About Grand Rapids, MI: Grand Rapids is the second largest city in Michigan. It's located on the Grand River and is just a short drive to the picturesque Lake Michigan. Almost 200,000 call it home. Once known as the "Furniture City", it is now home to many diverse industries like automotive, aviation, manufacturing, blossoming medical innovation and a thriving creative arts community. It's also home to many well respected colleges and universities. Year round it hosts countless events and activities like ArtPrize, LaughFest, concerts with top rated bands at Van Andel Arena, Baseball with the Whitecaps at Fifth Third Ball Park, and hockey with the Grand Rapids Griffins. It was also the boyhood home of the 38th President of the United States; Gerald Ford. Recently Grand Rapids was in the news around the globe for creating the world's largest LipDub video in the streets of downtown Grand Rapids to Don McLean's "American Pie." Grand Rapids is a city with many big city amenities, but still has a charming small town feel that makes for a great place to raise a family!