Cream City. Brew City. The City of Festivals. The German Athens of America. Mil-town. Milwaukee is known internationally for many things, including being the home of one of the best engineering schools in the Midwest. It’s where MSOE students, faculty, and staff live, work, and play. It’s our home. But what makes our city so great?

2014-09-10_11.51.05.pngThe US Bank Building constructed in Minecraft.

Where do I start? Personally, my absolute favorite thing about living and working in the Milwaukee area is being a part of a large community. I love the diversity of the culture and the constant fun activities going on. Every weekend there is something new to do and, chances are, that something is a festival. I feel that these gatherings are a neat way for our community to celebrate our differences together. I’m a sports guy, so the sports aspect of the city isn’t so bad either! The camaraderie you can create with complete strangers just by being a Brewers or Packers fan is always heartening.

Milwaukee’s fun and lively community is a perfect complement to our city’s beautiful and engaging buildings. Of course, I’m partial to the buildings close to campus; two of my favorites are the Marcus Performing Arts Center and the cathedral overlooking Cathedral Square. The PAC is always bringing interesting performances to the city. The Lion King is coming this fall! Also, how cool is it that we can walk a few blocks away from campus and see such historic and aesthetically pleasing German architecture like that of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist?

Cathedral_of_St._John_the_Evangelist.jpgSpeaking of our city’s buildings, have you heard about Doors Open Milwaukee? This is an annual event that allows anyone to enter into and tour over 100 different buildings in Milwaukee. It just so happens that Doors Open is taking place this Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Some of the buildings are even offering free tours! This is the perfect opportunity for you to see the interiors of some of your favorite buildings in this city.

Now that you’ve heard my take on our wonderful city, I’d love to hear yours. What is your favorite part of living or working in the Milwaukee area? Leave a comment on this post and let me know!

P.S.: Have you noticed all the pink on campus? MSOE’s Women’s Connections is raising breast cancer awareness this week. Every day they are hosting a fun event to increase awareness of this disease across campus. Please take a moment to read more about this initiative.