2. You won’t go broke going out
Even in the places best known for fancy craft cocktails, you’ll pay about $10 per drink. Even chefs' tasting menus at our top restaurants -- think Ardent and Sanford -- are under $100. Move any of those restaurants to Chicago (yes, they’re the same level as Chicago’s) and you’d have menus that are double the price on top of the rigged red light ticket you got on the drive over.
3. Rush hour is reasonable
Sure, MKE has the usual highway congestion at rush hour, but at least there are boundaries -- there’s no surprise rush hours at 2pm Sunday afternoons or 9am Saturday mornings. There’s something to be said for predictability, and our traffic is much easier to predict than Chicago’s… unless of course, you consider every hour rush hour on the Ike, in which case we actually feel kind of bad for you.
4. There is such a thing as “too big”
Chicago boasts that it’s got everything you could ever want, even a Taco Bell that serves liquor, but all that comes at a price. Hopping on the 'L' for a 45-minute ride with two transfers just to get a quality Italian beef isn’t my idea of fun. Driving from one side of Milwaukee to the other takes about, what, 30 minutes? The relatively small size helps give MKE a grounded, small-town feel, which probably explains why out-of-towners say we’re all so nice.