Northpoint returns to the lakefront for another year

Published March 15, 2018

After fears that the stand just south of Bradford Beach would once again sit empty after the County received a chilly response to its request for proposals, Bartolotta Restaurants announced today that Northpoint Custard has reached a one-year deal to reopen the stand.


City of Milwaukee asks for feedback on Lakefront Gateway Plaza designs

Published July 6, 2015

Last fall, the City of Milwaukee - with the cooperation of Milwaukee County - began its search for a design for the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, a 1.5 acre property in between the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Summerfest grounds and in front of Discovery World, with the mission to turn the area into a public plaza. The teams have been narrowed down to four, design ideas have been presented and now, the City is looking for citizens' feedback.


Bradford Beach in the wintertime

Published Jan. 23, 2015

As much as I do enjoy other people, there are times I also love to be where they are not. One of these times was last winter - Milwaukee's coldest in about three decades - when I had reached my threshold for football and "Real Housewives" and living with 50 other people in one building, went down the hill, and took a walk on Bradford Beach along Lake Michigan. It was the most restorative thing I had done in a long time.


Lakefront gets brighter with new lights

Published Sept. 17, 2014

This afternoon, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced that lights along the lakefront will get an LED lightbulb facelift.


Northpoint Custard opens May 18

Published April 25, 2013

We all scream for ice cream - or, custard, that is. Bartolotta Restaurants plans to open its Northpoint Custard stand for the season on May 18.


Bo still knows Summerfest

Published March 21, 2013

Bo Black, who was once featured on a Playboy cover in the 1960s, was the attractive blonde Summerfest executive director with rabid fans and critics alike who made the woman called "Bo" one of Milwaukee's most interesting figures for more than two decades.


New lakefront plan and vintage images emerge simultaneously

Published March 12, 2013

In a weird coincidence, yesterday while Mayor Tom Barrett and County Exec Chris Abele were joined by state officials to announce a new plan for the Downtown lakefront, I got an envelope from my friend Tom Augustine filled with images of an icon of the lakefront's past.


Tension on the Milwaukee lakefront

Published June 14, 2012

One the best attributes of Milwaukee is its lakefront. It's beautiful, and relaxing, But there's something else along the lakefront, something that isn't part of anybody's relaxation. It's an atmosphere of tension.


Lakeshore State Park getting new south entrance

Published Feb. 21, 2012

As part of the construction of a new Rock Stage at Summerfest, Lakeshore State Park is getting a new entrance to the island. The project at the Downtown park, located on the shores of Lake Michigan near Summerfest and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, was posted today via Facebook.


Sunday Sound-off: Do you visit the lakefront?

Published May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of summer season in these parts and, with nice weather, people flocked to the lakefront. Were you among that crowd?


Lakefront parking lots

Published Oct. 4, 2007

On my way to the Milwaukee Art Museum yesterday I decided to take a quick detour through Veteran's Park, just to see if I've been missing anything and I was amazed by all the cars parked along the park drive.


Sunday Sound-off: Should Milwaukee develop the lakefront?

Published April 8, 2007

It's an age-old question here in Milwaukee: Should Milwaukee's lakefront remain pristine, with very few buildings and businesses, or should the shoreline feature more restaurants, hotels, bars and galleries?