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The Third Ward

Milwaukee, WI

About the Community

Milwaukee’s Third Ward is a fast-growing and exciting place to live and visit, and yet is still packed with historic buildings, charm, and stories from old Milwaukee. Surrounded by water on three sides, the neighborhood is packed with more than 20 condo and apartment buildings and more than 450 businesses in a small area (.07 square mile). The Third Ward has a little bit of something for everyone—including sidewalks!

The Milwaukee River runs through the middle of the Third Ward, and many restaurants allow you to sit right along the water as you enjoy your dinner. On top of all that, the Third Ward is friendly to both those who walk and those who drive (many parking lots and ramps), and the recent implementation of a streetcar system will make getting around even easier!


For date night, there is no shortage of trendy restaurants, especially along the river. For a family night out, there are both family-friendly restaurants, like the Smoke Shack, Bavette la Boucherie, and FreshFin Poké, as well as plenty of options for fun activities, such as escape rooms, seven seat bike tours, and the many festivals that take place on the Henry Maier Festival Park. For people of all ages, there are kayak rentals so you can explore the rivers, galleries, boutiques, the Italian Community Center, and picturesque sights everywhere you look, as well as small parks hidden throughout. And don’t forget the always-bustling Milwaukee Public Market, offering a great representation of some of the best food, wine, and gift items Milwaukee has to offer.