MKE It Back

MKE It Back

Welcome back! Maybe it’s been only a few days—perhaps it’s been a whole year! Regardless of our time apart, we’ve missed you.

With sunnier days ahead, we look forward to welcoming you back for both work and play. Whether it’s for happy hours on the patio, outdoor family flicks, or catching live performances, we can’t wait for you to MKE It Back Downtown.

So, celebrate summer and c’mon down!


The 2021 Campaign

The “MKE It Back” campaign is a Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 initiative inviting visitors and downtown employees to MKE it back and support the businesses that make our city undeniably vibrant. Check out our campaign creative below and MKE plans to see us again soon!

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Shop & Dine Downtown

Downtown Milwaukee’s restaurants and shops are ready for you to “MKE It Back” Downtown. Our establishments have implemented a series of safety protocols to welcome staff and guests back safely. For ideas on where to shop and dine, check out our business directories below. We recommend checking ahead with the business before making a visit, as hours may change for the summer.


With the expiration of Moving Milwaukee Forward (Order #6), the City of Milwaukee has relaxed most COVID-19 restrictions and has ended its mask mandate. Although the mask mandate is lifted, local businesses may set their own mask requirements. Non-vaccinated individuals are still encouraged to wear masks and practice physical distancing. Let’s continue to be responsible neighbors to one another while supporting Downtown Milwaukee’s beloved destinations.

*Please note, guides were last updated April 2021. If you’re a business owner looking to update the listing for your business, please email

Things To Do

From open waters and open skies to open doors and live performances, Downtown Milwaukee has all the right ingredients for a memorable summer. Browse our MKE It Downtown blogs for news, events and itineraries or check out our most popular summer requests:


Looking for ways to fill your social calendar? Join the Downtown Hotlist and receive bi-monthly emails with a curated list of virtual and in-person events. As a Milwaukee Downtown insider, you’ll get the scoop on exhibitions, shows and all sorts of other hot happenings. Sign up today

COVID-19 Resources

As Downtown Milwaukee reopens, we must stay safe and continue to protect ourselves and others in our community from COVID-19. By following public health guidelines and taking protective measures, you can keep yourself, your loved ones and our community safe. You can find more information at