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The Best of … University City

Publisher Edward Gardner Lewis penned the first chapter of University City’s history back in 1902. He purchased 85 acres to create a residential district and new headquarters for his company and later served as the town’s first mayor. Known locally as U. City, the neighborhood is a favorite destination for food, drink, shopping and fun, most notably in The Loop district along Delmar Boulevard. More information is available at visittheloop.com. Be sure to check availability before visiting.

Established: 1906
Named in Honor of: Washington University
Notable Landmarks: City Hall, Blueberry Hill
Historical Features: The Loop, St. Louis Walk of Fame

local shops
Vintage Vinyl: Get the local spin on a variety of LPs, CDs and DVDs.
Subterranean Books: The independent retailer offers a large collection of titles, including ebooks and audiobooks.

bars & restaurants
Blueberry Hill: The iconic restaurant includes the famed Duck Room where rock ’n’ roll legend Chuck Berry entertained fans.
Fitz’s: Burgers, ice cream, root beer and other treats are on the menu.
Corner 17: Homemade Asian noodles are at the heart of this restaurant’s cuisine.

Heman Park: An 85-acre park with a community center and recreational facilities
Ruth Park Woods: Twenty-three acres of wooded parkland and trails

annual events 
The Loop Ice Carnival (January): A variety of fun outdoor activities including ice sculptures and games
U. City in Bloom Plant Sales (April and October): Benefiting the nonprofit that maintains public plantings
Jazz Festival (June): A musical tradition in Heman Park

Photos courtesy University City Public Library and blueberryhill.com