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Milwaukee boasts several nationally acclaimed performing arts companies. The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St., is home to many of these, including the Black Arts Think Tank, Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee Ballet Company, First Stage Children's Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony. The orchestra's regular season is early September through June; phone (414) 273-7206 or (888) 612-3500.

Among Milwaukee's free outdoor summer concerts are River Rhythms on Wednesday evenings at the riverside Pere Marquette Park and Jazz in the Park on Thursdays at Cathedral Square. The county parks department also sponsors free concerts at various parks during the summer; phone (414) 257-7275.

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The Milwaukee Repertory Theater performs a variety of dramatic productions at The Milwaukee Center at 108 E. Wells St. from early September to mid-May; phone (414) 224-9490. The splendidly restored late 19th-century Pabst Theater at 144 E. Wells St., presents theatrical, jazz and modern music productions; phone (414) 286-3663.

The Helfaer Theatre, (414) 288-7504, 525 N. 13th St. on the Marquette University campus, presents quality theater and concert offerings. The Milwaukee Theatre, (414) 908-6001 or (800) 745-3000, at 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., presents touring Broadway shows and musical artists. Marcus Amphitheater, (414) 273-2600, in Henry W. Maier Festival Park at 200 N. Harbor Dr., and the Milwaukee Riverside Theater, (414) 286-3663, at 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., feature nationally known touring bands.

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Musicals and operettas are staged by the Skylight Music Theatre, which performs at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway in the Historic Third Ward; phone (414) 291-7800. The Broadway Theatre Center also is home to the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, which stages both classical and contemporary works, and the cutting edge Renaissance Theaterworks; phone (414) 291-7800. The Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St., offers contemporary works; phone (414) 278-0765.

The events section of the city's newspaper carries current information about local cultural activities. Visitors also can contact VISIT Milwaukee for an update; phone (800) 554-1448.

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Milwaukee, WI

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Travel Information

City Population

596,974

Elevation

740 ft.

Sales Tax

The sales tax in Milwaukee is 5.6 percent. In addition there is a 9.5 percent tax on hotel rooms, a 3 percent tax on car rentals and a .5 percent tax on food and beverage purchases.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(414) 933-4444

Hospitals

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, (414) 649-6000; Aurora Sinai Medical Center, (414) 219-2000; Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, (414) 585-1000; Froedtert Hospital, (414) 805-3666; and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Francis Hospital, (414) 647-5000.

Visitor Information

648 N. Plankinton Ave. Suite 425 Milwaukee, WI 53203-2501. Phone:(414)273-3950 or (800)231-0903

Air Travel

General Mitchell International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, at the airport, (414) 747-5200 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak, 433 W. St. Paul Ave. at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, provides railroad passenger service to the city; phone (414) 271-9037 or (800) 872-7245 for reservations.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 433 W. St. Paul Ave. at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station; phone (414) 272-2156 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

All taxis in Milwaukee use the meter system. The fare is $5 for the first mile, $2.50 for each additional mile and $1 for each additional person. Taxis can be ordered by phone or hired at taxi stands at most major hotels. American United is the city's major taxi service; phone (414) 220-5000.

Public Transportation

The Milwaukee County Transit System, 1942 N. 17th St., operates 22-hour service throughout Milwaukee County and eastern Waukesha County. The fare is $2.25; $1.10 (ages 6-11, ages 65+ and disabled persons with ID). Exact fare is required. For schedule and route information, phone (414) 344-6711 daily Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8-4:30 or TTY (414) 937-3299 Mon.-Fri. 8-4.

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