By: Ryan Renner, Realtor
By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

Ryan has helped many families moving to Omaha. He moved here for college almost twenty years ago and never left. Contact him if you have any questions or need help buying a home.

Midtown is Omaha’s cultural hub. From art and music to dining and historic neighborhoods, Midtown is where locals come to be entertained. There are five key areas that make up Midtown; from north to south they are: Benson, Dundee, Midtown Crossing, Blackstone and Aksarben.

In the midst of it all you will find Omaha’s most prestigious private schools, a trailblazing University, and vintage homes preferred by Academy Award winning directors and billionaires. From every corner, Midtown is overflowing with much of the city’s most noteworthy and charming characteristics.

Midtown Crossing

Consistently awarded for superior condos and apartments, Midtown Crossing is one of the newest developments in East Omaha surrounding the rejuvenated Turner Park. Midtown Crossing has a more polished and corporate aesthetic than it’s Dundee and Blackstone neighbors. Fortune 500 company, Mutual of Omaha resides here as well as many other Omaha-born establishments including: Brix Wine & Spirits, Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery & Deli, The Afternoon, and The Grey Plume – recognized as America’s greenest restaurant.

Living: Midtown Crossing is a popular area for college students and business-folks alike. While the Midtown Crossing is ideal for luxury condos in Omaha, the area is set right between the Creighton University and University of Nebraska – Omaha campuses, and also serves as home to some Greek housing.

Parks/Rec: Turner Park regularly hosts recreational events including Yoga Rocks the Park, bocce ball tournaments, and various charitable runs/walks. Dewey Park and Gifford Park are also nearby.

Noteworthy Restaurants/Bars: The Grey Plume, GRANE, Delice, Cantina Laredo, Brix, Black Oak Grill, Crave and The Chicago Dawg House

Entertainment/Events: Midtown Car Show, Miracle at Midtown, Monday Night at the Movies, Jazz on the Green, End of Summer Concert Series


The Blackstone District is another one of Omaha’s recently revitalized neighborhoods. The perfect getaway for medical students, nurses and doctors, Blackstone is lined with great restaurants and bars for winding down or an evening out. Directly east of the Nebraska Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) a majority of district’s trending businesses are lined along Farnam Street.

Schools: Nebraska Medical Center, University of Nebraska Omaha

Parks/Rec: Nearby – Hanscom, Turner, Memorial and Elmwood Parks.

Restaurants/Bars: Noli’s Pizzaria, Sullivan’s, Mula, Scriptown Brewing Company, Nite Owl, Brothers Lounge, Corkscrew Wine & Cheese

Shops: Dundee Cycles, Oxide Design Co, Pulp


Aksarben is a steadily growing business and shopping center sharing real estate with the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. Many superior business have found a home here including: Gordman’s, Pacific Life, Microsoft, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, DLR Group, Colliers International and more.

Schools: University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of St. Mary

Parks/Rec: Elmwood Park, Field Club of Omaha, Stinson Park, Get Fit In The Park. Stinson Park in Aksarben regularly hosts runs/walks between spring and fall.

Restaurants/Bars: Jones Bros Cupcakes, Spirit World, Voodoo Taco, DJs Dugout, Ponzu Sushi, Dudley’s Pizza, Pickleman’s Café, Liv Lounge

Shops: Togs, Lovebird Boutique, Backwoods

Entertainment/Events: Stinson Concert Series, Omaha Beer Fest, ArtSarben, Omaha Farmer’s Market, Maha Music Festival, Kidchella


Benson has been a low-key destination for underground music and dive bars for a while, but only recently has revived itself as a go-to destination for art, entertainment and great restaurants. According to Experience Benson, In 2015 Benson began a streetscape project which included the widening and replacement of all sidewalks, new curbs, new public plazas, traffic calming at several intersections, new landscaping, benches and bike racks from 59th to 63rd and Maple Streets, and a special event space along Military Avenue from Maple to Binney streets.

Schools: Montessori Co-Op, Benson High School, Benson West Elementary, Central Park Elementary, Pinewood Elementary, St. Bernard’s School, Rose Hill Elementary, Fontenelle Elementary, Holy Name Elementary, St. Pius X/St. Leo Elementary. Nearby: Roncalli Catholic, Northwest High School, Marian High School, Creighton Prepatory High School

Parks/Rec: Fontenelle Park, Benson Park & Dill Softball Complex

Safety: The main street in Benson (59th to 63rd and Maple Streets) is relatively safe. However, urban Benson has a history of crime and venturing away from the main area can be unpredictable. Benson natives take great pride in their space, and cared about the area before it became popular, so being respectful and practicing common sense will insure a great experience and likely make you some new friends.

Restaurants: Lot 2, 1912, Benson Brewery, España Tapas Bar, Taita, The Pizza Shoppe

Bars: Jake’s Cigars & Spirits, The Sydney, Barley Street Tavern, The Waiting Room Lounge, Benson Brewery, Beercade

Entertainment: The Waiting Room, 402 Arts Collective, Beercade

Events: First Fridays