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
Colectivo on the Lake
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Milwaukee for Foodies
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. mTotal Meeting Space> 10,000 sq. m
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.” TastingTable.com 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.