From their vantage point inside the InterContinental Milwaukee Hotel, diners at Kil@Wat can treat themselves to panoramic vistas of the city, including the bright lights of the neighboring Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Inside the kitchen, chefs use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible to craft elegant meals fit for the awe-inspiring views. This focus on freshness and seasonality translates to a menu of upscale American comfort dishes such as pan-roasted whitefish from Lake Superior and braised short ribs with roasted garlic mash and wild mushroom jus. A staff pastry chef puts her own inventive twist on dessert, concocting delicacies such as peanut-butter-and-chocolate cheesecake with pretzel bark for an added crunch.
These gourmet morsels unite with the restaurant’s elegant décor to forge a luxurious, memorable dining experience. Vibrant chartreuse accents compliment orange suede chairs and crisp white tablecloths. Large light boxes cast a soft glow over people as they sip wine from the extensive list or pose as window washers to get in without a reservation.
The Milwaukee Repertory Theater has been playing a vital role in enriching the culture of local community since 1954. Now on its 61st season, this theater produces an impressive 600 performances a year, including such favorites as “The Color Purple,” “Harvey,” and of course, “A Christmas Carol,” without which no holiday season would be complete. Frequent collaborations with the adjacent Pabst Theater work to further enrich the theatrical selection at the Repertory. The theater has an interesting volunteer program called “Friends of the Rep,” which grants discounts, access to the Rep Annual Meeting, and a discount card for local Milwaukee establishments.
For those who have never owned a radio, read a newspaper, or heard an angel sing, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are the rock 'n' roll hall of famers responsible for 29 top-40 hits that toe the line of doo-wop, rock, and pop. Spanning half a century of musical history, this fun-loving bunch of rockers who love having fun bring their well-rehearsed act to the stage at Festa Italiana. Opening for the legends will be the hybrid musical comedian Pete Barbuti, who is known for tickling ivories and tickling people's throats in order to induce laughter across the globe.
German Fest is a celebration of culture through food and drink, live entertainment, and all kinds of family fun and shenanigans. Use your voucher toward bratwurst, gulasch, dumplings, potato pancakes, pork chops, desserts, and more. To wash down these hearty helpings, head to the beer garden at the north end of the grounds. On the south end of the fest, there is a carnival with games and rides.
The 14,500-year-old Hebior mammoth stands sentinel at the entrance to the Milwaukee Public Museum, serving as a massive reminder to all who pass that they are traveling back in time. Originally founded in 1882, the museum has spent more than a century collecting artifacts and fossils from around the world to portray the vast reaches of natural and human history throughout 150,000 square feet of exhibit space spread over three and a half floors.
Representing the recent past, The Streets of Old Milwaukee's turn-of-the-century gas-lit lanes and the European Village place visitors up close to replicas of more than 58 structures, including an old-fashioned barbershop and a fully furnished Scottish dwelling. Traveling further back to the Cretaceous period in the Third Planet exhibit, a life-size replica of a tyrannosaurus greets visitors with its tiny arms and impeccable manners. Visitors can also explore treasures from Africa, Asia, and the Arctic, or stroll through the butterfly wing to witness free-flying exotic and native species.
Adjacent to the museum, the Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater and Planetarium theater display astronomical wonders with a Digistar 3 computer-projection system. The Skies Over Milwaukee show lights up the ceiling with the current night sky for a tour of the planets and constellations. In the same theater, giant screen films transport audience members to the top of Everest or to the bottom of the ocean with a six-story screen, wraparound digital sound, and the distilled imaginations of 5-year-olds.
Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental has been supplying lakefront adventurers with breezy modes of transportation for more than 20 years. Aboard your small surrey bike, you can feel free to wander along the waterfront, explore side paths, or rehearse future live-action Flintstones revivals. The small, pedal-powered surrey holds up to three adults and two small children and allows you and your entourage to cruise along the Milwaukee lakefront at your leisure, ringing the surrey’s attached bell to warn pedestrians of your approach as the fresh air flows through your hair. Though not covered in this deal, Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental’s main station boasts a full snack bar with beverages, so you can stock up on sustenance or replenish your energy after a calorie-burning journey. This Groupon may be used for upgrades to different bicycles or more rental time—you are responsible for the difference in cost. Saddle up for a shaded swing by the water with Milwaukee Bike & Skate Rental.