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!