Reconnect with your inner artist at one of these suburban Milwaukee gems. These are more than worth the drive out from the city.

The Cabaret Cafe

Oconomowoc’s gorgeous art center lives in the high school, but its performances are anything but sophomoric. Its Cabaret Cafe features professional musicians, like Milwaukee’s WhiskeyBelles, and even hosts classical whizzes like the Florentine Opera

Mary Nohl House in Fox Point

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

Mary Nohl House

Fox Point
The late artist’s home has delighted (and perhaps spooked) a few generations of Milwaukeeans and art-lovers alike. No matter its location, we certainly hope its folk-art mystique endures.


A theater and music venue nestled among the Lapham Peak State Park pines is as much a feast for culture vultures as it is for nature buffs.

Inspiration Studios

West Allis
It’s a relatively young art venue, but this art gallery, playhouse and live music space has scored some considerable wins – like a performance by locals Jon Mueller and Old Earth – and its programming power only seems to improve with time.



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