Chapel Hill
Friends of the Downtown

Join us for our next meeting:
Thursday, April 27
Coffee at 9:30 | Program at 10:00

Laurie Paolicelli:
A Dozen New Initiatives That Will Grow Tourism
in Our Own Backyard

Laurie Paolicelli, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau since 2005, has seen tourism grow to a $184 million industry. How do we continue? Come to the Friends of the Downtown meeting and learn!

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!

Due to a conflict, we're in the process of changing this month's location for the Friends of the Downtown meeting. We'll send out an announcement to those on our email list, or check back here on the website in the next couple of days.


If you would like to contact the Chapel Hill Town Council about any pressing issues or to view their past and future agendas, go to the link at the bottom of this page. 

Downtown Chapel Hill — Where the Town Comes to Life.

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 of Friends of the Downtown 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.

Please support our Downtown Merchants. They bring vitality to the Downtown and support our Friends group.

To contact our Town Council click here.

Here you can also view meeting calendars, minutes and videos, and get similar information on Town boards & commissions.


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



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