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Table of Contents

Welcome to Milwaukee!
     Hotel Information
     Con Program & Mealtimes
     Travel In/Around Milwaukee
         Arrival
     Practical Stuff
         Copy Shops
         Pharmacy
         Banks/Credit Unions
         Shopping
     Food and Drink
         In the Hotel
         Food Trucks
         National Chains
         Local Food and Drink
     Escape Rooms
     Sites of Interest
         Monuments
         Museums
         Other Places

Welcome to Milwaukee!

Hotel Information

Hotel Facilities

Starting Thursday evening, we will have access to the Grand Salon (main room), Salon A, and Salon D/E. D/E is the bigger of the two side rooms. We will have two tables outside the Grand Salon for puzzle handouts and other similar things.

Hospitality Suite Room 1012

The hospitality suite is on the 10th floor and will open at Noon on Thursday. There will be a variety of snacks and beverages. Note that puzzles go outside the Grand Salon this year, not in the hospitality suite.

Hotel Stairs

Stair B, right near the Grand Salon can be used to navigate between the 2nd floor and higher floors. You cannot get to the first floor. Stair C also works.

Con Program & Mealtimes

The official con program is available here.
Meal Schedule

Friday Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM
Saturday Breakfast: 8:00-9:45 AM
Saturday Lunch: Noon-1:45 PM
Saturday Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM
Sunday Breakfast: 8:00-10:00 AM

Travel In/Around Milwaukee

Arrival

Intercontinental Milwaukee

139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

This is the hotel for Con. The hotel is home to the Kil@Wat bar/restaurant on the main level and the Clear restaurant on the second level.

Milwaukee International Airport

5300 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207

The hotel is 15 minutes away from the airport (~$28 for a taxi, $20 for a Lyft)

Parking at Hotel

139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Parking connected to the hotel is $28/night

Buses from Airport to Hotel

To get to the hotel from the airport, get on the Green line and take it North to Water & Wells #630, which is one block from the hotel. This is about a 25 minute ride (here is a map showing the route). Cost is $2.25 cash or pre-install the Ride MCTS app for cashless riding at $2. The somewhat inaccurate Green line schedule is here. Buses run about every 15 minutes at peak times to about every 25 minutes off peak.

Practical Stuff

Copy Shops

Action Digital Document Solutions

757 N Broadway #200, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Open 24 hours (price was quoted at 5¢/page).

6 minute walk Show on Map Website
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center

312 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Hours: 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM M-F

8 minute walk Show on Map Website

Pharmacy

Walgreens

275 W E Wisconsin Ave #1108, Milwaukee WI 53203

closest to the hotel

9 minute walk Show on Map

Banks/Credit Unions

Chase Bank

111 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

7 minute walk Show on Map
BMO Harris Bank

770 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202

4 minute walk Show on Map
Associated Bank

815 N Water St., Milwaukee Wi 53202

connected to hotel Show on Map
Enterprise Credit Union

765 N Broadway St., Milwaukee WI 53202

ATM only available during business hours

6 minute walk Show on Map

Shopping

The Shops of Grand Avenue

275 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203

It's a mall.

8 minute walk Show on Map

Food and Drink

In the Hotel

Kil@Watt

Main Level

It looks like Kilowatt, but this is actually short for Kilbourne at Water, the two streets connected to the hotel.

Clear

Second Level

Food Trucks

Across from the hotel

If you walk out the front door of the hotel and look to your right down water street, you will see a number of food trucks.

4 minute walk

National Chains

Starbucks

920 N Water St., Milwaukee WI 53202

4 minute walk Show on Map
Dunkin' Donuts

111 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

6 minute walk Show on Map
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewer

740 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203

5 minute walk Show on Map Website
Subway

710 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203

5 minute walk Show on Map

Local Food and Drink

Safe House

779 N Front St, Milwaukee WI 53202

One of Milwaukee's best known hangouts. A spy-themed restaurant where you'll be asked for a password to get in, but will still be able to "earn" your way in if you don't know it.

3 minute walk Show on Map Website
AJ Bombers

1247 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202

My pick for best burgers in Milwaukee. They deliver peanutes to your table via model bomber plane. This place is not recommended if you have peanut allergies. Featured on Man V Food.

8 minute walk Show on Map Website
Ian's Pizza

146 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Great pizza close to the hotel. They have an amazing Mac-n-Cheese pizza and great vegetarian pizzas as well.

7 minute walk Show on Map Website
Milwaukee Brat House

1013 N Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee WI 53202

The best place near the hotel to get a brat (though certainly not the only place).

6 minute walk Show on Map Website
Evolution Gastro Pong

1023 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Typical American fare along with ping-pong tables

6 minute walk Show on Map Website
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli

761 N Water St., Milwaukee WI 53202

Straight-forward sandwiches

6 minute walk Show on Map Website
Comet Café

1947 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Home to the Thanksgiving In a Ball special

9 minute drive Show on Map Website
Koppa's Fulbeli Deli

1940 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Old-fashioned deli/store with free Atari 2600 machine to play in the middle of the store

9 minute drive Show on Map Website
Soup House Inc.

324 E Michigan St, Milwaukee WI 53202

Damn fine soup and salad joint

10 minute walk Show on Map Website
Swingin' Door Exchange

219 E Michigan St., Milwaukee WI 53202

American fare. Straightforward options that please.

9 minute walk Show on Map Website
The Dogg Haus

755 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202

Hot dog joint with lots and lots of choices, including a great vegetarian build-your-own dog

4 minute walk Show on Map Website

Escape Rooms

There are two Escape Rooms in walking distance from the hotel, about two blocks from each other. There are six more locations in a 10 mile radius from the hotel.

Save Milwaukee

207 E Buffalo St #312, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Two Rooms (The Device and The Tailgate). These rooms are original, one of a kind rooms. Rumor has it that the Tailgate is a bit harder than the Device. Reservations are for the whole room and prices are reasonable if you go a couple people short of the room maximum, as puzzlers are known to do. 4.5 stars on Yelp, 4.8 on Google

Note: They have opened up extra slots for both rooms earlier in the day on Thursday and Friday for us. If you want a time they are not showing, call and ask and they may be able to make it available.

14 minute walk Show on Map Website
Escape the Room Milwaukee

222 E Erie St, Milwaukee WI 53202

Four rooms (The Dig, The Agency, Apartment, The Rec Room). This is a chain with good rooms. The Apartment and The Dig are duplicates of the rooms with the same name at Escape the Room Boston (they're good rooms but you won't want to do them twice). 4 stars on Yelp, 4.8 on Google

Note: They have opened up extra slots for The Agency and The Rec Room earlier in the day on Thursday and Friday for us. They are offering an NPL discount if you reserve a whole room. Pay for 8 (normally 10) for The Agency; pay for 6 (normally 8) for The Rec Room. Call Michael (Manager) at 1-414-899-3360 to reserve a room. You'll pay when you arrive but make sure to call if you have to cancel. Do not book online if you want the whole room — they are unable to make refunds once booked. If you want one of the other two rooms at a time slot that is not shown, ask and they may be able to make it available.

16 minute walk Show on Map Website
CLOSED: Escape Chambers Milwaukee

This location may show up on web searches (and their web site still has room info), but it has closed.

Sites of Interest

Monuments

Letter Carrier's Monument

811 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203

5 minute walk Show on Map
The Bronze Fonz

N Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee WI 53202

4 minute walk Show on Map
Kilbourntown Historical Marker

N Old World Third St, Milwaukee WI 53203

6 minute walk Show on Map
Sculpture Milwaukee

E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

8 minute walk Show on Map
Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper

N Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee WI 53202

8 minute walk Show on Map

Museums

Milwaukee Art Museum

700 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee WI 53202

20 minute walk Show on Map Website
Milwaukee Public Museum

800 W Wells St, Milwaukke WI 53222

14 minute walk Show on Map Website
Harley-Davidson Museum

400 W Canal St, Milwaukee WI 53201

6 minute drive Show on Map Website
Discovery World Science and Technology Museum

500 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee WI 53202

6 minute drive Show on Map Website

Other Places

Sprecher Brewing Company

701 W Glendale Ave, Milwaukee WI 53209

You can get a tour for less than $10 with free beer (or soda) samples at the end

9 minute drive Show on Map Website
Nine Below Mini Golf

1905 E North Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

9 minute drive Show on Map Website
Milwaukee Public Market

400 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202

It's not the largest public market in the US, but still offers a great deal of local fare and food

16 minute walk Show on Map
Holler House

2042 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Oldest bowling lane in America. Features a top-rated tavern featured in Esquire

15 minute drive Show on Map Website
Milwaukee School of Engineering

1025 N Broadway St, Milwaukee WI 53202

8 minute walk Show on Map Website