Cathedral Square

Ruthie answers a question from a reader wondering if she’s the bitch or all the people around her. Exciting upcoming events include Theater RED’s The Wayward Women at the Alchemist Theatre, Bastille Days in Cathedral Square and a Makers Mar... more

Jul 11, 2017 1:18 PM Dear Ruthie

For over a decade, Summerfest had a snowy counterpart festival know as “Winterfest," a longer, but lower-profile event that was meant to attract visitors to Milwaukee during the tough-draw wintertime months. While Winterfest was never ab.. more

Jul 10, 2017 4:17 PM What Made Milwaukee Famous

Even without the glitz of its neighboring Cathedral Square establishments, a strong attention to detail, a classically relaxed vibe and a solid food and cocktail menu has let The Phoenix Cocktail Club quickly carve a niche in the crowded Do... more

May 9, 2017 2:06 PM Eat/Drink


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There have been quite a few bar and restaurant openings around Milwaukee since my last update. They run the gamut of Polish food to sports bars to steakhouses, so everyone will find something they like. Get out there and try someplace new while yo.. more

Jun 3, 2016 11:19 PM Brew City Booze

I might be either too young or too old to find this appealing.  It’s the 21st century and people facing  each other in performance pun competitions. It may not personally appeal to me, but I love that there are people who are actually doing .. more

Feb 12, 2016 12:00 PM Theater

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The Dude is coming back to Milwaukee as we get ready foranother Lewbowski Fest. The 2 day festival will be held at Cathedral Square downtownon Friday, August 21st and will continue at JB's on 41 Bowling Center on Saturday the 22nd.Friday’s Mo.. more

Aug 4, 2015 7:26 PM Around MKE


WMSE's annual Backyard BBQ will return to Cathedral Square Park for another year of rootsy music and smokey food on Saturday, Sept. 5. Today the station announced the lineup for the sixth installment of the event, which will feature the New Orlean.. more

Jul 10, 2015 4:00 PM On Music

It’s trolley time. No, not the billion dollar one (I can’t wait for that) but the little red and green mock one. It runs throughout the summer for that Old Milwaukee feel, taking a loop around the Third Ward, East Town and West Town, and th... more

Jun 23, 2015 4:04 PM Hear Me Out


Cathedral Square Park via Travel Wisconsin

Mazen Muna, owner of the Dogg Haus restaurants in Milwaukee, plans to openPhantomBar in spring of 2015. The space on Cathedral Square Park at 780 N.Jefferson St. will be ultramodern andsleek, according to Muna, and will focus on craft cocktails.. more

Nov 7, 2014 3:55 PM Around MKE

There are many street festivals in Milwaukee, but Bastille Days may be the biggest and brightest of all. From July 10-13, more than 250,000 visitors will come to Cathedral Square and several streets around it, to celebrate all more

Jul 9, 2014 1:07 AM A&E Feature

It was another violent summer in Milwaukee marked by gun violence. The organization Guns Down MKE will remember the victims of that violence later this month at a silent candlelight vigil. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 12:30 p.m. at Cathe.. more

Oct 9, 2013 2:00 PM Around MKE

The Big Lebowski came and went without ringing much change at box offices during its theatrical release... more

Jun 13, 2012 12:00 AM A&E Feature 1 Comments

Milwaukee's classiest free concert series, Jazz in the Park, begins its 2012 season with an evening of music from one of the city's most prominent blues combos: Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys. The group plays... more

Jun 7, 2012 12:00 AM This Week in Milwaukee

It's always fun to debate which restaurant serves the best burger in town. Some places that come to mind are Solly's, AJ Bombers and Sobelman's. Another contender, quite unlike the others, is Elsa's—or, more formally, Elsa's more

May 16, 2012 12:00 AM Dining Preview

Jefferson Street, just south of Cathedral Square, still retains a few 19th-century buildings. One, a vintage Cream City brick residence, is home to Serum (785 N. Jefferson St.), which bills itself as “the hidden kitchen.” Serum is also v... more

Aug 3, 2011 12:00 AM Dining Preview

Music fans can bless and blame Gang of Four for inspiring everything from some of alt rock's most resonant moments to the most unfortunate rap-metal muck. Now is as good a time as any for the genuine article to make a return appearance with... more

Jan 31, 2011 12:00 AM Album Reviews

Gwen Gillen’s works include the sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat in the air that stands in downtown Minneapolis, the duck family on the bridge over the Milwaukee River on Wisconsin Avenue, and sensitive life-sized sculptures of... more

Nov 4, 2010 12:00 AM Off the Cuff

Cathedral Square, the green gathering space in the heart of Downtown Milwaukee, serves as a point of convergence for popular events like Bastille Days, the East Town Market and the city’s favorite Thursday night tradition, Jazz in the Park.... more

Oct 13, 2010 12:00 AM Around MKE

Live hip-hop bands tend to fall back on bland, anonymous grooves, as the actual music takes a backseat to the raps, but Milwaukee’s Fresh Cut Collective escapes this trap, giving the six players who back rapper Adebisi plenty to do. more

Aug 19, 2010 12:00 AM Today in Milwaukee