VISIT Milwaukee

Convention Center62,010 sq. m
Guest Rooms17,518
Guest Rooms at 1 Hotel721 Guest Rooms
Special Event Venues44
Average Room Rate$141.41
Daily Food Cost$65.08
Occupancy Rate64.3%
Tax Rate5.6%

VISIT Milwaukee


Why Choose Our Destination?

Located on Lake Michigan just 90 miles north of Chicago, Milwaukee combines natural beauty, outstanding hotels and facilities, and world-class attractions with a cool, urban vibe all its own. Soaring modern architecture meets lovingly preserved historical façades, and a scenic RiverWalk connects colorful, walk-around neighborhoods. Hotel options, from flagship to independently owned boutique hotels, offer more than 5,200 hotel rooms within a mile of the Wisconsin Center. Add an airport just eight miles from downtown and a location within a day’s drive of 1/3 of the U.S. population, and Milwaukee is an ideal Midwest meetings destination. Experience the incomparable ease of meetings at the Wisconsin Center campus with its three venues – the Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theatre and UWM Panther Arena - providing flexibility and value. Connected to the convention center via short skywalks for your convenience, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, and SpringHill Suites total 1,360 rooms, all within short distance of more than 150 restaurants and entertainment options. Excitement is mounting as construction progresses on the new $500 million Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center, new home of the Milwaukee Bucks, just blocks from the Wisconsin Center, set to open in 2018. Also in 2018, the first phase of a new streetcar system linking downtown attractions will transform the cityscape in the next five years. Unleash your inner rebel at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, where indoor and outdoor spaces accommodate events of all sizes. Spectacular views of Lake Michigan are guaranteed at events in the breathtaking Milwaukee Art Museum and at adjacent Discovery World. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino adds to the mix with gaming, acclaimed restaurants and impressive meeting space. And nothing serves up more fun and value-added to summer conventions than non-stop music and ethnic festivals at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park on Lake Michigan in the Third Ward. Stroll the scenic RiverWalk that leads to the bustling Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward, a converted warehouse district now home to restaurants, pubs, boutiques, galleries and a theater complex. Don’t forget a thumbs-up photo op with the riverside “Bronze Fonz” statue on your way to Old World Third Street, where Milwaukee’s German heritage is celebrated at legendary Mader’s restaurant and in specialty cheese, sausage and spice shops. Embracing its history and with its own unique personality, Milwaukee’s indie spirit earns national kudos for its lack of chain restaurants, numerous James Beard-recognized chefs, the emerging culinary scene in Walker’s Point, and the fun of neighborhood food tours. Milwaukee’s beer brewing culture thrives today more than ever, with entertaining tours at iconic Miller Brewing, as well as the popular Lakefront Brewery, and more than 20 local micro-breweries offering the best in modern craft beers. A true “water city” location on Lake Michigan and at the intersection of three rivers sets the stage for urban adventure. Milwaukee’s green, 90-acre lakefront provides ample opportunities for beach sports, running, and biking. Exploring downtown rivers by kayak or canoe is a great way to check out a different urban perspective and the more than twelve bridges that span the river downtown. Add in spectacular Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, excursion boats and a lively arts and cultural scene, and Milwaukee is a destination with an unexpected “wow” factor. You’ll find an undeniable energy in fun, urban-easy Milwaukee!

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Distance from Airport

  • General Mitchell International Airport

    12.87 km from City Center


Local Attractions

Colectivo on the Lake

Located across from the McKinley Marina on Lake Michigan, the historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station is now home to Colectivo on the Lake. Built in 1888 in the city’s signature “cream city brick”, Colectivo is a locally-owned coffee roaster featuring freshly brewed coffee, espresso-based beverages and bakery items, along with deli sandwiches, soups and salads. This is the place to see and be seen – a trendy café with lovely patio area and Thursday night free outdoor concerts during the summertime.
1701 N Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Milwaukee, WI, US 53202


The revitalization of the Historic Third Ward, a turn-of-the-century warehouse and manufacturing district, has earned it comparisons to New York’s trendy SoHo neighborhood. Home to the Milwaukee Public Market and a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, the Third Ward also contains the city’s highest concentration of art galleries, as well as theaters, exclusive boutiques, specialty stores and antique shops. Riverfront pubs and restaurants line the RiverWalk in the Third Ward. The RiverWalk connects the Historic Third Ward to Old World Third Street, where Milwaukee’s German heritage is celebrated in the detailed 19th-century facades of buildings lining this cobblestone street. Shopping at Wisconsin Cheese Mart, the legendary Usinger’s Sausage, and The Spice House is a feast for all senses. And a visit would not be complete without a stop at Mader’s, where famous German dishes have satisfied hungry patrons for more than 100 years.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum

Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan on Milwaukee's east side, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was designed and built in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa by architect David Adler in 1923. The museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, newly refurbished formal Italianate gardens descending a bluff to the lake, a charming courtyard and changing exhibitions. Villa Terrace provides a classy, historic atmosphere with a Mediterranean flair for receptions and functions of up to 150.
2220 N Terrace Ave
Milwaukee, WI, US 53202

Milwaukee for Foodies

Foodies rejoice! You can travel the globe by way of your palate without ever leaving Milwaukee! From ethnic specialties to farm-to-table food to James Beard award winners, you’ll find a way to indulge your passion for amazing flavor, local ingredients and culinary creativity. EMERGING WALKER’S POINT The New York Times has called the Walker’s Point neighborhood just south of the Historic Third Ward "the city's go-to district for innovative artisanal food..” In recent years, this former industrial neighborhood has embraced a major influx of new restaurants and food and beverage production businesses such as Clock Shadow Creamery, Purple Door Ice Cream and Indulgence Chocolatier. BEST CHEF MIDWEST Justin Aprahamian, chef/owner of Sanford restaurant, was voted the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Midwest” in 2014. Semi-finalists since then: David Swanson, chef/owner of Braise, Justin Carlyle, chef/owner of Ardent, and Peggy Magister, chef/owner of Crazy Water. THE FOODIES Multiple James Beard-nominated Sanford Restaurant invites you to its European style elegant, 50-seat storefront restaurant with a daily changing seasonal menu and personalized wine list. Fodor’s named Braise restaurant as one its Top Ten Roof-to-Table restaurants for 2014. On Milwaukee’s East Side, Ardent was named one of Conde Nast’s 15 Best New Restaurants and was a 2014 James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant. Morel explores natural flavors, colors and textures from local farms, purveyors, foragers and artisans. Wolf Peach pays homage to Rustic European cuisine that draws inspiration from local and regional ingredients and features a 6,000 pound wood-fired oven. Located on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in beautiful Lake Park, Lake Park Bistro is Milwaukee's premier French restaurant, offering rustic French cuisine in a bustling bistro setting. Milwaukee foodie favorite Odd Duck serves an ever-changing small plate and shareable menu inspired by local ingredients. MILWAUKEE CLASSICS Guests sit dockside at Harbor House, the only restaurant located directly on the Lake Michigan shoreline, where some of the best seafood in the city is on offer. Wine and dine in upscale elegance at Bacchus or enjoy the culinary expertise at Mason Street Grill in the Pfister Hotel. For steak, book a table at Carnevor, one of Wisconsin’s most acclaimed fine dining destinations and Dream Dance Steak, located in the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

Grohmann Museum

One of the most unique museums in the city, the fascinating Grohmann Museum houses the 800 European and American paintings and sculptures (17-20th c.) in the Man at Work Art Collection, the world's most comprehensive collection documenting the evolution of organized work. The works depict various forms of work, from manpower to horsepower, to water/steam/electrical power. The collection was donated to MSOE in 2001 by Milwaukee businessman and collector Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, a native of Germany. With its three floors of galleries and 10,000 sq. ft rooftop sculpture garden, the museum is a sought after venue for memorable off-site events.
1000 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI, US 53202

Lakefront Brewery

Dating all the way back to the late 1800s, the Friday night fish fry is a beloved Milwaukee institution. Extremely popular among the locals, some form of Friday night fish fry is served in just about every restaurant in Milwaukee including the Lakefront Brewery. With the sounds of the Brew House Polka Kings filling the air, diners can partake in this much-loved Friday night tradition and enjoy favorites such as beer battered Cod and breaded Perch accompanied by potato pancakes, French fries, coleslaw, rye bread and cold beer. For an added taste of Milwaukee after dinner, visitors can take the popular Lakefront Brewery Tour, named by Trip Advisor in the top 4 brewery tours in the country.
1872 N. Commerce St
Milwaukee, WI, US 53212


No trip to the city would be complete without a taste of Old Milwaukee from the award-winning Mader’s Restaurant. A Milwaukee institution since 1902, Mader’s Restaurant serves up home-cooked traditional German fare in a welcoming Old World atmosphere adorned with suits of medieval armor, antiques dating back to the 14th century, and an impressive $3 million collection of artwork. Guests can view photos of the many famous individuals that have dined at Mader’s over the years including John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. Menu favorites include traditional staples such as wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, bratwurst, and sauerkraut. Mader’s can accommodate group functions for up to 330 guests for a sit-down dinner and 600 guests for a cocktail reception.
1041 N Old World 3rd St
Milwaukee, WI, US 53203

Summerfest and the Ethnic Festivals

Milwaukee’s line-up of ethnic and music festivals has the city dancing on tabletops all summer long. Known as the “City of Festivals,” Milwaukee lives up to its name with ten fun-filled festivals in downtown parks and at the 75-acre lakeside Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, rocks the city for eleven days in June/July with headline acts, country, rock, indie bands and entertainment for kids. Among the more than 800 musicians performing on eleven permanent outdoor stages are mainstage performances at the Marcus Amphitheater like Toby Keith, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Peter Gabriel, Pink, and the Black Keys. See the world without a passport at Milwaukee’s ethnic festivals, where everything from pierogis to gondola rides and lederhosen to Irish dancers are on tap at Polish Fest, Festa Italiana, German Fest and Irish Fest, the largest festivals of their kind in the nation. Colorful costumed singers and dancers, ethnic cuisine, bands, cultural villages, fireworks and shopping make the beautifully landscaped festival park on Lake Michigan the place to be for these festivals, as well as Mexican Fiesta and Indian Summer.

Convention Centers

  • Wisconsin Center

    Opened in 1998, the Wisconsin Center has 188,695 square feet of contiguous, state-of-the-art exhibit space and a 37,506 square foot ballroom with capacity for 3,150 diners and ample utilities.

    • Exhibit Space> 10,000 sq. m
      Total Meeting Space> 10,000 sq. m


Additional Information

Have you heard the buzz? From arts to food to affordability, everyone is talking about Milwaukee. But don’t take our word for it, check out these national rankings from 2016-17 – Milwaukee just might surprise you. Milwaukee as one of six Cities to Watch in 2017? Conde Nast Travel thinks so, citing,”Its ecologically diverse location makes it a hotbed of locavore cuisine, and a spate of award-winning restaurants have helped the city shed its beer-and-cheese reputation.” agrees, including Milwaukee on a list of America’s Most Underrated Food Cities, giving a nod to three-time James Beard-nominated Justin Carlisle and his restaurant Ardent, along with Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, a classic since 1936. Local online news site OnMilwaukee announced Milwaukee’s 4 semi-finalists for James Beard awards in 2017. Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach made Travel Channel’s Best City Beaches in 2017, while Summerfest, the largest outdoor music festival in the world, made Travel Pulse’s 5 Amazing Summer Music Festivals Worth Planning for Now. Thrillist even includes Milwaukee on its 2017 list of Underappreciated American cities you should totally move to! In 2016, Lonely Planet recognized Milwaukee as one of the Best in the US – our most unexpectedly exciting places to see in the United States in 2016, and Sherman’s Travel cited Milwaukee as one of 5 Cities with Newly Revitalized, On-the-Rise neighborhoods. Milwaukee even landed on Vogue’s 5 Industrial Cities Making America’s Rust Belt Shine Again in 2016. Along with too many craft beer awards to mention, Milwaukee also has a love affair with its Bloody Marys, which was recognized by USA Today on a list of 10 Best Bloody Marys to start the New Year. Milwaukee also wins kudos for arts, major attractions and summer festivals. USA Today has ranked the trendy Historic Third Ward as one of the 10 Best City Art Districts Around the USA. It’s even fun to fly into Milwaukee as General Mitchell International Airport was included on a list of airports with Best Airport Food in the World by Conde Nast Traveler in 2014. The airport’s Renaissance Book Shop has also been named by USA Today as one of the 10 Best Independent Bookstores. And where else can you play ping pong in the waiting area of an airport and put your shoes back on in the “Recombobulation Area?” You guessed it –in Milwaukee.


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