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Discover why more meeting planners are choosing Milwaukee, an easy-access destination featuring a three-venue convention campus with three connecting hotels. A blend of acclaimed restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and off-site venues adds up to meetings at incomparable value.

MKE in the News

  • Tasty Tosa: Milwaukee suburb stocked with worthy European cuisine

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    "Milwaukee has no shortage of great places to eat. The same can be said of its lesser-known western suburb of Wauwatosa, where you can find tasty German, Benelux, Italian and French fare at a quartet of restaurants less than a block from one another."

  • Things to do in Milwaukee

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    "Milwaukee may be a "small" city, but it has a lot to offer in the way of tourist attractions. The nation's "Beer City" is brimming with great brewery tours, but there are also opportunities to get out on the water, see great works of art, listen to music and more. I was able to check out many of these attractions during my weeklong tour of Milwaukee, and I am pleased to report on their wheelchair accessibility here."

  • Vegan Guide to Milwaukee

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    "Wisconsin isn’t exactly known for vegan food. Gourmet cheese and brats are beloved by many living in Milwaukee. However, vegan and vegetarian options are widespread in the city. It’s very easy to comfortably dine as a vegan in Milwaukee."

  • Modern Milwaukee: Great Places to Eat, Drink and Live Well

    Sunday, August 07, 2016

    "Modern Milwaukee is impacted by the legacy of 19th-century European immigrants, as well as others who came later, all seeking the American dream. Their cultural influence lives on in a vibrant mix of ways to eat, drink and live well in Wisconsin’s largest city."

  • A Tale of Two Milwaukee Museums

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    "Before my first trip to Milwaukee this summer, I had only a few references to help me get a handle on what makes the city tick. There was (and still is) beer, of course, a legacy of one of this country’s strongest German heritages. And there were the iconic TV comedies, “Happy Days” (check out the bronze statue of the Fonz on the walkway alongside the Milwaukee River) and its spinoff “Laverne and Shirley.”

  • Long Weekend in Milwaukee

    Friday, July 01, 2016

    "Milwaukee may be best known as the place of beer, brats, and cheese, but make no mistake, Wisconsin’s largest city is chock-full of other attractions, too, from a stunning lakefront and sprawling parks, to the world’s only Harley-Davidson museum and a moveable art museum. While the city draws crowds year-round—its tourism traffic brings in more than $5 billion annually—summer and its surplus of festivals deem it the ultimate season for a long weekend."

  • Lauded Milwaukee chefs raise city’s culinary profile

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    "Milwaukee may be known for beer and brats, but a dozen local chefs and eateries have been honored for their skill and creativity with all kinds of ingredients, and they’ve helped turn the city into a foodie destination."

  • With Erin Hills, Grand Geneva, The Bog and more, Milwaukee-area golf is a winner

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    "Sure it was beer that made Milwaukee famous and rockabilly singer Jerry Lee Lewis a loser, but it has a golf history, and its future seems unlimited. Milwaukee-area golf is a winner."

  • The 10 hottest American cities to visit this summer

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    American Express Travel recently released its list of the top 10 most popular cities to visit this summer in the United States.

  • Visit Milwaukee taps beer tourism in new video

    Thursday, February 05, 2015

    The fifth film in Visit Milwaukee's promotional series features taps, toasts and smiles to promote beer tourism and the industry's long history in the city.

  • New meeting planning approaches emerge from Great Recession

    Monday, February 09, 2015

    While the corporate event planning industry has significantly rebounded since trudging through the Great Recession, the sector has not completely surfaced from the economic downturn.

  • Tasty Tosa: Milwaukee suburb stocked with worthy European cuisine

    Friday, October 21, 2016

    "Milwaukee has no shortage of great places to eat. The same can be said of its lesser-known western suburb of Wauwatosa, where you can find tasty German, Benelux, Italian and French fare at a quartet of restaurants less than a block from one another."

  • Things to do in Milwaukee

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    "Milwaukee may be a "small" city, but it has a lot to offer in the way of tourist attractions. The nation's "Beer City" is brimming with great brewery tours, but there are also opportunities to get out on the water, see great works of art, listen to music and more. I was able to check out many of these attractions during my weeklong tour of Milwaukee, and I am pleased to report on their wheelchair accessibility here."

  • Vegan Guide to Milwaukee

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    "Wisconsin isn’t exactly known for vegan food. Gourmet cheese and brats are beloved by many living in Milwaukee. However, vegan and vegetarian options are widespread in the city. It’s very easy to comfortably dine as a vegan in Milwaukee."

  • Modern Milwaukee: Great Places to Eat, Drink and Live Well

    Sunday, August 07, 2016

    "Modern Milwaukee is impacted by the legacy of 19th-century European immigrants, as well as others who came later, all seeking the American dream. Their cultural influence lives on in a vibrant mix of ways to eat, drink and live well in Wisconsin’s largest city."

  • A Tale of Two Milwaukee Museums

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    "Before my first trip to Milwaukee this summer, I had only a few references to help me get a handle on what makes the city tick. There was (and still is) beer, of course, a legacy of one of this country’s strongest German heritages. And there were the iconic TV comedies, “Happy Days” (check out the bronze statue of the Fonz on the walkway alongside the Milwaukee River) and its spinoff “Laverne and Shirley.”

  • Long Weekend in Milwaukee

    Friday, July 01, 2016

    "Milwaukee may be best known as the place of beer, brats, and cheese, but make no mistake, Wisconsin’s largest city is chock-full of other attractions, too, from a stunning lakefront and sprawling parks, to the world’s only Harley-Davidson museum and a moveable art museum. While the city draws crowds year-round—its tourism traffic brings in more than $5 billion annually—summer and its surplus of festivals deem it the ultimate season for a long weekend."

  • Lauded Milwaukee chefs raise city’s culinary profile

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    "Milwaukee may be known for beer and brats, but a dozen local chefs and eateries have been honored for their skill and creativity with all kinds of ingredients, and they’ve helped turn the city into a foodie destination."

  • With Erin Hills, Grand Geneva, The Bog and more, Milwaukee-area golf is a winner

    Monday, June 20, 2016

    "Sure it was beer that made Milwaukee famous and rockabilly singer Jerry Lee Lewis a loser, but it has a golf history, and its future seems unlimited. Milwaukee-area golf is a winner."

  • Milwaukee’s Appeals, Vibrant and Cheap

    Monday, May 02, 2016

    "I found a small but vibrant city that balances its traditional Germanic origins with an embrace of contemporary art and design, great live music, and fun, casual dining."

  • Milwaukee named one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the US” for 2016

    Tuesday, February 09, 2016

    "Lonely Planet’s travel experts have scoured the states to create the ultimate US travel wish list for 2016. Some of our choices are perennial favorites, while others are just stepping into the spotlight, but all have one thing in common: now is the time to go."

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  • The hot places for travel in 2016

    Tuesday, January 05, 2016

    MILWAUKEE, WIS.

    This city boasts a Costco-sized list of unexpected superlatives. It contends it hosts the world’s largest music festival, an 11-day monstrous gathering called Summerfest. It claims one of the largest Bastille Day celebrations in the country, and also North America’s largest annually held German festival. Milwaukee is so proud of its civic fetes that it calls itself City of Festivals. The art museum is itself a work of art (designed by Santiago Calatrava) and is home to one of the largest collections of Georgia O’Keeffe collections. The real reason to visit? I thought you’d never ask. Take a stroll on the River Walk and spend some quality time with the Bronze Fonz – a statue to remind you that Milwaukee was the setting for “Happy Days,” as if you needed a reminder. Direct flight? Yes. Best time to visit? June and July.

  • Milwaukee Brat House: Wisconsin classics done right

    Thursday, October 22, 2015

    For the sausage lover (or beer lover) it is almost impossible to go wrong at Milwaukee Brat House.

  • 8 must-dos on a family getaway to Milwaukee

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Milwaukee is packed with things to see and do for families, making for a fabulous fall weekend getaway.

  • 5 reasons Milwaukee is the best city in the Midwest

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Here, five (mostly new) ways the pride of Lake Michigan is prying open our eyelids.

  • Travel Guide: Milwaukee

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    Milwaukee is best known for beer, cheese curds and brats but you don’t have to venture far to find other great entertainment options.

  • Chinese Travel Blogger Likes Chicago But Loves Milwaukee

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    One of the most influential travel bloggers in China wrapped up a Chicago visit Wednesday with many nice things to say about what he called a "city of steel."

    But after a whirlwind three days of ballgames, festivals, museums and tours, Jun Song said that, all things considered, he'd rather be in Milwaukee.

    Song, 47, is on a sponsored 10-day Great Lakes tour to promote foreign tourism. With 55 million blog visitors, his posts could have a big impact among Chinese travelers, the fastest-growing segment of international travelers to the U.S.

    Song's road trip started July 11 in Milwaukee. He enjoyed tours of the Miller Brewery and the Harley-Davidson museum, but mostly liked hanging out on the lakefront.

    He arrived in Chicago on Sunday, in time to catch the finale of the Cubs-Sox crosstown series at Wrigley Field. Since then, he has taken in everything from deep-dish pizza to the city's skyline, summing up his first visit to Chicago in two words.

    "So big," said Song, a Beijing resident.

    The tour, which will also take Song through Michigan and Ohio before ending in Indianapolis July 19, is one of five summer road trips funded by Brand USA, a public-private partnership promoting international travel to the U.S. This summer, social media influencers from India, Brazil and France will also tour the U.S., filing reports to their massive followings abroad.

    This is the second year for the program, which last year generated nearly 2.6 billion impressions on Facebook alone, according to Talia Salem, who heads up the effort for Brand USA.

    "Bringing in influencers and giving them the tools to tell the American story to their audiences is a lot more authentic," Salem said. "They're free to say what they want. That's a risk that we take ... but we feel that the rewards outweigh the risk."

    Song blogs under the name dubilaosong, which roughly translated means "one-armed," a reference to his damaged left arm, which he said was injured in a 1999 fireworks explosion in Beijing. His site includes many photos of his travels, hoping to capture local culture for his Chinese followers.

    He reflected on the ups and downs of his Chicago visit over croissants and Chinese cigarettes at an outdoor table at the Chicago French Market on North Clinton Street on Wednesday, accompanied by two thirty-something tour guides and a translator brought in for the breakfast chat.

    Highlights of his visit included the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, which features a video loop of Chicago faces on 50-foot towers. He also liked the interactive Robot Revolution exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

    He was impressed with the atmosphere of Wrigley Field but found the game itself less than scintillating. Post-game revelry at Wrigleyville bars, however, was a home run for Song, who loved the festive energy.

    A visit to Lou Malnati's for authentic Chicago deep-dish pizza was also among his disappointments. Song said there was too much cheese and the crust was a little hard. He said he much preferred Pizza Hut of China. The best American pizza he has sampled to date was at a Costco in Seattle.

    "Costco pizza I like," Song said, enthusiastically bypassing his translator.

    He had better things to say about Chicago hot dogs, which he tried during a visit to Taste of Chicago, flashing an eager thumbs up in approval.

    Chinese tourism to Chicago was up 4 percent last year to 133,000 visitors. That is significantly behind the 21 percent growth rate across the U.S.

    Overall, Chicago dropped to 10th among U.S. cities for international tourism last year, with 1.3 million visitors, a 5 percent decline, according to the National Travel and Tourism Office.

    Song said Chicago is not really on the radar for most Chinese people, who only know the city as the home of the Bulls.

    This year, the city extended its new "Chicago Epic" tourism campaign to China with a $780,000 digital campaign funded by the Illinois Office of Tourism and Brand USA. The full schedule aired before the state budget stalemate forced Choose Chicago to curtail the campaign last month. This week, Choose Chicago halted all international travel, further hampering efforts to sell the city to foreign tourists.

    Choose Chicago didn't fund his stop in Chicago but coordinated the itinerary.

    While his blog will convey his preferences, Song said it may still encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Chicago — if only as a stop on the way to Milwaukee.

  • My Midwest: 6 Damn Good Reasons to Visit Milwaukee

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    I have been blogging for nine years now and while I don’t normally talk about the “business of blogging” on this very blog, I will say that in large part due to my blogging (and traveling) over the last decade, I’ve met some incredible people who are reshaping their lives and I’ve made some wonderful friends.

  • Newcastle United hoping to enjoy Happy Days in Milwaukee

    Sunday, July 12, 2015

    Newcastle United fans from across the United States are flocking to Milwaukee - home of the Bronze Fonz - for a rare chance to see Magpies in action.

  • The 10 hottest American cities to visit this summer

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    American Express Travel recently released its list of the top 10 most popular cities to visit this summer in the United States.

  • Milwaukee: The Greatest Bar Town in America

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Welcome to the birthplace of PBR and the former Beer Capital of the World.

  • The world’s 8 best museums for badasses

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Museums — they shouldn’t be uncharted places you just fib about frequenting while trying to pick up pretty Pratt coeds at bookstores.

    They can actually be worth a real-life visit, even for the most fanatical of philistines.

  • 10 Reasons to Drive to Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Did someone say road trip? It's time to get out of the city and head north to a budding culinary destination.

  • 18 reasons to move to Milwaukee

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    Greater Milwaukee has plenty to offer. Add it all up and it's almost overwhelming. Boil it down, though, into 18 reasons and it's nearly impossible to say no to at least considering a move to Brew City.

  • Venturing beyond the beer and brats in Milwaukee

    Friday, April 03, 2015

    It’s just after 11:30 p.m. on a frigid winter night in Milwaukee, when my boyfriend, Neil, and I descend a handful of stairs bathed in red light and enter a small, very dark, very crowded space that is one of the hottest late-night spots in town.