Hipsters in the Heartland

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There is something to be desired about living in a city that doesn’t always meet some people’s definition of “mainstream” fame.

Milwaukee is that city.

Sometimes, though, we don’t do enough to take advantage enough of our urban playground. Living in a campus bubble can be constraining. 

So this guide will help you think beyond campus, the Third Ward and Water Street. 

Whether its grabbing bloodies at Cafe Centraal, watching a movie at the Oriental Theater, seeing a Ten Buck Show at Turner Hall, or just roaming around through the East Side, Milwaukee provides endless opportunities.

Milwaukee’s best kept secrets are the city’s biggest treasures.

The following are spots to check out that aren’t necessarily the trendiest, but give a student a true taste for Milwaukee’s unique vibe.

Bike Shops

Milwaukee is a city that makes it easy for anyone to get around via public transportation or car, but why take in the city from only a window’s view? The best way to explore and see the city is that from a bike, take in Milwaukee’s scenery without any limitations. With the weather warming up, hit the trials and get out there and explore. 

Truly Spoken Cycles

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Photo from onmilwaukee.com. 

Crank Daddy’s 

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Photo by Tim Cigelske 

Cory the Bike Fixer

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Photo from yelp.com

Entertainment

Milwaukee’s music scene is uncanny to that of any other midwest city. The city has a variety of concert halls and venues, not to mention an 11-day festival in the summer. Milwaukee has spoiled me by alluring my favorite artists and allowing me to see them up close and personal. If it wasn’t for living in the city, I highly doubt that I would have been able to see 35 acts including Volcano Choir, Mumford and Sons, Little Green Cars, and the Head and the Heart. 

Turner Hall and Pabst Theater 

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Photo by Lauren Holman - Little Green Cars live at Turner Hall. 

Oriental Theater

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Photo by Lauren Holman 

Bay View Bowl

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Photo by Lauren Holman 

Restaurants and coffee shops 

If you are really looking to venture off into the land of hipsteria try the east side area on North Ave and Bay View. Both neighborhoods offer a lively vibe, but different accommodations to the hipster wanderer. The East Side is perfect for the artsy, social type. If you are looking to explore a more quiet and quaint corner of the city, I recommend the Bay View area. Although difficult to get on bus, it has a very welcoming atmosphere and promising of discovery. 

Transfer Pizza 

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Photo from epressmilwaukee.com 

Beans and Barley

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Photo from onmilwaukee.com 

Hi-Fi Cafe

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Photo by Tim Cigelske

Honey Pie

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Photo by Tim Cigelske

Bars and Pubs

There is a world outside of Caffery’s and Murphy’s. I promise. In a city that is nicknamed Brew City, the possibilities are endless when it comes to nightlife entertainment. 

Hotel Foster

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Photo from onmilwaukee.com

Boone and Crockett

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Photo from milwaukeemag.com

Cafe Centraal

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Photo from lowlandsgroup.com

NOTE: Sure, it’s a bit of a contradiction to promote hipster-friendly places. But we’re not declaring any of these places OVER! It’s important to recognize the business owners of Milwaukee. Hipsters and the rest of us can get along.

-Lauren Holman

Need inspiration for more to explore? Follow Father Marquette Marquette on Twitter.

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Three minutes can encompass so much more than you would imagine.

Inspired by Saturday Night Live’s Brooks Wheelan and his 365 video, I challenged myself to a similar project. I made a vine every day for a month to show a little slice of my Marquette experience. I am a senior, so that means my time here is ending way too soon. I wanted to create a little keepsake to remind myself of what my life has been like here.

My month has included some unforgettable moments, such as working the Marquette premiere of Danny Pudi’s “Untucked” and co-leading a service trip down to Nashville. Other moments were pretty forgettable, such as making breakfast or unlocking the door to my apartment. 

Regardless of the moment, it is amazing to see how many memories can be packed into three minutes. It shows how much can happen in a month. I’m going to get really sappy here, but it puts into perspective how much can happen in four years.

Call it second-semester senior nostalgia, but recording a few seconds of my day taught me to always look for the best in my day-to-day life at Marquette. I encourage everyone to do the same, because your time here flies by in what seems like seconds. You don’t even have to film it.

Just live it. 

- Brynne Ramella 

The Quest for Fish Begins!

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Father Marquette asked the members of the Marquette family where their favorite Friday fish fry spot was in Milwaukee. Thanks to the responses, we started compiling this list with your suggestions. 

Turner Hall

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Photo from c.eblastengine.com 

Lakefront Brewery 

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Photo from onmilwaukee.com

Serb Hall

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Photo from roadfood.com

Comet Cafe

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Photo from fishfryguide.com

Upper 90

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Photo from fridayfishfry.com

Saz’s

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Photo from Facebook.com

Cafe Centraal

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Photo from fridayfishfry.com

Kegel’s Inn

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Photo from fridayfishfry.com

Trocadero

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Photo from fridayfishfry.com 

Old German Beer Hall 

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Photo from media.jrn.com.

Horny Goat Hideaway

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Photo from fridayfishfry.com

25 years of Hunger Clean-Up

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Photo from Hunger Clean-Up’s Facebook page

Have you signed up yet for Milwaukee’s largest day of service? Join us for Hunger Clean-Up on April 26.

Hunger Clean-Up brings more than 1,500 Milwaukee residents together to fight hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee.

Hunger Clean-Up will have a 25th anniversary dinner in the AMU Ballrooms on March 27 at 6 p.m.

More than 250 Milwaukee companies, organizations, students, faculty members and Hunger Clean-Up alumni will be in attendance.

“It’s a celebratory event and a look back to past years,” says Emily Runnoe, Hunger Clean-Up’s marketing co-coordinator.

Runnoe volunteered at the event last year and was inspired to help lead the event this year. She hopes students will challenge themselves and feel inspired to leave their comfort zones.

“We come together as a Marquette community and bridge the gap between (Marquette and) Milwaukee,” Runnoe says.

Danielle Schiestle, Hunger Clean-Up’s marketing co-coordinator, believes that the day is about “being a catalyst for change.” She hopes the event inspires more students to get involved in the Milwaukee community beyond Marquette.

“Without Milwaukee, Marquette wouldn’t be here,” says Schiestle, Hunger Clean-Up’s marketing co-coordinator. “Let’s pop the Marquette bubble and learn about where we live.”

Are you a student interested in marketing, advertising, PR, branding, communications - or coffee? 

Tomorrow night you can hear the strategy behind the high-profile name change of one of Milwaukee’s most iconic local companies. Colectivo’s Director of Marketing Scott Schwebel shares why they did it and how they rolled out their plan. 

This story was a big hit of the PR + Social Media Conference when it was presented on campus last fall. Now is your chance to catch it if you missed out last time.

"What I love about Milwaukee," by Rachel Berkowitz

Valentine’s Day in MKE

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Crunch time.

Pulling off that special Valentine’s Day  date might seem impossible with the holiday looming around the corner…and by the corner we mean it’s here. Not to fear, we have a few Milwaukee famous spots that are guaranteed to sweep your sweetheart off of his or her feet.  

Restaurants

Budget Friendly Dining 

Melthouse Bistro

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Photo from visitmilwaukee.com 

Ian’s Pizza

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Photo from wordpress.com 

Bel Air Cantina

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Photo from belaircantina.com 

Hipster Hot Spots

Balzac

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Photo from blogspot.com 

Beans and Barley

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Photo from onmilwaukee.com 

Thai-nimate

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Photo from rightbyyou.com 

Classic Romantic 

Wolf Peach

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Photo from wolf-peach.com

Casablanca

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Photo from casblancaonbrady.com

Trocadero

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Photo from trocaderogastrobar.com

Swanky Date

Swig

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Photo from creativealliance.com 

Odd Duck

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Photo from milwaukeemag.com

Coquette Cafe

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Photo from expressmilwaukee.com 

Sweet Treat Dessert Spots

Milwaukee Cupcake Company

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Photo from warningsugarygoodness.com 

ChocoBella

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Photo from bayviewcompass.com 

La Reve Patisserie and Cafe

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Photo from larevecafe.com

Events and After Dinner Fun

Pabst - Milwaukee Ballet

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Turner Hall - David Koechner

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Check out this familiar face coming into town! Photo from 10bestmedia.com

Red Arrow Park

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Enjoy some seasonal Olympic fun! Photo from cgsschimdt.com

Milwaukee Art Museum 

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Photo by Lauren Holman. 

Experience a bit of culture on the lake.

Oriental Theatre

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Photo from thirdcoastdaily.com 

-Lauren Holman

My Milwaukee: Ceara Milligan

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Chicago native Ceara Milligan fell in love with Milwaukee as soon as she set foot onto Marquette’s grounds.

"From the moment I stepped on campus during my tour, I knew I belonged. I was so impressed by the friendly, lively atmosphere, the urban location, the helpfulness of the admissions staff, and the quality of life the students and faculty enjoyed there. I could go on and on with reasons why I wound up at MU, but it was the best decision I have ever made."

Milligan speaks highly of her time at Marquette and although her instant attraction to the university sparked an appreciation for the city, the College of Business’12 graduate didn’t truly fall in love with Milwaukee until moving back to her hometown following graduation. 

Soon after settling again in Chicago, Milligan began to miss Milwaukee’s unique environment. She missed the at home feeling and comfort of Milwaukee’s warm and friendly embrace. She avoided that environment during her college search and was realizing that perhaps she didn’t want to return to it so quickly after college.

Although she was used to the hustle and bustle of Chicago she still desired to return to her collegiate roots for a pace that was a less congested. Milligan shares that one of the reasons why she became attracted to the university was for its size, the city was an unexpected bonus to her overall experience.

"My graduating class was comprised of 966 students. After attending a very overcrowded high school in the Chicago suburbs, I wanted to attend a smaller urban university. I love Milwaukee. It’s like a mini Chicago, just not as crowded and hectic."

Although Milligan explored Milwaukee during her time at Marquette, she wasn’t able to really venture out into the city during her acadmemic years. However, now she intends to enjoy life as a Milwaukeean to the fullest.

Now that Milligan has returned back to life in Cream City and ridden herself of a more concrete landscape, she is excited and hopeful to venture out more now that her academic schedule isn’t in the way.

"I have yet to go to the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, and the Miller Brewery. I’ve also only been to Miller Park once. Whoops. Now that I’m back here, though, I have more time to visit all of the Milwaukee hot spots.”

Ceara Milligan’s Top Five

Joan of Arc Chapel

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It’s a quiet spot on campus to attend mass, reflect, or just relax. The story behind the building and its namesake is also fascinating.

Brady Street

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Any bars, restaurants, and shops on the Lower East Side of the city. Fun place to venture off campus!

BMO Harris Bradley Center

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Attend Marquette, Bucks, and Admirals games, concerts, and other events.

Bradford Beach

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Lake Michigan is gorgeous in the summertime. The beach is only a few miles away from campus.

All of the awesome music venues!

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Summerfest Grounds, Turner Hall, The Riverside Theatre, Pabst Theatre, The Rave, to name a few… Surprising to some, Milwaukee has quite an eclectic music scene. If you love supporting live music, Milwaukee provides a lot of opportunities to attend great shows.

-Lauren Holman

Hey Marquette!

Have you picked up your new semester U-Pass from the AMU yet?  

We all know that Marquette is home, but now is the time to get off campus this weekend and explore your urban backyard. Get acquainted with  Milwaukee and venture beyond the campus grounds. 

Adventure is out there!