Palomino Bar & Restaurant
Although ‘Southern Fried Goodness’ is what this restaurant promises, the menu also offers options like vegan steaks and salads. But for a meal of pure indulgence, try the intriguingly named Velvet Elvis sandwich or a bourbon-marinated steak.
County Clare Inn
Find the best of Irish hospitality right here in Milwaukee. The shamrock-green rooms are just upstairs from the in-house restaurant serving traditional Irish fare as well as American staples, and the County Clare pub is the perfect setting for a well-poured pint of Guinness. Check the Inn’s website for discounts on weekend bookings.
Nomad World Pub
This pub cut short its happy hours to just 15 minutes, from 4 - 4.15 p.m. But with drinks at a cheap $1 USD each, most patrons make every minute count! You can also join in the weekly Pub Trivia contests and sample several of the locally-produced beers from the extensive bar menu.
Historic Third Ward
The city's Historic Third Ward is a fun-filled district where you will find some of Milwaukee's best restaurants, pubs, spas, and art galleries. But the boutique shops are in a class of their own and women especially should try book their flights in time for September's Diva Night, when they can get discounts at most boutique stores in the area.
You name it, and Milwaukee probably celebrates it. The City of Festivals has earned its moniker by playing host to events like the German Fest, Polish Fest, Mexican Fest, and Irish Fest. The LGBT community puts on a spectacular parade during Pride Fest, and music wafts through every street during the 11-day Summerfest in July. There's even a throwback to 1700s France with a re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille.
The city's breweries are a major reason why many visitors book their flights to Milwaukee in the first place. Besides simply supplying the city's bars and pubs, several ale houses also sell tickets for tours and tastings and this is a good way to spend an afternoon or two while you're in the city. From June to September, Jazz in the Park is where the action is. Free jazz concerts are held every week in Cathedral Square and this is a great place to hang out with the locals and try several of the local beers.
Take a trip down memory lane as you revisit scenes from the Happy Days sitcom, cool off in the summer with swim in Lake Michigan at Bradford Beach, take in a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game at Miller Park, or tour the city's artistic and cultural gems at the Milwaukee Art Museum, St. Josaphat Basilica, and Pabst Mansion. With so much to see and do, we're sure you'll have no regrets about booking flights to Milwaukee.
General Mitchell International Airport (MKE or ZML) is located about 10 km from the city centre. Airlines serving this airport include Air Tran, American, United, Frontier, and Delta. Passengers flying from Toronto can book tickets on Air Canada's non-stop services to MKE.
Flying to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) or Midway Airport (MDW) is another option for travel to Milwaukee, but the commute from Chicago can take anywhere between two to four hours, making this option a lot less convenient.
Milwaukee comes to life in the summer, when temperatures average 25-30°C and the city hosts a number of music, art, and cultural festivals. From June to August, flights fill up quickly and you will need to book a month or two ahead to get cheap tickets.
If planning in advance isn't your thing, you can also find discount deals on Milwaukee flights in spring and fall. With white winters and temperatures hovering between 0°C and -10°C, airfares and hotels are cheapest between November and February, with the exception of the week around Christmas and New Year's.
Arriving at General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)
A main terminal with three concourses deals with domestic air traffic only and international flights to Milwaukee (with the exception of flights from Toronto) arrive at the International Arrivals Terminal (IAT), located near the airport's parking structure. Passengers with connecting flights from the main terminal can use the free shuttle service that operates between the two terminals. Check the airport's website for more details on the ground transportation options listed below.
Public Transit: Milwaukee Country Transit System (MCTS) buses on Route 80 connect the airport to Milwaukee's city centre. The bus stop for this service is located just outside the baggage claim area at Exit 1 and one-way tickets are cheap at less than $3 USD. Additional discounts are available for children under 11 years of age and senior citizens.
Amtrak: Trains on Amtrak's Hiawatha line operate between Milwaukee Airport Railway Station, downtown Milwaukee's Intermodal Station, and the Chicago's Union Station. A free shuttle bus departs from Exit 4 of the baggage claim area, taking passengers to the railway station. Tickets for a trip from the airport to downtown Milwaukee cost about $8 USD.
Airport Shuttle and Chauffeured Car Services: Go Airport Connection operates shared-ride and private shuttle services, for which you can buy tickets online or at the airport counter. Fares on shared-ride services to downtown Milwaukee cost about $13 USD while hiring a private van for up to 10 passengers will set you back by approximately $100 USD. The company also has chauffeured car services and you can hire a sedan for up to three people for about $70 USD.
Hotel Shuttle: If you've arranged for a hotel shuttle to collect you from the airport, make sure you let the hotel know your arrival time in advance as well as which terminal your flight will be landing at.
Taxi: A taxi pick-up zone is located on the lower level of the airport's main terminal outside Exit 4 of the baggage claim area. Trips to Milwaukee's city centre cost $30-$35 USD, depending on your destination.
Car Rental: Eight car rental companies operate from MKE including Alamo, Avis, National, and Thrifty, all of which have booking counters on the lower level of the airport's main terminal, near the parking structure. If you're flying to Milwaukee during the busy Summerfest period, be sure to book your car in advance.
Other: Companies like Badger Coaches, Coach USA, and Lamers, provide scheduled coach services to several regional destinations including Madison, Johnson Creek, Wausau, and O'Hare Airport. Ticket prices vary depending on your destination and the company you book with.
Arriving at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway Airport (MDW)
From Chicago's airports, you can either rent a car, or use the regional bus services to travel to Milwaukee. Alternatively, you can make your way to Chicago's Union Station and take an Amtrak train to Milwaukee's Intermodal Station. Keep in mind that most of the coach and train services depart during the day so if your flight arrives at night, you will need to make alternate travel arrangements.