New & Reimagined Hotels

In summer 2019, Marcus Hotels & Resorts rebranded the InterContinental Milwaukee into Saint Kate, the Arts Hotel with a focus on local creativity.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino finished construction of a second hotel tower in 2019, bringing the hotel’s total room number to 500 as well as adding a spa and additional meeting space.
In late 2019, Cambria Hotel opened 132 rooms and Drury Plaza Hotel opened 216 rooms. Local boutique Hotel Metro also began its conversion to a Marriott Autograph hotel.
Currently, JR Hospitality Group is creating a hotel complex that will include Home2 Suites, Tru, and Holiday Inn Express brands. The Milwaukee Athletic Club, former Wisconsin Avenue School, and Humphrey Scottish Rite properties are being renovated and turned into hotels as well.

New and Revitalized Districts

Built on the 30 acres surrounding the new Fiserv Forum arena, Deer District is Milwaukee’s downtown sports and entertainment hub. New businesses that have set up shop where the feared deer roam include Good City Brewing, Drink Wisconsinbly, Punch Bowl Social, and The Mecca Sports Bar & Grill.

In the new Brewery District, businesses such as Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, The Captain Pabst Pilot House, The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, and NO STUDIOS have repurposed the historic Pabst Brewing buildings. Hyatt Place and Milwaukee Brewing Co. are among those who led newer construction in the area.

Businesses Under Construction

The Wisconsin Center is preparing for expansion, bringing Milwaukee's convention center to an anticipated 480,841 sq. ft. total convention center space. Groundbreaking is planned for 2021 with a proposed opening date of 2023.

BMO Harris Bank’s construction of a $137 million 25-story office building near City Hall is nearing completion. The 11-story Huron Building mixed-use development is currently under construction in downtown Milwaukee. 

Grand Avenue Mall is being transformed into The Avenue with office and retail space including the 3rd St. Market Hall and Hub640. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will open its new Bradley Symphony Center in the renovated, historic Warner Grand Theater for the 2020/21 season.

The Hop

The first 2.1-mile phase of Milwaukee’s streetcar, The Hop, was completed in 2018. Future plans for The Hop include route extension to Wisconsin Avenue, creation of a plaza on the corner of Vel Phillips and Wisconsin Avenues, expansion into the adjacent Bronzeville and Walker’s Point neighborhoods, and routes to the lakefront and Fiserv Forum.

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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 continues to be a jewel in the city’s urban planning concept.

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Milwaukee World Festival Inc., more commonly known as Summerfest, completed construction of the new 22,000-seat American Family Insurance Amphitheater opening during the 2020 festival season.

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