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.
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!
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.
Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee
Milwaukee Nonprofits and Charities
Waukesha County Volunteers
Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County
Volunteer Center of Racine
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.
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.
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Waukesha State Bank
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Fitness & Health Clubs
Elite Sports Clubs
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First Weber Group
Realty Executives - Integrity
RE/MAX Realty 100
Barbara Whealon - Coldwell Banker
Brad Posnanski- Bradley Realty
Chris Corley - Corley Real Estate
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Bartolotta Restaurant Group
University Lake School
University School of Milwaukee
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!
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!