In follow up to a prior post for recommendations, I visited Milwaukee last weekend from Chicago, primarily to see the Milwaukee Art Museum. Downtown to Downtown was a mere 90 minutes (even after getting lost the Milwaukee interchange). We ate a late lunch at the Public Market, which I was very impressed with. To add to our enjoyment, in the upstairs seating area there was a high school girls' choir singing classical music. Not until my wife noticed them upstairs did we realize it was not a cd playing, but live music. They were excellent.
We then visting the museum, which we were very impressed with. What made it even more enjoyable was that the museum was near empty on a Saturday afternoon. For dinner we went to Zaffiro's. There were several groups lined up at 4:50 p.m. (they open at 5:00 p.m.), but we managed to get a table in the dining room. The dining room is non-smoking. We were nonethless concerned about eating there with a toddler and an infant, but were relieved that there were numerous families with very young children in the dining room. Pizza was very good, and we enjoyed the simple house salad and garlic bread.
We were also highly impressed with the City of Milwaukee generally. We stopped people on the street for directions three times, and they all could not have been nicer or more helpful. We also "got lost" on some residential streets right outside downtown, and saw some beautiful areas. A repeat trip this summer is definitely in order.