As we travel through Downtown Milwaukee, Untapped Tours will introduce you to some of the stunning buildings and activities that make Milwaukee great. The bustling downtown area is full of interesting neighborhoods with great residents as well as historic locations that give depth and texture to Milwaukee’s story.
The business of Milwaukee government happens at Milwaukee City Hall, located at 200 E. Wells Street. We’ll visit this historic structure, which has just undergone a complete renovation, restoring many of the great architectural details to their former glory. The building’s construction was completed in 1895, and at that time it was the third tallest structure in the United States. It also held the title of the tallest building in Milwaukee until the construction of the First Wisconsin Center (now the US Bank Center) in 1973.
Right across Water Street from City Hall, at 144 E. Wells Street, stands the historic Pabst Theater, also built in 1895. This gorgeously ornate theater is sometimes called the “Grande Olde Lady", being the oldest theater in Milwaukee's theater district.
Farther east in the neighborhood of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, we find the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, at 812 N. Jackson Street. With its steeple towering above Cathedral Square, this landmark is one of many buildings in the downtown area built of “cream city brick”, the distinctive light-colored brick that gives Milwaukee its nickname of “Cream City”.
In our tour, you’ll see Downtown Milwaukee evolving before your very eyes, with many new construction projects including the new world headquarters of Northwestern Mutual Life, at 720 E. Wisconsin Avenue, not far from the Lakefront. This massive, 1.1 million square foot skyscraper adds a new look to Milwaukee’s skyline, and is intended to attract and retain top talent and bring new business to Milwaukee.
No tour of Downtown Milwaukee would be complete without a visit to the stunningly beautiful lakeshore gem that is the Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N. Art Museum Drive). This world-class museum was augmented in 2001 with the addition of the Quadracci Pavilion, created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The building serves as the museum's entrance, and features a movable, wing-like brise soleil, which opens to a wingspan of 217 feet. The striking image of the brise soleil with Lake Michigan in the background is unforgettable, and uniquely representative of the great lakeshore city of Milwaukee.
Don’t just see Milwaukee, experience it! Join us as we tap into Milwaukee’s famous attractions and history, as well as other sights you may not have known existed. Book your Milwaukee Bus tour with Untapped Tours today!