The tagline of the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is “One Great Lake, countless great times!” That “Great Lake” would be Lake Michigan and those “great times”? My family and I had a whole bunch of them in Kenosha this past weekend.
Having lived in Chicago my entire life, I’ve known that my city and Kenosha share part of the Lake Michigan shoreline. I’ve driven past Kenosha at least a thousand times over the years on my way to Milwaukee or points further north. I never stopped, though – well, just at the outlet mall in nearby Pleasant Prairie. So when my family and I were invited to visit Kenosha by the Kenosha Area CVB, I said, “Ya know, it is about time that I actually GO to Kenosha.” We went, we enjoyed, and we didn’t even stop at the outlet mall.
Aside from its prime location on Lake Michigan and the stunning views to go along with it, here are some quick facts about Kenosha:
- It is the fourth largest city in Wisconsin, behind Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay.
- It is only fifty miles north of Chicago and thirty-five miles south of Milwaukee.
- Ninety per cent of Kenosha’s lakefront is dedicated to, and set up for, public use.
- Some famous people from Kenosha include: Al Molinaro (Al Delvecchio of TV’s “Happy Days”); Daniel J. Travanti (I loved “Hill Street Blues”!); and cutie-pie actor, Mark Ruffalo.
- One of its sister cities is Cosenza, Italy, which is in Calabria (and, therefore, is a big deal to this Calabrese-American).
We had only two days in Kenosha but we packed them solid with exciting and interesting things to see and do. Watch this space; there will be lots of Kenosha fun coming your way!
My family’s trip to Kenosha, including accommodations and meals, was provided by the Kenosha Area CVB and its partners. All words and opinions, however, are my own.