(First) Sculpture Fields, (Second) Gate 11 (Photo by Rich Smith)
The Chattanooga Choo Choo is a Chattanooga icon and boasts entertainment options such as music and comedy venues, Songbirds Guitar Museum, highly rated restaurants, escape rooms, and more. The Choo Choo is also situated off of Station Street, a popular nightlife destination. From Station Street, visitors can access a retro dance bar and a Western-themed bar, while bowling and axe throwing can be found blocks away. Even more options can be found a few miles away in the City Center.
Each December, a 24-hour block party known as Mainx24 celebrates the energetic Southside district, while the spring plays host to the Chattanooga Film Festival. The TenGIG Festival, the largest three-day gaming festival in the Southeast, is another popular event that calls Southside home. Just blocks away, free concerts are also available via Miller Plaza’s Nightfall Concert Series, and the Riverfront Nights music series is just miles away on the waterfront.
Upscale boutiques and retailers, along with several dining options, can be found at Warehouse Row. The Chattanooga Market also frequently provides access to artisan foods, seasonal produce, and local arts and crafts. The Main Street Farmers Market offers many staples for those looking for locally grown foods.
When it comes to dining, the Southside really does have it all. From fine dining, small bakeries, and chocolatiers to relaxed bars and bistros, the area offers plenty of delectable dishes and desserts.
UTC’s football and soccer teams call the Southside’s Finley Stadium home, and the Chattanooga Football Club makes regular appearances at the facility. Chattown Skate Park offers ramps, rails, and an in-line hockey rink for skateboard and BMX enthusiasts.
ARTS AND PARKS:
The largest sculpture park in the Southeast, Sculpture Fields, can be found at Montague Park and provides 33 acres of art from all over the world. Residents and visitors can also enjoy interactive art installations at Main Terrain Art Park, and several galleries are presented throughout the neighborhood.