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Turner. Tonight. 5:30. (PHOTO: Bobby Tanzilo)

Meet the magic behind "111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss"

We all have a "Milwaukee Bucket List," meaning Brew City-related things we want to see, do or buy at some point in the future. A new book, "111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss," written by Milwaukee native Michelle Madden, is packed with potential bucket-list spots.

Tonight, Madden and photographer Janet McMillan will share stories about their book – over dinner and drinks – at the Tavern at Turner Hall, 1034 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave. There will also be a guided tour of Turner Hall's murals.

"The book is a love letter to Milwaukee," says Madden. "It was so much fun chasing down memories of the Milwaukee of my youth, but also seeing the city with fresh eyes, discovering how it's evolved, acting like a tourist and having an excuse to seek out all of the amazingly passionate, fascinating people who give this town its unique charm and character."

Basically, it's a guide for locals as well as guests that reveals the hidden gems in this town, some of which might be new to even the most seasoned Milwaukeean.

Showcased locales go beyond the usual Milwaukee haunts and include Best Place's Gift Shop, Green Gallery, Al Capone's Hideout, Grebe's Bakery, the Morris Pratt Institute and many, many more. The guidebook also shares stories of famous and infamous locals likes Harry Houdini – who lived in Appleton for a spell – and the late piano virtuoso Liberace.

"Capturing the diverse places throughout the city was both very exciting and challenging," says McMillan, who attended local schools St. Jude the Apostle and Pius XI High School with Madden. "It was also an incredible learning experience for me about my own city."

Tonight's event features dinner, drinks, conversation about the book, and a tour at 5:30 p.m. at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave. Go here for more information. You can also buy the book here.


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