Milwaukee is an hour and half from greater Chicagoland and makes for a fun day trip. We decided to head up on a Saturday mid-morning, kid-free and spend one night exploring Milwaukee and return late on Sunday. This trip was right before New Year’s so many of the Christmas lights and decorations were still up throughout the city.
- AXE MKE
- Milwaukee Public Market
- North Point Lighthouse
- Brewery Tour
- Cheesehead Factory
- Pabst Mansion
After the brewery we wanted to see what AXE MKE was all about. Axe throwing seemed like such a neat and fun concept. Unfortunately we didn’t have reservations and their next walk-in appointment was way past our bedtime. We talked to the manager and learned that axe throwing as a sport was brought to Milwaukee from Canada. We got to hold an axe to feel how heavy it was. There were many corporate holiday parties going on and it looked like a lot of fun.
After two more pit stops were decided to call it a night so that Sunday we could do some last minute exploring before driving back to Chicago.
We woke up and had breakfast at the restaurant called Tre Rivoli. It was outstanding and it’s always great to start your day with a great meal and great coffee.
I wanted to stop and see the North Point Light House. The Lighthouse was a gorgeous part of town and has a selfie mirror which was a fun photo op. We didn’t go inside but just chose to do a quick walk around the beautiful property to burn off some of our breakfast.
Unfortunately our next stop – The cheesehead Factory – was closed on Sunday which was disappointing. I had wanted to bring back a funny cheese hat from our 4-year old. They sell foam cheese hats made in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We brought back a cheese hat for her from the public market instead.
Our last stop on our Milwaukee fun-day was The Pabst Mansion. The Pabst family was originally from Germany and they are the founders of Pabst Brewing Company in Milwaukee. The inside of the mansion was decorated absolutely beautiful for Christmas.
Milwaukee is definitely one of America’s great cities. We are lucky to live so close to a beautiful little gem of a city. We will return with our daughter in the summer to explore more.