Located about 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee, Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport is the only airport in Wisconsin and neighboring Illinois that is served by all of the major domestic airlines. It has non-stop flights to 36 cities, and serves Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Chicago. Although MKE is Milwaukee's primary airport, it has sometimes been described as Chicago's third hub, since a handful of travelers use it as an alternative to Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway. Alongside five runways over an area of 2,180 acres, there is are 48 gates, a Main Terminal and three concourses that house about a dozen on-the-go dining options and a USO Lounge, which offers a comfortable place for military members and veterans to watch TV and relax. Travelers can also take advantage of amenities such as Wi-Fi.
Whether you're staying in this Wisconsin city for vacation or business, there are more than 40 hotels near Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, such as Holiday Inn Airport or Holiday Inn Express Airport. With business meeting rooms, swimming pools and prime location, these hotels are great for all types of travelers. Other popular options are the Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Conference Center or Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotels, which offer airport shuttles.
Welcome to Milwaukee
As the largest city in Wisconsin, Milwaukee is home to nearly 600,000 people. It is perched on the western shore of Lake Michigan, which adds to its buoyant and diverse Midwest culture. Native Americans were the first to realize the beauty of the location - at the mouths of Kinnickinnic, Menomonee and Milwaukee rivers - naming it "Milwaukie," meaning "where the waters meet." Although most Milwaukeeans are American by birth, they celebrate their heritage, as 38 percent report having some German ancestry and 13 percent are Polish.
Milwaukee is a global center for advanced manufacturing, financial services, electronic commerce, and food and beverage producers - which is no surprise as its baseball team is called the Brewers and the state's football team, the Green Bay Packers, also dubbed "Cheeseheads." The city's metropolitan area consists of five counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine. To get around, residents take advantage of the Milwaukee County Transit System, which has an expanse of bus routes all over the region.
Things to Do in Milwaukee
Residents and visitors alike know that Milwaukee is a hotbed for the arts, sporting events and fantastic scenery. From May through September, the city buzzes with outdoor activities, such as parades, music festivals, ethnic celebrations and sailing regattas. Head to Miller Park to catch a Brewer's baseball game or listen to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra perform 140 classics. The city has a vibrant arts community, and is ranked as one of the top 12 places in the nation for its cultural art offerings by an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts. One of the most popular attractions is the Milwaukee Art Museum, showcasing nearly 20,000 works of world-renowned artists like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Each summer the city hosts Summerfest, the world's largest music festival, which takes place on the lakefront and boasts hundreds of bands and artists.
To get your bearings in this Midwest city, stroll along the Milwaukee RiverWalk, which weaves through the downtown. Check out the Historic Third Ward, Pabst Mansion and Henry Maier Festival Park for a true taste of city flavor. Speaking of good eats, there are hundreds of delicious restaurants. For a wake-me-up breakfast, stop by Blue's Eggs and if you're in the mood for fine dining, Sanford Restaurant has got your number. Top it all off with a scoop or two at Kopp's Frozen Custard Stand, a local gem.