Coming from Chicago, the...
Coming from Chicago, the easiest and fastest way is I-94 North. Also the Amtrak train is quite comfortable. If you're driving, watch out for highway patrol. Apparently Wisconsinese (?) take speed limits very seriously.
I highly recommend driving to Milwaukee on I-794. The highway is near the lake and has a long bridge with an excellent view over the city.
The city itself is quite accessible by foot, as long as you have a good grip to the pavement (heavy winds, reminiscent of Chicago). Milwaukee has a public transportation system also.
New Intermodal (Bus & Train) Station Downtown
Milwaukee has a nifty new downtown train station, actually an "intermodal" which also serves connecting bus routes. (It was officially opened in late fall 2007) It's convenient, clean, and easily accessible. Kudos to the Civic and State leaders who found the money for this new and thoughtful public facility! And yet more praise to architect Greg Uhen, who found a way to make a dramatic space for not too much $$$$$.
Lately, I've discovered the great advantage of taking the train from Milwaukee to Chicago. It's one way to avoid the mess on the Edens Expressway - and it also gives men great pleasure to know that I Am Doing A Good Thing by not bringing my car into the city.
The station is at the south end of downtown, at 433 W. St. Paul.
Lake Express High Speed Ferry
A great break from Chicago traffic. Lake Express is a modern high speed catamaran ferry that's more like a first class flight than what you'd expect out of a trip on a ship. Coast to coast from western Michigan (Muskegon) to Milwaukee, WI takes just 2-1/2 hours. Compare that with 5 + hours and innumerable traffic hassles that come with driving around through Chicago and you have an absolute winner of a proposition. Spend those hours resting, reading and feeling the wind on your face on the outdoor deck and leave the stresses of traveling behind.
- Road Trip
- Business Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Milwaukee's airport has been interestingly refurbished, and is well appointed and easy to navigate. Although your choice of flights will be more varied if you opt to fly into Chicago's O'Hare, app. 90 miles South, this airport is much more traveler friendly. Normally not overly crowded either. One of my favorite things about this airport is that you can access rental cars directly from the terminal without requiring a shuttle bus. Also has good shopping areas with local flavor.
Out & About
A car remains the easiest way to get around Milwaukee. The city is fairly logically laid out, and traffic is minimal compared to major cities. If you're not accustomed to driving in snow and ice, avoid visiting in the winter months.
Milwaukee Highway system
Interstate 94 mainly goes east west through the heart of Milwaukee and then also leads you to Madison and Chicago. 894 is the bypass that goes around Milwaukee. 43 goes north south and comes from Green Bay and reach Milwaukee along the lakeshore. 41 takes you from Milwaukee to Fond du Lac, Appleton, and then Green Bay.
I went form Chigago and got...
I went form Chigago and got the Amtrack to Milwaukee.
I found that driving was the easiest way to get around
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