In the last post, I talked about the first half of our trip in Door County.
Time to recap our time in Milwaukee!
While we were on our way to Milwaukee, we stopped in Green Bay for a short time. We prayed Jummah at Islamic Society of Wisconsin and stopped at Lambeau Stadium afterward to buy some Green Bay Packers souvenirs for my brother-in-law who is a huge Packers fan. After an hour or so we arrived in Milwaukee and checked into the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel.
The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel is located in Milwaukee's historic third ward district. The area around the hotel is a great mix of historic and modern. Just a few blocks away, you can find galleries, great restaurants, the Milwaukee Public Market, and much more. The hotel itself is beautiful. Everything was very clean and comfortable throughout our stay. I was obsessed with the bathroom, since it looked like it was straight out of my Pinterest board of well-designed interior spaces! We also loved the rooftop, which has an interior and exterior space open to both hotel guests and visitors. The outdoor space had a couple of fire pits and they also provided some blankets, so we could stay extra warm as we enjoyed our time there. I ordered some early grey tea and felt so relaxed as Afroz and I enjoyed the fresh air and the heat from the fire pit.
The next morning, we had brunch at the hotel restaurant: Tre Rivali. The food was absolutely delicious. We would highly recommend this hotel. We were there for just one night and it was wonderful!
MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM
The last time I was in Milwaukee was way back when I was in eighth grade. It was for a class trip and I remember being in awe after visiting the Milwaukee Art Museum. I've wanted to revisit the museum for so long and during this trip, I was finally able to. When I described the museum to Afroz, he was beyond excited to see the wings of the museum open and close.
The museum addition was designed in 2001 by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. The wings serve as a moveable sunscreen. While the wings are the architectural highlight of the museum, the museum itself always has interesting exhibitions. We enjoyed viewing an exhibition about German cinema in the 1920s, as well as the exhibitions from their permanent collection.
Whenever I see photos of the museum, there's always that one iconic photo through the triangular structure that lines the hallway. We just had to try it and we also couldn't get over how cool it looks :)
The museum had a fun exhibit about the use of paper in art. I really liked these weave collages made by museum visitors. They reminded me of my own work with magazine weave collages. Hoping to get back to creating more! I also loved the Sol Lewitt wall drawing, pictured below.
MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MARKET
The Milwaukee Public Market is just awesome. From delicious cupcakes, to tasty hot cocoa, to amazing Thai food, this market has it all! We loved our time here and enjoyed some cupcakes and hot cocoa. It's just a big open interior market with a lot more than just produce. Local vendors also sell unique silk screen t-shirts, totes, handmade soap, and a lot more. We had a wonderful time walking through the aisles and taking in the delicious scents and views.
S.C. JOHNSON HEADQUARTERS, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
Right before we set out for this trip, Afroz and I reserved our spots for a free tour of the S.C. Johnson headquarters, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We had seen so many photos of the space and were eager to see it in person. The tour guide shared interesting stories about Frank Lloyd Wright and his dramatic and stubborn lifestyle and habits, which are always amusing to hear. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed on the inside, but the outside also had these beautiful columns, which we captured below. If you're interested in reserving your spot for a tour, visit their website. We definitely recommend the tour to anyone interested in Frank Lloyd Wright's work. It's really beautiful!
WINGSPREAD, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOUSE FOR H.F. JOHNSON JR.
H.F. Johnson Jr. hired Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 to design a huge house for his family. We had no idea they offered tours of the house until we overheard the tour guide mention it during our visit to the S.C. Johnson Headquarters. We asked if there were any slots open and thankfully, they were able to squeeze us in. After a short drive from the headquarters, we arrived at Wingspread, which is rightfully named for the wings that sprout out of the main living space. We watched a short clip about the making of the house and were then able to walk around the space freely. It was a wonderful experience and a great way to end the trip!