dog days of summer with some great beaches across Michigan that welcome your four-legged friends.

Community Foundation of Greater Flint CEO Isaiah Oliver circulates during a library opening in Flint, Mich., on Thursday, May 19, 2022. As the foundation’s first Flint native and first Black leader since it was founded in 1988, Oliver works to build bridges between marginalized people and wealthy donors. (Sean Work/The Chronicle of Philanthropy via AP)
Homegrown Foundation Leader Builds Bridges, Trust in Flint

As Flint grapples with its water crisis, the Greater Holy Temple Church has been one of the main distribution hubs for donated water, food, clothing, and other essential items.

Detroit’s Polish suburb of Hamtramck is known for its tasty paczki. (MichaIPL via Wikimedia Commons)
Food History: Polish Immigrants Bring Passion for Paczki to Michigan

Michigan is big on paczki because we have a thriving population of Polish immigrants who migrated here near the turn of the 20th Century.

Smoked fish is a staple of Michigander cuisine. (James Sisk via Flickr)
Smoked Whitefish: Michigan’s Oldest Dish is a Northern Michigan Staple

Though perhaps not as well known as pasties, smoked fish is a staple of Michigan cuisine in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

Plenty of historic Michigan theaters are still playing movies and hosting live performances today.
Cherished Cinema: 6 Historic Michigan Theaters Thriving as Labors of Love

Movies and performing arts have become such a monumental part of our culture that it feels like a required piece of Main Street, USA.

Detroit-style pizza is rectangular with a thick crust. (dalecruse/flickr)
Hip to Be Square: How the Auto Industry Shaped Detroit-Style Pizza

Detroit-style pizza is square-shaped, deep-dish pan pizza with crisp edges. And it’s a beloved culinary favorite of the Motor City.