Amidst the steep bluffs of southeastern Wisconsin, in a shallow valley where three rivers join before flowing into Lake Michigan, lies an unexpected gem. It’s a small but glittering one, a city that, despite its old world charm, geographical beauty, and longtime liberal leanings, has somehow been underrated for decades—either overshadowed by the megawatt metropolis of Chicago 90 miles south or wrongly cast as just another decaying, rust-belt ghost town.
But Milwaukee is neither. Ever since its early days as an agricultural port and brewing capitol, Wisconsin’s largest city has been a magnet for industry, immigrants, and intrigue. And now, thanks to a downtown building boom and an influx of new restaurants, bars, hotels, and shops, the city’s diverse and highly walkable neighborhoods are experiencing a revival that’s drawing visitors like never before. (See the entire story.)