Milwaukee Press Club to Host City’s 171st Birthday Party

The event will also celebrate difference-makers in the Milwaukee community.

On Jan. 31, 1846, Milwaukee was incorporated as a city with a population of just 9,660. This year, the city that 947,735 people now call home is turning 171. 

The Milwaukee Press Club, the oldest running press club in North America, will host a birthday party for the city, which will feature a “Celebrating Our Heroes” event.

Dozens of Milwaukeeans who have made a difference in the community were nominated as “superheroes,” and the Board of Governors and the City Birthday Party Planning Committee voted on the top 10. The party will recognize these 10 “superheroes” and their accomplishments, some of which include advocating for healthcare, championing education systems, donating organs and serving the community as a spiritual leader. 

The event will take place Thurs., Jan. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Grain Exchange (225 E. Michigan St.). Admission is $35 per person and includes complimentary appetizers, beer and birthday cake.



Elisabeth Wallock is a contributing digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. She graduated from Colorado State University and has interned at Marie Claire in New York and Urban Outfitters in London.