Milwaukee is an exciting city that embraces its past as it changes for the future.
Milwaukee’s history has always been a story of growth and change. Originally founded by French missionaries and fur traders, the area was officially incorporated as Milwaukee in 1846. A wave of immigration, particularly German, then helped Milwaukee become the city it is today. It was also this German population that gave Milwaukee the reputation of being a “city of breweries.” Since then, Milwaukee has continued to grow, from a small outpost to one of the most vibrant cities in the United States.
The Milwaukee Riverwalk, a huge city project conceived in 1990 to reinvigorate the river front area, connects the Historic Third Ward to Caesar’s Park. The Riverwalk has brought new beauty to the area along with new restaurants, brewpubs and a Sculpture Park. But all of the above is just the beginning of the revitalization of downtown Milwaukee. New skyscrapers, condos, and lofts are continually being built along the waterfront.
Interested in art? Milwaukee is one of the most culturally rich cities in the Midwest. The new Art Museum, opened in 2001, has brought one of the most diverse art collections to the area along with one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the Midwest. The Pabst Theater, The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and many other cultural institutions make their homes in Downtown Milwaukee.
Sports have also played a role in the daily life of Milwaukeeans for a long time. The new Miller Park gives the Brewers the home they deserve and The Bucks continue to give NBA fans thrills at the Bradley Center. Milwaukee is home to many colleges and universities whose passionate fans anxiously follow their teams.
People sometimes forget that Milwaukee is also a college town. Marquette University and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee bring a youthful vitality to the community. Marquette is continually ranked as one of the best schools in the Midwest and its athletics attract crowds of students and fans from all over.
During the summer months, Milwaukee hosts a series of festivals -- so many in fact that the city is becoming known as the “Festival City.” Most notable is “Summerfest,” which brings musicians and bands from all over the world to perform by the lakefront. The festival draws hundreds of thousands to Milwaukee during the summer and is turning Milwaukee into a major tourist destination.
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