Older Convention Puzzles
Archive of older cons
Welcome to Milwaukee!
Welcome to Milwaukee, referred to as Brew City or Cream City. You might think Cream City derives from the dairy farms in the area, but it actually has more to do with the cream-colored bricks that were used in buildings and houses in the late 1800s. You will often see Milwaukee abbreviated as MKE (the airport code) as well. The only jargon native to Milwaukee that you don't see in too many other places is that a water drinking fountain is often known as a "bubbler".
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.
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 complete official con program is available here.
The 179th Annual Convention
Travel In/Around Milwaukee
139 E Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202 map
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. web site
Milwaukee International Airport
5300 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53207 map
The hotel is 15 minutes away from the airport (~$28 for a taxi, $20 for a Lyft) web site
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.
Action Digital Document Solutions
757 N Broadway #200, Milwaukee, WI 53202 map, 6 minute walk
Open 24 hours (price was quoted at 5¢/page). web site
FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
111 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 7 minute walk
BMO Harris Bank
770 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 4 minute walk
815 N Water St., Milwaukee Wi 53202 map, connected to hotel
Enterprise Credit Union
765 N Broadway St., Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 6 minute walk
ATM only available during business hours
The Shops of Grand Avenue
275 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203 map, 8 minute walk
It's a mall.
Food and Drink
In the Hotel
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli
In hotel, second level [https://goo.gl/maps/48bWWw51iDK2 map]]
Across from the hotel 4 minute walk
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.
920 N Water St., Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 4 minute walk
111 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 6 minute walk
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewer
710 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203 map, 5 minute walk
Local Food and Drink
779 N Front St, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 3 minute walk
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. web site
1247 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 8 minute walk
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. web site
146 E Juneau Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 7 minute walk
Great pizza close to the hotel. They have an amazing Mac-n-Cheese pizza and great vegetarian pizzas as well. web site
Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 6 minute walk
The best place near the hotel to get a brat (though certainly not the only place). web site
Evolution Gastro Pong
1023 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 map, 6 minute walk
Typical American fare along with ping-pong tables web site
Milwaukee Waterfront Deli
1947 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 9 minute drive
Home to the Thanksgiving In a Ball special web site
Koppa's Fulbeli Deli
1940 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 9 minute drive
Old-fashioned deli/store with free Atari 2600 machine to play in the middle of the store web site
Soup House Inc.
Swingin' Door Exchange
219 E Michigan St., Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 9 minute walk
American fare. Straightforward options that please. web site
The Dogg Haus
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.
207 E Buffalo St #312, Milwaukee, WI 53202 map, 14 minute walk
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.
Escape the Room Milwaukee
222 E Erie St, Milwaukee WI 53202 [https://goo.gl/maps/jmPC4zr6whN2 map], 16 minute walk
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.
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
Letter Carrier's Monument
811 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203 map, 5 minute walk
The Bronze Fonz
N Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 4 minute walk
Kilbourntown Historical Marker
N Old World Third St, Milwaukee WI 53203 map, 6 minute walk
E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 8 minute walk
Wisconsin's Oldest Newspaper
N Riverwalk Way, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 8 minute walk
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Public Museum
Discovery World Science and Technology Museum
Sprecher Brewing Company
701 W Glendale Ave, Milwaukee WI 53209 map, 9 minute drive
You can get a tour for less than $10 with free beer (or soda) samples at the end web site
Nine Below Mini Golf
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N Water St, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 16 minute walk
It's not the largest public market in the US, but still offers a great deal of local fare and food
2042 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202 map, 15 minute drive
Oldest bowling lane in America. Features a top-rated tavern featured in Esquire web site
Milwaukee School of Engineering