Why Milwaukee?

In addition to being a key city in a battle ground state, Milwaukee and the region have a dynamic story to tell.

Milwaukee is the economic driver in Wisconsin and the Midwest, ranking 4th for the number of Fortune 500 headquarters per capita.  

With a history of successful large events in the city, there isn't a better place than Milwaukee to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

Areal view of a crowd of people a the Summerfest Grounds.

History of large-SCALE events

Milwaukee has a history of large-scale events and has continually demonstrated its ability to accommodate and support huge crowds in the downtown area.

One of the largest companies in Milwaukee - Northwestern Mutual - hosts their annual meeting every summer in Milwaukee, which draws over 10,000 participants to downtown and utilizes many of the City's venues and hotels.

Each summer, Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, an annual two week long music festival that drew 831,769 concertgoers in 2017, 804,116 in 2016, and 772,000 in 2015.

Milwaukee plays host to the anniversary celebrations of Harley Davidson, a Milwaukee staple, which draws tens of thousands of participants every few years.


Milwaukee is in the top five cities by population in the Midwest and is located within a single day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population.

Milwaukee Mitchell Airport is only 8 miles (19 minutes) from the city center and is ranked one of the top five business airports from Conde Nast. Often described as “Chicago’s third airport,” there are 8 domestic airlines operating out of Milwaukee with 200 daily departures.  Amtrak is less than one mile from city center (7 minutes), with service running between Chicago and Milwaukee several times daily.

In addition to having Uber and Lyft available in the city, Milwaukee has a streetcar route in downtown Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Streetcar (The Hop) traveling down a street in Milwaukee with the Milwaukee Public Market in the background.

Street view of Fiserv Forum.

Multiple Large Venues in Downtown Milwaukee

The Fiserv Forum is the brand new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks that opened in the fall of 2018. This state-of-the -art facility would serve as the site for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

In addition, Milwaukee features multiple other large venues in the downtown area, including the UWM Panther Arena, Wisconsin Center, Miller High Life Theatre, The Pabst, Marquette’s Al McGuire Center and the Marcus Center for Performing Arts. All of these venues are within a short walking distance of the new arena.