Heart of Downtown
East Town is a core residential area of downtown Milwaukee. Also known as the financial district and home to many of downtown’s commercial towers, this rapidly developing neighborhood is bordered by the Milwaukee River to the west, Lake Michigan on the east, Clybourn Street on the south, and Ogden Street to the north.
East Town residents have their pick of high-rise condominiums, art-deco style apartments, studios, brownstones and Victorian homes. Besides a wide array of digs, East Towners can tap into a plethora or arts, culture, dining and nightlife that are just steps from their door. Amenities include the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Pabst Theater, Saturday morning farm markets and Thursday evening Jazz in the Park concerts in Cathedral Park Square, just to name a few.
The Historic Third Ward is another core residential neighborhood of downtown. Located just three blocks south of downtown, the area underwent significant change during the 1990s and now embodies a chic urban feel with a wide selection of art galleries, independent retail stores, restaurants, theaters, salons, and more than 2,300 residents to the restored neighborhood.
Residents and visitors describe the neighborhood as diverse, artsy, and fun due to its eclectic offering of amenities. Art and design-related businesses, as well as the Milwaukee Institute of Art 7 Design and The Art Institute of Wisconsin, are located here, as well as the Institute of Beauty and Wellness. It’s also no wonder that the neighborhood was recently named a Top 12 ArtPlace.
Residents can choose from waterfront condos, warehouse lofts and mixed-use apartment complexes. The scale of the neighborhood is quite small, which lends itself to walking to the popular Milwaukee Public Market or strolling along the Milwaukee RiverWalk.
Popular neighborhood events include the quarterly Gallery Night & Day, diva shopping nights, a summer jazz festival and weekly concerts in Catalano Square.
Created by Mandel Group, The North End is a neighborhood by design. This unique residential enclave is located at the intersection of North Water and Pleasant Streets on the east bank of the Milwaukee River, steps from restaurants, salons, shopping, the arts and more. Three distinct buildings; One, Portrait and Silhouette, are connected by a massive, private, green roof terrace and underground parking. Homes ranging from studios to three-bedroom dwellings will accommodate any chapter in your life, plus residential amenities continue to populate the mixed-use development.
Located to the west of the Milwaukee River, Westown is another prime neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee, offering residents and visitors an eclectic assortment of attractions. Milwaukee’s major sports, convention and entertainment facilities, the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and local and federal government facilities are all located within Westown.
Residents of Westown enjoy convenient access to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, Wisconsin Center District, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Pere Marquette Park, The Shops of Grand Avenue, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee Public Museum, Riverside Theater, Turner Hall Ballroom and the Milwaukee Theater. The Milwaukee Intermodal Station and the post office anchor the southern edge of Westown.
Living options range from loft apartments to high-rise and art deco style condominiums. Community highlights include Westown Wednesdays, which feature the Westown Farmers’ Market in Zeidler Union Square and River Rhythms, a popular outdoor concert series, in Pere Marquette Park.