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4 Ways to Get Active in Milwaukee This Spring

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April 8, 2015

By Rose Robinson
Marketing Intern
VISIT Milwaukee

After a cold winter (although it was rather mild compared to last year’s polar vortex), it’s finally time to emerge and enjoy the Milwaukee weather we know and love. With warm weather comes the luxury of spending time outside, and what better to do than start getting active? Put those New Year’s resolutions to the test after a winter of neglect with these activities.

  1. Running. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete, the warm weather is ideal for exploring the city with a jog. Scenic trails are all over Milwaukee, offering you a variety of routes to suit your preferences. The RiverWalk along the Milwaukee River is a personal favorite of mine—say hello to the Bronze Fonz and give Gertie the Duck a nice rub on the beak on the way. Bradford Beach is also a popular route (the scenery of Lake Michigan and people-watching might even distract you from how far you’re really running!). As a reward, stop by Colectivo Lakefront for a refreshing iced coffee on the patio afterwards. Run for a mile, walk a few miles with a friend or, if you’re feeling very ambitious, start training for the half marathon or the 5k you’ve always wanted to do. Check out some of the races held in Milwaukee for inspiration!
     
  2. Volleyball. Spring may be a little too early for a dip in the lake, but it’s never too early to start working on your volleyball skills to impress your friends at Bradford Beach this summer. Get a group of friends together and make a team for a league at Bradford or the Horny Goat Hideaway, which also has sand volleyball courts.
     
  3. Biking. Grab your bike and hit the town! This is a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday afternoon and an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Take your bike, and the city is your oyster. Don’t have a bike? No problem. The new Bublr Bikes bike share system has you covered. With stations around the Milwaukee area, you can rent a bike and then return it when you are finished.
     
  4. Spectating. Okay, so you’re not active or sporty in the slightest. We can work with that! Watching others being active is fun too, and what’s better than watching the Milwaukee Brewers play at Miller Park? You may not be running the bases, but the sunshine on your face and a light spring breeze blowing through your hair is still enjoying the elements with minimal effort.

 

 
Get your pong on at Evolution Milwaukee Gastro Pong!

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Tuesday, July 11, 2014

By Stephanie Castillo
PR Intern

For being born and raised in Milwaukee, I feel like I’ve experienced a lot of what the Cream City has to offer. I’ve been to the Domes. I’ve tailgated at Brewer games. I’ve even danced up on stage at Irish Fest. But Milwaukee, being the quirky city that it is, always has a way of surprising me with hidden gems. For example, Evolution Milwaukee Gastro Pong – Evo for short – a table tennis facility, bar and restaurant located in the city’s trendy Third Ward, 233 E. Chicago St.

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to see what Evo is all about, when my boyfriend and friend were in town. The unique artwork on the building’s exterior immediately grabs your attention from the street and fits seamlessly with the artsy, stylish vibe of the Third Ward.

Evolution Milwaukee Gastro Pong

Upon arrival, I was seriously impressed by the sheer size – Evo has nearly 17,000 square feet of space, featuring 13 top-notch table-tennis courts, two bars, three private rooms, a pro shop, lounge and a full-service restaurant.

Evo Milwaukee Gastro Pong table

If this all sounds a bit familiar, you’re probably remember Evo under its former name, SPiN Milwaukee, which was part of the New York-based SPiN franchise. Evo changed its name back in February, when owners Scott and Susanne Mayer decided to take the business independent, so it could evolve with the community and become more Milwaukee-focused.

If you loved SPiN, don’t be alarmed – much of Evo’s offerings have remained the same. But now, they’ve amped up the menu to include more local food, and changed the walls to warmer colors to make it a bit less New York club-like.

Pro tip: you absolutely must check out the Wild Boar Rueben sandwich. Or, if you’re feeling something lighter, the Matzo Ball soup is also a fantastic dish.

Evo Milwaukee Gastro Pong jenga

My friends and I had a great time checking out the ping pong action, as well as playing with the giant Jenga set. We were also super pumped to find out that they have live music/DJs weekly – major bonus!

Evo Milwaukee Gastro Pong ping pong

Whether you’re a hardcore pong enthusiast, recreational basement player, foodie or just looking for a less awkward place to take that girl you met at the bar on a date, Evo’s got you covered. What are you waiting for, Milwaukee? Get your pong on!

 

 
The Quiet Before the STORM!!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

By: Adam Von Rothfelder


Ready for your fastest 5k? Or maybe it’s your first 5k? No matter how experienced a runner you may be it's time to storm the Bastille with speed, stride and, of course, style! Join us as we follow a 5k training program set over the next three weeks to prepare to weather the STORM on July 10, 2014 at 9 p.m. in downtown Milwaukee.

The Storm may take to the scenic streets of Downtown Milwaukee's EAST TOWN area; however, our training plan will take you along the majestic Milwaukee River. Aided by mile markers, you can use our training map, which follows the River. Along the route, runners are often inspired by encouraging cheers from kayakers and boaters and the energy of downtown. Feel free to alter our provided course based on the mileage you plan to hit for the day, your stride, breathing and time splits. Waste no time – join us in stride, speed and safety as we all prepare for the GREATEST STORM YET!!

WEEK 1
Wednesday: Walk 10 min, Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 10 min., Jog 5 min., Walk 5 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min. Jog, 5-7 min. Walk, 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 30 min

WEEK 2
Monday: Walk 10 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat.
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 5.5 min., Walk 4 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 6 min., Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: Brisk walk, 30 min.
Friday: Walk 12 min., Jog 7-8 min., Walk 4 min. 25 pushups/25 jump squats Repeat.
Saturday: Walk, 10 min., Run 1 min. walk 1 min. Run 2 min., Walk 5 min. Repeat
Sunday: Walk 10 min., Jog 10 min., Walk 5 min. 

WEEK 3
Monday: Brisk walk 30 mins w/ 5 x 1 block sprints
Tuesday: Walk 12 min., Jog 10 min. 20 pushups/ 20 squat jumps Repeat.
Wednesday: Walk 12 min, Run 2 min. walk 1 min. Run 2.5 min, Walk 4 min. 30 sit-ups Repeat.
Thursday: We take to the STORM!! Do your best and have a great time!!

 

Adam is the owner and lead trainer at Drench Fitness Boutique in Downtown Milwaukee.

 
Join a Global Celebration in Milwaukee

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Monday, June 09, 2014

By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee


French: Coupe du monde de football

German: Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft

Korean: 월드컵

Italian: Campionato mondiale di calcio

English: The World Cup

Every four years, people across the globe turn their attention to what might be the biggest sporting event in the world – the FIFA World Cup™ soccer tournament. Starting on Thursday, June 12, hundreds of millions of people from every continent tune in to see which country will be crowned World Cup champion.

Even though this year’s World Cup is being held in Brazil, more than 3,000 miles away from Milwaukee, there are plenty of ways to join in on the global celebration right here in our own backyard!

Nomad World Pub, located toward the east end of Brady Street, will continue its World Cup celebration tradition with Nomad World Copa 2014 – a five-week festival filled with events and activities. The bar’s festivities include a daily Brazilian-themed “village” in the adjacent courtyard from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., featuring food provided by Bel Air Cantina, a full bar with drink specials, daily giveaways and more. Numerous HD TVs will be set up inside and outside the bar for viewing the games. Nomad will also be throwing two block parties outside the bar during the World Cup: One for the United States’ game against Portugal on Sunday, June 22, and one for the World Cup final on Sunday, July 13. The final event, “Brasil on Brady,” will have a stage for Brazilian dancers, a drum troop and live music by the Samba Unit and De La Buena, along with a Jumbotron for watching the final game.

Looking for something a little more family-friendly? Check out Lakefront Soccerfest, presented by the Milwaukee County Parks and Milwaukee Soccer Development Group, on Sunday, June 15 at Veterans Park on the city's lakefront. In addition to celebrating the World Cup, the festival aims to bring people together to focus on family, diversity, sustainability, health and wellness and fairplay. They will also host a day's worth of friendly tournaments for kids ages seven and up.

Another option is to head to Transfer Pizzeria, which plans to combine soccer, drinks and pizza into one fantastic viewing experience. All the games will be shown live in their newly renovated back room, with multiple TVs, including a 10-foot, high definition projection screen. Join Transfer’s Unity Club for food and drink discounts during the games.

Uihlein Soccer Park, home of the Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club, is also getting in on the action. The Club is hosting a free viewing party for the U.S. vs. Portugal game on Sunday, June 22. This event will be held at the complex on a big screen on one of the park's indoor soccer fields from 4-8 p.m. One field will feature game viewing, on another, inflatables for children, with youth soccer matches on the third. In addition to these activities, there will be raffle prize drawings and a special appearance by Fuleco, the official 2014 World Cup mascot, who will be present to take photos with fans.

One of the best things about Milwaukee is the melting pot of cultures you can find within the city. Rarely is this more evident than during the World Cup. Walk into one of our many soccer bars and you're guaranteed to see fans wearing the colors of teams from all over the world. So whether you're a hardcore fan who can name all 32 teams in the tournament, or someone who's never watched a minute of soccer in your life, I encourage you to take part in the celebration in some way. After all, this opportunity only comes around once every four years!

 

 
Milwaukee Tourism Tournament makes way for the real thing

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Monday, March 17, 2014

By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee

As a way to celebrate the upcoming NCAA Tournament games to be held in Milwaukee on March 20-22, we recently held our own tournament to determine the best tourist attraction in the city. Sixty-four Milwaukee-area attractions were put into a bracket, just like you'd see in the NCAA Tournament, and fans were asked to vote for a winner in each matchup. The attraction with the most votes advanced to the next round, and voting continued until we were down to our final matchup – the Pettit National Ice Center against the Milwaukee County Zoo. After voting completed, the Pettit Center collected the most votes and was named the winner of the Milwaukee Tourism Tournament!

Just like we'll see in the NCAA Tournament, there were many upsets during the competition. The Pettit Center was given a 14-seed, yet they bucked the odds and continued to beat higher seeded attractions, eventually winning the whole thing! Other examples of upsets during the competition include the Safe House taking down the Harley-Davidson Museum, and Milwaukee Food & City Tours topping Colectivo Coffee. We can't say that we're that surprised – we know that Milwaukee is a city blessed with numerous fantastic tourist attractions, and any one of them could have won the tourney.

Now that our tourism tournament has wrapped up, it's time to welcome the real thing to town. Last night during "Selection Sunday" the eight teams that will be playing in Milwaukee were announced. We're thrilled to host Michigan, Oregon, Texas, BYU, Arizona State, Wofford, American and of course, the Wisconsin Badgers, in our great city for the second and third rounds of the tournament. While we can't say that we won't cheer extra loud for the Badgers, we're excited to see fans from all over the country gathering in Milwaukee to support their teams.

Get your brackets ready Milwaukee – the Big Dance is merely days away!

Special shout out to Milwaukee's own UWM Panthers for qualifying for the school's fourth-ever NCAA Tournament, and first since 2006! The Panthers have been chosen to play in Buffalo, NY, but we'll be cheering you on back home!
 

 
Don’t Miss March Madness in Milwaukee

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Monday, January 27, 2014

By Bill Prange
Web Marketing Specialist
VISIT Milwaukee


"The Big Dance"

"Cinderellas"

"Bracket Busters"

"March Madness"

There is just something special about the NCAA Tournament. Whether you're a college basketball fanatic or a casual sports follower, when March Madness hits, it's almost impossible not to get swept up in the excitement of it all. From Selection Sunday through the championship game, one thing is certain - the unpredictable will happen, and everyone will watch.

What's even better than watching the games on TV? Being at the games to experience it all live. And that's exactly what you can do this year, as the NCAA Tournament is coming to Milwaukee!

On Thursday and Saturday, March 20 and 22, the BMO Harris Bradley Center will host a total of six games of the second and third rounds of this year's tournament. While we won't know which teams are coming to town until after the brackets are revealed on Selection Sunday (March 16), you can make sure you're there to witness the action by purchasing tickets right now.

I'll never forget the excitement of watching my UWM Panthers knock off Alabama and Boston College to earn the only Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history in 2005. Or watching George Mason's amazing run to the Final Four in 2006. Or watching TWO 15-seeds win their opening games in 2012. This year, I have the chance to see the next wave of history being made, up close and personal.

Don't wait until it's too late. Get your tickets today. And start doing your homework so you know which "Cinderella" team will be wearing the glass slipper come March.

 
Start Your Engines

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

By Zack Zupke
Creative Services Manager
VISIT Milwaukee

Biggest four-sided clock in North America. World’s largest music festival. World’s only Harley-Davidson Museum. Sexiest building on the planet. Milwaukee’s list of unique venues and events goes on and on and continues this weekend at the Milwaukee Mile as Andretti Sports Marketing brings the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series back to the longest continually operating speedway in the nation at Milwaukee IndyFest.

The fest will feature two days of exciting race action from the IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires cars Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15. Fans will also have the opportunity to watch Firestone Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship test for free on Thursday as an added bonus to this year's IndyFest.

In addition to the racing, IndyFest will also include a long list of activities and attractions throughout the two-day festival. Race fans will love getting up close with drivers as they work on their cars pre-race, families will enjoy the free ferris wheel and game area and the beer garden with local bands will rock the grounds after the checkered flag is waved.

The Milwaukee IndyFest infield will be packed with even more activities for race fans, families and festival-goers. There will be a number of unique sections inside the confines of the historic one-mile oval to rev up race fans all weekend long, including: The Coors Light Music & Beer Garden, Family Fun Zone, Vintage Car Corral and the IZOD IndyCar Fan Village.

So, while you celebrate Father’s Day weekend in one of the most unique cities in the world with the best dad in the world, there’s no better place to start summer’s engines than Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile. 

Details:
Milwaukee IndyFest
June 13-15
Various Locations