by Claire Stillman
Getting out of your daily scenery can be fun, and it can also stoke refreshing observations and creativity. Something as simple as hopping on a train to Milwaukee can take Chicagoans out of context just enough, even simply to experience another facet of the familiar. Read on for several of our recommendations in our sister city of Milwaukee.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center has nearly 200 acres of natural habitat for birds and wildlife and six miles of hiking trails through forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs and Lake Michigan shoreline. A partner of the National Audubon Society, the center is a birding hot spot because of its location within a migratory flyway. Beauty abounds here at this quiet, peaceful getaway.
Colectivo Coffee is a cultural staple in Milwaukee not only for serving up hand-roasted session coffees and incredibly good food, but also for forming meaningful partnerships with a variety of the city’s local non-profit groups. The unique vibe of Milwaukee is evident in the friendly, creatively designed spaces of the many Colectivo locations throughout the city.
Yoga @ the Museum is awe-inspiring community yoga. Monthly classes are held under the wings of the stunning Quadracci Pavilion designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. With over 200 people coming out to practice each month, it serves as a showcase for various studios, styles and personalities of teachers from all around the city. Yoga classes are free, but a $15 donation is recommended.
Claire Stillman is the founder and executive director of omTown Yogis, Greater Milwaukee’s yoga community hub, a 501(c)3 non-profit designed to help strengthen and unify Milwaukee by leveraging the local yoga community.