Make it a date: Chef Shack

A few things to do near the Mississippi riverfront when you visit Chef Shack at the Mill City Farmers Market...

1. Get arty at the Soap Factory Take a short walk across the Stone Arch Bridge and stop in at the Soap Factory art gallery. The historic wood and brick warehouse (former home of the National Purity Soap Co.) could be an exhibit in and of itself, but currently there are two shows on display by contemporary artists, "MEANDER" and "Roger, Roger." The gallery is open on Saturdays from 12 to 5.

Make it a date: Chef Shack

2. Visit the Mill City Museum My experience at the Mill City Museum wasn't quite as dynamic as this video, but it's still worth a visit to learn more about the city's milling history, particularly via the film narrated by local humorist Kevin Kling. The museum is open Saturdays from 10 to 5 and also sponsors walking tours of the riverfront at 11 a.m. (reservations required)

Make it a date: Chef Shack

3. Park It Grab your food and climb up the hill in Gold Medal Park, for a view of the river. Aferword, explore the Mill Ruins Park or boat watch at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam.

Make it a date: Chef Shack

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