“I really enjoy working and living in Downtown Milwaukee because I love all the different people I get to interact with. My job allows me to help educate people about their oral health from all different economic, social, and cultural backgrounds, but these people also educate me about their life experiences. One of my favorite things to do is to try new restaurants with different flavors from around the world. Milwaukee's East Side has so many delicious restaurants that I never would have discovered if it weren't for all my patients’ recommendations." - Mary Turek, Registered Dental Hygienist at our Downtown Milwaukee clinic
Although you might think of “Happy Days” or “Laverne and Shirley” when someone mentions Milwaukee, it’s actually the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, and the fifth largest city in the Midwest. A friendly and welcoming combination of historic tradition and dynamic thinking, Milwaukee residents enjoy a vibrant night life, award-winning chefs, and of course the views and activities of our amazing lakefront. All summer long, Lake Michigan buzzes with sailors, windsurfers, kitesurfers, swimmers, beach volleyball players, bikers and walkers enjoying the breezes. Known as “The City of Festivals,” Milwaukee hosts over 30 festivals all summer long, including Polishfest, Bastille Days, Festa Italiana, Germanfest, Irishfest and Mexican Fiesta. It’s also home to Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, featuring over 500 performers on multiple stages over an eleven-day period.
Arts lovers will never have a shortage of things to do in Milwaukee. The theatre scene includes opera companies, a world-class symphony orchestra and ballet company, and multiple theatre companies. Even children have the opportunity to showcase their talents arts in programs such as First Stage – one of the nation’s most acclaimed children’s theatres, the Milwaukee Ballet School, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. In September, the Milwaukee Film Festival hosts independent, critically-acclaimed, and classic films at venues all over town.
Milwaukee’s music scene features some of the most exciting touring acts and shows each year, along with an abundance of local and regional talent performing at one of our many entertainment venues. Whether you’re hoping to see Katy Perry or Twenty One Pilots, Bonnie Raitt or Tony Bennett, we’ve got something for you.
You can also join arts lovers from around the world when you visit the Milwaukee Art Museum to see its collection of over 30,000 works as well as the wings of the Burke Brise Soleil, giant moving sunscreen that unfolds similar to the wings of a bird. And if that’s not enough art, stop by the Grohmann Museum, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, the Lynden the Lynden Sculpture Garden, or the on-campus galleries at one of our many colleges and universities.
Nearly 90,000 children are educated by the Milwaukee Public School system in Milwaukee. Featuring multiple magnet schools, the district offers language or arts immersion programs, international baccalaureate & advanced placement, Montessori, and career & tech ed programs. Milwaukee is also home to over two dozen private high schools. Local universities and colleges include UW-Milwaukee, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Mount Mary University and more.
If you love history, interactive exhibits or the roar of an engine, there’s a museum in Milwaukee for you. With over 4.5 million specimens, the Milwaukee Public Museum features permanent and special exhibits, a six-story dome theater, and special events all year-round. Families love the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and Discovery World – an interactive science and technology museum. Or stop by the one and only Harley-Davidson Museum, a world-class museum where you’ll have the chance to learn about the freedom and rebellion of the open road.
Sports and Recreation
For NBA and MLB fans, Milwaukee is home to the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers. Hockey fans will enjoy the American Hockey League Milwaukee Admirals, and indoor soccer fans can watch the Milwaukee Wave take on opponents all winter long. Of course, who can forget the Marquette Golden Eagles and the UWM Panther basketball teams? And if that isn’t enough, you can take in a Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby, rowing or sailing regattas, or watch the Lakefront Marathon in the fall.
If spending a day with a club in your hand inspires you, Milwaukee’s urban outdoors offers golf at 15 County Parks courses, including Brown Deer Golf Course, where Tiger Woods began his PGA Tour career. There are also multiple private courses and clubs in the Milwaukee area, including The Bog, designed by Arnold Palmer, and Erin Hills, home to the 2017 U.S. Open. Locals also enjoy biking on hundreds of miles of scenic trails or kayaking, paddle boarding, or canoeing on the Milwaukee River. And if all that activity is too much for you, just relax at one of our many beaches.