Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a private Catholic, Jesuit university. There are a little over 8,000 undergraduate students enrolled and the campus is within walking distance of downtown Milwaukee. The city is known for its many restaurants, shopping, and especially the Milwaukee County Zoo! The men’s basketball team competes in the Big East Conference in the NCAA Division I league.
Famous "Golden Eagle" alumni include Chris Farley - actor and comedian, Dwyane Wade - basketball player (Miami Heat), Danny Pudi - actor, Amy Madigan - actress, and Doc Rivers - basketball coach (Los Angeles Clippers).
Leah is a Senior from Cleveland, Ohio. One quirky fact about Leah..."I love to write music, sing and play the piano.... and on Wednesdays I host my own radio show for MU called Electric Feels!" Follow Leah's Instagram feed @LeahJanson.
Fun fact about Marquette: The basketball player Dwyane Wade is a MU alum!
Favorite Ice Cream Parlour and Flavor: Purple Door Ice Cream in the Third Ward.... My favorite flavor is the Nutella Brownie Blast!!
Bakery and Favorite Sweet: For sure Holey Moley Coffee + Doughnuts. Their doughnut flavors change daily and are all freshly made by hand. Their old fashioned blueberry doughnut is fantastic! From this can you guess my favorite sweet?
Where to Grab a Coffee: Go to Colectivo. They have awesome iced coffee (an absolute must in my daily routine) and a great atmosphere for studying!
Burger Joint and Fries: Sobelman's! It's a Marquette campus staple. Get The Bomb Burger and your stomach will thank you!
Finger Licking Good BBQ Spot: Smoke Shack is delicious! Get their Candied Bacon to start... It's mouth watering!!
Vegetarian Hot Spot: Definitely Beerline Cafe!! Beerline is a vegan/vegetarian spot that's known for its crepes, smoothies, and sandwiches.
Pizzeria: IAN'S PIZZA! Their pizza is perfect for a late night bite, especially the "Mac n' Cheese" pizza or the "Smokey the Bandit" pizza. Trust me when I say you'll be full after one slice, because just one slice is bigger than the plate it's served on!
Diner and Favorite Dish: The Comet Cafe is a MKE highlight! They have sweet, homemade baked goods and out-of-this-world menu items, like their famous bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Hottest Mexican Spot and Recommended Plate: Bel Air Cantina!! On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have $2 tacos, and if you order three they also give you a side of rice and beans! The "Ninja Pig" taco is a personal fave.
Sushi Spot and Your Go to Roll: Rice n Roll Bistro is so good. Their Shrimp Tempura roll is always my go-to.
Breakfast Spot with a Friend or Date: The place is literally called Brunch. Every single thing on the menu is amazing; my all time fave is the Chicken and Waffles Sandwich. But if you're looking to try a crowd pleaser, get the Blueberry Lemon Curd Pancakes!!
Where you would love your parents to take you for parents weekend: Almost every time my parents come to visit MKE, I take them to a restaurant on Downer Ave called Café Hollander. It's by far one of my favorite spots in the city! They have great dinners, but their breakfast/brunch menu is crazy-good; Six different types of Bloody Mary's, french toasts, Benedicts and so much more!
Things to do:
Night Spot for Music: Check out The Cactus Club! It's a really chill venue/bar that features a variety of great smaller name bands and artists.
Neighborhood Bookstore: Downtown Books is this little hole-in-the-wall bookstore that buys and sells used books. Their shelves are filled to the ceilings with tons of different genres. But the best part? They have two kitties that are friendly as can be, so you can pet them while you look around!!
Where is your favorite spot on campus to hang: My favorite spot on campus to hang is a bar called Caffery's on 16th and Wisconsin. They have great drink deals on certain nights, like "Mug Night" on Thursdays! It's a great place to unwind with friends after a long night of studying for exams.
Where do you want to go on spring break: New Orleans with my three best friends from high school, to check out the French Quarter and the Garden District!
Where to Stay: The Ambassador Hotel is a renovated hotel that was built in the 1920s, located right next to Marquette's campus. The rooms are clean and nice, and in the mornings they have an awesome all-you-can-order brunch menu that'll have you wanting to go back to bed in a full on food coma.
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Living here over these past three and a half years has been the time of my life. Milwaukee is totally a hidden gem, and there are SO many different parts of the city to explore! If you ever get the chance to visit I'd definitely recommend visiting sometime between late-May and early-September. During the summer MKE has all kinds of different food truck/art festivals, farmers markets, and concerts to go to and check out with friends. Come and explore... I promise you won't regret it!!