History buffs adore the Marquette neighborhood, one of the oldest neighborhoods in town—and named one of the nation’s “10 Great Neighborhoods” in 2013 by the American Planning Association. Many homes date back to the early days of Madison in the 19th century. Even so, modern times have found a home here as well, in the form of contemporary condominiums and apartments. The most notable area of this neighborhood is Williamson Street, better known as “Willy Street,” and famous for its offbeat, hippie vibe. The locals have a slogan, “Keep Willy Street Weird.” It suits this eclectic neighborhood to a T, with its one-of-a-kind, locally owned shops and restaurants, including the very popular organic market Willy Street Co-Op. Home to many artists and creative folks, the Marquette area, no surprise, is practically the festival capital of Madison, hosting four every year—plus a chili dinner in March. In the spirit of oddness, you will find many unique eateries, such as Pig in a Fur Coat and Umami Ramen & Dumpling Bar for fine dining, and Lazy Jane’s Café and Bakery for a more casual meal.