In my world "MILWAUKEE" means the metro area - the five counties that comprise Metro Milwaukee. That would include Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee and Racine counties. Slightly farther fringe counties also include Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth. Having been born and raised here, and living most of my life (so far) here makes me sort of an expert on "Living and Working in Milwaukee" . To "outsiders" Milwaukee has an image of a stodgy, old fashioned small town, beer brewing blue collar city - think "Laverne and Shirley". In reality Milwaukee and surrounding communities in Waukesha County, Ozaukee County and Washington County comprise a very upbeat and evolving urban environment, Heck, we even have Starbucks! Seriously, Milwaukee boasts some world-class amenities such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee County Public Parks System, of course our jewels... Lake Michigan, Miller Park, the beautiful new home of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, the fabulous Milwaukee County Zoo and much, much more. Our blog will be dedicated to life and work in the Metro Milwaukee area. Some visitors to Milwaukee have expressed alarm and dismay when entering the city via General Mitchell International Airport (the "International" part of that is kind of funny when you see the teminal - not your typical big city airport). If your first impression of our city is the airport, please don't run - stay and find the more evolved features and I promise you will love it here!
One of the perrennial favorites is Summerfest - billed as the WORLD'S LARGEST MUSIC FESTIVAL! Held at the Heny Maier Festival Grounds - named after a long term mayor from the 60's and 70's - along the lovely lakefront just south of downtown, this 10 day music extravaganza draws hundred of thousand of visitors during it's annual stint. The party commences with "The Big Bang" an incredible fireworks display put on by the famous Bartolotta Family - on the Fourth of July or the night before. The fireworks exploding above Lake Michigan - breathtaking! World famous musical acts are booked at the Marcus Amphitheater on the Summerfest grounds, and there are several smaller stages for the second tier and local talent. The Summerfest grounds are used all summer and into fall for various ethnic and other music festivals. We know how to take advantage of great weather when we get it! Watch our blog for Milwaukee Features posts.