An easy 75-mile drive from Chicago, Milwaukee is the perfect weekend getaway from the bustling city. While MKE is a city in its own right, it’s more spread out and the traffic is lighter, making it more manageable to get around.
Here’s an itinerary for 24 hours in Milwaukee. Eat your greek yogurt at home, then hop in the car for a whirlwind tour of Brew City.
Tour of Sprecher Brewing Co.
Originally started as a brewery, Sprecher is now most well-known for their tasty root beer. This 30-minute tour is short, sweet, and offers 4 tasters with your $6 ticket. Drafts include radlers, seasonal beers, hard craft sodas, alcohol-free sodas, and all sorts of your regular brew taps.
Lunch at Public Market
No matter who you head north with, everyone is in for a treat at the Public Market. From Thai food to salads to Indian food and seafood, the market is chock full of great options. Leave room for dessert because there are multiple delicious bakeries here, too.
Walk off lunch in Milwaukee’s “art and fashion district”. There are plenty of great stores here, including a Restoration Hardware Outlet! While in the third ward, be sure to stop by Colectivo Coffee for a mid-afternoon coffee or masala chai break.
No trip to MKE is complete without a stop at MAM. My favorite section of the museum is the fantastic modern and contemporary art collection. Not only is the building itself beautiful, it offers exceptional views of Lake Michigan (just a bit further north!).
Dinner at Sobelman’s
The burgers here are on point. Expect a wait because the entire city of Milwaukee seems to think so too. While I don’t imbibe bloody marys, they look amazing – offering accoutrements like mini burgers, whole chickens, and bacon. Bloodies aren’t just for brunch it seems!
After-dinner drink at Enlightened Brewery
You can’t come to Brew City without hitting up a brewery. Who needs giant beer companies when you can check a small little guy with craft brews?! We happened upon Enlightened where people were hanging out the door of their new tap room when we left Sobelman’s and decided to see what all the fuss was about. Definitely worth it!
Breakfast (and Dessert) at Comet Cafe
Name your own price on hotels.com because you’re going to want to stay the night just to get brunch at Comet Cafe. Voted best cafe in Milwaukee, there’s always a line out the door. Come for the bacon pancakes and stay for the giant cupcakes and homemade pie.