What do you know about Discover Milwaukee? Do you know that we are an organization dedicated to helping people make the move to Milwaukee without so much hassle? Do you know that we have some great connections in the world of real estate and can help you find a place to call your own?
Sometimes the worst part about moving is not even knowing where to start! We at Discover Milwaukee have done all of the hard work for you. From things to do, places to live, and schools to enroll your children, our relocation guide has everything you need!
Milwaukee is one of a kind in so many ways, and it will only get better with you in our city! We've got festivals, museums, breweries, restaurants, music, theater, and so much more. There's something for everyone and we know you'll fit right in!
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Welcome to a city that may have been built for the young adult! Milwaukee has countless opportunities to grow in any aspect of your life whether you have lived here your whole life or just moved to the area. Let discover or rediscover Milwaukee in your twenties.
Foodies flock to this city and it isn't hard to see why. Milwaukee proves that this place is more than just cheese and brats (though we do a darn good job with those too). From American restaurants to Serbian restaurants, even someone with the most acquired taste will find something they like. Restaurants such as Wolf Peach serve its plates family style, while Comet Café will have you craving brunch every hour of the day. Restaurants in the area are versatile and unique so every meal is satisfying adventure.
Other Favorite Restaurants: Bel Air Cantina, Beans & Barley, Café Benelux,
2. Booze and Brews
Milwaukee has quite the bar scene. Take a walk down Brady or Water Street and you will find yourself with a strip of eclectic bars at your disposal. Oh, and don't forget the restaurant and bar combinations that the Historic Third Ward has to offer. If you are looking to educate and indulge, check out one of the many brewery tours that are offered in the area.
Other Favorite Bars: Trinity, The Nomad, High Hat
Brewery Tours: Lakefront, MKE, Best Place
Milwaukee is filled with theaters and concert venues meaning you'll never run out of shows to go see. With festivals like Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, that happens every summer or one of the many cultural festivals such as Irish Fest, German Fest, or Polish Fest every day can be filled with fun! Baseball Games and tailgates at Miller Park Stadium make for unforgettable experiences and the Bucks games at the Bradley Center will keep you warm in the winter months. The point is, your options for finding entertainment in this city are almost limitless.
Milwaukee may be a smaller city, but it holds a lot of big names. After all, it is a Fortune 500 city. Apart from a plethora of Advertising and PR agencies in the area, Milwaukee is also home to Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Harley Davidson, Joy Global, and Rockwell Automation to name a few (hostmadison.com). Theatre gigs, hospitality services, banks, and more run rampant throughout the city. Your passions, your dreams, and your success can come alive Milwaukee.
5. Higher Education
What better way to experience higher education than in a city? Milwaukee is home to some very well recognized colleges and universities. Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and the Medical College of Wisconsin are just some of the programs that offer a Master degree and beyond. What better way to transition to a new city than through the eyes of a student? And when you are finished you have a plethora of career opportunities right at your fingertips.
It is no secret that housing prices in Milwaukee are significantly lower than that of larger cities. According to http://www.numbeo.com/, the average cost of a one bedroom apartment in downtown Milwaukee is around $850.00 compared to the average cost of a one bedroom apartment in downtown Chicago which is around $1771.36. We may be biased, but we like to think you are getting more bang for your buck in our favorite city. Plus, Chicago is just a short drive or train ride away so you are sure to get the best of both worlds if you would like. Refer to the “neighborhoods” tab in our blog for more information about finding your dream apartment or home in Milwaukee!
Milwaukee is known for rollerbladers on the lake, bike paths, and yoga studios galore! Why not make exercise part of getting to know the city?
In Milwaukee, both residents and employers have become increasingly focused on wellness and promoting healthy lifestyles. The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), has helped Milwaukee to become the largest city in the nation to earn the coveted Well City USA silver-level designation. This title means that across Milwaukee, 30% of the workforce can access formal wellness programs.
Local Health Clubs in the Milwaukee area are great destinations to seek out fitness activities. Elite Sports Clubs have five locations in the Greater Milwaukee area. Their facilities provide sports programs for all ages, over 250 free exercise classes, swimming pools, State-of-the-Art fitness centers, and more. The YMCA is another large contributor in promoting an active lifestyle. The nine centers in Metropolitan Milwaukee support wellness programs, personal training, swimming lessons, and countless activities for individuals and families. The YMCA is an affordable destination for anyone in Milwaukee to get active and live a healthy life.
Bike riding is another large contributor to a healthy Milwaukee! Recently, the downtown area implemented a bike share program called “Bublr Bikes.” The organization is planning to launch at least 100 bike stations throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding suburbs in the next year. If you go to the Bublr website, you cansuggest a location for a bike station to be built near you!
If you have a bike for cruising around, be adventurous and enjoy one of the many bike paths around Milwaukee. First, head tomapmyride.com to see 363 different cycling routes in Milwaukee! The site also provides info about Milwaukee weather conditions, cycling events, and cycling stories. The courses are fun and unique to Milwaukee! You can try the “Miler” course, “Milwaukee River West Side,” “Uphill Fun,” or the “MKE River Loop.” Another option is to download the Wisconsin bicycle map for a visual of where trails are located.
Along with biking, yoga is another popular activity among Milwaukee residents. It’s a relaxing form of exercise that strengthens both the body and mind. Take an early morning class to awaken your soul, or go with a group of friends on the weekend to enjoy yoga together. A number of studios can be found around Milwaukee:
Find your own way to enjoy being active in Milwaukee and run with it! There are many opportunities to stay fit, meet new people, and discover Milwaukee by staying active!
Milwaukee is an amazing city!!
It has endless possibilities for the people who choose to live here, and a lot of those people are students. Every year over 70,000 students come from near and far to attend the prestigious colleges and universities that call Milwaukee home. From UW-Milwaukee on the East Side to Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering Downtown, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in the Third Ward, Cardinal Stritch University on the North Side, and Alverno College and Mount Mary College on the West side, perspective college students have plenty of options.
Choosing a school can be a huge decision for any 17 or 18-year-old. That decision will help shape the rest of their life. The schools in Milwaukee have wonderful reputations to back them, but the CITY of Milwaukee is a huge draw in itself. Students have access to easy public transportation, lake front views, varieties of entertainment, an abundance of festivals throughout the year, renowned restaurants from one end of the city to the other, impressive professional sports teams, multiple music and theater venues, and the prospect of a GREAT job after graduation.
As a student attending school in Milwaukee, I have been exposed to more than I expected coming from a small suburb of Chicago. Some people say Milwaukee is too small. I think it's perfect! I have been living here for years, and I am still finding new things to love about this place. The more students branch out from their campuses, the more they can REALLY appreciate this city. We have a beautiful art museum, a great public museum, and impressive zoo, and countless other forms of entertainment at our fingertips. Milwaukee isn't a "college town" like some places in the country, but it is a great city for a college student to live. We have all the perks that go with living in a city combined with a typical campus feel is the best combination a student can get.
I chose to move to Milwaukee for my educational career, but it has given me so much, I don't know if I ever want to leave. Sure, the school that I chose to attend makes a big difference, but if you were to ask other college students across the city, I'm sure their answer would be the same. We love it here. Over the summer, The Milwaukee Business Journal had a very interesting article aimed at college students. Milwaukee is one of the top 10 cities to hire college graduates in the country! Students, like me, that have built connections over their 4+ years of Milwaukee education certainly have an upper hand here. Milwaukee is searching for new, young, and exciting talent. There are over 70,000 of us that have the opportunity to land these prestigious positions. This is an opportunity that no one should pass up. When I think about how much this city has done for me, and given me, I can't think of anywhere I would rather go to put my talents to good use.
As high school seniors are making their choices for next year, they should really consider coming to one of the many Milwaukee schools. It is where you will meet friends you will keep forever, create enough memories to last a lifetime, and find a place to put down roots (both personally and professionally). Milwaukee has been around for 168 years, but it's still a growing city, filled with opportunities for younger generations looking to spread their wings. I can't imagine completing my undergraduate career anywhere else.
Well, we’ve hit Labor Day which means the end of summer for most and back-to-school for students!
If you’re new to the area, or thinking about relocating here, we thought now would be the perfect time to give you a brief rundown on Milwaukee-area schools and colleges/universities because if there’s one thing Wisconsin residents take pride in, it’s their schools!
The state offers a wide range of educational opportunities, both public and private, and Wisconsin schools have consistently been ranked among the best in the country. In Milwaukee County, school districts are “unified,” which means they include elementary, middle and high schools. In suburban counties, however, it is not uncommon to have separate school districts for elementary and high schools. In these situations, several elementary school districts will feed into a single high school district. For more information on the public schools servicing the area, including charter schools (public schools that are granted greater freedom in their operation so that they can develop innovative programs and curricula that could improve education as a whole), please click here to view a summary on our website. In addition, the state Department of Public Instruction publishes report cards for all public elementary, middle and high schools in the state. The report cards are organized by school district and can be viewed here.
Milwaukee also has many high quality private & parochial schools. The area is home to several non-sectarian, college-preparatory schools, including three that offer classes from kindergarten through 12th grade. For example, University School of Milwaukee
Another unique school is St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, a private, all-male college preparatory and leadership development school that has graduated heads of state, key business leaders, professional athletes and accomplished artists since its founding in 1884.
In addition, in the five-county metropolitan area, we have over 250 Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Jewish and Baptist elementary and high schools. Catholic Memorial is one example. Located in Waukesha, the school offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for college and other career choices.
If you’ve made the decision to home-school your child, you will need to complete a form and submit it to the state Department of Public Instruction. For complete information on home schooling requirements, plus various resources, please click here. In addition, there are two home-based schooling associations that can provide assistance: Wisconsin Parents Association and the Wisconsin Christian Home Educators Association.
When it comes to colleges and universities, Milwaukee also has several, with the largest being the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Marquette University.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has more than 30,000 students in 150 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Marquette University offers more than 10,000 students a wide array of academic choices and more than 60 majors through its nationally-recognized colleges and schools. In addition, more than 2,600 students attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering, a private college with strong ties to the business community.
Wisconsin’s vocational education program was the first of its kind when it was established in 1908; today, there are more than 30,000 students in degree and certificate programs combined between Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties, Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha County, the Moraine Park Technical College in Washington County and Gateway Technical College in Racine County. These schools have developed apprenticeship programs and customized training for businesses.
As you can see, the Milwaukee area is home to wide array of education options and it’s important to do your homework before choosing the best option for you/your family. As always, we are here to help. A complete listing of school information and data is available in the current edition of Discover Milwaukee. Click here to order your free copy!
In any move, utilities are important and arrangements for utility connections should be made well in advance of your move to ensure you will have service when you need it. However, another important aspect to consider when starting fresh is how you can make small but important changes that will benefit both the environment and your wallet.
In Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. It also serves about 500 steam customers in downtown Milwaukee. If you’re looking to start, stop or transfer your residential electric and/or natural gas service, requests can be made online by clicking here, or by calling (800) 242-9137. [Please note that online requests require at least two business days (Monday-Friday) before your requested date of service.]
In addition to standard residential rates, We Energies offers customers additional rate options including:
• Renewable Energy Rates, where customers can choose to participate in company’s Energy for Tomorrow renewable energy program, which gives customers the option to pay a premium for the company to obtain generation fueled by renewable resources. Use of renewable energy resources has a positive impact on the environment and reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources.
• Time-of-Use: With the company’s Time-of-Use program, you pay a lower rate when the demand for electricity is low (weeknights, weekends and holidays) and a higher rate when demand is high (weekdays on-peak hours).
We Energies is also committed to helping customers improve home energy use, offering both general energy (and money) saving tips, as well as personalized recommendations.
A full list of “101 Money-Saving Tips” can be found here, but here are a few we found to be especially helpful for those who may be moving to the area and we’ve adapted them accordingly:
HEATING & COOLING
• Select an energy-efficient central air conditioner by looking at the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. Or, get your current unit tuned up. Have your central air conditioner tuned up by a qualified heating contractor every other year. This can help the unit operate more efficiently and may prevent failures in the middle of peak cooling season.
• Purchase an energy-efficient furnace. Select an energy-efficient furnace model by looking for an AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating of 90 percent or greater.
• Use natural gas for heating. Consider switching to a natural gas heating system. Natural gas is less expensive than other heating fuels.
• When buying a new refrigerator or freezer, look for the Energy Star label. Energy Star refrigerators and freezers can save you hundreds of dollars on your electric bill over the life of the appliance. If you’re moving to a place with appliances included, remember that older refrigerators and freezers use two to three times more electricity than ones that are 10 years old or less.
• Consider a natural gas range or oven. Natural gas appliances cost less to operate than electric appliances and offer better temperature control. Moving an older model or moving into a house with appliances? Make sure the oven seals tightly. Even a small gap allows heat to escape and wastes energy. If you can move a dollar bill through the closed door, the seal is not tight enough and should be replaced.
• Place your washer close to the water heater. Water loses heat as it flows through pipes. When the washer is located near the water heater, hot water doesn’t have to travel as far to reach the washer, and less heat is lost. Insulating the pipes between the water heater and washer helps retain heat, too.
• Speaking of water heaters, purchase an energy-efficient model. The initial cost may be more but operating costs are less in the long run. Consider a tankless or instantaneous water heater, which uses energy only when hot water is needed, rather than maintaining 40 gallons or more of hot water all the time. Purchase the correct size. Consider your family’s hot water needs. If your water heater is too large, it uses more energy than needed. If it is too small, you may run out of hot water.
• Purchase a natural gas water heater. If you currently have an electric water heater, consider replacing it with a natural gas water heater. When it comes to heating water, natural gas is less expensive than electricity, and it heats more water faster during heavy use. Consider a sealed combustion or an on-demand water heater. Both types use less energy.
LITTLE CHANGES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
• Repair dripping faucets promptly. If the faucet leaks hot water, the energy used to heat it is costing you money. (One drop a second can waste up to 48 gallons a week!)
• Use Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs. Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs last longer and use up to 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. You can cut your electric bill by $60 per year if you replace the standard bulbs in your five most frequently used light fixtures. Properly dispose of compact fluorescent light bulbs at your local household hazardous waste collection site.
Finally, We Energies also partners with Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, offers many programs—including cash-back incentives—to help residents save in energy costs by making simple changes in their homes.
Focus on Energy residential programs include:
• Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program: provides home energy assessments that pinpoint exactly how to make your home more energy efficient, and connects you to financial rewards for improvement. Enhanced rewards are also available for income-qualified participants.
• New Homes Program: pairs prospective homeowners with builders and energy experts to construct new homes that are between 10 and 100 percent more efficient than homes built to Wisconsin’s Uniform Dwelling Code.
• Express Energy Efficiency Program: provides free, professional installation of energy-saving products that can help you save up to 10% on your utility bills.
• Residential Rewards Program: offers hundreds of dollars in Cash-Back Rewards for heating and cooling equipment, water heating equipment, and air sealing and attic insulation. Enhanced rewards are also available for income-qualified participants.
• Appliance Recycling Program: offers free pickup and recycling of old refrigerators and freezers, and a $50 reward for each working appliance you recycle.
• Lighting and Appliance Program: offers instant, in-store discounts on a variety of energy-efficient lighting and water-saving products at participating retailers throughout Wisconsin.
• Renewable Energy: Focus on Energy offers Cash-Back Rewards for renewable energy installations and will connect you with experts who can help you determine if your property is a good candidate for a renewable system.
In sum, before you make a move, it’s well worth it to take the time up front to consider how you can help save energy and your bottom line at the same time.