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City of Milwaukee’s 174th Birthday Party

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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bartolotta Catering @ The Grain Exchange
225 E. Michigan Street, Ste #5 Milwaukee Wisconsin, 53202


City of Milwaukee’s 174th Birthday Party:
Unconventional Milwaukee

Milwaukee will be in the national spotlight this year as the Democratic National Convention comes to our city. The 174th City of Milwaukee Birthday Party will celebrate the people, places and things that make our city “unconventional.” Join the Milwaukee Press Club on Thursday, January 30, 2020 as we toast to Unconventional Milwaukee.

All politics aside, as Milwaukeeans, we will all be asked to be the best stewards and brand ambassadors for our city in July 2020 when thousands of delegates, business leaders and visitors come to town. During this time, we will highlight the joys of Milwaukee cornerstones such as exploring our brewing heritage, taking selfies with the Bronze Fonz, biking along Lake Michigan and catching a concert at Summerfest, but we also should highlight the lesser-known aspects of our city that make us unique.

The list is endless but here are a few fun facts.

Did you know Milwaukee is home to the:

  • Oldest bowling alley in America
  • First typewriter
  • One of the world’s largest collections of antique microphones
  • Oldest continuously run professional soccer team
  • Largest dinosaur skull

And, we can’t forget to celebrate the projects, festivals and community initiatives that make our city special such as:

  • Sherman Phoenix
  • Bronzeville Cultural & Arts Festival
  • Sculpture Milwaukee
  • Milwaukee murals
  • Near West Side Farmers Market

Just to name a few.

Click here to see a listicle of Unconventional Facts About Milwaukee

Milwaukee has a rich and unconventional history that we must recognize, honor and share. Leading up to the City Birthday Party, event attendees will have the opportunity to bid on “unconventional” gifts and behind-the-scenes tours via the Press Club’s Facebook page and lucky winners will be announced at the event.

Advanced registration deadline is Mon., Jan. 27 and is  $35 per person; on-site registration is $40 per person. Your ticket includes the opportunity to network with fellow Milwaukeans, gourmet food stations by Bartolotta Catering, complimentary beer, birthday cake and a gift for you to take home. Advanced registration is suggested and can be done by booking below.  Checks may be mailed to the MPC at PO Box 176, North Prairie, WI  53153-0176. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund.

Please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at with any questions or call 262-894-2224.

Event Sponsors

Lead Presenting Sponsor:

  • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino


  • Meijer


  • Marcus Hotels & Resorts

  • Miller Brewing Co

  • Rogers Behavioral Health

  • Safe House

  • We Energies

Managing Editor:

  • Ascension Wisconsin

  • Gruber Law Offices

  • Roundys/Pick N Save

Senior Editor:

  • Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

  • Johnson Controls

  • Lanex

  • Milwaukee Brewers

  • Milwaukee Public Museum

In-Kind Sponsors:

  • 88nine Radio Milwaukee

  • Bartolotta's

  • Big Shoes Network

  • Canopies

  • Milwaukee Downtown

  • Studio Gear

  • Usingers

  • Wisconsin Public Radio


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