The little city known as Milwaukee is gaining a lot of attention, and for good reason. We have all of the Midwestern charm you need, while still getting that big city feel, and there’s always something going on. Everyone that lives here already knows that it’s the absolute best place to live, but if you didn’t know, here are 17 great reasons:
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1. We take food seriously.
Milwaukeeans are quite the foodies. Most get togethers revolve around food, and our little city is full of the most mouthwatering food you can find. You'll never go hungry here.
2. Our arts culture is out of this world.
Our city is art, just look at our Art Museum, but it's also full of artists, and we all support each other. There's no shortage of art fairs, galleries, and street art here, and we're always welcoming more! We have beautiful murals going up all around the city, constantly giving it new life. Whether you're a painter, crafter, or anything in between, there's a place for you here.
3. Oh yeah, the lake is pretty great, too.
Living next to a Great Lake is a luxury you won't get used to. Home of Lake Michigan, we get that coastal feel without having to go very far from our Midwest comfort.
4. You still get the small town feel in a big city.
Speaking of Midwest comfort, we never run short of it. Milwaukee is full of small businesses run by people with big hearts. No matter where you go, you'll find homemade sausage, cheese, and everything in between. It's easy to get lost in the bustle of the city, but you're still in Wisconsin, and it's hard to not feel at home.
5. Culture is everything!
We're not short of diversity here. Milwaukee often gets a bad rep for being segregated, but we're always trying to come together and embrace each other's cultures. Whether you're learning to polka, attending a fiesta, or chowing down on some soul food, you don't have to go far to experience something new.
6. We even have entire festivals to celebrate culture, and that means fireworks!
Milwaukee is known as the City of Festivals. Most people know that we are home to Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world, but we also have festivals nearly every weekend in the summer. From Festa Italiana, to German Fest and Indian Summer, festivals are never-ending. One of the best parts? Almost all of them end the night with a firework show.
7. Our parks are never-ending, and they're pretty amazing.
Wisconsin is full of state parks, but Milwaukee surprisingly is full of them. You don't have to go far to kick back and enjoy the outdoors.
8. The city itself is absolutely stunning.
Our skyline and architecture alone will make you fall in love. This is one city that's easy on the eyes.
9. If you like bikes, we're home of Harley-Davidson.
The soundtrack to the summer is often the sweet sound of motorcycles around here. The popular American motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, was founded in our city in 1903, and you can learn all about it at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
10. Our music scene is hard to beat.
Not only do we host the largest musical festival in the world, we also host countless incredible local artists every night. Whatever genre you might be feeling today, have no fear, you'll find it here.
11. And if you need a pick-me-up after that late-night concert, our coffee scene is astounding.
Rapidly competing with coffee cities like Seattle, Milwaukee ranks high up there. We have multiple local roasters, and you can almost guarantee that you'll find an outstanding cup of joe wherever you go.
12. We've got more beer than we know what to do with.
It's true, we are called "Brew City" for a reason. Home to big name breweries like Miller and Pabst, it's not uncommon to find $1 domestic beers at your local pub. What many people don't know is that we are also home to many local craft breweries, so you'll never get bored with the same old beer.
13. There's always a brewery tour to be taken.
Besides bars, we have quite a few breweries. Whether it's a brewery, brewpub, or microbrewery, there's always a tour to be discovered, big or small.
14. Speaking of brews, the Brew Crew lives here.
And we support them no matter what. Not only are we home to a team as great as the Milwaukee Brewers, we also have a pretty sweet stadium that has a moveable roof so you can enjoy some baseball no matter the weather.
15. If you haven't figured it out yet, we party harder than anyone else.
Here in Wisconsin we are spoiled, and especially in Milwaukee. Any night of the week you can go out and find friendly people partying on nearly any corner in the city, and that's because there's a bar on every corner. Seriously, you can find a bar anywhere. It's always a party in Milwaukee, in the best possible way.
16. It’s completely reasonable to live here.
Awesome culture aside, you won't go broke living here. We have an amazing public transportation system, and a reasonable cost of living.
17. Hands down, the people will steal your heart.
You'll never experience a city quite like Milwaukee, and it's because of the people. The people here are second-to-none. Everyone is always willing to lend a hand, a smile, a thought. There are a lot of great places to live in the U.S., but none will make you feel at home quite like the people of Milwaukee.
What do you think makes Milwaukee stand out above the rest? Let us know in the comments!