Four places to watch the World Cup, four ways to support human rights

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More than 3.5 billion people watched the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, thinks that number could grow to 5 billion for 2022. And if you asked all of them how they feel about this year’s tournament and the circumstances surrounding it, you could get 5 billion answers.

Opinions about the World Cup in Qatar, which kicked off Sunday, largely depend on your interest in soccer (or football) and how closely you follow the news. Here’s the short version: The World Cup, in general, is the biggest sporting event in the world. This year’s World Cup, in particular, is inarguably the most controversial in the event’s history.

For starters, all of the previous 21 tournaments dating back to 1930 were held in summer. Shortly after FIFA awarded Qatar hosting duties, the country announced plans to combat a heat index that can exceed 130°F in the summer by blocking out the sun.

Ultimately, FIFA moved the tournament to a cooler place on the calendar. In the years since that decision, Qatar has received near-constant heat as various reputable sources reported on:

Many soccer fans (myself included) find themselves torn between watching the sport they love and supporting an event with a dubious foundation. Some have pledged to boycott the tournament while others plan to just enjoy the soccer. 

In the spirit of finding a middle ground, here are four things you can do if you have a generally icky feeling about this year’s tournament followed by four places around the area where you can enjoy the matches and get into spirited debates about teams, players and human rights.

What you can do

1. Hashtag activism. A coalition of human-rights organizations called for FIFA “to provide remedy for abuse of migrant workers’ rights in Qatar” by setting aside $440 million — equivalent to the total prize money given to participating countries. As of this writing, FIFA hasn’t officially responded, so the groups have encouraged people adding #PayUpFIFA to posts about the tournament as a way of calling attention to the issue.

2. Read, watch, listen. Even for fairly tangled situations like this, there are relatively easy ways to learn more. The articles linked earlier will provide some foundational information, Netflix just released a thoroughly sourced documentary on FIFA’s controversial recent history, and a recent episode of The Athletic Football Podcast might help you get up to speed.

3. Sign a petition. Dr. Nas Mohamed, one of very few publicly out Qataris, started this petition in response to the country’s history with LGBTQ+ individuals, while Freedom United posted one regarding migrant workers.

4. Donate to an organization. The groups that investigated and brought attention to many of the issues noted earlier, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, use charitable donations to fund their work. You can also search for local organizations in your area that address human-rights and LGBTQ+ issues.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and several national team captains planned to wear this armband during the World Cup until Monday, when FIFA threatened them with punishment. (Courtesy: the team’s Facebook)

Where you can go

1. The Highbury. This place is a treasure in very large part because of owner Joe Katz. He gets soccer fans because he is one (up the Palace!). His bar opens early — 4 a.m. for some World Cup matches, but no alcohol ’til 6 a.m. — his booming voice lets everyone know which matches are on which TV, and there’s even free food floating around from time to time.

2. Three Lions Pub. Having never been to England, I can’t speak to what a proper English bar looks like. But I imagine this must be close. You can enjoy a morning match along with a satisfying breakfast (The Tannery Row is an excellent choice). And if you really want to blow things out, show up on Black Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the block party.

3. Moran’s Pub. James Moran is good people. I ran into him a few times at the Highbury prior to him taking over his family’s bar in South Milwaukee, and it was clear then he was born to run the place. Like his dad, he came over from Birmingham and started the nonprofit Milwaukee Soccer Development Group before buying the pub. Its atmosphere shares the outgoing, convivial nature of its owner, making it an excellent choice for match-watching.

4. Nomad World Pub. For the last several tournaments, the Brady Street bar turned its outdoor area into a fan zone where supporters could bask in the sun and the soccer simultaneously. You’ll still be able to do the soccer part of that this time around, and owner Mike Eitel has a few tricks up his sleeve to combat the cold. There’s even an online booking system if you want to guarantee yourself a table for a particular match.

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The Drunk Uncle body slams inflation with 50-cent Black Friday beers

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One of the Milwaukee area’s finest Black Friday traditions is back for 2022.

The Drunk Uncle, arguably the most fascinating bar in Southeastern Wisconsin, will once again pour 50-cent tappers starting at noon Friday, Nov. 25.

As is Drunk Uncle tradition, this isn’t one of those super-limited happy hour menus with mostly domestics and maybe a premium or two thrown in. Forty-eight different taps are up for grabs until they start spitting foam.

The bar at 1902 S. 68th St. in West Allis is known for customer-friendly specials like this and an affinity for pro wrestling. Owner Neal Steffek has also shown a real distaste for resting on his laurels, investing in renovations that — among other things — expanded the tap capacity to its near-half-century mark.

Besides the Black Friday super-deal, the bar has forged a connection with its customers through decisions like giving away all its Founders beer back in 2019 when the brewer faced a racial-discrimination lawsuit. Steffek and Westallion Brewing Company co-owner Erik Dorfner also did a solid for teachers at a couple West Allis high schools in 2017 by surprising them with pizza at the end of the school year.

This year’s Black Friday barflies won’t get quite that big of a deal. But at 50 cents, it’s hard to imagine anyone complaining.

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Milwaukee Bucks look to Bronzeville for latest jersey design

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Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood can be considered the city’s epicenter of Black art, culture and history. So when the Milwaukee Bucks needed inspiration for their latest alternate uniform, they didn’t have to go far, finding it just a few blocks north of their home in the Deer District.

The new “Gathering Place” uniforms take symbols and schemes directly inspired by the “Patchwork” mural located on North Avenue in Bronzeville. The mural’s artist, Ammar Nsoroma, was called on to narrate the reveal video.

A collection of greens, blues, cream and black make up a striking “M” pattern down both sides of the jersey and shorts, while a star based on the designs on the Patchwork mural is on the buckle of the shorts.

As part of the uniform launch, the Bucks have worked with Nsoroma and Historic King District BID #8 to restore the Patchwork mural to its original condition, the team said.

The new “Gathering Place” uniforms inspired by Milwaukee’s Patchwork mural. (Courtesy: Adrienne Berlin / Milwaukee Bucks)

This is the second version of the team’s blue “Gathering Place” uniforms — part of the Nike City Edition series — following the 2020-’21 edition influenced by Milwaukee’s proximity to water. The Bucks could now go through an entire week of games and never wear the same thing twice, with the latest unveiling added to their four previously announced options for this season:

The team will wear the just-announced uniform at every Wednesday home game throughout the 2022-’23 season and will complement the look with a Gathering Place alternate court.

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Bucks light it up with modern update to classic music video

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The Milwaukee Bucks finally debuted their retro purple uniforms Friday night at Fiserv Forum in a game against the New York Knicks, but the on-court look wasn’t the only place fans could feel the nostalgia.

Before the game, the Bucks played the beloved “Light It Up” hype video, which originated during the 2000 season and lent its name to this year’s Classic Edition uniform.

But the new “Light It Up” didn’t stop at featuring Bucks of the new millennium, including Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Tim Thomas. After a fantastically 2000s CGI tour through Milwaukee — making stops at the Rockwell clocktower and City Hall before ending inside the Bradley Center — the film fast-forwards to a present-day “Bucks Jam” featuring perhaps the most famous jock jam of all time, “Space Jam” (you know, like from the Michael Jordan movie).

Every player on the current Bucks roster has a place — and 90s nickname — in the video. We then get to see some truly vicious dunks and blocks from the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis, Khris Middleton and others.

Bucks guard Wesley Matthews holding a copy of Lauryn Hill’s 1998 album “Everything is Everything.” (Courtesy: Milwaukee Bucks)

Earlier this week, the Bucks added to their list of hoop anthems with the song “Glory” by Milwaukee native Romell, which he performed live on opening night.

You can check out the new “Light It Up” in the tweet below.

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Broken Bat Brewing has a new uniform, new beers for their lineup

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We’ve got a great neighborhood at Radio Milwaukee — Colectivo and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame across the way, NorthSouth Club and Merriment Social right next door, and Broken Bat Brewing Co. kitty-corner to our HQ.

And when you live in a great neighborhood, you celebrate with each other. Broken Bat did a couple weeks ago for our 15th birthday and was the guest everyone wants at their party: the one that brings the beer.

At noon next Friday, Nov. 4, they’ll be the ones celebrating as they launch a brand-new look (we know a little something about that) and introduce six new beers to their lineup. Here’s what they had to say about the roster additions:

  • Schtoinker — A dark, malty wheat beer registering at 5.6% ABV.
  • Batters Rye — This Rye IPA is for the hop-heads out there, stepping into the box at 6.8% ABV.
  • YAZ — Brewed with a legendary Triple Crown winner in mind, this 8.7% ABV Belgian Tripel is savory, crisp and slightly dry, perfect for cold-weather sipping.
  • Corre Light — Similar to our beloved Corre Corre, this sessionable version registers at 4.7% ABV, and we’re letting you decide if you want to add a slice of lime or not.
  • Fungo — An everyday Classic American Lager, this 4.5% crusher should be a staple in every beer fridge.
  • The Arm Barn — Our new Hazy IPA is stepping into the year-round lineup with a perfect 6.0% ABV.

Can’t start drinking at noon? No problem. The launch party goes until their usual Friday closing time of 10 p.m., with a food truck on hand, sports on the TVs and music played at a fun but respectful level so as not to disturb the neighbors (not that we mind loud music). 

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Spirit Halloween’s scare factor starts in Wisconsin

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If you consider Halloween one of your favorite holidays, then you undoubtedly feel the stress of brainstorming an elaborate costume every October.

I’m one of those people. While putting probably way too much research into my look earlier this month, I mentioned to Erin Bagatta, Radio Milwaukee’s creative marketing manager, that I was heading to the Spirit Halloween in Brookfield to find some inspiration.

“My dad’s company creates the displays at all the Spirit Halloween stores,” she said.

“Like, all the Spirit Halloweens?” I responded.

Yes. All of them.

Spirit Halloween contracts with the Baird Display Division of Green Bay Packaging (GBP) located in Waukesha — where Mike Bagatta is creative director — to design, build and ship the spooky, haunting, maybe-kids-shouldn’t-see-this-type interactive displays at more than 1,450 pop-up stores throughout North America.

I had questions. A lot of questions. So I asked Erin to set up a meeting with her dad.

Getting into the spirit

Spirit Halloween started in 1984 in San Francisco and expanded to 60 stores by 1999, when it was acquired by Spencer Gifts — owners of the crude novelty store in the mall you went to growing up. The company is notorious for snatching short-term leases in former retail spaces, like strip malls, big-box stores and even this Planet Fitness.

And it works. Spirit Halloween is the largest Halloween retailer on the continent, with each of the nearly 1,500 locations sporting the same blueprint:

  • Walls lined floor-to-ceiling with costume kits
  • Rows and rows of miscellaneous props, tricks and goodies
  • A set of themed interactive displays to tie the store together

In “the business,” as Mike Bagatta explained, those displays are called in-store experiences (ISEs). Six years ago, GBP won a design challenge to earn the bid to create Spirit’s ISEs.

“Spirit Halloween is a year-round operation,” Bagatta said. “The stores are only open for maybe eight weeks before Halloween, but they’re working around the clock year-round, putting in effort to make the coming year even better than the previous.”

Working in the lab

Bagatta flies (via plane, not broom) to Spirit Halloween’s headquarters near Atlantic City, N.J., several times a year to meet with executives on the design process.

“They have a launch meeting where they unveil the new concept,” he said. “They do a production-quality video that tells the story of what that theme is going to be this coming year. It’s pretty cool.”

Back in Waukesha, on Springdale Road near The Corners of Brookfield, GBP’s team works to make Spirit’s concept a reality. For 2022, the theme was “Monster Laboratory.” That entailed building an entire structure to house the creepy cast of animatronic characters, including elements that make it look like a haunted chemistry lab, such as Tesla coils and giant bubbling test tubes.

The GBP team builds all of the ISEs from sustainable corrugated cardboard and some plastic, with the finished product containing up to 150 parts and sometimes reaching 14 feet tall.

“You have to walk a fine line between something being really aesthetically cool and still be able to produce it in the factory here,” Bagatta said, sitting at his workspace with an eight-foot-tall 3D skull in the background. “Everything starts with a flat sheet of corrugated material, and what we’re doing is figuring out where to put all the folds. It’s like a larger origami puzzle.”

When they lock in the design, thousands of paper parts run through die-cutting machines and get shipped to stores nationwide. With so many locations, the amount of paper used could be truly frightening. That’s why GBP leans so heavily on recycled products and doesn’t mess around when it comes to sustainability.

Last year, the company opened a $500 million net-zero water paper mill in Green Bay, and it owns 240,000 acres of private forest land. For every tree used to make paper, Bagatta said, GBP plants two more.

Seeing your work in the wild

On top of making sure the parts fit together, GBP is in charge of creating a clear instruction manual. Then, the onus is on Spirit Halloween’s seasonal employees to construct the display at their specific store. But that’s not the only place GBP’s design work pops up.

For just about every holiday on the calendar, large-scale food and alcohol displays sprout up at your local grocery store. Heineken, Pacífico, White Claw and Kraft Foods (among others) rely on Bagatta’s company to grab your attention for their products. But GBP is local, too, working with smaller clients like MobCraft Brewery in Walker’s Point.

“It’s exciting when you actually go to a store and see something that you’ve worked on,” Bagatta said. “If it’s in good shape, that’s obviously a good thing. If it’s serving its purpose and a lot of products are being sold off of it, or if it’s driving sales, then it’s pretty satisfying.”

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We key-p finding new ways to reward members during Fall Drive

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One of the things I love about Radio Milwaukee (and one of the reasons you support us … more on that later) is that we’re do-ers. When a problem or challenge comes up, our team gets creative. It’s a great thing to have at the place I work because it’s a big part of my life outside of work. And, sometimes, it benefits our members (again, more on that later).

Last summer when I still lived in Chicago, I got a motorcycle and ran into problem one: I needed a leather bag to carry my stuff. That led to problem two: Most of them are over $1,000! On top of that, I didn’t want just any bag; I wanted the one I saw in my mind’s eye.

So I decided to just make my own.

I sketched and researched every night. Just a few blocks away from my apartment was the Chicago School of Shoemaking, which has all kinds of neat classes for beginners. I already had a solid idea for my bag, so I signed up for multiple classes and even took private lessons. 

That’s how my leather work began. Since then, I relocated to Milwaukee (Bay View) and set up a small studio. Every night, I draw or study or practice in the hopes that in 2023 you’ll see me at one of the many Milwaukee markets selling what I make.

For now, I wanted to do something that ties the thing I do outside of work to the place I love to work. Because Radio Milwaukee is more than a job for me; it unlocked Milwaukee culture and a community that welcomed me.

So I decided to make a different kind of contribution to our fall drive: handmade leather key fobs. Like a lot of our listeners, I put on Radio Milwaukee in my car because it’s a special place where I can be at one with the music and jam out without judgment. Also like a lot of our listeners, I lose my keys constantly.

Leather key fobs of various colors lay flat on a wooden table and feature a design that says "Radio Milwaukee" with a hand holding a music note.

The key fobs I made might not solve that last problem, but they’re all made of high-quality vegetable-tanned leather that’s hand-tooled and stamped with the new Radio Milwaukee logo, then dyed and affixed with premium heavy-duty hardware. 

How do you get one? There’s actually a couple ways when you become a member:

  • Backstage Members ($84 per month) get a key fob, a bunch of other Radio Milwaukee gear and benefits you can read about here, and the opportunity to record an on-air message.
  • All-Access Members ($208 per month) get all of that, plus an automatic invite to the Radio Milwaukee All-Access Dinner featuring very special guest chefs in December.

The color and hardware combos of the key fobs vary, but their quality doesn’t. Plus you get a fun little surprise along with some cool packaging. It’s a passion project for me in every way and the perfect way to give back to members who are just as passionate about what we do here at Radio Milwaukee.

Jen Ellis of Radio Milwaukee, wearing protective gear for leather work, smiles at the camera while displaying a handmade Radio Milwaukee key fob.
The artist, proudly showing off her work. (Courtesy: Jen Ellis)

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Finally, the gummy pork and pasta we’ve waited our whole lives for

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There are a lot of different ways to start your workday. This was an unexpected one:

“Stop by for some gummy bacon, hot dogs and macaroni.”

That came from the desk of Jen Ellis, our traffic manager and development coordinator, whose visit to Five Below yielded a chewy breakfast buffet.

For background, Kraft Heinz and Chicago-based Frankford Candy — responding to the unquenchable American desire to combine beloved foods that are terrible for your health — created Oscar Mayer Gummy Bacon, Oscar Mayer Gummy Hot Dogs, and Kraft Mac & Cheese Gummies.

So, because we live in a state that appreciates its bacon and Radio Milwaukee is here for the people, we decided to perform a public service and try it (along with its friends) so you don’t have to. Or do! Maybe it’s actually good, who knows?

By the time the morning was over, we knew. Curiosity ultimately got the better of people, and they shared their thoughts with Jen like they were rolling a chardonnay around in their mouth. Except gummier. Here are the verdicts, starting with the … let’s say skeptics.

Erin Bagatta: Gross! These are repulsive. I will pass on all of them!

Tarik Moody: No! No! No! Those look gross.

DJ Brüwer: I’m okay, thank you so much.

Britney Freeman-Farr: No thanks. Gelatin is lard-based, a derivative of pork or different animal hooves. But if I had to try any, I would have tried the bacon.

Oscar Mayer Gummy Bacon

Long strips of red gummy candy are layered in a plastic container next to a Halloween decoration of a skeleton spider.

Brett Krzykowski: This is the only one I hope is salty. Oh, “Fruit Flavored Gummies” right on the front of the package. Hopes dashed.

Dan Reiner: It’s smooth but slippery — or greasy, if you will.

Erin Wolf: Faint pineapple Lifesavers flavor, here. Overall, the best texture of the three — like a thicker Fruit Roll-Up but with less vibrant flavor (and more sticky?). I’ll take the Roll-Up.

Matt Blanchard: Oh wow! I don’t know how to describe it. It’s sticky and wet, like there’s bacon grease on it. Once I got over the plastic flavor, it tasted good, like strawberry candied bacon. 

Oscar Mayer Gummy Hot Dogs

Four gummy candies that look like hot dogs are lined up side by side in a plastic container.

Brett Krzykowski: It’s not even cylindrical.

Kyle Heller: Like a flat turd.

Dan Reiner: Very chewy. Am I tasting cherry? Or is that knockwurst?

Erin Wolf: It’s like I’m eating an earthworm that’s been left out on a rain-soaked sidewalk. AND a Jell-O that’s been left out on the table overnight. Still getting that faint pineapple Lifesavers vibe.

Matt Blanchard: [Initial speechlessness] … It tastes like the plastic pumpkin candy bucket that’s on your desk.

Mallorey Wallace: It’s unsettling and odd. Thinking about the hot dog and texture, I don’t like it!

Kraft Mac & Cheese Gummies

A transparent plastic bag on a desk contains many dull yellow gummy candies shaped like macaroni noodles.

Erin Wolf: These are a little tough! After chewing for a (long) while, you’re left with a little pineapple Lifesavers flav. Meh.

Jen Ellis: It’s a bit chewy. There was not a hint of cheese flavor to the gummies that I thought I tasted after eating the first one. Has more of a fruity tangerine flavor.

Dan Reiner: Have you ever taken gum out of your mouth, put it down, then placed it back in your mouth and continued chewing many minutes later? It’s like that.

Matt Blanchard: If you bite into a tube of toothpaste, that’s what it tastes like. Very plastic-like.

Official final rankings

  1. Oscar Mayer Gummy Bacon
  2. None
  3. (tie) Oscar Mayer Gummy Hot Dogs, Kraft Mac & Cheese Gummies

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‘I Am A Voter’ competition rewards designs for democracy

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For anyone (everyone) sick of the explosion of negativity as we move closer to the Nov. 8 midterm elections, it’s worth paying attention to the groups trying to inject as much positive energy as possible into this time of year.

One such nonpartisan coalition led by Souls to the Polls WI is tapping into the creativity of our state’s high school and college students, as well as recent graduates, to find new ways of delivering an old — and important — message:


The I Am a Voter Scholarship Competition gives students and recent grads a chance to earn money toward their education by designing social-media graphics that will boost voter turnout this November. On the line is $10,000 in scholarship money — two of $3,000 each and four of $1,000 each, which winners can use on current or future tuition and schooling costs, as well as student loans.

With the competition’s Oct. 14 submission deadline approaching, creative minds from across the state still have time to come up with a high-impact, nonpartisan design, 2D art piece or illustrative video that encourages people to get to the polls for the midterm elections — and hopefully beyond.

AIGA, the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, is overseeing the competition, and its Wisconsin chapter is an official partner in the project.

“The [competition] is an opportunity for young and emerging designers and artists to apply their imagination to spark civic engagement in our precious democratic election process,” said Coe Douglas, AIGA Wisconsin’s Design for Good Chair and a lecturer at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.

“Art has always had a vital role in social change, oftentimes providing the very spark that ignites action. As educators, we can design a better future and use creativity as a tool to inspire young voters, first-time voters, lapsed voters, all voters, by reminding them why their voice and their vote matters to our common future.”

To submit a design or get more information, visit the competition’s website. You can also warm up your voting muscles by helping pick the People’s Choice winner between Oct. 17 and 28.

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Milwaukee hotels rule the Midwest in Condé Nast best-of list

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Hotels. Chicago may have more of them. In fact, it definitely does. But do you know which city claimed the most spots on Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards 2022 list of Top 15 Hotels in the Midwest?

That’s right. With three on the list, Milwaukee is your top dog of turndown service. Your prizewinner of pillow chocolates. Your champion of online check-in. Here are our very deserving representatives.

Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel

The unique spin this downtown spot puts on lodging undoubtedly accounted for a decent share of its 10th-place score. But CN Traveler had just as many kind words to say about the rooms, amenities and especially the vibe:

Art hotels can feel unwelcoming, with collections meant to be examined in silent contemplation. But Milwaukee’s Saint Kate is not that. Contemporary art is spread through common and private spaces in a way that coaxes you to stay, have a drink, and strike up a conversation about something you may not totally understand, preferably while listening to a live trio in the lobby. A stay here will immerse you in art that will, at turns, challenge you and bring a smile to your face. All of it may just make for the coolest hotel in the state of Wisconsin.

The Pfister

There are more than 130,000 hotel and motel businesses in the United States. Around 300 — or 0.23% — are “Historic Hotels of America” as determined by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Pfister is one of them and wound up 15th on the CN Traveler list. Here’s what they had to say:

This icon of a hotel, built in 1893 near the city’s historic Third Ward, is home to the largest collection of Victorian Artwork of any hotel in the world. Rooms are conservatively classic, but common spaces don’t hold back with requisite lobby lounge piano, over-the-top holiday decorations, a grand staircase, and marble fireplace.

Delafield Hotel

At the top, I said Milwaukee had three on the list. While Delafield isn’t technically Milwaukee, it’s less than 30 minutes away, so I’m counting it. Despite this being the Delafield Hotel’s fourth year on the list, CN Traveler had the audacity not to have a review on its website. So we got the next best thing — this guy on Yelp:

I’ve had the pleasure to stay in some great hotels when traveling, thanks to work and some really nice friends and family. This is one of the best. … The room was gorgeous, comfortable and spacious. The ONLY complaint I have is that the bed posts are so large, that I FREAKING BROKE MY TOE ON IT WHEN GOING TO THE BATHROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. I’m not using hyperbole- I BROKE MY TOE!!!!!!!!!!!! Many expletives and two months of not running later, the little guy is healed up- but, I tell you what that bathroom is worth it!

A bunch of other Wisconsin hotels — the Osthoff in Elkhart Lake, the Grand Geneva, the American Club in Kohler — got on this list for resorts and this other list for resorts. Our hearty congrats to them all.

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