I haven't done any of these (yet) but I found this website that had walking tours of Milwaukee and may go do one someday. I think walking tours are a great way to get introduced to a particular part of the city or learn a little history.
It is coooooold in Winter
It can get downright cold in the winter. The day after we moved back in December it was 1 degree F...that is cooooooold.
The average January high is 27 F, although it gets progressively warmer until July, when the temps start going back downhill.
One nice thing, you wil be surprised with a 50 F day, and it feels balmy, pretty hilarious how tempurature is really all relative...although 1 F is cold no matter where you are.
East Side Milwaukee
Milwaukee's East Side has the buzz. It's an ideal urban environment - easy access to downtown, the freeway, Marquette University and UW Milwaukee, and Lake Michigan. Lots of interesting neighborhoods - and neighborhood restaurants and bars. If I lived in Milwaukee, this is where I'd set down my roots.
My friends Pieter and Ellen live on the East Side. They both have jobs at UW-M and usually walk to the campus. Their apartment is just south of North Street, an upstairs unit in a house not unlike these Victorians.
Thanks to the influx of German brewers in the 1840s, Milwaukee was at one time the beer capital of the world, breweries such as Pabst, Schlitz, Miller and Blatz were the dominant brewers in town. I was surprised to learn that out of all of these heavy hitters that only Miller remains as an active brewer in Milwaukee. The Blatz brewery has been turned into condos, the Schlitz brewery an office park.
You can still see some of the history if you visit Milwaukee, the Miller brewery has factory tours, you can visit the Pabst Mansion or visit the graves of the brewery founders in "Beer Corner" in the Forest Home Cemetery on Milwaukee's South Side.
TWO sides of winter
Winter one: Nov-Jan:
Bring sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks, a jacket or vest. heavy jeans, slacks. sunglasses to help block the bitterly cold wind.
Winter Two: Jan-March:
bring all of the above including a heavier coat, a pair of long johns (if you have to be out in the weather for long periods of time) bring snow shoes, and ear muffs. bring whatever standard toiletries that you normally would, but don't forget the chap stick, and or face balm :) the winter wind is murder to the skin, also bring lots of lotion, the passt two winters have cracked the back of my hands up pretty badly. anything that will take shots on bright sunny, snowy days, or dull grey blizzard like days. lets get ONE thing straight... Wisconsin's "Spring, and Fall" lasts maybe 2 and a half weeks. mostly Wisconsin is winter, or summer.
BUT there are TWO winters in Wisconsin.
Winter one: early November-early January...
it will be rare to see snow, at all during this time of year... for the past 4-5 years it hasn't snowed until the early-mid part of January..
this first part of winter is bitterly cold, and nasty winds.
The second winter is Early-mid January-Early March.
Early January is usually when heavy snow comes, and early march is typically when the snow melts.