California girl and Marquette graduate, Jennifer Solorio, Comm ‘12 has always been one to explore outside of her comfort zone.
Solorio first ventured away from her sunny West Coast lifestyle to try the weathering winters of Milwaukee while attending Marquette. As soon as she arrived in MKE, Solorio wasted no time checking out the local music scene.
Although Solorio credits Turner Hall, Riverside, and Pabst Theatre as her most frequent and favorite Milwaukee spots, out of the three brother venues, there is one that holds a special place in the music enthusiast’s heart. In her first semester as a freshman, Solorio went to five shows at Turner Hall.
"Turner Hall is the best concert venue in MKE! Inside is an incredible venue that is perfect for dancing and seeing up-and-coming or established artists. Any night there was one to remember."
While in school, Solorio never hesitated exploring beyond the university’s grounds and venturing off into the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. When not in a concert hall, Solorio was often spotted discovering some of Milwaukee’s best kept secrets — especially the ones that were in the Bayview area.
"I hopped on the buses all the time and just started exploring the South-East-West sides of MKE. There are so many great restaurants, too many delicious places for the college-girl budget."
Although Solorio’s stomach was often more ambitious than her wallet, she did love that she was able to explore and see so much of the city on a small student budget.
Following graduation Solorio returned to her West Coast roots, but now finds herself embarking on a new adventure-life out east in the Big Apple. After taking a position with AMC Networks, Solorio begins a new chapter in her life and once again sets to explore outside of her comfort zone.
However, Milwaukee continues to hold a corner of Solorio’s heart. The broadcast and electronic communications major will be the first to tell you that throughout her cross-country travels, there is no place like MKE.
"Milwaukee is beautifully altruistic. The city offers up some of the most welcoming environments, people included, that larger cities often do not have. It’s (the) best of its own world — I mean that as a complete compliment."
The top five: Solorio’s picks for every MKE student
1. The Jazz Estate
JS: An incredibly intimate bar where one can sit and enjoy a glass of wine and listen to jazz music from musicians with heart.
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2. The Oriental
JS: The best theatre around, whether to watch independent film or just to feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The atmosphere is always inspiring.
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JS: After attending a variety of music festivals, I’ve realized that there is none quite like Summerfest. The festival’s range of music, food, and energy will exceed any expectations previously conceived. As a Midwest transplant, this one may seem like an obvious one to locals, but definitely worth noting for those who have never been.
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4. The Milwaukee Art Museum
JS: I actually went on my first-ever date here, but aside from that fond memory, its collections are timeless and exhibitions keep you coming back for more. Make sure you plan a Friday night away from Marquette and check out MAM AFTER DARK.
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JS: I’m sure it’s grown a lot since I left, but this is the less explored region by MU students and is still a part of MKE. It has so much to offer from a comedy night at the Sugar Maple to dinner at a Café Centraal – Café Benelux’s brother!
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