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The New York Times' Robert Simonson sampled some of what makes Milwaukee great. (PHOTO: Kevin Miyazaki for The New York Times)

NY Times' Simonson samples Milwaukee in 36 hours

As part of its ongoing "36 Hours in..." series of travel stories, The New York Times sent Robert Simonson to Brew City for three days to share some of the cities gems with readers.

The article, posted on the Times' site today, offers a mix of the expected and less so.

"Milwaukee has gone by many nicknames over the years: Cream City, Brew Town, the German Athens. But a lesser-known, more local handle – Smallwaukee – may best capture the personality of this Wisconsin city of 600,000, which can feel like a small town in big-city clothing, embodying the advantages of both," writes Simonson.

On day one, Simonson hit both the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Three Brothers before heading over to At Random, which, as a cocktail writer, Simonson surely enjoyed.

On the second day, among other things, he sampled Frank Lloyd Wright's American System-Built Homes on the South Side and the site of the attempted assassination of Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, before heading up to the East Side for dinner at The Original.

Wrapping up his trip, Simonson checked out the St. Joan of Arc Chapel and Sobelman's in the Menomonee Valley, as well as a few other gems, capturing the diverse attractions here and the complementary small town and big-city vibes that make this city special.

This New York Magazine article about Chicago, posted yesterday, also suggests Milwaukee as a convenient day trip.


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