Downtown Chapel Hill: Where the Town Comes to Life


What a fun Holiday Meeting with Michael Brown!

Thursday, December 4

Coffee at 9:30 am    |    Free Meeting at 10 am

For the Holiday gathering of the Friends of the Downtown Artist Michael Brown shared his wonderful murals, the stories behind them and some of his other art.

Holiday door prizes were given out to encourage our members to shop Downtown. Click the link at the bottom to see a list of Downtown business to give you some new gift giving ideas!

Our next meeting is January 23, 2015.

Gatherings of the Friends of the Downtown take place on the second floor of the Franklin Hotel. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30, with our speakers starting promptly at 10 a.m. You'll also hear the latest downtown Comings, Goings and Rumors!

The Franklin Hotel, second floor
311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 442-9000
Bus: W Franklin St at Kenan St  

Meetings are free and open to the public, with parking available in the lot behind the Franklin Hotel (ONLY on the side facing the hotel) and in the hotel's gated lots as available. Parking is also available in the Town lots behind Chipotle, underneath 140 West Franklin, and next to 411 West.


The mission of Friends of the Downtown is to develop and promote downtown Chapel Hill as a place for community interaction and economic vitality.

The focus is on economic growth, job creation, co-marketing opportunities, increasing influence with local government and increasing the awareness of Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Franklin Street is the core of the downtown, hence our website name:




Whimsical views of Downtown Chapel Hill


SCK Design



Elaine O'Neil Textile Collages

Candidate Forum:

Gregg Gerdau  

Remember to Shop Downtown!

Thanks to the many Downtown Merchants who have donated door prizes for our meetings.

Click for a list of our great Downtown merchants.

Parking Information and Map

There now is free night parking at a number of downtown lots. For a map and complete listing of lots and costs, meters and valet parking go to

Carolina Football Fan Guide

Free click here.

Chapel Hill 2020

DESIGNChapel Hill 2020 is continuing the implimentation of the comprehensive plan by holding small area focus groups where the public can participate further. Click here for a current calendar.

Rosemary Imagined is focusing on how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. Community input is encouraged at their regular meetings.



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