Ever walk in a city and felt like you were home? Downtown Chandler's vintage-style lanterns and trellis-covered walkways will charm you that way. That feeling is all by design. A.J. Chandler, who founded the town created it in the "City Beautiful" style, a movement popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Anchoring the historic square, the San Marcos Hotel built in 1912 was quickly followed by the San Marcos Golf Course followed in 1913 and was seeded with Bermuda grass, establishing its rich history as the first grass links in course in Arizona.
Today, Downtown Chandler is a vibrant, walkable destination brimming with activity. Here you'll discover Chandler's sustainably built City Hall, a traditional Arizona resort, boutique shops, eclectic art galleries, entertainment options and the world-class Chandler Center for the Arts. Amidst it all are gathering spaces, engaging murals and public art that tie it all together in beauty and harmony.
In addition to all the unique shops and galleries, many residents and visitors enjoy the award-winning, local eateries with a global flair. Whether you are in the mood to grab a burger and brew at a micro-brewery, enjoy a romantic dinner for two under the stars on a lush patio with live music, or nosh the afternoon away at a craft cocktail lounge, this is one delicious destination!
Anchoring the historic square is the Crowne Plaza Phoenix Chandler Golf Resort, but the Chandler Arizona hotels are only a short drive away and many offer a courtesy shuttle, based on availability, that includes the Downtown Chandler. Rest assured, if you are driving , the area is easily accessible with ample free parking in Downtown Chandler garages and surface parking.
The Downtown Chandler area hosts a number of annual events ranging from running events to bar crawls and a weekly farmers market held on Saturdays. In addition to fresh produce, visitors will find prepared foods, beverages and unique goods. Start your Saturday off right by coming to the Downtown Chandler Farmers Market for the free yoga in the park class offered October - May, at 10 a.m. Be sure to bring your mat, water and sunscreen.