The Third Ward Ranked in the Top 5 U.S. Art Districts

USA Today loves the revitalized warehouse neighborhood for its galleries and scene.

Touted as one of the Milwaukee’s creative and trendy hubs, the Historic Third Ward is popular with residents and visitors alike.

The revitalized warehouse district’s strong connection to the arts is also being recognized with the Historic Third Ward being voted the country’s fourth best arts district in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.”

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees while popular vote determined the top 10 winners.

The panel noted that the Historic Third Ward is home to a “staggering” number of galleries, studios, museums, performing arts spaces and arts organizations, including the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Galleries, Milwaukee Potters Guild, ArtWorks for Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network.

Gallery Night and Day; Photo courtesy of Historic Third Ward Association


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In defining an inspiring art district, the panel looked for “revitalized and renewed urban spaces in once derelict neighborhoods, big-name museums with architecture as impressive as the art housed within, or streets lined with small galleries and studios interspersed with trendy cafes.”

While noting that no two art districts offer the same experience, the panel noted that they all culturally enrich the cities and those who visit.

Here are the Top 10:

  1. Northeast Minneapolis Arts District – Minneapolis
  2. University Circle – Cleveland
  3. Dallas Arts District – Dallas
  4. Historic Third Ward – Milwaukee
  5. Art District on Santa Fe – Denver
  6. Wabash Arts Corridor – Chicago
  7. Station North Arts District – Baltimore
  8. Roosevelt Row Arts District – Phoenix
  9. Santa Fe Railyard Arts District – Santa Fe, New Mexico
  10. Richmond Arts District – Richmond, Virginia

To read about each of the sites and the selection process, go to this website



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.