The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: Sept. 26

We recommend China Lights, Aperitivo, Kettle Moraine State Forest and more this week.

1. Read The Every by Dave Eggers


What if an app could tell you whether your friends actually like you? Or could improve your environmental responsibility by calculating the exact carbon impact of your every movement? Or could track the eyeballs of each person around you to identify if someone ogles you while you’re not looking? These are all ideas from Dave Eggers’ new social satire, The Every, which aims its sights at big tech, social media, public shaming and hyperconnectivity. The novel is a sequel to his 2013 novel, The Circle, but you don’t need to read that one to enjoy this one. It follows Delaney Wells, a new employee at The Every (essentially a combination of every social media company and Amazon), who is attempting to secretly destroy the company from within. Eggers pulls together a frightening, prescient and darkly amusing look at how technology is reshaping not only our society, but human beings themselves. I very much recommend. 

2. Take Your Date to China Lights


I could list all the reasons you should go see the China Lights here, but why do that when I wrote 5 Reasons to See the China Lights last week. So, instead, I will tell you what I didn’t share in that guide: This is such a fun fall date spot! My partner and I had such a great time walking, looking at the lanterns and catching up after a busy week. We also had lots of fun trying out the different interactive lights (because they’re not just for the kids!). So whether you’re looking for a spot for a friend date, romantic date or solo date, this is a great spot to go. 

China Lights 2022; Photo by Brianna Schubert



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3. Follow Milwaukee Public Library’s TikTok


I wouldn’t be a proper digital editor if I wasn’t attuned to the world of TikTok. So, yes, I’m on the app and watch fairly regularly, but also I can understand it’s not for everyone. But if you’re going to give the app a try for one reason and one reason only, have it be to enjoy the Milwaukee Public Library’s high-energy, funny and bookish videos. The time, effort and creativity that goes into these is clearly paying off – they have 19,600 followers enjoying them on TikTok. And fine, if you’re really an anti-TikTok stickler, they post their videos on Instagram Reels too. 

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4. Spend an Aperitivo at Aperitivo


It had been on my list to visit this place – Aperitivo in the Pritzlaff building (311 N. Plankinton Ave.) – for quite a while. And it is a charmer – all exposed Cream City brick, high wood-beamed ceiling and rustic wooden bar top. The spot is inspired by the drinking/snacking (happy hour-ing) time in Italy known as aperitivo. The drink list is a little Italian (negroni, aperol spritz) and a lot classic (Manhattan, Sazerac, boulevadier), and you can snack quite well here. For instance, there’s a great cevapcici platter – that’s with Serbian lamb-beef sausages, feta, raw onion, red pepper sauce and fresh, hot house-made pita.

Cevapcici platter at Aperitivo; Photo by Ann Christenson

5. Go Camping at Kettle Moraine


Autumn is here, and let me tell you why that is the best time of year for camping: No mosquitoes, fall foliage and way less people. Plus, you get to cuddle up in warm layers and gather around a campfire. Here in Milwaukee we’re lucky to have such a beautiful state park nearby. Kettle Moraine State Forest offers tons of great campgrounds that are cozy and you can almost always grab a site last minute, unlike more popular destinations like Devil’s Lake and Peninsula. It’s close enough to be convenient, but beautiful enough to feel like an escape.

Photo of Kettle Moraine State Forest via website