By Josie Zamora, AmeriCorps member serving at South Division High School

Milwaukee’s Hidden Gems

The City Year Milwaukee South Division High School team has been serving since early fall of 2016. We are a team of 10 diverse, hailing from all over the map including Illinois, California, Wisconsin, Michigan and China.

Although our interests vary, we can all agree that we love a good bargain, a good time, and good food. Here are some of the spots that our team has grown quite fond of in Milwaukee.


Gloriosos has been a family-owned business that brings authentic Italian flavors to the Milwaukee community. Although it is a supermarket, Gloriosos also has an amazing menu. Enjoy a bite to eat or pick up some spices for your dinner. The native Milwaukee members on our team love their homemade gelato!

Pictured is Summer Jurnik Van Kempen who proudly serves at South Division High School.


Lakefront Brewery

We have noticed that the two things you can always find in Milwaukee are breweries and coffee shops. The Lakefront Brewery is a crowd favorite. It is located right on the side of Lake Michigan with an amazing view and outside patio (weather permitting). The building has a small castle vibe and tours range in cost between $8 to $10. According to their website they are the 4th best tour in America.

El Rey

El Rey is a supermarket that has been a team favorite since the beginning of our year of service. It is located on the southside of the city, a neighborhood rich with Latin vibes and history. El Rey is known for their tamales and their pan dulce. Both are team favorites.

Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) after Dark

“Looking to socialize? Forget Tinder and come meet your next match,” said Milwaukee’s Art Museum web page. The museum hosts events in the evening that include food, beverages, music, and of course art! Events usually cost $10-12. Themes have included Friendsgiving, Steampunk, Dance Fever (Latin dancing), and Rio Carnival.


We have pictured Derrick Carroll, who serves at Bay View High School and his friend. Also pictured is Aminat Saliu, who serves at South Division High School and Neeka Lewis, who serves on the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Team serving at James Madison Academic Campus. Both of these pictures were taken at the MAM Friendsgiving event. The City Year Milwaukee Associate Board hosted a pre- Friendsgiving event for corps members to eat delicious pizza before heading to the museum.

The National

Being a Chicago native in Milwaukee, one of my favorite places has been Coffee on National. They not only have a “home-y” vibe but they also brew Milwaukee’s very own Colectivo coffee. If you happen to stop at this gem the Mexican Mocha is a must, it is a spinoff of the Mexican Abuelita chocolate with a kick of caffeine!

Thank you for reading about some of our favorite places in Milwaukee! We hope you enjoy them too.




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