BIKING ON THE HANK AARON STATE TRAIL
Sunday (9/24) at 9 am. No ticket required. Duration 2-2.5 hours.
This bike tour will go through areas of great significance in the city’s history. This easy ride with frequent stops will focus on the history and changes in the Menomonee Valley, Native American uses, impacts of the Milwaukee Road Shops, and the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, built for returning Civil War veterans and still serving veterans today.
Parking and starting location: Public lot immediately west of the Mitchell Park Domes off of 27th Street, north of National Avenue.
Bring your own bike, helmet, and water.
Miller Brewery Tour
Saturday (9/23) at 10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m., every 30 minutes.
No ticket required. Duration: 1 hour plus 30 minute sampling. Capacity: n/a – first come first served.
The Miller Brewery Tour offers you an indoor/outdoor guided walking tour of Miller Valley, home to over 155 years of brewing history. Experience everything from Fredrick Miller’s arrival in Milwaukee to the high-speed production lines used today. Your free, one-hour tour seamlessly blends the rich history of Miller Brewing Co. with the modern technology of today’s brewing process. Tours begin with a video depicting Frederick Miller’s historic arrival in Milwaukee to the company’s transition to modern day brewing. Get up-close views of our packaging center, shipping and distribution warehouse, brew house and one-of-a-kind historic Miller Caves where you will have the opportunity to meet Fredrick Miller himself! Don’t forget to stop at our Bavarian-style Miller Inn for ice-cold refreshing samples of our finest brews for those 21 and older. Soft drinks are available for guests under 21 or upon request.
Meet: 4251 W State St, Milwaukee, WI 53208
PORT OF MILWAUKEE BUS TOUR
Saturday (9/23) at 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 30 per bus.
Join Port of Milwaukee staff for a bus tour of port facilities. The Port is the landlord of major companies such as Cargill Salt, Morton Salt, Compass Minerals, Kinder Morgan, LafargeHolcim, St. Mary’s Cement, Federal Marine Terminals, Lake Express, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy and U.S. Oil. Your tour guide will describe what goes on at each of these facilities and the transportation options they each use to distribute their products. U.S. Coast Guard Auxilliary staff will have CG equipment on display at the Port Office.
To sign up for the bus tour:
Sign up sheets will be available for each of the 8 tours starting at 7:30 a.m. at the Port Administration Building, 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr. First come first serve. The bus will leave from the Port Administration Building.
Want to learn more? Buy one or both of these books online or in our store. “Soul of a Port: The history and evolution of the port of Milwaukee” or “Maritime Milwaukee” online or in our store.
Ticket required ($10)
Art & Justice Trail (Bronzeville Loop)
Saturday (9/23) at 9:00 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 3 miles / 2.5-3 hrs. Capacity: 25 per tour.
What do Joshua Glover, Sojourner Truth, Vel Phillips, Martin Luther King, and Golda Meir have in common? Not only are they all memorialized in statue or mural in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, but they represent national, international, and local Milwaukee leaders who worked tirelessly for social justice. Visit these works of art, learn more about each figure (the stuff they don’t teach in school), and witness the signs of this neighborhood’s revitalization, including the new America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Pete’s Fruit Market, Jazale’s Art Studio, Gee’s Barbershop, and Redline art studio. Hosted by ZIP MKE (zipmke.com), The Generosity Project, and the Historic King Drive BID No. 8, in conjunction with 200 Nights of Freedom (200nightsoffreedom.org).
Meeting place: Corner of N. 9th St. and W. Vliet St.
Art & Justice Trail (Bronzeville Loop)
Want to learn more? Purchase the book “Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee” online or in our store.
Want to learn more? Purchase the book “Finding Freedom-The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave” online or in our store.
Art & Justice Trail (Civil Rights Marches Tour)
Sunday (9/24) at 9:00 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 2 miles / 2-2.5 hrs. Capacity: 25.
What do Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, James E. Groppi, and Cesar Chavez have in common? Join us on this second leg of the Art/Justice Trail tour that explores not just the histories of these influential workers for social justice, but the statues and murals that represent them, part of an artistic and muralist phenomenon in our city that promotes community building, equal rights, and peace. The tour will begin by visiting MacArthur Square just east of the Milwaukee County Courthouse, where a statue of Gandhi, shown mid-stride as if in the Salt March, stands in the India-America Friendship Park. The tour will proceed to view Mother Theresa on the Marquette Campus and march south across the 16th Street Viaduct, now called the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge in honor of Fr. Groppi’s involvement in the Open Housing Marches 50 years ago. The final destinations will explore the Cesar Chavez statue and mural in Clarke Square neighborhood, as well as other works of art celebrating community. Hosted by ZIP MKE (zipmke.com) and The Generosity Project in conjunction with 200 Nights of Freedom (200nightsoffreedom.org).
Meeting place: 800 W. Wells St. (in front of Milwaukee Public Museum)
Want to learn more? Purchase the book “Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee” online or in our store.
Want to learn more? Purchase the book “Finding Freedom-The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave” online or in our store.
Saturday (9/23) and Sunday (9/24) at 10:00 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 75 minutes. Capacity: 20 per tour.
Join tour guide Bryant Zimmermann on an outdoor, walking tour through the Historic Avenue’s West neighborhood. The tour will feature some of the cities finest mansions, as well as several important commercial buildings.
Meeting place: Penfield Children’s Center, 833 N 26th St
Bay View Neighborhood
Sunday (9/24) at 4 pm. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 75 minutes. Capacity: 25 per tour.
Join Sean Regan on a walk through one of Milwaukee’s most interesting and independent neighborhoods, Bay View. The tour will explore Bay View’s rich history from native land to early settlers, to company town, up to today’s hipster’s. Several commercial, residential, religious and recreational buildings along KK and Russell avenues will be highlighted.
Meet at Zillman Park on the corner of KK and Ward.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Bay View” online or in our store.
Beerline Trail Walking Tour
Saturday (9/23) at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 30-40 minutes. Capacity: 20 per tour.
Participating in the guided walking tour of the Beerline Recreational Trail, originally a railroad line, one will learn about its history and the new resurgence of development in the area. Beginning on Burleigh Street, it goes to Capitol Drive directly over the bridge. The linear park development (Keefe to Capitol), is in its third year of a large creative placemaking project. This 1.3 mile trail connects the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods while cutting through the Riverworks Business Improvement District. Riverworks Development Corporation’s Executive Director Darryl Johnson will guide you through the various historical components, community art installations and economic development projects both completed and in process.
Meet at 526 E Concordia Avenue
Behind the Curtains at the Oriental Theatre
Saturday (9/23) at 10 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 50 people.
Honored as one of America’s top ten movie theatres and having just celebrated its 90th Annicersary, the Oriental is an awe-inspiring and vital part of Milwaukee’s cultural scene. Originally conceived as a palace for silent films and live stage performances, the theatre has thrived for the last 41 years under Landmark Theatres’ astute management, maintaining its following and constantly finding new audiences.
Meet at the Oriental Theatre: 2230 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Like movie history? Purchase the book “Milwaukee Movie Theaters” online or in our store.
Behind-The-Scenes VIP Hard Hat tour of Miller Brewery
Saturday (9/23) at 9:45 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 20 people.
Tour goers will be stepping back 150 years and enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Miller Valley. This tour begins with a private hard hat tour of our brewing facilities and an up-close look at how we make our award winning beers. The tour then enters Miller’s historic caves, where Frederick J. Miller used to store his earliest brews. The caves are among the oldest surviving soft-ground tunnels of their size in North America. Next, it’s on to the Historic Miller Inn, as no trip to MillerCoors would be complete without sampling some of our finest products. CHEERS!
Meet at Miller Visitor Center 4251 W State Street Milwaukee, WI 53208 ARRIVAL: 9:45 sharp.
Participants must be 21 or older with valid ID.
Please review Miller hard hat tour dress requirements here. All participants must comply with dress code requirements to take the tour.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Brewing in Milwaukee” online or in our store.
Other related titles include “Breweries of Wisconsin”
BRADY STREET WALKING TOUR
Saturday (9/23) at 4 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 75 minutes. Capacity: 30 per tour.
Join Sean Regan on a speedy walk through 150 years of Brady Street history. From Polish, German and Italian roots to counter culture in the 60’s and 70’s, this charismatic and ever changing neighborhood is sure to entertain you.
Meet in front of St. Hedwigs, located on the corner of Humboldt and Brady.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Milwaukee’s Brady Street Neighborhood” online or in our store.
Sunday (9/24) at 3 pm both days. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 20 minutes. Capacity: 15 per tour.
Bublr Bikes will lead a tour downtown and tell you about bicycle culture in Milwaukee. Bublr will also show visitors around their new headquarters in the Grand Avenue Mall.
Meet at 275 West Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1415 (right next to Boston Store on the first floor of the Grand Ave.)
Downtown Transportation with Alderman Nik Kovac
Saturday (9/23) at 3 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours. Capacity: 25 people.
Alderman Nik Kovac leads a tour of how we get around downtown. Along the route, participants will have their eyes opened to downtown’s extensive parking system. Learn how the car has affected our public streets and private buildings. Alderman Kovac will also discuss the future of transportation from freeways to bus rapid transit to the street car.
Meet: City Hall, 200 E Wells St
SOLD OUT: Frederick Law Olmsted’s East Side Legacy Bicycle Tour
Saturday (9/23) at 1 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 25 people.
Explore part of Milwaukee’s legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted, creator of Manhattan’s Central Park and widely considered the father of American parks. Participants will ride through Lake Park, one of Olmsted’s best-preserved parks, with stops along the way, and then head west on Newberry Boulevard to explore Riverside Park. The two distinctive parks linked by a parkway is a mini “park system,” a concept developed by Olmsted early in his career. Researcher and writer Virginia Small will point out examples of Olmsted’s timeless design principles and his ideas about how parks could enhance democracy and public health. Tony Giron of the Wisconsin Bike Federation will co-lead the tour. Guests must bring their own bicycles.
Meet: Lake Park, just east of Warming House and south of playground 2917 Lake Drive Road
Want to learn more? Purchase the book “Milwaukee County Parks” online or in our store.
FCPC Renewable Generation Biodigester
10 and 10:30 tours told out.
Saturday (9/23) at 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm, & 3:30 pm. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 20 per tour.
The Forest County Potawatomi’s biodigester is a renewable energy power plant. It is powered by food waste that is converted into methane by anaerobic digestion. The methane powers two 1 megawatt internal combustion engines that were built by GE Waukesha. Visitors will tour the unloading bay, pump room, foodstock tanks and digesters, laboratory, electrical control room, and view the generators. Entry to site is off the first drive south of the WEST intersection of Canal and W. Potawatomi Circle. The gates will be open. Park on the north and or west side of the building. Do not block drives. Personnel doors to enter the building will be open. Please do not enter open overhead doors. Please wear closed toe shoes and long pants. Areas may be wet, pungent smell in some areas. It is hot and noisy in some areas. Children are welcome with an adult.
Meet at 2011 W. Potawatomi Circle
Saturday (9/23) 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM. Sunday (9/24) 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 20 people
History roars to life at the Harley-Davidson Museum.® It’s the best of American design and culture – seasoned with freedom and rebellion, showcased in a landmark building. See why the Museum is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations. This tour will provide guests with highlights of the Museum exhibits and the 20-acre site, located in the thriving Menomonee Valley.
Meet: 400 W. Canal Street Milwaukee, WI 53201
Historic Mitchell Street
Sunday (9/24) at noon. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 15 people
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.
Meet: On the steps of St. Stanislaus Church, 524 W. Historic Mitchell Street.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Milwaukee’s Old South Side” online or in stores.
Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus
Saturday (9/23) and Sunday (9/24). See below for times. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: varies; ride one hour loop or use the bus to explore Milwaukee all day. Capacity: 16 people per day.
Map out your day using the Milwaukee Food & City Tours Hop On & Hop Off Sightseeing Bus – a hassle-free way to enjoy the city and Doors Open
MEET: Hop on the signature BRIGHT GREEN buses at The Pfister Hotel, 424 WE. Wisconsin Avenue at 11 am, or any hour on the hour (11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm). From there, you may ride the bus for 1 hour for just the narrated city tour loop, or ride it for up to 5 hours to navigate between 11 different hotels, neighborhoods and attractions featured in Doors Open. Hop On / Hop Off locations include: The Pfister Hotel, Hilton City Center, Hyatt Hotel, Milwaukee Art Museum, Brady Street (across from Sciortino’s Bakery), Lakefront Brewery, Old World 3rd Street (in front of Mader’s Restaurant), Harley-Davidson Museum, Iron Horse Hotel, Walker’s Point (in front of Purple Door Ice Cream), Milwaukee Public Market in the Historic Third Ward.
Pre-plan your day by downloading the route map and timing at milwaukeecitytours.com – route maps will also be provided to ticket holders.
Inside the Historic Clock Tower at Rockwell Automation
Saturday (9/23) at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 30 per tour.
The Clock Tower, built by Allen-Bradley Company and now owned by Rockwell Automation, has been a landmark in Milwaukee for more than 50 years. From 1962 to 2010, it was the largest four-sided clock in the world. Currently, it is the largest four-sided clock in the Western Hemisphere. Take this rare opportunity to come inside the over 300 foot tall clock and learn about its history.
All participants 18 years and older must show photo ID; No food or beverages allowed.
Meet at 1201 South Second Street.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee and the Engineers who Created Them” online or in our store.
SOLD OUT: Inside the Historic Rave / Eagles Club
Saturday (9/23) at noon and 1 p.m. and Sunday (9/23) at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 40 minutes. Capacity: 30 per tour.
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’ 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.
Please meet at 2401 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
Johnson Controls Technology Showcase
Saturday (9/23) at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 25 people
Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Since their invention of the first electric room thermostat in 1885, Johnson Controls been committed to delivering innovative products that help the world run smoothly, smartly, simply and safely. It all started here in Wisconsin with Professor Warren Johnson’s innovation, and our 507 E. Michigan St. location is the original global headquarters. Today, it serves as the headquarters for their buildings business, known as Building Efficiency. Visitors will have access to the 7th floor of the Johnson Controls Technology Showcase where the company’s most innovate technologies can be view first hand.
Meet: 507 E. Michigan St.
Pews ‘n Brews Tour
Sunday (9/24) at 1 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 75 minutes. Capacity: 30 people
Take a tour with Gary Kulas, Milwaukee church & tavern guide. As the tour heads north from the steps of the Milwaukee Public Library and the churches of Grand Avenue, it transitions into the leisurely settings of the Brewery Complex with an assortment of beer gardens reminiscent of relaxing days outdoors on a Sunday afternoon at the turn of the century
Meet on the steps in front of Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
LIVING IN A HOTEL: ELOISE AT THE PLAZA
Saturday (9/23) & Sunday (9/24) at 10 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 15 per tour.
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.
Meet in the restored lobby of the Knickerbocker, 1028 E. Juneau Avenue.
MAKER OF MILWAUKEE
Saturday (9/23) at 10 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 18 people.
Join MIAD Professor of Art History Dr. Chris Szczesny-Adams, Ph.D. as she tours buildings of Edward Townsend Mix, Milwaukee’s premier 19th-century architect. This tour will examine Mix’s prominent role in transforming a frontier town into a cosmopolitan city through architecture.
Meet at the corner of Juneau and Marshall and end at Broadway and Michigan Ave. This tour includes extensive walking and standing.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Milwaukee’s Early Architecture” online or in our store.
Maryland Avenue Montessori School with Bobby Tanzilo
Saturday (9/23) at 2:30 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration 60 minutes. Capacity: 15 people.
Join OnMilwaukee Senior Editor/Writer Bobby Tanzilo on a tour of 150 years of public school history on the Maryland Avenue Montessori School site. Tour current buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1887, and see inside the newest addition, which welcomes students this September. Bobby is the author of Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses.
Meet: Maryland Avenue Montessori School, 2418 N Maryland Ave
Want to learn more? Purchase the “Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses” online or in our store.
Menomonee River Valley Walking Tour: Industrial Past, Sustainable Future
Saturday (9/23) at 1:00 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration 90 minutes. Capacity: 25 people.
When Milwaukee was the Machine Shop of the World, the Menomonee Valley was its engine, where rail cars and machinery were made, clay became bricks, wheat became flour, and hogs became ham. 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 Valley’s past and the ambitious plans for its future.
Meet: 3001 W. Canal Street
MILWAUKEE CLUB PRIVATE TOUR
Sunday (9/24) at 11 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity 12 people.
Built in 1882, the Milwaukee Club is the oldest city club in its original clubhouse west of the Allegany’s. 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.
Meet in the main lobby of the Club at 706 N. Jefferson Street.
Sold out: MILWAUKEE PHOTO WALK
Saturday (9/23) at 10 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 2.5 hours. Capacity: 14 per tour.
Join us on a Milwaukee Photo Walk offered by Milwaukee Food & City Tours. Walk through downtown Milwaukee while hearing historic commentary and learning photographic tips for taking creative pictures with a 1.5 mile, 2.5 hour 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!
Meet at 172 North Broadway, next to the Broadway Theatre.
Like photography? Buy the book “H.H. Bennett–Photographer” online or in our store or “Illuminating the Particular-Photographs of Milwaukee’s South Side”
Sunday (9/24) at 2 pm. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 1 hour. Capacity: 30 per tour.
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.
Meet at 235 E. Michigan St. on the corner of Water St. and Michigan Street.
Want to learn more? Buy Yance Marti’s book, “Missing Milwaukee” online or in our store.
Pabst Milwaukee Brewery
Saturday (9/23) at 12 pm, 12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 25 minutes. Capacity: 6 per tour.
Join Pabst Milwaukee for a sneak peek of their craft brewery! Pabst Milwaukee is opening doors of the otherwise private brewery floor for these special tours. Guests will be treated to a tour from the brewer as well as some samples of the beers we’re brewing in house.
Meet at 1037 W Juneau Ave.
Paddle the Menomonee River
Sunday (9/24). Ticket required ($10). Duration: apprx 2 hours. Capacity: 20 people.
Paddle with Milwaukee Riverkeeper Cheryl Nenn on Milwaukee Kayak Company kayaks. On this paddle, you will explore the lower Menomonee River and its industrial canals. Paddle the Burnham Canal and learn about efforts to remove contamination and restore this waterway to provide better wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. The tour will also paddle the South Menomonee Canal and talk about issues associated with the Valley Power Plant as well as big changes made to that plant to improve water quality and air quality. If time permits, the tour will head up the main stem of the Menomonee River to the Emmber Lane boat launch and discuss the history of the Menomonee Valley and its impact on water quality.
Participants must be 12+ to paddle their own kayaks. Meet at Milwaukee Kayak Company 318 S Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
Before you paddle, take a moment to review these FAQs: http://milwaukeekayak.com/faqs
REVOLUTION IN MILWAUKEE
Sunday (9/24) at 11 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 1.5 hours. Capacity: 20 people.
Join UWM history professor 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.
Meet at the entrance of Turner Hall (1034 N. 4th Street).
ROCKS OF ARCHITECTURE
Sunday (9/24) at 12 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 75 minutes. Capacity: 20 people.
Building stones in any city generally reflect the local geology. The great variety of rock types used in Milwaukee from the Midwest tells a geologic story that beguiles the imagination compared to the quiet geology here today. This tour, led by UW Milwaukee geology professor Bill Kean, will look at 10-12 buildings primarily along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor which reflect Midwestern geology and the effective use of building material to the architectural style. There are a few notable exceptions of material from distant places.
Meet on Water St in front of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and progress eastward ending at Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. This is a one mile walk.
Tandem Restaurant with Kyle Cherek and Chef Caitlin Cullen
Sunday (9/24) at 11:30 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 25 people.
Meet at Tandem at 1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave
Three Bridges Park
Sunday (9/24) at 9 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 90 minutes. Capacity: 20 people.
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 the Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center and Adam Carr, one of the park’s top five admirers.
Meet: In front of the Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W Pierce Street.
Tory Hill and the Bloody Third Ward
Saturday (9/23) at 10 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 1.5 hours. Capacity: 25 per tour.
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 Leahey Riot, Lady Elgin Disaster, Newhall House Fire, Third Ward Fire of 1892, and Lynching of Marshall Clark.
Meet at the Northwest corner N. 5th Street and W. St Paul Avenue
Town of Lake/Tippecanoe Walk
Sunday (9/24) at 10 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 25 per tour.
Led by Ron Winkler, author of Milwaukee’s Town of Lake. The tour begins at the Town of Lake Water Tower, built during the Depression. Visit John Saveland’s real estate developments of Lincoln Park and Bunker Hill which feature a diverse housing stock on some of the largest lots in the city. Saveland’s home is next to Saveland Park, a remnant of his Lake Tippecanoe. Nearby is Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church, built on the foundation of John Saveland’s dance hall, which was built on the foundation of Isaac Austin’s barn. The original Lake Town Hall was located on Howell and Howard (site of the Tippecanoe Library).
Meet at 4001 South Sixth Street
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Town of Lake” online or in our store.
Sold out: WISN-TV Studios: Hello, Milwaukee!
Saturday (9/23) at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 45-60 minutes. Capacity: 12 per tour.
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 the 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 to see. See how the TV you watch every day gets from the studios to your living room!
Meet at WISN 759 N 19th Street, Milwaukee.
YANKEE HILL: GHOSTS, GOSSIP AND SCANDALS
Saturday (9/23) 10 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration 90 minutes. Capacity: 20 people.
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.
This spooktacular walking tour begins in Cathedral Square on the corner of JACKSON & WELLS, at the bus stop.
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Milwaukee Mayhem–Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s first Century” online or in our store.
Ticket Required (FREE)
Sold out: City Hall Bell Tour
Saturday (9/23) and Sunday (9/24): 7 tours per day on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm. Duration: 45 minutes. Capacity: 25 per tour
Ticket Required (FREE)
Take a rarely-offered climb up five steep, narrow flights of stairs. Get a chance to ring the “Solomon Juneau” — the 11-ton bell named after Milwaukee’s first mayor. Learn about how and why the bell is ringing again after over 75 years of silence.
Meet on the 8th floor of City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street.
Tour-goers must sign a waiver before taking the tour.
City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility
Saturday (9/23) at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM. Ticket required (FREE). Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 30 per tour.
Take an in-depth tour of the Materials Recovery Facility with a recycling professional to see what happens to your recyclables after they are collected from your cart! With the completion of a retrofit in 2015, recycling processing is completed in a state-of-the-art, single stream facility. Since the machinery is not operating we can get an up close view of the equipment that processes over 60,000 tons of material each year. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes.
Meet at 1313 W Mount Vernon Ave.
Sold out: State Traffic Operations Center
Saturday (9/23) and Sunday (9/24) at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. Ticket required (FREE). Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 30 per tour.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center operates traffic management and traveler information systems on Wisconsin’s interstates, freeways/expressways and state highways. For Safety, operators monitor over 400 cameras throughout the state to keep traffic flowing. Using their control room video wall, ramp meters, electronic signing, speed detection, and data sources, they will demonstrate how the STOC keeps tabs on current traffic conditions and how they provide information in real-time to the traveling public and freight community.
Meeting Place: 433 W St. Paul Ave
Sold out: Milwaukee Soldiers Home
Sunday (9/24) at 9:30 am (SOLD OUT ) and 11:00 am. Ticket required (FREE). Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hours. Capacity: 30 per tour.
Designed as a place to aid veterans’ healing and ease their transition back into civilian life, the Milwaukee Soldiers Home (Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers) was established in 1867. Nestled into a picturesque landscape, the recuperative village boasts as many as 48 historic resources including marvelous Victorian architecture designed by renowned Milwaukee architects Edward Townsend Mix and Henry C. Koch. Join Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and others who care deeply about the Soldiers Home for an in-depth, outdoor guided walking tour through the grounds and learn about the architecture and history of the buildings.
Meeting Place: 5000 W. National Ave, at the fountain in front of Old Main (N. Gen. Mitchell Blvd.)
Want to learn more? Buy the book “Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home” online or in our store.