Ranked as one of “Four Emerging Cities for Meetings and Events” by MPI in 2017, Milwaukee is easy on the budget with comparatively low average daily costs, while at the same time offering one-of-a-kind attractions and venues rivalling first-tier cities. Accommodations ranging from major convention hotels connected by skywalk to the Wisconsin Center to popular boutique and branded hotels, offer your group countless options. VISIT Milwaukee's complimentary services, including information-packed microsites and more than 150 enthusiastic volunteers, ensures that your meeting will exceed your guests' expectations.

The Milwaukee area benefits from a rich and diverse private-sector economy. Home to six Fortune 500 Companies, including Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Northwestern Mutual, the region is also a hub of water research and technology, as well as medical and biohealth research.

More than 100 international and national associations are either headquartered or managed in Milwaukee, and the city is only 90 miles from the second largest concentration of national associations in the U.S.

Corporate events and associations that have returned on a regular basis to Milwaukee include Northwestern Mutual, Kalmbach Publishing, International Cheese Technology Expo, National Guard Association of the U.S., and our statewide Wisconsin Restaurant Association, and Wisconsin State Reading Association.

I believe many of our attendees left Milwaukee with a whole new perspective. I wouldn't be surprised to see many return both professionally and personally.

-Angie Ahrens, CMP, Collinson Media & Events

Milwaukee Meeting Highlights

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  • Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is only 10 minutes/8 miles from downtown hotels. More than 45 non-stop destinations, easy 1-stop connections to 160 cities
  • Wisconsin Center: A compact, vertical convention center building with 300,000 sq. ft. of function space, conveniently connected by short skywalks to three convention hotels with a total of 1,360 hotel room
  • Convention center complex also includes Miller High Life Theatre and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
  • Hotel accommodations ranging from major convention hotels to branded and boutique hotels
  • More than 200 restaurants in downtown area, many with private dining rooms
  • World-class golf courses and urban outdoor recreation activities, including kayaking on downtown rivers, beach volleyball, biking trails, and walking along Lake Michigan
  • Historic Third Ward, featuring lively Milwaukee Public Market, al fresco dining, galleries and shopping
  • Magnificent, green, Lake Michigan shoreline and 3-mile RiverWalk connecting walkable neighborhoods
  • Lively arts and professional sports scene
  • James Beard-recognized restaurants, entertaining brewery tours
  • Discounted attraction and dining booklets available
  • A variety of complimentary services, including information-packed microsites, visitors guides and maps, access to photo and video libraries

“Our 9,200 registered attendees enjoyed the perfect summer weather and the Summerfest grounds looked spectacular! Coordination between the Wisconsin Center, BMO Harris Bradley Center and VISIT Milwaukee was excellent. Race coordination among law enforcement was seamless and easily obtained. We used the Federal Courthouse on East Wisconsin Avenue for the gala dinner. In summary, the Visit Milwaukee sales, convention services and public relations teams are all rated as excellent, as is the Wisconsin Center, its events team and the in-house caterer: Levy Restaurants.”

John Castino
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company


  • Milwaukee Art Museum, by architect Santiago Calatrava, a dazzling architectural wonder on the Lake Michigan, with its soaring white wings that open and close over an awe-inspiring vaulted atrium. (Max. capacity 1,000)
  • Discovery World’s provides a spectacular 360-degree view of the lake and downtown skyline from the Pilot House, plus an enclosed promenade and outdoor tented area. (Max. capacity 2,000)
  • The world's only Harley-Davidson Museum, guarantees the thrill of the Harley experience. (Max. capacity 1,000)
  • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Combined casino and hotel meeting space now totals 60,000 square feet.  (Max. capacity 2,750)
  • Henry Maier Festival Park, 75-acre lakefront festival park home to Summerfest and a summer line-up of ethnic festivals, serving up more fun and value add-ons to summer conventions.
  • Fiserv Forum offers a state-of-the-art home to both the Milwaukee Bucks and first in class private events. Surrounded by the 30-acre Deer District, the NBA's hottest new arena is ready to welcome you.

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