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  • 40th Street Summer Series

    Free monthly outdoor concerts in University City

    Once a month every month this summer, talented musicians and performers perform an array of acts for attendees at the series of free outdoor concerts.

    University City District ups the cool factor to combat the summer heat with the return of the 40th Street Summer Series, free outdoor concerts on the last Saturdays of June, July, August and September.

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  • Abner’s Cheesesteaks

    Old-school Philly cheesesteaks

    A campus stalwart for more than 20 years, Abner’s enjoys such lasting popularity that it actually ships its real-deal steaks to former University City students and residents throughout the country. They also offer pizza, stromboli, sandwiches and more until the wee hours of the morning.

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  • Addams Gallery

    This is one of the many galleries where students and faculty of Penn’s finearts and architecture programs exhibit their work. Located in Addams Hall, it hosts approximately four openings per semester.

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  • Ajia Japanese Fusion

    With an all-you-can-eat menu, Japanese restaurant Ajia places a strong emphasis on teriyaki and sushi. Popular rice specials for lunch are especially affordable.

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  • American Apparel

    Simple tees made in the USA

    American-made basics abound in a rainbow of colors at the University City location of this scenester-approved outfitter. All clothing is made in the United States.

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  • Amtrak

    Philadelphia is expertly served by Amtrak

    If you need to get to Philadelphia quickly, Acela Express trains running between Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, are the way to go. Amtrak offers quick, comfortable travel between the cities seven days a week.

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  • Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Premier performance space at the University of Pennsylvania

    As one of the nation’s premier urban performing arts centers on a university campus, Annenberg puts on all genres of cultural performance. Jazz, world music, dramatic touring theater and local Philadelphia artists make the venue a place toexplore “adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and timeless ideas.”

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  • Arthur Ross Gallery

    Global art on campus

    In just one room, Arthur Ross Gallery houses objects from Penn’s collections, as well as other major public and private collections. Though compact, it’s notable for its home in a Frank Furness-designed late-Victorian Romanesque building, completed in 1891.

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  • Artisserie Chocolate Cafe

    Sweet treats, boxed chocolates and more

    Artisserie specializes in a wide array of boxed chocolates, as well as cupcakes, cookies, specialty desserts and other confections best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee.

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  • Avril 50

    Papers and coffee from around the world

    With a selection of international coffee, chocolate, tobacco and tea and an array of postcards, this tiny shop tucked along charming Sansom Street is a must-stop for lovers of foreign cultures. They can also browse a newsstand that holds newspapers, academic journals and high-end fashion magazines from countries and continents as diverse as Europe, China, Israel and Lebanon.

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  • Baby Blues BBQ

    Smokin’ cue on campus

    The Philly outpost of a brand that has multiple locations in California, Baby Blues is a U-City favorite for ribs, pulled pork, brisket and soulful sides galore.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    The buck stops here

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    The Dollar Stroll is an annual summer series that sees more than 30 West Philly businesses setting up shop on the sidewalk and offering their wares for just $1. The cheap thrills are accompanied by live music and street performances.

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  • BlackStar Film Festival

    Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema

    The BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

    Now in its third year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.

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  • Breadboard

    The intersection of art and technology

    Breadboard is a facility designed to push the boundaries of hands-on creative innovation in a state-of-the-art workshop environment.

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  • Bridgewater’s Pub

    Grand drinks in Philadelphia’s central train station

    Located in 30th Street Station, Bridgewater’s offers commuters and travelers a seasonally changing menu and wide selection of imported and local beers, all served in an upbeat atmosphere. The menu includes ethnic and American specialties such as duck pot stickers, ceviche, baba ghanoush, rabbit sliders and salmon BLTs—and it all changes depending on the mood of the chef.

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  • Bulletin Building

    George Howe’s last major commission

    Designed with Louis McAllister Jr., this simple modern structure was built as the offices and production plant for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin newspaper.

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  • Carina Tea & Waffles

    A unique and tasty combo in University City

    Carina Tea & Waffles offers high-quality loose leaf tea and tasty Belgian waffles to hungry and thirsty customers in University City.

    The goal of University City’s Carina Tea & Waffles: Bring high-quality loose leaf tea to Philadelphia as an alternative to coffee — and throw in some tasty Belgian waffles for good measure.

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  • Centennial Bank

    Frank Furness (1876)

    Centennial Bank

    Centennial Bank, restored by Drexel University, includes such typical Furness devices as squat columns, pointed windows, and decorative brick patterns.

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  • Class of 1923 Arena

    Cooler than being cool

    Home to local collegiate hockey games and many other on-ice activities, this 2,500-seat rink is the largest collegiate indoor arena in the state of Pennsylvania.

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  • Covenant

    1974 by Alexander Liberman

    Covenant by Alexander Liberman

    Forty-five feet high, the red tubes of Alexander Liberman’s steel structure span Locust Walk, creating a focal point for Penn’s residential area. As the title indicates, the artist wanted to convey a feeling of bonding together for a high purpose. Besides being a pioneer in large abstract sculpture, Liberman had a major impact on fashion publishing, serving as art director for Vogue and editorial director of Condé Nast Publications.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this deliciously over-the-top Mexican hot spot

    Distrito by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.

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  • Doc Macgrogan’s Oyster House

    Old school quality on the half shell

    Designed as a throwback to the golden days of oyster saloons, Doc Magrogan’s prides itself on selling the freshest seafood, along with a large selection of wine and beer. The owner, an experienced a publican, lists two kinds of oyster shooters on his menu: one with vodka and one with beer.

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  • Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)

    Gear up for outdoor adventures

    The adventure lover’s go-to store, EMS lines its shelves and racks with durable hiking, camping and biking gear, plus footwear and clothing. College IDs get students 20% off full-price EMS-brand items and 15% off national brands.

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  • EKG Exhibition Space

    The intersection of art and technology

    The exhibitions and programs at this gallery showcase contemporary art that intersects with advances in science and technology—and all are free and open to the public. A recent expansion includes a program called Breadboard, an art-and-technology hybrid combining 3-D and a collaborative workshop.

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  • Face Fragment

    1975 by Arlene Love

    A giant, gilded mouth and nose, this sculpture will surely catch your eye, but it was designed as a tribute to other senses — namely, smell and taste, the research interests of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Sculptor Arlene Love often favors partial figures, which allow her to concentrate on what she considers the essential nature of the subject.

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  • Fisher Fine Arts Library

    Frank Furness (1888-90)

    Fisher Fine Arts Library

    On the University of Pennsylvania, Frank Furness (1888-90)

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  • Franklin Field

    Historic home of Penn football

    Operational since the turn of the 20th century, Franklin Field is a nearly 53,000-seat stadium best-known as the home of Penn football and the host of the annual international Penn Relays gathering.

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  • Gia Pronto

    Sip and sit at this Italian cafe

    Outfitted as a retro-modern, all-natural Italian cafe, Gia Pronto satisfies its customers with its leafy salads, crisp panini and steaming hot espresso. All ingredients are free-range, hormone-free and never fried.

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  • Han Dynasty

    Popular for fiery flavors and traditional Schezuan dishes

    Rated one of the top 50 Chinese restaurants in America by CNN, built its reputation on its tasting menu and bold combinations. The menu helpfully assigns a spice level to each entrée, which can be altered to patrons’ tastes.

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  • Han-Wool Restaurant

    Easily accessible Japanese-Korean cuisine

    A mix of Japanese and Korean cuisine is served at this centrally located eatery, attracting students and university faculty alike.

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  • Hidden City Festival

    Contemporary art in forgotten city sites

    The Metropolitan Opera House.

    Find beauty amongst the abandoned, obscure and inaccessible sites around Philadelphia during the second annual Hidden City Festival.

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  • Hilton Inn at Penn

    High-tech luxury in the heart of Philadelphia’s picturesque Ivy League campus

    Enjoy Ivy League accommodations at this hotel located in the heart of the culturally rich and diverse University of Pennsylvania neighborhood. Within easy walking distance of some of the nation’s most prestigious medical and educational centers, the hotel also offers easy access to Philadelphia’s most popular tourist destinations.

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  • Institute of Contemporary Art

    Museum introducing provocative contemporary artists for more than 40 years

    Exhibit at the ICA

    Ever since Andy Warhol and his entourage caused a near-riot here in 1965, the ICA has been shaking up the city with shows revealing the hottest and coolest trends in contemporary art.

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  • Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania

    A haven for modern masters

    Founded in 1963, this leader in the presentation of contemporary art uses exhibitions, commissions, educational programs and publications to share the experience, interpretation and understanding of the work of established and emerging artists. Its galleries have made significant contributions to the nation’s artistic fabric, having hosted wildly controversial exhibitions by Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana.

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  • International House

    Worldly perspective in West Philly

    Primarily a residential center for UPenn international student body, the “I-House” is also home to fascinating artistic and cultural programming, including film screenings, musical performances and speaker series.

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  • JG Domestic

    Garces goes homegrown

    J.G. Domestic in the Cira Centre

    Though Jose Garces’ wheelhouse is Latin cuisine, he takes a decidedly American approach at the aptly named JG Domestic, his creative, whimsical eatery in Cira Centre. Check out happy hour for nice drink deals and occasional live music.

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  • Kelly Writers House

    A place for pens at Penn

    Penn students, faculty, staff and alumni founded this gathering space for writers inside an actual 13-room house on campus. Each semester, the staff hosts around 150 public programs and projects that include poetry readings, film screenings, seminars, dinners, workshops, art exhibits and musical performances.

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  • King Solomon

    1968 by Alexander Archipenko

    Statue of King Solomon.

    The biblical Solomon might not have recognized himself in Alexander Archipenko’s Cubist-influenced bronze, but for modern-day viewers the work is richly evocative. There’s a stern dignity and perhaps a hint of self-righteousness in the king’s bolt upright pose with the points of his robe or cloak framing his head.

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  • Landmark Americana

    Elevated sports bar on Drexel’s main campus

    One of West Philadelphia’s most popular sports bars serves brunch for those early Sunday games and bar snacks for the afternoon and night matches. The large menu takes pub grub to a higher level with international dishes such as carne asada, Caribbean salmon salad and chipotle burritos.

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  • Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University

    Exhibiting the work of local, national and international contemporary artists and designers

    The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

    Since opening in 2002, the Pearlstein Gallery has been committed to exhibiting the work of local, national and international contemporary artists and designers.

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  • Mad Mex

    Hot spot for cool margaritas

    Huge margaritas wash down the tasty Mexican fare at the University City outpost of this tequila bar. The terrace gets especially crowded during happy hour, when margaritas are cheap and hot wings are half-off.

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  • Mandell Theater

    Drexel University’s main performance space

    Mandell is Drexel University’s primary space for student theater, music and dance productions.

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  • Mikey’s American Grill and Sports Bar

    Game-day favorite for cold drafts and big TVs

    With eight 50-inch flat-screen televisions, Mikey’s has established itself as a game-day favorite. American fare and domestic and microbrewed draughts keep patrons around long after the last play.

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  • Native American Voices:
    The People—Here and Now

    Challenging preconceptions of Native American culture at the Penn Museum

    Discover contemporary Native American Voices at the Penn Museum.

    Discover a living tapestry of nations with distinct stories, identities, and contemporary leaders at the Penn Museum’s newest exhibit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now.

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  • New Deck Tavern

    Historic drinking hole on Sansom Street

    Located in three renovated Second Empire-style row houses built in the late 1800s, this tavern boasts a liquor license that dates back to the year Prohibition ended. Along with its half-pound burgers, cheesesteaks, salads and sandwiches, New Deck pours draught beers from around the world and houses one of the largest single malt scotch collections in Philadelphia.

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  • Night Market – Lancaster Avenue

    Popular street food festival returns to West Philly

    Last year's Night Market in Fairmount drew tens of thousands of people for food, drinks, music and more.

    Night Market, Philadelphia’s favorite street food festival with food trucks, live music, beer and art, hits Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia on Thursday, August 14.

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  • Penn Book Center

    Unoffical university bookstore alternative

    Functioning as an unofficial alternative to the University of Pennsylvania’s bookstore, this spot acts as a clearinghouse for new and used textbooks and scholarly and classic works. Local poets gather here for a poetry reading series and what may be the largest poetry section in the city.

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  • Penn Bookstore

    One of the largest bookstores in the city

    Often a stop on author book tours, the University of Pennsylvania’s bookstore carries more than 80,000 titles, making it one of the largest bookshops in the city. Students and visitors can also find Penn apparel, home décor, electronics and baked goods at the coffee shop.

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  • Penn Museum

    Unearthing the riches of the world’s cultural heritage

    A Sphinx at the University of Pennsylvania Archeology and Anthropology Museum

    If you called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.

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  • Penn Park

    The art of fielding

    The beautiful green space at Penn Park in University City.

    A beautiful green area situated between Penn’s campus and the Schuylkill River waterfront, Penn Park features open space and recreational facilities available to the public from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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  • Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar

    House-made pasta and the taste of Italy

    This modern Italian restaurant and wine bar features award-winning pasta, seafood, meats and an expansive wine list. All pastas, except those that are gluten-free, are made in-house, and patrons who’d like to watch the floury magic can congregate around the so-called “pasta bar” every day during lunch.

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  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

    Philly honors Asian American films and filmmakers

    The sixth annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) will celebrate Asian American filims and filmmakers from November 13 – 13, 2013.

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  • Philadelphia Cathedral

    Episcopal Cathedral recalls 4th-century Christian basilica

    The sanctuary of the Philadelphia Cathedral.

    The Church of the Savior, originally built in 1855, was redesigned by Charles Burnes, Jr., in 1889 and rebuilt in 1906 after a fire destroyed most of the original structure. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it was named the first Cathedral of the Pennsylvania diocese in 1992. The 2002 renovation removed the pews to create space consistent with the earliest Christian buildings in design and purpose: a space for worship, community, protection and inspiration.

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  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival

    A family-friendly theatrical extravaganza in University City

    The Phillie Phanatic stops by the International Children's Festival in University City.

    Performers and companies from across the globe converge in University City to share theater that goes beyond simplistic themes and cartoon-like characters.

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  • Philadelphia Runner

    Run a few miles in their shoes

    Started by two hometown runners, this shop carries shoes, apparel and accessories to maximize running and walking performance. Center City and suburban locations extend the running mindset.

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  • Picnic

    Everyday is a good day for a picnic

    Specializing in gourmet prepared foods, this carryout cafe also offers both indoor and outdoor seating for onsite indulging in decadent desserts, hearty sandwiches and more. Most ingredients are seasonal and sourced locally.

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  • Piper Boutique

    Dress up with all-natural clothing

    The stock changes daily at this all-natural women’s clothing boutique, the first location outside of New York. Piper Boutique celebrates rustic style and textile traditions, and the staff is devoted to personalized attention for all customers.

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  • Pizza Rustica

    Wood-fired pizzas and classic Italian cuisine

    The menu offers pasta, salads and sandwiches, but the hand-thrown, hardwood-fired pizzas are the hands-down favorite here. Beer, wine, cocktails and espresso wash down the classic Italian cooking.

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  • Pod

    Superb sushi and dim sum in a spectacular space

    Pod

    Philadelphia’s renowned restaurateur Stephan Starr is behind Pod, a popular and stylish pan-Asian restaurant in University City.

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  • Richards Medical Research Building

    Louis I. Kahn (1957-1961)

    Considered to be one of the most significant examples of modern American architecture

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  • Sang Kee Noodle House

    Delicious dumplings and fantastic noodles

    Dumplings, noodles and more are served inside the sleek dining room or outside on the expansive patio. Those in need of a refreshing snack can try fresh fruit smoothies and bubble tea flavors.

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  • Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel

    Boasting a convenient location and fantastic amenities

    The Sheraton Philadelphia University City boasts a convenient location and fantastic anemities

    University City sits at the crossroads of academic excellence, medical innovations and a rich, multicultural neighborhood. The Sheraton offers more than 300 modern rooms and suites and an outdoor seasonal pool for relaxation.

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  • Slainté Pub & Grill

    Classic pub atmosphere just steps from 30th Street Station

    Located across the street from 30th Street Station, Sláinte offers bar food, beer and cocktails. The classic and clean wooden décor, plus knick-knacks imported from the homeland, complete the Irish pub experience.

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  • Split Button

    1981 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

    The Split Button by Claes Oldenburg.

    Knowing that Ben Franklin had founded the university, and noticing that a nearby statue depicted him as somewhat plump, they imagined that Ben had popped a button.

    The button would have fallen to the ground and been broken by students’ feet. Thus the sculptors created a massive aluminum “split” button for the plaza in front of the main library.”

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  • Sugar Philly

    Philly food truck making sweet history

    Making numerous appearances on The Food Network and named one of the “20 best food trucks in America” by Smithsonian Magazine, this Asian-inspired sweets truck makes mouths water with its meringue macaroons and crème brûlée. Fortunately for visitors to the city, the truck remains immobile so it can be easily found.

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  • The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Variety programming of established international artists

    Banners on the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

    Since its founding in 1971, Annenberg has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of performing arts. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents it embraces The Zellerbach Theatre, Harold Prince Theatre, and Irvine Auditorium, all on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Its reach has grown far beyond the campus, drawing audiences from the suburbs and surrounding counties.

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  • The Architectural Archives
    & Kroiz Gallery

    Preserving and presenting architecture – in a National Historic Landmark

    How bombastic-yet logical! In the bowels of architect Frank Furness’s most outrageous work-a structure that looks more like a steamboat than a library-resides an archive celebrating the dynamism of architecture. University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives preserves drawings, sketchbooks, models and manuscripts of more than 400 designers who worked over three centuries.

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  • The Awesome Fest

    8 weeks of free outdoor movie screenings in parks across the city

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

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  • The Drexel Collection

    Prestigious art collection on campus

    Drexel University’s two galleries, the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery and the Paul Peck Center Alumni Gallery, were originally established in 1892 to showcase the collection of Drexel’s founder. Today, they house 19th-century paintings and sculpture contributed by friends and family of the university and an 18th-century David Rittenhouse astronomical musical clock, considered one of the most prestigious clocks in the country.

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  • The Homewood Suites by Hilton® University City

    Located within walking distance of the University of Pennsylvania

    Exterior of The Homewood Suites by Hilton® University City.

    This extended stay suite-hotel is located the University of Pennsylvania campus, making it a great location for visiting families, academics and medical professions.

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  • The Nosh Deli

    Harty sandwiches and fast breakfasts

    The deli experts here stuff sandwiches to the brim with high-quality meats and cheeses. Bakers make the extraordinarily inexpensive goods right on premise.

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  • The Palestra

    A veritable cathedral of college basketball

    The most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics

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  • The Porch at 30th Street Station

    Fresh air and fresh fare

    A new initiative spearheaded by the University City District, the Porch at 30th Street Station attracts both travelers and locals with food trucks, farmers markets and live entertainment.

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  • The Walter & Leonore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    The intellect flourishes in this Ivy League inner sanctum

    Roots of the Ivy League go deep at the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania. On the sixth floor is an inner sanctum with a stunning array of book and manuscript collections mostly assembled in the 19th century and acquired by the university in the 20th century. They document nothing less than the history of intellect.

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  • University City Dining Days

    Spice up your summer with a special dinner in University City

    Distrito

    More than 25 of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries are offering diners special three-course, prix fixe dinners for either $15, $25 or $35 per person. It’s a great way to try some of the area’s exciting new restaurants or to return to a longtime favorite.

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  • Urban Outfitters

    Hometown of the popular clothing and houseware chain

    People head to this bi-level shop for all-things urban cool, including men’s and women’s fashions, as well as funky housewares. The store receives many of the chain’s most up-to-date items, thanks to the fact that its headquarters calls Philly home.

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  • White Dog Cafe

    Farm-fresh dining in University City

    Years ago, the White Dog Cafe started a trend in Philadelphia: an unusual blend of award-winning cuisine and social activism, including its focus on farm-fresh, organic ingredients. Different dining rooms tucked into corners of the Victorian mansion allow patrons to choose seating based on the atmosphere they prefer.

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  • World Cafe Live

    Music club, restaurant and WXPN radio studios

    Dining and music at World Cafe Live

    This multi-level venue features a casual dining/listening space, 300-person bistro-style concert room, music shop and WXPN’s radio studios.

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