Third Ward

A hip Milwaukee enclave full of chic art galleries and outstanding restaurants.

Welcome to Third Ward

 
Historic Third Ward is Milwaukee’s creative center, boasting a vibrant theater scene and unique art installations and galleries. An eclectic culinary center, picturesque marina views, and an exciting professional sports culture round out the top reasons why this historic spot is not only the fast-growing area in Milwaukee but the most dynamic as well.
 
Once a flat, swampy area, the land comprising Third Ward was home to modest residences on the west side and warehouses and factories on the east. The railroad arrived in 1856, connecting Milwaukee to the Mississippi River, and the town expanded once again in 1892 when prominent architects began to take an interest in designing the city. Today, this historic neighborhood celebrates art in all forms and enjoys a reputation as a thriving hub of artistic and cultural energy. The Hop, Milwaukee’s streetcar, makes exploring easy – and in a city this stylish and fun, there’s plenty to see. With so much creative energy buzzing, it’s no surprise that the homes here are exceptional, with historic mansions gracing the lakefront, high-rise luxury condo buildings, and ultrachic warehouse lofts dotting the Third Ward’s most fashionable streets.
 

What to Love

 
  • Culinary excellence
  • Vibrant arts and culture
  • Chic galleries and stylish boutiques
  • Luxury penthouses with historic details

Local Lifestyle

 
The residents of Third Ward are as stylish and cool as the neighborhood itself. Known as Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District, Third Ward invites creative residents to thrive in a dynamic, artistic atmosphere. One of Milwaukee’s most coveted neighborhoods, the chic Third Ward attracts everyone from the creative entrepreneurs who own the highly sought-after boutiques, bistros, and galleries, to professional athletes and executives.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

 
Third Ward boasts some of Milwaukee’s most exciting restaurants. In-the-know gastronomes head to Central Standard Craft Distillery for the best brunch in Milwaukee. Set in a historic warehouse, complete with a rooftop patio and stunning panoramic views, this award-winning urban distillery, and restaurant feature a scratch kitchen and craft cocktails. With locally sourced ingredients and a menu of American classics, Sweet Diner is a boho-chic spot for brunch and lunch, while Char'd showcase authentic Korean cuisine. Led by Chef Yosub Yoon, this stylish spot dazzles with a menu of seasonal fare cooked on lava stones. Offering a gourmet take on the classic burger, Shake Shack creates a modern roadside burger stand atmosphere, and its burgers, frozen custard, shakes, and crinkle-cut fries are legendary. You’ll find all the best shopping in Third Ward, from chic mainstays like Anthropologie and West Elm, to hip reimaginings, like Mod Gen, an updated, and aptly named modern general store.
 

Things to Do

 
Arts and culture take center stage in Third Ward. Gallery Night, Milwaukee’s original gallery hop event, invites guests to celebrate artists, designers, and chefs in a vibrant weekend of artistic and culinary excellence. Meet artists and find a special piece for your new home, dine in outstanding restaurants, and shop in unique boutiques.
 
Considered Milwaukee’s cornerstone celebration for summer, Summerfest hosts the music industry’s biggest acts, as well as emerging talent and local favorites, for an unforgettable live music experience, while Third Ward Art Festival features incredible artwork, creative performances, and outstanding cuisine from the neighborhood’s most lauded restaurants. Ring in the holiday season with Milwaukee’s favorite winter wonderland event, Christmas in the Ward, which offers a festive lineup of performances, costumed characters, reindeer, hot chocolate, and cocoa cocktails, as well as a cookie sale and the beloved tree-lighting ceremony.
 

Schools

 
Third Ward is home to the highly-rated Milwaukee Public School District, which includes Lincoln Center of the Arts, a premier art school for junior high school students. 
 

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