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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:16:10 CDT


Made in Milwaukee: Master Lock

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:05:00 CDT

There are many sites around town that were once home to sprawling factories, and we lament their loss. Most days, however, I drive past one of these industrial complexes that, despite its outward serenity, is anything but quiet. This is Master Lock, founded in Milwaukee in 1921.

Old Smoky introduced generations of kids to railroading

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:01:00 CDT

You don't have to be THAT old to remember the days when Old Smoky used to serve Bay View. The neutered steam locomotive didn't go actually anywhere, but folks loved it just the same ... at least for a little while.

Water and Wells today: Mayor lights tree and BMO breaks ground

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:01:00 CDT

Mayor Tom Barrett will be on hand Thursday afternoon as the City of Milwaukee celebrates its 104th annual Christmas tree lighting at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Earlier today, BMO Harris Bank broke ground on its new tower just across the street.

16 bygone Milwaukee hotels

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:01:00 CDT

Take a walk down memory lane - assuming you're old enough to remember any of the 14 old Milwaukee hotels.

Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Athletic Club

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Of course, I've seen it, anchoring the intersection of Broadway and Wells for decades. But the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, was one of those places I took for granted, not thinking about it too much. Until I couldn't seem to stop seeing little reminders of it everywhere.

Bay View's Kinn Guesthouse offers an intimate, yet social experience

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Bay View's first hotel, the Kinn Guesthouse, at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., may be small - it only has eight guest rooms - but it offers a big experience. It's the kind of place guests will remember long after visiting.

Poet, restaurateur, union leader: Mosby was a Milwaukee renaissance man

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:02:00 CDT

Bill Mosby did a bit of everything once he arrived in Milwaukee from Memphis, Tennessee in 1935.

Pioneering Water Street Brewery celebrates 30 years as city's first brewpub

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

When Water Street Brewery opened at 1101 N. Water St. in 1987, the idea of a tavern that made its own beer was so new to the city that a newspaper headline put the phrase "brew pub" in quotation marks. Now, with four locations, Water Street Brewery is celebrating 30 years.

See the smiles on MPS kids' faces when they get new eyeglasses

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 14:02:00 CDT

Once again, Wisconsin Vision, Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, Milwaukee Public Schools, and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin have teamed up to bring free eye exams and glasses to students at two schools via the Clear Days Ahead program.

First Look: Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 10:21:00 CDT

Though it's already been serving customers for more than a week now, the first Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Wisconsin officially opens at The Corners of Brookfield on Friday, Nov. 10. We stopped in for a peek on Wednesday and here's what we found.

Milwaukeeans are among the happiest travelers in America

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:59:00 CDT

After digging into ratings of more than a half-million flights from 2016 and `17, TripIt discovered that travel happiness derives from three things: how old you are, where you live and which airports you're flying from and into. Milwaukeeans make the list.

New city law requires deconstruction rather than demolition

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 16:45:00 CDT

In an effort to boost employment opportunities, save old growth wood and other building materials used in old Milwaukee homes slated for demolition and keep materials out of landfills, as well as trim landfill tipping fees paid by taxpayers, Ald. Robert Bauman introduced legislation that would require deconstruction, rather than demolition, of certain old structures.

Legacy Lofts will transform old Blommer Ice Cream factory into apartments

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:29:00 CDT

Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 8 at for the new Legacy Lofts project, 1500 W. North Ave. The former Blommer Ice Cream factory - and an adjacent lot - will be transformed into 64 units of mixed-income housing and retail.

Urban Spelunking: The Woman's Club of Wisconsin's Athenaeum

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

For years, I've admired the Woman's Club of Wisconsin building - also called The Athenaeum - at 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., on the corner of Cass Street. Going inside and learning more about the club makes me now admire the good works the club's members do, too.

You might not know that this creek runs under your neighborhood

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Many people - including me - only know Schoonmaker Creek as what looks more like a culvert running through the Washington Highlands. But it actually originates a few miles to the northwest, hidden from view. A meeting this week discusses ideas on how to prevent it flooding.

MAM's "Degas to Picasso" show captures the wild spirit of French modernism

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 13:36:00 CDT

How in 2017 can an art museum make a show about 19th and early 20th century French painters interesting? Milwaukee Art Museum does it in "Degas to Picasso" by tracing the evolution of painting during an era when almost no artist seemed content with respecting the staid rules.

MPS announces community meetings for next facilities master plan

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 11:58:00 CDT

Time flies when you're having fun. It seems like just yesterday that Milwaukee Public Schools did its last long-range facilities master plan, but that was 2011. Today, MPS announced a series of community meetings to kick off the next long-range facilities master plan.

Hidden Gem: Scaffidi's Hideout

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

While so many down-home Milwaukee bars are closed or have been "upgraded," Scaffidi's Hideout, just a hop north of Brady Street at 1837 N. Humboldt Ave., remains pure Milwaukee: friendly, no-nonsense, comfortable fun without pretense. If it feels like you're among family, you are.

The day I fell down a Sesame Street Twitter rabbit hole

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:02:00 CDT

Like a proper working adult, I fell down a Sesame Street social media rabbit hole this afternoon after discovering today marks Cookie Monster's birthday. Can you tell me how to get my attention back to my work?

Hyatt Place topping off highlights a rapidly rising neighborhood

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:01:00 CDT

This morning there was a topping off ceremony at the site of the new Hyatt Place Hotel being built at The Brewery, which looks like one big construction site these days.

New petition says Bradley Center site should become a park

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 13:01:00 CDT

The members of DNA MKE, a group of residents and business owners in Downtown Milwaukee, believe the land upon which the Bradley Center currently stands should be converted to green space, including a dog park, once the building is torn down.

MPL hosts public meeting on Mill Road Library replacement project design

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee Public Library will host a community meeting about the new mixed-use library development on Good Hope Road that will replace the Mill Road Branch. The meeting will be held at Mill Road Library, 6431 N. 76th St., on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Caradaro Club: Milwaukee's first pizza

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:25:00 CDT

Milwaukee was slow to the pizza party. While Lombardi's became America's first pizzeria in New York City in 1905, pizza wouldn't arrive in Milwaukee until 1945 when John Caravella and Joe Todaro opened the Caradaro Club at 326 E. Erie St. in the Third Ward.

Historic Milwaukee offers rare tour of Mackie Building bell tower

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:46:00 CDT

You can see the Mackie Building lobby most anytime and the Grain Exchange room is also often visitable, but on Thursday, Nov. 16, Historic Milwaukee Inc. hosts a tour of the usually inaccessible bell tower that sits perched atop the six-story building.

Old St. Anthony's Hospital will be converted into supportive apartments

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:55:00 CDT

The former St. Anthony's Hospital will be repurposed into 60 permanent supportive housing units by Chicago-based nonprofit Heartland Housing. The former hospital building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

WATCH: Composting Milwaukee's autumn leaves

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:02:00 CDT

The leaves you rake into a neat pile on your street are turned into rich compost. Yesterday, we got a behind the scenes look at how Milwaukee composts those leaves collected from city streets each autumn.

Comparing the Nutella competitors

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Nutella is ubiquitous now. Heck, there's even an entire Nutella Cafe in Chicago. And there appear to be more competitors than ever for your hazelnut spread dollar. We decided to taste the ones we could find in Milwaukee and compare them - a difficult job, but we did it, so you don't have to.

10 rapid-fire red wine reviews

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:04:00 CDT

After a gorgeous weekend, it looks like we're officially on the road to winter, and nothing takes the chill out of a cold evening like a nice glass of red wine. In the interest of getting you to the wine shoppe and back lickety-split, here are 10 quick-hit red wine reviews, ranked by price.

Miramar founder Bill Stace seeks support for new local music project

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:03:00 CDT

A few months after the landlord declined to renew his lease on the Miramar Theater and Walls Have Ears Studio above it, Bill Stace, who opened and operated both those businesses in that former movie theater for 19 years is seeking funding for another Milwaukee music project.

Urban Spelunking: Patrick Cudahy Building and Arts @ Large's new home

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

There are few things more satisfying to me than seeing a beautiful old - and vacant - building get an overhaul and a new life with a new owner. When that new owner is a Milwaukee nonprofit that works every day to improve the lives of MPS students? Double bonus. Welcome to Arts @ Large's new home.

New WaterMarks initiative will light the Jones Island smokestack

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:02:00 CDT

Soon, Milwaukeeans will be able to access information generated by a new City as Living Lab (CALL) initiative, called WaterMarks, that aims to educate residents about water usage and the flow of water through the city's infrastructure.

MSOE announces new $34 million computational science hall

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:02:00 CDT

Thanks to the largest gift from an alumnus in school history, Milwaukee School of Engineering will erect a new $34 million academic facility in the center of its campus Downtown.

First to Wisconsin: Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:04:00 CDT

When Grimaldi's Pizzeria opens at The Corners of Brookfield, 20119 Lord St., on Friday, Nov. 10, it will be something of a rarity: one of just two coal-fired pizzerias in the area, along with Elkhorn's Holi Cannoli.

Cultural Landscape Foundation spotlights Sanctuary Woods' fragility

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:04:00 CDT

Last year, the Domes made the Cultural Landscape Foundation's annual "Landslide: Open Season on Open Space" list of threatened and at-risk landscapes. This year, the list includes the Sanctuary Woods out on the County Grounds.

8 cook's wish list items on sale at Fein Brothers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:03:00 CDT

Fein Brothers - sponsor of OnMilwaukee Dining Month - is having a huge inventory reduction sale this week, from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 19-21. Since there are just 66 days until Christmas - but who's counting, right? - I was tasked with stopping over to make a little kitchen wish list.

Leon's wasn't the first custard stand, but it was one of the most influential

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Leon Schneider wasn't the first to open a custard stand in Milwaukee, but he was one of the most influential. Even today, nearly a quarter century after Schneider's death, his Leon's drive-in on South 27th Street is a draw for locals and Milwaukee visitors alike.

Guitars in hotel rooms are a rockin' trend

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:04:00 CDT

Hotels boast all kinds of amenities and a wide variety of package deals that include meals, tickets to entertainment or sports events and more. But, lately, I've noticed a new trend in hotel amenities, and it's one that hits the right note for me.

VIDEO: Femmes' Sparrow rockets back to high school in a big way

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Who says you can't go home again? Violent Femmes drummer John Sparrow is finding his way back to his alma mater, South Milwaukee High School, as part of the band's five-city Viva Wisconsin tour this month. We went back to the school recently to find his old locker.

You should already know MKE's "badass building you've probably never heard of"

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Earlier this week, Thrillist posted a listicle of "The Most Badass Buildings in America You've Probably Never Heard Of" and included Milwaukee Art Museum's Quadracci Pavilion.

Herbie Hancock's big break: Curro's, Milwaukee, 1960

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Living musical legend Herbie Hancock - who plays at The Pabst Theater on Oct. 20 - credits his second professional gig, which took place in Brew City with really launching his career. We delve into the history of that December 1960 gig.

First Look: Point Burger Bar Express

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:02:00 CDT

Brian Ward has opened his third Point Burger Bar location, but this one - at 322 W. State St. - is the first to use an "express" model, with a walk-up window, as well as indoor seating. We stopped in to have a look ... and a taste.

Urban Spelunking: Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:06:00 CDT

Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church is in transition and its been doing its best to use the past to build its future.

5 postcards from Milwaukee's dining past

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:03:00 CDT

The more you dig into Milwaukee's past, the less it looks like the place we all know today. While some things endure - in the world of dining, think of Mader's and Karl Ratzsch's, for example - the more things have changed. Here are some postcard images of eateries gone by, places your parents or grandparents, or even great-grandparents, might have celebrated a special occasion or just had a good meal.

New MPM exhibit looks at the complicated history of weaponry

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:17:00 CDT

Via nearly 200 objects - most from the museums own collections - Milwaukee Public Museum's new exhibition, "Weapons: Beyond the Blade," explores the history, meanings and innovation of weapons across human history. The show runs through Jan. 1, 2018.

9 mouth-watering Milwaukee bakeries

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

We're lucky in Milwaukee, because we have an array of bakeries that keep life here sweet. Here are nine of my favorites, for very specific reasons.

Retired firefighter Mutza tracks history of American fireboats

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Retired Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza knows a thing or two about firefighting and the equipment required for the job. In his latest book, he shares the history of American fireboats.

Where your grandparents ate and drank: 10 long-gone hangouts

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:04:00 CDT

Restaurants and bars come and go. While some are long-lived, some burn brightly and briefly, others fizzle quickly. The result is that over the years the scene has changed here quickly. Thanks to the enduring life of old postcards, we can show you some places of the past.

Discovery World announces $18 million expansion

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 13:32:00 CDT

Discovery World announced a major expansion and renovation today that will add nearly 20,000 square feet of public space to the museum, which sits on the lakefront at the foot of Clybourn Avenue.

Urban Spelunking: Colectivo on Prospect

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Before 1997, you wouldn't likely have noticed the low-slung building at 2211 N. Prospect Ave. Now, it's hard to imagine it as anything other than the first Colectivo cafe, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Historical Society's Brew City MKE pours beer and history in old mall Applebee's

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 13:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee County Historical Society is taking its "Brew City" beer history show on the road, sort of, by opening a mini-museum just down the street in the former Applebee's near the main entrance of The Shops of Grand Avenue. Brew City MKE opens on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m.