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With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).

2500 N Mayfair Rd
Milwaukee,
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Bye Bye Liver has been busting the chops of mutton- and non-mutton-chopped Chicagoans for the past three years. The show flows through a series of skignettches, which is comedish for “sketch vignettes,” parodying the intoxicating world of drinking, barhopping, drinking, and drinking. Many interactive games played during the show break down the fourth wall of the theater, fusing the estranged cast and audience into a familiar bunch of suds-soaked pals. All shows are 21+ in accordance with the United States Declaration of Independence.

811 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee,
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Viktor Viktoria outfits women with an eclectic stock of club wear and avant-garde garb such as leg warmers and mini dresses. Shimmy into a pair of bootie shorts ($19.99), whose silver sequins will dazzle under disco balls or traffic lights. Slightly sheer mini dresses ($17.99) leave just enough to the imagination and rhinestone anklets ($14.99) inspire fashion-forward house arrests. Shop an array of bracelets ($21.99), or for a bit of vintage flair boxy fit Rock N Roll tees ($58) pay homage to fashions past.

1910 Martha Washington Dr
Milwaukee,
WI
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Summerfest is the pride and joy of Milwaukee's music scene, attracting between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people a year with bands playing on 11 stages. The first day of the festival features a variety of general-admission shows, with the first Groupon listening opportunity kicking off at 4:15 p.m. with the Mechanical Kids on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. Headlining acts that begin at 8 p.m. include Tokyo Police Club and Colbie Caillat. At 10 p.m., the big hitters emerge from the bullpen with the sultry rhythms of Sheryl Crow, the smooth jamz of The Wailers, the electro-fun of Passion Pit, and more, creating a musical-chairs game of concert options. Check the Summerfest website to view the full music schedule for June 24 (please note that your general-admission ticket does not get you into the Tim McGraw performance in the Marcus Amphitheatre).

200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee,
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Balloons accent any occasion—birthday, wedding, corporate conference, funeral—with a buoyant, bouncy sense of fun that can't be replicated by mini sandwich platters or a moderate to heavy consumption of alcohol. One of the largest balloon suppliers in the area, Balloon Universe stands ready to assist you in wishing a recent graduate well and supplying him or her with the means to float up and away to exciting adventures abroad. In the event of an emergency water landing, do not attempt to use your balloons as a flotation device.

707 W Glencoe Pl
Milwaukee,
WI
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If the appearance of spices were to reflect their real importance in the history of the world, the bottles of spices would be filled with bright glittery substances, diamonds, rubies, emeralds and gold.
—from The Spice Houses' web feature, The Lure and Lore of Spices

Each week, The Spice House's team imports pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all sorts of other spices from across the world. Then they grind, mix, and sift through it all, filling their shop with a sea of glass jars. Some contain blends, while others house pure spices, either ground or whole. But The Spice House is much more than a retail space—it's also a space of creativity and collaboration. Customers and staffers constantly share new recipes and ways to use spices.


How are Customers Using their Spices?

For easy reference, The Spice House maintains a recipe database, which houses more than 1,000 recipes submitted by The Spice House's staff, their customers, and culinary professionals. Some of their most popular recipes include Pickled Beets and Puerco Pibil.


Groupon Guide to Chicago

Where Nutmeg Really Comes From

The Spice House's co-owner Patty Erd tells us about sourcing nutmeg at a cooperative in Grenada, where even the streets smell like the spice.


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1031 N Old World 3rd St
Milwaukee,
WI
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