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By Kerry Burke
Communications Assistant
VISIT Milwaukee

As a communications major in college, you just don’t have time to take courses like Anatomy & Physiology. That’s why I was absolutely fascinated to learn about the complexity of that marvelous machine – our human body – on a recent trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum.

The Milwaukee Public Museum’s latest exhibit “Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life” not only teaches you how all the working parts of your body function together but also how to keep your body strong and healthy with lots of educational factoids displayed along your route.

“Body Worlds” uses more than 200 plastinates - preserved, real human bodies - consisting of individual organs to demonstrate the “arc of aging,” following the human body through each stage of life, from a fetus to old age. You’ll even see a plastinate that demonstrates various surgical procedures, including the insertion of a pacemaker and pins and plates to mend a broken bone.

Just walking through this exhibit, I was amazed at what I saw and realized how little I knew about the human body! Did you know that your left lung is smaller than your right or that the capillaries in your lungs would extend 994 miles if you laid them all out?

Towards the end of the exhibit is the Centennial Village, a feature focusing on geographic clusters around the world where the longest living people live.

Even if you saw “Body Worlds” the first time it was in Milwaukee a few years ago, this version is certainly worth a visit. Over 40 million people worldwide have been intrigued and educated through Dr. Gunther von Hagen's creations. Will you be one of them?

The exhibit is on display through June 15.

Sweeten Up Your Valentine’s Day Plans With Some Milwaukee Romance

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By Kerry Burke
Communications Assistant
VISIT Milwaukee

Treat yourself and your someone special to a night out at one of Milwaukee’s romantic restaurants and night-time hotspots. From aphrodisiacs to set the mood to a nightcap with stunning views, romance is definitely on the menu this year.

French Kisses
Have dinner at Milwaukee’s most romantic restaurant, Lake Park Bistro. The authentic French cuisine, superior service, warm bistro ambience and magnificent views from atop a bluff in Lake Park will have the ladies swooning in no time.

Take a trip to the most romantic city in the world without purchasing the plane ticket! Located in the charming Wauwatosa village, Le Rêve Patisserie and Café is acclaimed for its traditional French fare, delectable desserts and romantic setting. Tres magnifique!

With its cozy size and Parisian décor, you’ll feel like you’re in a French eatery at Coquette Café. With its provincial French wine, exclusively brewed French ale and varied menu, Coquette has the perfect balance of casual and classy.

Aphrodisiac Overload
Milwaukee’s Harbor House, the only restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan with breathtaking views of downtown Milwaukee, serves up the most famous aphrodisiac of them all, oysters. Split one of their many oyster dishes, order a bottle of fine wine and let the evening take its course.

Load up on an Asian aphrodisiac at Kanpai, a restaurant specializing in Japanese fusion located in the Historic Third Ward. Known for its delicious sushi rolls, it will be offering an elaborate 5-course plated meal & drinks on Valentine’s Day.

After dinner, awaken your senses with a sampling of truffles from herbal and spicy to sweet and fruity at Indulge on stylish Milwaukee Street. An accompanying pour from the Flirty, Frisky, Sassy, Alluring, Sensuous or Luscious wine lists will have you well on your way to a memorable evening.

Lovely Libations
Take in the best views in the city and heat things up at Blu, the swanky, 23rd floor lounge in the Pfister Hotel. Treat yourself to one of its “Valentine Potions” like the Naughty Night Cap Martini, French Kiss Martini or She’s All Mine.

Share a Tiki Love Bowl with your love at At Random, a dimly lit, intimate bar in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood that serves up only specialty drinks. The two sharing the Tiki Love Bowl must hold hands and make a wish before blowing out the flaming lemon at the center of the bowl, and all their dreams are said to come true.

End your evening with a night cap at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, a Milwaukee institution since 1938 that is still making headlines, including being named the “Best Bar in America” by Esquire Magazine. Order up your classic cocktail by describing your mood and head upstairs to the Velvet Lounge where the lush red walls will have you cozying up in no time.

Shop local for that one-of-a-kind gift

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By Kerry Burke
Communications Assistant
VISIT Milwaukee

You know that feeling when you’ve purchased the perfect gift? Just knowing that you nailed it this year and that NO ONE is going to top your present? It’s that time of year when giving can make you feel so much better than receiving and we have plenty of ideas on where to find that unique, jaw-dropping item that they’ll remember for years to come!

For lovers of fine spirits, Great Lakes Distillery offers award-winning, locally-made products like vodka, gin, absinthe, whiskey, rum and brandy, all crafted using old-world methods for optimum flavor. Make this an easy buy during the busy season and purchase them online!

Perhaps you know a Julia Child wannabe, always cooking up amazing dishes. Help add a little spice to her stocking this year and inspire her in the kitchen with a gift from the Spice House! Gift sets come in a variety of flavors and themes including traditional Mexican, Asian and Italian seasonings and even an Ethnic Chicago Neighborhoods Spice Blends box.

For your relatives and family that are homesick for good ole Milwaukee during the holidays, ship them the “3rd Street Cheese & Sausage Gift” to brighten their mood. With not one, not two, but four different kinds of Usinger’s sausage and three cheeses from the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, give them a taste of home! Don’t worry about sending it through the mail. The Wisconsin Cheese Mart’s website automatically configures your shipping method so that it arrives before it could spoil!

George Watts & Sons with the crème-de-la-crème of home accessories and decor since 1870 makes shopping for your loved one (or inadvertently-yourself) a piece of cake. With candles, ornaments, dinnerware, jewelry and more, it’s got it all. Best of all, its super easy to pick up any of these great items online with a click of a mouse.

Share your true Milwaukee pride with the grand-daddy of collector items, Milwaukee Downtown’s annual holiday ornament. This year, the iconic skyline giant, the U.S. Bank Building, is the featured landmark. It’s not too late to start collecting them for yourself since all of the ornaments, starting from 2001, are available on their website. With all of those ornaments, you could have the finest looking tree on the block if we say so ourselves. 

Happy holidays and good luck during the busy shopping season!

Happy Halloween!

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By Kerry Burke
Communications Assistant
VISIT Milwaukee

It’s that time of year for haunted houses, ghastly ghouls, and Halloween fun! Still looking for ways to make the most of it this year? Milwaukee has no shortage of parties and events for anyone to celebrate this spooky holiday.

Don your best costume and head to the Creatures and Creators Halloween Party at Turner Hall on Oct. 25. Dance the night away, see artists create art, create some yourself, and check out the Creatures and Creators Catwalk with works from Project Runway’s Timothy Westbrook!

To reach your quota of coffins and corpses this Halloween, visit Forest Home Cemetery and tour the resting place of some of Milwaukee’s most-famous spirits including the eternal homes of beer barons Pabst, Blatz and Schlitz. Perhaps you’ll see ghosts of Civil War soldiers marching among the tombstones or even apparitions of the dogs watching over the tombstone of their former owners.

If you want to get your heart beating this month, head to The Rock Sports Complex for The Hills Have Eyes, the most haunted hill event in Franklin. Experience two haunted trails, one thrill ride on the run-down “Scare Lift,” and Wisconsin’s first-ever 3-D Zombie Maze. These events will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday Oct. 24-26.

If that isn’t scary enough for you, try your best to get through all 13 terrifying rooms at Hauntfest at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds Oct. 11 – Nov. 2. Only the brave can face disembodied spirits, dark chambers, long spooky hallways, monsters, ghosts, and the undead that await…

Located in the Historic Walker's Point area of Milwaukee, Shaker’s Cigar Bar is housed in a building that was constructed in 1894, which served as a Schlitz Brewery cooperage house - making huge barrels for beer brewing and transport. Take one of their ghost tours or even spend the night in the haunted penthouse, which was the scene of the brutal hacking murder of a poor, ill-fated bordello girl!

If screaming in terror isn’t really your style, get into a spirited mood with Milwaukee Food and City Tours’ Ghouls & Spirits tour. This 3-hour bus tour takes you through the Third Ward, down Brady Street, Wisconsin Avenue and in the Concordia neighborhood with three food and drink stops along the way. You’ll also be joined by a lead investigator from a local paranormal society and hear all about their eery investigations!

For families with little monsters, go to the Milwaukee County Zoo’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Find your way out of the Halloween haystack maze, ride the Raven’s Rail, fill up on candy at treat stops throughout the Zoo and more!

Young ghosts and goblins get ready for Betty Brinn Children’s Museum’s Not-So-Scary Halloween running Oct. 24-26. Celebrate the fall season indoors with fun Halloween activities specifically created for kids - like tricks and treats, craft stations, a spooktacular scavenger hunt, and interactive story time!