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Chicago named one of 20 finalists for Amazon’s new headquarters

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Last year, Amazon announced that they were looking for a location for their new headquarters.  The company posted an RFP and invited cities to apply. Over 230 cities including Milwaukee were submitted to Amazon. Today, the company announced the 20 finalists for their new headquarters.  Only three Midwestern cities made the cut including Chicago. Most of the cities on the list are located in the South and East coast.

Here are the 20 cities:

– Atlanta, GA

– Austin, TX

– Boston, MA

– Chicago, IL

– Columbus, OH

– Dallas, TX

– Denver, CO

– Indianapolis, IN

– Los Angeles, CA

– Miami, FL

– Montgomery County, MD

– Nashville, TN

– Newark, NJ

– New York City, NY

– Northern Virginia, VA

– Philadelphia, PA

– Pittsburgh, PA

– Raleigh, NC

– Toronto, ON

– Washington D.C.

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This Milwaukee neighborhood is one of the best places to drink in America

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There a lot of lists on the internet, and Milwaukee appears on many good and bad. The lists that Milwaukee seems to dominate are ones that involve bars and drinking. Thrillist newest list, best places to drink in America is the latest one.  Other places on the list include Logan Square, Corktown in Detroit, Decatur in Georgia, and others.

Thrillist highlights the Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View has one of the best places to a grab a pint or a fancy cocktail.  They highlight places like Boone & Crockett, The Vanguard, and Sugar Maple. They also mention Dock 18, even though they are no longer located in Bay View.

You can read the full write up below.

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Hamilton will be coming to Marcus Center for their 2019-2020 season!

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Last year, it was announced that the Marcus Center made plans to bring the hit Broadway show, Hamilton to Milwaukee. Today, producer Jeffrey Seller and the Marcus Center announced that the show will be part of the  2019-2020 season.

From the Marcus Center’s website:

The best way to guarantee tickets to HAMILTON is to purchase a season subscription for the 2018-2019 season.  Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2019-2020 season will be able to guarantee their seats for the premiere Milwaukee engagement of HAMILTON before tickets become available to the general public. More information on the 2018-2019 will be available at a later date at MarcusCenter.org.

Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time.

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Watch Milwaukee’s Angie Swan play on a REAL air guitar at CES 2018

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Milwaukee’s Angie Swan is one of the city’s most talented musicians. She has toured and played with artists like Will.I.Am and Macy Gray and spent three years touring with the Cirque du Soleil show ‘Amaluna.’ She attended school at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Her classmates included St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding.

While she isn’t traveling around the world you can catch her at Jazz Estate for her Funk Night jam session. The next one is on Jan. 16.  Recently she performed for the annual  Consumer Electronics Show aka CES. But it wasn’t your typical performance.  Swan performed within a band with invisible instruments courtesy of Intel.

In the video below you can watch Angie Swan play on an “invisible guitar.” Actually, Swan is wearing a special glove that allows her to play music just like she would on a real guitar.  The gloves sense Swan’s motion using Intel’s location technology to locate her gestures in a 3D space.

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Tiffany Haddish’s Milwaukee show postoned due to weather

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Check out Tiffany Haddish’s  Film Critics Circle Awards Speech below (caution: strong language)

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day 12, gifts for beer lovers

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A Champange-sized bottle of Miller High Life, $2.29/bottle

The Champagne of Beers is finally getting the bottle it deserves. Hurry over to Discount Liquor to snag one of the limited-edition 25.4oz bottles for the beer lover that isn’t too snobby to drink a High Life. Shout out to OnMilwaukee for reporting on this very important piece of news.


Beer Cap Maps, $16+

Have you ever come across a beer cap so pretty you wanted to keep it? Now you have a reason to: pop the cap and put it in the map! You can get a map for any state or for all of the states.



Wisconsin Craft Beer T-Shirt, $24

Know a beer lover that wears their heart on their sleeve? Well, if they can settle for their chest, then this shirt is for them. The t-shirt’s third iteration comes from Wisconsin maker Cracked Designs and features breweries as new as City Lights. And if they’re not into t-shirts, maybe they’d rather frame their love instead.



Good City Loyalty Program Membership, $50-60

Since opening last year, Good City Brewing has taken the city by storm, quickly growing to host a summer festival and add a hall and patron-accessible rooftop. If your beer lover has an affinity for this Milwaukee brewery, then a membership in the Good City Loyalty Program (adorably named Good Citizens) is a must.

Membership in the Loyalty Program includes: Taproom brew discounts (1/2 off drafts on Tuesday, $1 off drafts anytime, $2 off crowlers anytime), early entry to specialty bottle releases and a custom membership key.

Membership is $50 for returning Good Citizens and $60 for new members. Registration for the 2018 program closes 12/31 and memberships can be purchased at the brewery (2108 N Farewell Ave).



Beer Candles (Prices vary)

If beer relaxes you and candles relax you, then this gift will relax you two times over. Because it’s a candle, in a beer bottle. Snag one in the remnants of your favorite brew anywhere that sells Milwaukee goods (like Sparrow Collective or The Waxwing).


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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: Day 11 – Gifts for Coffee Geeks

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I start many days of the week, with an Americano from Anodyne Coffee Roasters.  This family-run business has been one of my favorites since I first stepped into their former Brady Street cafe.  While I can say a lot of great things about their coffee, they have one item you won’t find at any other Milwaukee roaster…SOAP!   This Anodyne coffee soap is handcrafted in Milwaukee by Halo Soap and is available in a few styles, all based on signature Anodyne lattes.



Whenever I am in ‘Tosa, there is a good chance I am going to swing over to Valentine Coffee, and if I see the Valentine logo at a local restaurant, you can bet I’m getting a cup of coffee after my meal.  They have so many great blends, but I adore the Bali Blue Moon! This shade grown coffee is sourced from the volcanic highlands of the Indonesian island of Bali. It’s one of my favorite bags in town.



This is one of the most unique coffee experiences in Milwaukee. The folks at Hawthorne take beans from  Peru and age the unroasted beans in bourbon barrels from the Great Lakes Distillery!  The beans spend  four weeks sealed in a bourbon barrel…each day, the barrels are rolled across the floor of the roasting facility so that all of the beans inside can come into contact with the wood and bourbon remnants.  After four weeks, the beans are removed the barrel and roasted to order. The result, is my favorite Milwaukee coffee, a perfect combination of coffee and bourbon flavor (and without the alcohol!).


When Viroqua Wisconsin roasters Kickapoo, set up shop in the Third Ward, my weekly coffee geek experience got even better.  I often take a stroll from the 88NINE Studios, across the river, to get a cup of their amazing coffee.  With such a great variety of options, I often let Scott and his team pick a roast for me.  I am never disappointed.    This is why I suggested the Roaster’s Choice Subscription.  Let the pros make the right choice for the coffee lover in your life.



With a Stone Creek cafe, in my office, it’s safe to say I drink more Stone Creek coffee than just about anyone. But one of my favorite things about this Milwaukee gem, is their creative apparel.  These socks, among other things, are one of the reasons it’s awesome to have a culture of coffee geeks in Milwaukee…and who doesn’t just LOVE Hayao Miyazaki films?!?!

*honorable mention – STONE CREEK COFFEE STRANGER THINGS SHIRT (available in select cafes only)



Colectivo Coffee is nothing short of an institution in this great city.  Not only are they known all over the region for their amazing roasts, they have become adored for their food, bakery, and tea.  This gift set showcases everything they are known for, including  Colectivo Session Coffees, Letterbox Fine Tea, Choco-covered Espresso Beans, Choco-covered Espresso Caramels, Hot Cocoa Mix, Troubadour Bakery Homemade Granola, and more!  It’s the Cadillac of coffee geek gifts.

Whatever choice is right for you, I hope you agree with me, that Milwaukee is lucky to have so many great coffee roasters in the city we call home.

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day 10, gifts for Milwaukee sports fans

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#7 Brett Hundley Home Game Jersey, $74.96

Be true to your team, even if that means good-ole #12 is holding a clipboard. Get your Brett Hundley #7 Packer jersey while they still exist and it’s still relevant.

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2019 Milwaukee Bucks season tickets, from $508

The Bucks don’t begin playing in their new arena until the 2019 season but you can lock in Season Tickets for the inaugural season NOW.

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Stars Wars Night with the Milwaukee Brewers, from $20

To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Galactic Senate has issued the release of a select number of Star Wars Night ticket packages, which include a seat for the epic battle between the Brewers Resistance Fighters and the First Order of Pittsburgh on Friday, May 4, 2018 (May the Fourth), plus a limited-edition Braun Solo bobblehead.

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Cowbell night with the Milwaukee Admirals, from $13

More Cowbell! Ads fans all know how crucial the cowbell is to an Ads game experience. If Santa stiffed you on the cowbell this Christmas, fret not, attend the 12/27 Admirals game vs. the Wolves and not only get a cowbell (first 5000 fans) but also see Milwaukee musician Pat McCurdy playing before, during and after the game. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a family post-game skate. Also, if the Ads win, you can get a free ticket to the following Wednesday’s game.

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Brewcity Bruisers first game of 2018

Brew City Bruisers first bout is right around the corner! Join them Jan. 13 at Panther Arena!

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Milwaukee Brewers Grounds Crew Jacket, $125

Ebbets Field Flannel specializes in re-creating merch for defunct baseball teams. Get a grounds crew jacket from Milwaukee’s Borchert Field or a 1905 Milwaukee Brewers cap.

Milwaukee Brewers Grounds Crew Jacket

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88Nine’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide: day 9, gifts for festival goers

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Nectar Sunglasses, $40

Shades are a must for any festival goer. And Nectar sunglasses are a favorite for their price, quality (polarized) and lifetime warranty. And how cool is this? For every pair of sunglasses sold, Nectar donates to The Bee Cause to help repopulate honeybee hives across the United States.

Cotopaxi Fanny Pack, $29.95

A beginner or extreme festival goer can both rely on the trusted fanny pack. They seem to never go out of style. And Cotopaxi is a brand that creates cool, functional packs, purposefully. All of their products are made under fair, sustainable working conditions and come with a lifetime guarantee. 


Camelbak Rogue Hydration Pack, $52

For those responsible festival goers who remember to drink their water (or need to remember), consider an upgrade from the fanny pack to a hydration pack. You can fill it with water, and also have a place to store your wallet, keys and a packable jacket. We recommend a pack that includes a 1.5L-3L water bladder.


Solar battery charger, $23.95

By now, most people have a portable battery charger, but this could be a handy backup option for those that will be out in the sun. Attach it to a backpack or put this on the dashboard of a car and it’ll be ready if you need a quick charge.


Ticket to Eaux Claires 2018, $166

If the festival lover in your life hasn’t been to Eaux Claires, this will be the gift they never forget. And if they’ve been before, the gift will need no explanation. Created by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Eaux Claires far surpasses the traditional music festival. Each year the festival gathers a group of music lovers to unplug and unwind along the banks of the Chippewa River with unique music and art aplenty.

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash, $10

This pocket-sized hand wash thoroughly cleans and moisturizes hands without needing to rinse with water. Skip the cheap sanitizer and stay squeaky clean, and smelling fine with this stuff.

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This abandoned Milwaukee mall is transformed into a winter wonderland for youth

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Winter Wonderland, abandon mall, Milwaukee

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