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SIGCSE 2010 Local Attractions

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  • FIRST Robotics  Competition is holding their Wisconsin Regional March 11-13 at the Cellular One Arena, across the street from the convention center.  Admission is free.
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, one mile east of the convention center, features four floors of over forty art galleries, regularly rotated through an enormous collection of work ranging from antiquity to the present.  Includes the Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion with a spectacular view over the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Milwaukee Public Museum, only two block from the convention center, is a natural and human history museum.  Includes an IMAX theater, Planetarium, many permanent and featured exhibits like The Streets of Old Milwaukee, and artifacts from Aztalan, Wisconsin's most significant archaeological site.  During SIGCSE, MPM will be showing a special temporary exhibit "Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible", the largest such exhibit produced by the museum.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum, half a mile south of the convention center, is a newly-opened, 130,000-square-foot facility dedicated to 105 years of motorcycle madness.
  • Mitchell Park Horticulture Conservatory Domes, or "The Domes", are Milwaukee's domed gardens, featuring a Tropical Dome, a Desert Dome, and a Show Dome that rotates content seasonally.
  • Milwaukee Public Zoo is open daily 365 days a year, and features both native and exotic animals from around the world.
  • Discovery World is a 120,000-square foot facility that includes interactive science, technology and freshwater exhibits, learning labs, theaters, television and audio studios, and fresh and saltwater aquariums.
  • The Pabst Mansion is billed as the "finest flemish revival mansion in America", completed in 1892 by beer baron and philanthropist Frederick Pabst.
  • The Haggerty Museum of Art on Marquette University campus 7 blocks west of the convention center, has a permanent collection of over 6,000 paintings, sculptures, photographs and other visual art pieces.
  • Eisner American Museum of Advertising and Design is in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward, less than a mile southeast of the convention center.
  • Paradise Landing (Waterpark)
  • The Pettit National Ice Center  hosts international speed skating competitions and is open for public ice skating.  
  • While March is not the ideal month for seeing Milwaukee out of doors, the Oak Leaf Trail System features more than 100 miles of paved trails and parkways for walking, running, or biking.  Closest access to the system is the Hank Aaron State Trail 8 blocks south of the convention center via the 6th street viaduct.
  • Bowling remains a favorite Milwaukee pasttime in the winter.
* (Custard is like Ice Cream, but less good for you.)
  • Alterra at the Lake  (east side) is an open, fresh, pretty cafe built inside an old Milwaukee River pumping station. 
  • Organ Piper Pizza (southwest side) is a one-of-a-kind pizza parlor with live music from a 1920's-era theater organ that wraps halfway around the building.  Kid-friendly.
  • Izumi's (east side) Voted best sushi in Milwaukee, also has extensive menu of cooked Japanese dishes.  Very good Friday Fish Fry.
  • Serb Hall (south side) Voted Milwaukee's best Friday Fish Fry.  (This is a highly competitive category.)
  • County Clare  (east side) is a wonderful and cozy Irish pub, restaurant, and inn.
  • Glorioso's Italian Foods  (east side) has wonderful smells, friendly staff, and delicious take-out sandwiches. 
  • Coquette Cafe  (downtown) serves French bistro food
  • Beans and Barley  (east side) is a great vegetarian restaurant and grocery.
  • Shiraz Persian Grill is a great persian cuisine on the east side with lunch buffet.
  • That's Amore Cafe Italiano is one of Wisconsin's premier Italian restaurants.
  • La Fuente (downtown) top-notch Mexican.
  • The Oriental Theater, built in 1927,  has the largest Kimball Pipe Organ in America.  You can hear it before the 7PM movie showing on Fridays and Saturdays.  
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be performing Gershwin's An American In Paris, as well as music by John Adams, Mark Niekrug, and Aaron Copland on the Friday and Saturday of SIGCSE; a family-friendly performance from the Kinderkonzert series will be on Sunday.   Uihlein Hall is four blocks east of the convention center.
  • The Safe House, Milwaukee's spy-themed bar, is a must-see for first time visitors.  Five blocks east of convention center.
  • Mo's Irish Pub, five blocks east of convention center, is one of many fine choices for those searching for a good Irish stout.
  • Buck Bradley's, three blocks northeast of convention center.
  • Old World Third Street begins one block east of the convention center, and features many restaurants, shops, and bars.