Historic Third Ward


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The beginning of the year has seen a lot of fresh starts for established restaurants in Milwaukee. Some have opened new locations, and others have gotten some nice face-lifts. Read more

Dining Out


Illustration by: Dave Zylstra

Small Business Saturday, much like its elder cousins, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has become a central part of the gift-giving holiday season in the U.S. and, indeed, the national economy. Read more

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Dear Ruthie offers advice to a reader and shares her social calendar of events of interest to members of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ community for the second week of August. Read more

Dear Ruthie


After a year of record-breaking sales and visitors in 2017, the Milwaukee Public Market has done it again. Read more


Exhibits opening this week include "The San Quentin Project" at the Milwaukee Art Museum and "Out of the Vault and New Acquisitions" at David Barnett Gallery. The Historic Third Ward Association will also present Gallery Night and Day this weekend. Read more

Visual Arts

Critics have called Urinetown, The Musical at Skylight Music theatre “a laugh riot!” and “enormously entertaining!” with a “stunningly talented cast!” Read more


Winners in the Neighborhoods category for Best of Milwaukee 2017 including subcategories like Milwaukee Neighborhood to Drink In, Suburb to Live In and more. Read more

Best of Milwaukee 2017

Ruthie answers questions from readers regarding the etiquette of sharing a bathroom. Read more

Dear Ruthie

Street Eats, the Shepherd Express’ mobile food festival, closes its summer season on Friday, Sept. 15 in Catalano Square—located between Menomonee, Erie and Young streets in the Historic Third Ward. Read more


Every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. until August 31, Friendsof Catalano Square will be hosting Ayre in the Square. Located in CatalanoSquare, Ayre in the Square is a live concert series that will feature Milwaukeebands from a wide variety of .. Read more

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What’s betterthan a cold margarita on a warm summer day? How about more than a dozenmargarita makers competing to be crowned the best Milwaukee Margarita-maker,and you get to be the judge? The ShepherdExpress is hosting their inaugural .. Read more

Happening Now

A while back, I introduced you to an autograph book ofShirley, a young Milwaukee girl who grew up in the 1930s. By an odd stroke of luck, I have anotherautograph book in my collection – also from the 1930s and also belonging to ayoung woman na.. Read more

Milwaukee History

On Aug. 15, the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail will be leading a leisurely two-mile stroll along the trail to highlight public art found along the way. Similar events continue into September. Read more

Visual Arts

With temperatures finally starting to heat up it’s theperfect time to take your drinking outdoors, and Milwaukee has some of the bestspots to do just that. We have everything from rooftop patios to picturesqueviews of the Milwaukee River. Here’.. Read more

Happening Now

I have written a few pieces on the historyof adult movie theaters in Milwaukee,particularly the ParkwayTheatre on W. Lisbon Ave.I find the history of the Parkway fascinating and, some years backs, even hadthe good fortune to sit down for an i.. Read more

Milwaukee History 5 Comments

This pastweekend several  galleries in theHistoric Third Ward opened intriguing exhibitions that will lead up or continue through summer gallery night. All three appear in the Marshall Building on the corner of Buffalo andWa.. Read more

Visual Arts

On some of the first sunny days this June, the pastweekend offered a smattering of art openings throughout Milwaukee, especiallyin the Historic Third Ward. Friday eveningand all day Saturday the artists attending the exhibitions were available .. Read more

Visual Arts

Exhibitions around the downtown area opened on Gallery Night & Day, although these opportunities also present a chance to talk with artists, to uncover what inspires them to create their singular form of art. During Gallery weekend there is plenty.. Read more

Visual Arts

At a grandreopening party on November 9, the Historic Third Ward’s Portrait SocietyGallery hosted a trio of new exhibitions. Three recently enlarged galleries complement an additional room for art storage and documentation that completed a long .. Read more

Visual Arts

 At Blustein Brandino Fine Art in the Historic Third Ward’sMarshall Building, the second floor art gallery exhibits “New Photo Expression 2012.”Included in the excellent exhibition along with Wisconsin's Eddee Daniel and LarryD’Attillo, ph.. Read more

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