Milwaukee looks ahead to striking changes to its cityscape in the next five years. Cranes mark the Milwaukee skyline as $2 billion in new investment is fueling construction of new hotels, office buildings, a future street car system and infrastructure improvements.
In 2016, Milwaukee’s trendy Historic Third Ward welcomed the opening of its first hotel, the 158-room Kimpton Journeyman, with expansive rooftop bar/lounge. Currently under construction and with stunning views of Lake Michigan, the 220-room Westin Milwaukee is scheduled to open in July 2017. The 155-room SpringHill Suites Milwaukee, conveniently connected to the Wisconsin Center convention complex by skywalk, also opened its doors in 2016.
Scheduled for completion in 2018, a $500 million downtown sports and entertainment complex will be the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks NBA team and a huge catalyst for additional private development just a few blocks from the Wisconsin Center convention complex and major convention hotels.
While excited about future development, Milwaukee still embraces its history and serves up an authentic experience often missing in big cities. An indie spirit pervades a culinary scene that boasts multiple James Beard award-winners, the Milwaukee Public Market, and the fun of neighborhood food tours.
“Brew City” Milwaukee also welcomed 10 new micro-breweries in 2016, expanding an impressive line-up of breweries and distilleries. Entertaining brewery tours make for fun group outings and give the city a unique appeal to beer lovers with its mix of traditional and craft brews.
It’s easy to book meetings at the Wisconsin Center campus with its three venues providing flexibility and value. The Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and SpringHill Suites all link to the convention center, totaling 1,360 rooms just a skywalk away and only a short distance from an additional 3,600 hotel rooms.
Doubling as unforgettable venues for off-site events, world-renowned attractions like the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum and the lakeside Milwaukee Art Museum with its moving “wings” combine architecture, natural beauty and fun. Discovery World with its outdoor amphitheater and panoramic view of Lake Michigan, along with Potawatomi Hotel and Casino with its 60,000 sq. feet of meeting space, add to the mix of event venue options.
And getting to Milwaukee is fast, pleasant and hassle-free. Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport – with non-stop flights to nearly 40 cities and only eight miles from downtown – is renowned for its passenger-friendly convenience, much shorter lines and helpful staff.
In just under two hours from Chicago by Amtrak, passengers arrive at the totally rebuilt passenger concourse of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. And by 2018 a new Milwaukee Streetcar system will link the station to downtown hotels, businesses, attractions and the Wisconsin Center.
In 2016 the Three-City Alliance–VISIT Milwaukee, Travel Portland and Visit Pittsburgh–celebrates its 12th anniversary of providing financial incentives and exceptional service to organizations choosing this dynamic rotation of cities. Find out more about how our “$1/per room night/city/year” offer can work with you.
There’s more reason than ever to plan a trip to forward-thinking Milwaukee. Milwaukee as a meeting destination just keeps getting better!
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Jeff Baryenbruch, Executive Director Sales