2010: 594,833, #28 in U.S., #1 in Wisconsin

1950: 637,392, #13 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,555,908, #39 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 871,047, #16 in U.S.


Milwaukee is on the western shore of Lake Michigan, at the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menomenee, and Kinnickinnic rivers. It was first settled in 1818 and was incorporated as a city in 1846. Today, the city has a downtown RiverWalk, as well as parks and museums along the lakefront. Marquette University is just west of downtown.


Tallest building: U.S. Bank Center, 601 feet (1973)

List of tallest buildings

The Historic Third Ward is a restored warehouse district on the south side of downtown.


The Shops of Grand Avenue (1982), an indoor mall, closed in 2018. The area is being redeveloped as The Avenue, with a food hall.


Amtrak's Empire Builder has service from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (1965) going south to Chicago and west to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Seattle and Portland. Amtrak's Hiawatha Service provides additional service between Milwaukee and Chicago.

The 2-mile streetcar called The Hop opened downtown in 2018.

Downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan


The Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World are on the downtown waterfront. The Milwaukee Public Museum and the Betty Brinn Children's Museum are also downtown.


Downtown Milwaukee has no first-run movie theaters. The Riverside Theater (1928) and Pabst Theater (1895) have concerts and other events.

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (1969) hosts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine Opera, and touring Broadway shows. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Skylight Music Theatre are also downtown.


The Milwaukee Brewers of the National League play at Miller Park (2001), west of downtown. The NBA Milwaukee Bucks and the American Hockey League Milwaukee Admirals played at the Bradley Center (1988) until moving to the new Fiserv Forum in 2018.

Map of Downtown Milwaukee

Convention and Visitors Bureau