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Bill in the USA - MILWAUKEE

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A September 2002 trip to Milwaukee by billmoy

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Bill in the USA - MILWAUKEE

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Milwaukee Art Museum Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee is sometimes regarded as a smaller cousin of Chicago (my hometown), so it may not get a whole lot of attention or respect. However, the opening of the Milwaukee Art Museum addition (by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava) has thrust it into magazine ads and into the spotlight. I am very jealous that Milwaukee has a Calatrava and not Chicago! Milwaukee holds the annual Summerfest by the lake. This festival always draws star musical acts.Quick Tips: If you have time to see only one thing, run over to see the revamped Milwaukee Art Museum. The surrounding area of the lakefront is gorgeous on a sunny day.Best Way To Get Around: We stayed overnight in Brookfield, a suburb...Read More

Sheraton Brookfield

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Hotel

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This property of the Sheraton chain is located in the prominent Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. It has an in-house restaurant and bar, along with an array of vending machines if you do not want to venture out after a nighttime drive to the hotel. The lobby is fairly nondescript, with even more nondescript hallways leading to the elevators. The standard rooms in the Sheraton are fairly spacious and comfortable, although the decor is a bit dated. You can always count on toiletries like soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. There is an indoor pool and jacuzzi that is very popular with the kids (don't try going on a Sunday morning unless you enjoy getting splashed by lots of flopping young kids). The workout...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Sheraton Brookfield
375 South Moorland Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53005
(262) 364-1100

Champps Americana

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Restaurant

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This popular sports bar in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield draws a good crowd with lots and lots of large TV's showing sports (I am surprised anything in suburban Brookfield would draw a crowd, but I am just an innocent city boy). Hey, the food is not too bad here either. I had a combo consisting of a cup of soup (French onion topped with a thick slab of melted cheese) and a good-sized half-sandwich (thick and hearty Reuben) with your choice of a side (cole slaw for me). The huge menu lists well over 125 items including steaks, fish, pasta, pizza, burgers, burritos, appetizers, etc. Everything on the menu seems reasonably priced as well. Champps bills itself as an upscale casual dining restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Champps Americana
1240 S Moorland Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53005
262-797-6600

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar

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Restaurant | "Applebee's"

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This worldwide chain (I have also seen one in Athens, Greece) strikes me as Bennigan's with better food. We wound up dining at the Applebee's location in the Mayfair Mall in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, as we were driving back to Chicago after a pleasant stay in Milwaukee. Applebee's has a décor that is part sports bar, part family restaurant. You will be greeted once you enter by a wait staff member, and we found the overall service to be friendly and efficient. I imagine the wait can be a few minutes at peak hours, but we were immediately seated during lunchtime on a Sunday afternoon. The fairly diverse menu features steaks, fish, chicken, burgers, drinks, appetizers, and des...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
2500 N Mayfair Rd
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
414-476-5771

Milwaukee Art Museum

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Attraction

Milwaukee Art Museum Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The Milwaukee Art Museum is proudly proclaimed as Wisconsin's top art museum. It is even better as it welcomed a new addition in 2001, a beautiful structure designed by Santiago Calatrava that is a new drawing card for the city of Milwaukee. You can tell when something becomes a fabric of the city when wedding photographers use it as a backdrop prop. The new pavilion is now the glittering white centerpiece of Milwaukee's attractive lakefront. The Burke Brise Soleil "wings" of the Quadracci Pavilion opens and closes at noon every day, as well as during the opening and closing times for the museum itself. It is a magnificent, graceful object that deserves as much notice as it should get. Some may...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Milwaukee Art Museum
750 North Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
(414) 224-3210

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

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Attraction

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Photo, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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This smallish but interesting set of three "domes" that comprise the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory house quite a variety of flora displayed in reasonably natural settings. There is a lush tropical setting, an arid desert climate, and a changing floral landscape (this was the site of an important orchid exhibition during our visit). A curvy entrance with a ticket booth and coat racks fronts the three domes. Designed by local architect Donald Grieb, the beehive-shaped glass domes (they are NOT geodesic domes!) are 85 feet in height and have a diameter of 140 feet at their bases. Each dome has 15,000 square feet of space for plant life. Construction began in 1959 and was completed in 1967. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
524 South Layton Boulevard
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215
(414) 649-9830

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers

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Attraction | "Miller Park"

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No, Miller Park is not a flashy amusement park dedicated to Milwaukee's local brand of beer! Miller Park is the gargantuan new baseball stadium that has served as the home field to the Milwaukee Brewers since opening in 2001. It is quite an engineering feat, as it is capped by a sliding fan-shaped roof structure that is opened and closed to coordinate with the weather conditions (Milwaukee seemingly has cornered the market on buildings with movable tops - see Calatrava's Milwaukee Art Museum addition). The roof weighs over 12,000 tons and can be closed in merely ten minutes. Despite its huge scale, it incorporates elements that promote a certain old-fashioned intimacy that appeal to the fans (brick fa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Miller Park/Milwaukee Brewers
One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53214
(414) 902-4100

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

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Attraction

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The legendary Frank Lloyd Wright designed this interesting building in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. It is a circular design that was one of the last ones created during the long and storied architectural career of Wright. It is said that Wright was very emphatic in pushing this bold design scheme past the rather conservative body of Greek Orthodox congregation in 1956. It was completed in 1961, two years after his death. The exterior is capped by a saucer-like roof with a shade of blue that is reminiscent of many domes in Santorini. The low but massive blue dome really jumps out at passersby, although Santorini domes are usually taller. The aisles of the interior plan are in the shape of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
9400 West Congress Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225
(414) 461-9400