It's basically a generic 1970's style skyscraper with a chain store Court thingie. Only for completists.
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As I wrote in my Potbelly restaurant review, the IDS Building has a center plaza for shopping and dining. (Potbelly's was very good by the way.) We visited on a Saturday and after parking in what we felt was a very unsafe parking ramp (dark, no cameras evident, no security guards, no attendant, confusing layout), we made our way to the IDS Building to eat. While walking to the building through the skywalk system, we encountered some people who shouldn't really be on the streets alone. While eating, we witnessed one of those people approach a lady and he seemed to challenge her and didn't let her go by immediately. Another person was singing out loud and appeared to be under the influence. Yet another person, and this was the scariest for us, came up to the opposite side of the window while we ate and just stared at my wife for about 15 seconds. Needless to say, this was the last straw and instead of shopping on Nicollet Avenue, we immediately went back that gloomy parking lot to get to our vehicle and leave as quickly as possible.
Although this is truly the modern icon in Minneapolis and a beautiful modern structure, there are too many things to see and do to spend time looking at steel and glass. If you are exploring downtown and the Nicollet Mall, take a quick walk through. Don't make it your primary destination.
We were chaperones for a Prom held on the 50th floor of the IDS Building. There were windows everywhere almost floor to ceiling with breathtaking views looking out over all parts of the cities. In addition to this we were provided a dessert bar and water and lemonade. The desserts were delectable and the staff was courteous and helpful and kept everything stocked all evening long. I would definitely recommend this venue for the food, the staff and the amazing views.
Built in the early 1970's, this building anchored the entire skyline of downtown Minneapolis for a couple of decades. Tall, dark, and monolithic, the style of this building is reminiscent of the same building designed by the same firm that highlights the Dallas skyline. The Crystal Court, with shops and a few restaurants, is the thing that saves this building from being just another building. the Court is a gathering place for pedestrians and office workers throughout the day. A must see free attraction in Minneapolis.