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The residential neighborhood known as Riverwest, located west of the Milwaukee River, is home to unique bars, cafes and shops as well as boasting a reputation for being a diverse community. Over recent years, it’s been growing as a neighborhood for college students to reside in. Riverwest has many festivals, including Locust Street Days and Center Street Daze. The neighborhood also features the Riverwest Art Walk, the state's largest walking tour of artists' homes and studios and neighborhood galleries.

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Articles about Riverwest


Autism-friendly cafe owner responds to negative feedback

July 20, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Yesterday, OnMilwaukee posted a story about a cafe opening in Riverwest to support autistic individuals and their families. Dozens of readers claimed the owner was a scam artist, so OnMilwaukee reached out to him.


Hidden Gem: The Uptowner

July 7, 2017 7:01 p.m.

The Uptowner in Riverwest is 133 years old and continues to offer authentic "Milwaukee corner bar" experiences.


Hidden Gems: The Gig

June 16, 2017 8:06 p.m.

The Gig isn't located on an island, but it might as well be. And yet for the past 16 years, neighbors in the little Riverwest suburb have sought out the music-themed bar's cool, calm and cozy drama-devoid vibe.


Locust Street Festival of Music and Art, June 11

June 10, 2017 6:01 p.m.

One of the city's most beloved and longest-running summer celebrations, the Locust Street Festival of Music and Art on June 11 is a hip, fun, eclectic and diverse gathering of local musicians, artists and supporters.


Made in Milwaukee: Ma Baensch herring

June 9, 2017 9:03 a.m.

Kim Wall, owner of Ma Baensch Foods, 1025 E. Locust St., bought a pickled herring business in July 1999 directly from the Baensch family. Since then, the product has attracted many new consumers. "It's not just eaten at your grandma's on New Year's Eve anymore," says Wall.


Locust Street Festival announces its 2017 lineup

May 10, 2017 4:46 p.m.

The summer music festival announcement deluge of delight continues today, with the Locust Street Festival releasing the lineup of musical performers headed to the Riverwest route from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 11.