Famous Residents

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While we’re proud of all of our citizens here in Brookfield, Wisconsin, some residents carry a little more star power than others. It’s always exciting to hear that someone came from our humble town and made a name for themselves in one way or another. Whether famous or infamous, we’re just happy that part of their story took place in our great city.

Al Capone

The world-renowned gangster was a Chicago native, but he did own a home here in Brookfield, Wisconsin, that he used for running moonshine. Formerly Bluemound Road, the street has since been renamed Capone Court since the late gangster had his second home here. In fact, many Chicago-area gangsters frequented the more rural Wisconsin during the prohibition era. The home still stands today, complete with its lookout spot, and underground tunnel connecting to the home next door. This location was specifically chosen as it was far enough away from the police that he could easily go about his business without worry.

Martin P. Robinson

You may not know his name, but you certainly know his onscreen characters. Martin P. Robinson is a voice actor and puppeteer who moved to Brookfield, Wisconsin, from Dearborn, Michigan. He is best known for his work as Mr. Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street and his work on Little Shop of Horrors. He also helped bring Leonardo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to life in the film from 1990. He now trains his fellow puppeteers taking on the mantle of Sesame Street characters, showing the next generation how to sing, dance, and spell with their puppets.

Theodore Kanavas

It’s not every day that you can say a United States senator is from your city! Theodore Kanavas served ten years as a Wisconsin Republican in the 33rd district. While in office, the software industry guru pushed for better job creation measures and increased economic development. Some of his better known works as a senator were sponsoring the Broadband Deployment Act, the Angel Investment tax credits act referred to as Act 255, and his attempt at bringing a little slice of Hollywood to Brookfield, Wisconsin, with the Film Wisconsin tax credit initiative. Although no longer active, he did great work for our state during his time in office.

Kenny Harrison

Like any good Midwestern region, there are quite a few athletes who make up the history of Brookfield, Wisconsin. And while those other athletes made great contributions to football, wrestling, and hockey, one athlete stands apart from the rest. Kenny Harrison was a track and field star, specializing in the triple jump and winning the gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics and earning the title of the third greatest triple jumper in history. He also brought home the gold in the 1991 World Championship held in Tokyo, Japan. His personal best Triple Jump was an astounding 59 feet, 4 inches. No wonder he’s an international star!

 

Who knows? Maybe after moving here to Brookfield, Wisconsin, you could be the next big local celebrity for the history books as well! And if not, we’d love to have you here anyways.

Brookfield Food Offerings

The best part of vacationing, at least in my opinion, is getting to try new food offerings I never would have had the opportunity to try staying home. And few places have classic American faire like Wisconsin does! When you visit, be sure to come hungry, because no matter what you’re craving, we have it here in the Brookfield, Wisconsin area!

 

MOTOR

Chances are, you’re already headed to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Or, even if you’re not planning at looking around, you can still access MOTOR, the bar and grill serving up the best road food around. But MOTOR is more than just a typical greasy spoon; it’s lead by Executive Chef Josh Peterson, a native to the area, who comes up with monthly burger, wings, and cocktail specials you won’t find anywhere else. Best of all, the ambiance is very Harley-Davidson, making you feel right at home. So pull up a chair at the bar, or at a hog-infused table, and enjoy!

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant

If your idea of a romantic time out doesn’t involve motorcycles and burgers, there’s Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. This reasonably priced intimate eatery has a variety of menu offerings, perfect for any taste. Whether you’re in the mood for Asian-style offering like pot stickers or shrimp, surf and turf, or Italian offerings, you’ll find a great local wine to pair with your dish. You’ll likely find locals coming here for a glass of wine and appetizers, although you can’t beat their entrees and ambience of the hardwood floors and ceiling and the aged wine barrels decorating the walls.

Brookfield Family Restaurant

If you’re looking for a good old fashioned family eatery, look no further than Brookfield Family Restaurant. If you’re in Brookfield, Wisconsin, and you need breakfast, this is the place to be. They have an extensive menu of sweet and savory breakfast items, a large selection of salads and vegetarian meals, homemade soups, gyros, sandwiches, and more. No matter what meal you’re stopping by for, they’ll have something you’ll love at a reasonable price. Locals and tourists alike love coming to Brookfield Family Restaurant, and with one bite, you’ll see why! Be sure to try their Greek offerings; it’s some of the best around!

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This local pub is a mainstay in the Brookfield, Wisconsin, area, and definitely a great place to stop. Serving up cold drinks and hot eats, this local pub has a great mix of entrees and drinks and bar food and brews. Because it’s in the center of a neighborhood, you’ll definitely find a decent group of locals, especially for the Friday night Fish Fry. Many people say you can’t beat the steaks served here, while others come for the Martini specials and appetizers. Whether you’re looking for a steak, a burger, or an order of onion rings, Butch’s Red Mill has it all!

If you love your share of American-style cuisine, you’re in luck. Brookfield, Wisconsin has many great places to indulge. Whether you’re having a hankering for a burger, want to try some fusion-inspired dishes, or go for a classic dinner bite, you’ll find it all in Brookfield!

Local Attractions

milwaukee-harley-davidsonWhen visiting the Brookfield, Wisconsin, and greater Milwaukee area, you’re going to need a few local attractions to check out. And while there is much to see and do here, some stops are definitely better than others.

Harley-Davidson Museum

Possibly the most famous name in motor vehicles, the Harley-Davidson Museum is one of the top visitor locales in the state. With over 400 motorcycles on display, the history of the company, from its humble beginnings to today’s status as a motorcycle behemoth, can be found. You’ll also find food and beverage options, as well as exclusive gifts and memorabilia you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re a fan of riding your hog down the open road, or just love learning about good old fashioned American ingenuity, the Harley-Davidson Museum is a must-see attraction.

Milwaukee Art Museum

If thundering engines and the smell of leather jackets isn’t your thing, the Milwaukee Art Museum may be more your pace. The Milwaukee Art Museum is an art lover’s paradise, featuring four floors, 40 unique collections, and over 30,000 pieces of art on display. The museum has a variety of art on display, including paintings, sculptures, photography, folk art pieces, and more. There are a many pieces by the well-known classical artists, such as Monet, as well as more contemporary pieces by O’Keefe. With so many great pieces, you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy.

Tee Aire Golf Range and Mini Golf

If you need to get away from the downtown district and enjoy some of the crisp Wisconsin air, why not practice your golf swing? At Tee Aire Golf Range and Mini Golf, there’s a driving range and mini golf course to accommodate whichever size of the sport you enjoy most. The driving range allows for you to practice your chipping, putting, or driving skills. And while many take mini golf lightly, the range offers a challenging championship 18 hole mini golf course, delighting and frustrating kids and adults. Whether you want to practice for the big leagues or enjoy a fun round of mini golf, this is the stop for you!

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

This cultural hub has art to enjoy both inside and out. Before you arrive inside the center, you’ll find an exterior exhibit in the Lynn Chappy ArtsPark, a walk-through sculpture garden. The center has a variety of art performances from both local artists and world-renowned performers. They don’t just host stage shows, either; you will be able to see art curated by the Ploch Art Gallery, annual guitar performances during the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival, and live theater and symphony performances. No matter what time of year you’re planning to visit, you can expect that they’ll have something fun and exciting planned at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

 

Whether you enjoy checking out engines, paintings, practicing on the golf green, or catch a theater show, the Brookfield, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area has fun for any interest or age group. This is part of what has made our cities such a wonderful place to book a trip to.

 

Wisconsin Hotels

marriotWhile many not have realized it, Brookfield, Wisconsin and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have become major destination stops for tourists. From the cooler weather and miles of rural land, to the cities with their art and architecture, there’s always something to see and do here. But when you need a great hotel to stay in, there’s only a few that make the cut.

If you’re going to visit somewhere, you might as well pick a place that’s comfortable, unique, and convenient to your itinerary. Whether you’re looking for something affordable just outside of town, or something more upscale in the heart of the downtown area, these four hotels will cover all of your bases.

 

Hampton Inn Brookfield

No matter where you’re staying, a Hampton Inn is always a safe choice. Affordable, reliable, and always swanky for the price, it’s hard to beat this chain. And the Hampton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin is no exception. With continental breakfast, indoor pool, comfortable rooms, and only 15 miles from the downtown area of Milwaukee, it’s hard to beat this combination of price accessibility.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Milwaukee West (Brookfield)

Another tried and true chain, Country Inn & Suites always makes for a great stay when visiting the Brookfield/Milwaukee area. With the same great spacious rooms you’ve come to expect from them, they also offer free hot breakfast and an indoor pool. And best of all, they have rooms for pet owners as well. And with a whirlpool tub, free cookies in the afternoon (my favorite), and a library on site, you’ll never want to leave.

Iron Horse Hotel

Although the Iron Horse is a pricier option, staying there is almost like having a resort to stay in. It’s also a convenient stay, as it’s in the downtown area of Milwaukee and just blocks from several different attractions. The Iron Horse bills itself as upscale, but is the go-to hotel for business travelers and for motorcycle riders. This is perfect for those making their pilgrimage to the Harley-Davidson Museum just up the street. There are also four onsite bars and restaurants serving food and drink throughout the day, making this hotel a great destination.

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Downtown

Traveling doesn’t get much better than staying in a building that looks like a castle. Hilton built this hotel inside of the historic Loyalty building, which has a regal atrium complete with marble, granite, and iron, giving you a storybook ending to your night. Although the hotel does not have an indoor pool like the others, it is in the heart of Milwaukee and within walking distance of anything you could possible want to see. Whether you want to spend the day at the museum, walk around the local state park, or enjoy a concert of professional game, staying here puts you at close proximity to it all.