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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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Re-Imaging - Re-Imaging

Sept. 29, 2014 - Feb. 14, 2015
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design - 273 E. Erie St.

This innovative and interactive exhibition is curated by MIA...


Alien Worlds and Androids

Oct. 4, 2014 9:00 a.m. - Jan. 11, 2015
Milwaukee Public Museum - 800 W. Wells St.

Blast off to a world where science fiction meets science fac...



Nov. 7, 2014 8:00 p.m. - Jan. 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 108 E. Wells St.

Back By Popular Demand! The infamous flash, fame, and flambo...



Nov. 18, 2014 7:30 p.m. - Dec. 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Milwaukee Repertory Theater - 108 E. Wells St.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Comedy. Classic hijinks and droll ban...

Articles about Downtown


Northwestern Mutual and Couture high-rise plans both move forward

Dec. 18, 2014 5:36 p.m.

Both Northwestern Mutual and The Couture took steps forward today with Downtown development plans. Northwestern Mutual said it is looking to build a mixed use real estate space immediately west of its Downtown campus, while the County Board of Supervisors approved the lakefront development proposal for the 44-story Couture high-rise.


Antetokounmpo feels more comfortable in year two

Dec. 18, 2014 1:03 p.m.

A year ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was lonely, worried about his family, and in the infancy of his basketball career. What a difference a year makes, as the Bucks' second-year player is feeling far more comfortable on and off the court.


Kohl fulfills pledge with $100 million gift

Dec. 17, 2014 2:18 p.m.

Former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl fulfilled his $100 million pledge toward the construction of a new Downtown multi-purpose arena with a gift to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The foundation's board of directors approved receipt of the gift with the directive that the funding be dedicated to a future arena entity.


NEWaukee findings support sale of O'Donnell Park to NML

Dec. 17, 2014 12:27 p.m.

NEWaukee released a finding today showing overwhelming support among its 190,000 followers for Milwaukee County's sale of O'Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual, which has committed to immediate upgrades and improvements to the parking structure and public spaces.


Preservation Alliance taking a survey on Bucks arena

Dec. 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance is currently conducting a survey regarding the construction of a new, multi-purpose arena that would house the Milwaukee Bucks. According to the MPA, the survey will help the group "develop a strategy that is aligned with our mission and the interests of our membership." The survey closes at midnight on Thursday, Dec. 18.


Torn ACL ends Parker's season

Dec. 17, 2014 10:14 a.m.

The rookie season of No. 2 overall draft pick Jabari Parker came to an end, officially, late Tuesday night with the diagnosis of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Parker injured the knee Monday night in Phoenix.


Going 1-on-1 with Harlem Globetrotter Sweet J

Dec. 17, 2014 9:16 a.m.

When I arrived to interview Harlem Globetrotter Sweet J Ekworomadu - the 12th female player in the team's 89-year history - in advance of their traditional New Year's Eve game at the BC, I was asked if I wanted to play a game of horse with Sweet J. Considering I hadn't shot a basketball since probably middle school, I couldn't turn down the opportunity fast enough. I was, however, able to ask some one-on-one questions with Ekworomadu.


Milwaukee Running Festival registration open

Dec. 16, 2014 2:17 p.m.

Registration for the inaugural Milwaukee Running Festival, which will be held Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, 2015, is now open. The festival will feature the first marathon to be routed entirely through Milwaukee's neighborhoods and landmarks, allowing participants to experience the city in a unique way.