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Monday, December 8, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Should Move to Milwaukee

Posted by: Unknown on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

1. Midwest Vibes

What’s better than living in the Midwest? Living in the middle of the Midwest. Milwaukee’s location is awesome. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the beauty and fun that all of Wisconsin has to offer. In Milwaukee the population is growing, and our claim to fame is that only five other states in the country have a higher native born population than Wisconsin. Who would ever want to leave the friendly and welcoming Midwest lifestyle? You will be greeted upon arrival with a friendly hello.

2. Business Epicenter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



If you are a young professional, look no further. Milwaukee is home to a number of national and international companies including GE Healthcare Technologies, Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s, Aurora Health Care, Roundy's, Quad/Graphics Inc., Wisconsin Energy Corp., Johnson Controls, and Harley-Davidson Inc. Milwaukee is an overachieving small city with a high concentration of top companies. People living and working in the area enjoy short commute times, reasonably priced homes, and an energetic city environment.

 3. The Historic Third Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Third Ward is the historic hot spot in Milwaukee! As Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District, the streets are always buzzing with people and events. Located along the river, just south of downtown, you will find warehouse lofts, 500 small businesses, the Milwaukee Public Market, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Summerfest grounds, and more. The streets are lined with apartments, boutiques, and restaurants. In 2013, the area was named a Top 12 ArtPlace, recognizing the Third Ward as a community having successfully combined the arts, artists and venues along with independent businesses, restaurants and a walkable lifestyle.


4. Brewery Tours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Look around Milwaukee and you will see breweries galore! Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewery, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Miller Coors, and the Milwaukee Distillery Tour are all cool places to visit and learn about beer! Check out http://www.wisconsinbrewerytours.com/ for a complete list of information about Wisconsin breweries.

5. The Food Scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Farmers markets, food trucks, and restaurants are around every corner. Milwaukee’s local newspaper even has a Food Truck Central page on their website for people to locate nearby food trucks. Sounds like a good lunch break idea. If you are a fan of great food, the eleven Bartolotta Restaurants in the Milwaukee area are some of the best you can find. Be sure to add a night out at each of these restaurants to your Milwaukee bucket list.

6. The Art Scene



The Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the most recognized Milwaukee landmarks. Overlooking Lake Michigan, the standout architecture is beautiful to photograph no matter what season it is. The museum has a collection of over 30,000 art works ranging from antiquity to contemporary. The sheer beauty of both the architectural design and the work inside makes the Art Museum one of Milwaukee’s most impressive features.

7. The Music Scene


The music venues around Milwaukee exemplify the value of contemporary music paired with historic tradition and architecture. Going to a concert in Milwaukee is as much about the venue as it is the music. Often times, the venue is what transforms a concert into an experience that is about much more than the music. In Milwaukee, you get a full feel of the city when you go to a concert. Check out the Riverside Theater, Shank Hall, The Rave/ Eagles Club, The Miramar Theater, Marcus Amphitheater, and Milwaukee Turners. 

8. Educational Excellence



Milwaukee is always buzzing with the energy of students! In comparison to the entire state, the Greater Milwaukee Area is home to the majority of the Top 20 high schools. There are also more than two dozen colleges and universities in the area with over 84,000 students. A few of the largest include the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM), Marquette University, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Technical colleges and art and design schools also make an impression on the city. Our claim to fame is that we are among the highest cities in the U.S. and Canada for the number of students per 100 residents. 

9. The Harley Davidson Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The historic museum located along the Menomonee River Bank is home to over 100 years worth of Harley Davidson artifacts. Each year an estimated 300,000 visitors pass through the Milwaukee museum. There are a number of exhibits including The Motorcycle Gallery, The Engine Room, The Tank Gallery, and The Harley-Davidson Journey. The words “Harley-Davidson” have become synonymous with the city of Milwaukee. Harley products are rooted in the culture and history of the city. The museum provides a story both physically and narratively of this history and culture.

10. The River Walk & Lakefront 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Milwaukee River Walk is one of the most popular and recognized paths to explore downtown. The pedestrian walkway extends for two miles from the Third Ward to Caesars Park. Along the walk, you can enjoy views of colorful public art, shops, restaurants, and (of course) the winding Milwaukee River. Lake Michigan is also beautiful to spend some time around. The Lakefront Trail runs along the shore of Lake Michigan, passing the Milwaukee Art Museum, Veteran's Park, and the McKinley Marina. The view of the Milwaukee skyline from Lake Michigan is stunning, and definitely worthy of a picture.

 

Are you ready to move to Milwaukee now? We hope you come and enjoy all that the city has to offer! Be sure to keep up with @DiscoverMKE on twitter for more information about the city and what we have going on.

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Get Active, Milwaukee!

Posted by: Unknown on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Milwaukee is known for rollerbladers on the lake, bike paths, and yoga studios galore! Why not make exercise part of getting to know the city?

In Milwaukee, both residents and employers have become increasingly focused on wellness and promoting healthy lifestyles. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), has helped Milwaukee to become the largest city in the nation to earn the coveted Well City USA silver-level designation. This title means that across Milwaukee, 30% of the workforce can access formal wellness programs.

Local Health Clubs in the Milwaukee area are great destinations to seek out fitness activities. Elite Sports Clubs have five locations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Their facilities provide sports programs for all ages, over 250 free exercise classes, swimming pools, State-of-the-Art fitness centers, and more. The YMCA is another large contributor in promoting an active lifestyle. The nine centers in Metropolitan Milwaukee support wellness programs, personal training, swimming lessons, and countless activities for individuals and families. The YMCA is an affordable destination for anyone in Milwaukee to get active and live a healthy life.

Bike riding is another large contributor to a healthy Milwaukee! Recently, the downtown area implemented a bike share program called “Bublr Bikes.” The organization is planning to launch at least 100 bike stations throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding suburbs in the next year. If you go to the Bublr website, you can suggest a location for a bike station to be built near you!

If you have a bike for cruising around, be adventurous and enjoy one of the many bike paths around Milwaukee. First, head to mapmyride.com to see 363 different cycling routes in Milwaukee! The site also provides info about Milwaukee weather conditions, cycling events, and cycling stories. The courses are fun and unique to Milwaukee! You can try the “Miler” course, “Milwaukee River West Side,” “Uphill Fun,” or the “MKE River Loop.” Another option is to download the Wisconsin bicycle map for a visual of where trails are located.

Along with biking, yoga is another popular activity among Milwaukee residents. It’s a relaxing form of exercise that strengthens both the body and mind. Take an early morning class to awaken your soul, or go with a group of friends on the weekend to enjoy yoga together. A number of studios can be found around Milwaukee:

Find your own way to enjoy being active in Milwaukee and run with it! There are many opportunities to stay fit, meet new people, and discover Milwaukee by staying active!

 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Volunteer in Milwaukee - Get Involved With Your Local Community

Posted by: Unknown on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Volunteering is a perfect way to meaningfully immerse yourself in a new city and make lasting friendships. It is also a rewarding and impactful way to spend any extra time you might have throughout the week. There are countless opportunities in Milwaukee, and you will definitely find an organization that interests you.

Not sure what opportunities are out there? A great place to find out is by looking online. Head to volunteermatch.org. You'll find 848 local volunteer opportunities in Milwaukee alone! You can search in specific categories such as arts and culture, children and youth, community, education and literacy, health and medicine, and environment. There are even filters to find the perfect volunteer positions for kids, teens, adults, and groups.

Not feeling like searching online? You can take a walk around your community and look for any local nonprofits that might be in the neighborhood. Maybe there is a gardening center, local church, or school that needs your help.

Another way to find opportunities is to directly contact any of the local volunteer centers listed below.


Milwaukee County:
Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee Nonprofits and Charities

Waukesha County:
Waukesha County Volunteers

Ozaukee County:
Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County

Racine County:
Volunteer Center of Racine

Washington County:
Volunteer Center of Washington County

According to Volunteering America, 35.6% of residents in Wisconsin volunteer, ranking them 8th among the 50 states! In 2012, there were 1.62 million volunteers with a total of 165.3 million hours of service. Residents of all ages are involved and committed to making a difference. 

Volunteering is all about discovering a passion and using it in a way that can help others. Get out there and connect with the people of Milwaukee! Discover a passion, get involved, and learn about the culture of your new community.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Need a Hand at Navigating Milwaukee?

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Discover Milwaukee is a collaborative effort of many organizations and advertisers in the area. As you find yourself in the process of relocating to Milwaukee, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our partners listed below, and support them whenever possible. Everyone involved with bringing you Discover Milwaukee is here to help you find the information you need to make your transition into the Milwaukee area as easy as possible.

Request a copy of the publication from our website! It's your complete guide to Milwaukee.

Want to stay connected online? Join our discussions on Discover Milwaukee’s social media sites! We are constantly posting ideas, resources, and articles to make your move to Milwaukee easy and fun. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Below is a list of advertisers and organizations that would love to help you discover Milwaukee! Whether you are looking for an apartment, school, employment opportunity, or restaurant, we’ve got you covered!

Apartments & Condos
Mandel Group
Wimmer Communities
Yankee Hill Apartments

Banks/ Mortgage Companies
Anchor Bank
Associated Bank
The Equitable Bank
Waukesha State Bank

Department Stores
Kohl’s Corporation

Employment Opportunities
ABB, Inc.
Kohl’s Corporation
Medical College of Wisconsin

Fitness & Health Clubs
Elite Sports Clubs
YMCA

Health Care
Children’s Hospital

Hotels
Residence Inn - Brookfield

Landscaping Services
David J. Frank Landscaping
Newcomer Services
Neighborhood Welcome

Real Estate
Coldwell Banker
First Weber Group
Realty Executives - Integrity
RE/MAX Realty 100
Schmit Realty
Shorewest Realtors

Relocation Specialists
Barbara Whealon - Coldwell Banker
Brad Posnanski- Bradley Realty
Chris Corley - Corley Real Estate
Dave Eyrise - Realty Executives
DeAnn Zeni - First Weber
John Gscheidmeier - Redefined Realty
Mark A. Wiener - My Dwelling
The Raffaele Team - RE/MAX Realty 100

Restaurants
Bartolotta Restaurant Group

Schools
University Lake School
University School of Milwaukee

Utilities
We Energies
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why We Love the Wisconsin State Fair!

Posted by: Unknown on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

 

Every summer for 160 years, people have embarked on a journey to West Allis, Wisconsin for the annual State Fair. The 11-day event is famous for great food, agriculture, music, rides, games and fun! As the fair came to a close this past weekend, we would like to share all the reasons why the Wisconsin State Fair is enjoyed by so many, year after year!

Half of the total fairgoers are from the Metropolitan Milwaukee area; and almost 90 percent are from Wisconsin. The Fair exemplifies Wisconsin friendliness, adventure, creativity and fun. With so many local residents contributing to the operation and success of the fair, it really brings the entire state together. It all happens for the love of Wisconsin!

The State Fair is home to 57 unique Wisconsin treats you can’t help but enjoy! Since 1924, Cream Puffs (from the original Cream Puff Pavilion) have been the staple food of the fair. Among some of the other interesting bites are:

Pork donuts
Duck fajitas
Beer floats
Deep fried apple pie
Deep fried bacon wrapped tater tots on a stick
Sweet potato fries with marshmallow dipping cream

Despite the bizarre combinations of ingredients and potential hesitation to take the first bite, trying a new food at the fair gives you a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin experience! In 2014, 72 new foods were introduced at the fair! Contrary to out-of-state popular belief, we go beyond just beer and cheese. Wisconsin sure knows how to get creative when it comes to treats! 


At the Horticulture, Craft & Culinary Pavilion, fairgoers can take in the sight of textiles, gorgeous flowers, vegetables, cakes and much more. As one of the largest industries in Wisconsin, agriculture is also a center focus at the State Fair. You can find a wide variety of animals to look at and learn about. A number of shows, barn tours and competitions take place. This year cows, horses, donkeys, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and pigs all made an appearance.

Along with the food, crafts, and animals, many people show up for the entertainment! The Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage is a popular spot to see a show. Headliners perform at the fair every year. This year, big names included Aretha Franklin, Alabama, Peter Frampton, and Home Free.

Affordable pricing makes the fair a fun family friendly event year after year. If you didn’t get the chance to visit the Wisconsin State Fair this year, be sure to check it out in 2015!   In the meantime, you can follow the fair on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Friday, July 25, 2014

So, You Just Got To Milwaukee!

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Moving to a new city is often associated with stress. Picking up and heading somewhere completely new can be scary. We are here to give you some tips and suggestions to help you get comfortable with your new home, and make the most of this exciting adventure.


10 ways to settle in once you get here:

1. Make the internet your friend!

The internet is always a good place to start when arriving in a city for the fist time. Google maps and Trip Advisor provide ratings of places, giving you a good idea of what the popular hot spots are around town. However, there is nothing wrong with trying new places you come across, and rating them for yourself. After all, everyone has different preferences, so you won’t know you’re favorite hangouts until you try them all!

Another tip is to get on social media and search for accounts about Milwaukee to follow! You can follow Discover Milwaukee on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Also, spend some time researching information about the city. Find out what Milwaukee is know for and all the great ways you can be part of the Brew City culture!

2. Get the lay of the land!

Explore different areas of the city! Print out a map of Milwaukee and take it out with you. Walk around in search of different locations or go on a bike ride. Find the closest grocery store, park, drug store, movie theater, or gas station. Living in a city like Milwaukee, you will be able to find all of these places within a relatively short distance from each other. Get exploring!



3. Attend Festivals!

Summer in Milwaukee is jam packed with festivals. These cultural celebrations are a great way to get out and meet diverse groups of people from all over Milwaukee. You can see a complete guide to the summer festivals and events on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website. Think of all the new food to try and cool music to hear! It’s all here waiting for you.


4. Ask Questions!

While you are exploring your new home, go ahead and ask the locals where their favorite places are around Milwaukee. After all, the people who live here know best. People in Milwaukee are very friendly, and exemplify the kind mid-west culture everyone knows and loves. Get out and be curious!

5. Make a Milwaukee bucket list!

While you are doing some walking around and researching, be sure to keep a pen and piece of paper next to you. As you come across places that sound interesting, write them down. A Milwaukee bucket list is a great way to compile every must-see destination. Your time in Milwaukee is sure to be full of adventure and fun if you make it a goal to check one place off the list every week. Maybe go on every brewery tour, become a member at the Milwaukee Art Museum, run a marathon, take a segway tour, see a Brewer's game, or fly a kite on the lakefront! All of these would be Milwaukee bucket list worthy!

6. Volunteer!

The Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee can provide you with countless opportunities. On their website you can browse different organizations and pick one that most interests you! Volunteering is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in a meaningful community within the city.

7. Take mini weekend adventures!

Wisconsin is a beautiful state, and there are countless opportunities for fun! If you have any free time on the weekends, go a little way out of town and see some more of Wisconsin. If you don’t have a car, the Amtrack station downtown is home to a number of trains and buses. Once you get to know the city really well, why not continue exploring!


8. Use public transportation!

The greater Milwaukee area has a bus system that can easily get you around town. Head to the Milwaukee County Transit System website and use the trip planner to see which buses can take you from point A to point B. Print out one of the area maps and bring it with you next time you go out. Busses can be an efficient and time saving way to travel.

9. Continue with a hobby, or try a new one!

Whether you are interested in gardening, painting, cooking, running, or writing, you can find somewhere to keep up your hobby in Milwaukee. With all the big changes going on in your life, why not pick up a new hobby as well? Milwaukee is a city full of diverse groups of people, all passionate about different things. You’ll be sure to find new hobbies and new friends along the way!

10. Don’t be stressed or nervous!

You’re not alone! People are constantly relocating to different cities around the country! Milwaukee is a great place to be. Although moving anywhere new takes some time adjusting to, the friendly mid-west culture and the fun Milwaukee atmosphere should make the experience one to remember. Before you become a pro Milwaukeean, enjoy the journey and experience of getting to know an unfamiliar place. Welcome to Brew City!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Milwaukee is the 15th Most Walkable City in the Country

Posted by: Discover Milwaukee on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:50:00 am Comments (0)

Milwaukee has countless locations that are pedestrian friendly. The good news is, whether you are in the mood for a casual stroll or a run along the lake, there is a path somewhere that will be perfect for you. The Milwaukee River Walk is one of the most popular and recognized paths to explore downtown. The path extends from the Third Ward to Caesars Park. Other areas including Brady Street on the East side of town, the Historic Third Ward district, and the Milwaukee Lakefront are spacious, easy to get around, and perfect for an enjoyable stroll.


The Lakefront Trail runs along the shore of Lake Michigan, passing the Milwaukee Art Museum, Veteran's Park, and the McKinley Marina.  Along the Lakefront you can find bikers, runners, walkers, rollerbladers, and kite-flyers. From the trail there is a beautiful view of the entire city, making your walk a perfect photo opportunity. A number of places to grab something to eat of drink can be found along the Lakefront as well.


Not only is downtown Milwaukee easy to navigate and walk around, eight other Milwaukee neighborhoods have been considered a “walker’s paradise,” and 28 others are said to be “very walkable.” walkscore.com recently surveyed the entire country to find out what cities are the most walkable.

walkscore.com  set up a point system to compile a list of the most walkable cities in the country. Points were awarded to each neighborhood based on the number of amenities within a square mile of a central location. These types of amenities consist of grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, businesses, and places to shop. The more amenities in a certain area, the more points the city earns towards the “walkable” score.

Living in a city like Milwaukee, regarded as very walkable, has countless benefits. People in the area can save money because they don’t have to drive cars everywhere and constantly pay for gas. Owning a car is not even necessary to get to most places in the downtown area. Businesses are fairly centrally located, making it easier to get from place to place. Additionally, living in a very walkable city increases the likelihood of contribution to local businesses. While you are out and about on foot, you will be helping local Milwaukee businesses thrive! Just as important is the benefit to becoming familiar with the streets and learning your way around. Soon you will know Milwaukee like the back of your hand. Just start walking!


If you or someone you know is considering moving downtown, check out walkscore.com to see more information about Milwaukee, as well as a full list of the walkable neighborhoods!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summerfest 2014 is a Week Away

Posted by: Discover Milwaukee on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Summerfest is a week away, and all people can think about are the great headliners that are coming to town for 11 days of pure perfection! There truly is something for everyone this year at Summerfest! Everyone from the headliners to the side stage acts are worth listening to, and will guarantee you a great time!

But what some people may not know is Summerfest is a lot more than just music.  Sure, it's a place where you can enjoy some of your favorite musical artists with 900,000 of your closest friends, but there's more...

Milwaukee is home to some of the greatest restaurants and some great shopping opportunities, and a number of them come to the grounds to help make your Summerfest experience even more enjoyable.

And this is more than just your typical festival food like burgers, hot dogs, and pretzels (while you can find all of those options around the grounds).  Many local vendors find innovative ways to share their creations with you.

Last year we experienced the push pop cupcake courtesy of Classy Girl Cupcakes, a quick, easy, one-handed method to enjoy a classic sweet treat.  Who knows what new food creations we will get this year!

Summerfest is a great time for visitors and locals a like, but many people don't realize how great Summerfest is for our city.  Every year, Summerfest pulls in millions of dollars, and the city of Milwaukee generally gains 110 million dollars through tourists, hotel stays, parking structures, local restaurants (outside the grounds) and more.

While Summerfest does bring in a lot of money for the city, it is a fairly affordable music festival.  If you play your cards right, you can get in every day for free.  There are plenty of Summerfest sponsored free admission days!

Every year, Summerfest gets bigger and better, it's exciting to think of what will happen this year. Have a great time out there Milwaukee!

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

We Live in one of the MOST EXCITING Cities in America

Posted by: Discover Milwaukee on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Movoto, a national real estate blog, has been working hard to help people evaluate communities.  They recently put together a list of the 10 most exciting cities in America, based on a detailed list of quality of life criteria, and Milwaukee made that list.

We know Milwaukee is a fantastic place to live, but you may be surprised to learn that we came in 7th place, directly behind New York City.  

These might not be the typical criteria you would use to evaluate a city, but they are all very important to consider about any place.  Milwaukee also does a great job at excelling at this evaluation.

The 10 criteria were:

  • Park acreage per person
  • Percent of population between 20 and 34 years old
  • Fast food restaurants per square mile (the fewer the better)
  • Bars per square mile
  • Big box stores per square mile (the fewer the better)
  • Population diversity
  • Movie theaters per square mile
  • Museums per square mile
  • Theater companies per square mile
  • Music venues per square mile

These are all great outlets to have in a city, and we have them all! 

Milwaukee is sent on the beautiful Lake Michigan, and with that comes parks and beaches that are a great place to walk, run, play, and picnic.  Veterans Park is beautiful in the summer and the other parks throughout the city, including Pere Marquette Park and Cathedral Square are great places to sit back and enjoy the city.  From large to small we have it covered.

Milwaukee is also a great city for young people.  Milwaukee has been listed as one of the top cities for new college grads.  There are plenty of job opportunities, and the atmosphere of the city is perfect for the younger generation.  It is also a very affordable city that offers great living opportunities and amenities for any young person.

There are a few fast food places in Milwaukee, but we don't need them.  The number of fantastic, one-of-a-kind places we have in this city is astounding.  In the mood for a good burger? Try A.J. Bombers or Sobelmans.  You're in the mood for Mexican?  Try Bel-Air Cantina or Botanas.  We can do so much better than fast food has to offer.

We know that Brew City is the place to go if you want a great bar atmosphere.  Everything from Water Street to Brady Street to the Third Ward has a variety of choices.  There is something for everyone here, and they are a great place to meet new people and have a great time.

We are a great city for museums, theater, and music too.  The Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee Public Museum are just two of the great museums you have to enjoy.  When it comes to theaters and performance groups, we have many!  The Rep, The Pabst, The Skylight, and more!  It is almost impossible not to find something you are interested in seeing on the stage in Milwaukee.  And then music venues, where should we begin?  There is The Riverside, The Marcus Center, The Bradley Center, The Rave, The Miramar Theater, The Marcus Amphitheater and more.  Milwaukee is a regular tour stop for plenty of great music acts, and the shows they put on here are hard to forget.

It is not hard to see why Milwaukee is such an exciting place to live.  Whether you have lived here forever, are planning a move, are want to come for a visit, this is a city that will be a fantastic place for you!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Top 20 High Schools in Wisconsin

Posted by: Discover Milwaukee on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

When moving to a new city, it is important to consider all of the factors when you choose a neighborhood.  One of the most important aspects to consider for families is the quality of the high school district they will soon be a part of.  Colleges are getting more and more competitive, and going to a great high school is important for a lot of people.

Wisconsin has plenty of impressive schools, the the Southeast Wisconsin area high schools dominate the top 20 high school list in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. News & World Report.  Sixteen of the Top 20 schools are in the Greater Milwaukee region.  This rating system is based on Advanced Placement Test scores and other college entrance exam scores.

 

20. Sun Prairie High School - Sun Prairie

19. Homestead High School - Mequon

18. Mount Horeb High School - Mount Horeb

17. Kettle Moraine High School - Wales

16. Wauwatosa East High School - Wauwatosa

15. Greendale High School - Greendale

14. King Intl. High School - Milwaukee

13. Grafton High School - Grafton

12. Gibraltar High School - Fish Creek

11. West Bend West High School - West Bend

10. Reagan High School - Milwaukee

9. Nicolet High School - Glendale

8. Central High School - Brookfield

7. Middleton High School - Middleton

6. Brookfield East High School - Brookfield

5. Arrowhead High School - Hartland

4. New Berlin West High School - New Berlin

3. Eisenhower High School - New Berlin

2. Cedarburg High School - Cedarburg

1. Whitefish Bay High School - Whitefish Bay

Whether you are looking for a change, a new job, or a great school for your family, we have plenty of opportunities for your family in these high school districts.  The Greater Milwaukee area is a great place for you and your family to grow.  Discover Milwaukee can help you find that perfect place for you and your family.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Another Successul YP Week

Posted by: Discover Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The third installment of NEWaukee's Young Professionals Week has been a thrilling success.  The final counts announced that over 4,000 young professionals came out to the event, participating in everything from yoga to lunches and talks and performances on such a wide range of topics.

Every YP week to date has been a success, but this year's blew its predecessors out of the water.  Over the course of the week, 34 events were carried out successfully, and with the highest attendance in the history of YP Week.

If next year you are looking for a great professional event to attend, be sure to consider being a part of YP Week 2015, which is sure to be a great success!

Participating in volunteer opportunities, Milwaukee tours, networking events, fitness classes, reverse job fairs, and getting plenty of free coffee is a great way to expand your contacts and learn more about the wonderful city of Milwaukee.  

While YP Week 2015 might be a year away, NEWaukee is a great organization that puts on plenty of events, both professional and social, throughout the year.  Take the plunge and become a member! You won't regret it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

YP Week 2014

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Are you a young professional in Milwaukee?  Are you an established professional in Milwaukee?  Do you just live in the city and love it to pieces?  Then I have the thing for you!  Have you heard of NEWaukee?  They are a social architecture firm that shows the world what Milwaukee has to offer!  Social architecture is the conscious design of a place (Milwaukee) that encourages a desired range of behaviors (How People Work, Live & Play) leading towards a goal (To Make Milwaukee More Awesome!).  They help people realize the potential that Milwaukee has, and empowers residents to shape the city into what we want it to be!  It is free to join this organization, and they will keep you up to date on professional and social programs and initiatives through their weekly newsletters!

NEWaukee started as a way to socialize and explore the city without the pressure of professionally networking.  This helps form lasting relationships and is a great way to really take in Milwaukee.  They now have all kinds of programs including large scale festivals, excursions, and networking opportunities...which brings us to YP Week!

Young professionals are the driving force to make Milwaukee a fantastic city! YP Week (Young Professionals will be held from April 12-19.  There will be 30 events, at 25 locations, for young professionals in our city to attend!  It will be the week of your life!  The programs are being hosted by local, young experts, from a variety of fields, to encourage their peers to join the leaders of this new generation.  A perk to all of this, it's FREE!  You simply have to register for the event(s) you are planning to attend, but there is no cost to you (they are even providing coffee and lunch to go along with your networking). Check out the schedule of events here and make sure to sign up soon, because the spots are filling up fast!

There is no excuse not to attend this great program, and there is no excuse not to join NEWaukee.  Come out and open your eyes to the incredible potential our city holds and experience it with a group of wonderful people!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Best Work Places in Milwaukee

Posted by: Discover Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

The Greater Milwaukee region is blessed with an abundance of wonderful places to work.  Every year, our award winning paper the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel publishes a list of the best work places in southeastern Wisconsin.  The 2014 list isn't out just yet, but you can learn more about the companies who earned this distinction by reading the entire list and watch videos from satisfied employees here.  

We have some very big names in Milwaukee, including Shorewest Realtors, who earned the top spot in the large company category in 2013.  Aurora Health Care and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are among leaders in the financial industry.  Despite being very large companies, these organizations go above and beyond to make their employees feel at home. 

With all of the responses The Journal Sentinel received, they compiled a list of over 100 companies.  Employees are very proud to work for these companies; companies that respect their employees, build family-like bonds, and maintain strong business practices.  

In addition to recognition as a top employer locally, a handful of Milwaukee companies also made the nation's top 150 workplaces of 2013.  A large factor in employees recommending their workplace for one of the top 150 was the fact that they feel like they are a valued part of the community.  

Be sure to read more about the companies featured in the Career Opportunities section of this website; including ABB, Kohl's, and the Medical College of Wisconsin.  These companies are actively looking for top talent and would love to hear from you!

Satisfied employees today feel appreciated and know that what they are doing matters.  You'll find many wonderful employment opportunities across many industries and professions here in the greater Milwaukee area.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Public Transportation in Milwaukee

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Like most major cities, you don't need a car to successfully navigate around the city of Milwaukee.  The city have an extensive bus system that can get you almost anywhere you need to go.  It is very inexpensive and is the most convenient way to navigate around the city.

The Milwaukee County Bus System has made it very easy for riders.  Their website helps you find all the right stops and provides you with many options to get from point A to B.  If you are interested in knowing bus information on the go, the Milwaukee County Transit System works very well on mobile phones and there are multiple apps that can help you navigate the system.  Google maps also has access to the bus routes and times so there are plenty of ways to stay connected.

If taking the bus isn't where your interests lie, there are other methods as well.  There are plenty of cab companies in the city, but cabs are typically more expensive than the bus.  They are a great way to get from one place to the other with a short wait.

In addition to your typical yellow cab service, Milwaukee has just begun using Uber Car.  It is a cashless ride service.  You register through your app and click on their map where you are and someone will come to pick you up.  All of the payment is covered through the app with your credit card.  It is very convenient and always reliable.  This is very new for Milwaukee, but the service has thrived in Chicago and other major cities for years!

Not only does our city offer extensive local bus routes, there are also a number of regional bus routes that stop here as well.  Getting to Chicago, Madison, or anywhere else for that matter, isn't as difficult as you would think.  Between Greyhound and Badger Bus, we have connections to plenty of major cities and routes throughout the entire country.

While we do not have a train system to navigate our city yet, we do have an Amtrak line.  Amtrak's Hiawatha Service goes from Milwaukee to Chicago's Union Station many times a day.  This is a great connection to reach out to a greater variety of places if you are looking for a quick get away.  Chicago's Union Station is a short ride from here and can connect you to train lines that can take you anywhere in the country!  The Milwaukee Amtrak station is centrally located on St. Paul Avenue downtown and has plenty of parking, drop off locations, and access to bus lines.

Amtrak is also a convenient way to get to Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport.  It is just a 15 minute ride and then an easy shuttle to your terminal.  Milwaukee has everything covered.  Milwaukee can get you anywhere you would ever want to go, but why would you ever want to leave?

Realtors Home and Garden Show 2014

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It's finally Spring Milwaukee!  With that comes spring cleaning and beautification!  Have you heard about the Realtors Home & Garden Show?  It is going on from now till March 30 at the State Fair Grounds.

Come on out and enjoy professional advice on everything from advice on selling your home to outdoor cooking.  This is the place to go for all of your spring home improvement needs.  There will be plenty of seminars and exhibitors there to answer questions you didn't even know you had.

If you know everything you need to know when it comes to spring beautification, you can still find something to peak your interests.  The show's Garden Market will be offering a wide selection of garden decorations, tools, pottery, plants, and more!  The shops will all be filled with one of a kind treasures that you won't want to miss out on.

There will also be an Antiques and Arts Show during this event.  Even if it is just to wander through, there will be hundreds of pieces ranging from all interests.  There will also be a full displays from private collectors.  This is a once in a life chance to see some of these pieces!

 

Admission for this show is only $8 but there is a coupon available for discounted admission here! Make sure you take advantage of this fantastic show! See you there!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Do you know Discover Milwaukee?

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What do you know about Discover Milwaukee? Do you know that we are an organization dedicated to helping people move to Milwaukee? Do you know that we have some great connections in the world of real estate and can help you find a place to call your own?

We have done all the hard work for you. We have looked into apartments and homes.  We have checked out the school districts.  We keep you in the loop with all the Milwaukee happenings and attractions, too!

Milwaukee is one of a kind in so many ways, and it will only get better with you in our city too!  We've got festivals, museums, breweries, restaurants, music, theater, and so much more!  No matter what you are interested in, you will fit right in!

 

HELPING YOU GET HERE IS WHERE WE COME IN!

 

Our book is available in print and via our website digitally.  It is there for you to use and we are here to help answer your questions along the way! This year's updated publication is out now! Make sure to request your copy of our book from our website in order to keep up with all of the great work that comes out of Discover Milwaukee!

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Arts in Milwaukee

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If you have been following the news recently, you will know about the recent theft of a rare Stradivarius violin.  It was safely recovered and returned to its current owner, Frank Almond.  This event opened up the eyes of many people to the arts scene in Milwaukee.  Our city is known for our sports, our food, and our beer.  People don't always think about Milwaukee as a city with a high ranking art scene. 

While it depends on what art scene you are personally interested it, Milwaukee has a lot to offer. Across the city, on weekends and weeknights alike, wonderful local bands can be found at countless bars and restaurants.  But that is just the tip of the ice burg.  

If we are sticking to music, we need to move past the obvious.  Milwaukee is famous for its festivals, especially Summerfest! This is one big musical event that gets a lot of attention.  But, there are plenty of other musical appeals during the rest of the year too!  Milwaukee has plenty of venues like, The Pabst TheaterThe Miramar TheaterThe Rave, The Turner Hall Ballrooms, The Riverside Theater, and The Bradley Center.  We have a lot of big names that come through our city, and their shows are fantastic! That covers one aspect of music, but there is more, like classical.

We have two world-class classical groups in Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Fine Arts Quartet.  There are groups that play the classics.  They are full of talent and passion, and every performance is a treat.  They also have an abundance of guests that join them, which makes them all the more impressive.  Keeping with the classics, let's talk about ballet.  The Milwaukee Ballet has some incredible talent.  They may not be the largest company in the country, but they perform wonderful, artistic pieces.  Every show is something special!

Next we jump over to the world of theater.  There are numerous venues across the city you can go to take in a show.  The Milwaukee TheaterThe Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and The Skylight Theater are just a few.  Already this year we have had great shows like Evita, In The Heights, End of the Rainbow, and on the 28th will be the opening night of An Iliad.  We are well stocked with theater performances, and there is always something for everyone.  Each of the venues is unique in it's own way, and all are guaranteed to be a great experience! 

Milwaukee always has something to offer everyone that comes to visit.  Our arts programs are fantastic, and sometimes under appreciated.  It's important to know what your city has to offer you, otherwise you will miss out on wonderful performances and memories.  So the next time you are planning a fun night out, check out any of these venues to indulge in the arts!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Improving Your Milwaukee Home the Right Way

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Moving to a new city is fun and exciting! You get to discover new places, meet new people and try new things.  Milwaukee can be that new city for you.  With a new city comes finding a new home, whether that be a studio, a condo, or a house.  Finding a perfect home is can be an overwhelming experience.  How many times have you walked into a potential gem and decided you didn’t like the carpet, or the windows, or the appliances?  Sometimes those things have to be overlooked at the beginning, with the promise of a remodel of some sort along the way.  

But you’re in a new city.  Maybe you have never needed to replace your carpet before.  Maybe you have never had to configure what you would like your landscaping to look like.  And who do you call to help you take care of all this?  Remodeling isn't always cheap.  If you don’t know who to call to help you, it could be more difficult than necessary.  You could Google these sorts of things and look at reviews of local contractors, but wouldn’t you rather meet them first hand and see if their work is really what you want? 

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Any remodel job is an important decision, and the NARI Home Improvement Show is here to help with all that.  From February 13-16 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at the State Fair Grounds, the leading home improvement and remodeling agencies will be available to answer your questions and help you figure out what you want to do with your home to really make it one of a kind, and just what you want. 

If you are new to the Milwaukee area, we know you are going to want to stay for as long as possible, so why not make your home the best it can be?  The nice folks at the NARI Home Improvement Show are here to help you get your home to that point.  Be sure to stop by to take advantage of their insight and assistance!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Being a Student in Milwaukee

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Milwaukee is an amazing city!!  

It has endless possibilities for the people who choose to live here, and a lot of those people are students.  Every year over 70,000 students come from near and far to attend the prestigious colleges and universities that call Milwaukee home.  From UW-Milwaukee on the East Side to Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering Downtown, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in the Third Ward, Cardinal Stritch University on the North Side, and Alverno College and Mount Mary College on the West side, perspective college students have plenty of options.  

Choosing a school can be a huge decision for any 17 or 18-year-old.  That decision will help shape the rest of their life.  The schools in Milwaukee have wonderful reputations to back them, but the CITY of Milwaukee is a huge draw in itself.  Students have access to easy public transportation, lake front views, varieties of entertainment, an abundance of festivals throughout the year, renowned restaurants from one end of the city to the other, impressive professional sports teams, multiple music and theater venues, and the prospect of a GREAT job after graduation.

As a student attending school in Milwaukee, I have been exposed to more than I expected coming from a small suburb of Chicago.  Some people say Milwaukee is too small.  I think it's perfect!  I have been living here for years, and I am still finding new things to love about this place.  The more students branch out from their campuses, the more they can REALLY appreciate this city.  We have a beautiful art museum, a great public museum, and impressive zoo, and countless other forms of entertainment at our fingertips.  Milwaukee isn't a "college town" like some places in the country, but it is a great city for a college student to live.  We have all the perks that go with living in a city combined with a typical campus feel is the best combination a student can get.

I chose to move to Milwaukee for my educational career, but it has given me so much, I don't know if I ever want to leave.  Sure, the school that I chose to attend makes a big difference, but if you were to ask other college students across the city, I'm sure their answer would be the same.  We love it here.  Over the summer, The Milwaukee Business Journal had a very interesting article aimed at college students.  Milwaukee is one of the top 10 cities to hire college graduates in the country!  Students, like me, that have built connections over their 4+ years of Milwaukee education certainly have an upper hand here.  Milwaukee is searching for new, young, and exciting talent.  There are over 70,000 of us that have the opportunity to land these prestigious positions.  This is an opportunity that no one should pass up.  When I think about how much this city has done for me, and given me, I can't think of anywhere I would rather go to put my talents to good use.  

As high school seniors are making their choices for next year, they should really consider coming to one of the many Milwaukee schools.  It is where you will meet friends you will keep forever, create enough memories to last a lifetime, and find a place to put down roots (both personally and professionally).  Milwaukee has been around for 168 years, but it's still a growing city, filled with opportunities for younger generations looking to spread their wings.  I can't imagine completing my undergraduate career anywhere else.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy 168th Birthday Milwaukee!!

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January 30th, 2014 is the city of Milwaukee's 168th birthday.  This is a city with a rich history and infinite sources of entertainment.  To celebrate with Milwaukee this year, see how many items on this list you can accomplish.  Good luck and tell your friends!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Your Assignment: Choosing a School

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Well, we’ve hit Labor Day which means the end of summer for most and back-to-school for students!

If you’re new to the area, or thinking about relocating here, we thought now would be the perfect time to give you a brief rundown on Milwaukee-area schools and colleges/universities because if there’s one thing Wisconsin residents take pride in, it’s their schools!

The state offers a wide range of educational opportunities, both public and private, and Wisconsin schools have consistently been ranked among the best in the country. In Milwaukee County, school districts are “unified,” which means they include elementary, middle and high schools. In suburban counties, however, it is not uncommon to have separate school districts for elementary and high schools. In these situations, several elementary school districts will feed into a single high school district. For more information on the public schools servicing the area, including charter schools (public schools that are granted greater freedom in their operation so that they can develop innovative programs and curricula that could improve education as a whole), please click here to view a summary on our website. In addition, the state Department of Public Instruction publishes report cards for all public elementary, middle and high schools in the state. The report cards are organized by school district and can be viewed here.

Milwaukee also has many high quality private & parochial schools. The area is home to several non-sectarian, college-preparatory schools, including three that offer classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. For example, University School of Milwaukee, an independent college-preparatory day school that can trace its roots back to 1851, offers prekindergarten (age 3) through grade 12. 

 

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Another unique school is St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, a private, all-male college preparatory and leadership development school that has graduated heads of state, key business leaders, professional athletes and accomplished artists since its founding in 1884.

 

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In addition, in the five-county metropolitan area, we have over 250 Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish and Baptist elementary and high schools. Catholic Memorial is one example. Located in Waukesha, the school offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for college and other career choices.  

If you’ve made the decision to home-school your child, you will need to complete a form and submit it to the state Department of Public Instruction.  For complete information on home schooling requirements, plus various resources, please click here.  In addition, there are two home-based schooling associations that can provide assistance: Wisconsin Parents Association and the Wisconsin Christian Home Educators Association.

 

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When it comes to colleges and universities, Milwaukee also has several, with the largest being the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Marquette University.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has more than 30,000 students in 150 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Marquette University offers more than 10,000 students a wide array of academic choices and more than 60 majors through its nationally-recognized colleges and schools. In addition, more than 2,600 students attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a private college with strong ties to the business community.

Wisconsin’s vocational education program was the first of its kind when it was established in 1908; today, there are more than 30,000 students in degree and certificate programs combined between Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties, Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha County, the Moraine Park Technical College in Washington County and Gateway Technical College in Racine County. These schools have developed apprenticeship programs and customized training for businesses.

As you can see, the Milwaukee area is home to wide array of education options and it’s important to do your homework before choosing the best option for you/your family. As always, we are here to help. A complete listing of school information and data is available in the current edition of Discover Milwaukee. Click here to order your free copy!

 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Milwaukee: A City of Festivals, Fairs & Fun

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Whether you enjoy celebrations of heritages and music festivals or prefer Strawberries and Tomato Romps, the Milwaukee area has a festival or fair for you.

Many of the major festivals take place on the lakefront at Maier Festival Park (also known as the Summerfest Grounds), but you can also find a wide array festivals elsewhere around the city as well.

Although some of these have already passed, here’s a quick rundown of some of the best:

Major Festivals

Summerfest
When: June 26 - June 30, and July 2 - 7
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What:  Summerfest, also known as "The Big Gig,” Summerfest is the world’s largest music festival. Held annually along the lakefront, this kick-off to summer boasts 11 days of music on 11 stages with over 700 performances. From rap to country to blues and rock, Summerfest satisfies every musical taste.

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State Fair
When: August 1-11
Where: State Fair Grounds, 640 S. 84th Street
What: For 11 days each August, the Wisconsin State Fair provides fun, affordable and unique entertainment. It’s got everything from music and the midway to a milk house and monkeys! In terms of music, while the Grandstand Main Stage features a different headline performance each evening of the fair, there are also side stages to see local acts and cover bands. The midway features rides and games for the whole family. There are also exhibit halls where fairgoers can purchase everything from salsa makers and mops to hammocks and apparel, plus additional exhibits featuring horticulture and agriculture.

And then, of course, there are the animals: Check out the livestock from around the state, enjoy a pig and duck race, or check out special features like “Wild About Monkeys” or “White Tiger Discovery.”

Finally, last, but certainly not least, over the years, the Fair has become perhaps best known for its FARE—featuring the world-famous cream puffs and a plethora of items on a stick. Try deep-friend peanut butter and bacon nuggets or a Krispy Kreme burger with spicy pig candy—those are just a few of the 70 NEW menu items (21 of them on a stick) for this year’s fair. Come hungry.

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Ethnic Festivals


Milwaukee Highland Games
When: June 1
Where: Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St.
What: Milwaukee’s Scottish Fest features bagpipe bands, Highland dancing, sheepdogs, unique athletic events, great Scottish food and a Parade of the Tartans.

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Polish Fest
When: June 14 - 16
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What:  America’s largest Polish festival is in your own backyard! Enjoy polka & folk dancing, music, cultural history, vodka tasting and the best Polish food all in one place.


Bastille Days
When: July 11 - 14
Where: Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St.
What: Milwaukee’s popular French festival is one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations. This free, four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.

One particular popular event is the BMO Harris Bank Storm the Bastille run/Walk, a 5K fun run on Opening night, which draws over 5,000 runners and walkers who flood the streets, reenacting the revolutionary storming of the Bastille prison.

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Festa Italiana
When: July 18 - 21
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What: Festa Italiana is all about food, family and fireworks. Enjoy Festa favorites such as rice balls, fried eggplant, calamari, and canola; test out your bocce balls skills, take a romantic gondola ride, and enjoy the Pinochhio Parade; and tradition says that Festa has the best fireworks on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

German Fest
When: July 25 - 28
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What: “Milwaukee’s Original Haus Party” celebrates German culture and tradition, including food, travel, history, music and more. Many well-known German restaurants and food services from Southeast Wisconsin make the trip to provide attendees with great authentic German cuisine and be sure to check out the Glockenspiel!

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African World Festival
When: August 3 - 4
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What:  African World Festival is a celebration of African-American heritage and culture. Enjoy a sample of ethnic foods, shop around the marketplace and enjoy lots of great entertainment.

Irish Fest
When: August 15 - 18
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What: It’s often said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish and the same can be said during Irish Fest in Milwaukee, one of the city’s most popular ethnic festivals. The largest and best Irish cultural event in North America,  Irish Fest has been part of the Milwaukee community for over 30 years, dedicated to promoting and celebrating all aspects of Irish culture.

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Mexican Fiesta
When: August 23 - 25
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What: Mexican Fiesta brings the sounds, culture and taste of Mexico to Milwaukee with three days of fun, food, Mariachi and Fiesta for all.

Indian Summer Festival
When: September 6 - 8
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What: This festival honors the Native American culture, which has been so influential in the Great Lakes region for the past five centuries, with a traditional Pow Wow, fireworks, Indian dance troupes, Tribal Villages, and so much more.

Food & Drink Fests & Fairs

Cedarburg’s Strawberry Fest
When: June 22-23
Where: Historic Downtown Cedarburg
What:  Celebrate the most luscious fruit of the summer—fresh, home-grown strawberries, during Historic Cedarburg’s Strawberry Festival. This free event features the berry in several delicious forms, including a strawberry brat, shortcake, pie, crepes, slush—and wine! Stroll Washington Avenue and enjoy arts, crafts and music.

Firkin Craft Beer Festival
When: July 20
Where: Cathedral Square Park, located between Kilbourn Avenue (North), Jackson Street (East), Wells Street (South) and Jefferson Street (West).
What: This beer tasting event features over 100 craft beers to sample from Milwaukee breweries as well as guest beers from around the country.

Milwaukee Brew Fest
When: July 27
Where: Coast Guard Pavilion at McKinley Park, 1600 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
What: Sample over 250 craft beers and micro brews from over 60 breweries from across the country and enjoy live music, food from local restaurants and displays by local artists and craftsmen.

Tomato Romp & Harvest Festival
When: September 14
Where: North Avenue from Prospect to Oakland
What: If you enjoy Bloody Marys, this festival is for you. Enjoy Bloody Mary samples from several local establishments, then cast your vote in the Best Bloody Mary Contest. The day ends with a Rotten Tomato Fight. Proceeds from the event go towards organizations that help alleviate hunger in the community.

Cedarburg’s Wine & Harvest Festival
When: September 21-22
Where: Historic Downtown Cedarburg
What:  Transition from the summer festival season to fall in Historic Cedarburg during the annual Wine & Harvest Festival. Enjoy a variety of food, featuring grilled corn, caramel apples, apple cider, plus a variety of local products and wines and more. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts and don’t forget to join in the Giant Pumpkin Charity Regatta!


Miscellaneous

PrideFest
When: June 7 - 9
Where: Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.
What:  For over 25 years, PrideFest Milwaukee has been proudly celebrating the diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) culture and community with a variety of entertainment acts and activities.
 
Milwaukee Indy Fest
When: June 14-15
Where: State Fair Grounds
What:  The Milwaukee IndyFest is an IndyCar Series race held at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis.

Waukesha County Fair
When: July 17-21
Where: Waukesha County Fair Grounds
What: The Waukesha County Fair is the oldest fair in Wisconsin; it features food, music and other entertainment such as truck & tractor pulls, demolition derby and more.

Milwaukee Rally
When: August 28-September 2
Where: Various Harley-Davidson sites
What: The Milwaukee Rally is a free-admission national motorcycle rally produced by the Harley-Davidson Dealers of Metro Milwaukee. This year, Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 110th anniversary, so, in addition to the annual Rally, many other events are being held over Labor Day weekend around the city. For more information, visit: http://110.harley-davidson.com/en_US.

Paramount Blues Festival
When: September 6-7
Where: Lime Kiln Park, Grafton
What: Love Blues music? Then you’ll want to check this festival out in Grafton!

Tosa Fest
When: September 6-7
Where: State Street, Wauwatosa
What:  One of the larger community festivals, Tosa Fest features music, food and drink from local restaurants and fun for the entire family.

Remember, this is just a summary of some of our city’s fun-filled festivals and fairs which make for non-stop frivolity from June through September.  Be sure to check out our Milwaukee365.com calendar for other events going on in your neighborhood year round!

Friday, June 28, 2013

New Retailers Flocking to Milwaukee

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The five-county area already boasts a plethora of unique smaller shopping destinations, six regional shopping malls and three outlet malls within a 40-minute drive. Plus, we already have several major department stores such as Boston Store, Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears & Kohl’s but business is booming and more retail locations have recently been added, or will be coming soon to an area near you. Read on!

  • Brookfield:
    •  New Target
    • Trader Joe’s
    • The Corners of Brookfield (coming soon) retail and housing development proposed by Marcus for West Blue Mound Road near Barker Road in the town of Brookfield.
    • Von Maur

 

  • Waukesha
    •  Shoppes of Fox River
      • T.J. Maxx, Ulta Salon and Cosmetics, Rue 21 and Charming Charlie’s

 

  • Mayfair
    •  The Mayfair Collection (coming soon): a 270,000-square-foot project at Highway 45 and West Burleigh Street in Wauwatosa. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ulta, Nordstrom Rack are, Old Navy and  Sak’s Fifth Avenue Off Fifth are announced tenants on the project.
    • Mayfair Mall
      • Nordstrom (coming soon)

 

  • Bayshore Mall:
    • Athleta (coming soon)
    • Ulta (coming soon)
    • Torrid (coming soon)

 

  •  Southridge
    • Macy’s
    • Francesca’s
    • Pink
    • Aldo Shoes
    • Loft
    • Chico’s

 


 

Did you know?

Kohl’s Departments Stores are based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin! In case you’re unfamiliar with Kohl’s, it is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment at 1,127 stores nationwide. Since 2000, Kohl’s and the Kohl’s Cares program have combined to give more than $39 million to support charitable initiatives in the metropolitan Milwaukee area.

 


 

We’ll continue to keep you updated along the way—until then, happy shopping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Moving? Now is the best time to take advantage of energy (and money) saving tips!

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In any move, utilities are important and arrangements for utility connections should be made well in advance of your move to ensure you will have service when you need it. However, another important aspect to consider when starting fresh is how you can make small but important changes that will benefit both the environment and your wallet.

In Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. It also serves about 500 steam customers in downtown Milwaukee.  If you’re looking to start, stop or transfer your residential electric and/or natural gas service, requests can be made online by clicking here, or by calling (800) 242-9137. [Please note that online requests require at least two business days (Monday-Friday) before your requested date of service.]

In addition to standard residential rates, We Energies offers customers additional rate options including:


•    Renewable Energy Rates, where customers can choose to participate in company’s Energy for Tomorrow renewable energy program, which gives customers the option to pay a premium for the company to obtain generation fueled by renewable resources. Use of renewable energy resources has a positive impact on the environment and  reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources.

•    Time-of-Use:  With the company’s Time-of-Use program, you pay a lower rate when the demand for electricity is low (weeknights, weekends and holidays) and a higher rate when demand is high (weekdays on-peak hours).

We Energies is also committed to helping customers improve home energy use, offering both general energy (and money) saving tips, as well as personalized recommendations.

A full list of “101 Money-Saving Tips” can be found here, but here are a few we found to be especially helpful for those who may be moving to the area and we’ve adapted them accordingly:

HEATING & COOLING
•    Select an energy-efficient central air conditioner by looking at the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit.  Or, get your current unit tuned up. Have your central air conditioner tuned up by a qualified heating contractor every other year. This can help the unit operate more efficiently and may prevent failures in the middle of peak cooling season.
•    Purchase an energy-efficient furnace. Select an energy-efficient furnace model by looking for an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of 90 percent or greater.
•    Use natural gas for heating. Consider switching to a natural gas heating system. Natural gas is less expensive than other heating fuels.

APPLIANCES
•    When buying a new refrigerator or freezer, look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star refrigerators and freezers can save you hundreds of dollars on your electric bill over the life of the appliance. If you’re moving to a place with appliances included, remember that older refrigerators and freezers use two to three times more electricity than ones that are 10 years old or less.
•    Consider a natural gas range or oven. Natural gas appliances cost less to operate than electric appliances and offer better temperature control. Moving an older model or moving into a house with appliances? Make sure the oven seals tightly. Even a small gap allows heat to escape and wastes energy. If you can move a dollar bill through the closed door, the seal is not tight enough and should be replaced.
•    Place your washer close to the water heater. Water loses heat as it flows through pipes. When the washer is located near the water heater, hot water doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the washer, and less heat is lost. Insulating the pipes between the water heater and washer helps retain heat, too.


WATER HEATERS
•    Speaking of water heaters, purchase an energy-efficient model. The initial cost may be more but operating costs are less in the long run. Consider a tankless or instantaneous water heater, which uses energy only when hot water is needed, rather than maintaining 40 gallons or more of hot water all the time. Purchase the correct size. Consider your family’s hot water needs. If your water heater is too large, it uses more energy than needed. If it is too small, you may run out of hot water.
•    Purchase a natural gas water heater. If you currently have an electric water heater, consider replacing it with a natural gas water heater. When it comes to heating water, natural gas is less expensive than electricity, and it heats more water faster during heavy use. Consider a sealed combustion or an on-demand water heater. Both types use less energy.


LITTLE CHANGES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
•    Repair dripping faucets promptly. If the faucet leaks hot water, the energy used to heat it is costing you money. (One drop a second can waste up to 48 gallons a week!)
•    Use Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs. Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs last longer and use up to 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. You can cut your electric bill by $60 per year if you replace the standard bulbs in your five most frequently used light fixtures. Properly dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs at your local household hazardous waste collection site.

Finally, We Energies also partners with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, offers many programs—including cash-back incentives—to help residents save in energy costs by making simple changes in their homes.


Focus on Energy residential programs include:
•    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program: provides home energy assessments that pinpoint exactly how to make your home more energy efficient, and connects you to financial rewards for improvement. Enhanced rewards are also available for income-qualified participants.
•    New Homes Program: pairs prospective homeowners with builders and energy experts to construct new homes that are between 10 and 100 percent more efficient than homes built to Wisconsin’s Uniform Dwelling Code.
•    Express Energy Efficiency Program: provides free, professional installation of energy-saving products that can help you save up to 10% on your utility bills.
•    Residential Rewards Program: offers hundreds of dollars in Cash-Back Rewards for heating and cooling equipment, water heating equipment, and air sealing and attic insulation. Enhanced rewards are also available for income-qualified participants.
•    Appliance Recycling Program: offers free pickup and recycling of old refrigerators and freezers, and a $50 reward for each working appliance you recycle.
•    Lighting and Appliance Program: offers instant, in-store discounts on a variety of energy-efficient lighting and water-saving products at participating retailers throughout Wisconsin.
•    Renewable Energy: Focus on Energy offers Cash-Back Rewards for renewable energy installations and will connect you with experts who can help you determine if your property is a good candidate for a renewable system.


In sum, before you make a move, it’s well worth it to take the time up front to consider how you can help save energy and your bottom line at the same time.


 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Welcome to Milwaukee, Where it's Cooler Near the Lake!

Posted by: Unknown on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Here at Discover Milwaukee, we’re pleased to introduce our new blog, "Cooler Near the Lake," to you!

Whether you’re thinking of moving to the area or you’ve lived here your whole life, we hope to offer something for everyone, helping you to discover—or rediscover—this great city and all it has to offer.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin region is a community known for its accessibility, culture and four-season lifestyle, a kind of community that embodies what it means to be home. Choices abound-whether you are looking for fast-paced urban living, or a relaxed suburban setting. You’ll be stunned by our jam-packed summers, amazed at our festivals, energized by our nightlife, inspired by our performing arts groups and soothed by the waves of Lake Michigan.

We’ll post articles on topics like career opportunities, affordable housing and diverse neighborhoods, mixed in with things to do, a little history and some fun facts, too.

So welcome to Milwaukee. We’re confident you’re going to enjoy your stay here—whether it’s for a couple of years or for a lifetime.

Cheers!

Real Estate & Considerations & Choosing a Relocation Specialist

Posted by: Unknown on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Purchasing a home is a major investment. Making a good decision is even more challenging when you are moving to a new and unfamiliar community. Fortunately, there are real estate professionals who specialize in relocating individuals and families to the Milwaukee Region.

Why choose a relocation specialist?

A relocation specialist can:

·         Point you to the right neighborhoods

·         Identify the best schools

·         Tell you what is a good price for homes in the market

·         Inform you about property taxes, tax deductions & credits

·         Serve as your point person during your negotiations

·         Arrange the necessary home inspections

·         Coordinate any repairs or updates before you move in.

In short, they will streamline your home search so that you are free to focus on the many other important tasks related to your move.

Because states often have different laws and regulations governing the sales process, it is important that purchasers work with a Realtor and consider the following when buying a home in Wisconsin:

  • Non-Attorney State: Unlike some states, Wisconsin does not require an attorney review the purchase agreement or otherwise participate in the sales process. Your licensed real estate agent may draft and explain state-approved forms but cannot give legal or financial advice.
  • Buyers’ Agents: Real estate agents are paid by the seller even if they represent both the buyer and the seller. However, many buyers hire their own real estate agent to represent their interests during the purchase process. Although they represent the buyer, these agents are paid through the sales commission generated by the sale of the home. If there is no commission (such as when the home is sold by the owner), the purchaser may be responsible for paying their real estate agent based on a negotiated fee that is typically based on a percentage of the home’s sale price.
  • Home Inspections: While Wisconsin does not require home inspections as part of the sales process, they are recommended. Home inspectors must be registered with the state and are prohibited from performing any repairs or maintenance on the inspected property for at least two years. Most inspectors use a standard checklist with items relevant for inspection in Wisconsin. They typically do not look for damage from termites and other wood-eating inspects because they are rare in this area, but will frequently test for radon. Home purchasers should note that inspections conducted in the winter may not identify problems with air conditioning systems or roofs covered with snow; however, sellers are required by state law to list all know defects on a Real Estate Condition Report at the time the home is listed.
  • Counter Offers: Wisconsin has an approved counter-offer form (WB-44) that the potential purchaser can use to modify the terms of the home sales agreement. Any items listed on the counter offer supersede items contained in the offer (provided the buyer agrees to the counter offer). The counter-offer form simplifies negotiations between the seller and the buyer.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact one of these businesses serving the five-county metropolitan Milwaukee area to help you with your move:

Other Helpful Tips When Choosing a Home:

  • Visit at various times of day. If you walked through the home in the evening, you might miss something you’ll see in the daylight and vice versa. You can also check out how the surrounding area changes at that time, or note traffic patterns.
  •  Talk to neighbors. What types of people are in the neighborhood? Will you and your family fit in? Also, find out if there is a neighborhood association and how neighborhood news is dispersed.
  • Ask for copies of utility bills & property taxes. This will avoid any surprises later and should be considered into total cost of the property.
  • Attention to detail. Sometimes, if purchasers are in a hurry to find the right home, they forget to consider some of the “smaller” factors that will end up mattering greatly in the long run. Make sure you’re happy with things like storage space, lighting/floor plan, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the size/layout of the yard, how close you are to your neighbors’ homes, etc.
  • Work with the realtor to explore the surrounding area. Where is the closest grocery store? The local school? What will your commute be like to your new job?

Here at Discover Milwaukee, we wish you the best of luck in your home search! 

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