Note: This is Part 2 of exploring Milwaukee. Part 1 was run the Week of May 11.
It is hard to resist the urge to begin singing in your head, “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight. Schlemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.” the moment you arrive in Milwaukee. An entire generation’s first introduction to Milwaukee was with the classic sitcom “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Laverne & Shirley”. There is even a statue of The Fonz on the Milwaukee Riverwalk.
Fast forward from 1983 to 2015 and Milwaukee, like many fans of “Happy Days”, has grown up, grown out, and in some places, changed for the better. The lakefront now is the home of a number of museums, parks, festival grounds, and condo towers. Many near-downtown neighborhoods have seen mini-rebirths while keeping the charms that attracted people in the first place. While the city continues to lack modern mass transit options (a streetcar/light rail system is in the works), the city’s general compactness makes even cab rides to the massive casino, brewery tours, and ballgames relatively painless. With a number of hotels in and around downtown, a GLCTer should find one that perfect for a getaway.
So give in and have some fun:
“Give us any chance, we'll take it
Read us any rule, we'll break it
We're gonna make our dreams come true
Doin' it our way”
Go if you like:
-Breweries (and lots of them!)
-Minneapolis: 336 miles/5h 0m
-Davenport: 217 miles/3h 14 m
-Chicago: 92 miles/1h 39 m
-Indianapolis: 279 miles/4h 11 m
-Toledo: 336 miles/5h 23m
-Detroit: 382 miles/5h 34m
Also serviced by:
Air (General Mitchell International Airport)
Amtrak (Intermodal Station on the Empire Builder Line and Hiawatha Line)