The Making of Reasons To Love Milwaukee

Kurt Chandler, Claire Hanan and Dan Shafer discuss making this year’s Reasons To Love Milwaukee issue, telling the city’s positive stories, and the upcoming party at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

The October issue of Milwaukee Magazine, featuring our Reasons To Love Milwaukee cover story, is on newsstands now.

But this annual issue has been in the works for quite a while. Editor Kurt Chandler, Associate Editor Claire Hanan (who edited the feature) and I sat down to discuss how the Milwaukee Magazine staff put the story together,  telling the city’s positive stories, some of our favorite ‘Reasons,’ the upcoming Reasons To Love Milwaukee Party on Oct. 22 at the Milwaukee Public Museum  — which features a first look at the reimagined “Streets of Old Milwaukee.”

Also: we’re featuring local music on the podcast, so if you’d like to have your song played, get in touch with me via email or on Twitter. This episode features the song “Sugar” by IshDarr (who is listed as one of our Reasons To Love Milwaukee), and you’ll here some of it at the beginning of the podcast and the rest of it at the very end.

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Dan Shafer was the digital editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Dan joined the magazine as assistant editor in 2014 and wrote the November 2014 cover story, "Downtown Horizons." He's worked as a reporter at BizTimes Milwaukee and an editor at ThirdCoast Digest. Contact him at He's on Twitter @danshaferMKE.