Milwaukee is a hidden jewel less than two hours from Chicago. Both cities have similarities including outstanding breweries, buzzworthy restaurants, and a prime location along Lake Michigan. It's an easy daycation from Chicago, even if you don't want to drive because you can take a bus or train.
Goals For The Day
I had four goals — Sculpture Milwaukee, Eagle Park Brewing, Black Cat Alley, and the Public Market. I accomplished three out of four goals. Not bad, right?
I started the day along Wisconsin Avenue, capturing as many sculptures as I could find. Sculpture Milwaukee has made Wisconsin Avenue more lively and colorful thanks to 23 unique sculptures from world-renowned artists. A map is available if you prefer that method; however, I enjoyed seeking them out on my own. The exhibition ends its 2019 run on October 27th, so don't delay in seeing it for yourself. Here are a few of my favorites:
Second Culture Destination
Black Cat Alley is a must-see destination on the historic east side. This captivating outdoor art gallery boasts 21 murals by artists from as far away as Berlin. There are many noteworthy pieces to feast your eyes on, making it a great place for photo opportunities. You can find this artistic alleyway behind the Oriental Theater at the intersection of North Avenue and Ivanhoe with access from Prospect Avenue near the AXE Bar. Here are a few snaps from my collection:
A Slight Detour
While en route to Eagle Park Brewing from Black Cat Alley, I came upon Good City Brewing. I knew I would be drinking plenty of suds at Eagle Park, but I couldn't pass up a beer listed on the sandwich board as a special of the day. Audacity, a rum and port barrel-aged Belgian Quad summoned me in. This beer is a palate pleaser with a nice balance of sweet and strong (ABV of 10.4%). Good City has a spacious, tastefully decorated taproom with welcoming staff to boot. As Arnold would say, "I'll be back."
Eagle Park Brewing Delivers!
Don't Leave Without Getting the Food
The reason I didn't make it to the Public Market was that I couldn't pull myself away from Eagle Park. After seeing the food menu, I knew I couldn't leave without ordering Get to the Kofta, Lebanese style vegan meatballs. This mouth-watering dish exceeded my expectations, so I decided to make a pig of myself and order the Karate Chopped Fries. Good thing I had a long walk to the bus station to combat some of the calories I consumed.
Thank you for a swell time, Milwaukee and I can't wait to see you again.