In many ways, the Village of Shorewood resembles its neighbor to the south, Milwaukee’s Eastside. Similarly situated between Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River, Shorewood is a stroller’s delight, with charming historic buildings, lots of green space, and eclectic, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. But Shorewood has a more suburban feel—it’s quieter and leafier. The village also has one of the state’s best school systems, an active calendar of community events, and one of the Milwaukee area’s lowest crime rates.
Unlike most major U.S. cities, downtown Milwaukee has preserved many of its original buildings, as well as its spirit. In fact, the architectural gems of downtown helped earn Milwaukee recognition as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in 2006.
The financial and commercial hub of Wisconsin, downtown is also a vibrant community where people live, shop, and play. The sidewalks don’t roll up at night. People from throughout the metropolitan area flock here to enjoy the tony restaurants, nightclubs, cultural attractions, and renowned summer festivals. The downtown lakefront also offers great recreational opportunities, including walking trails and bikepaths.
Home to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the East Side is considered the city’s cultural epicenter, famous for its trendy shops, clubs, and restaurants as well as its energetic urban lifestyle.
From the stately Victorian mansions lining Lake Drive to the old row houses, bungalows, and vintage apartment buildings that once housed the city’s immigrants and workers, this is a neighborhood that’s proudly preserved its history. But it’s not just the old and new that coalesce here. The East Side has always been Milwaukee’s melting pot, and its diverse population is one of the community’s most defining and desirable characteristics.
The site of a popular 19th-century lakeside resort developed by Captain Frederick Pabst, Whitefish Bay has retained much of its original charm. Despite its close proximity to Milwaukee, the village has a distinctly small-town feel, with Colonial and Early American buildings surrounded by grand old shade trees. The village’s commercial center along East Silver Spring Drive offers unique shopping, and the lakefront area bustles with summer sports leagues and events.