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What's new this year during 'Doors Open Milwaukee'

Posted at 6:51 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 11:36:00-04

MILWAUKEE — The most exclusive, off-limit locations in our city will soon open their doors.

Historic Milwaukee Inc. will host Doors Open Milwaukee September 28 to 29, 2019. There will be free access to more than 170 buildings and more than 35 tours across the city over two days.

More than 1,000 people are expected to step inside The Grain Exchange alone. Maria Bartolotta shares in the late 1800's the grand space set the world price for grain, "Milwaukee exported more grain than any other city in the country to Europe to Asia."

That changed when competition from other cities ramped up. For 50 years, the space was used as a warehouse and office space.

Fast forward to present day, it's back to its full grandeur. Along with exclusive stewardship over this space, Bartolotta's Catering plans to sell food and drinks Sunday. Plus, the Milwaukee Symphony orchestra will perform there Sunday.

This is one of more than 170 buildings you can explore for free this weekend.

Another popular location is the top of the Catholic Financial Life building. Not only because it has panoramic views of our city, it also has a rooftop pool.

"You can't go swimming unfortunately but you can catch the sites of Milwaukee and its beautiful views and its great setting," said Grace Fuhr, Historic Milwaukee Inc.

A new spot this year is Chase Tower. Fuhr explains you'll learn the story behind what is on the glass of its lobby, "It is this floral applique that was applied to the outside of the building by an artist from Puerto Rico that is raising awareness of his heritage and bringing beauty to downtown Milwaukee."

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A new spot this year is Chase.

People will also have access to the 16th floor to the city sites.

To learn more about the opportunities this year, click here.