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Milwaukee, WI 53204
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Originally settled by European immigrants in the late 1800’s, Milwaukee welcomed its first Spanish-speaking immigrants in the 1920’s. An area known as Walker’s Point on the city’s near south side became the center of the Latino community and this community has grown to become a major contributor to the city’s cultural diversity ever since. The Latino population in metro Milwaukee has more than tripled since 1990, and now totals 160,000, or slightly more than 10 percent of the region’s total population. Latinos make up the largest minority group in the state of Wisconsin.

The South Side

Milwaukee's Latino residents hail from nearly every Spanish-speaking country on the globe, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba, as well as Latin countries throughout Central and South America. The vibrant Latino neighborhood just south of downtown Milwaukee is dominated by urban residential areas that include many small family-owned retail shops, art galleries, historic religious churches, and ethnic restaurants.

Founded in the late 1960’s, the United Community Center is known throughout the nation and serves more than 18,000 residents of the Latino community per year with its wide range of social and educational programs and services. It is also the home of Latino Arts, a program dedicated to presenting visual arts, theater, and music by Latin American artists in its gallery and auditorium. Latino Arts regularly hosts internationally renowned professional dance troupes and legendary musical artists like Jose Feliciano, Celia Cruz, and Tito Puente.

Mexican Fiesta

One of the largest festivals of its kind in the nation, Mexican Fiesta brings an authentic south-of-the-border experience to the 75-acre lakeside Maier Festival Park over a three-day weekend in August each year. Mouth-watering food, rousing mariachi bands, and an elaborate swirl of traditional dancers delight visitors. The cultural pavilion showcases the history and traditions of Mexican and Latin cultures and their influence in Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Mexican Consulate

One of the newest offices of the Mexican Consulate opened on July 1, 2017 at 1433 N. Prospect Avenue on Milwaukee’s East Side. It currently serves 53 counties in Wisconsin, providing assistance with documentation, including passports, consular IDs and voter registration cards, as well as offering advice in legal rights. The consulate also provides community outreach, health care advice, community affairs, education, and financial advice.

Volaris

In March 2017, Mexican airline VOLARIS launched low-fare nonstop flights between Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport and Guadalajara International Airport in Jalisco, Mexico.

Dining

Milwaukee's vibrant Hispanic and Latin dining scene features flavors from across the globe. The South Side in particular is dotted with Latin restaurants. Snack on fried plantains at Cubanitas, the city's only entirely Cuban restaurant, try traditional Peruvian cuisine at Chef Paz, or check out the delicous moles and margaritas at Botanas. Family-owned and operated since 1978, El Rey is Milwaukee’s premier Hispanic grocery. Have a sweet tooth? You'll find Mexican bakeries throughout the city; one of the most popular is Lopez Bakery and restaurant. Part of the community for 40 years, the bakery is open seven days a week serving up cakes, Mexican cookies, conchas, and other sweets as well as breakfast specials like huevos rancheros, and their famous tamales.

Family Business

The Hispanic population also plays an important role in Milwaukee's economy. For more than 40 years, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin has been influential in promoting the business development of Hispanic and other small businesses in Milwaukee. The organization works closely with the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. to provide resources and opportunities to Hispanic professionals. In addition, the United Migrant Opportunity Services operates programs to assist low-income individuals and families as they gain economic self-sufficiency.

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Known as a “big city of little neighborhoods,” Milwaukee’s unique neighborhoods are what make up the city’s one-of-a-kind culture. We like it local here, and you’ll find locally-owned restaurants, shops, and businesses throughout the city. Ready to start planning? Check out this sampling of some of the neighborhoods you might explore when you visit Milwaukee!

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