City Spotlight – Milwaukee

Where is your hometown? In my heart, my hometown is where my daughters and their family live (Milwaukee and Indianapolis…stay tuned for Indianapolis). This time I want to share my Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a.k.a. the big city with the small town feel. The population is 595,000, but it is a city of small neighborhoods with the Milwaukee Riverwalk meandering through to Lake Michigan. Parks, theaters (one is the grand Pabst Theater), restaurants, night spots (don’t miss The Harp Irish Pub!), shopping, daily outdoor concerts at the Performing Arts Center and boat rental and cruises line the way.

Summer is celebrated like no other city. Summerfest takes place from 6/27 to 7/8. This years potential lineup:
Imagine Dragons, James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt, Halsey & Logic, Florida Georgia Line, Dave Matthews Band, J Col, Journey & Def Leppard, Shawn Mendes, Blake Shelton, Arcade Fire, and Lady Antebellum. So, to quote what’s on my husband’s two favorite Summerfest t-shirts:
Find a Stage Grab a Beer Dance on the Table
Got My Beer Got My Band Got All Night
Other than Summerfest, there are smaller festivals: Indian Summer, Festa Italiana, German Fest, Polish Fest and Bastille Day and more.

  • Summerfest, The World’s Largest Music Festival


    Recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance in Milwaukee Wisconsin hosts over 800 bands and 900,000 fans over 11 days on 11 different stages.

All foodies love the Brady Street neighborhood. Glorioso’s Italian Market, Casa Blanca (middle eastern) and Balzac on Arlington serves small plates mostly with an outdoor patio. My friend and downtown source, Linda, says she’s heard great things about Strange Town: 100% vegan on Farwell.

Living for a while in The Historic Third Ward, it remains one of my favorite times. My fancy girl, Laurie, always makes sure I get to the old stomping ground when I visit Wisconsin. It’s a quirky, vibrant and unique neighborhood chock full of theaters, art galleries, restaurants, coffee spaces and shopping in late 1800’s warehouse buildings of historic importance. The Public Market and Café Benelux are some of our favorites. Heard great things about Tre Rivali (restaurant) on Broadway in the new Journeyman Hotel.

Milwaukee’s jewel is probably the Lakefront of Lake Michigan. walking trails, picnic areas, views, a beach and the Milwaukee marathon. Don’t miss the Milwaukee Art Museum. The addition by architect Santiago Calatrava is spectacular. In my opinion, it rivals the Sydney Opera House.

Within 8 miles or less of the city. The Milwaukee County Zoo Miller Park (the home of the Brewers baseball team), Miller/Coors Brewery (a great tour) and the Potawatomi Casino. Airlines serving Milwaukee’s General Mitchel Airport (MKE): Air Canada, Alaska, American Airlines, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, OneJet, Southwest, United and Volaris.

For all things Milwaukee – check out the whole collection here and enjoy your trip!