June 2019

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Say Hello to Summer

It’s here – the season we wait for all year long. Use this guide to maximize your fun.

By Milwaukee Magazine Staff and Contributors

The Making of a Historian

John Gurda makes Milwaukee’s history come to life. Now, meet the man himself.

By Carolyn Kott Washburne

The Big Beer Battle

With Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors trading marketing jabs over corn syrup, of all things, is Big Beer really such a tough sell these days?

By Matthew Piper

A Grand Old Leaf

Eighty years ago, the first riders set out on what became the Oak Leaf Trail, guided by a vision of bringing urbanites to nature.

By Matthew J. Prigge


Your 414

Pride and Joy

The history of our city’s annual Pride celebration is as colorful as the rainbow flags flying over Henry W. Maier Festival Park this month.

By Zach Brooke

Local Talent: Chloe Benjamin

One of the best-selling novelists in the United States, Chloe Benjamin, lives and works in Wisconsin.

By Adam Rogan

Planet Giannis

Evidently Europeans love the Greek Freak nearly as much as we do here.

By Zach Messitte

The Culture Cosmos

Taking stock of an actor’s summer theater experiences, a new art gallery on Kilbourn Avenue and more

By Lindsey Anderson


Our top picks for the can’t-miss events of the season

By Lindsey Anderson

Fest Foot Forward

You may not be a Summerfest headliner, but we’ll do our best to help you look like one.

By Lindsey Anderson



Teenage Lawmaker

What’s it like to be a 19-year-old state legislator? We asked maybe the only person who knows.

By Steven Potter

Horse Force

Inside the project that brings together therapy and police horses

By Zach Brooke

The Birds II: Lawful and Orderly

Bird and other dockless scooter companies will return to MKE at some point. This time, officials will be ready.

By Larry Sandler



Dye Hard

Cocktail bar big-cheese John Dye’s interests and inspirations run beyond the bottle.

By Ann Christenson

Pack a Picnic

From the place to the provisions, all you need is a radiant summer day to enjoy this terrific outdoor spread.

By Ann Christenson

TREND: Loaded Fries

It’s a french fry revolution! And it begins with lots of toppings.

By Ann Christenson



The euphoria “Johnny Milwaukee” feels for this city and its burgeoning art scene can be best described as the “chilly-chills.”

As told to Adam Rogan

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