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The beating heart of southeastern Wisconsin, Downtown Milwaukee has reclaimed its place as the entertainment and dining hub of Milwaukee. More than just a place to work and play, Downtown has again become a place to live, too, with more than 15,000 residents.

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John Singleton Copley in Focus

Feb. 26, 2016 - May 31, 2016
Milwaukee Art Museum - 700 N. Art Museum Dr.

For the inaugural exhibition in the Constance and Dudley God...


Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

May 13, 2016 7:00 p.m. - June 12, 2016
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - 929 N. Water St.

“I am Lilly! I am Queen! I like everything!” That is, until ...


Pirates of Penzance

May 20, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Skylight Music Theatre - 158 N. Broadway

At first glance, Pirates may seem out of place in this seaso...

Articles about Downtown


16 pieces of old MECCA memorabilia

May 24, 2016 1:02 p.m.

Last year, we took you inside the Milwaukee Theater (formerly the Auditorium) and the Arena to get a look behind the scenes at these local landmarks. This time, we dig into the archives to find treasures from events held in those venues.


Common Council approves Bucks arena; next step is groundbreaking

May 24, 2016 11:29 a.m.

On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council gave final approval to the designs for the new Bucks arena, as well as its parking structure and the team's training facility - the last remaining municipal step before real construction could begin on the project.


Family Kite Festival: May 28-29

May 23, 2016 7:01 a.m.

Kick off spring with the 29th annual Maggiano's Family Kite Festival, featuring a day dedicated to creative kites and jaw-dropping kite-flying performances.


Milwaukee hosts premier downtown revitalization conference

May 21, 2016 7:04 a.m.

This week, the annual conference for Main Street America brings to Milwaukee a coast-to-coast network of city planners, community revitalization professionals, volunteers and elected officials working to sustain the future of America's historic downtowns.