|Kenosha, Wisconsin is on the shores of Lake Michigan|
|Much of the old industry has been cleared for luxury condos, museums, shopping & dining|
We began our visit by exploring the lakefront of Kenosha and the adjacent historic downtown area. Kenosha used to be a heavy industrial town, but in recent years they have cleared the factories for luxury condos, restaurants, shops, and modern museums that are encircled by an electric streetcar and adjacent to an historic downtown. We shopped at many of those shops (such as the best pie we have had in a long time from Elsie Mae's Cannery & Pies) and ate at some of Kenosha's best known eats during our visit (Kaiser's, Jack's Cafe at Andrea's, Tacos El Rey, and The Brat Shop), and simply enjoyed the views of the lakefront.
|Kenosha's electric streetcar|
|Inside the heated electric streetcar|
|Tenuta's famous Italian deli|
Next we headed to the Kenosha History Center to gain some insight into Kenosha's past & its historic role in American history. This free museum offered a wealth of learning through several life size exhibits covering Kenosha prominence in the automotive industry as well as showing the evolution of Kenosha from a small settlement centuries ago to a modern city. I always like to understand the history of a new place before really diving into exploring it, as I feel that helps set the context for what I am about to experience.
|View of Kenosha's waterfront & electric streetcar|
|The Kenosha Public Museum & Civil War Museum are side-by-side|
|The brand new Kenosha Public Museum was incredible!|
|Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse - just one of many!|