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Located inside the Wisconsin Center
Inside main rotunda on First Floor
400 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

 

New Hotels

New construction in recent years includes the 2016 opening of Kimpton’s 158-room The Journeyman in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, featuring an eight-story building with a chef-driven, destination restaurant on the ground floor, plus a rooftop bar and expansive meeting space. New in 2017, the nine-story $50 million The Westin Milwaukee opened with 220 rooms and suites, all with views of Lake Michigan or the Historic Third Ward and Milwaukee River. The hotel connects to the U.S. Bank Center and includes a fine-dining restaurant, large lobby bar, fitness center, 9,000 square-feet of meeting facilities and a 5,000 square-foot ballroom. Also opened in late 2017 is a 94-room Hilton Homewood Suites, housed in the historic Button Block building downtown.

The Brewery complex at the site of the former Pabst Brewing Company will welcome a new $27 million, 150-room Hyatt Place in 2018.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced construction of an $80 million second tower, housing 119 rooms and suites, bringing the hotel’s total room number to 500. The 180,000-square-foot addition will also feature a spa and additional meeting space. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

Local boutique Hotel Metro will soon undergo a conversion to a Marriott Autograph hotel, and Marcus Hotels & Resorts has announced that the InterContinental Milwaukee will undergo a rebranding into an indie arts hotel with a focus on local creativity. Other proposed new downtown hotels include: Choice Hotels International plans for 110-150-room Cambria Hotel, a Jackson St. Holdings 125-145-room hotel, and Ascendant Holdings’ 220-room hotel.

New Downtown Sports and Entertainment Complex

Scheduled to open in summer 2018, the $524 million Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center will be the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team and a huge catalyst for additional private development downtown. Located just a few blocks from the Wisconsin Center convention complex and major convention hotels, the sports center and dynamic entertainment block will add a new excitement to the downtown area.

Opened in August 2017 adjacent to the new arena, the $31 million Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center is a state-of-the-art  science and sports performance lab and training center, built privately by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Additional Buildings/Renovations

Northwestern Mutual transformed the Milwaukee skyline in July 2017 with the signature architecture of its new $450 million, 32-story tower overlooking Lake Michigan. In the same area, a 17-story office building is also under construction.

Further adding to the skyline will be The Couture, a 44-story, $122-million lakefront skyscraper, combining 300 apartments with retail space. The Couture’s design will connect the lakefront with downtown by integrating public plazas and parks, pedestrian bridges, and a new lakefront stop for the proposed streetcar.

These two new buildings will overlook the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum with its “wings” that open and close daily on the magnificent lakefront. The museum itself received a major, multi-million dollar face-lift in 2015 with the construction of a new addition featuring a stunning entrance facing Lake Michigan, along with fully renovated permanent collection halls.

Additional building projects include BMO Harris Bank’s construction of a $137 million 25-story office building near City Hall.

A building boom in residential housing has resulted in 1,054 new apartments since the start of 2017, with 1,436 more under construction. In 2018, an additional 1,700 more units will be added to downtown housing stock.

There are 34 major commercial projects currently underway or recently completed in Milwaukee's downtown. PUT TOGETHER, THAT'S $1.4 BILLION IN MILWAUKEE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

MILWAUKEE STREETCAR

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino has announced a $10 million sponsorship of the highly anticipated Milwaukee Streetcar system, currently under construction and slated to launch in fall of 2018. Christened “The Hop,” the streetcar will include free rides for the first year under the terms of the sponsorship and connect 80,000 downtown workers, 25,000 downtown residents, and millions of annual visitors. The first 2.5-mile phase of the route will link the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (and its 1.4 million annual users) with hotels, businesses and attractions downtown, in the Historic Third Ward, Lakefront, and lower East Side. A second Lakefront Loop line is expected in 2019.

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GATEWAY PROJECT

A multi-million dollar project upgrading roads and park areas to improve connections between the lakefront and downtown Milwaukee is also well underway. The Milwaukee Lakefront Gateway Project promises to be a jewel in the city’s urban planning concept and will integrate the areas around The Couture development, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World, the converted warehouse district Historic Third Ward, and Henry Maier Festival Park, home of ethnic festivals and the largest outdoor music festival in the world, Summerfest.

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HENRY MAIER FESTIVAL PARK

Milwaukee World Festival Inc., more commonly known as Summerfest, announced that the existing U.S. Cellular Connection Stage, one of 10 stages at the 75-acre permanent festival park along Lake Michigan, will be replaced with a new, larger multi-million dollar stage and an enhanced guest experience for the 2018 festival. Construction of a new 22,000-seat amphitheater to replace the American Family Insurance Amphitheater is tentatively scheduled to begin after the 2019 festival with the facility ready to open in 2020.

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