No one feels their “fest self” when dehydrated, hungover, jet lagged or suffering from a monster headache. Thus, IV Nutrition is ready to cure what ails ya, right on the Summerfest grounds.
The Brookfield-based business provides IVs filled with saline and vitamins to festgoers in need of a boost. The pop-up is located in the local vendors shopping area, behind the main Summerfest Store.
The cost is $35 and the procedure takes about 15 minutes. All of the employees are licensed paramedics or nurses.
“We’ve had quite a few people come through,” says Lychante Chones, a paramedic who works for Curtis Ambulance Service. “Mostly people who are hungover or business people who’ve been working all day and need a second wind or traveling nurses with jet lag."
“Patients” take a seat and are hooked up to a 500 mL bag of saline. Extra vitamins are added at no extra charge depending on the reason for the IV.
Last weekend, my fest-mate had been over served the night before and decided to try it. He received saline with B and B12 vitamins. Afterwards, he said he definitely felt a lot better, but also like he needed a nap. (Which wasn't possible because we had a hot date with The Village People.)
Milwaukee has a mobile hydration service, H20 To Go, that’s been around since 2018. In 2013, OnMilwaukee’s Andy Tarnoff wrote about his rejuvenation experience after a night of debauchery in Las Vegas.
"People leave in much better shape then when they got here, that's for sure," says Chones.
Would you do it?
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