Since its founding seven years ago, Doors Open has become a can’t-miss Milwaukee event. The fall weekend-long event offers people a chance to see places that are often off-limits to the general public, as well as showcases buildings, businesses, and even neighborhoods in a different light.
While some favorites - like the observation deck at the US Bank Center - are again on the list, this year, organizers are placing special emphasis on two particular neighborhoods - one on the south side: Layton Boulevard West, and the other on the north side, Lindsay Heights.
"Each year we choose different spotlight neighborhoods...where a lot of great, well-established businesses are thriving and then also feature new businesses," says Grace Fuhr, special events director for Historic Milwaukee, which plans Doors Open.
- The Tandem Restaurant
Located at: 1848 W. Fond Du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
- The Juice Kitchen, Innovation and Wellness Commons
Located at: 1617 W. North Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
"It's more than juice," says JoAnne Sabir, co-owner of the Juice Kitchen. "My husband has created a foundation where people feel love...and the juice becomes secondary. It tastes good and it's good for you and all those things, but it absolutely becomes secondary to the love that you feel when you walk in the door. And I think it's a sense of possibility, that we were able to locate the juice kitchen in a place that we couldn't see possibility."
- Mitchell Park Greenhouses of the Domes of Milwaukee County
Located at: 524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
"For the first time the Milwaukee County Domes greenhouses are going to be open for the public," says Fuhr. "Those are greenhouses that grow the flowers and plants that end up in the domes spaces."
- The Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley
Located at: 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI
- St. Joseph Chapel
Located at: 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI
"St. Joseph Chapel is a very historic space in that neighborhood that is architecturally stunning, and they will be celebrating their one hundredth anniversary this year," says Fuhr.