I’m not being biased…ok I’m a bit biased because this is my hometown. Nevertheless, if you hear the word Wisconsin, what do you think? Most people will tell me it makes them think of cows, cheese, beer…beer and farms. Wisconsin is so much more, and if you don’t think Wisconsin has anything for a fast paced person, you need to look closer.
Wisconsin is known for it’s brutal winters– Side note: they aren’t that bad when you’re from Wisconsin. It’s actually funny to watch new residents to Milwaukee run to the store buy cases and cases of water for a snowstorm, they’re doing too much.– and it’s love for the Green Bay Packers. However, we have a thriving summer experience. As soon as the summer starts, there are festivals GALORE! The festival everyone waits for is Summerfest, it’s Coachella on a budget.
For some reason, everyone wants to pay hundreds of dollars for a Coachella ticket, why not just pay $15 and walk from stage to stage to see some of your favorites. We do have a main stage (American Family Insurance Amphitheater) that has big performers. For example, Billie Eilish, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel RIchie, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and more will be in the amphitheater. The amphitheater tickets are ordinary priced concert tickets, but the amphitheater ticket gets into the whole festival, no extra charge to walk to every other stage. Coachella has the ferris wheel, we have a sky glider. Are you too lazy or drunk to walk across the festival grounds? No biggie, get on the sky glider and look down on the many lost flip flops.
The other festivals showcase our cities amazing cultures; Pridefest, Irish Fest, Polish Fest, German Fest, and Mexican Fiesta are all set at one of the prettiest areas of Milwaukee, Lake Michigan at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (pictured below).
The festivals are just one way to entertain yourself in Milwaukee, but there’s so much more. One of the most beautiful buildings in Milwaukee is the Milwaukee Art Museum. If you really patient, you could sit in front of the art museum all day and wait for the wings of the museum to open or close, it’s a very slow sequence. It looks like a bird is waiting to fly across Lake Michigan.
MAM (Milwaukee Art Museum) can be used for not only art exhibits, but weddings and even their annual New Years Eve party. The MAM NYE party has one of the most coveted tickets, you have to get your tickets a year early. The pictures are amazing and the atmosphere is redonkulous.
Now that we have talked about entertainment, let’s talk about food. People associate Milwaukee with German food, sausages and such. We do indulge in a good sausage [pause for dirty joke], but we do have some of the most delicious food that people still don’t understand. A few Milwaukee favorites are cheese curds (the squeakier the better), frozen custard (it’s better than ice cream) and butter burgers (yes, they are unhealthy, but YOLO). All three of these things can be found at one Milwaukee favorite, Kopp’s Frozen Custard. Kopp’s Frozen Custard will always have a line, but it is always worth it. If you are near the lake and just want to park, stare at the lake and eat, try Northpoint Custard, you can get the basics of the Kopp’s menu, but it’s still just as good. I remember going to Northpoint on random warm days with my mother and being treated to a delicious cod fish sandwich and fries, it was a treat because it’s right next to the lake and we lived far inland.
One thing Milwaukee is starting to get a fairly good reputation for their amazing restaurants. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Tandem, 1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53205, http://tandemmke.com/
- Balzac, 1716 N Arlington Pl, Milwaukee, WI 53202, http://www.balzacwinebar.com/
- Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar, 3908, 801 N Cass St, Milwaukee, WI 53202, http://buckleysmilwaukee.com/
- Maxie’s (I know there’s one in NY), 6732 W Fairview Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53213, http://maxies.com/milwaukee/menu/
- The Capital Grille, 310 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203, https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/
There’s so much more you can experience in Milwaukee, but you just have to try it. If you really want to check us out, go on AirBnb and look a few places in Milwaukee and see for yourself. Get a nice condo that has views of the lake and is close enough to the east side, I promise you there is always something to do and new people to meet. When you come to Milwaukee, we are so friendly that if you have any questions or you feel lost, just let us know. If you are thinking of coming to Milwaukee, let me know if you have anymore questions.
If you want up-to-date events and other places to visit, go to: https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/