Everyone knows Milwaukee’s Summerfest, The World’s Largest Music Fest,” that is now underway in Milwaukee has awesome music. But there’s more. Show Me Chicago was in Milwaukee for the opening of Summerfest 2014 and a look behind the scenes. Here are the top ten things we liked beyond the music.
10. The Food. Cheeseheads and cheese lovers alike might want to try this twist on the traditional cheeseburger--the "Mac n' Cheese" burger--a Summerfest special. Photo credit: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
9. Skyglider. Getting high on the Skyglider is an awesome way to see the grounds, catch a cool breeze or get from one side of the park to the other.
8. Paddleboats. Get your cool on with a paddleboat ride on the lake--available for rental by the half-hour.
7. The People. Come as you are or as your favorite performer. Summerfest attracts a variety of people. During the day a lot of families with small children come to the park. As the day turns into night, the crowd and the music grows up.
6. The Booze. Summerfest has many beer choices. Choose from the Miller line-up including Lite, Genuine Draft, High Life or Coors--or go local with Lakefront Brewery. This hometown brewery has great beer and if you have the time for a side trip a fun brewery tour. If you are looking for cocktails or mixed drinks, the only place on the grounds for this is JoJo's Martini Lounge near the Marcus Amphitheater.
5. The Wheel. Take a spin on the giant Ferris Wheel pictured at the top of this post for a birds-eye view of the Summerfest grounds and the Milwaukee skyline.
4. It's Clean and Green. With nearly one million people coming to Summerfest, it is amazing how clean the grounds stay. They also encourage recycling with conveniently located recycling containers throughout the park.
3. The Prices. A dollar for the shuttle...and $11 to get into the fest weekdays between noon and 4 p.m. or $18 after 4 p.m. and on weekdends--sure beats Lolla and Pitchfork with the bang for the buck.
2. The Lakefront Location. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan and walking distance to hotels, downtown and the Third Ward, the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park is a great spot to hang-out.
1. AND the number one best thing about Summerfest (beyond the music) is NO PORTA POTTIES. It's hard to believe the bathroom pictured here is at a fest. But because Summerfest is a permanent facility there are real bathrooms--nada single porta potty in sight. Pictured here is the "ladies room" at the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard.
SUMMERFEST is taking the day off today and will reopen tomorrow with the big bang fireworks, great music and more through July 6.
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