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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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
Milwaukee Art Museum
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Miller Brewing Company
Fiserv Forum and Deer District
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. mTotal meeting space10,219 sq. mGuest rooms 1 mi. from convention center2,200
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.