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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:16:20 CDT


A look inside Downtown's naked underground pools

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:02:00 CDT

Recently, WUWM-FM's Bonnie North invited me on to the station's popular "Bubbler Talk" show to answer a listener's question about underground baths Downtown where the elite met to presumably get deals done and that reminded of a number of underground spaces I've seen over the years that fit the bill.

Driver says no early start calendar for MPS elementary schools next year

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:26:00 CDT

Today, Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver, in a video posted on the district website, said a plan being discussed to move all of the district's 150-plus schools to one early-start calendar, will not move forward for the 2018-19 school year.

Locally owned Pixologie offers freebies at its photo digitization drop-off event

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:03:00 CDT

Pixologie, a locally owned photo digitization and organization service, is hosting a digital drop-off event on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 until 11 a.m., at Hudson Business Lounge, 310 E. Buffalo St. in the Third Ward.

Author Thomas Fehring catalogs Milwaukee's industrial achievements

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

Historian Thomas Fehring has penned a trio books on the history of Whitefish Bay, including "Images of Whitefish Bay," "Chronicles of Whitefish Bay" and the new "Historic Whitefish Bay." His other new book, "The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee" traces the city's manufacturing innovations.

Did Travel Channel's "Expedition Unknown" dig up treasure in Lake Park?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:02:00 CDT

On Wednesday night, the Travel Channel will air an episode of its series "Expedition Unknown" that was filmed in part in Milwaukee. In the episode, host Josh Gates attempts to unearth the unsolved mystery of Byron Preiss' cult puzzle book "The Secret," published in 1982.

Diving into the history of Milwaukee's natatoria

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:02:00 CDT

Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of Milwaukeeans once visited the city's seven natatoria annually for many years, these days the word seems to conjure only one thing for Cream City citizens: dining next to a dolphin pool.

Marcus will rebrand InterContinental as an indie arts hotel

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:04:00 CDT

Marcus Hotels and Resorts announced Tuesday that it will reinvent the 221-room InterContinental Milwaukee hotel, in the Milwaukee Center, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., as a "creatively bold independent arts hotel."

Dave Matthews Band booked to headline Summerfest on July 1

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:05:00 CDT

Though it hasn't yet been announced by Summerfest, Dave Matthews Band - which is set to release its first studio album since 2012's "Away From the World" this summer - is slated to play the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Sunday, July 1.

You have to see this replica of the Beatles' Cavern Club

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:15:00 CDT

In an unassuming low-slung office building adjacent to a strip mall in suburban Hartland, Wisconsin, local technology entrepreneur and veterans' rights activist Dave Meister has built his own replica of Liverpool's Cavern Club, the Beatles' early hometown incubator.

Now's your chance: Bartlett firehouse is again for sale

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:02:00 CDT

Last summer, when news emerged that local entrepreneur Jalem Getz had purchased the old Ladder 5 firehouse at 1945 N. Bartlett Ave. on the East Side, many commenters on social media expressed their own desire to live in a classic old firehouse. Well, now's your chance. It is again listed for sale.

Bounce Milwaukee launches mock chicken leg pizza

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

I kid you not, the folks at Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., have created a limited edition mock chicken leg pizza. And it's for a great cause.

Urban Spelunking: A peek inside Benjamin Franklin School

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:03:00 CDT

From the outside, on first glance, MPS' Benjamin Franklin School, 2308 W. Nash St., might look like a cookie-cutter place. But look more closely, and go inside, and you'll see that it is a beautiful 1920s-era schoolhouse with some handsome details.

Bon Jovi tapped to help close out the Bradley Center's run as a concert venue

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:15:00 CDT

While concert announcements for the new Bucks arena have been trickling out already, don't turn out the lights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center quite yet. The soon-to-be-no-more arena announced today that pop hard rockers Bon Jovi will perform there on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Chasin the Trane to Milwaukee: When John Coltrane did and didn't play here

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

The late tenor saxophonist John Coltrane is one of the enduring figures in jazz. His groundbreaking work continues to resonate, enrapture and inspire musicians and fans. Did the Trane ever stop in Milwaukee? Yes, but maybe not on the occasion that many people think.

Colectivo's second Chicago cafe is open and a third is underway

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 15:01:00 CDT

Colectivo opened its second Chicago cafe just before Christmas in Logan Square and is working on its third Windy City location now, too, according to spokesman Scott Schwebel.

What song is written in those musical notes on the I-794 ramp?

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

Recently, my friend Meaghan Heinrich - of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music - asked if I knew what the song was engraved into a concrete wall at the I-794 freeway ramp just outside the Summerfest grounds. I said, I didn't know it, but maybe if she hummed it for me...

Milwaukee musicians salute Petty to support Pablove

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:02:00 CDT

On Jan. 20, a bevy of Milwaukee musicians with get together to salute the late Tom Petty, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack last Oct. 2. The show, at Turner Hall Ballroom, will benefit the Pablove Foundation and its battle against childhood cancer.

Milwaukee Talks: IMPACT's John Hyatt

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

It's almost impossible to name everything IMPACT does in Milwaukee, from operating a call center to connecting people in need with programs that can help to assessments of nonprofits to flu season referrals, IMPACT helps more than a quarter-million people annually. We asked president and CEO John Hyatt to tell us more.

La Befana is coming Friday night

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:01:00 CDT

Long after St. Nick has come and gone, and while Santa is already back at the North Pole warming in front of the fire, La Befana continues her journey to the homes of kids throughout Italy and of kids across the world whose families have roots in the boot.

Big Red Church needs a boost

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

Like many churches in the city - including the historic St. James just a couple doors east, which recently closed its doors forever - Calvary Presbyterian, 935 W. Wisconsin Ave., suffers from a dangerous cocktail of a small congregation and a money-hungry old building.

LOOK: Ice Castles are back, but the kingdom is a little farther away

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:01:00 CDT

Last year, Wisconsin Dells hosted its first Ice Castle Wonderland, which was delayed a bit by excessively warm weather. This year, the closest location for the frigid winter sculptural wonderland is in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Frigid windchills don't have to freeze your Chicago fun

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

Just because the weather won't cooperate, doesn't mean you have to stay home. Just save camping for summer. Here's the dish on a couple downtown Chicago winter hotel deals!

MPS Mitten Tree donation period extended, please help

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:24:00 CDT

Milwaukee Public Schools and TCF National Bank (TCF Bank) have been partnering for the third year to collect mittens for children who need them and they've announced that the collection period is being extended.

City kicks off restaurant grading system with today's 5 O'Clock Steak inspection

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 17:12:00 CDT

The City of Milwaukee's restaurant Sanitation Grading System kicked off this afternoon when the Milwaukee Health Department made an anything but surprise inspection visit to Five O'Clock Steakhouse, 2416 W. State St.

Chilly chiselin' fans take note: U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition returns

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 13:03:00 CDT

The annual U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition starts Jan. 29 in Lake Geneva. It's part of Lake Geneva's annual Winterfest, which runs Jan. 27-Feb. 4, offering a range of events including skating, tours, an ice bar, games and more.

Dr. Martin Luther King's visits to Milwaukee left permanent mark

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:01:00 CDT

As Milwaukee prepares to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 34th annual birthday celebration, Sunday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts' Uihlein Hall, we look back at the occasions on which Dr. King spoke in Milwaukee.

2017 picks: Bobby Tanzilo

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Time flies when you're having fun, right? Here are some highlights of the old year before we ring in the new one.

Miller Lite Free Rides celebrates 30 years of safe passage on New Year's Eve

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:01:00 CDT

When Miller Brewing Co. offers free rides for New Year's Eve revelers in Milwaukee - and beyond - this week, it will mark the 30th anniversary of the program, which has expanded to include 26 communities across America.

Burns statue salutes "Auld Lang Syne" creator

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 13:02:00 CDT

This seemingly unusual Milwaukee monument - the great poet never visited Milwaukee - is the result of a 1909 gift to the city. With New Year's Eve upon us, we take a look at its history and remind you of the lyrics to an enduring holiday favorite.

Batella's book rounds up stories of NFL players born in Italy

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

If you've been outside the U.S. you know that despite whatever the NFL might say, finding someone with an even passing interest in American football isn't always easy. That is, unless you go to Italy and bump into Fausto Batella, who has a new book out.

Urban Spelunking: A new life for the Kilbourn Reservoir Pumping Station?

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:02:00 CDT

During Doors Open last September, the decommissioned Kilbourn Reservoir Pumping Station was opened to curious Milwaukeans. The squat yellow brick building, which was shut down as part of the closing of the reservoir in 2004, may get a new lease on life, it seems.

Hidden Gems: The Newport

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

The soft-spoken Franky Creed welcomes everyone - from older neighborhood day-drinkers to younger, well-behaved night-time revelers at his Bay View bar, The Newport. His 10-year-old English Bulldog Patch is the same way, though I suspect he tends to prefer the patrons who bring him a treat.

37 things to do in MKE, and not all to do with "Happy Days" or drinking

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:03:00 CDT

A post in Travel + Leisure yesterday lists 37 things to do in Milwaukee. Naturally, it's called "37 Things to Do in Milwaukee, Wisconsin." That's pretty cool, right? A lot of things.

First Look: The Atelier apartments in the Third Ward

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:03:00 CDT

For Milwaukeeans of our era, the five-story red brick warehouse on the corner of Milwaukee and St. Paul is best known as home to the Erv Julien Shade Shop. But once renovations are complete, 338 N. Milwaukee St. will house two large retail spaces and 31 residential apartments.

LOOK: Bright meteor lights up the Wisconsin sky near midnight

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:02:00 CDT

Look, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Jedi attack force!? OK, not really, but a brilliant meteor did light up the sky over Wisconsin last night, causing no shortage of oohing and aahing and leading at least one observer to say the sighting was life-changing.

After 142 years, Brady Street says goodbye to Engine 6

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:02:00 CDT

As its 8 a.m. deadline approached, Engine 6's firefighters packed up their belongings on Brady Street - where a firehouse first opened in 1875. Neighbors gathered to say goodbye to a firehouse whose members were deeply connected to the community.

HuffPostUK: Milwaukee is 10 percent of the reason to visit Chicago

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:02:00 CDT

Huffington Post U.K. fashion, food and travel blogger and writer Roxii Hoare-Smith has penned a list of 10 reasons to visit the Windy City and one of those reasons is to get closer to Milwaukee.

The passing of Peder Hedman hits Milwaukee's music world hard

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:03:00 CDT

Those of us lucky enough to have shared stages playing music around Milwaukee in the 1980s - or being there to enjoy it - are low today after receiving news of the passing of talented guitarist Peder Hedman, who suffered a heart attack.

Wauwatosa Village guide

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Wauwatosa Village is its own complete little world, offering everything one could need. And if you're lucky enough to live nearby on one of its leafy green streets, it's all within walking distance. Here's your one-stop guide to dining, drinking and shopping in Tosa Village.

Work underway on The Hop streetcar power substations

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:56:00 CDT

Site prep work is complete for the three power substations that will help run The Hop Milwaukee streetcar, slated to go online next year. Here is some information on them.

Palec's open house promises fun and festive Sunday morning radio

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:02:00 CDT

WKLH-FM veteran disc jockey Steve Palec's annual Christmas special airs the week before Christmas. The live Rock and Roll Roots Holiday show - with surprise guests - will be broadcast live on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. until noon.

LOOK: Homewood Suites is open in the historic Button Block building

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:01:00 CDT

In January, we took you inside the conversion of the historic Button Block building on Clybourn and Water Streets into a new Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel. Now, as the hotel - which opened in November - celebrates its official launch, we went back to see the finished product.

Urban Spelunking: Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Since 1987 former television cameraman Clayborn Benson has been working tirelessly to preserve Milwaukee and Wisconsin's African-American history via his Wisconsin Black Historical Society. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look at the civic buildings the society and museum occupies.

12 stunning old school Milwaukee signs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Recently, photographer and OnMilwaukee collaborator Adam Levin began cataloguing his passion for old sign age in his new Facebook group, Ghost Signs of Milwaukee. We asked him to share some of his favorite images of Milwaukee-area ghost signs and these are what he shared.

Give the gift of music

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Every December I remember signs appearing in record shops everywhere that said, "Give the Gift of Music." While the formats have changed - and then changed again and are now changing back to records - the suggestion remains a solid one.

Abing's book explores Milwaukee's World War I experience

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 09:02:00 CDT

In one of the most in-depth and engaging works of Milwaukee history this year, Milwaukee County Historical Society archivist Kevin Abing takes us deep into World War I-era Brew City. We asked him about the book in advance of this weekend's Milwaukee history mass book signing event at MCHS.

Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation finalists named

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 14:26:00 CDT

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (known as the MANDIs) celebrate the "good news" of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the community. From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee has named 12 finalists for the awards this year.

Bradley Tech hosts Wisconsin SkillsUSA STEM meet on Thursday

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 13:45:00 CDT

For the first time, Milwaukee Public Schools' Bradley Tech High School, 700 S. 4th St., will host the southeastern Wisconsin SkillsUSA district meet, set for Thursday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 7:30 p.m.

BMO Harris Bank's new Sherman Park branch opens

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Seems like just yesterday we squeezed under a tent to celebrate the groundbreaking on a new BMO Harris Bank branch in Sherman Park to replace the old one, which had been damaged in unrest the previous summer. Now, the "smart" branch is open and the wellness incubator is moving forward.

St. James transformation plan includes a mixed-use tower

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:02:00 CDT

The plan to open a wedding and events venue in the old St. James Church, 833 W. Wisconsin Ave., includes a seven-story tower with support space for the venue as well as apartments. We've got news and renderings here.