About Milwaukee

Milwaukee is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin on Lake Michigan’s western shore. It’s known for its breweries, many of which offer tours chronicling its role in the beer industry. Overlooking the Menomonee River, the Harley-Davidson Museum displays classic motorcycles, including one of Elvis Presley’s. Nearby is the Milwaukee Public Museum, with its large-scale European Village and a recreation of old Milwaukee.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 15.1%
  • How much is the F&B tax? 6.1%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? 25%


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 8
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available? Yes
  • How much does the public transportation cost? $2.25 per bus ride
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown? $15
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown? Approximately $20
  • How many daily flights out of airport? Approximately 135
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? No
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    Air Canada, Alaska, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, OneJet, Southwest, United, Volaris


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 3,000
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 2,200
  • How many headquarter hotel properties2
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 650+ committable rooms

Convention Center

  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 188,695
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 188,695
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 39,640
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 28
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 8,349
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have4
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 37,501
  • When was the last renovation or expansion?
    Renovations and capital improvements are ongoing annually
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled?
    Renovations and capital improvements are ongoing annually
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center?
    Yes, in all areas (corridors and all function rooms, ballroom and exhibit hall)
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes, the Wisconsin Center District
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes – Levy Restaurants
  • Is the convention center a union property? No
  • If union property, can you provide estimated pricing list? N/A
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: N/A
  • Convention Center Hotels: Click here

Off Site Venues

  • How many off site venues within walking distance can host up to 2,000 people? Click here
  • How many off site venues within a ten-minute bus transfer can host up to 2,000 people?
    3 additional venues not counting those within walking distance
  • How many restaurants are within walking distance of the convention center? 150
  • Can you list 3-5 local attractions and there whereabouts?
    • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Southwest Downtown
    • Harley-Davidson Museum – South Downtown
    • Milwaukee Art Museum – Lakefront, East Downtown

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