We Created a Milwaukee Scavenger Hunt for You

Consider this scavenger hunt an excuse to get out and about this month.

Attention all shutterbugs: We’ve put together a photographic scavenger hunt, and we challenge you to complete it!

The first part can be completed from the comfort of your armchair: Simply figure out which Milwaukeean or local business we’re highlighting in each of the following categories. Submit your answers with us at milwaukeemag.com/mkescavengerhunt by Labor Day (Sept. 7). You’ll get one point for each correct answer. The readers with the highest scores will be entered to win a year’s subscription to the magazine, plus a gift card that can be used to buy the enormous bloody mary seen in clue No. 3.

For the Insta Challenges, head outside and snap some photos of your own. Be sure to tag any photos you post to Instagram with #MilMagScavengerHunt – we may repost our favorites!

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IT STANDS TO REASON that a city full of great bars would also boast some great bartenders. And this man, a Korean War vet who’s run a beloved Harbor District bar for over 35 years, is certainly that. He’s decorated the bar with many personal photographs and mementos related to his country band, The Nashville Rejects. If you’re lucky enough to find him behind the bar when you stop by, he’ll tell you all about the band and pour you a shot of his infamous Yak Juice. What’s his name?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Who is your fave bartender? Snap a photo and let us know what makes him or her so special.


2.

THE CITY’S LARGEST parks deservedly get a lot of love. But there are plenty of smaller spaces – secret gardens, if you will – that are just as pretty. At this small park in Walker’s Point, you can enjoy a picnic dinner under a set of string lights or admire the produce planted in raised beds by students working with Arts @ Large. What park are we talking about?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Post a pic of your favorite outdoor space – it could be your backyard, a county park or a restaurant patio!


3.

THE BUILDING THAT HOUSES this Bay View restaurant, and the flaky Serbian burek served there, was originally built in 1897, and operated as a tied house for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. for many years. Its old owners left behind several mementos that can still be found atop a turret as well as inside the establishment. Which restaurant now occupies this historic building?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Take a photo of another blast from Milwaukee’s brewing past – think faded beer signs, vintage tchotchkes or other brewing company memorabilia.


4. 

EVEN IF THIS ICONIC diner and ice cream parlor were located inside a windowless brick box, we’d still line up for its ooey-gooey cheeseburgers. But we love it even more for its retro aesthetic and the enormous neon sign perched atop its rooftop. What’s its name?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Strike a pose in front of your favorite Milwaukee- area neon sign.


5. 

LEGEND HAS IT that if you stand in front of a mirror and whisper bloody mary three times, a vision of this restaurant’s Bloody Beast will appear in front of you. The monstrous cocktail is served in a pitcher and comes with a whole fried chicken perched atop it, along with a slew of (slightly) more pedestrian garnishes like pickle spears and skewers of bacon-wrapped jalapeño cheese balls. Where can you find the Bloody Beast?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Outrageous as it is, this bloody mary isn’t the only game in town. We want to see the bloody with the garnishes you find most delectable.


6. 

BEAUTY HAS ALWAYS BEEN in the eye of the beholder. Relics of heavy industry – from a time when Milwaukee was known as the Machine Shop of the World – dot the city. Like this small island. It was settled by German and Kashubian immigrants in the 1800s. But it’s now known mainly as the home of a wastewater treatment plant. What’s the island called?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Post your own favorite beautiful eyesore.


7. 

THE FIRST SUPPER CLUB in the United States was founded by Milwaukee native Lawrence Frank in the 1930s. And the opulently decorated dining establishments, where guests may linger over old fashioneds long after dinner has ended, are still popular through- out Wisconsin. This particular venue houses a somewhat salacious mural of a nude woman embracing a winged horse, which its owners restored in 2016. Where can you find the mural?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Snap an iconic detail at your favorite Wisconsin supper club.


8. 

THE BLESSED VIRGIN of Pompeii Church, known by many Milwaukeeans as the “Little Pink Church,” counted many Italian immigrants among its parishioners. The church was forced to shut its doors in 1967, but a memorial plaque can be found at the site of its original location. Where exactly is the marker located?

INSTA CHALLENGE:
Locate another of Milwaukee’s many historical markers and capture a photo of it.


This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s August issue

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Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.