Saturday, February 15, 2014

Milwaukee ~ A city of beer and baseball and more!

My recommendations, below, of interesting spots in Milwaukee are really just the tip of the iceberg. But the tip includes the high spots (sorry for the pun). Milwaukee is easy to get to, just a two hour drive from downtown Chicago, traveling north on Interstate 94. Here are some things you'll want to see!

Kathleen, the author of this post, describes some of her
favorite places in her city of residence ~ Milwaukee, WI!
First, let's address the beer and baseball.  Miller Park, is where the major league baseball team, the Brewers, play. Insider's tip, for those who don't want to walk the really long distances from general parking, you can nab a closer parking spot for only $15 extra. There is a great store and restaurant right at Miller Park. Interested in beer? You can tour the Miller Brewing Company, with tasting at the end. How about a little history? Tour the Captain Frederick Pabst Barons. It too had a small gift shop. Check out the craft breweries, of course, and the pubs along Water Street.

In the mood for a different brew: tea? Try the Pfister Hotel for their Sunday afternoon high tea. As you are traveling downtown, don't miss the Milwaukee Public Museum, with its show on downtown Milwaukee of 150 years ago. Also in the downtown area: the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, and Discovery World. If you go to Discovery World, you will find yourself at the lakefront, and on one of my many favorite drives, Lincoln Memorial Drive. Continue on and you will pass the Milwaukee Art Museum with its beautiful Calatrava-designed wing. It has paintings by Picasso and Georgia O'Keefe, among others. You'll see folks skating, walking dogs, and swimming along the shoreline. Turn north again at Lake Drive and you'll see the stately mansions backing onto Lake Michigan.

Here are a few things I left out: The Harley-Davidson Museum; the "Domes" with their enclosed arid and tropical zones; the Basilica of St. Josaphat; Marquette University; the downtown Riverwalk (and statue of Fonzie from "Happy Days"), and cruises; Old World Third Street (pick up some cheeses and sausages) and of course the Milwaukee County Zoo. Also a wonderful time: the summer ethnic festivals, starting with Summerfest in late June. For more information, try this website.

No matter the weather, I could sit at the waterfront, drinking local Colectivo coffee and watch Lake Michigan and its sailboats, by the hour. Enjoy your Milwaukee trip!


  1. Did you mention the Greek Orthodox church designed by Frank Lloyd Wright? He designed everything inside, down to the pews!

    1. That sounds like a great spot to visit! Thanks for the tip.