Jack Fennimore

Jack Fennimore

Jack has lived in Milwaukee all his life and couldn’t have grow up in a better place. He graduated with a degree in journalism (media studies concentration) and psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He feels very blessed to have the opportunity to write about all of the news and events happening around the Milwaukee area for Urban Milwaukee. He finds Milwaukee’s biggest asset to be the friendliness and down-to-Earth nature of its citizens. And even though there are many problems with the city, he believes that we can solve them by introducing more diversity, placemaking, and more.

He also writes video game news articles, reviews, and guides for Heavy.com and enjoys biking around the beautiful parks in and around the Milwaukee area.

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Recent Articles

Photo Gallery: Port Unloads 5,000 Tons of Steel
Photo Gallery

Port Unloads 5,000 Tons of Steel

Yep, Port Milwaukee is very busy, as our photos attest.

Photo Gallery: Santa Rampage Draws a Throng
Photo Gallery

Santa Rampage Draws a Throng

17th annual Santa Cycle Rampage had great weather and hordes of ho-ho-hoing bikers.

Photo Gallery: The 91st Milwaukee Holiday Parade
Photo Gallery

The 91st Milwaukee Holiday Parade

100 different marching bands, floats, costumed characters, huge balloons and more.

Photo Gallery: Urban Milwaukee Has a “Spirited Debate”
Photo Gallery

Urban Milwaukee Has a “Spirited Debate”

Which is one of the beers made by Gathering Place Brewing, host for our latest beer bash.

Photo Gallery: Veterans Day Parade Draws Crowd
Photo Gallery

Veterans Day Parade Draws Crowd

More than 1,000 veterans and supporters march to War Memorial and remember the fallen.

Photo Gallery: Crowd Loves Gallery Night & Day
Photo Gallery

Crowd Loves Gallery Night & Day

And our photos capture the action, art and people.

Photo Gallery: Fur And Fun At Petfest 2017
Photo Gallery

Fur And Fun At Petfest 2017

A festival for your pets. Our photos capture the action.

Photo Gallery: Inaugural 5th Street Festival
Photo Gallery

Inaugural 5th Street Festival

Walker's Point finally has its own festival celebrating the neighborhood.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Bay View Bash
Photo Gallery

2017 Bay View Bash

South side street festival draws large crowds.

Photo Gallery: Final NEWaukee Night Market of 2017
Photo Gallery

Final NEWaukee Night Market of 2017

Thousands show up, adding life to Wisconsin Ave. and Westown.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Kite Festival Soars Over City
Photo Gallery

2017 Kite Festival Soars Over City

Giant teddy bears, manta rays and octopuses flew over Veterans Park.

Photo Gallery: Indian Summer Warms Crowd
Photo Gallery

Indian Summer Warms Crowd

Annual festival at lakefront is colorful and cultural, as our photos attest.

Photo Gallery: East Side Tomato Romp Is a Blast
Photo Gallery

East Side Tomato Romp Is a Blast

A blast of tomatoes thrown at each other. Our photos capture the messy event.

Photo Gallery: Third Ward Art Fest Draws A Crowd
Photo Gallery

Third Ward Art Fest Draws A Crowd

6th annual festival had beautiful paintings, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture.

Photo Gallery: Mexican Fiesta Was Pure Fun
Photo Gallery

Mexican Fiesta Was Pure Fun

And bigger than ever, as our photos show.

Photo Gallery: Dragon Boat Festival Makes A Splash
Photo Gallery

Dragon Boat Festival Makes A Splash

Chinese cultural celebration held at the lake has roots going back to 278 B.C.

Photo Gallery: Dinner in the Alley Moves Indoor
Photo Gallery

Dinner in the Alley Moves Indoor

Unique fundraiser by Salvation Army came inside due to rain, all captured in our photos.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Festa Italiana Was Action-Packed
Photo Gallery

2017 Festa Italiana Was Action-Packed

And a true food-fest. Our photos capture the fun.

Photo Gallery: South Shore Frolics Shake the Lake
Photo Gallery

South Shore Frolics Shake the Lake

The annual event started in 1949 is still a crowd-pleaser.

Photo Gallery: Return of the Blue Angels
Photo Gallery

Return of the Blue Angels

After its cancellation last year the Air & Water Show returned and loudly wowed the crowds.

Photo Gallery: ​Bastille Days Kisses French Culture
Photo Gallery

​Bastille Days Kisses French Culture

Because, you know, Milwaukee is such a Gallic town.

Photo Gallery: Jazz in the Park
Photo Gallery

Jazz in the Park

Good food, great weather and a performance by The Blues Disciples made it a fun night.

Photo Gallery: Summer Soulstice A Crowd Pleaser
Photo Gallery

Summer Soulstice A Crowd Pleaser

A grand celebration merits some grand photos.

Photo Gallery: Downer Classic Was All About Bikes
Photo Gallery

Downer Classic Was All About Bikes

Oh, and also the keg tricycle race. And beer. As our photos reveal.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Juneteenth Day Rocks
Photo Gallery

2017 Juneteenth Day Rocks

One of nation's oldest Juneteenth Days celebrates slavery's end.

Photo Gallery: 2017 PrideFest
Photo Gallery

2017 PrideFest

Largest crowd ever attends PrideFest. Our photos capture the love and spirit of the fest.

Watching Over the City’s Health

Watching Over the City’s Health

Health Commissioner Bevan Baker has had success, but says much more is needed.

Friday Photos: New Downtown Hotel Makes Progress
Friday Photos

New Downtown Hotel Makes Progress

Commerce building on 4th Street will become a 155-room SpringHill Suites Marriott hotel.

Now Serving: The Resurrection of Karl Ratzsch’s
Now Serving

The Resurrection of Karl Ratzsch’s

German restaurant will have new owner. Plus a new small-plates restaurant coming.

Friday Photos: 46 Apartments Plus a Climbing Gym
Friday Photos

46 Apartments Plus a Climbing Gym

Belay Apartments rises along the river near the Beerline, with residences and recreation.

Now Serving: Shorewood Dining Comes to Brady Street
Now Serving

Shorewood Dining Comes to Brady Street

Second Harry's opens, Asian Fusion opens on East Side, Bay View brewery expands.

Friday Photos: Walker’s Pt. Apartment Building Rises
Friday Photos

Walker’s Pt. Apartment Building Rises

New Land developing three apartment buildings on a lot once used for taxicabs.

Now Serving: A Second Screaming Tuna Comes to Tosa
Now Serving

A Second Screaming Tuna Comes to Tosa

Screaming Tuna opening in Downtown Tosa, K2 expanding, Simmer closing.

Friday Photos: Third Ward’s New Hotel Near Completion
Friday Photos

Third Ward’s New Hotel Near Completion

Nine-floor Kimpton Hotel is designed to blend in with the area's historic buildings.

Now Serving: Pastiche Leaving Bay View for Downtown
Now Serving

Pastiche Leaving Bay View for Downtown

And Carnevor, Ruyi and Screaming Tuna will have new menus.

Now Serving: Street Food Tapas for Brady Street
Now Serving

Street Food Tapas for Brady Street

And a new pie place for 55th and North. Both places sound yummy.

Now Serving: New Pizza Parlor in Bay View
Now Serving

New Pizza Parlor in Bay View

Plus: new coffeehouse in Third Ward, and new burger joint in Cudahy.

Friday Photos: Sage on Prospect Is Green and Growing
Friday Photos

Sage on Prospect Is Green and Growing

Completion expected in spring. Will it be the state's second greenest building?

Now Serving: More Burgers for Brookfield
Now Serving

More Burgers for Brookfield

Mooyah's comes to the mall. And a new country western bar on Old World Third St.

Friday Photos: “Water Tech Two” Coming to Walker’s Point
Friday Photos

“Water Tech Two” Coming to Walker’s Point

Global headquarters for Zurn Industries LLC. starting construction in city's water technology park.

Now Serving: New French, Italian Restaurants Coming
Now Serving

New French, Italian Restaurants Coming

A new Italian place in Bay View, a new French place in Brown Deer.

Friday Photos: Finally Comes Greenwich Park Apartments
Friday Photos

Finally Comes Greenwich Park Apartments

The Farwell Ave. project was supposed to start construction more than four years ago.

Now Serving: Eat Thanksgiving on Hyatt’s 20th Floor
Now Serving

Eat Thanksgiving on Hyatt’s 20th Floor

Hotel's high-rise restaurant returns -- with turkey. And the Oakland Ave. Pizza War Part II.

Friday Photos: More Apartments for Bay View
Friday Photos

More Apartments for Bay View

1920s King Building on KK will be renovated and expanded, yielding 14 new units.

Now Serving: A Punk Rock Ramen Restaurant?
Now Serving

A Punk Rock Ramen Restaurant?

Tochi reopens with attitude. And Karl Kopp’s venture falls apart.

Friday Photos: Quick Pace for NM Tower and Commons
Friday Photos

Quick Pace for NM Tower and Commons

It will be the state's largest office building, and construction is progressing quickly.

Now Serving: The Food Trucks Cometh
Now Serving

The Food Trucks Cometh

A new truck specializing in Dutch food. And the Falafel Guys open a sit-down restaurant.

Now Serving: New Owner for Jazz Estate
Now Serving

New Owner for Jazz Estate

Tiny club has somehow survived since 1977. New owner committed to jazz tradition.

Friday Photos: Ingram Place Apartments on Holton
Friday Photos

Ingram Place Apartments on Holton

It will have 53 units and 62 parking spaces. Bring your car.

Growing Pains for The Spot 4MKE

Growing Pains for The Spot 4MKE

The project won a grant from the Herzfeld Foundation, but how many people is it attracting?

Friday Photos: The Rhythm Gets Going
Friday Photos

The Rhythm Gets Going

Apartment building will replace tavern and parking lot.

Now Serving: 14 Choices for Halloween Fun
Now Serving

14 Choices for Halloween Fun

Food, drinks and fright at events like Fetish Friday, Harry Potter Halloween and Trolley Bar Crawl.

Friday Photos: Aperture Apartments Nearing Completion
Friday Photos

Aperture Apartments Nearing Completion

Five floors, 168 apartments, a Fresh Thyme store and a cool, curving building.

Now Serving: New Restaurant Atop Hyatt Regency
Now Serving

New Restaurant Atop Hyatt Regency

Alert the tourists! Old space for Polaris restaurant will reopen with new name but same views.

Will Pizza Sports Bar Open on Farwell?

Will Pizza Sports Bar Open on Farwell?

Rosati's pizza has 158 locations and wants to add one near Oriental Theatre, if residents will agree.

Now Serving: Oakland Avenue Pizza War?
Now Serving

Oakland Avenue Pizza War?

New Sal's pizzeria will compete with Lisa's and Carini's Conca D'Or.

Friday Photos: Martin Building Adds Apartments to Third Ward
Friday Photos

Martin Building Adds Apartments to Third Ward

Four-story warehouse at 211 N. Broadway is being renovated on ward's main street.

Now Serving: Restaurant Coming to New Bay View Hotel
Now Serving

Restaurant Coming to New Bay View Hotel

And Horny Goat bar will close after six years in business.

Bublr Bikes Expands to UWM

Bublr Bikes Expands to UWM

Six new bike stations now at UWM. Barrett, Abele and UWM and Bublr representatives cheer the news.

Friday Photos: Old Bottling House Becomes Student Housing
Friday Photos

Old Bottling House Becomes Student Housing

Transformation of Building 29, a former Pabst bottling house, is well under way, as our photos show.

Now Serving: New Vegan, Mexican, Asian Places Opening
Now Serving

New Vegan, Mexican, Asian Places Opening

Three parts of the city get new restaurants. And two popular bars are closing.

Friday Photos: SpringHill Suites Marriott Hotel
Friday Photos

SpringHill Suites Marriott Hotel

New 150-room downtown hotel will be connected to convention center.

City Business: My Office, the Bar That Never Changes
City Business

My Office, the Bar That Never Changes

The long-running, no-frills bar and restaurant has an owner with a Disney-esque philosophy.

Now Serving: GarageToberFest, Fun for the Whole Family
Now Serving

GarageToberFest, Fun for the Whole Family

Show up wearing lederhosen or a dirndl to get a free bratwurst and a beer.

Tour De Outpost Is 45 Mile Bike Ride

Tour De Outpost Is 45 Mile Bike Ride

The September 26 event celebrates Outpost's 45th anniversary. Riders get food and beverages.

Friday Photos: The Buckler?
Friday Photos

The Buckler?

From empty office building to apartment building, the conversion is nearly complete.

50 Years of Helping the Blind

50 Years of Helping the Blind

Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement's recent work included making museum exhibit accessible to the visually impaired.

Now Serving: End of Summer Birthday Bash
Now Serving

End of Summer Birthday Bash

The Iron Horse throws a party, Eitel is out at The Brewery and it's officially Cocktail Week

Now Serving: Brady Street Won’t Get Camp Bar
Now Serving

Brady Street Won’t Get Camp Bar

Owner backs off from plan to put bar in old hardware store building. So what will take its place?

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Bill Bonifas & Legends of Jazz
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Bill Bonifas & Legends of Jazz

Bonifas has been playing for 50 years and has connected to every jazz musician in town.

Photo Gallery: Petfest Was For the Dogs
Photo Gallery

Petfest Was For the Dogs

And cats and birds. Pets and their owners descended on Summerfest for fun, education and music.

Now Serving: Lucky Ginger Finally Opens
Now Serving

Lucky Ginger Finally Opens

Asian restaurant along the river will add more customers to the throng packing the water side.

Now Serving: Bay View Loses Pizza, Gains Ceviche
Now Serving

Bay View Loses Pizza, Gains Ceviche

Pepi's Pizza will move from Howell Ave. to Brady Street and C-Viche will open on KK.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Altered Five Blues Band
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Altered Five Blues Band

Blues Bytes magazine says the band boasts “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis.”

Photo Gallery: Mexican Fiesta 2015
Photo Gallery

Mexican Fiesta 2015

Great food, activities, music, dance -- and Mexican culture. Our photos capture the action.

Newly Opened ARTery Path Extends Beerline

Newly Opened ARTery Path Extends Beerline

Public and private sector leaders applaud the new .67 mile trail connecting Riverwest and Harambee.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Jose Valdes and Mambo All-Stars
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Jose Valdes and Mambo All-Stars

The band plays salsa, merengue, cumbia, cha-cha, boleros and every variety of Latin dance rhythms.

Friday Photos: Walker’s Point Apartments Begin To Rise
Friday Photos

Walker’s Point Apartments Begin To Rise

The first of three new apartment buildings is under construction in Walker's Point.

City Business: Commonplace
City Business

Commonplace

Online lifestyle goods retailer gives bricks and mortar a try.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Steely Dane
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Steely Dane

The band performs Steely Dan classics and will be playing at Jazz in the Park this Thursday.

City Business: Downtown Books
City Business

Downtown Books

Owner Keith Pajot loves the business. But it's getting harder to find used books for his inventory.

Friday Photos: New Building Arises in 30th St. Corridor
Friday Photos

New Building Arises in 30th St. Corridor

It's part of the huge 30th St. Industrial Corridor, which could transform the city.

New Center Brings Police Closer to People

New Center Brings Police Closer to People

Press conference celebrates opening of Near West Side Waypoint, a neighborhood center.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Primitive Culture
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Primitive Culture

Popular, eclectic Madison-based band plays Thursday at Cathedral Square.

Photo Gallery: Urban Island Beach Party 2015
Photo Gallery

Urban Island Beach Party 2015

Far too hot in the day, the party got way cooler at night. Our photos capture the scene.

Friday Photos: Progress on Ingram Place Apartments
Friday Photos

Progress on Ingram Place Apartments

The four-story, 53-unit apartment complex could help transform the corner of Holton and Brown.

City Business: The Bike Fixers
City Business

The Bike Fixers

Formerly Cory the Bike Fixer, this East Side institution is all about service.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Davina and the Vagabonds
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Davina and the Vagabonds

Downbeat loves the globe-trotting band and their album hit number 13 on Billboard Blues Chart.

Gun Issue Highlights Potawatomi Charity

Gun Issue Highlights Potawatomi Charity

Potawatomi touts new charity program, and Barrett laments killing of kids.

Photo Gallery: Triumph of the Thunderbirds
Photo Gallery

Triumph of the Thunderbirds

The Milwaukee Air and Water Show 2015 was all about fast planes.

Photo Gallery: GermanFest, the Most Authentic Ethnic Fest?
Photo Gallery

GermanFest, the Most Authentic Ethnic Fest?

Good food and music led the way at the 35th annual festival.

Is the The Spot 4MKE A Success?

Is the The Spot 4MKE A Success?

Creative Alliance Milwaukee has added life to 4th and Wisconsin, but dare we ask for more?

How the Merrill Park Apartments Got Painted

How the Merrill Park Apartments Got Painted

Alderman contacts Marquette High, whose students are now repainting subsidized senior apartments.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Joel Paterson
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Joel Paterson

He got his start with Jim Liban and now the Joel Peterson Trio and Liban made an album together.

Photo Gallery: Festa Italiana Pleases the Crowd
Photo Gallery

Festa Italiana Pleases the Crowd

A little ersatz, perhaps, but still fun, as our photos show.

City Business: Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals
City Business

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals

Russ Davis has built a small empire on the river with three waterside restaurants and his themed tours by boat offering food, drinks and fun.

Photo Gallery: IndyFest 2015 at the Milwaukee Mile
Photo Gallery

IndyFest 2015 at the Milwaukee Mile

Sunday was the Verizon IndyCar Series Race 250 Laps, the 113th Indy race at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Our photos capture the action.

Jazz in the Park: Questions For the No BS! Brass Band
Jazz in the Park

Questions For the No BS! Brass Band

Just what Cathedral Square needs: a group that sounds like Led Zeppelin played by a brass band

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Streetlife and Warren Wiegratz
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Streetlife and Warren Wiegratz

The Buck's house band has played together for decades and will perform on Thursday at Jazz in the Park.

The Transformation of Johnsons Park

The Transformation of Johnsons Park

A huge number of partners and foundations have combined to transform an inner-city park that once fostered crime.

Photo Gallery: Art and Artists
Photo Gallery

Art and Artists

The art and artists of the 2015 Lakefront Festival of the Art.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for WIFEE and the HUZz Band
Jazz in the Park

Questions for WIFEE and the HUZz Band

It's a funky ten piece band whose leaders are still in love with each other and the Motown-style music they play.

Photo Gallery: The Faces of Juneteenth Day
Photo Gallery

The Faces of Juneteenth Day

Milwaukee's celebration of the end of slavery is one of the nation's oldest. Urban Milwaukee was there to capture all the action in photographs.

63 Great Farmers Markets

63 Great Farmers Markets

Most are in metro area, some are longer drives. All offer the best of Wisconsin's bountiful produce.

The Legacy of Willie G. Davidson

The Legacy of Willie G. Davidson

A new exhibit tracks his impact on the Harley company, culture and designs.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Terra Guitarra
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Terra Guitarra

Together this husband a wife duo play ten different instruments. They perform more than 200 shows a year.

Coalition Calls on State To Scrap I-94 Expansion

Coalition Calls on State To Scrap I-94 Expansion

As local roads are increasingly underfunded and plagued with potholes, state overspends on unneeded highways and freeway expansion, a coalition of groups argue.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for Incendio
Jazz in the Park

Questions for Incendio

The L.A.-based world music group has released eight albums and traveled the globe. This is their first performance in Milwaukee.

City Approves “Water Tech Two” Development

City Approves “Water Tech Two” Development

A second new building will be built in Reed Street Yards, the city's water-centric office park in Walker's Point.

Photo Gallery: PrideFest Was Pure Fun
Photo Gallery

PrideFest Was Pure Fun

Great music, comedy, food and people, people, people. Our photos capture the action.

Jazz in the Park: Questions for The Jimmys
Jazz in the Park

Questions for The Jimmys

The Jimmys love playing the blues. But it looks like they’ll never get on the Letterman show.

The Joys of Westown Farmers’ Market

The Joys of Westown Farmers’ Market

It can be a relaxing and delicious experience, and it's offered every Wednesday through October.

Will the East Side Go Solar?

Will the East Side Go Solar?

City’s solar program, previously launched in Bay View and other neighborhoods, now targets the East Side.

Where Will NM Build New Parking Structure?

Where Will NM Build New Parking Structure?

Decision could have big impact -- either good or bad -- on Downtown.

How to Fix Wisconsin Avenue’s Black Hole

How to Fix Wisconsin Avenue’s Black Hole

Creative Alliance Milwaukee has plans to activate 4th and Wisconsin. Will they work?

38 Festivals You Should See

38 Festivals You Should See

A guide to the festivals this summer -- and beyond.

City Business: MagneTag
City Business

MagneTag

Finally no more cheating. A new game created by local inventors has magnet-imbedded foam weapons will record every successful hit.

Photo Gallery: Where the Bucks Want to Build
Photo Gallery

Where the Bucks Want to Build

Photos of the land now and renderings of the development show how the area would change.

YP Week: How To Become An Entrepreneur
YP Week

How To Become An Entrepreneur

Panel at The Commons offers advice, encouragement, and anecdotes.