The Top ‘Hour Detroit’ Stories of 2023

Take a look back at some of the Hour stories you loved this year.

Over the last year, Hour Detroit has published hundreds of articles in print and online on metro Detroit food, development, arts, fashion, travel, and so much more. Here’s a look back on the 10 you loved most in 2023.

1. A Look at Metro Detroit’s Last Drive-in Theater

Dearborn’s Ford-Wyoming drive-in theater first opened in 1950. Today, it’s one of a small handful left in Michigan. In 1957, there were 3,700 drive-in theaters nationwide. // Photograph courtesy of Ford-Wyoming.

In our July 2023 issue, we took a deep dive into the history of drive-in movies in the Motor City, and what the lone survivor, the Ford-Wyoming in Dearborn is doing to compete in today’s high-tech world where streaming reigns king. Read the article here.

2. Roller Coasters Opening in the Midwest This Summer

Built by the same company that brought you Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance, Wildcat’s Revenge at Hersheypark will take you on a wild ride up 140 feet and through four inversions at speeds of up to 62 mph. It joins the ranks of 14 other coasters at the Pennsylvania park. // Rendering courtesy of Hersheypark.

We got the adrenaline pumping in our May 2023 issue with a look at some of the newest roller coasters coming to the Midwest and surrounding area. The list included details on Cedar Point’s Wild Mouse, Zambezi Zinger at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, and Wildcat’s Revenge at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania. Check out details on these rides and more in the full article.

3. The Grand Reopening of Michigan Central Station

A rendering of the Michigan Central Station platform. Rendering courtesy of Michigan Central, LLC.

This story has been captivating our audience since its publishing in our October 2022. It features details on the long-awaited opening of the reimagined Michigan Central Station and The Book Depository including some background on both buildings and what visitors can expect. Find more information in the article here.

4. The Best of Michigan’s Beach Towns

Charlevoix’s downtown is on Round Lake, which connects Lake Charlevoix (bottom) to Lake Michigan (top). // Photograph courtesy of Zuma Press Inc/Alamy Stock Photo

Our July 2023 issue put a spotlight on our state’s greatest assets: The Great Lakes. It included 65 reasons the lakes are so great, sand dunes worth a visit, a guide to our lighthouses, tips on sailing the lakes, and the best of Michigan’s beach town, which outlined several charming beach towns and why you should visit them. See the towns we selected here.

5. New Flyover Videos and Images Show Progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Photograph courtesy of the Gordie Howe International Bridge

In the spring, the teams constructing this new bridge to Canada released flyover video and images of the progress that has been made, and we featured these assets on to give you a birdseye view of what was going on with construction at the time. Check out the videos in our web story.

6. Where to Get Lobster Rolls in Metro Detroit

Hazel’s summer Lobster Pound serves up tasty Maine-style and Connecticut-style lobster rolls. // Photograph courtesy of Hazel’s

Metro Detroiters seem to really love this coastal delight from New England as this list of spots that serve Maine, Connecticut, and other varieties of lobster roll has been popping since we originally published the story online. Find a restaurant serving them near you in our full list.

7. Cedar Point Tickets, Hours, New Rides and More for 2023

Photograph courtesy of Cedar Point

America’s rockin’ roller coast is a prime travel destination for metro Detroiters, so when we put together a guide to the park this year, we knew you’d find it helpful — and you did, making it the seventh most popular post on our website this year since it was published in April. Read the full guide here.

8. Top Docs List 2023

Dr. George Yoo, Dr. Latonya Riddle, and Dr. Paul Chittick were among the thousand-plus doctors that made our 2023 Top Docs list.

This year’s Top Docs List featured over 1,000 of metro Detroit’ leading physicians in a wide breadth of specialties including adolescent medicine, cardiac surgery, endocrinology, gynecology, and many others — all nominated by their peers. Check out the full list.

9. Grab a Drink at These 10 Metro Detroit Speakeasies

Mai Tiki. // Photograph by Christina Clark

Our list of area bars and restaurants that fly under the radar and offer old-school speakeasy vibes (with a modern twist) went live on our website in October and, with details on where to find them and how to get in, has been a top story ever since. Find a speakeasy in your community by reading the list.

10. Best of Detroit 2023

Our annual Best of Detroit list offers information on the very best in arts and entertainment, community personalities, drinks, health, beauty, food, retail, sports, and services metro Detroit has to offer, according to our readers, so it’s no wonder it was one of the stories you most loved in 2023. Check it out on our website.

What Hour Detroit stories did you love this year, and what would you like to see more of next year? Tell us in the comments.