IN-DEPTH TOURS 2015

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Become a member of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.! Member benefits include one, two or four in-depth tour tickets based on membership level. HMI members received details on how to access the tickets in a postcard mailed in August. All ticket orders are taken online and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Members will be able to purchase additional tickets for $5 per tour. In order to allow all members access to tours, we ask that members limit their paid tour purchases to two tickets per tour. Ticket purchases will be monitored and excessive orders will be voided.

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If you have limited access to the internet or have issues navigating our website with your smart phone, please call our office at 414-277-7795. A staff member will purchase tickets on your behalf. Calling the office does not guarantee tickets to the tour of your choice. All tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Public Ticket Sales

General public ticket sales will be available online starting Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 each. All ticket orders are taken online and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Information

Day of Tour: Please bring a hard copy of your ticket or prepare to show the ticket purchase on a smartphone. Guests without tickets will not be admitted.  Tours start promptly at the times indicated.

Tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY and will NOT be available at City Hall Event Headquarters Sept. 19-20.

A ticket is required for all in-depth tours for ages 2 and up.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with purchasing tickets, it is likely that the tour has a high volume of people buying tickets as well. Several of the tours sell out very quickly. Tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. However, cancellations do occasionally happen and we will announce openings via Facebook. We do not offer a wait list for tickets.

Milwaukee Food ToursBRADY STREET WALKING FOOD TOUR

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Saturday (9/19) at 1 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 2 hours Discover the sights and flavors of Milwaukee with a 1-mile, 2 -hour Milwaukee Food & City Tour. This guided food tasting tour of Milwaukee’s fashionable East Side explores neighborhoods originally settled by Italian and Polish immigrants. On this signature tour, you will be strolling through the historic Milwaukee neighborhood of Brady Street – the ethnic enclave that these new arrivals called home. Enjoy delicious tastings along the way at authentic Italian eateries, as well as at several newer establishments that revitalize this community. The capacity is 16 people. Please meet in front of Zaffiro’s Pizza at 1724 N. Farwell Ave. (Tour recommendation is to use the public parking lot that provides parking for up to 10 hours at the corner of Arlington Place & Brady Street. Please be sure to use the 10-hour parking meters, which are located in the NE corner of the lot.)

Brady-StBRADY STREET WALKING TOUR

Saturday (9/19) & Sunday (9/20) at 4 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes Join Sean Regan on a speedy walk through 150 years of Brady Street-area history. The capacity for this tour is 30 people. Please meet in front of St. Hedwigs, located on the corner of Humboldt and Brady.  

cherek_bryantsBRYANT’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE

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Saturday (9/19) at 3 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 30 minutes In 1938, if you wanted a proper cocktail, you had better find yourself on a steamship, a dinner car, or in a fancy hotel.  Bryant Sharp, as in Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (1579 S. 9th Street), changed all that, and gave America it’s first freestanding cocktail lounge.  Learn how Bryant’s evolved from a working class shot and beer bar to a classic cocktail spot to a touchstone of living history in what is now called the craft cocktail scene. Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek will also be giving a tour of this establishment, sharing Bryant’s lore, legend and history. Sipping drinks are encouraged. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. Meet at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (1579 S. 9th Street).

Must be 21 or older to attend.

CathedralofStJohnTHE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AN URBAN CATHEDRAL PRECINCT

Sunday (9/20) at 2 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes

Architect Jim Shields, FAIA, worked on this building’s reconstruction and atrium addition. He will lead a tour covering both interior and exterior renovations, demolition, renovation, and the new addition that made the project work. The capacity for this tour is 24 people. Please meet at the Cathedral (812 N. Jackson Street).

lakefront_marylouisetourCHANGES TO MILWAUKEE’S LAKEFRONT

Saturday (9/19) at 10:30 a.m. & Sunday (9/20) at 2 p.m.  Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes

With massive changes to the roadways, the renovation of the Eero Saarinen’s War Memorial, a new addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum, major developments like the Northwestern Mutual headquarters and the hoped-for Couture apartment tower, a new street car and the possible redesign of all of the public spaces that knit all of these things together, the lakefront is  on the verge of a significant transformation. Join Mary Louise Schumacher, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s art and architecture critic, as she guides you around the lakefront. Schumacher will explore the historical triumphs and missteps of urban design at the lakefront as well as the opportunities opening up at what is one of the city’s most important gathering spots and cultural centers. There will be one tour Saturday morning and one tour on Sunday afternoon. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Please meet in front of Mark di Suvero’s “The Calling,” the giant orange sculpture at the top level of O’Donnell Park (910 E. Michigan Street).

fondyFONDY FARMERS MARKET

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m.  Ticket Required – Duration: 30 minutes Fondy Farmers Market is Milwaukee’s oldest and largest open air market. Considered by many in the food security world to be one of the most innovative farmers markets in the country, come and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the market from Executive Director Young Kim, along with a free shopping bag and some of the best sweet corn the Midwest has to offer. The capacity for this tour is 12 people. Please meet at 2200 W. Fond du Lac Avenue.

blatz brewery buildingGERMAN MILWAUKEE TOUR – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 11 a.m.  Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes It wasn’t much of a stretch to call Milwaukee “half” German during the city’s boom years between the Civil War and WWI. Immigrants from Central Europe— including activists, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, laborers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, and freethinkers—created a range of institutions, most of which operated in the German language. This tour showcases buildings that represent German-American business, education, faith, politics, entertainment, and publishing. Stops along the way will include Blatz Brewery, the German-English Academy, Old St. Mary’s Church, City Hall, the Pabst Theater, and the Germania Building. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. The tour will begin in front of Blatz Brewery Building at corner of Broadway and Highland, end at Germania Building at Wells and 2nd Street.

Historic Third WardGHOSTS OF MILWAUKEE – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 5:30 p.m.  Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes Celebrate Milwaukee folklore with local Fortean historian Allison Jornlin. Walk through the unique history and modern day paranormal reports of the Third Ward. The capacity is 30 people. Please meet in front of the Broadway Theatre Center at 158 N. Broadway.

gimbelsGIMBELS/SCHUSTER’S TOUR WITH MICHAEL COAKLEY – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 10:30 a.m.   Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes

Join Michael Coakley, managing partner of C.H. Coakley & Co., as he guides you through what was once the main headquarters of Schuster’s Department store (1884), and then Gimbels (1962). Once THE place to do your shopping in Milwaukee, it is currently used as a storage facility and headquarters to C.H. Coakley & Co. However, there are still many memories within — from the mezzanine which held the department store’s photo area, the main revolving door entrance and shop display windows that featured Billie the Brownie at Christmas, and the, then, ‘state-of-the-art’ escalators — taking you on a trip down memory lane to a time where the building was bustling with shoppers, Learn from Michael how this building can be revitalized for positive neighborhood growth in the future.  The capacity this tour is 20 people. Please meet at 2151 N. Dr, Martin Luther King Drive, second floor.

cherek_gloriosotourGLORIOSO’S ITALIAN MARKET – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m and 11 a.m.. Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes Get a behind-the-scenes tour of this family-owned store since 1946 from Wisconsin Foodie host Kyle Cherek and Glorioso’s General Manager Michael Glorioso of this destination Italian market founded on Valentine’s Day in 1946. After 65 years in business on Brady Street, the brothers moved the business in 2010 to a new 16,000 sq ft. location directly across the street from the original location. Learn about the history of the family business, from it’s humble Sicilian immigrant beginnings to its current location. Explore this store of Old World Italian delicacies and parts usually unseen by Glorioso’s customers with a behind the scenes tour of the store. The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet AT GLORIOSO’S Italian Market (1011 E. Brady Street.) Meet at the service counter area to check in for the tour.

harley museumHARLEY-DAVIDSON MUSEUM® HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. & Sunday (9/20) at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes

Learn how over 100 years of Harley-Davidson’s rich history fits into the bigger picture of world history and culture. Follow this legendary American success story with its humble beginnings in a 10’x15’ shed and its transformation into the iconic company it is today. Mention “Doors Open” in The Shop and at MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant to receive 10% off your purchase. The capacity is 12 per tour. Please meet in the lobby of the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal Street.

MitchellStHISTORIC MITCHELL STREET

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Sunday (9/20) at 12noon  Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes

The only thing that will never change about Mitchell Street — it’s always changing. The street has remained one of our city’s most vibrant and diverse main streets, rich with stories of grand commercial success and decline as successive waves of south side immigrants claim it as their own. Take a stroll down the Mitchell Street to appreciate the historic architecture, kaleidoscope of culture, and learn about major plans that are shaping the street in years to come. The tour will involve about a mile of walking, and will be led by Adam Carr, Mitchell Street enthusiast and admirer.  The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet on the steps of St. Stanislaus Church, 524 W Historic Mitchell Street.

St. Paul's_EpiscopalHISTORIC YANKEE HILL – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 11 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration 75 minutes As Milwaukee entrepreneurs grew wealthy in the latter 1800s, they built mansions and churches on the high ground overlooking Lake Michigan east of downtown. Because many of these wealthy men originated in New York and New England, they were called “Yankees.” Hence, this section of Milwaukee became known as Yankee Hill. On this tour, you will look at the best of the remaining great Yankee Hill mansions and churches, and hear fascinating stories about the men and architects who built them. Tour leader is Rod Botts, who has been leading tours of Yankee Hill for 12 years. The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet in the lobby of the Astor Hotel (924 E. Juneau Avenue.)

eaglesballroomINSIDE THE HISTORIC RAVE / EAGLES CLUB – SOLD OUT

Saturday  (9/19) 12noon and 1 p.m. and Sunday (9/20) 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Ticket required. Duration — 40 minutes

Take a guided tour of The Historic Rave/ Eagles Club.  Designed by architect Russell Bar Williamson in 1926, the Eagles Club was named to the National Register of Historic Places on July 29, 1986.  Constructed by the finest craftsmen, when the building opened on September 13, 1927, it was considered the grandest Eagles building in America.  The Eagles Club features a rooftop outdoor lounge, a 30’ x 70’ foot swimming pool, and what was considered the largest and most beautiful ballroom of its day.  Don’t miss this rarely-available opportunity to tour one of Wisconsin’s most spectacular historic landmarks. This walking tour consists of multiple floors and stairs, and is not handicap accessible. The capacity for each tour is 30 people. Please meet at 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

SONY DSCIRON BLOCK BUILDING

Saturday (9/19) & Sunday (9/20) at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.  Ticket Required – Duration: 75 minutes Participants will get an in-depth view of the Iron Block Building and its restoration, both exterior and interior. Built in 1860, the Italian Renaissance Revival structure is the last building in Wisconsin with an all cast iron façade. Its facades are well known, but there are wonderful interior spaces that the public rarely sees. Dental Associates has taken great care to restore the detail and feel of this pre-Civil War gem. The capacity is 12 people per tour. Please meet at 205 E. Wisconsin Avenue.

macarthurKILBOURNTOWN: THE CITY MOVES WEST

Saturday (9/19) at 1:30 p.m.   Ticket Required – Duration: 75 minutes

Join HMI specialty guide Gary Kulas as he leads you from the site of Mozart’s Grove, to Alexander Mitchell’s mansion, then onto MacArthur Square, and up to the old Pabst Brewery.  Learn about visions for the civic plaza and the history of great cultural assets like the museum and central library.  The capacity for this tour is 30 people. Please onthe steps in front of Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue. 

mcgivern_knicktourLIVING IN A HOTEL: ELOISE AT THE PLAZA

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Saturday (9/19) & Sunday (9/20) at 11 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes Take a tour of the Knickerbocker on the Lake with actor/storyteller John McGivern, who will give you an inside look into three of the full-time residents’ condos/homes. Learn about the history of this former hotel, and steps taken to rejuvenate it. The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet in the restored lobby of the Knickerbocker, 1028 E. Juneau Avenue.  

MAKER OF MILWAUKEEmitchell building

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes

Join MIAD Professor of Art History Dr. Chris Szczesny-Adams as she tours buildings of Edward Townsend Mix, Milwaukee’s premier 19th-century architect. In this tour, you will examine Mix’s prominent role in transforming a frontier town into a cosmopolitan city through architecture. The capacity for this tour is 18 people. Please meet on the corner of Juneau and Marshall and end at Broadway and Michigan Ave. **Note: The walk will be extensive and participants should be able to stand and walk for 90 minutes**

MenomoneeValleyMENOMONEE VALLEY WALKING TOUR: INDUSTRIAL PAST, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes

When Milwaukee was the Machine Shop of the World, the Menomonee Valley was its engine. Yet by the 1990s, the Valley’s legacy was lost amid hundreds of acres of vacant buildings, a forgotten river, and the north/south divide it symbolized in our community. Today, the Valley is experiencing a transformation and has become a national model of sustainable redevelopment. Take a walk through history and learn about the economic revitalization and environmental restoration underway. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. This is a leisurely walking tour, and is handicapped accessible. Please meet in front of Charter Wire, 3700 W. Milwaukee Rd. (just west of Canal St.). Park on Milwaukee Road.  

MCinsideMILLERCOORS BEHIND-THE-SCENES HARD HAT TOUR – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 9 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (Waiver required)MillerCoors will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the Milwaukee Brewery Operations. The tour will end with hospitality and a sampling of a few of the great brews made right here in Miller Valley. Guests must be 21 or older to participate and special dress attire will be required. Closed toed / hard-soled shoes, long pants, NO JEWELRY, no sleeveless shirts. Must be 21 or older with valid ID.  The capacity for this tour is 30 people. Please meet at 4251 W. State Street.  

milwaukee clubMILWAUKEE CLUB PRIVATE TOUR

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Saturday (9/19) at 11 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration – 60 minutes Not only did The Milwaukee Club open the era of social “clubdom” in Milwaukee in 1882, it was also the first men’s club west of the Allegheny Mountains. The presence of the original clubhouse has been maintained with the same reverence of tradition and high standards for more than 133 years. This exclusive Milwaukee Club private tour will be led by the General Manager, and will include both the interior and exterior areas of clubhouse, which was designed by Daniel H. Burnham. Learn about a Milwaukee gem of a building and the history of its members. The capacity for this tour is 12 people. Please meet in the main lobby of the Club at 706 N. Jefferson Street.  

Milwaukee Haunts – SOLD OUT

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Sunday (9/20) 11 a.m. Ticket required. Duration — 90 minutes

On the streets of Milwaukee, lurking in the shadows of history lives tales of ghosts and haunted buildings. Join Anna Lardinois of Gothic Milwaukee Tours to explore historic downtown Milwaukee and look beyond what you see everyday and discover hidden pasts, dark secrets, restless spirits and eerie sightings. The capacity for this tour is 20. This spooktacular walking tour begins in Cathedral Square on northwest corner of Jefferson and Wells Street.

Journal SentinelMILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL PRODUCTION FACILITY

Saturday (9/20) at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes Tour the production facility of Wisconsin’s largest newspaper where seven-level presses print, cut and fold the award-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a number of commercial products every day of the year at a rate of 85,000 copies an hour. The tour includes an historical display, video overview of press operations and visits to the plate-making area, presses and packaging floor. Must be 7 or older. The capacity is 25 people. Please meet at the facility, located at 4104 W. Burnham Street.  

journalart_marylouisetourMILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL’S ART COLLECTION

Saturday (9/19) at 2 p.m. & Sunday (9/20) at 10:30 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes Mary Louise Schumacher, the Journal Sentinel’s art and architecture critic, who will offer you an inside look at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Art Collection. The newspaper opened its building with the only newspaper-run art gallery in the country and perhaps the world, run by Schumacher’s predecessor, art critic Frances Stover. While the gallery was short lived, the company’s art collecting has continued. Mary Louise will give you an in-depth tour of this private and idiosyncratic collection spread throughout the building — from the board rooms to the ladies’ rooms. There will be one tour on Saturday afternoon and one tour on Sunday morning. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Please meet at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Building (333 W. State Street).  

municourt1MILWAUKEE MUNICIPAL COURT

Saturday (9/19) 10 a.m.-1 p.m., every 30 minutes and Sunday (9/20) 11 a.m.-2 p.m., every 30 minutes Ticket required — Duration: 30 minutes A 30-minute tour of the court will be led by Presiding Judge Phil Chavez.  A brief history of the court will be given, including the most recent changes precipitated by the court’s use of advanced technology.  The judge will provide the audience with an understanding of how municipal courts function within Wisconsin, and why they are important within the community. The capacity for each tour is 15 people. Please meet at the Court at 951 N. James Lovell Street.

Photo walkMILWAUKEE PHOTO WALKS

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m. & Sunday (9/20) at 10 a.m.Ticket required — Duration: 2 hours Walk through downtown Milwaukee while hearing historic commentary and learning photographic tips for taking creative pictures with a 1.5 mile, 2-hour Milwaukee Photo Walk. Wisconsin Avenue, in particular, offers a stunning then-and-now view of downtown Milwaukee and will impress locals and tourists alike with its unique architectural details and captivating history. Our tour concludes at the Milwaukee lakefront, highlighting the dramatic Milwaukee Art Museum architecture and scenic gardens. Whether you’re a novice, a professional or just interested in history, you’ll enjoy this tour! The capacity for each tour is 16 people. Please meet at 172 North Broadway, next to the Broadway Theatre.

Streets_of_Old_Milwaukee,jpg 2MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR IN THE STREETS OF OLD MILWAUKEE

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Saturday (9/19) at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Ticket required — Duration 1.5 hours

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the reimagined Streets of Old Milwaukee, opening to the public this fall … just in time for its 50th anniversary! MPM President Dennis Kois will take guests on a hard hat tour for a sneak peek of the remodeling of MPM’s most beloved exhibition, and share other future museum projects and plans. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Hard hats will be provided. Please meet at the Milwaukee Public Museum, 800 W. Wells Street, at the bottom of the grand staircase.

MISSING MILWAUKEE TOURMissing Milwaukee Book Cover_Historic Milwaukee

Saturday (9/19) and Sunday (9/20) at 2 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 30 minutes This walk, hosted by Yance Marti, author of Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee, will highlight several of the building sites featured in his book. Learn of those buildings’ histories and neighborhoods, as well as the changes that have resulted from the loss of the buildings. The capacity for this tour is 30 people. Please meet on the corner of Water St. and Michigan Street.

calvary cemeteryMYSTERIES OF CALVARY CEMETERY CHAPEL

Saturday (9/19) & Sunday (9/20) at 12:30 p.m. Ticket required — Duration 30 minutesDesigned by Erhard Brielmaier, the Cream City Brick, Romanesque chapel, built in 1899 on one of Milwaukee’s highest elevations, was intended for services, prayer, private contemplation, and also as a mausoleum for clergy. Reposing directly beneath the main alter is the body of Rev. Idziego Tarasiewicza, interred in 1903. A mystery remains. Why was Rev. Tarasiewicza the only clergy buried there? The capacity for each tour is 15 people. Must be able to climb steps. Please meet at 5503 W. Blue Mound Road.

North-PointNORTH POINT SOUTH

Sunday (9/20) at 1 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes Explore the portion of the historic North Point District that is south of the Water Tower. Historic Milwaukee guide George Gurria will highlight the people and the patterns that led to this unique neighborhood. The capacity for this tour is 30 people. Please meet at the fountain near the southeast corner of North Avenue and Lake Drive.

orientalORIENTAL THEATRE

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Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m.  Ticket Required – Duration: 45 minutes The Oriental Theatre is Milwaukee’s most impressive operating movie palaces, an architectural and decorative gem that has provided entertainment to Milwaukee moviegoers for 88 years. Yet movies are only part of  the theatre’s history. Dubbed “the crown jewel” of the Saxe Brothers’ chain of 45 theatres, the Oriental opened July 2, 1927 with a program of live theatre pieces and vaudeville acts, as well as shorts and feature films. While vaudeville had become passé by the late ‘30s, the Oriental continued to present live stage events as a complement to movies, and found an alternative life in the ‘70s and ‘80s as Milwaukee’s premier indoor rock venue. Significantly, Parallax Theatres (now Landmark Theatres) acquired the Oriental in the late ‘70s, and featured a calendared series of classics and independent films. In 1984, this was transitioned into first-run art and foreign films; Landmark reigns as America’s largest art house circuit. The Oriental, it should be noted, is one of the few movie palaces to feature an Eastern Indian motif. The decorative elements are all original to the theatre, and virtually everything is as it appeared in 1927. The capacity for this tour is 50 people. Please meet at the Oriental Theatre at 2230 N. Farwell Avenue.  

turnerREVOLUTION IN MILWAUKEE – SOLD OUT

Saturday (9/19) at 11 a.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 1.5 hours Join UW-Milwaukee history prof Aims McGuinness in Historic Turner Hall for an exploration of Milwaukee’s rich history of radical politics from 1848 to 1960. With a focus on the history of socialism in the city, we will read Turner Hall’s architecture, paintings, and stained glass windows for evidence of Milwaukee’s changing place in the history of revolution. Topics we will address include the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Civil War, the struggle for an 8-Hour Day, the Socialist Party, and the administrations of Milwaukee’s three socialist mayors. The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Please meet at the entrance of Turner Hall (1034 N. 4th Street).

NorthpointtowerSix Points Walking Tour

Sunday (9/20) at 1 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes Join longtime Eastsider George Wagner in discovering the vibrant history of East North Avenue.What a convergence of the industrial,commercial, recreational, institutional, and residential! From North Point Water Tower and swimming schools on the Milwaukee River to a Mafia don’s headquarters and an auto assembly plant welcomed by wealthy neighbors, you’ll be surprised at Six Points’ 125 years of diversity. The capacity for this tour is 35. Please meet at the west end of Beans & Barley parking lot, 1901 E. North Avenue.

riverwalkSOUTH RIVERWALK TOUR

Saturday (9/19) & Sunday (9/20) at 1 p.m. Ticket Required – Duration: 60 minutes Join expert guide Frank Matusinec as he tours the Riverwalk from Erie Street to Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse. Stroll along the 1857 straight cut to the lake, touching on Jones Island, the Kashubes, the port and the Edmund Fitzgerald. Explore the river, the lake, the skyline — and maybe even witness the fishers haul in a few “downtowners.” The capacity for each tour is 25 people. Please meet at the 500 block of E. Erie Street.

third ward 2SPUNK AND GRIT: MILWAUKEE’S THIRD WARD

Saturday (9/19) 1 p.m.   Ticket Required — Duration: 90 minutes Milwaukee’s early 19th-century Third Ward was a swamp until it held houses and stores of struggling Irish and Italian immigrants. In the 21st century, it’s a model of American-style recovery. How did the Ward change from slums, saloons and fire hazards to new businesses, theaters and condos? Come and learn the process. The capacity for this tour is 15 people. Please meet in front of the Public Market, on the southwest corner of Water & St. Paul.

bridges-parkTHREE BRIDGES PARK

Saturday (9/19) 10 a.m.  Ticket Required — Duration: 90 minutes

There is no better place to be immersed in the past, present, and future of Milwaukee than Three Bridges Park. Completed in 2013, this former brownfield-turned-greenspace spans the distance between Mitchell Park and the Valley Passage at 37th Street. Join us while we learn how a railyard became a vibrant city park, explore history of the area’s transformation, and drink in some of the best panoramas of the city. The tour will be led by Glenna Holstein, branch manager of Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley Branch, and Adam Carr, one of the park’s top five admirers.The capacity for this tour is 20 people. Please meet in front of the Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W Pierce Street.

tory hillTORY HILL AND THE BLOODY THIRD WARD

Saturday (9/19) at 10 a.m.Ticket Required – Duration: 90 minutes Join Carl Baehr, author of Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names, as he explores the geography and Irish history of Tory Hill and the Third Ward from the founding of Milwaukee to 1900, including events such as the the Leahey Riot, Lady Elgin Disaster, Newhall House Fire, the Third Ward Fire of 1892 and the Lynching of Marshall Clark. The capacity for this tour is 25 people. Please meet at the intersection of 5th and St. Paul.

12WISN-TV (Channel 12) STUDIOS: HELLO, MILWAUKEE!

Saturday  (9/19) 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and Sunday (9/20) 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Tours given on the half hour. Ticket required. Duration — 45 minutes

Everyone watches TV, but how many people have the opportunity to go behind the scenes, into the newsroom, control room and studio of a major television station? This is one of the rare times WISN-TV, “One of America’s Leading ABC Stations,” is opening our doors to the public. Visitors will get a look inside the local ABC affiliate that has been broadcasting in Milwaukee since October 27, 1954. Take a look at the areas that the general public normally does not get access to. See how the TV you watch every day gets from our studios to your living room! No photos or video allowed on tour. The capacity for each tour is 15 people. Please meet atWISN-TV (Channel 12) Studios, 759 N. 19th Street.

20150804_200323Yankee Hill: Ghosts, Gossip and Scandals

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Sunday (9/20) 1 p.m. Ticket required. Duration — 90 minutes

Join Anna Lardinois of Gothic Milwaukee Tours to explore the Yankee Hill neighborhood. Discover Milwaukee’s first elite neighborhood and the ghosts, gossip and scandals that make this gem of a neighborhood worth touring. The capacity for this tour is 20. This spooktacular walking tour begins in Cathedral Square on northwest corner of Jefferson and Wells Street.