Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Milwaukee

1 Avenues West

Avenues West is home to both the Rave and the Pabst Mansion, two well-loved Milwaukee landmarks. The Rave is a multi-storied concert hall that brings in nationally touring acts on a regular basis, while the Pabst Mansion, an ornate former home of beer baron Frederick Pabst, should be a shrine for Blue Ribbon drinking hipsters everywhere. Avenues West, like other working-class Milwaukee neighborhoods, has undergone a restoration of sorts since the late 1990s. But unlike Brewers Hill, another formerly maligned nook that lies west of the Milwaukee River, the results of renewal at Avenues West haven't been as evident. [Photo courtesy of Pabst Mansion]

2 Westown

Westown neighborhood is a popular area for shopping, dining and entertainment. It his home to the popular Shops of Grand Avenue, the Milwaukee Public Museum and various theaters. Westown serves as the launching point for many of Milwaukee's notable events, including the neighborhood’s Pere Marquette Park hosts the River-Rhythms festival and RiverSplash!, a block party to mark the beginning of Milwaukee’s summer festival season. [Photo courtesy of Westown Association]

3 Burnham Park

Burnham Park is famous for its collection of urban homes designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In addition to Wright’s homes, many of which can be seen on guided tours, the neighborhood has a large concentration of Asian and Latin American restaurants, grocery stores and apparel shops. It's known for an array of international cuisines and local pubs. [Photo courtesy of Wright in Wisconsin]

4 Brewer's Hill

Named after the historic breweries and mills established along the Milwaukee River, Brewer’s Hill is one of two remaining residential neighborhoods of Milwaukee’s first 1830s settlement. Along the riverfront, the original buildings have been converted into breweries, restaurants and apartment buildings. The neighborhood stretches from the river in the southeast to Doctor M.L.K. Jr. Drive in the west and features quaint Victorian and Greek Revival homes, many of them made of brick, ornate trim and bright colors.

5 Bay View

Once an independent village in the mid-1800s, Bay View has developed into a historic neighborhood located near the Lake Michigan shoreline. Due to its proximity to the lake and downtown Milwaukee, Bay View is home to a mix of quirky eateries, seafood restaurants and international cuisines. In addition to a wide range of dining options, even including some near the water with volleyball courts, Bay View is home to a thriving craft beers and micro-roasted coffee scene. Locals and visitors can also be found enjoying nearby parks, including Bayview Park on the shore. [Photo courtesy of South Shore Yacht Club]

6 East Town

People flock to the East Town to experience it's lively nightlife scene, home to great clubs, concerts and community events. Milwaukee's opera, ballet and symphony can all be found in East Town, as well as well as Jazz in the Park every summer Thursday at Cathedral Square. On a sunny weekend, people can be found enjoying Milwaukee Art Museum. In addition to its solid collections, the Santiago Calatrava-designed exterior continues to astound visitors, from native Wisconsinites to seasoned world travelers. The neighborhood has also been name one of the best neighborhoods in America to retire, with comfortable yet urban high-rise living, a lakeside walk and nearby parks.

7 Third Ward

Third Ward is perched on a peninsular patch south of downtown between the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan. Decades-old yet well-preserved industrial buildings converted into residences have resulted in an influx of artists and galleries. Shopping, fashion and food have followed; a visitor to the Third Ward can shop for good prices at interior design and antique stores during the day and enjoy a waterside meal or drink at night. Fulfilling its reputation as an artists enclave, the Third Ward's premier seasonal event is the Gallery Night and Day, a Friday-to-Sunday feast for the city's art fanciers held four times a year, with more than 50 venues opening their doors for free wine, cheese and fine art. [Photo courtesy of Historic Third Ward]

8 Lower East Side

Featuring an extensive collection of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops and vintage boutiques, the Lower East Side was once considered “Milwaukee’s Haight-Ashbury,” the historic hub for 60s counterculture in San Francisco. The city’s two most popular thoroughfares can be found in the Lower East Side: Brady Street, with its eclectic businesses and counter-culture and the hip, artist-centric North Avenue. The many dining and shopping establishments on Brady Street and North Avenue are frequented by single twenty-somethings and students from the nearby University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. Along the river, a line of local craft breweries offer hoppy libations perfect for an afternoon or evening distraction. Brady Street began life as a post-Civil War enclave for Polish industrial workers, and though the neighborhood has undergone several cultural mutations, the low-slung, turn-of-the-century architecture continues to define the quirky independence of this east-side Milwaukee neighborhood. Brady Street itself stretches from the lakeshore to the Milwaukee River, with delis, bars, boutiques and Milwaukee nightclubs packing the entire length. Mimma's Café helped pioneer Brady Street's revival in the early 90s, and the Vella family has been operating Peter Sciortino's Bakery for 50 years; both speak to the neighborhood's strong mid-20th century Italian presence. The modern Brady Street's DNA combines its immigrant past with a multi-ethnic yet gentrified populace and throws in a strong dash of the countercultural '60s, to which Brady Street owes its eclectic smoke shops and annual street festival. [Photo courtesy of Brady Street Business Improvement District]