Ticket Required ($10)
Ticket required ($10)
Ticket required ($10)
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 ealy 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.
Photo credit: Urban Milwaukee
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
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, 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 forty years under Landmark Theatres’ astute management, maintaining its following and constantly finding new audiences. Join us in exploring the Oriental, which has just celebrated its 90th Anniversary.
Meet at the Oriental Theatre: 2230 North Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Date & time TBD. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 25 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.
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.
Saturday (9/23) at 3 pm. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 30 minutes. Capacity: 25 people.
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 its 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.
Meet at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge (1579 S. 9th Street).
Must be 21 or older to attend.
Saturday (9/23) and Sunday (9/24) at 10 am & 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 show visitors around our brand new Intergalactic Headquarters in the Grand Avenue Mall. Showing visitors what happens behind the scenes to keep Bublr rollin’ and answering questions!
Meet at 275 West Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1415 (right next to Boston Store on the first floor of the Grand Ave.)
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 power two 1 megawatt internal combustion engines that were built by GE Waukesha. Visitors will tour unloading bay, pump room, foodstock tanks and digesters, laboratory, electrical control room, and view 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. Please do not attempt to enter the employee lot to the south. Those gates will be closed. 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.
Meet at 2011 W. Potawatomi Circle
Date & time TBD. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 75 minutes. Capacity: 30 people
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.
Meet on the steps in front of Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue.
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.
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.
Sunday (9/24) at 1:45 pm & 3:30 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 in the park in front of Charter Wire, 3700 W Milwaukee Rd (just west of Canal St). Park on Milwaukee Road.
Sunday (9/24) at 11 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity 12 people.
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.
Meet in the main lobby of the Club at 706 N. Jefferson Street.
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.
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.
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 our craft brewery! We’re opening our 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.
Date & time TBD. 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
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.
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.
Saturday (9/23) at 10 am. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 60 minutes. Capacity: 25 people.
Meet at Tandem at 1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave
Date & time TBD. Ticket Required ($10). Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours. Capacity: 25 people.
Alderman Nik Kovac leads an architectural tour of downtown’s surprising parking structures. A few architects have been bold, innovative and decorative, but more often the need for parking is seen as a necessary evil. Explore 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 at NE corner of Water St. and Wells St.
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
Sunday (9/24) at 10 am. Ticket required ($10). Duration: 2 hours. Capacity: 25 per tour.
Led by Ron Winkler, author of this neighborhood’s book titled 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
Date & time TBD. 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 Adam Carr, one of the park’s top five admirers.
Meet: In front of the Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W Pierce Street.
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 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 to see. See how the TV you watch every day gets from our studios to your living room!
Meet at WISN 759 N 19th Street, Milwaukee.
Sunday (9/24) 11 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.
Ticket Required (FREE)
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.
No Ticket Required (FREE)
Date & time TBD. 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 near Charter Wire just west of Canal Street, roughly under 35th Street Viaduct.
Bring your own bike, helmet, and water.
Date & time TBD. 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
Sign up sheets will be available for each of the 9 tours starting at 7:00 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.