In its 50+ year history, Summerfest has hosted a variety of well-known artists, including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Metallica, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Chesney, Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and Dave Matthews Band.
Downtown Milwaukee consists of two neighborhoods which sit across the Milwaukee River from each other. Juneautown (or Eastown, map), between the lake and the river, is the financial heart of the city, as well as the place where Milwaukee was born.
Across the river, Kilbourntown (or Westown, map) serves as the city’s entertainment center. Many of the city’s hotels are here as well, as are some excellent restaurants and clubs.
Breweries are integral to Milwaukee’s image. Although the number of large scale operations has dwindled in the last decade, the nickname “the Brew City” still rings true, and microbreweries are booming.
Pabst Mansion (map). In 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst, world famous beer baron, accomplished sea captain, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was completed. From the day the house was inhabited, it was considered the jewel of Milwaukee’s famous avenue of mansions called Grand Avenue and represented the epitome of America’s Gilded Age Splendor in Milwaukee.
Basilica of St. Josaphat (map). On the city’s south side, it was built by the city’s Polish community from the dismantled materials of the Old Chicago Customs House and Post Office. Each block was carefully measured and numbered for a best fit in the new design so that hardly any stone was re-cut or went to waste.
Harley-Davidson Museum (map). Walk through a variety of exhibits that tell the stories of the extraordinary people, products, history and culture of Harley-Davidson. In addition to the fantastic motorcycle collection, stories are told through a variety of media – including photographs, videos, apparel, rare documents and other fascinating artifacts.