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Parlez-vous français? Become a Francophile at the Bastille Days celebration that takes over downtown’s Cathedral Square July 11-14 with cancan dancers, mini French lessons, fresh crêpes and a 43-foot Eiffel Tower complete with hourly light shows. Continue the revolution at Frenchy spots Coquette Café and Pastiche.
When Santiago Calatrava’s “Burke Brise Soleil” spread its wings in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2001, the addition left a stunning mark on the city’s skyline. Gawk outside, then head in to see work by Kehinde Wiley and Kara Walker (shown: Camptown Ladies, 1998) in the current exhibit “30 Americans.”
Alterra coffee has kept Milwaukee buzzing since 1993, and the best spot to sip the fair trade blends is at Alterra at the Lake. The former Milwaukee River flushing station circa 1888 has been converted into a cabin-esque café with relaxing lake views and free Florentine opera performances throughout the summer.
Chicago and Milwaukee are such close neighbors that we can’t help but wonder if one day they’ll blend into a sprawling, beer-soaked Chiwaukee. Milwago?
For now, the 90-mile jaunt north on 94 to Milwaukee is painless and can be downright intoxicating once you reach city limits. (Smell that Miller Brewery yeast in the air?)
But there’s more to the city than catching a beer buzz, especially during a summer packed with street and lakefront festivals, restaurants that showcase Wisconsin’s abundant harvest and an art museum that’s a sculpture itself.
Click here for a taste of what to do in Brew City this summer.
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