Milwaukee (and Madison) made the list that writer Chelsea Lin introduced like this, "America's heartland too frequently gets labeled as flyover country -- the states you fly over to get between the East and West coasts. But take another look and you'll notice that the Midwest harbors some of the country's coolest college towns, hippest city neighborhoods, cheapest real estate, best cuisine and all-around greatest places to live and visit."
Here's what the site had to say about Milwaukee:
"It's just two hours from Chicago, but Milwaukee has a locals-only flavor that escapes the Windy City, with all its tourists taking photos at The Bean. The industrial city on the banks of Lake Michigan is home to old-school dives, chic boutique hotels, galleries and the country's oldest bowling alley — an eclectic mix that gives Chicago's little sister an edge."
"What's cool: Though more media attention is given to the likes of Lollapalooza and Coachella, Milwaukee's annual Summerfest is billed as the world's largest summer music festival, with more than 800,000 attendees and 11 days of performances."
Chicago, Kansas City, Ann Arbor, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Madison, Columbus, Cleveland and Omaha also made the list.