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Milwaukeeans: stand up and be proud. Cream City is home to notable sites that are world-renowned and well worth a visit.

By REBECCA KONYA
Photos by Dan Bishop

August 2013

1) Miller Park

The home of the Milwaukee Brewers is an impressive attraction with its red brick façade, arched windows and retractable roof. Baseball players and the Racing Sausages aren’t the only ones to have graced the field. President George W. Bush threw the first pitch on the park’s inaugural opening day on April 6, 2001. The next year, Miller Park hosted the All-Star Game, which ended in an unprecedented tie.







2) The Domes

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is a one-of-a-kind attraction with its trio of 85-foot glass domes that house a variety of plant collections. The tropical and arid domes showcase plant life specific to their environments, while the seasonal dome features rotating themes year-round. In 2008, the domes were crowned with halos of LEDs that change colors.

 

 


3) Pabst Brewery Complex

One of Milwaukee’s most recognizable landmarks, the former Pabst Brewery is now one of five LEED Platinum sustainable neighborhoods in the world. The late Joseph Zilber began redeveloping the historic complex in 2006. Today it’s a thriving community of residential apartments, retail stores, office space, educational facilities and the Brewhouse Inn & Suites, an extended-stay hotel.

 

4) Delta Center

While it’s undergone several name changes since it first opened in 1998, the Delta Center remains one of the key convention centers in the city. Few residents may know that the Delta Center, located in the heart of Milwaukee, is home to the $1.2 million Burke Family Collection of commissioned and integrated art.

 

 

 

5) Marcus Center for Performing Arts

Located in the center of Milwaukee’s downtown theater district, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts has hosted a variety of arts programming including the symphony, ballet, opera, theater and Broadway touring shows for more than 40 years. Last year the Marcus Center introduced LIVE at Peck Pavilion, a summer outdoor concert series hosted at the recently remodeled Peck Pavilion.

 

 

6) Pabst Theater

Often referred to as Milwaukee’s jewel box, the Pabst Theater hosts more than 200 music, dance and theater performances every year. Built in 1895 in the Baroque tradition, the theater underwent an extensive restoration completed in 2001. The updated venue now features a 4,000-square-foot lobby and pub, improved gallery seating, main and mezzanine lobby restorations and new elevators.

 

 

 

7) City Hall

Milwaukee City Hall is a local icon Milwaukee residents have identified with for more than 110 years. Built in 1895, the architectural treasure is characterized by ornately carved woodwork, leaded glass, stenciled ceilings and stained glass windows. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2005, the German Renaissance Revival-style building underwent a $70 million exterior restoration from 2006 to 2008.

 

 

 

 

8) Calatrava

The world took notice of the Milwaukee Art Museum after the 2001 completion of the Quadracci Pavilion, the sculptural, post-modern structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The building’s signature steel wings — the Burke Brise Soleil — form a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan. After falling in love with the museum addition, director Michael Bay featured it in several scenes of the 2011 blockbuster "Transformers 3."

 

9) Discovery World

The interactive science and technology museum on the lakefront offers hands-on fun exploring the worlds of science, technology and water. Lie on a bed of nails; interact with stingrays, sea urchins and sturgeons; or explore the Challenge, a life-size recreation of the 1852 schooner. Whatever piques your interest, adventure awaits.10) Third Ward

With its high concentration of art galleries, specialty stores, distinct restaurants and clothing boutiques, it’s no wonder the Historic Third Ward has been dubbed "Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District." Just three blocks south of downtown, the area’s historic warehouse setting only adds to the neighborhood’s ambiance. And who can pass up the Milwaukee Public Market, featuring 20 specialty food vendors?

 

 



11) Fifth Ward

Just across the Milwaukee River is another up-and-coming neighborhood — the Fifth Ward. Once primarily an industrial area, the Fifth Ward has transformed in recent years into a trendy district of warehouse lofts, watering holes and galleries. But even with its new hip rep, relaxing on the outdoor patio of a nearby Mexican restaurant remains a favorite pastime.

 

12) Harley-Davidson Museum

Even if you’re not a motorcycle enthusiast a trip to the Harley-Davidson Museum is in order. With its eye-catching exhibits and artifacts, the museum offers a truly unique perspective of American history and culture — as seen through the eyes of an iconic American company. Among the notable exhibits are "King Kong" (a 13-foot motorcycle) and a 1956 KH bike that belonged to Elvis Presley. M

 


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