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Downtown Chattanooga

Where do people come to be a part of the energy and excitement of Chattanooga? Downtown! It’s the place to live, play, grow, innovate and plug directly into the source of what makes Chattanooga one of America’s best cities. Where else but Downtown could be both our favorite place to do business and to get down to the business of having fun? Our common ground and gathering place, it’s the one area that truly belongs to all. Simply, Downtown is where Chattanooga… happens.

What people are saying about Downtown Chattanooga

Chuck Crowder

“I moved from Red Bank to the Southside more than six years ago because I wanted to be in the middle of it all. Now I can't imagine living anywhere else.

My clients, favorite restaurants, music venues, outdoor spaces and more are less than 10 minutes from my front door by car, bike or foot. The Chattanooga Market reminds me weekly just how close I am to the things that matter most to me: a vibrant community that provides outlets and opportunities for work and play.”

June Scobee Rogers & Don Rogers

“Living in the focal point of Chattanooga brings a lot of convenience to our lives. It's hard to place a value on being able to walk to all your favorite restaurants, or never having to worry about parking. Downtown has some great townhome options in addition to all of its other perks, so it was by far the best place for us to live.

We find ourselves doing more things on a whim because they're so close by and accessible. And, we love having the amenities of a bigger city without sacrificing the character of Chattanooga.”

Tahnika & Armando Rodriguez

“We love being able to walk to work and ride our scooters around to any restaurant, shop or store we need to visit. The location of our Southside town home is perfect for getting around the bustling downtown area, but just far enough away to be very quiet, peaceful and neighborly. We’re meeting new friends and feel more in touch with the community. It’s just great.”

Brandi Hill

“I love riding my bike around town. The safety of the bike lanes and challenging hills – not to mention the beautiful views from the bridges – makes urban cycling just as fun as trail runs. Plus, it beats finding a parking space on busy days.”

Dede Debose

“My kids and I adore having all of our favorite play spots within walking or biking distance. Whether it’s the farmer’s market, our favorite restaurants, parks, movies or friends, there’s not much we have to hop in the car for since we made downtown our home.”

Main Street Residents
Tripp & Jennifer Goodman

“We moved from the suburbs down to the Southside, where our family business has been located for nearly 40 years. The main reason was that with work, after-work and weekend activities, we found ourselves spending more time downtown than we did at home.”

Owners-Community Pie, Taco Mamacita, Milk & Honey & Urban Stack
Mike & Taylor Monen

“When it came time to decide on a location for our new restaurant concept, the North Shore just made sense. It’s where we hang out most often and more importantly, it’s where our friends and potential customers go to have a good time.”

Owner, Embellish
Terri Holley

“The uniqueness of our downtown is what makes Chattanooga one of America's best mid-size cities.”

CEO/President, Kelly Auto Group
Tim Kelly

“Our family business has been investing in downtown since the opening of our first car dealership back in the 30's. And despite the pressure to move it elsewhere, we've always gone against the grain and believed in downtown. It's the continued renaissance and our customer's love of our location that makes downtown work for us.”



Did you know?

Chattanooga is one of America's best places to live, according to a 2008 a list.



Office & Retail Space

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Major Companies / Employers

Erlanger Health System 7149 Employees
Hamilton County Department of Education 6075 Employees
BlueCross BlueShield of TN 4376 Employees
Tennessee Valley Authority 4222 Employees
Memorial Health Care System 3776 Employees
McKee Foods Corporation 2950 Employees
Unum 2800 Employees
City of Chattanooga 2693 Employees
Volkswagen Chattanooga 2487 Employees
Hamilton County Government 1942 Employees
Pilgrim‘s Pride Corporation 1700 Employees
CIGNA HealthCare 1375 Employees
Astec Industries 1335 Employees LLC 1207 Employees
Roper Corporation 1200 Employees
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 1139 Employees
Parkridge Medical Center 1129 Employees
U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc. 1000 Employees



Food & Drink

Public Art

Renaissance Park

Renaissance Park is a beautiful wetlands park that is home to three permanent pieces of public art. These include: Ascending Path, by Brad Bourgoynne and Aaron Hussey. This piece honors the site as an intersection of past events with the present and future of the Chattanooga community. The arching form of a bridge and a gateway supports seven silent travelers figures crossing the structure. The figures represent transition speaking to all of those who have moved through Chattanooga either by choice or by force. Renaissance Park is also home to “Tennessee Leaf” by Terry Allen and “A Place in the Wood” by Carol Mickett and Robert Stackhouse, pieces from the Hunter Museum’s Art in Public Places program.

Bluff View
River Gallery Sculpture Garden

River Gallery Sculpture Garden, designed by landscape architect Joe Baasch, is a two-acre outdoor exhibit space located in the Bluff View Art District overlooking the Tennessee River and was recently included in Smithsonian’s Archives of American Gardens.

Visitors to River Gallery Sculpture Garden enjoy one of the Southeast’s most impressive private collections of contemporary American sculpture, including work by Leonard Baskin, Allan Houser, Isamu Noguchi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, and Ernest Trova.

River Gallery Sculpture Garden is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. until dusk, year-round. There is no charge for admission and printed guides can be obtained at the Sculpture Garden entrance for self-guided tours, or guided tours can be arranged through River Gallery. Exhibit information and images are available by contacting River Gallery.

First Street Sculpture Garden

The First Street Sculpture Garden is at First and Market Streets in downtown Chattanooga. Take a walk east on 1st Street through the Sculpture Garden to reach the Holmberg Bridge that will bring you to Hunter Museum and Bluff View Arts District. Open 24 hours.

Sculpture Fields at Montague Park
The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park  is a 30-acre oasis nestled in the Southside arts district with an iconic backdrop of Lookout Mountain. The goal of this park is to foster and encourage cultural creativity through monumental sculpture exhibitions, diverse recreational and educational offerings and above all, to be a welcoming, vibrant place of enjoyment, connectivity and transformation. Open from dawn til dusk and free of charge, Montague Park hopes to foster and encourage a creative and culturally attuned environment in and around Chattanooga, winning additional acclaims one of America's Southeast treasures.
Main Street

Since 2006, Public Art Chattanooga has organized an outdoor juried exhibition called “Art on Main” along the bustling sidewalks of Main Street. The exhibition rotates every two years and features the works of local/regional artists. 

Festivals & Events

Nightfall Concert Series

Hands down one of the best social events for locals and visitors alike. Catch some of America’s best-known live bands (even before they become famous). Or, just socialize with your neighbors every Friday night May thru September in Miller Plaza. Don't miss this year's soon-to-be-famous line-up! Admission is free.


RiverRocks is a family-friendly outdoors event featuring rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, rowing, cycling, off-road biking, hiking and hang gliding for both expert and novice competitors as well as casual participants of all ages. The 10-day October event also features entertainment such as live music, hot air balloons, skydivers, river cruises and more.

Wine Over Water

Wine Over Water hosts more than 100 wineries exhibiting their creations among food vendors on the Walnut Street Bridge overlooking the Tennessee River. A great Saturday evening in October for hanging out with friends and sampling fine wines – and it all benefits Cornerstones for Historic Preservation.

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

Hear the best bluegrass in the world without ever leaving the Chattanooga area. World-class performers hit the riverfront for two days each October, sponsored by local Bluegrass lover Fletcher Bright. Bring a chair or blanket, plop down and soak in the music. Admission is free.

Head of Hooch

The Head of the Hooch is the second largest regatta in the country. Watch 1,500+ crews race down the Tennessee River, hear the energy from the high school, college and masters rowing teams and the booming voices of the coxswains as they speed past the finish line in Downtown Chattanooga, TN. Held each November on the Riverfront.

Pops on the River

Celebrate July 4th with a patriotic concert by the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO). Pops on the River concludes with a patriotic fireworks finale over the Tennessee River. Grab a blanket, a cooler and the kids and plop down in Coolidge Park for an evening of great music and fun. Admission is free.

Riverbend Festival

The Riverbend Festival is an award-winning nine-day music festival that takes place on the Riverfront each June. Boasting five stages and world-class entertainment ranging from classic rock, to country, urban and bluegrass and plenty of food and activities, Riverbend has something for everyone – including the largest fireworks display of the year.

Riverfront Nights

Presented by Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Tennessee and anchored by entertainment sponsors State Farm of Tennessee, this “green themed” series of free Saturday night shows features exciting musical acts performed from the “green|spaces” stage.

Southern Brewer's Festival

There's one thing thirsty Chattanoogans like better than anything else – cold beer. And not just the super market variety, but the handcrafted nectar of micro brews from all around the South. Check out more than 100 of them one special Saturday in August on the Riverfront at this annual benefit.

4 Bridges Art Festival

Chattanoogans support the arts in very tangible ways, and festival participants have spread the word to practicing artists across the country. As a result, more than 700 artists apply to participate in the 4 Bridges Art Festival, but only 150 artists are selected to exhibit their painting, glasswork, jewelry, textiles, sculpture and more each April.

Armed Forces Day Parade

Presented by the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council and Hamilton County, Chattanooga’s Armed Forces Day Parade is the longest-running celebration of its kind in the nation. Held annually on the first Friday in May with free admission, the parade travels up Market Street in a procession featuring JROTC units, military vehicles, bands and patriotic businesses and organizations.



Chattabrewga is Chattanooga's premier special-release and rare-beer festival held every year in May. Be prepared for an exceptional craft beer experience with unlimited tastings. 


Chattanooga Market

From the art and music to the locally grown organic produce and tasty food and groceries – it’s all home grown. The Chattanooga Market is great way to spend your Sunday afternoon seeing friends and stocking up on weekly provisions. Held at the First Tennessee Pavilion from April until December each year. Check out their Oktoberfest held in October. Admission is free.

Main Street Farmers Market
Main Street Farmers Market provides Chattanooga with a weekly supply of healthy, tasty and fresh foods grown in the Chattanooga region. This market is producer only and farmer ran. You will find seasonal and delicious items to add to your table like eggs, beef, chicken, honey, blueberries, milk, peppers, tomatoes, and artisanal items like bread, pastry, coffee, and cheese. This market located at the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets runs every Wednesday: 4-6p.m. (4-5p.m. in the winter).

Parks & Recreation

City Center
Miller Park

Miller Park is currently under construction in a multi-million dollar renovation that will add a beautiful green lawn, animated pavilion and interactive rock outcropping along with a clear connection across MLK Boulevard to Miller Plaza. 

City Center
Miller Plaza

This 26,000-square-foot River City Company owned and maintained park was built to compliment the adjacent Miller Park. In addition to the 5,600-square-foot enclosed Waterhouse Pavilion and massive outdoor performance stage, Miller Plaza is home to many outdoor events such as the annual Nightfall Concert Series and events within the pavilion, including many weddings and other private affairs due to its rental availability. Restaurants line the plaza, which also boasts two water features and serene outdoor seating areas.

Waterhouse Pavilion is available for rent for parties, receptions and other events.

Coolidge Park

Opened in 1999, Coolidge Park is a 13-acre public park on the Northshore of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. The park includes a restored historic carousel, and interactive water feature, a multi-purpose pavilion, a canoe/kayak launch, a floating restaurant, curving walkways, green meadows and river overlooks. The park is nestled below the 112-year old Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and is named in honor of World War II Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge. More than 30 restaurants and shops surround the park, which is located adjacent to trendy Frazier Avenue.

Renaissance Park

Renaissance Park is situated on a 23-acre site on the north shore of the Tennessee River across the Market Street Bridge from Chattanooga’s downtown business and tourism district. The park is built on land that is rich with Chattanooga history. The design of the park reflects this history while providing unique opportunities for recreation and relaxation. From grassy hills and lawns to picnic areas, nature trails and historic markers, Renaissance Park is one the jewels of the 21st Century Waterfront Plan. Read about its environmental and economic impact here.

Ross's Landing Plaza

This unique four-acre plaza serves as the setting for the $45 million Tennessee Aquarium, linking it to the visitor’s center and surrounding development, as well as the Tennessee Riverwalk. Ross’s Landing Plaza includes a timeline of local history containing numerous artifacts and exhibits relating to Chattanooga’s rich cultural historical and geographical significance. The design team was mandated to hire both local and national artists to ensure that public art was a major component of the design. The designs help tell the story of the community’s evolution with artifacts and text depicting the Trail of Tears, Civil War and railroad heritage.

Tennessee Riverpark & Riverwalk

The Tennessee Riverpark is a wonderful collection of picnic areas, playgrounds, fishing piers, river and stream overlooks, wetlands, rowing centers, public parking and restrooms along the southern shore of the Tennessee River.

Part of the Riverpark system, the Tennessee Riverwalk stretches along the southern shore of the Tennessee River for 13 miles. This linear park allows someone to bike, jog or walk from Ross’ Landing downtown to the Chickamauga Dam. See how to access the Riverwalk from Downtown by clicking here

The Block
Always an outdoor centered town, Chattanooga's outdoor reputation is represented in the heart of our city with The Block. One of the largest adaptive re-use projects in Chattanooga's history, The Block includes a Rock/Creek outfitters, Chattz Coffee and High Point Climbing and Fitness a 28,00 square foot climbing and bouldering gym with a 11,000 square foot public art piece with 5,000 square feet of functional climbing space on the face of the building along with Kid Zone by High Point, a dynamic kid centered climbing area.
Northshore & Riverfront
Walnut Street Bridge

The oldest and largest surviving truss bridge in the South, the more than 100-year-old Walnut Street Bridge was saved from demolition and renovated as a pedestrian bridge in 1993. Now visitors and locals enjoy safe passage across the Tennessee River from the Hunter Museum of American art over to the trendy north shore and back – as well as a prime view for holiday fireworks on the river.

Main Terrain Art Park
Located between West 13th Street and West Main Street, Main Terrain Art Park is the newest and much needed green space in the Southside district. Made possible through a National Endowment of the Arts Grant matched by the Lyndhurst Foundation, the City of Chattanooga, and Ross/Fowler Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Main Terrain offers interactive art pieces that double as a fitness alternative. 
Sculpture Fields at Montague Park
The Sculpture Fields at Montague Park  is a 30-acre oasis nestled in the Southside arts district with an iconic backdrop of Lookout Mountain. The goal of this park is to foster and encourage cultural creativity through monumental sculpture exhibitions, diverse recreational and educational offerings and above all, to be a welcoming, vibrant place of enjoyment, connectivity and transformation. Open from dawn til dusk and free of charge, Montague Park hopes to foster and encourage a creative and culturally attuned environment in and around Chattanooga, winning additional acclaims one of America's Southeast treasures.
Sanctuary Skate Park

Chattanooga has constructed an ESPN regulation skatepark and outdoor in-line hockey arena on the Southside near Finley Stadium and First Tennessee Pavilion. The park features an on-site Pro Shop for skateboards, in-line skates, BMX gear and related equipment. Sanctuary provides a safe, secure and controlled venue for skate and BMX bike enthusiasts of all ages.