Milwaukee river

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Where to rent a boat or kayak in The Good Land

Published June 25, 2020

Whether you are an experienced boater or a total newbie there's a float-astic experience out there for you and, best of all, you'll only have to social distance from the fish.

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Hagerty's photos capture a Milwaukee that has mostly vanished

Published Dec. 9, 2019

Folks love historical photos, and nothing seems more exciting than finding a new cache of vintage images that shine a different light on familiar, if altered, local landscapes. Just recently a trove emerged when Winter Haven, Florida-based professional photographer Tom Hagerty began sharing on Facebook photos he took in Milwaukee decades ago.

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6 ways the Bucks turned Milwaukee green ahead of the NBA Playoffs

Published April 12, 2019

Ahead of their first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, which kicks off on Milwaukee Day against the Detroit Pistons, the Bucks turned the entire city green to celebrate the team's impressive regular season and their promising playoff run to come.

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Donut Boats, Retro Boats almost ready to float

Published March 27, 2019

On May 1, Boat MKE opens for business on the Milwaukee River, 735 N. Water St., and this year, the local company is offering another way to float: donut boats and retro boats.

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Gurda's landmark "The Making of Milwaukee" gets another update

Published Dec. 13, 2018

As we reach the holiday season, it seems like the perfect time to catch up with John Gurda. He is the Milwaukeean that is to us history-lovers something of a beard-less and more svelte Santa Claus of our own, bringing both longed-for and unexpected treasures, in the form of books, articles, talks and television appearances.

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10 color views of 1940s Milwaukee

Published Aug. 20, 2018

Thanks to Milwaukeean Karl Bandow, who found a treasure trove of old Kodachrome half-frame slides of the city in an antiques store, we can offer up these gorgeous color (!) photos of the city as it appeared in the 1940s.

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You have a new favorite way to bar-hop: Water Taxi MKE, debuting Saturday

Published May 18, 2018

Attention bar-hopping, patio-drinking, water-loving Milwaukeeans: You have a new favorite mode of transportation this summer. Water Taxi MKE debuts Saturday, operating along Milwaukee's rivers and providing rides by boat to bars, public docks, local landmarks and apartments on the water.

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Swanson's book takes us back to "Lost Milwaukee"

Published April 24, 2018

You may have read Carl Swanson's historical vignettes of old Milwaukee here at OnMilwaukee or on his blog, Milwaukee Notebook. Many of his excellent articles are now collected in "Lost Milwaukee," a book published in paperback by The History Press.

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What should replace the old John Hawks Pub?

Published Oct. 6, 2017

Nearly one year ago today, after 45 years in Milwaukee, John Hawk's - a Downtown Milwaukee pub that sits on the Riverwalk - closed its doors and has been vacant ever since. What's next? Or, what should be next?

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Is a new beer garden coming to Pere Marquette Park?

Published Aug. 15, 2017

There is a proposal to bring a beer garden back to Pere Marquette Park next year - between the Milwaukee River, Kilbourn Avenue and 3rd and State Streets - and an upcoming meeting will unveil details of the plan.

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Bubbly Veuve Clicquot floats this Milwaukee boat cru-ise

Published July 31, 2017

We've got booze cruises and a paddle tavern, but the French always know how to take things to another level, don't they? Now, at least for a limited time, Milwaukee's got the Veuve Clicquot Voyage.