My mom was in Chicago visiting me over the past few days, and we wanted to take a day trip while she was here since neither of us has really spent much (or really any) time in the surrounding area. So in homage to my new favorite travel blog Between Stations, here's my recap of running up from the city to play tag with Milwaukee. Shout out to my coworker Kelsey for killing it with the recommendations and sending us in the right directions, because without her I would have been lost.
We took the Amtrak into Milwaukee and then just caught Lyfts from there, which worked great. Apparently there's no Lyft Line there though so it got a bit pricey, but still way cheaper and way less hassle than renting a car. As soon as we got off the train we went straight to Honeypie which blew our minds. I don't want to be hyperbolic but the cherry pie there was the best I've ever had. Not the best cherry pie, the best pie full stop. If you're ever in Wisconsin you need to go, and you might want to consider going to Wisconsin just to try it.
After that we wandered around for a while, eventually making our way to the art museum which has a stunning lobby. I was particularly mesmerized by it because I had seen 2001: A Space Odyssey the night before and so walking into the museum I just imagined a Kubrick-esque 15 minute shot of it and that made it even more gorgeous. I was so distracted by how great it is I completely forgot to take a picture, but I'm sure if you google it you'll see what I'm talking about.
The museum has a great collection but we didn't stay very long because we realized we were running out of time and we still had one more stop to make. I couldn't leave Milwaukee without hitting up Foundation Bar (again, shout out to Kelsey for letting me know this existed). As far as tiki bars go, it was a little low key. Definitely not as elaborately decorated as Lost Lake but still cool and the drinks were as delicious as they were strong (ie, very).
Once we closed out at Foundation we had time for a quick stop at the Public Market to grab a chai from Colectivo for the road before we had to get back on the train. I really wish train travel was a bigger thing in this country, it's so easy. I'll definitely be taking the train back to Milwaukee at some point because I was pretty enamored with it. It reminded me a lot of the Pacific Northwest/the Bay Area so it's nice to know I can take a day trip somewhere that will give me home vibes without having to go all the way home.