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From locally-made products to restaurants featuring farm-to-fork, slow food or small plates, Milwaukee’s culinary scene brings a delicious blend of flavors to the table. Here’s just a “taste” of what you’ll find!

Begin your culinary journey on a Milwaukee Food & City Tour through Milwaukee’s historic neighborhoods. Compare and contrast Bloody Marys in the Historic Third Ward or visit the one-of-a kind Glorioso’s Italian Market and bakery on bohemian Brady Street.

The Milwaukee Public Market has been ranked by Frommer’s as one of America’s Best Public Markets, featuring 20 specialty food vendors. The focus is on Wisconsin, including artisan cheeses, chocolates and bakery, but you’ll also find world fare, from Indian dishes to sushi rolls and burritos.

See for yourself why Wisconsin is called “The Dairy State” and tour Clock Shadow Creamery, one of the only urban creameries in the country. You’ll learn about cheese-making and sample fresh cheeses, like cheese curds. In the same Walker’s Point neighborhood, stop at Purple Door Ice Cream for unique, hand-crafted ice cream flavors such as strawberry sour cream, goat cheese, bacon, green tea and whiskey.

Chocolate connoisseurs are spoiled for choice in Milwaukee. Treat yourself to pairings of hand-crafted chocolate with champagne, wine and beer at Indulgence Chocolatiers’ chocolate bar in Walker’s Point or to chocolate in all forms including drinks, dips and toppings at Red Elephant Chocolate in the Third Ward. At Kopp’s Frozen Custard’s three locations, you’ll find gourmet flavors of this Milwaukee specialty such as banana walnut chocolate chunk and chocolate thunder.

In 1989, the D’Amato family grocery store was transformed into Sanford Restaurant by chef and previous owner Sandy D’Amato, a former James Beard Best Chef Midwest. D’Amato’s successor, Chef de Cuisine Justin Aprahamian, also a multiple James Beard Award nominee, bought the restaurant and remains committed to serving food made with products at their peak of flavor.

Take in a picturesque view of Lake Michigan and authentic French cuisine at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. Chef Adam Siegel, James Beard Best Chef Midwest 2008, uses the freshest ingredients and adheres to traditional French cooking styles to create memorable dishes in a French bistro setting. Other Bartolotta restaurants downtown include Bacchus, The Rumpus Room — A Bartolotta Gastropub and lakeside Harbor House.

Chef Matt Baier provides creative inspiration at the award-winning Dream Dance Steak in Potawatomi Bingo Casino. The restaurant offers a variety of delicious steaks and succulent seafood, along with a selection of more than 600 retail-priced wines to perfectly pair with your meal. Other top restaurants at the casino are Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, RuYi and the popular all-you-can-eat stop, The Buffet.

Milwaukee’s German heritage is alive and well at the landmarks Mader’s Restaurant and Karl Ratzsch’s, offering discriminating diners the best in authentic German dishes like sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel and rouladen.

Cafe Benelux is a place to gather with friends for a great meal any time of the day. The cafe’s “Bierbook” consists of more than 40 pages of Belgian and craft beers and menu items include favorite Belgian dishes Pannenkoeken and frites.

“The place” to go for visiting celebrities, athletes and VIPs, the SURG group’s Carnevor serves prime cuts, including a weekly Kobe steak special. Many ingredients are sourced locally from Hidden Creek, the restaurant’s nearby farm. Other restaurants in this group include neighboring Umami Moto and Distil as well as newcomer Hom with locations in Glendale and Brookfield.


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Milwaukee is often referred to as the "Big City of Little Neighborhoods."

Milwaukee celebrates its diverse neighborhoods! From a historic warehouse district turned trendy with restaurants and shops, to an eclectic street of vintage boutiques and ethnic eateries, to avenues lined with attractions, you'll meet the city's real character in friendly, walkable Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Learn more about each neighborhood below, or get an Official Milwaukee Visitors Map mailed to you for free. 



Avenues West/Marquette University

More than 11,000 students from 69 countries study at Marquette. Gothic spires join ultra-modern buildings on the 90-acre campus featuring the Haggerty Museum of Art and the legendary St. Joan of Arc Chapel. The splendidly restored Pabst Mansion reigns supreme in Avenues West.

While you're here:

1. Visit the legendary St. Joan of Art Chapel, originally built in France in the 15th century

2. See how Milwaukee's beer barons lived at the Pabst Mansion (spoiler: it was pretty grand).

3. Get the classic Wisconsin supper club experience (and a delicious steak!) at Five O'Clock Steakhouse


Bay View

Just south of the city, Bay View is a hip and eclectic neighborhood popular with families and young professionals alike. Home to one of the city’s most popular bar districts, it’s also a hotbed of local art and creativity. From record shops and great music venues to dining, Bay View combines city fun with a charming neighborhood feel.

While you’re here:

1. Catch Chill on the Hill, Bay View’s free summer concert series, on Tuesday nights in Humboldt Park

2. Explore the beer list at Sugar Maple, Roman’s Pub and Palm Tavern – the three Milwaukee bars that made Draft Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Beer Bars (2015)

3. Dine on inventive small plates on a locally-sourced menu that changes daily at Odd Duck


Brady Street

Oscar Wilde once said, “If what you want isn’t on Brady Street, you probably don’t need it” and this bon mot is just as true now as it was in 1882. One of the city’s oldest Italian neighborhoods, it became home to the local hippie scene in the 1960s and remains an eclectic and unique neighborhood popular for diverse shopping options during the day and the vibrant bar scene at night.

While you’re here:

1. Have lunch at the full-service deli (or just a scoop of gelato!) and browse the imported grocery goods at Glorioso’s Italian Market

2. Catch the game and enjoy a $1 drink during the world’s shortest happy hour (4:00 p.m. – 4:18 p.m.) at Milwaukee’s home for televised soccer, Nomad World Pub

3. Laugh yourself silly at Milwaukee's Comedy Cafe


East Side

Here you'll find a melting pot of cultures from UW-Milwaukee students to retirees. This is one of Milwaukee’s trendiest neighborhoods, a great spot for dining, nightlife and shopping.

While you're here:

1. Stop for a cup of coffee at Colectivo on the Lake - the original cafe location of this favorite local roaster is built inside the historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station

2. Visit one of the five intriguing museums that make up the Milwaukee Museum Mile

3. See a movie in the historic Oriental Theatre, which holds the world record for continuous showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (catch it on the second Saturday of every month!)


East Town

A downtown neighborhood filled with a mix of popular Milwaukee attractions, restaurants, boutique shops, hotels, apartments and the popular Cathedral Square Park - home of Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days.

While you're here:

1. Visit the world's sexiest building and Milwaukee's most iconic structure: the Milwaukee Art Museum.

2. Travel to Paris without leaving the city at Bastille Days, a free outdoor festival celebrating every France (including a 43-foot-tall Eiffel Tower!)

3. See a show. Everything from Broadway to children's theatre, ballet to opera to the biggest touring acts - you'll find it here.


Historic Third Ward

Stroll through Milwaukee SoHo, a six-square-block revitalized warehouse district, home to the Milwaukee Public Market, art galleries, theaters, trendy boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and brewpubs.

While you're here:

1. Try a unique night out at a themed bar: play some ping pong at Evolution Gastro Pong or make a painting to take home at Splash Studio

2. Do your souvenir shopping at the Milwaukee Public Market or one of the unique local boutiques

3. Attend a festival on our permanent lakefront festival grounds


Menomonee River Valley

You'll find plenty to do in this revitalized area including Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Palermo's Pizza, Miller Park and more. Walk along the Hank Aaron State Trail or bike, hike, fish, kayak or canoe at the recently-opened Three Bridges Park.

While you're here:

1. Answer the call of the wild - Milwaukee is the birthplace of Harley-Davidson and home to world's only Harley-Davidson Museum

2. Check out world-class gaming at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. One of the seven on-site restaurants is sure to pique your appetite.

3. You can travel from the desert to the tropics and back inside the three one-of-a-kind glass domes of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (known to locals a simply "The Domes.")



Located on the bank of the Milwaukee River, this diverse and vibrant neighborhood is full of bohemian flair. Full of cafes, studios, galleries, nightclubs and more, Riverwest is famous for a “DIY” attitude and is home to a number of volunteer-run initiatives including a co-op bookstore, bar, grocery and a community-run radio station.

While you're here:

1. Cheer on the riders (or hop on your bike!) at the Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike race that brings out the whole community for a carnival-like celebration of this unique event.

2. Visit a tropical paradise at Foundation, Milwaukee’s original tiki bar.

3. Dance the night away at Mad Planet, home of the Friday Night Retro Dance Party, The Get Down – Milwaukee’s Funk & Soul Dance Party and great live performances.


Walker's Point/Fifth Ward

One of Milwaukee's hottest neighborhoods is turning into a foodie's paradise. Eat your way through this area where you'll find Wisconsin's only urban creamery and handmade ice cream, farm-to-table restaurants and fun pubs, many of which are LGBT friendly.

While you're here:

1. Try fresh cheese curds at Clock Shadow Creamery, one of the nation's only urban creameries

2. Get out on the river with kayaks, canoes and paddleboards available for rent from Milwaukee Kayak Company

3. Go dancing at Hot Water/Wherehouse, two industrial-chic venues in one, or at La Cage, Wisconsin’s premiere gay entertainment destination



Just west of downtown, suburban Wauwatosa is home to a charming, riverside village center. It's a walk-around neighborhood where the streets are lined with historic buildings and upscale boutiques that beckon discovery. Looking for great pubs, gourmet dining, a French cafe/patisserie, handcrafted chocoloates or a bistro to sample fine wine? You'll find it all in Tosa.

While you're here:

1. Indulge your passion for fashion at boutique shops in the village center, Mayfair Mall and the Mayfair Collection

2. Stop for a delicious French pastry prepared by classically-trained chefs at Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe

3. The Landing at Hoyt Park is a great place to gather and enjoy the beauty of the park alongside beer, wine and other beer garden favorites



Nowhere is Milwaukee's German heritage more alive than on historic Old World Third Street. Stroll the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum and take a walk back through time. You'll also find the BMO Harris Bradley Center and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena where Milwaukee's sporting events and biggest concerts rock the stage.

While you're here:

1. Take a river cruise to see the city in a whole new way. Local tour companies offer a variety of trips, from cocktail cruises to historical tours.

2. Travel around the world, back in time, to the depths of the ocean and more at the Milwaukee Public Museum, a human and natural history museum that houses 4.5 million specimens

3. Stop by the Old German Beer Hall for an authentic German experience, including beer brewed in Munich




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How do I build a custom itinerary?
Step 1 - Register your e-mail address, or if you have previously registered, log in with your email address below to start saving items to your custom itinerary. Navigate to any listings page. For example, select 'Visitors' on the top navigation and click on 'Where to Stay'. Click the 'Add To Itinerary' link for any listing. If you would like to add an event located on our calendar to your itinerary, navigate to "Events" and click on the "Add To Itinerary" link for any event listing. Or check out our offers section, and add any member's offer to your next itinerary.

You’ll run out of energy long before Milwaukee runs out of things to do and places to see.

Step 2 - To see your itinerary, click on the button located to your left on any of the the member search pages to navigate you to your custom itinerary.

The following businesses are categorized into regions around the city. If you would like to find out more information about each of these areas, you can check them out on our Milwaukee County Map.


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Millions of people visit the greater Milwaukee area every year. They come from around the world for all kinds of reasons: attending a business conference; visiting family and friends; taking in the world’s biggest music festival; or simply enjoying the area’s natural beauty and central Midwestern location. Once they’ve been here—and experienced the excitement of our culture, the warmth of our people and beauty of our city—they’re sold. Departing visitors begin to plan their next trips right away. Start planning your business event or leisurely getaway and find out for yourself what the Milwaukee experience feels like.


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2011 Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run | VISIT Milwaukee

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2011 Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run

July 10, 2011
8:00 AM

Summerfest is excited to present the inaugural Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run on July 10, 2011 at 8:00AM. The Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run is comprised of a thrilling half marathon and a 10k run that starts and finishes at Summerfest, the World's Largest Music Festival. This event presents an incredible first time opportunity for athletes to run over a stretch of the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge. Runners will enjoy scenic views of Lake Michigan, downtown Milwaukee and the Summerfest grounds from the bridge and throughout the course. A total of $22,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top 20 male and female runners in each race, with the top men and women payouts starting at $2,500 and $1,250 respectively. Net proceeds from the Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run will equally benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.; both are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Register for the 2011 Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon and 10K Run.

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A Diverse City

The histories and traditions that make up Milwaukee create a fabric that wraps the city in a variety of customs, beliefs and lifestyles. The merging of these cultures is reflected throughout the city—from the Dr Martin Luther King Drive area to Brady Street to Walker's Point. Our diversity is celebrated with a procession of 11 ethnic festivals throughout the year, including Bastille Days, Arab World Fest, Irish Fest, Indian Summer and our Juneteenth Day Celebration. The Ko-Thi Dance Company, Latino Arts, Inc. and the African American Children's Theater are just a few of the permanent institutions that embrace and share the multicultural arts of our city.

VISIT Milwaukee seeks out ways to enhance the city's image as an inclusive and welcoming destination with a strong commitment to multicultural development. By encouraging the expansion of the diverse hospitality workforce, and championing diversity within VISIT Milwaukee, it's suppliers and the industry, we're already fostering community growth and unity.

VISIT Milwaukee is working hard to build relationships with multicultural organizations, and invites them to bring their events to Milwaukee. For more information contact Tiffany Backus, Convention Sales Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 202-588-0946.


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Beat The Heat

Host your meeting at Potawatomi Bingo Casino any time from May 2011-August 2011 and you'll receive a complimentary "Beat the Heat" break, including light snacks and refreshments.  Call the catering office at 414-847-7891 for details on this fantastic offer.

Make your next event a truly memorable affair by letting the experts at Potawatomi Bingo Casino help you create some magic.

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How do I build a custom itinerary?
Step 1 - Register your e-mail address, or if you have previously registered, log in with your email address below to start saving items to your custom itinerary. Navigate to any listings page. For example, select 'Visitors' on the top navigation and click on 'Where to Stay'. Click the 'Add To Itinerary' link for any listing. If you would like to add an event located on our calendar to your itinerary, navigate to "Events" and click on the "Add To Itinerary" link for any event listing. Or check out our offers section, and add any member's offer to your next itinerary.

You’ll run out of energy long before Milwaukee runs out of things to do and places to see.

Step 2 - To see your itinerary, click on the button located to your left on any of the the member search pages to navigate you to your custom itinerary.

The following businesses are categorized into regions around the city. If you would like to find out more information about each of these areas, you can check them out on our Milwaukee County Map.


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Options to get from General Mitchell Airport to Downtown Milwaukee Hotels.


Airport Connection provides exclusive airport shuttle service to and from Milwaukee hotels. Shared shuttle and van service as well as private car service available 24 hours per day, reservations accepted. 

Airport Connection is offering conference attendees a $2 roundtrip discount.
Discount valid from Milwaukee Mitchell Airport, Amtrak Milwaukee Airport, Lake Express, Midway or O'Hare International Airport to conference hotels. Click here for complete details.

Average fare from airport to downtown hotels is $12 one way / $22 round trip.


United American Taxi : The average fare to downtown Milwaukee from the airport is $22.00 to $25.00 one way.*

*Prices subject to fare changes.

Go here for information on several taxi companies in the Milwaukee area.


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Ever notice how a city's interesting quirks, cultural mix and historical perspective give it an aura, a vibe, an identity that sets it apart? We do. Milwaukee's been getting a lot of national and international media coverage due to our vibrant arts scene, diverse cultural events, unique visitor attractions and more than $2.5 billion in new tourism product investment since 1998. But these aren't our only claims to fame. Listed below are some of the many reasons why there's no place like Milwaukee.

2009 Rankings

Milwaukee was named one of the top ten best cities in the United States for independent filmmakers to work in Milwaukee Magazine.   Milwaukee offers employment opportunities for filmmakers, reasonable costs of living, financial incentives and a superior quality of life. 

Since last year, Milwaukee is up 5 rankings in the Top 30 Most-Wired American Cities list by  Forbes creates this list by computing the percentage of Internet users with high-speed connections and the number of companies providing high-speed Internet in the area.


Milwaukee Rankings in 2008

Nickelodeon Parents Connect site featured Schlitz Audubon Nature Center as the "Best Place for Family Bonding in Milwaukee." Schlitz also won an Ideal of Environmental Excellence Award in the education category for "an organization that educates and teaches the principles and values of sustainability and environmental stewardship" from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Inc. in 2008.

Milwaukee was named among the top 50 "Next Great Adventure Towns" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine in September of 2008. The list is comprised of 50   innovative towns that aren't just prime relocation spots right now, but smart choices for the future.

A 6-year national online study by Cambridge University in England rankedWisconsin among the top five states in America for "extraversion" and "agreeableness". The head research scientist summed it up: "It appears people who live there are healthy, friendly, socially outgoing...calm, even-tempered, down-to-earth and practical". Looks like Wisconsin is a hotbed of nice!

Milwaukee was named among the top ten cities for best value vacation on Hotwire. The city earns high marks with visitors of all ages looking to explore the city on a dime. Hotwire gives Milwaukee's breweries, sports teams, performing arts, exhibitions and casino high marks as reasonably priced, high-value visitor attractions.

Milwaukee has been named a 2008 Top Destination by Facilities & Destinationsmagazine. This is a reader's choice award in which nominations are based on such criteria as hotel accommodations, accessibility and attractiveness of the destination.

Milwaukee's Miller Park was ranked 2nd in fan satisfaction among all MLB ballparks by SI.comThe rankings were based on an online survey of fans, when Sports Illustrated asked readers to rate their hometown ballpark in 10 categories, such as affordability, food, atmosphere and promotions, all of which Miller Park scored highest in.

Milwaukee was selected as a "Surprising Gay-Friendly Destination" by PlanetOut for their 2008 Travel Awards. Citing us as the host of the International LGBT Film Festival and the largest gay pride festival in the United States, Milwaukee was an easy choice for the list. Milwaukee also features The Gay Arts Center, which showcases visual and performing arts, and a vibrant queer nightlife scene. released the results of its fifth annual survey of the 50 most popular destinations for Independence Day weekend. Milwaukee ranked No. 25, up 13 spots from Milwaukee's debut appearance on the list as last year's No. 38 rank. This is without a doubt due to the large draw of Summerfest, an 11 day music festival which takes place over the holiday weekend and can draw upwards of 800,000 visitors.

The New York Times has selected Milwaukee-brewed Sprecher Root Beer as the Best Tasting Root Beer in AmericaThe panel of wine and dine critics and dining section staffers cited the drink's "wonderfully balanced and complex brew" and the addition of honey to the mix as the elements that put this hometown favorite ahead of the competition.

Milwaukee has been named to's list of "12 unexpected urban areas that are doing good green stuff." Milwaukee now boasts several inner-city community-garden projects, a downtown public market, and an annual campaign to encourage residents to follow a 100-mile local-food diet. Current Mayor Tom Barrett's Green Team is working to keep sustainability at the fore, and has partnered with the Apollo Alliance to bring clean-tech jobs to the area.

Milwaukee was listed among the top twenty Most Walkable Neighborhoods inAmerica. Milwaukee ranked number 13 on Walk Score's list of America's Most Walkable Neighborhoods. Walk Score ranks neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, and measuring how easy it is to live a car-light lifestyle.

Miller Park is host to the world's largest tailgate party.


Milwaukee Rankings in 2007

The 2007 Zagat U.S. Airlines Survey rated Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines #1 in overall quality for U.S. economy service.

Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport ranked # 4 in the country by Conde Nast Traveler Readers. 

AARP The Magazine has ranked Milwaukee among the top five places in which to retire.

In a survey coordinated by the American Institute of Architects, the Milwaukee Art Museum was ranked among the top 150 favorite structures in the United States.

Travel & Leisure magazine named Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines “Best Domestic Airline” in its 2007 World’s Best Awards competition.

Big-hearted Milwaukee residents lend a helping hand! The Milwaukee area was ranked eighth among 50 of the nation's largest metropolitan areas for its volunteer rate, said a first-time national report by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Women's Wear Daily has listed Milwaukee as #10 on its list as the top U.S. metro areas ranked by the highest retail business growth from 2003 to 2006.

Milwaukee was ranked eighth in Cooking Light magazine’s “20 Best Cities.”

Editors of included Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, among the nation’s top ten ballparks in which to watch the boys of summer.


The name Milwaukee comes from the Native American word "Milliocki" meaning gathering place by the water.

This Jewel of the Great Lakes is home to Summerfest, the world's largest music festival according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This eleven-day event boasts 10 ground stages and a 23,000-seat amphitheater.

The Allen Bradley Clocktower is one of Milwaukee's most recognizable landmarks. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the Allen Bradley Clock as the largest four-faced clock in the world. It is actually four separate clocks, each with an octagonal face nearly twice the size of the clocks on London's Big Ben Tower. 

Milwaukee's first larger brewery opened in 1841. By 1856, the city boasted 26 local breweries.

The typewriter was invented in Milwaukee in 1867 by Christopher Latham Sholes.

The skywalk over the Milwaukee River is the only skywalk in the U.S. that spans a river used by boats.

The exhibit hall of the Wisconsin Center can hold 555 city buses, end-to-end and side-by-side.

The Milwaukee Art Museum's Burke Brise Soleil (the "wings") wingspans spreads 217 feet at its widest point, wider then a Boeing 747. 

The Milwaukee Public Museum is home to the world's largest dinosaur skull.

Acccording to Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac, Milwaukee has more parkland per capita than any other city in the country.

Three of Milwaukee's parks, including Lake Park, were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead--the legendary landscape architect and genius behind New York's Central Park.

Milwaukee is home to Harley-Davidson - the company began in a small machine shop behind the Davidson family's home at 38th and Highland.


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Milwaukee’s central Midwestern location makes it easily accessible.

No matter if you’re flying in, taking the train or setting out on a road trip, the routes to the Greater Milwaukee area stress-free and easy to follow. And once you’ve arrived, a number of transportation services (including buses, trolleys, taxis, rental cars and more) make it easy to find your way around the area.

Recent construction on I-94 may affect your travel to and from General Mitchell International Airport. To avoid delays, visit


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Milwaukee has many great attractions and activities; check out our video library to get a quick tour of a few of our favorite spots around the city. Find out more about featured communities, restaurants, attractions and some of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's greatest places to visit on your next stay.


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"Milwaukee is a lively, fun and interesting place. There are historic buildings and brand new ones side by side, more museums than you can see in a weekend, beautiful neighborhoods, active city streets, great restaurants, and bars, when I say bars, I mean lots and lots of bars. The city has the feeling of being big and small at the same time, it has plenty of tall buildings, but it doesn't have that overwhelming feeling to it. Driving in the city is easy, too. You can from one end of town to the other in around 15 minutes."
Renee Tadey


"Having lived in Milwaukee many years, I love going back to visit some of our favorite places. The East side, Alterra, Whole Foods, Lake Park, UWM, Oakland Trattoria, and the list goes on. Now that I've moved away, I especially miss the Lakefront!"
Samantha Fredelake 


"My husband and I live in Chicago and usually get to Milwaukee every year for a weekend visit. There is just such a nice, unpretentious feel to it. It's very walkable and we take the train there. We love the art museum. and last time we took a free brewery tour and let's just say they were very generous with the beers! Lots of great hotels to chose from, the downtown is cute, good selection of restaurants (love Beans and Barley), and the lakefront is awesome! We always stumble into something fun to do such as a festival, art fair, concert, etc. I think Milwaukee has the bones to be a first-class city!"
Rebecca Kale 


"The Downtown Mall, the Museum(s), the outlet malls, the parks, there's something for everyone anytime..."
Timmi L. Dressler 


"I love Milwaukee lakefront - especially the lakefront Alterra Coffee place..."
Diane Shastal


"I love visiting Milwaukee! The city has wonderful architecture and numerous cultural events at any given time to enjoy."
Lora Niemeier 


"My husband and I started dating at the Milwaukee Zoo 32 years ago. We fell in love, married a year later and are still together. What's not to love?"
Jocelyne Cross 


"Milwaukee is a great day or weekend trip for us...only 1.5 hours from home. I love the domes and downtown area."
June Peters-Nilsen 


"I have been to Milwaukee 3 times now and I love it. Brewers, zoo, art museum, discovery world, great food and a great time. Went to my first Brewer's game on opening day. Awesome!"
Paula Kalmon 


"Visited Milwaukee in July this year so I could again enjoy your Italian fest. Your cultural offerings each year cannot be outdone by any other, and your residents could not be finer. Keep doing what you are doing. I truly love your city!
Wayne Remter


Going to Milwaukee is soo much more enjoyable then Chicago. Easy to get to,easy to park, clean, less expensive, relaxed atmosphere, fun and centrally located.
Allen Tobiaski


Milwaukee has big city fun with a small town feeling. Always a good time!"
Mimi Gauthier 


"Attended the Indy Race at Milwaukee this past summer and I was truly impressed with what Milwaukee has to offer."
Dan Newman 


"MKE to me is Triple B.

B.B. a trip to MKE is incomplete without Beer, Bratwurst and Basketball! Go Marquette!"
Warren McGoldrick 


"I LOVE your CLEAN city! Been there for all 3 H-D Birthdays. Want to come back again and again. Maybe for summer concerts!"
Laurie Miller 


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Listen and learn. And sometimes, have a drink!

There is no shortage of tours to take in Milwaukee. Our beer-making heritage is on display at several local breweries. You’ll learn that there’s more to the city’s architecture than you think. You can even take a two-wheel tour of the area aboard one of Milwaukee’s signature exports. And best of all, many of them are available at little or no cost.

Take a closer look, and you’ll be amazed at what Milwaukee has accomplished throughout the years—and equally impressed with what this city can do today.


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Milwaukee – a city defined by an unusual blend of chic and casual coolness. Comfort and ease exist side by side with exciting amenities and a progressive attitude to create an unbeatable, gay-friendly destination.

Selected as a "Surprising Gay-Friendly Destination" by PlanetOut in its 2008 Travel Awards, Milwaukee is home to a number of organizations and annual events that celebrate the LGBT community. 

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Pridefest – June 6-8, 2014
For three days each June, the nation's biggest Pride entertainment lineup assembles for Pridefest along the shores of Lake Michigan at Henry Maier Festival Park. Here, thousands of festival-goers gather to enjoy world-class entertainment, sample some of the best food the city has to offer and stroll through the marketplace.

This year's entertainment lineup includes Lisa Lampanelli, Sandra Bernhard, Macy Gray, Chad Michaels, Steve Grand, Mary Lambert, Bruce Vilanch, Big Freedia and many more!

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ people and to making the Greater Milwaukee area safer and more inclusive.

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
In the fall, the city welcomes the LGBT Film/Video Festival, now in its 28th season. This 4-day event showcases work from around the world by, about and for the LGBT community.

Cream City Foundation
Cream City Foundation creates structural change by mobilizing philanthropic resources, collaborations and educational efforts on behalf of southeastern Wisconsin's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.


Walker’s Point serves as one of the main gay residential areas in the city and hosts the majority of gay nightlife hotspots that range from mellow dive bars to full-scale nightclubs. Dozens of old warehouses in the Historic Third Ward have been converted into amazing lofts, art galleries, chic cafes and stunning lounges.

Where to Stay

With five TAG-approved hotels, and new projects and renovations continually popping up, Milwaukee's variety of gay-friendly accommodations (including boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfast options) is sure to impress.


Milwaukee Named Top 10 Destination for Gay Travelers
Milwaukee is coming into its own as a travel destination with the largest pride festival in the nation, Pridefest, being held each summer.

Under the Gaydar
Often overshadowed by bustling neighbor Chicago, and outdone in freewheeling reputation by liberal Madison, the pretty Midwestern city of Milwaukee has a lot on tap.

Visit Us Soon

Come to Milwaukee: a gay-friendly city combining top-flight attractions like the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World and the Harley-Davidson Museum with a vibrant arts scene, pulsating nightlife and sassy shopping. You’ll discover a welcoming city of lakefront festivals and award-winning parks, along with eclectic neighborhoods for adventurous foodies to explore.

Milwaukee – if it happens, it’s here. With so much on tap, your getaway will be nothing short of unforgettable.

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Our interactive map will help you find accommodations, attractions, dining, entertainment and much more. You can use it to plan your stay in Milwaukee and even locate where you're going, how to get there, and the travel time. Finding something you like? Add it to your Custom Itinerary to be sure you're right where you want to be the next time you visit Milwaukee. The following businesses are categorized into regions around the city. If you would like to find out more information about each of these areas, you can check them out on our Milwaukee County Map.


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Looking to follow your team on the road?

Whether it's Major League Baseball, professional basketball, hockey, soccer or collegiate sports, Milwaukee is one of the premier destinations for sports fans in the country.


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Find what you need. Buy what you want.

No destination is complete without shopping. And Milwaukee has more than a few locations that can hold their own. From boutiques and specialty shops, to malls and outlet stores, all shoppers will find just the right style and ideal gift.



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Your big event in our big city. It’s a match made in Milwaukee.

VISIT Milwaukee can help make your reunion, wedding or other big event as memorable and stress-free as possible. Our staff can assist you with all aspects of planning, including event venues, guest activities, accommodations, area attractions and entertainment suggestions.

Call Dylan Barnes, Sales Assistant, at 414-287-6234. Or send him an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Dylan is just the guy to talk to. He’ll help you with your plans and set it all in motion.

People make the event memorable. The right setting can make it unforgettable.


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All the world’s a stage. Especially Milwaukee.

Milwaukee theatre boasts opera companies, a world-class symphony, a nationally acclaimed ballet company, and an array of professional dance and theater companies performing at venues all across the metro area. No performing arts fan leaves Milwaukee theatre without a smile and an exciting story to tell. You'll find a cultural depth and appreciation for performing arts that few other cities possess. 


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Your stomach loves you for visiting Milwaukee restaurants.

Wondering where to eat in Milwaukee? You'll find plenty of Milwaukee restaurants that run the gamut in both the style and ethnicity of cuisine. From Progressive American and French to Traditional Italian and Indian, Milwaukee's restaurants are as diverse as its people. Once you've paid your bill, step out for a night on this vibrant town. Milwaukee is home to a wide variety of bars, clubs, lounges and other evening entertainment. Mix it up on the dance floor; sit back and enjoy a pint or two; or sip on a quiet cup of coffee before bed. Find your favorite, or discover something new - Milwaukee offers a place and a taste for all visitors.


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We guarantee you'll rest easy here.

Want to see and be seen at one of the top luxury boutique hotels in the U.S.? Or is splashing around a waterpark with the family more your style? From national brands that make business travel easy to cozy bed and breakfasts near the heart of the city, Milwaukee has your perfect home away from home.


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What is there to do in Milwaukee?

Explore at the zoo. Cheer at a baseball or basketball game. Dance and sing at one of our many festivals. Admire and wonder at a museum. Play a slot machine for a chance to hit it big. Learn about making beer during a brewery tour.

You’ll run out of energy long before Milwaukee runs out of things to do and places to see.


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"The Good Land" is what the Native Americans called this place. But the Milwaukee we know today grew from the collective heritage of three separate towns. Juneautown was between Lake Michigan and the east bank of the Milwaukee River, Kilbourntown was on the west bank, and to the south was Walker's Point. They were named for the "founding fathers" of Milwaukee—Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn and George H. Walker.

Juneau and Kilbourn were often at odds, so much so that Kilbourntown produced maps that didn't include their lakefront neighbor and intentionally built city streets out of alignment with those of Juneautown. Because of this, the bridges connecting the towns had to be built at angles—a feature still seen downtown. Despite their differences, the towns came together to form Milwaukee by the mid-1800s.

When the German immigrants began to arrive in the 1840s, they brought with them their passion for the art of beer brewing. And over the next 100 years this heritage made Milwaukee the world’s leading beer producer. While it's no longer the city's major industry, its legacy is everywhere. Reminders of the old beer barons can be seen at the Pabst Mansion, Blatz Building, and Miller Brewery, where over eight million barrels are still produced annually.

A wave of Polish immigrants arrived soon after the Germans, and established Milwaukee's south side. Bringing their faith with them, they built many of the churches and steeples that shape the city's skyline. As Milwaukee grew into a manufacturing center other immigrant groups appeared, each giving rise to new neighborhoods. It's this constant introduction and development of new communities that we celebrate in our annual summer festivals.

Apart from the angled bridges, century-old breweries and Polish steeples you'll find countless buildings made of Cream City brick. The pale yellow-colored bricks were made from clay found in the city's Menomonee River Valley and their widespread use throughout the late 1800s inspired Milwaukee's "Cream City" moniker. The city's architectural heritage is also seen in the Historic Third Ward. The area was once a hearty Italian community and warehouse district; today it's known for its condos, restaurants and nightlife, steeped in history and housed in the original architecture.

As Milwaukee continues to thrive on the shores of Lake Michigan, its industrial past has given rise to an economy as varied as its residents. The neighborhoods of Milwaukee are as independent and diverse as ever, yet the city continues to come together and celebrate the culture it's built upon. 


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Sure, there is a lot to do when you're in Milwaukee, but the city itself is a lot to see. From the historic structures built of Cream City brick to the cutting edge design of the Milwaukee Art Museum to the open greens of Lake Park, there are endless sightseeing opportunities. A quick tour through our slide show will give you a sample of the sights and skylines of our city.

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Millions of people visit the greater Milwaukee area every year.

They come from around the world for all kinds of reasons: attending a business conference; visiting family and friends; taking in the world’s biggest music festival; or simply enjoying the area’s natural beauty and central Midwestern location. Once they’ve been here - and experienced the excitement of our culture, the warmth of our people and beauty of our city - they’re sold. Departing visitors begin to plan their next trips right away. Start planning your business event or leisurely getaway and find out for yourself what the Milwaukee experience feels like.



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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

1721 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 1-800-PAYSBIG
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Located minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino offers high-stakes bingo, over 100 table games, over 3,000 slot machines, a 20-table Poker Room, a 500-seat theater and an Off-Track Betting Room.

Dining options include The Buffet, The Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill, Dream Dance Steak, Wild Earth Cucina Italiana, Locavore, the Menomonee Valley Food Court and RuYi. Plus, there is a snack bar in the Bingo Hall. If you're looking for a location to host an event, the Casino offers more than 60,000 square feet of space.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is one of two casinos run by the Forest County Potawatomi Community. It is the state's number one tourist destination and contributes millions of dollars to local charities and community organizations every year.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is committed to maintaining a level of first-class customer service while investing in its most valuable asset—its nearly 3,000 employees, of which over 57% are people of color.



A new icon on the Milwaukee skyline, the hotel is 19 stories with 381 rooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and one-of-a-kind views of Milwaukee. The hotel has 16 suites, each with an expansive living area, a large master bedroom and bathroom,and all of the amenities to make for the most luxurious stay in the area. The 3,000-square foot presidential suite sits on the top floor of the hotel and is the largest of its kind in Milwaukee.

The hotel accommodates large and small events with more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space.


• Over 3,000 slot machines, including 250 slot machines in the Sky Lodge—an enclosed non-smoking area on the third floor

• The Four Seasons and Dreamcatcher sides of the Casino offer nearly 100 table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, pai gow poker, baccarat and Ultimate Texas Hold 'Em.

• The 1,440-seat Bingo Hall has a smoking and non-smoking area and has four daily sessions.

• The Off-Track Betting Room simulcasts horse and greyhound racing from tracks across the country. The room has 115 high-definition televisions.

• The 20-table Poker Room features limit and no-limit Texas Hold 'Em, Omaha and Seven Card stud. It's open 24 hours and is non-smoking.

• Available to qualifying Fire Keeper's Club members, the Solstice Lounge is Wisconsin's premier player's club.


• The Northern Lights Theater has a stunning 500-seat, two-tiered layout with booth and table seating on the first level and traditional theater seating above.

Bar 360 is located in the heart of the gambling floor and is slightly elevated, offering a view of the entire floor. It has eight beers on tap, a great selection of wine and live entertainment.

Sweet Grass Gift Shop sells handcrafted Native American-themed items as well as Potawatomi Hotel & Casino souvenirs.


The Buffet: Enjoy dishes from around the world freshly prepared at action stations right before your eyes.

Dream Dance Steak: With delicious steaks, signature dishes and more than 600 retail-priced wines, Dream Dance Steak is a cut above the rest.

Wild Earth Cucina Italiana: Settle in, relax and feel the warmth and comfort of being surrounded by friends and family while dining at a casual Italian restaurant in Milwaukee. Wild Earth Cucina Italiana offers familiar flavors like spaghetti and meatballs, but also taps into Italian food that is a little different—maybe even slightly wild.

Locavore: Locavore, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s newest restaurant, is committed to serving the finest sustainable, organic and local food in downtown Milwaukee at an affordable price. Every dish uses seasonal indigenous ingredients to highlight maximum flavor combinations.

The Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill: Serving up real food and true fans, The Fire Pit is the place to grab a great big sandwich and watch your favorite sporting events on one of 34 HD screens.

Menomonee Valley Food Court: For a quick bite to eat, stop by any of the four eatery options including Canal Street Deli, Southern Cookin’, Taco del Fuego and Trapper's Grille.

RuYi: From noodles to Roast Peking Duck, get a taste of authentic Asian cuisine at RuYi.

Catering Venues: The Event Center,Woodland Dreams Ballroom, Tribal Room, Wild Earth, the private dining room inside Dream Dance Steak and hotel meeting rooms.


• From special featured promotions to monthly standbys, there are always exciting promotions going on at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. For a current list of promotions, visit

• Check out some of the unique happenings inside the Casino and around town. More details at

Fire Keeper's Club®

• Join an elite group of players by signing up for the Fire Keeper's Club for free and rack up big points for big prizes whenever you play. Whether you play slots, table games, poker or bingo, this Club is your key to experiencing all that Potawatomi has to offer.

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• A convenient skywalk and thousands of available spaces in our enclosed six-level structures make parking simple and worry-free. Get directions on how to get to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino at



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