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From Pushcarts to Professionals

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by Margaret Casey 

Milwaukee is a mosaic of ethnic groups that each have their own immigrant story to tell. Perhaps no immigrant group has left a greater imprint on the progress of Milwaukee business over the last 170 years than the Jewish community. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee celebrates this with their current exhibit From Pushcarts to Professionals – The Evolution of Jewish Businesses in Milwaukee, running through December 1st.

My first trip to the Jewish Museum was a fascinating one and long overdue as the museum opened in 2008. Curator Molly Dubin conducted me through this temporary exhibit, which documents the history of the first trades plied by Jewish immigrants leading up to the current Milwaukee business community.

The Jewish peddler’s pushcart was a common sight in the mid-1800’s through the late 1930’s, and eventually led to the scrap metal business and names like Miller Compressing and Chudnow Iron & Metal.

Jewish-owned textile businesses like knitting and hosiery factories, tailoring and clothing design led to department stores like Schuster’s, Gimbels, the legendary Goldmann’s on Mitchell Street and on to today’s Boston Store and Kohl’s Department Stores. Skills in baking and culinary trades led to Jake’s Deli, Benji’s Deli and Miller Bakery.

These are only a few of the familiar names in this exhibit, which ends with prominent individuals who have made such huge contributions to Milwaukee’s business, arts and culture, education and philanthropic communities, among them Sheldon Lubar, Steve Marcus and Joseph Zilber.

Moving stories, artifacts and oral histories of generations of family businesses are presented in From Pushcarts to Professionals. When the going got tough, the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of Milwaukee’s Jewish community survived and even flourished, and the city is forever impacted because of it.

Stop by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee for this impressive exhibit, and stay to take in the compelling and educational permanent exhibits on the history of Jewish life and culture in Milwaukee. You’ll find out more about how our city’s multiculturalism gives us a character all our own!

Jewish Museum Milwaukee
1360 N. Prospect Ave.

Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-2pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

The Milwaukee Film Festival Returns

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By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

The leaves are falling. The temperature is dropping. The days are getting shorter. It can only mean one thing… The Milwaukee Film Festival is right around the corner!

Now in its fifth year, the Milwaukee Film Festival is an annual celebration of film in the city we call home. This year’s festival, held from Sept. 26 – Oct. 10, will feature 240 films – 103 features and 137 shorts – from 44 different countries. The longest film clocks in at 168 minutes, with the shortest film lasting just 41 seconds. Screenings will be held at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, Landmark Downer Theatre and Fox-Bay Cinema Grill.

Kicking off the festivities on Thursday night will be the screening of Break Up Man, a riotous comedy that has taken its native Germany by storm, followed by the festival’s opening night party at Discovery World, featuring live music, food, drinks and raffle prizes.

Additional highlights this year include the screening of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, from Wisconsin native director David Lowery, and appearances by writer/producer Paul Attanasio (brother of Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio), Milwaukee-born director/producer George Tillman Jr., and Milwaukee native screenwriter Michael Starburry. Also not to be missed is the wildly popular Cream City Cinema showcase, which screens brand new work from Milwaukee-based filmmakers.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online, by phone at 414-727-8468 or in person at any of the three participating theatre box offices. Click here for a film guide with previews and scheduled showings.

Get your popcorn ready… it’s going to be a great festival!

Milwaukee Film Festival
Sept. 26 - Oct. 10
Landmark Oriental Theatre | Landmark Downer Theatre | Fox-Bay Cinema Grill
Ticket Info
Film Guide

Weekend Sealed with a Stomp

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By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

The end of summer is always bittersweet. Summer seems to take forever to get here, then coyly waves goodbye just as fast, giving way to fall’s chill. As much as we hate to see sunshine and 80s (wait, did we ever see that this year?) disappear, Wisconsinites welcome this transition with open corks, er, arms at the 41st Annual Wine & Harvest Fest in Historic Cedarburg.

This year’s event takes place - Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The yearly end-of-summer passage packs the streets of Historic Cedarburg with vendors offering home-grown produce, award-winning wines from the likes of Cedar Creek Winery (the impetus for this free, family-oriented arts and crafts event), grilled foods, jarred artisan delectables, irresistible desserts (I am Jones’n for a candy apple from Amy’s Candy Kitchen) and streets and streets filled with so much more.

Don’t worry, it may be called Wine & Harvest Fest, but they also provide festivalgoers with ample choices of great Wisconsin craft beer, which pairs perfectly with a variety of live music offerings. There’s nothing quite like sitting along the Milwaukee River with your favorite glass of wine or beer, the aroma of corn on the cob filling the cool fall air and people of all ages dancing and singing along to the band.

“Whatever,” my wife would say. “I’m in it for the wine AND shopping.”

Right, forgot about the shopping. Rows and rows upon more rows of vendors offering everything from fine art to jewelry, outdoor décor to clothing and tons more. Every year, we visit the same vendor and stock up on party dip packs (am now Jones’n for crackers and jalapeno dip) and strawberry rhubarb jam. Yes, I go for the jam and I’m OK with it. My wife goes for the Cranberry Blush from Cedar Creek Winery, which hosts an awesome Grape Stomp (Kid’s Stomp and Adult’s Stomp) - just one of many fun events at the festival.

Events, shopping, music, food, wine and beer and blocks and blocks full of vibrant restaurants and bars…it’s no wonder this is a two-day festival. It’s best if you stomp by for both days so you don’t miss a thing.  

Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival
September 21-22

Doors Open Milwaukee

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by Margaret Casey 

Have you ever wondered what the Federal Courthouse looks like inside? What about that roof garden on top of the Milwaukee Public Museum? Heard about the new Brewhouse Inn & Suites with the restored copper kettles in the second floor atrium? Or the new Clock Shadow building in Walker’s Point, home of one of the nation’s only urban creameries? You’ll have your chance to see these and more than 100 other buildings this weekend when Historic Milwaukee Inc.’s Doors Open Milwaukee celebrates its third year. If the last two years are any indication, this event – on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – will attract thousands of residents and out-of-town visitors alike.

Milwaukee is blessed with buildings that tell special stories – either steeped in history and culture or of architectural significance. Participants can design their own itinerary to visit sites ranging from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels and clubs to universities. The event website lists all the open buildings and also provides information on the 40 in-depth tours that are ticketed (many sold-out).

And of course Doors Open activities are all INDOORS so even if it rains, the city will be full of people walking the streets to the next building they’ve “always wanted to see”!

Discover more of Milwaukee at Doors Open this weekend!

Doors Open Milwaukee
September 21-22
Various Locations & Open Hours
No tickets necessary


Experience A Beer Lover’s Dream Vacation!

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By Jeannine Sherman
Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee


Have you entered to win our Milwaukee Brewcation Sweepstakes? This is your chance to win a trip to “the city that beer made famous” and find out exactly why!

We’re giving one lucky person the chance to visit Milwaukee with a guest this fall to experience a beer lover’s dream vacation that includes a stay in a boutique hotel that was once a famous brewery, VIP brewery tours and tastings, luxury beer dinners and more.

Here are just some of the highlights of the package:

Roundtrip airfare for one winner and his/her guest, courtesy of Southwest Airlines® from any published Southwest Airlines city to Milwaukee. We're connecting more people to more places. Book now online only at We are Southwest. Welcome aboard.

See the full prize list, details and official rules here.

How can you enter the Milwaukee Brewcation sweepstakes? It’s easy. Just visit to enter. You can also enter one additional time on our Facebook page.

Even better, you can earn additional entries in the contest by sharing with your friends and family. After you enter, send the sweepstakes to everyone you know who would be interested in entering themselves. Tell them to list you as their “Referral Name” when entering their information. When they do, you will get three extra entries in the sweepstakes! There is no limit to how many extra entries you can earn by being listed as a referral name, so don’t hold back from telling everyone you know!

Enter now and get ready to experience a getaway to Brew City!