Visit Milwaukee

Discover why more meeting planners are choosing Milwaukee, an easy-access destination featuring a three-venue convention campus with three connecting hotels. A blend of acclaimed restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and off-site venues adds up to meetings at incomparable value.

Convention Marketing Support Toolkit

Filled with downloadable resources and reference links, this toolkit provides you with everything you need to show your board and attendees what makes Milwaukee a great place to host your event.

  1. Milwaukee Facts
  2. Milwaukee Articles
  3. Maps & Guides
  4. Event Calendar
  5. Photography & Video
  6. Wauwatosa
  7. News Outlets & International Resources
  8. Community Groups

 

Milwaukee Facts

From population numbers to the major universities in town, these PDF fact sheets are quick, easy resources for all the most important Milwaukee facts and figures.

Infographic: Milwaukee Tourism

 

Milwaukee Blurbs

We all know the importance of the “elevator speech.” With these blurbs, whether you’re talking about where you’re from at a business event or looking to add some quick copy to your website about the city your company calls home, you’ll always have the perfect elevator speech in your back pocket.

20–25 Words

Discover Milwaukee, Chicago’s northern neighbor on Lake Michigan, home of brewpubs, summer festivals, attractions and colorful neighborhoods linked by RiverWalk.

Milwaukee – an urban easy city on Lake Michigan. Your ideal summer fun getaway for lakefront festivals, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Brewers baseball and renowned Milwaukee County Zoo.

Set on Lake Michigan just 90 miles from Chicago, Milwaukee is a friendly, affordable, walkable city loaded with Midwestern charm.

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40–50 Words

Milwaukee -a cool city on Lake Michigan where a RiverWalk connects restaurants, nightlife and trendy neighborhoods. Lakefront attractions like the Milwaukee Art Museum and summer festivals combine with Brewers baseball, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Milwaukee County Zoo for the ideal getaway.

Discover Milwaukee, an easy-access destination on beautiful Lake Michigan, featuring an exceptional blend of acclaimed restaurants, brewery tours and lakefront festivals. A charming RiverWalk connects walk-around neighborhoods, and attractions like the Harley-Davidson Museum, Miller Park and the Milwaukee Art Museum all add up to an unforgettable experience!

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75 Words

Discover the kind of summer fun you can only have in Milwaukee. Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, kicks off a summer-long festival season on eleven stages along Lake Michigan. Enjoy the colorful Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward and the stunning lakeside Milwaukee Art Museum with its “wings” that open and close. Award-winning restaurants, brewery tours, the Harley-Davidson Museum and major league baseball all mean summer fun in urban-easy Milwaukee.

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100 Words

Discover why Milwaukee makes one great, urban-easy getaway! Brewery tours, the Harley-Davidson Museum and professional sports meet farm-to-fork restaurants and family attractions like Discovery World and Milwaukee County Zoo for year-round fun for all. Stroll along the RiverWalk, linking the Historic Third Ward with its colorful shops, nightlife and Milwaukee Public Market, to Old World Third Street, celebrating the city’s German heritage. The new 381-room hotel at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino adds to gaming fun, and the stunning “wings” of the Milwaukee Art Museum, along with Summerfest and lakeside festivals, welcome all for Milwaukee’s own brand of fun and entertainment.

Located on the scenic shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers an exceptional blend of stunning natural beauty, big city arts and entertainment and Midwest charm. A downtown RiverWalk connects German heritage-inspired Old World Third Street to the Historic Third Ward with its shops and art galleries and Milwaukee Public Market. We’re a city of colorful, walk-around neighborhoods, acclaimed culinary scene and entrepreneurial spirit, where exciting attractions like the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum meet brewery tours, excursion boats, professional sports and a summer-long schedule of lakefront festivals. You’ll find all this and more on tap in Milwaukee.

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250 Words

Jewel of the Great Lakes and renowned for its warm Midwestern hospitality, Milwaukee is the perfect destination for big-city entertainment and fun combined with outdoor recreation and adventure, and all at prices that won’t break the bank! Visitors can experience the heart-thumping thrill of the open road at the spectacular one-of-a- kind Harley-Davidson Museum, and be inspired by the spectacular architecture of the lakefront Milwaukee Art Museum with its majestic, moveable “wings”. Neighboring Discovery World features hand-on, high-tech exhibits and is the berth of the S/V Denis Sullivan, a three-masted replica of a Great Lakes schooner.

Lively brewpubs line downtown’s charming RiverWalk and excursion boats beckon along the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. Milwaukee’s SoHo, the Historic Third Ward, is home to the Milwaukee Public Market, art galleries, shopping, restaurants and theaters. Spirited downtown nightlife and international cuisine meet ethnic flair along Old World Third Street, where the city’s German heritage is celebrated with specialty shops featuring sausages, cheese and spices.

Family fun is guaranteed all summer long at non-stop music and ethnic festivals at the 75-acre festival park on Lake Michigan and also at the nationally ranked Milwaukee County Zoo and Milwaukee Public Museum. Lakefront parklands provide a green urban environment for bike riding, paddling and hiking. And adults can enjoy the sample brews on brewery tours offered by MillerCoors and local microbreweries Lakefront and Sprecher or try their luck at the elegant Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Welcome to Milwaukee – where any time of year is the right time!

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450 Words

There’s an undeniable energy in fun, urban-easy Milwaukee. While still celebrating our beer brewing heritage, the city now has a powerhouse arts scene, big-city attractions, revitalized historic districts, numerous James Beard-nominated chefs and a burgeoning “locally sourced” culinary movement.

Milwaukee’s über-cool combination of cherished tradition and modern attitude is reflected in our architecture and in a variety of walk-around, character-filled neighborhoods. The city’s German heritage is celebrated along cobblestoned Old World Third Street, and the emerging Walker’s Point area is already nationally acclaimed for its locally made cheese, chocolate, ice cream, coffee and craft beers.

Stroll down the picturesque RiverWalk – past the “Bronze Fonz” statue of Henry Winkler’s beloved “Happy Days” character – to the Historic Third Ward. This six-square-block, converted warehouse district contains the city’s highest concentration of art galleries, as well as theaters, specialty stores, restaurants and nightlife, and is anchored by foodie paradise Milwaukee Public Market, ranked among the top markets by Frommers.

Milwaukee is the only city in the world where the city icon along the spectacular, Lake Michigan shoreline – the Milwaukee Art Museum – literally opens its “wings” to welcome all. Next door, maritime heritage meets 21st century cool at Discovery World with its high-tech displays and fresh and saltwater aquariums, also summer berth to Wisconsin’s official tall ship, the S/V Denis Sullivan.

Unleash your inner rebel at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum where a priceless display of 450 bikes celebrates the rich history of Harley, the passion of the riders and Harley’s contribution to pop culture over the years. And it’s game on at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for the excitement of more than 3,100 slot machines, 100 table games, an expanded, off-track betting room and numerous culinary options. In 2014, the casino expanded to include a 381- room connected hotel.

Family fun is guaranteed at the nationally ranked Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee Public Museum and Miller Park baseball stadium, while adults can enjoy the sample brews on brewery tours offered by MillerCoors and local microbreweries like Sprecher Brewing, Lakefront Brewery (rated in the top 4 per Trip Advisor) and Milwaukee Brewing Company. Milwaukee Food and City Tours treats you to culinary tours of the ethnic neighborhoods and excursion boats and kayaks beckon on the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan.

Find your inner rock star at Summerfest, an 11-day music extravaganza filling 10 stages and an amphitheater at the lakeshore’s 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park. The festival park is also home to Milwaukee’s summertime line-up of colorful ethnic fests including Irish Fest, German Fest, Festa Italiana, Polish Fest, African World Festival, Mexican Fiesta, ending with Indian Summer Festival in September.

Milwaukee is your destination for fun and entertainment – any time of the year!

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Milwaukee's Articles

We think Milwaukee is a great place to live and work, but you don’t have to take our word for it. These national and international publications have been taking notice, lauding Milwaukee for everything from unique dining to summer festivals.

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Maps & Guides

Image: Fly-in Map

Putting Milwaukee on the Map

Where is Milwaukee? International travelers and visitors from the coast aren’t always sure quite where in the Midwest to head to find our city. We describe Milwaukee as a mid-sized city on the shores of Lake Michigan, 90 miles north of Chicago. These maps will help you point your incoming guests in the right direction.

 

Maps

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Milwaukee Visitors Guide and International Brochures

View Visitors Guide Online   Request Visitors Guide and Brochure

Produced annually, the Official Visitors Guide is an indispensable resource packed with everything a visitor to the city needs, from top dining spots to fun festivals.

Request a Visitors Guide, Map or International Brochure

 

Event Calendar

Milwaukee365 - Event Calendar

Milwaukee365 is a free community calendar packed with all of the city’s best events. With over 500 active events on the site at any given time, there’s never a dull moment.

Want to harness the power of Milwaukee365 for your website or intranet? Both free-standing event widgets and a variety of calendar feeds are available – contact [email protected] for more information.

Visit milwaukee365.com or Sign up for the weekly event newsletter

Major Events Calendar

Milwaukee is known as the “City of Festivals,” and it only takes a glance at the calendar to know why. This calendar compiles some of the city’s biggest and best events, from exciting summer festivals to holiday celebrations.

 

Milwaukee Photography & Video

Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words, and photos allow us to show the world what a vibrant, exciting city Milwaukee is. With recent photo shoots at new restaurants in Walker’s Point, at major festivals and events and throughout the city, you’ll always be able to find the perfect shot. Our online photo library can be accessed through WebDAM.

View Photo & Video Library

The best way to get to know a city is to see it in action. Anyone can get a glimpse through these videos. VISIT Milwaukee has created full-length videos showing off some of the city’s best attributes, like entertainment and walkability, as well as quick videos meant to be easily shareable that offer a look at unique Milwaukee places and experiences, like the SafeHouse and a behind-the-scenes look at the Pabst Theater. These videos are available on the VISIT Milwaukee YouTube page as well as through WebDAM.

 

DearMKE Films

DearMKE is a “love letter” to Milwaukee from Milwaukeeans. The 14 short films were created by an all-local production team and tell Milwaukee stories in an organic, unscripted way. The site is also home to user-generated stories, photos and videos. Submit to DearMKE.com or by tagging “#DearMKE” on social posts.

 

Sightseeing Itineraries

From beer lovers to foodies to families and everyone in between, these itineraries will help anyone coming to the city plan a great visit.

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Social Media Channels

Keeping up on social media is one of the best ways to know what’s happening around town. Follow the VISIT Milwaukee and DearMKE accounts to stay up to date, along with some of these other notable local sources.

Social Media Channels

 

Wauwatosa

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Wauwatosa is a vibrant community that’s a great place to work and play. Learn more about what Milwaukee's neighbor to the west has to offer.

 

News Resources

Milwaukee News Outlets

These local news outlets are your best sources for what’s happening in Milwaukee right now, from current events to business to arts.

News Resources

 

International Resources

Translated Milwaukee Bucket List

 

International Institutes/Business Organizations/Consulates

Community Centers

Cultural Societies

Ethnic Festivals

Sports

Schools

Churches

 

Community Groups

Get in touch with your local neighborhood associations. These groups are great resources for learning more and getting more involved in your neighborhood.

Downtown Neighborhood Associations

Arts

Museums

Being Healthy & Active in Milwaukee

It’s easy to get active in Milwaukee with more green space than many other major cities. The award-winning Milwaukee County Parks put you in touch with the great urban outdoors.

Family Activities

Photo: Milwaukee County Zoo

Those visiting or relocating with kids, can get a headstart on planning. Milwaukee is a family-friendly city filled with high-quality fun activities and attractions for kids of all ages.

New to Town?

Relocation is made easy by the professional relocation services provided by Find My Spot. After the move is complete, connect with involved and dedicated locals at these social organizations.

Multicultural Groups

 

LGBT Friendly

Photo: Pridefest

Milwaukee is a comfortably chic, progressive and gay-friendly city. Selected as a "Surprising Gay-Friendly Destination" by PlanetOut in its 2008 Travel Awards, Milwaukee is home to a number of organizations and annual events that celebrate the LGBT community.

Milwaukee LGBT Organization & Resources

 

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