Toggle High Contrast
Toggle Large Font Size

Get to know Milwaukee

Selecting the city of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention is an inspired statement of who we are as a party and what we’re fighting for.

We had plenty of reasons to select Milwaukee as our host city, but foremost among them are the values we share with the people of Wisconsin. Milwaukee is a proud union town—a city built by generations of hardworking people. It’s a city whose wonderfully diverse people are working to create opportunities and build brighter futures for every family.

This is going to be a spectacular convention, and that’s because of the extraordinary hospitality, warmth, and generosity the City of Milwaukee, business leaders, elected leaders, and the people of Milwaukee have shown us from the start. As we continue our countdown to August, the 2020 Democratic National Convention team is committed to making a positive, lasting contribution to the neighborhoods and communities of Wisconsin.

A Great City on a Great Lake

Dubbed America’s “Fresh Coast” by Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee overlooks a spectacular natural harbor on Lake Michigan where three rivers—the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic—all converge. The Algonquians, Potawatomis, and Ojibwe named the area “Millioke,” “Ominowakiing,” and “Manwaking,” all variations of “good land” and “gathering place by the water.” Local residents have also nicknamed their hometown “Cream City” because of its distinctive cream-colored brick, and “Brew City” because of its rich brewing history.

Milwaukee is also a major magnet for growing businesses and economic opportunity. From its cutting-edge science and technology sectors to finance, food production, education, and manufacturing, Milwaukee’s economy continues to attract a highly-skilled, 21st century workforce. It’s the perfect city for hardworking families to live, learn, work, and play.

City and State Resources


Thank you to VISIT Milwaukee for providing photos for this website.