VISIT Milwaukee

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Hotels130
Convention center27,895 sq. m
Guest Rooms17,791
Guest rooms at 1 hotel721 guest rooms
Special event venues44
Average room rate$114.83
Restaurants250
Daily food cost$65.08
Occupancy rate65%
Tax rate5.6%

VISIT Milwaukee

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Why Milwaukee?

Searching for something beyond your typical meeting agenda? Well set your sights on an authentic Milwaukee experience. Our city was founded on rich history, natural assets, and a distinctive culture. And we’ve been building on that foundation ever since. Our buildings are a bit taller, and we’ve innovated and changed with the times. But our character and identity remain preserved, which translates into our own wonderfully random blend of fun and value for your next event. Planners love our convention center, and that’s probably because it was designed by them. The Wisconsin Center was built using meeting planners’ input, making for a versatile, functional, and stylish space...189,000 square feet of exhibit space to be exact. The center is connected by skywalk to more than 1,300 hotel rooms at the Hilton Milwaukee, the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, and the SpringHill Suites Milwaukee Downtown Marriott. Only three blocks away from the Intermodal Station – which has a Bublr Bikes bike-share station and streetcar stop directly outside the entrance – the Wisconsin Center is easily accessible to attendees, regardless of where they're arriving from. In addition to the Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee’s convention campus features the Miller High Life Theatre and the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. This powerful trio of facilities allows you flexibility and a wealth of options when planning your event. Plus, the Wisconsin Center District is located right in the center of downtown Milwaukee. Your attendees will love being in the heart of the city and within walking distance of top attractions, dining, and nightlife. Just blocks from the convention hotels along lively Old World Third Street, you can try an iconic brat-and-a-beer at a German-style pub or restaurant, buy some great Wisconsin artisanal cheese, or get your team together for “pong action” at a table tennis bar/restaurant. Go one block west to Vel R. Philips Avenue and you’ll find yourself standing in front of Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks. More than an arena, this is the city’s hub for sports, recreation, and entertainment. State-of-the art facilities, panoramic views, premium seating, eclectic food and beverage options, and more await visitors. The surrounding Deer District keeps fans cheering before and after events with tenants like Good City Brewing, Drink Wisconsinbly, Punch Bowl Social, and MECCA Sports Bar and Grill. And don’t forget to stop in Milwaukee’s living room, Deer District’s The Beer Garden. Want more event space? Head on over to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Our unique history as the home base of Harley is embodied in this museum, offering a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience, and drawing motorcycle enthusiasts and visitors from all over the world. Whether you’re taking a meeting break at the museum restaurant or taking advantage of the amazing event spaces on the museum’s campus, the Harley-Davidson Museum is guaranteed to give your attendees Milwaukee-style fun, dancing, iconic foods, and, of course, locally brewed beer and soda. And the venue options do not stop there. The flying Milwaukee Art Museum on the water, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, the Discovery World science museum, historic mansions, sailing vessels, and much more await innovative planners hosting an event in Milwaukee.

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Getting Here

Located just 90 minutes north of Chicago and within a day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population. Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is just eight miles from downtown offering non-stop flights from over 45 cities and one-stop flights from 160 cities. Nine airlines service Milwaukee Mitchell International. Milwaukee Intermodal Station offers Amtrak departures to Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Greyhound, Megabus, and Coach USA also serve the station. Lake Express Ferry is an auto/passenger vessel linking Milwaukee with Muskegon in a two-hour ride that is more direct than driving south around Lake Michigan.

Distance from airport

  • Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

    12.87 km from city center

Nearby


Local Attractions

Milwaukee Art Museum

Museum
Iconic building meets stunning collection. Watch the Burke Brise Soleil (the “wings”) of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion open at 10 a.m., flap at noon, and close with the museum at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. on Thursday). Four floors of over 40 galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the Museum’s far-reaching collection. The newly renovated galleries display more than 2,500 pieces of art, including one of the largest collections of work by Georgia O’Keefe, and a quarterly-changing featured exhibition.
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI, US 53202

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Nightlife
Wisconsin’s number one tourist destination is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, located right in downtown Milwaukee. Find all of your nightlife needs under one roof, with seven on-site restaurants, entertainment in the stylish Northern Lights Theater, and, of course, top-notch gaming.
1721 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI, US 53233

Harley-Davidson Museum

Museum
Located on a 20-acre campus in downtown Milwaukee, the Harley-Davidson Museum brings a taste of rebellion and classic American culture to both the “wild” and “mild” with interactive exhibits. This museum is the only Harley-Davidson Museum in the world, and whether you’re a devoted biker or just interested in learning more about an American institution, you’ll find plenty to explore.
400 W. Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI, US 53201

Miller Brewing Company

Historical landmark
The Miller Visitor Center offers you an indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of Miller Valley, home to over 155 years of brewing history. Experience everything from Fredrick Miller's arrival in Milwaukee to the high-speed production lines used today. Your tour seamlessly blends the rich history of Miller Brewing Co. with the modern technology of today's brewing process. Oh, and beer samples, of course.
4251 W. State Street
Milwaukee, WI, US 53208

Fiserv Forum and Deer District

Business district
Deer District is the city’s new hub for sports, recreation, and entertainment. State-of-the art facilities, panoramic views, premium seating, eclectic food and beverage options, and more await visitors to the Fiserv Forum arena. The surrounding Deer District keeps fans cheering before and after events with tenants like Good City Brewing, Drink Wisconsinbly, Punch Bowl Social, and MECCA Sports Bar and Grill. And don’t forget to stop in Milwaukee’s living room, Deer District’s The Beer Garden.
1111 Vel R. Phillips Avenue
Milwaukee, WI, US 53203

Pabst Mansion

Museum
Built in 1892, The Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion is the only fully-restored beer baron’s home in America. This showplace was the gathering place of Milwaukee’s privileged elite and it’s easy to imagine yourself as a guest at one of the Captain’s legendary private parties. From the stunning woodwork of the grand master staircase to the sparkling crystal chandelier in the dining room, the elegant interiors are a testament to the wealth and power of the Pabst family.
2000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI, US 53233

Milwaukee RiverWalk

Recreation
The Milwaukee RiverWalk winds through the heart of the city, tying together three distinct riverfront neighborhoods – the Historic Third Ward, Downtown, and Brewer's Hill – and bringing you to the doorstep of some of the city’s best restaurants, brewpubs, shops, and nightlife.

Lakefront Brewery

Nightlife
At Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall, we pride ourselves in homemade recipes that use the finest ingredients from local entrepreneurs to offer you a genuine taste and experience of Milwaukee. We took over ownership of the restaurant in the Winter of 2013. Our daily menu, featuring our award-winning cheese curds, is served every day through counter-service. On Fridays the kitchen closes at 3 p.m. and opens back up at 4 p.m. for our famous Fish Fry that seats until 9 p.m. and is a full service restaurant.
1872 N. Commerce St
Milwaukee, WI, US 53212

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 Space17,559 sq. m
      Total meeting space10,219 sq. m
      Guest rooms 1 mi. from convention center2,200

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So, what else is brewing in Milwaukee? Funny you should ask. As the city that beer built, brewing happens to be our specialty. The spirit of Milwaukee’s first brewers – Miller, Pabst, Schlitz, and Blatz – lives on in local micro-breweries like Pabst Milwaukee Brewery and Taproom, Third Space Brewing, Milwaukee Brewing Company, and Lakefront Brewery. Plus, the beer hall culture of the old breweries carries into the present with a full line-up of festivals and free outdoor concerts. If you’d like a little food with your beer, you won’t find chain restaurants with a coast-to-coast personality in Milwaukee. Our astounding restaurant scene is dominated by creative and collaborative entrepreneurs – several James Beard-recognized chefs – with their own distinct take on local flavor and cuisine. Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro is considered one of the best French restaurants in the Midwest. Ardent, a Milwaukee-favorite for fine dining, takes its inspiration from the cooking traditions of the Great Lakes. Want to work off some of that food and beer? We’ve made our Lake Michigan shoreline even better by improving this green, coastal parkland with a network of trails ideal for running and biking. New investment into expansive Bradford Beach has built on this natural asset and made it a go-to beach volleyball venue, perfect for team-building. A three-mile RiverWalk along a river busy with boats and kayaks connects revitalized and thriving neighborhoods like foodie paradise Walkers Point, the SoHo-style Historic Third Ward, and historic beerline neighborhood Brewer’s Hill. You’ll also meet Gertie the Duck and the Bronze Fonz on your RiverWalk travels. If you want more reasons to choose Milwaukee, just talk to us. We’re famous for chatting up visitors, making them feel at home, and inviting them to join in the fun. And we’ll tell you how we’re naturally a thrifty bunch and refuse to pay big-city prices. Does Milwaukee have a great, value-driven convention and hotel package, all within a safe, walkable downtown, and an airport only eight miles from the city center? Yes, but you’ll also find plenty of real Milwaukee fun and personality to make your event here the one your attendees will go home talking about.