There’s a lot to do in Detroit if you know where to look. If you read Daily Detroit on the regular, we’re always sharing something to do, another place to check out or experience.

One group of people that has been dedicated for years (under different names in previous iterations) to getting people to explore Detroit is the folks at the Detroit Experience Factory (DXF). So when we heard they’re doing their third annual bar and restaurant challenge, we had to share it along

For background, the Detroit Experience Factory is an affiliate of the nonprofit Downtown Detroit Partnership and uses interactive experiences and innovative resources to help newcomers and locals get more connected to the people, places and projects in Detroit.

On July 1st, DXF is bringing back the Challenge to inspire you to spend the summer experiencing the food and drinks at some of the 622 bars, restaurants and cafes on DXF’s Bar & Restaurant Checklists.

“I’m a lifelong Detroiter but there’s a lot of places I’ve never been. This was a great opportunity to explore home.” says Tania Mackey, the 2014 Grand Prize Winner. “It’s also been great to learn about so many small businesses that you wouldn’t really know about unless you take the time to explore. And I take my son almost everywhere with me – it can be really kid friendly.” Tania visited 210 bars and restaurants on the checklist during the 90 days of the DXF challenge.

The 2015 Grand Prize Winner, Merissa Kovach, who visited 200 places said, “I enjoyed participating in the DXF Challenge because it allowed me to track what I was already doing and we met so many people along the way!”

The DXF Challenge is straightforward. The individual who visits the most places between July 1 and September 30 will win the Ultimate Detroit Experience Package valued at over $1,000.

There will also be random winners selected for prizes throughout the challenge so even if you visit one place you can be a winner.

Participants will have to post a photo of themselves at the bar or restaurant on Instagram and use the hashtag, #DXFchallenge. For more details and to register visit

To help people learn about spots they might not already be familiar with, DXF has tripled their already busy Summer Tour schedule. See the full list of tours at

You can find DXF at their Welcome Center at 123 Monroe Street in Detroit.

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