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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

Happy Birthday, Milwaukee!

You’re turning 167 today and YOU LOOK FABULOUS! While there are more reasons than we can think of to celebrate our favorite city, in honor of this special day we’ve come up with 157.

Now we’re asking you to help us by sharing your top ten to complete the list for one reason for each candle on that great big birthday cake!

1.    Spectacular lakefront
2.    Milwaukee Brewers
3.    Summerfest
4.    Discovery World
5.    Milwaukee Art Museum
6.    Birthplace of Harley-Davidson
7.    Award-winning RiverWalk
8.    Lakefront Brewery, Inc.  
9.    Wisconsin State Fair
10.    Pabst Theater
11.    Bradford Beach
12.    Milwaukee Film Festival
13.    Milwaukee Public Museum
14.    Oak Leaf Trail
15.    Bastille Days
16.    Great Lakes Distillery, LLC
17.    Milwaukee Ballet
18.    PrideFest
19.    The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge
20.    Pabst Mansion
21.    Milwaukee Brewing Company
22.    Florentine Opera Company
23.    Wisconsin Cheese Mart
24.    Milwaukee County Zoo
25.    Sprecher Brewery
26.    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
27.    North Point Lighthouse
28.    Grohmann Museum – Man at Work Art Collection
29.    Cool Fool Kite Festival
30.    Milwaukee Repertory Theater
31.    Irish Fest
32.    Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park
33.    Kopp’s Frozen Custard
34.    Lakefront Festival of the Arts
35.    Milwaukee Mile
36.    Brady Street
37.    Festa Italiana
38.    Hank Aaron State Trail
39.    Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club
40.    Skylight Music Theater
41.    Mexican Fiesta
42.    Gertie the Duck
43.    Summer Sizzle
44.    Alterra Coffee Roasters
45.    River Rhythms
46.    Gallery Night and Day
47.    Westown Farmer’s Market
48.    Marquette University
49.    Usinger’s Famous Sausage
50.    Jazz in the Park

51.    Spices from The Spice House
52.    First Stage
53.    Polish Fest
54.    Pettit National Ice Center, U.S. Olympic Training  Site
55.    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM)
56.    Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
57.    Bay View
58.    Brewery tours by boat
59.    Bronze Fonz
60.    Potawatomi Bingo Casino
61.    Sobelman’s Pub and Grill cheeseburgers
62.    Milwaukee Bucks
63.    Indian Summer
64.    Pepperoni Cannoli
65.    Milwaukee Wave  
66.    East Town Farmer’s Market
67.    Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
68.    Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
69.    Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
70.    Rockwell Automation clock
71.    The Historic Third Ward
72.    German Fest
73.    Historic City Hall building
74.    Urban Ecology Center
75.    Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory - The Domes
76.    Charles Allis Art Museum
77.    Milwaukee County Parks System
78.    Milwaukee Public Market
79.    Brady Street Festival
80.    Great public art
81.    Polar Bear Plunge
82.    Sweet Water Organics
83.    Estabrook Beer Garden
84.    East Side
85.    Horny Goat Hideaway
86.    Turner Hall
87.    Roscoe
88.    Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
89.    Miller Park and its retractable roof
90.    Broadway Theater Center
91.    Safehouse
92.    MillerCoors
93.    Holiday Lights Festival
94.    Ping pong table at General Mitchell International
95.    Skywalks
96.    North Avenue Tomato Romp
97.    The wings on the Calatrava
98.    Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum
99.    Cream City brick
100.    Milverine

101.    Lakefront Marathon
102.    Milwaukee Public Library
103.    Historic Architecture
104.    St. Josaphat’s Basilica
105.    Milwaukee River Challenge
106.    Old World Third Street
107.    Palermo’s Pizza Factory tours
108.    Pedal Tavern
109.    St. Joan of Arc Chapel
110.    Latino Arts, Inc.
111.    Fish Fry and a Flick
112.    Milwaukee Brewfest
113.    Samson the Gorilla
114.    Lake Express High Speed Ferry
115.    Jesus Car
116.    Summerfest Rock ‘n Sole Run
117.    Fourth of July fireworks at the lakefront
118.    Milwaukee Air & Water Show
119.    Rock the Green
120.    Milwaukee a la Carte
121.    Haggerty Museum of Art
122.    Juneau Park Paddleboats
123.    Santa Rampage
124.    Growing Power
125.    Clock Shadow Creamery
126.    Brown Deer Golf Course
127.    Flame on the Wisconsin Gas Building
128.    Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)
129.    Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery
130.    Glorioso’s Italian Market
131.    Jewish Museum Milwaukee
132.    James Beard award-winning chefs
133.    S/V Denis Sullivan
134.    War Memorial
135.    Watt’s Tea Shop
136.    Newsroom Pub
137.    Milwaukee County Historical Society
138.    The longest bar in Wisconsin
139.    African World Festival
140.    Firkin Fest
141.    Dick Bacon
142.    Brewcity Bruisers
143.    Tripoli Shrine Center
144.    Renaissance Books at General Mitchell International Airport
145.    Racing Sausages
146.    Bango
147.    Riverside Theater
148.    The Dancing Couple
149.    Restaurant Supported Agriculture movement
150.    Violent Femmes
151.    Bocce ball in Lake Park
152.    Marshall Building art galleries and studios
153.    Grain Exchange building
154.    Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall
155.    Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
156.    St. Mary’s Water Tower
157.    Best restaurants anywhere


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All Fans On Deck

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By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

Wisconsin is known for its plethora of seasonal activities. Summer to fall, winter to spring, we value our change in seasons and the variety they afford. Then there’s the post Packers season season, which has come 2-3 weeks early the last two years. And, 15-degrees-below-zero days that turn into weeks. Come this time of year, we all wonder if we’re ever going to thaw out to see baseball season. Thankfully, the Milwaukee Brewers have just the warm-up we need: Brewers On Deck.

Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, is an annual winter fan festival at Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee. The festival, featuring a ton of activities for the entire family, has supplanted the robin (but not the Robin – he’ll be there signing autographs) as the first sign of spring in Milwaukee. It’s the fans’ spring training and, man, do we need it.

Autographs and free photos from Brewers players and coaches, free interactive games in the Kids Area, clinics, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, the latest Brewers merchandise and many other features (Bernie and the Klements Racing Sausages!) will all be part of Brewers On Deck. My son and I took part in the fun last year, so I can say first hand, it’s a hit.

If you’re still on the fence (am I batting 1.000 with baseball puns?), check out the list of players, coaches, alumni and prospects scheduled (subject to change, of course) to attend:


  • Axford, John
  • Badenhop, Burke
  • Bianchi, Jeff
  • Braun, Ryan
  • Bucci, Nick
  • Burgos, Hiram
  • Davis, Khristopher
  • Estrada, Marco
  • Fiers, Mike
  • Gallardo, Yovani
  • Gamel, Mat
  • Gennett, Scooter
  • Gindl, Caleb
  • Gomez, Carlos
  • Gonzalez, Michael
  • Gorzelanny, Tom
  • Green, Taylor
  • Hellweg, Johnny
  • Henderson, Jim
  • Kintzler, Brandon
  • Lucroy, Jonathan
  • Maldonado, Martin
  • Narveson, Chris
  • Olmsted, Michael
  • Peralta, Wily
  • Prince, Josh
  • Rogers, Mark
  • Schafer, Logan
  • Segura, Jean
  • Stinson, Josh
  • Thornburg, Tyler
  • Weeks, Rickie


  • Roenicke, Ron
  • Crawford, Joe
  • Hanel, Marcus
  • Iorg, Garth
  • Kranitz, Richard
  • Narron, Jerry
  • Narron, Johnny
  • Sedar, Eddie
  • Shelby, John
  • Tunnell, Lee


  • Coulter, Clint
  • Davis, Kentrail
  • Gagnon, Drew
  • Haniger, Mitch
  • Jungmann, Taylor
  • Morris, Hunter
  • Nelson, Jimmy
  • Roache, Victor


  • Augustine, Jerry
  • Gantner, Jim
  • Hisle, Larry
  • Nelson, Davey
  • Thomas, Gorman

So, you can sit inside and stare at the calendar, waiting for your robin to fly by. Or, you can head to Brewers On Deck this Sunday (better yet, go to the site now and get your ticket(s) – you’ll save $5-6$ per ticket!) at the Delta Center and see Robin Yount, Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and the rest of the incredible lineup the Brewers have assembled to remind you: there is hope, there will be warmth and there will be baseball.

Brewers on Deck

Sunday, January 27
Delta Center
Doors open at 7 a.m. and the exhibit hall opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Gallery Night & Day Heats Up January

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee

I’m In

Destiny is not all it’s cracked up to be. If I was living the life I’ve convinced myself I deserve, I’d be scarfing down red velvet cake bites on a secluded tropical beach while my buddy George (Clooney) was busy picking up another round of Mai Tais.

Just about the time I can almost feel the sand between my toes, the chilly winds of January snap me back to reality. Luckily, I can always count on Milwaukee to ward off a bad case of the winter blues and this weekend Winter Gallery Night & Day is just what George...I mean the bartender...ordered.

Whether you’re an experienced art connoisseur or a beginning admirer, I guarantee you’re going to have a good time. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, this evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, January 18 and continues during the day on Saturday, January 19. With 48 different venues sprinkled throughout the Historic Third Ward, Walkers Point, East Town and other downtown locations, virtually the entire city turns into a showcase of art. And because it’s free, you can use the extra cash to take home a one-of-a-kind treasure.

To make it even cooler, Winter Gallery Night and Day is also the host of Sculptures on Ice, Milwaukee’s annual ice sculpting competition. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Friday, local artists and sculptors will turn five-foot blocks of ice into temporary masterpieces in Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward.

Cool doesn’t have to mean cold, because no matter which side of Milwaukee you decide to explore, you’ll never be far away from a cozy restaurant or watering hole. That makes it easy to warm up between galleries and sample the art of outstanding cuisine and libations.

And if warm isn’t warm enough, make sure to include a stop at the biggest gallery in town, the Milwaukee Art Museum, where things heat up with the return of Salsa at MAM After Dark on January 18, 5 p.m. to midnight. The explosive percussion, vocals, and steaming horn section of salsa band Nabori, caliente dance moves from Cultura En Clave, and tasty treats from Antigua Mexican and Latin Restaurant are guaranteed to make the mercury rise.

Who’s afraid of a little cold? Not me! Have mittens, will travel – to check out one of the most fun nights of the winter in MKE. George? He’ll just have to wait.

Winter Gallery Night & Day
Historic Third Ward
January 18, 5 – 9 p.m. and January 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (be sure to check individual venues for hours and artist information)

MAM After Dark
Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive
January 18, 5 p.m. – midnight



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The Big, Bad, Oh-So-Good Wolf

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By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

Many Milwaukeeans were wondering how the new Wolf Peach restaurant would fare after the widely-acclaimed Roots restaurant closed its doors to take things in a new direction.

Needless to say, I think it will do quite well.

A friend and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Wolf Peach for lunch. (What’s with the “Wolf Peach” name, you might be wondering? Well, the restaurant celebrates the tomato by featuring it extensively in its menu. And the scientific name for tomato, lycopersicum, can be translated to “wolf peach.” Click here to learn the back story).

Walking into the restaurant, I couldn’t help but notice the warm, inviting feel. The dark wood of the tables combined with the burnt orange leather chairs, along with the sight of the wood-burning oven behind the bar, made for a cozy environment on a day when Milwaukee was getting its first real snow of the season. Many people are familiar with this restaurant’s great view from atop Brewers Hill during the summer, but it’s equally good while watching the snow blanket the city.

As its name implies, the restaurant celebrates the fruit (or vegetable, depending on whom you ask) by featuring it heavily in its dishes. Nearly all of the items feature freshly sliced tomatoes, or roasted tomatoes, or tomato sauce, or something of the tomato ilk. Another plus – there are a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to choose from.

Luckily for me, one of the daily soup specials was beer cheese soup, which I’m always a sucker for. Topped with beef jerky crumbs and sliced shishito peppers, I couldn’t pass it up. I followed with one of the wood-fired pizzas, layered with sausage, onion, fennel, parmesan and fennel pollen. My lunch partner ordered the fried porchetta sandwich, with a Caesar salad on the side.

Wolf Peach’s food service approach is called “como viene,” or “as it’s ready.” This means that dishes are served as soon as they’re ready, so the food is brought to the table freshly prepared.

Safe to say, this meal delivered. The beer cheese soup was rich and creamy, and the shishito peppers gave it a nice kick. The pizza was prepared exactly how I like it – with a slightly thicker, chewy crust, and a generous portion of toppings. My companion loved the porchetta sandwich, especially the bread, which we later discovered was the same bread used for the pizza crust. Delicious pizza dough used for sandwich bread? You can’t go wrong with that!

After finishing lunch, we were surprised with a special delivery from Wolf Peach’s pastry chef, Chase Anderson. He allowed us to try a dessert dish that was still a work in progress. The vertically-imposing sundae-type dish had layers of chocolate cremeux, unfrozen ice cream, nougat mousse, devil’s food cake soaked in whiskey syrup, caramel sauce, whipped cream, chocolate ganache, and to top it all off… some pecan brittle. (Mr. Anderson graciously shared that he uses his mother’s pecan brittle recipe in the dish. Using one of mom’s old recipes is almost always a recipe for success. Pardon the pun.)

Okay, back to the dessert.


I couldn’t help but think, “Work in progress? Desserts don’t get much better than this!” It was rich and satisfying, with many contrasting elements all working together. Despite the devil on my shoulder urging me to eat the whole thing by myself, I must admit that the dish is probably best shared with a companion.

After a great lunch, I’m certain I’ll visit Wolf Peach again soon. Next time I may explore the restaurant’s brunch, which is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. With a menu that includes salmon, fried chicken and waffles, pizza, and pancake gingerbread, I’m sure I’ll have no trouble making my second trip to Wolf Peach as memorable as my first.

Wolf Peach
1818 North Hubbard Street


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Have More Fun in 2013

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by Guest Bloggers Carrie Woods & Kerry Burke

Welcome 2013! It’s a new year for trying new things. Get out and enjoy the city of Milwaukee this year by experiencing something you haven’t before.

Here’s a list of 100 ways to start. For even more ideas, check out Milwaukee’s event calendar here!

Get in shape while enjoying the city’s great outdoors.

1. Hike or bike the Oak Leaf Trail

2. Take the Hank Aaron State Trail out to Miller Park

3. Climb the observation tower at the Schlitz Audubon Center

4. See the splendor of Lake Michigan along the Lakefront Trail

5. Play some volleyball at Bradford Beach

6. Take a boat cruise on the Milwaukee River

7. Go on a sailing excursion with Sea Dog Sailing

8. Swing next to the Humboldt Marsupial Bridge

Take a cooking class at one of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants and markets.

9. Milwaukee Public Market

10. Coquette Café

11. IL MITO Trattoria & Enoteca

12. Braise

13. Glorioso’s Italian Market

Run your first race!

14. Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Run

15. Lakefront Marathon

16. Storm the Bastille

17. Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K

18. Race for the Bacon

Spend more time with your family at a few of Milwaukee’s best attractions.

19. Check out Discovery World

20. Ride on over to the Harley-Davidson Museum

21. Take a sail on the S/V Denis Sullivan

22. Visit the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

23. See the exhibits at the Milwaukee Public Museum

24. Catch a show at First Stage Children’s Theater

25. Visit the Milwaukee County Zoo

26. See the lights and plant life at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory – The Domes

27. Take a tour of the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

28. Climb the stairs at the North Point Lighthouse

Take a brewery tour in Milwaukee – NOT all in one weekend.

29. Sprecher Brewery

30. Lakefront Brewery

31. MillerCoors

32. Milwaukee Brewing Co.

33. Great Lakes Distillery

34. Brewery Tour by boat with Riverwalk Boat Tours

35. Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

Go on a Milwaukee Food Tour and learn about your city’s history while enjoying delicious dishes and treats.

36. Brady Street

37. Historic Third Ward

38. RiverWalk/Old World 3rd Street

39. Bloody Mary Brunch

40. Village of Wauwatosa

41. Pizza Bus Tour

42. Walker’s Point Bus Tour

Travel the globe and experience our ethnic festivals.

43. Polish Fest

44. German Fest

45. Festa Italiana

46. Irish Fest

47. Bastille Days

48. Mexican Fiesta

49. Indian Summer Festival

50. African World Festival

Go to at least one of Milwaukee’s free outdoor music concerts.

51. Jazz in the Park

52. River Rhythms

53. Chill on the Hill

54. Musical Mondays in Lake Park

55. Live @ the Lakefront at Discovery World

56. Musica del Lago at Alterra at the Lake

Don’t miss these great summer events!

57. Catch a headliner show at the Marcus Amphitheater during Summerfest

58. Ride the giant slide and eat too many cream puffs at the Wisconsin State Fair

59. Fish Fry & a Flick at Discovery World

Visit Milwaukee’s iconic buildings.

60. Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum

61. Tour City Hall

62. Catch a show at the Pabst Theater

Cheer on Milwaukee’s sports teams.

63. Milwaukee Brewers

64. Milwaukee Bucks

65. Milwaukee Admirals

66. Milwaukee Mustangs

67. Milwaukee Wave

68. Brewcity Bruisers

69. UW-Milwaukee Panthers

70. Marquette Golden Eagles

Try some “made in Milwaukee” favorites.

71. Usinger’s Famous Sausage

72. Frozen Custard from Kopp’s, North Point Custard or Leon’s

73. Spices from The Spice House

74. Try Quark Cheese from Clock Shadow Creamery

75. Handmade ice cream from Purple Door

76. Lakefront, Sprecher or Milwaukee Brewing Co. beers

77. Spirits from Great Lakes Distillery

78. Grab a pie from Palermo’s Pizza

79. Candy from Kehr’s at the Milwaukee Public Market

Visit Milwaukee’s quirkiest drinking establishments.

80. The Safe House (No, we will not tell you the password.)

81. Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge)

82. Blu (At the very top of the historic Pfister Hotel)

83. Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery

84. Splash Studio (Paint and play Nintendo at the bar)

Enjoy the summer months on an outdoor patio for lunch or happy hour.

85. Horny Goat Hideaway

86. The Yard at the Iron Horse Hotel

87. Ryan Braun’s Graffito

88. Harbor House

89. Milwaukee Ale House

90. Port of Call Bistro & Beer Garden

91. Rock Bottom Brewery

92. Alterra at the Lake

Shop till you drop in Milwaukee!

93. Historic Third Ward galleries and shops

94. Bayshore Town Center

95. Mayfair Mall

96. Brady Street boutiques

See an indie film at the …

97. Milwaukee Film Festival

Enjoy the winter season must-dos.

98. Ice skate at Red Arrow Park

99. See the Holiday Lights Festival

100. Sled down North Avenue hill


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