About

Welcome to the official web site of the East Isles Residents Association

East Isles is a vibrant urban, historic neighborhood that enjoys the best of the commercial city, and the peaceful escape of tree-lined streets and parks. Over 50 shops and restaurants line the southern and eastern borders in the Uptown area, while the serene Lake of the Isles is the border to the west.

The neighborhood’s name reflects the small islands in the lake and it is one of the most popular recreational destinations in the Twin Cities.

In the summer months it is lovely to walk, rollerblade or bike the lake, or the Midtown Greenway, which runs through the southern part of the neighborhood and connects with the Mississippi River on the east. Canoes can be rented on Lake Calhoun and a lagoon allows you access to Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake. Each August, the Uptown Art Fair attracts over 375,000 art lovers and is the #8 ranked art fair in the United States.

In the winter, skaters enjoy the lake’s ice rinks and groomed cross country ski trails. There is a warming house maintained for ice skating and hockey on Lake of the Isles during the skating season.

The East Isles Resident’s Association goals are to improve the area’s quality of life, act as a representative for the neighborhood before the City and Park Board, preserve and enhance the neighborhood’s residential character, and work to improve the safety and well-being of East Isles neighborhood residents. We invite you to explore our website and get involved.

The East Isles Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm at Grace Trinity Community Church.

MISSION STATEMENT

East Isles Residents Association (EIRA) is a neighborhood-based organization whose primary goal is to improve neighborhood livability, develop a greater sense of community, and promote the well-being of all of its residents. EIRA encourages resident involvement in order to understand and take action on issues that impact the neighborhood. EIRA develops initiatives that address a wide range of topics that residents believe to be important. Our focus is on increasing neighborhood involvement, preserving the vitality of the neighborhood, and making improvements that make East Isles one of the City of Minneapolis’s most vibrant communities.


Any individual sixteen years of age or older who resides in or maintains a domicile within the boundaries of East Isles is eligible for membership in EIRA.

*East Isles boundaries: From W 22nd St to W Lake St; and from E Lake of the Isles Parkway to Hennepin Ave S.

Please send an email to info(@eastisles.org for more information.