Many of my fellow Wisconsiners would be angry with me for even daring to mention Chicago. There is a common misconception that Milwaukee is not much more than a suburb of Chicago. Until recently, this was a common refrain from Chicago-folk – many of whom eventually decided to have families and move to a more affordable city…. like…. Milwaukee.
With comparable incomes, significantly lower cost of living, lower crime rates, and better schools, Milwaukee is a natural choice for folks who grow out of Chicago but still want an urban feel.
And recently, the tourism board of Milwaukee started an ad campaign targeting these people – during their commutes specifically. It was aggressive. We loved it.
All that said, Chicago is a quick 90-minute train ride away so it’s a fun place to visit for a day or two! If only to remind you why you live in Milwaukee in the first place!