Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the first time. It’s hard to believe that I’ve lived my entire adult life in the Chicagoland area but rarely venture out to smaller nearby cities. I was glad to explore this charming and quaint city as part of my company’s end of summer outing. We happily traded our cubicles and computers in place of cheese, beer and more beer.
Here’s a little bit of background about Milwaukee: back in mid 1800s its founders envisioned this port city to be the financial star of the Midwest. However, this plan didn’t last long as the prevalence of railroads made Chicago’s convenient location the coveted U.S. hub it is today. Sorry Milwaukee. Maybe in another life. Milwaukee is also known for its large German influence, hence the beer making. The city of half a million was once home to huge beer breweries including Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst and Miller making it the #1 beer producing city in the world. To say that this city loves beer is a bit of an understatement.
Some of the highlights of our field trip included the Milwaukee Public Market, which is a smaller indoor version of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. This was my kind of place – lots of food with artsy vendors galore. I enjoyed an awesome and reasonably priced ($13) lobster roll that I am still daydreaming about. We finished the day with a tour of Lakefront Brewery. The beer wasn’t too memorable but our guide, Josh, was HILARIOUS making our last stop highly entertaining. Kudos to Lakefront for their green and sustainable initiatives.
I loved the vibe of this city – cleaner, nicer and a more European-esque version of Chicago. I am 100% returning and making a day trip out of it again. Perhaps next year will be the year I finally make it to Summerfest. Have you been to Milwaukee? What do you do when you go there? What's another place worthy of checking out in the Midwest region? I want to know it all!