10 Reasons to Choose MKE
There are many reasons why Milwaukee should be the first choice on your short list – here are ten to start with.
Milwaukee features big-city entertainment at small-town prices, whether you’re booking a block of rooms, organizing an executive banquet or hosting unforgettable evening entertainment. Average airfares in Milwaukee continue to be lower than 77 of the top 100 airports in the United States, and you’ll find the savings continue once you reach your destination. From a variety of free or inexpensive attractions, performances and events to top-notch dining with an affordable price tag, you get more for your money in Milwaukee.
Located just 90 minutes north of Chicago, within a day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population and with a highly-ranked airport just 8 miles from downtown, Milwaukee is easy to get to. Milwaukee’s Intermodal Station, with Amtrak and Greyhound Bus facilities, is mere blocks from the Convention Center Campus. Interstates 94 and 43 flow into and out of the city for quick freeway access throughout downtown and the outlying areas. And once you’ve settled in, you’ll discover an inviting summer trolley line, plenty of taxis, rideshare, the Bublr Bikes bike share system and a great public transportation system that make getting around town a breeze.
Unique Attractions & Venues
If you’re looking to step outside of the meeting “box,” look no further. Take your event to the next level with an unforgettable gathering that will leave your attendees talking. Marvel at the world’s first motorcycle at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, stand under a 90-foot-high ceiling flanked by a magnificent pair of steel wings as big as a Boeing 747 at the Milwaukee Art Museum or take in the lakefront from the fabulous vista of a 1920s Italianate villa.
Major investments in buildings, highways, hotels, restaurants and infra-structure are pointing towards a glowing future for Milwaukee, with striking changes to the cityscape to be implemented by 2017, including the new 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, a new sports and entertainment arena that will serve as home to the Milwaukee Bucks, a new 158-room Kimpton boutique hotel in the Historic Third Ward and the Lakefront Gateway Project that will create a “grand entrance” to downtown and the lakefront. Already standing, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is a new beacon of luxury in the renewed Menomonee Valley. Amidst all this exciting new development, Milwaukee shows pride in its roots; our downtown is dotted with revitalized historic buildings, reimagined as offices, hotels, coffee shops, performance spaces and more.
Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center is one of the most distinctive in the country. In addition to the first-class amenities available to every group, its halls are lined with a $1.2 million public art display that transforms an already spectacular convention facility into a vibrant and alluring museum. The diverse artwork represents the fascinating history, geography and culture of Wisconsin.
Milwaukee’s strong industrial ethos is still alive today in dedicated local business owners. Our downtown is filled with locally-owned restaurants, retailers and more. Your attendees are guaranteed a unique local experience when they come to the city, whether it’s sipping a locally-brewed IPA, getting a caffeine jolt with a cup from one of nine independent coffee roasters, dining at a restaurant with its own on-site garden or exploring the heritage of a one-of-a-kind Milwaukee company like Harley-Davidson.
Diversity & Neighborhoods
From its very beginnings, Milwaukee has proven itself to be a place where people with ethnic roots from all over the world come together to form a community of great cultural diversity. This multicultural population has flourished and grown over the years, influencing every facet of the city’s evolving personality and creating the “majority-minority” Milwaukee that exists today. Known as the “big city of little neighborhoods,” each of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods has its own distinct flair. Find artsy industrial cool in the revitalized warehouses of the Historic Third Ward, thriving German heritage on Old World Third Street, bohemian coffee shops and nightlife on Brady Street and more.
Milwaukee has the world-class meeting facilities and the diverse cultural arts scene. It has the attractions. It also has something other places don’t have: the people. Midwestern hospitality is alive and well in Milwaukee, where you’ll find that everyone from event staff to passers-by are friendly, welcoming and eager to help. This personal touch and heartfelt welcome make it an extraordinary place to visit, and one that will leave a positive impression on every attendee.
Walkability and Safety
Whether you want to sail the harbor, hoist a tankard in the Old German Beer Hall, gather with friends for a shopping spree on Brady Street or take in a world-class opera or ballet, you can achieve it all in downtown Milwaukee. Most of the finest attractions are within easy walking distance of each other and the convention center. Or take advantage of the convenient public transportation system that will help you see the sights and then some. Plus, Milwaukee’s downtown is kept safe and clean with help from the city’s Public Service Ambassadors.
Without a proper guide, the charms of a city may be lost to those who visit it. Not so in Milwaukee. Our award-winning convention services department is ready to help make your event unforgettable. The 200+ members of our volunteer corps exhibit an unbridled enthusiasm for the city and possess a wealth of knowledge about its attractions, hotels, restaurants and transportation. From bag stuffing to providing meet-and-greets at the airport, these experienced and enthusiastic professionals make every event special, helping you get the most out of your Milwaukee experience.