Welcome to Bay View
Trendy, fun neighborhood with a sense of community and lots of entertaining spots
Bay View is a hip and lively neighborhood located in the southeast corner of Milwaukee. The history of Bay View dates back to the mid-19th century when it was initially a small lakeside community known for its picturesque scenery and natural beauty.
In the early 1860s, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Company began constructing a massive railroad yard in the area, bringing many jobs and new residents to the community. The town was officially incorporated as the Village of Bay View in 1879 and continued to grow and prosper in the following years.
One of the most prominent architectural styles in Bay View is Victorian. Many of the neighborhood's oldest homes were built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They featured striking Victorian-era details such as ornate gables, intricate woodwork, and colorful stained glass windows. These homes are often preserved and restored to their original grandeur, serving as relics of the neighborhood's illustrious past. Bay View also features many bungalow style homes, along with more regal tudors closer to the shoreline.
Today, Bay View is a vibrant community that retains much of its historic charm and character. Residents enjoy many outdoor recreation opportunities as the area boasts several beautiful parks, which offer stunning views of Lake Michigan and a range of activities.
What to Love
- Hipster vibe with great bars and restaurants
- Endless options for outdoor recreation, including amazing running/walking trails along the lakeshore
- Community-centered festivals and events year-round
This eclectic neighborhood is home to a mix of residents, including families, young professionals, artists, musicians, and more, all of whom contribute to the unique culture and energy of the community.
One of the defining features of Bay View is its strong sense of community. Residents in Bay View are proud of their neighborhood and passionate about preserving its historic character. Community events and festivals are held regularly throughout the year, providing opportunities for neighbors to gather, socialize, and celebrate together.
Bay View also has an active arts and culture scene, with numerous theaters, galleries, and music venues scattered throughout the neighborhood. There are also many independent businesses, including boutique shops, artisanal bakeries, craft breweries, and specialty food markets.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
The Highbury Pub
is an excellent spot for grabbing a drink and watching a soccer game. The pub has a low-key atmosphere with a vast selection of craft beers, cocktails, and pub food. Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
is a charming European-style café that offers an array of Belgian beers, flaky pastries, and flavorful dishes inspired by European cuisine. The café has indoor and outdoor seating options, perfect for a leisurely meal on a warm day or a cozy winter evening.
Bay View has a wide selection of bars, each with its own appeal. Sugar Maple
is well known for its extensive selection of craft beers and cozy atmosphere. For an eclectic vibe, At Random
is a favorite known for its retro décor and kitschy drink menu. The unique drinks, like their Grasshopper, are served in vintage glasses and colorful garnishes. Als, try Club Garibaldi
for excellent cocktails and live music, and Palomino Bar
for good food, cold beer, and hot whiskey.
The South Shore Yacht Club
(SSYC) is renowned as one of the most inclusive and friendly yacht clubs on Lake Michigan. The club operates all year round, setting it apart from many other yacht clubs that often go into winter hibernation. The SSYC offers affordable dues and slip fees, partly because of the efforts of its passionate members who help maintain the club.
One of the most popular grocery stores in the area is G. Groppi Food Market
. This local and family-owned grocer has served the community since the early 1900s, providing customers with high-quality and reasonably priced produce, meats, and other grocery items. Groppi's is known for its exceptional selection of cheeses and deli meats, as well as its fresh-baked bread and pastries.
The area’s go-to establishment is Plume
for vintage shopping and unique finds. This charming gift shop has an emphasis on locally made and sustainable products. The store's cozy ambiance and friendly staff create a pleasant shopping experience; patrons can browse their curated collection of handcrafted jewelry, home decor, and personal care items.
Things to Do
One of the most popular destinations in Bay View is the South Shore Farmer’s Market
, which takes place every Saturday from May through October. Vendors sell fresh produce, artisanal goods, and snacks. For more community fun, the town hosts Chill on the Hill
, a weekly Tuesday night concert series in Humboldt Park throughout the summer. These free concerts feature local musicians and draw crowds around the city.
The Bay View Bash, featuring live music, food vendors, and local artisans, is a great opportunity to experience the neighborhood's vibrancy. Mittenfest, a winter festival, takes place in several bars and venues throughout Bay View and features local musicians and raises money for local charities.
The Bay View neighborhood contains several schools in the Milwaukee School District. Educational opportunities include: