7 Enticing Reasons to Visit Milwaukee in 2017

01 of 07

Art Shows

Milwaukee Art Museum

The most popular art show in Milwaukee in 2017 will no doubt be a retrospective of the late architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work (“Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie”). It’s showing at the Milwaukee Art Museum from July 28-Oct. 15. In town in June? The museum’s annual “Lakefront Festival of the Arts” is on the museum’s grounds—and showcases the works of artists from around the U.S., including furniture, photography, paintings, sculptures, woodworking, jewelry and wearable art. If you haven't been to Milwaukee within the last two years then you are in for a treat as in November of 2015 the museum unveiled its $34 million expansion and renovation six years in the making.

The Historic Third Ward's quarterly Gallery Night and Day--held the third Friday night and Saturday day of the month in January, April, July and October--is a great opportunity to discover lesser-known but up-and-coming artists. Participating galleries are listed at this link.

02 of 07

New Restaurants

The Farmers Wife

The last few months of 2016 introduced a new crop of restaurants, including Bodegón at Hotel Madrid (Spanish concept in Walker’s Point), Bumstead Provisions (grocery-store-and-deli-meets-restaurant in Bay View), Crave Café (burger joint in Shorewood), FreshFin Poké (poké on the East Side), MOXIE and The Farmer’s Wife (farm-to-fork eatery in West Allis).

Expected to welcome diners in 2017 are Kindred (inside the also-new Kinn hotel in Bay View), Maison (French cuisine in Washington Heights), a second location for Daddy’s On Holton (soul food in the Harambee neighborhood), Habanero’s Mexican Kitchen (Mexican in Oak Creek) and Jose’s Blue Sombrero (Mexican in downtown Wauwatosa).

03 of 07

New Hotels

Whit Preston

On the heels of The Journeyman Hotel's highly anticipated opening in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, and the city’s first SpringHill Suites by Marriott Milwaukee Downtown, the state’s first Westin debuts downtown. Expected opening date for The Westin Milwaukee (next to the U.S. Bank Building at 550 N. Van Buren St.) is in August and there will be an Italian-themed restaurant plus 200 rooms. 

04 of 07


Visit Milwaukee

As the world’s largest music festival, Henry Maier Festival Park in downtown Milwaukee along Lake Michigan is where Summerfest is held from June 28-July 9, 2017. The year 2017 is actually the fest’s 50th anniversary. Already announced acts include Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink. Admission is $18 per day, or a higher rate to see a major act in the Marcus Amphitheatre (with the $18 admission fee included). 

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05 of 07

New look and concessions at Miller Park

Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers’ home field is at Miller Park, about 10 minutes west of downtown Milwaukee. Already announced are total revamps—to the tune of $20 million—to not only the architectural design but also the stadium’s food and beverage options, which will result in 11 new venues to nosh and drink. Included in the line-up are satellite eateries from Hospitality Democracy (Holey Moley Doughnuts, Smoke Shack and AJ Bombers). Also new: “Local Brews,” a full-service bar devoted to showcasing Wisconsin craft beers via 30 taps.

06 of 07

U.S. Open

Erin Hills

For the first time, the U.S. Open Championship is coming to Wisconsin, at Erin Hills in Erin, which is 45 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, from June 12-18, 2017. If you’re a golf fan, you’ll want to score tickets (visit this link) to see your golf heroes. 

07 of 07

Wisconsin State Fair

Andrew Kroening / Wisconsin State Fair

It's not surprising that the Dairy State's annual state fair (the Wisconsin State Fair is held in August of each year in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis) is one of the country's top state fairs. There are many reasons why: first, the dairy industry here is very vibrant; and secondly, farming and 4-H programs are a way of life in many communities outside of Milwaukee. Whether you like to zip down the tall slide, partake in carnival rides, view animals in various buildings (there's even a sheep-shearing show and goat races) or sample all the deep-fried food, it's easy to fill a day. And, of course, don't forget to try the wildly popular cream puffs, the cream so light and fluffy you'll never forget it.

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