Milwaukee

Population

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.

Setting

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.

Buildings

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

Number of buildings over 350 feet: 8

Number of buildings over 150 feet: 85

List of tallest buildings

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

Stores

The Shops of Grand Avenue (1982), an indoor mall, has a Boston Store (a Milwaukee-based department store) and a TJ Maxx.

Trains

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.



Downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan

Museums

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.

Theaters

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.

Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers of the National League play at Miller Park (2001), west of downtown. The NBA Milwaukee Bucks, the American Hockey League Milwaukee Admirals, and the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League play at the Bradley Center (1988).

Map of Downtown Milwaukee

Convention and Visitors Bureau