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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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Ancient Skies

March 23, 2015 - Nov. 1, 2015
Milwaukee Public Museum - 800 W. Wells St.

MPM’s new immersive digital show -- created right here at ou...


UWM Museum Studies Student Exhibition

May 12, 2015 9:00 a.m. - March 31, 2016
Milwaukee Public Museum - 800 W. Wells St. Third Floor

Hue Knew? An Exploration of Color is the culmination of the ...


The Book of Mormon

May 19, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Marcus Center for the Performing Arts - 929 N. Water St.

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this centur...


Bead & Button Show

May 26, 2015 10:00 a.m. - June 8, 2015
Wisconsin Center - 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.

May 27 - June 2, 2015: Camp, Prelude, Fundamentals in Techn...

Articles about Downtown


A conversation with rock legend George Thorogood

May 29, 2015 11:06 a.m.

With thousands of shows in his rear view mirror, an iconic song ("Bad to the Bone") to his credit and album sales topping 15 million worldwide, what does George Thorogood need to prove? "Absolutely nothing," Thorogood says. "I just try and keep my feet on the ground ... as opposed to going in the ground!" During our chat, Thorogood and I also talked about his musical influences, opening for the Rolling Stones and more.


Public Museum offers free admission on first Thursdays

May 28, 2015 3:03 p.m.

The Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) and Kohl's Department Stores announced their partnership with Kohl's Thank You Thursday, offering free general admission to the museum on the first Thursday of every month, starting Thursday, June 4.


Agave Southwest Bar & Grill now open

May 27, 2015 3:11 p.m.

Agave Southwest Bar & Grill is open in the former España Tapas House. We've got details on the menu, happy hour and more.


Urban Spelunking: St. John de Nepomuc rectory

May 27, 2015 11:04 a.m.

There are some places in town that most everyone has seen from the outside, but that few have actually entered. St. John de Nepomuc rectory, 325 W. Court St., in the Haymarket Square neighborhood is one of those places.


17 photos of Milwaukee's next hot neighborhood

May 27, 2015 10:54 a.m.

For the reasons discussed here, I'm convinced that Milwaukee's simmering Haymarket Square area, just north of Downtown, is the city's next hot neighborhood. Here are some more reasons why...


New report says Downtown needs more connectivity

May 19, 2015 8:06 a.m.

A new report by Hunden Strategic Partners in Chicago was presented yesterday at a Public Policy Forum luncheon at the Intercontinental Milwaukee. It calls for more connectivity and density, and makes some obvious but not apparent to all observations.