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Milwaukee - Lake Michigan’s Shining Jewel of Industry

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As a major port on Lake Michigan located at the confluence of 3 mighty Midwestern rivers, Milwaukee has the stature of an industrial powerhouse. Today, the thriving districts at the city's center comprise old and new businesses that occupy historic buildings and generate innovation. Visitors and locals alike enjoy annual festivals, museums, and an ever-evolving dining scene, all of which celebrate both Milwaukee's roots and its modern Midwestern success.

Milwaukee’s cultural history


Milwaukee pays homage to its immigrant history and industries on which it was built, from shipping and beer brewing to the fine arts. These threads are curated in Milwaukee's many museums. Don't miss the 5 destinations of Museum Mile on the historic East Side, including North Point Lighthouse and the Museum of Wisconsin Art. You can also head downtown to the Milwaukee Art Museum, which is comprised of 3 iconic spaces designed by architectural masters Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava. You'll find works ranging from the American decorative arts to modern European painters.


Year-round festivals


Known as the City of Festivals, Milwaukee offers a cultural event almost every weekend from the months of June to September, plus the Holiday Lights Festival, which takes place around Christmas. Centered at Henry Maier Festival Park along Lake Michigan, Milwaukee's festivals are among the world’s largest and include the Irish Fest in August and Summerfest in June, which summons more than 800 musical acts from around the world for 11 days of performances. Indian Summer in September is one of the nation's largest Native American festivals that celebrates traditional and contemporary American Indian culture.


  • Irish Fest; Tel: +1 414 476 3378; Website: Irish Fest

  • Indian Summer, 200 North Harbor Drive, Milwaukee 53202; Tel: +1 414 604 1000; Website: Indian Summer


Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward


Historic Third Ward, just south of Interstate 794, is Milwaukee's oldest commercial center. Today, the district comprises more than 500 businesses, including the Milwaukee Public Market, a lively indoor marketplace for myriad local food and goods vendors. You’ll find many of the city's hottest restaurants here, including the critically acclaimed Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub, as well as cutting edge art galleries and fashion boutiques.


  • Milwaukee Public Market, 400 North Water Street, Milwaukee 53202; Tel: +1 414 336 1111; Website: Milwaukee Public Market

  • Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub, 222 East Erie Street, Suite 100, Milwaukee 53202 |; Tel: +1 414 727 9300; Website: Hinterland Erie Street Gastropub


Sports and outdoor pursuits


Milwaukee is home to professional sports teams and a loyal hometown crowd that makes every game exciting. You can catch a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game at Miller Park or see the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team play at BMO Harris Bradley Center. If you’re looking to enjoy outdoor activity, head to Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental to pick up anything from rollerblades to tandem bicycles. You can take your equipment to the 116-mile paved Oak Leaf Trail that runs along Lake Michigan and into some of Milwaukee's thriving neighborhoods.


  • Milwaukee Brewers, 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee 53214; Tel: +1 414 902 4000; Website: Milwaukee Brewers

  • Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental, 1500 North Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee 53211; Tel: +1 414 273 1343; Website: Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental


Milwaukee's brew tours


For decades, Milwaukee was known as the beer capital of the world, with production once including 4 household names: Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, and Blatz. You can learn about this key chapter of Milwaukee’s history by touring MillerCoors, one of the largest breweries in the world, or a micro-distillery like Lakefront Brewery on North Commerce Street. Hop Head Beer Tours offers both bus and bike tours of multiple breweries year-round. Participants must be age 21 or older.


  • Lakefront Brewery, 1872 North Commerce Street, Milwaukee 53212; Tel: +1 414 372 8800; Website: Lakefront Brewery

  • Hop Head Beer Tours; Tel: +1 608 467 5707; Website: Hop Head Beer Tours