The weather is finally cooling down here in Omaha, and we’re not sad to see those sweltering temperatures go! The changing leaves mean that the holidays are nearly upon us, and we are looking forward to weekends filled with hot chocolate, winter activities, Netflix and soul-warming soups.
This season, Omaha residents are getting an early Christmas present with the opening of the new Capitol District. Our town has been buzzing about this development for a long time now — and it’s no wonder why! The district will serve as Omaha’s central entertainment hub, offering a public plaza filled with adorable shops, gourmet restaurants, cozy cafes, 218 luxury apartments, and overnight accommodations at the 333-room Marriott Omaha Downtown. We can’t imagine a better excuse to get out and experience the city!
Images courtesy of Shamrock Development
About The Capitol District
Plans for the Capitol District have been underway for months. Shamrock Development is in charge of development, and we spoke to Shamrock’s Sharon Dutcher to get some insight into the project.
“We have partnered with many local Omaha companies to create a destination dining and entertainment district surrounding a modern town square,” said Dutcher. “The Capitol District’s location and planned density will position it to become an entertainment district for the entire metropolitan region. The tenant mix and multiple intended uses are designed to draw from the Omaha area as well as attract visitors from other metro areas within a three-hour drive.”
The district will serve businesses and individuals alike, offering countless nightlife and dining options, but it will also act as a bridge between northern and southern Omaha. Indeed, one of the best aspects of this district is that it’s conveniently located within walking distance to a few of Omaha’s best civic, cultural and entertainment venues. It is truly a one-stop shop!
Why You Should Care
The public plaza will be a gathering place for locals and visitors to interact, and will feature year-round activities for the community, including concerts, outdoor movies, art exhibits, ice skating and more. The district will reinvigorate downtown Omaha and allow for further growth in the area.
In short: Get ready to hear a lot more about this area, and be ready to spend a lot of time here!
Image courtesy of Shamrock Development
What to Expect
Over the coming months, we expect to see more than 20 restaurants, bars and retail locations opening their doors. But until then, you can get a sneak peek of the space by spending the night in the Marriott Hotel, which opened earlier this year. Inside, you’ll find Society 1854, a new concept from chef Jon Seymore, that celebrates Nebraska’s heritage with hearty yet contemporary fare. It’s the perfect destination for date night, and is sure to impress your out-of-town guests! For happy hour, Burdock + Bitters is your stop. Connect and unwind with loved ones over expertly curated whiskey flights and handcrafted cocktails.
Additionally, the Capitol District will be the new home of Omaha’s beloved Holiday Lights Festival, which will kick off at the NRG Energy Ice Rink on November 21.
“We are very excited to be the new home for [this event],” said Dutcher. “The Holiday Lights Festival has been a great tradition in Omaha for years, and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We created and designed the plaza to create a sense of urban community, and we look forward to hosting the skating rink each season.”
Omaha residents should stop by to celebrate the Capitol District and the holiday season at the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 21, but the ice rink will be open for skating through Valentine’s Day.
Happy Holidays, Omaha!
We can’t wait to spend more time in the Capitol District this season, but in the meantime, make sure to tag us in your photos of the space on Instagram @npdodge for the chance to be reposted!