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South Lake Union Discovery Center

Centrally located at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue N., the South Lake Union Discovery Center is ideal for your community event, private party or corporate function. The Discovery Center is a stylish, flexible facility that offers a modern backdrop to complement your event—indoors or outdoors! The Discovery Center also offers a display devoted to the area’s history, information about places to do business, an interactive model of the entire neighborhood and helpful staff to guide you. To schedule a walk-through, check availability and get a quote for your event, call the Discovery Center at 206-342-5900 or email events@discoverslu.com. You can also take a virtual tour here! Please visit our business page for additional information.

Activities in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is a neighborhood with a distinct live-work-play culture. By day, you’ll see streets bustling with everyone from biologists, to tech mavens and their furry friends. They’ll be visiting the Pike Place Market Express market for fresh produce during their lunch hour, or swinging by a Pronto bicycle-sharing station en route to their next stop. At night, the robust dining scene attracts locals and visitors alike. And when it’s time to play, the options are endless. The walkable neighborhood is home to many events including the annual South Lake Union Block Party. Attractions like the REI flagship store’s indoor climbing wall and watersports at Lake Union Park keep you happy and healthy. And that’s just the start. You can stay up to date about all that South Lake Union has to offer by subscribing to the Discover SLU eNewsletter.

South Lake Union History

Although South Lake Union had humble beginnings, innovation was always a core value of the neighborhood. From sawmills fed by floating logs, to industrial pioneers, big thinkers shaped the area. This didn’t stop when Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen invested $30 million to kick-start an effort to acquire land in South Lake Union to fulfill the City of Seattle’s vision of the Seattle Commons, a massive park which would run from the downtown core to Lake Union. Although the measure was not approved, Allen shifted gears, formed Vulcan Real Estate and developed the acquired land into what you see today. South Lake Union is now home to a diverse mix of retail businesses, office buildings, condominiums and apartments, all designed with an emphasis on walkability, excellent public transportation and sustainable design and construction. The neighborhood was even designated as one of seven Innovation Districts in the United States by the Brookings Institute because of its emphasis on connectivity, technology and community.

Live & Work in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is a unique neighborhood within the City of Seattle, comprised of 170 acres of parks, community amenities, LEED-certified commercial and residential buildings as well as lakefront access and a myriad of alternative transit options. Both residents and business owners are drawn to the neighborhood because of its pedestrian-oriented infrastructure and modern approach to place-making. Public art, pocket parks and historic buildings provide tranquility and a rich culture. From retail, to life sciences, to tech startups, the one thing all businesses in South Lake Union have in common is a desire to innovate and evolve. We’re still growing, and you can join us. Contact Vulcan Real Estate’s Office and Retail Leasing department at 206-342-2000, or email geralynv@vulcan.com to discuss opportunities.

Upcoming Events

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June 30, 5:00 pm

Beer Camp Across America

America’s largest craft beer festival is coming to Seattle! This summer, Beer Camp on Tour takes over Gas Works Park with hundreds of craft beers, the city’s best food trucks, live music and good times. Every craft brewer in the nation is invited and you are, too!

The Pacific Northwest is the cradle of hops in the U.S., so it’s fitting that Seattle is among the best established craft beer scenes in the country, filled with passionate brewers and beer drinkers.

Join us in Seattle to celebrate the craft beer community and the importance of collaboration nationally and internationally!

For tickets: http://www.beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/seattle/

July 9, 8:00 am

See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon

On July 9th, our organization, See Jane Run, will be producing a special event in the Eastlake Neighborhood called See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon. The Eastlake Neighborhood has been chosen as the location for this event because the race is utilizing the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. We are thrilled to be guests in your neighborhood and it’s important to us that we are communicating clearly with you, the neighbors.

This relatively flat course starts and ends at Gas Works Park. Along the course you will travel through the unique Fremont area, over the Fremont Bridge along the Ship Canal Path and south around Lake Union. Return to Gas Works Park via the University Bridge and the lovely Wallingford Neighborhood. You’ll get scenic views of Seattle waterways, floating homes, parks and quirky neighborhoods.
• Event hours are from 8:00am-12:00pm on Sunday, July 9th.
• We will be loading in beginning at 4:00am on July 9th at Gas Works Park, and will load out until 3:00pm on July 9th.
• We will leave your neighborhood as we found it: litter and recycling will be handled by CleanScapes.
• During the event hours, we expect between 900 and 1,200 attendees per day.
• Streets may be closed or have limited vehicle and/or pedestrian access between the hours of 8:00am on July 9th through 12:00pm on July 9th.
• We will have amplified sound during the hours of 9:00am-12:00pm on July 9th.
o Amplified sound includes music and announcements
o Amplified sound will only take place at Gas Works Park

We are working closely with the City of Seattle Special Events Committee to minimize the impacts of the event. Our goal is to create an enjoyable and positive experience in your neighborhood.

July 15-16

Seattle Street Food Festival


Free Admission and Family-Friendly.

Come on out and celebrate Seattle’s largest outdoor summer food festival’s 5th anniversary in South Lake Union on July 15th and 16th, 2017.

We are thrilled to bring you over 75 delicious shops curbside. It’s always free to the public and family-friendly with food and local handmade shops over four city blocks.

From food trucks, pop-ups to some of the best restaurants in town curbside for you to enjoy all weekend long.

August 11-13

Fred Hutch Obliteride


 Aug. 11-13, 2017
You can bike all year, but only one weekend a year is it surrounded with the best food, fun, and feeling that is Obliteride. Mark your calendar, and start getting excited for the 5th year anniversary of an event that has become an annual tradition in the community.

This weekend brings together a community whose collective spirit of relentlessness will create the world we all want to live in. A world where cancer is behind us. As we train and fundraise throughout the year and ride across the Finish Line on Sunday, Aug. 13, we remember who we’re riding for; the loved ones who lost their battle, those currently battling, for kids who will be impacted by this disease and all those survivors who are still with us today because of research happening at Fred Hutch. This bike ride is a journey where everyone is riding for the same thing – better treatments, better outcomes and better lives.

Together, we’ve raised over $9.2 million to date; every rider-raised dollar goes toward lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. Each year, we’re looking to recruit more riders, fundraise more money, have more fun and ultimately allow our scientists to explore more cures that will save the lives of our loved ones.

For more information or to register: http://www.obliteride.org/


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