LivingTravelTop reasons to visit Milwaukee in 2016

Top reasons to visit Milwaukee in 2016

With museum renovations and a new boutique hotel, not to mention a host of restaurants celebrating infusion and tradition, and a new brewery, these are the best excuses to visit this Upper Midwest city during 2016. Whether your Whether it’s cold winter days or hot summer days, there are plenty of options to explore.

New boutique hotel

When summer rolls around, Kimpton, a boutique hotel company in many US cities, including Miami, Chicago, and Seattle, will open its first Wisconsin property – 158 rooms, a rooftop lounge / bar. It will be located in the historic Third Ward neighborhood, close to attractions such as Lakeshore State Park, Milwaukee Public Market, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.


Milwaukee art museum

In November, this iconic institution, on a clear day, the white wings as the sky, the product of Santiago Calatrava’s design, over the Lake Michigan boardwalk are impressive, opened a new gallery. After a six-year $ 34 million renovation, the result is a new café with a wine list, a menu of espresso drinks, and treats like macarons and artisan cheese; 2,500 additional works or art; and breathtaking views of Lake Michigan the likes of which have never been seen before.


Summer festival

The world’s largest music festival, organized along the Milwaukee lakefront at Henry W. Maier Festival Park, showcasing something like 800 bands, may still be a few months away (this year it’s 29 June to July 10), but some of the main artists have already been announced. . They include Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Weezer, Panic at the Disco, and Selena Gomez, performing at the Marcus Amphitheater, while other bands perform at a handful of other stages. In a single day, you could see half a dozen nationally known acts in 11 stages.


Walker’s Point Restaurants

Since the New York Times praised this south-central neighborhood for its eclectic restaurants, the scene has only gotten hotter. There’s a solar-powered brewery (Milwaukee Brewing), urban dairy (Clockshadow Creamery), an edgy hotel with a cool bar (The Iron Horse Hotel’s Branded), and an ice cream parlor (Purple Door) in case you don’t. . have time for a full meal, but still want a bite of the action.


New foam

Living up to its Brew City moniker, Milwaukee looks forward to welcoming a new craft brewery this year. Third Space Brewing will debut in the Menomonee Valley this summer. Owner and founder Kevin Wright graduated from the University of California-Davis Master Brewing program and worked at Hangar 24 Brewing in Redlands, California. Expect to have a tasting room to sample the beers.


Milwaukee Fashion Week (

Last year, the city’s most fashion-conscious people came together and launched the first-ever Milwaukee Fashion Week, bringing together stylists, models and designers for a series of events across the city. Good news: it’s happening again this September. If you think Wisconsinites don’t know fashion, then you want to sit close to the runway to prove yourself wrong. More details will be announced in the months leading up to Fashion Week.


Reopening of the Modjeska theater

It’s not every day that community members and business leaders spend millions of dollars completely restoring an ancient theater. Expected to be revealed again in March, this South Side institution closed in 2010, though it first opened a hundred years ago in 1910, and went on to a successful career of musicals and live music performances like Gregg Allman and Alice. in Chains. Opening day is scheduled for this spring and the schedule is expected to include comedy acts and live theater performances.


Luxury shopping

The Mayfair Collection, open since Spring 2014, in the western Wauwatosa neighborhood, continues to welcome new tenants who promote luxury, be it home goods or fashion. So far, there are stores like Nordstrom Rack, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, and J. Crew Mercantile. This spring, Versona Accessories will introduce its first store in Wisconsin, selling women’s clothing, jewelry, bags and more. In February, a 45,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market location will debut, the second in the Milwaukee area (the first, on the East Side of Milwaukee, opened in 2006).

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