It's easy to go from the downtown stores or mall to the RiverWalk, where the attraction is less the walk itself than the French-style cafes that line it. Although I miss the old "big city" and feel restoration has been overdone, sometimes resulting in "campy historic, pseudo-Colonial or Victorian surfaces, Milwaukee and Chicago have both done an excellent job of enhancing the possibilities of their respective rivers as opposed to trying to conceal them or pretend there are none. Moreover, the walk and colorful restaurants in Milwaukee are with easy reach of the city's biggest cultural attractions--the symphony, ballet, guest artists from the world of classical, pop, and jazz.
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