doors open milwaukee – the what, where, & how

If you live anywhere near the city of Milwaukee, attending Doors Open this weekend, September 21-22, should be in that little day planner of yours. Doors Open is one of my favorite happenings around town and I’ve been fortunate to be part of the event for the past three years.

Doors Open Milwaukee - Sept. 21-22

Hosted by the Historical Society and completely free to the public, it is one of the best ways to explore the great city of Milwaukee. What’s so unique about the event is that with more than 100 participating sites, it takes over the city and allows you to make your own schedule based upon which buildings you want to see and what you want to learn. Each site revolves around getting you an inside, behind-the-scenes look into spaces and places that aren’t normally open to the public.

What’s on my agenda? Continue reading for more ideas!

As Brady Street is one of my favorite areas in town, my Saturday starts out with a walking historic tour (ticket needed) of 150 years on Brady Street; learning how it’s evolved and changed and definitely stopping for a meatball sub at Gloriosos Itailian Market. Next up, I’ll hop over to the Golda Meir School – a great example of Romanesque Revival-style architecture and one of a few in the city! Throughout the rest of the weekend, you can find me exploring Orlandini Studios, Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, the Tripoli Shrine Center, and the Gas Light Building.

Some other highlights — See the skyline atop the tallest building in Wisconsin – the observation deck at the U.S. Bank Building, or visit the Clock Shadow Building for an inside look at the creamery – Purple Door ice cream samples, anyone? If history and the roots of the city are your thing, visit a mini tour of the Historic Pabst brewery, the Federal Courthouse, one of Frank Llyod Wright’s masterpieces, or City Hall. For those who marvel at architecture, step inside the Mackie or Mitchell buildings downtown, or Basilica of St. Josaphat or one of the other cathedrals and churches on the list. City attractions also sure to please are: the Art Museum, Dennis Sullivan Schooner, BMO Harris Bradley Center, Lakefront Brewery, and the list goes on and on.

In-depth tours are also available at select location for those who want to get a little more friendly with some of Milwaukee’s greatest sites (please note you will need a ticket for some guided tours).

Check out the full list of buildings and start planning your itinerary!



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