Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2023

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stages and green rooms, themed children's area, and a 23,000 seat area. The wall of greats who has performed here reads like A Billboard Magazine Top 100 list of icon- ic artists. From Janet Jackson, Cher, Jay Z to KISS and Garth Brooks, all genres of music are represented. The City of Steeples has are over 1,000 houses of Worship in Milwaukee. The 2023 festival will be the 55th annual. B M & T ••• March /April 2023 ••• 29 F ood and fine dining are not limited too the 600 varieties of cheeses produced in Wisconsin. Theatre is both historic and so ubiquitous that there are nearly 90 ven- ues in the downtown area alone to enjoy or produce a theatrical production or to host an elegant affair or gathering. Arts and Entertainment are rivaled on by the lakes and parks. Milwaukee is rich in historical and cul- tural attractions, making it the perfect place for a weekend of exploring. Check out the newly expanded Milwaukee Art Museum or the Mitchell Park Horticultural Society, which hosts an annual show of the same flora and fauna seen in Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. Those interested in the city's history can visit the grand Pabst Mansion, former home of one of the city's famous beer barons, or the Milwaukee Public Museum, to see what life was like in Old Milwaukee. If the kids are along, don't miss the Milwaukee County Zoo or the Betty Brinn Children's Museum. Of course a trip to the "Genuine American City" would not be complete without a tour of the Miller Brewing Company and a Brewers game at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a modernist building shaped like a floating cross, with wings cantilevered from a cen- tral base. Architect Eero Saarinen's inno- vative design won praise for its dramatic use of space; Time magazine called it "one of the country's finest examples of modern architecture put to work for civic purposes." The annual Lakefront Festival of Art. The Quadracci Pavillon is the iconic sculptural addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by the Spanish archi- tect Santiago Calatrava. Highlights of the building, completed in 2001, are the mag- nificent cathedral-like space of Windhover Hall, with a vaulted a 90-foot- high glass ceiling; the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan that unfolds and folds twice daily; and the Reiman Bridge, a pedestri- an suspension bridge that connects the Museum to the city. The venue host per- manent Rodin statues and art exhibitions on two floors. Milwaukee is a food lover's paradise. For example, Barlotta's chain of restau- rants that include the Harbor House, which is a Lake Park bistro, is demonstra- tive of fine dining. With over 1700 restau- rants it is safe to say anything you can imagine exist in the city. For convention- eers, and meetings Levy Restaurants, serve as the exclusive providers of food and beverage services in the Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theatre, and UW-M Panther Arena. Their offerings include anything from quality conces- sions and backstage catering to elegant hors d'ouevres or sumptuous, full-course banquets for a few dozen to as many as 10,000 people. Hotels Saint Kate Hotel , formerly the IHG property, has three art galleries, themed artistic rooms, and a vibe that starts with a glass of champagne upon arrival. Hotels connected to the Convention Center include: Hilton Milwaukee City Center w 729 rooms, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee w 481 rooms, SpringHill Suites Milwaukee Downtown w 155 rooms for a total of 1,365 rooms. Downtown Milwaukee has a total of 34 properties with over 5,500 rooms. There are 28 airport properties with 2,478 rooms and 95 outlying hotels and resorts for a total of 157 properties with19,289 hotels rooms in Greater Milwaukee area Milwaukee Brewers Stadium Summerfest, The world's largest music festival -

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