Do you love all that a big city has to offer—sports teams, a vast variety of ethnic restaurants, and a vibrant performing arts community—but also desire a short commute to an affordable home or an even shorter commute to a downtown condo?
is a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. With an ethnically diverse population of 1.5 million, we share the same beautiful great lake with our Chicago
friends, but we have more room to play in it. Whether it’s the city’s trendy East Side
, historic Downtown
, Brewers Hill neighborhoods, artsy Third Ward
, or family-friendly south or west side, there is always something brewing in Brewtown.
Yes, the winter months can be long and gray, but Milwaukeeans embrace the cold. They throw on a coat, gloves and the occasional cheesehead (not!) and head out to enjoy the many activities our city has to offer. We were not born with skis attached to our feet, but we do enjoy taking advantage of the many trails and ice rinks our parks have to offer. Explore the historic streets of Milwaukee
, listen to our lively music scene, or cheer on one of our professional sports teams and you will find Milwaukee
to be a cool city with warm personality.
Milwaukeeans are fun people that are always looking for an excuse to party. During the summer months, you can attend a backyard BBQ, tailgate party, or a local church festival. On the weekend you’ll find an endless list of activities. This “City of Festivals” loves to celebrate its melting pot heritage with diverse lakeside festivals that reflect our cultural make up— Arab World Fest
, Asian Moon
, Bastille Days
, German Fest
, Pride Fest
, Russian Fest
, Indian Summer
, Festa Italiana
, Mexican Fiesta
, Polish Fest
, Irish Fest
, Lakefront Festival of the Arts
, the Holiday Folk Fair
, and of course one of the world’s largest music festivals, Summerfest
For those of you who are sports fans, Wisconsin has top-notch professional and college teams to cater to almost every taste: NFL Green Bay Packers
, MLB Brewers
, NBA Bucks
, MISL Wave
, Wisconsin Badgers
, Marquette Golden Eagles
, UW-Milwaukee Panthers
, and the AHL Admirals
is the proud home of Miller Park
, one of the finest stadiums in Major League Baseball. The legendary Lambeau Field
, home of the Green Bay Packers, is just a little over two hours north of Milwaukee—a must see for any football fan!
Arts & Entertainment
When it comes to the arts and entertainment, Milwaukee
has many options from which to choose. The Marcus Center for Performing Arts
, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
, Milwaukee Ballet
, the historic Pabst Theater
, the Ko Thi Dance Company
, the Florentine Opera Company
, Skylight Opera
and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra
offer symphony, ballet, opera, Broadway shows, and theater. In January 2005, the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
opened, a unique, one-of-kind facility in the United States. Both the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
and First Stage Children’s Theater
academy now operate out of this fabulous facility.
Not only do we have extremely talented musicians, artists and stage performers who provide some of the most interesting, diverse and innovative fare, we are fortunate to have the incredibly rich visual arts venue of the Milwaukee Art Museum
designed by Santiago Calatrava. This museum features a large permanent collection with changing exhibits of art, ancient to modern. Small, yet well-known local museums, the Charles Allis Art Museum
and Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
exhibits objects d'art from around the world.
Points of historic interest rich in cultural diversity are also abundant in Milwaukee. For a day-long experience, visit the Milwaukee Public Museum
, which houses permanent exhibits of Native American scenes, rain forests, Streets of Old Milwaukee, butterflies, bugs, oriental artifacts, early American scenes and much more. Families will enjoy exploring Discovery World
, the Harley Davidson Museum
and the Betty Brinn Museum
. And for animal lovers, Milwaukee
features the Milwaukee County Zoo
, which is considered one of the best in the country.
Catering to one of Milwaukeeans' favorite pastimes—dining out— Milwaukee
is the home of many exciting restaurants reflecting the city's diverse population. From African to Serbian, Mexican to Japanese, German to Thai, Cuban to Italian and everything in between, Milwaukee
has restaurants to satisfy every palate—timid to adventurous!
has a variety of vibrant educational institutions. The city is home to Marquette University
, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
, Medical College of Wisconsin
, and many others. Ten other private colleges serve the area, including one of the country's top trade and technical schools, MATC
(Milwaukee Area Technical College).
To learn more about what’s happening in Milwaukee, please check out the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel
, the Shepherd Express
, VISIT Milwaukee
, and OnMilwaukee.com.
Whatever your age and interests, Milwaukee
is sure to have something just right for you!