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6 Reasons I Love Milwaukee: Claire Swinarski

The three B’s of Milwaukee: Beer, Brewers, and Brunch.

We asked writer and April 2017 issue contributor Claire Swinarski to share with us the reasons she loves Milwaukee. Here are her picks:

1. Brunch. From Beans & Barley to the aptly named Brunch, Milwaukee offers tons of delicious places to savor a mid-morning meal. My personal favorite is Cafe Benelux. Nothing beats a Bloody Mary and their “hodge podge” bowl, and it’s the perfect atmosphere to meet up with friends and spend a weekend morning sipping coffee.

2. The Basilica of St. Josephat. My husband’s from Poland, so we love rich history and the special nod to polish culture. The beautiful dome makes it one of our favorite places to worship. Milwaukee has a lot of pretty churches, but this 115-year-old nod to St. Peter’s in Rome is a must-see. 

3. Atwater Park. Everyone loves Lake Michigan, and this is one of the most scenic spots to hang out and take it all in. The bluffs and the never-crowded beach in this Shorewood gem are nice perks, too! Any path you can stroll along the shores of Lake Michigan is great, but if you escape to the burbs a bit, you find gems like Atwater that aren’t so packed on sunny days. 

4. The Milwaukee Public Museum. When I was a kid, going to the museum was one of my favorite day-trips my family took, and that hasn’t changed now that I have a son of my own. The Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit always takes my imagination back 100 years, and the Dome Theater is like a 3D movie theater on steroids. It’s the coolest movie-watching experience you’ll ever have–trust me. 

5. Miller Park. During the summer, there’s no better way to spend a day than cheering on the Brewers at Miller Park. After tailgating in the parking lot, I love wandering the ballpark during slow innings, grabbing some nachos or a custard-stuffed doughnut sandwich, and waiting in line to see Hank, the dog the Brewers rescued at spring training. 

6. BreweriesNot only is beer my drink of choice, but I love learning more about how it gets made and the historical aspect of brewing in Milwaukee. Milwaukeeans don’t joke about our beer, and we have the many amazing breweries to prove it. Some of my favorites include Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Brewing Company, and Brenner Brewing. If you’re not looking to try beer but want a cool history lesson and some interesting Milwaukee architecture, Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery offers a tour of their no-longer-in-use facilities, too.

Claire Swinarski is a contributor to our April, 2017 “Best of the ‘Burbs!” issue, writing this month’s Insider, “Raising the Roof.”