Illustration by STEPHANIE STEINHAUER
This tree-lined, walkable
neighborhood with expansive views of Lake Michigan appeals to lots
of folks. Dog lovers adore the new Bay View Dog Park on Bay Street;
families love the parks and play areas (especially Humboldt Park and
South Shore Park); and bikers and hikers love the Oak Leaf Trail’s
stretch along the lake. And some of the city’s most inventive
restaurants and bars make their home here too.
See & Do
Restored to its original Roaring ’20s luster, the
Mediterranean Revival-styled Avalon Theater, which opened in
1929, boasts thousands of twinkling lights on the ceiling and
features modern amenities, such as reclining chairs and a full
kitchen and bar. It’s a great place to catch first-run flicks and
escape the summer’s heat. 2473 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-6678,
Pack a cooler, grab a blanket, and then take the
kiddies and/or the doggies for a night on the town, er, park, at
Chill on the Hill, every Tuesday night through August. This free
weekly concert series at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., is
sponsored by the very active Bay View Neighborhood Association,
bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill. If you forgot your
picnic, visit one of the food trucks or Milwaukee’s Craft Beer
Garden at Humboldt Park, run by St. Francis Brewery, to pick up
Through mid-October, enjoy music and a breakfast
treat as you shop the stalls Saturday mornings at the South Shore
Farmers Market at South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive,
southshorefarmersmarket.com. Dogs are welcome at the market too.
Afterward, grab lunch and/or a brewski at the expanded South Shore
Terrace kitchen and beer garden, southshoreterrace.com, or take a
stroll along the nearby Oak Leaf Trail.
Eat & Drink
Yes, Goodkind is farm to fork, but it’s also
farm to glass, as co-owner/mixologist Katie Rose mixes up some of
the most creative cocktails in the city using kitchen ingredients.
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706, good kindbayview.com.
Bay View’s beloved Odd Duck, 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414)
763-5881, odd duckrestaurant.com, masters the art of vegan and
vegetarian fare, so it’s no surprise that owners Melissa Buchholz
and Ross Bachhuber opened the very vegetarian-friendly, modern
Mediterranean Hello Falafel, practically across the street at
2301 S. Howell Ave., (414) 509-5924, hellofalafelmke.com.
One of the newest restaurants on the block,
Kindred on KK boasts both a trendy interior and a well-dressed
patio — with a gorgeous fire pit to boot. You’d never realize the
building’s swanky digs once housed a skeezy take-out restaurant.
2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 446-3640, kindredonkk.com
Sip a sample before you choose a cocktail on tap at
Vanguard, 2659 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 539-3593,
vanguardbar.com. Then pair it with a seasonal sausage, or just order
a basket of some of the best fries in town.
With nearly half a dozen cafés, coffee lovers have
their choice of java fixes, but there’s only one place that does
both coffee and pizza, as Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
installed an Italian pizza oven in its Bay View digs when the
roasting operations were moved to Walker’s Point. 2920 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 489-0765, anodynecoffee.com.
28,300 (91 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic, 2 percent
African-American, 2 percent Asian-American, 1 percent Native
*Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau
Did You Know?
Bay View feels like a small town because it once was
a small town. The Milwaukee Iron Company opened a plant in Bay View
in 1868, and the area was established as a company town,
incorporating as a village in 1879. But by 1887, the 4,000-odd
residents voted to be annexed by Milwaukee.