Downtown Kenosha Blog

If you want a great beer garden summer experience, the Downtown Kenosha Pop Up Beer Garden is the way to do it. The Simmons Island Beach House House is the perfect location for brews, great views of the Pier and sunsets. The second annual Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer garden, hosted by Downtown Kenosha Inc. (DKI) and Milwaukee Brewing Company is an event you won’t want to miss. Before you immerse yourself in the fun here are a few things to note before planning your visit.

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Nothing says summer like eating and relaxing at an outdoor festival and all of that doesn’t have to end with the 4th of July. Downtown Kenosha offers several end-of-summer festivals at which you can enjoy the sounds and tastes of summer and the beautiful lakefront.

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After a great deal of research, planning, and preparation, the Downtown Kenosha Inc. sponsored Facade Improvement Program is in full swing. In fact, the program’s first round of projects have been completed and a second round is underway. The program is available to all building and business owners located in the Kenosha Lakeshore Business Improvement District (BID). There are qualifications that need to be met and an application process followed by a detailed review by a committee. Despite the amount of planning and work to get the process started, numerous studies show the effort to be worthwhile as, almost universally, businesses see improvement to their overall revenue.

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It's summer, and who wants to go to the gym (or down to the basement) and do a strength workout on a gorgeous day? With a bit of imagination, you can do most any gym exercise outside, using your own body weight. And as an added bonus, research has shown that compared with exercising indoors, exercising outdoors is associated with greater feelings of revitalization, decreases in tension, confusion, anger, and depression, and increased energy.

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The 4th of July has a special kind of magic. I’ve most profoundly felt the spirit of community with those I share Kenosha with over the 4th. When you stand out on the street with thousands upon thousands as the parade goes by, it is hard not to feel a bubbling sense of pride and camaraderie with your fellow Kenoshans. All along the parade route from 60th Street through Library Square and through Downtown, you’ll see friends, neighbors, and family crowded to get the best look as the floats, bands, clowns, and local celebrities go by. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t know someone who marched in the parade in the Band of the Blackwatch, Kenosha’s own high school marching band. I myself marched in the parade with them in the 90’s! This year it’s supposed to be a hot one, so while you’re Downtown why not stop into one of the three ice cream parlors to grab a cool treat. You can take your choice from Scoops Ice Cream, Sandy’s Popper or Sugar Boxx.

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