AL: So how do you spend your time in Milwaukee? What do you like to do in the city?
TK: When people come in from out of town, I always go to the brewery tours. It’s kind of the staple.
AL: What are your favorites?
TK: I’ve been to Lakefront [Brewery], like, ten times now. (laughs)
AL: Really? That’s awesome! I haven’t done that one yet.
TK: My entire cabinet at home, like all my drinking glasses are just pints from Lakefront. Honestly, it’s the only brewery tour I’ve done! (laughs) But I just keep going back. The tour guides are hilarious. They’re obviously like, theatre people or something. They’re great. The food is really good - their cheese curds are my favorite.
AL: I didn’t even know they served food.
TK: Oh my god! Yeah, they do Friday Fish Fry with polka music. It’s like family style seating where they just have long picnic tables and you just, you can sit next to a complete stranger –
AL: - and be their best friend by the end of the night.
TK: Yeah, it’s so fun! And then the beer itself is good. I’m not much a beer drinker, but…
AL: You’ll drink theirs.
TK: Yeah. It’s a good bang for your buck, it’s like 10 bucks for a tour and you get like 20 oz of beer.
Beer is, obviously, Milwaukee’s claim to fame. Despite the copious amounts of tours, however, it is common for people - tourists and locals alike - to have their favorite that they just keep coming back to.
TK: [I also like to go to] Brewers games…I’m involved with Milwaukee Symphony…I mean, it’s not quite free time because it’s a commitment, but there’s that whole thing.
AL: Kind of in the same vein, do you have any favorite places to go? Whether they’re businesses or restaurants or even just favorite outdoor areas in Milwaukee you like to go to?
TK: I have a couple favorites. This is one of them - La Finca. I like the atmosphere and the people, all that jazz. 42 [Ale House]. There’s also a really great place in Pewaukee that’s right off the river, lake, whatever it is. (laughs) Right off the water there’s a dock that goes out and you can sit out on the patio and it’s my favorite summer place to be and it’s called “Edgewater”.
AL: Ok! I’ve heard of that!
TK: I love it so much! (laughs) And the whole Pewaukee beach area is really nice. I didn’t go this summer, but I kept telling [her boyfriend] Bryan I need to take him – “Let’s go to Edgewater! Let’s watch the sunset!”
AL: Are there places in Milwaukee that you’ve heard about that you want to go to, that you haven’t tried out yet?
TK: Yes…the Axe bar sounds really fun. You pay for time to go in and throw axes. So, you get to drink and throw weaponry around.
AL: (laughs) That sounds really dangerous!
TK: (laughs) It sounds really dumb, but it also sounds like a blast. What else…this is kind of a cliché place but I’ve never been to Discovery World. I don’t ever really think I’ve walked around in the Calatrava…the art museum? I get lunch there, it’s one of my favorite lunch places. Their food is so good, but in terms of walking around and looking at the art –
AL: It’s really cool! They do a Lakefront Art Festival every year –
TK: I went to that this year! But again that was all outside! (laughs) So yeah, actually going in and walking around in any of the museums I haven’t done. I’m sure there’s a million and ten restaurants.
AL: Yeah, the restaurant industry is booming right now here.
TK: Yeah, there’s a lot of different places, lot of variety.
AL: So would you say Milwaukee is one of your favorite cities? And why?
TK: I like that it has the perks of being a big city – the diversity and the different theatre and music and food and people and all of that. It has the perks of being a big city, but it has the comfort of being a small town. That’s really it. I mean, I came from the Chicago area and I’d go to downtown Chicago and I always felt like I had to look over my shoulder when I’m walking around. I don’t have that feeling here. I’m very relaxed, it’s very comfy.
And then, of course, I had to ask the question.
AL: Why do you feel at home here? Why are you Milborn and Raised?
TK: I think it really boils down to the people. Anywhere you go, the people are what make it a home versus a place you’re just living. And in general, there are very few people that I’ve met here that I don’t like in some vein. Everyone’s temperament is a little calmer. (chuckles)
AL: Even like, in comparison to a suburb of Chicago?
TK: Yeah. I came from stereotypical white picket fence, every-house-is-the-same-model-with-a-different-shade-of-beige kind of neighborhood. So, that in itself has its own issues, being a poor girl in a wealthy suburbia. (chuckles)
AL: I know the feeling. (chuckles)
TK: There’s more walks of life around you up here, and so there’s a lot more understanding. There’s a lot more people you can relate to. It’s also one of those cities where whatever you need at the time, you can get. You can go to the beach, you can go into suburbia, you can have that downtown, metropolitan feel.
AL: It has a little bit of everything.
TK: Yeah, and it’s all within 20 minutes of each other. You can go to a dive bar, you can go to a Brazilian Steakhouse.
AL: What advice would you give to those who are looking to move here, or, if they’re already here, get more out of Milwaukee?
TK: I think some of my best interactions and experiences, not just at 42 [Ale House] but everywhere is talking to people at bars? (laughs)
AL: Just be friendly to people at bars! (laughs)
TK: I’ve met someone…I’m like a half hour away from my apartment right now. I met someone at 42 [Ale House]. She sat next to me at a bar. Just kind of casually started talking to me. I found out she lives in the building next to mine. And now we’re, like, good friends! We hang out, she’s my neighbor. It’s one of those…I don’t know. I went on a date once where the guy I went out with, he and I spent more time talking to other people at the bar than we did to each other but it was a really good date. It was fun! There’s just something about just chatting with people, and so many people are willing to actually have that casual conversation when you’re out and about, and I think some of the best experiences I’ve had around here have been just from talking to strangers. (laughs)
AL: So be open to meeting new people, I guess, because…they might end up being your neighbor! (laughs)