As written in a recent NY Times article, Milwaukee is a wonderful community that has the advantage of an urban, metropolitan city without the stress or cost. Milwaukee offers a variety of career opportunities, excellent universities, low commute times, diverse neighborhoods, affordable housing and abundant recreational choices. Milwaukee also boasts professional sports teams, museums, outstanding restaurants and performing arts comparable to cities more than twice its size. The Milwaukee Region’s size, accessibility and friendliness are among its greatest attributes. It’s easy to meet people and maintain acquaintances. Not to mention, Milwaukee is less than 80 miles away from Chicago – a good perk if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway.
There is no shortage of recreational activities in Wisconsin. In Milwaukee County alone, there are more than 15,000 acres of parks, the greatest acreage per person in the country. In 2009, the Milwaukee County Parks System was awarded the National Gold Medal for Excellence by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. We have an abundance of biking trails, golf courses and a strong running community.
If you are looking for a place to live, Milwaukee has a huge variety of affordable housing options. Current and past MCW residents have lived everywhere from high-rise apartment complexes overlooking Lake Michigan in the Brady Street neighborhood to farmhouses with lots of extra land and everywhere in-between, all within a 15 minute commute to the Medical Grounds. Many residents have purchased homes near the Medical College in the Village of Wauwatosa. As a starting point, please feel free to visit the following sites: Real Estate Search and Choose Milwaukee.
What to do in MILWAUKEE for...
12 Hours: A Passing Glance
The lakefront: you can do a Segway tour if you want to take a walk on the wild side
Grab some coffee: we don’t mean Starbucks
- Colectivo: Milwaukee’s premiere coffee shop at its best location; formerly known as
Alterra, which is what we all still call it.
- The National: great sandwiches and baked goods as well
- Anodyne: another great coffee shop local to Milwaukee
Grab a bite
- Sobelman’s: if anyone asks, it’s better than AJ bombers.
- Comet Café/Honeypie: sister restaurants, both delicious
- Beans and Barley: for the healthier crowd
- Odd duck /La Merenda: nicer dinner to impress your significant other
- Milwaukee Public Market or Take a Food & City Tour
Grab a drink
- The Nomad: great music and guaranteed people watching
- Hotel Foster: tasty cocktails and equally appealing ambience
- Sugar Maple: 60 something beers on tap. Enough said.
- Bryant’s: depression era cocktails at depression era prices
24 hours: The Day Pass
The above plus +
- Brewery Tour: Lakefront and Milwaukee Brewing Company are our personal favorites
- Shopping: try out Brady Street or the Third Ward for boutiques and specialty stores
- Live music: try out the Jazz Estate or Bremen Cafe
48 hours: The Whole Shebang
The above +
- MAM: our beautiful art museum. Free admission if it’s the first Thursday of the month
- Sports: catch a Bucks or Admirals game; if you’re ambitious, try and score tickets to a Packer’s Game at Lambeau. It’s been done.
- Take a hike: Kettle Moraine, Lapham Peak
- Pabst Theater/Turner Hall/Riverside Theater: check out www.pabsttheater.org to see if there is a concert while you’re in town
- Catch a movie at one of our delightful non- megaplex theaters: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/Milwaukee/Milwaukee_Frameset.htm
The Neighborhoods of Milwaukee
Just three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee, The Historic Third Ward is known as “Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District” and offers the city’s most dynamic array of restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries and unique shopping, all in a historic warehouse setting. The neighborhood is also the home to the award-winning Third Ward Riverwalk and the Milwaukee Public Market.
The Village of Wauwatosa is located just minutes west of downtown Milwaukee and is the home of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Wauwatosa is known for its pedestrian-friendly stores and restaurants with plenty of boutique shops, and a Saturday Farmers' Market. Nearby, the Menomonee River and Hart Park offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Wauwatosa offers a variety of housing in beautiful neighborhoods.
Brady Street, an east-side Milwaukee neighborhood, itself stretches from the lakeshore to the Milwaukee River, with delis, bars, boutiques and Milwaukee nightclubs packing the entire length. The Brady Street neighborhood has a strong mid-20th century Italian presence with a multi-ethnic population.
Bay View's early days as a village helped create a degree of self-sufficiency for residents of today. The main thoroughfares of Kinnickinnic Avenue, Howell and Oklahoma, among others, are dotted with shops and restaurants, and other entertainment venues -- in fact, over the past decade, the small, independent character of these main streets have attracted a number of young entrepreneurs to the neighborhood, who in turn have opened a number of unique businesses. As a result, Bay View could easily be considered one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
The Washington Heights Neighborhood is located 3 miles northeast of the Medical College. The neighborhood itself is very walkable, and through a rejuvenation, is now host to many cafes, bakeries and shops. Architecture is a blend of bungalows, tudors and colonials. Washington Heights is a popular choice for MCW residents and students due to its proximity to MCW, affordability of housing and shopping options.