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.
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:
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.
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:
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!
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 Theater, The Miramar Theater, The 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 Theater, The 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!