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M IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:

BY JEANETTE HURT

July 2017

 

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, timescinema.com/avalon-theater

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 refreshments.

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.

 

Stats*

Population

28,300 (91 percent white, 15 percent Hispanic, 2 percent African-American, 2 percent Asian-American, 1 percent Native American)

*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.





 

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