Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, art lovers, shoppers, festival goers...and people who just love to have a great time: Kenosha County is the perfect place to have an adventure! And it has miles of hiking trails, bike paths, water trails, and winding country roads to get you there.
With some of the largest malls in the country just a short drive away in Chicago and Milwaukee, Kenosha County has found its own eclectic offerings. From hometown favorites like Tenuta's Italian Grocery and Jack Andrea's, to the European-style outdoor market and outlet shopping, Kenosha County has a great mix of the ordinary and extraordinary. Shopping in Kenosha County means you'll find something different without spending too much.
We'd love to tell you more about our awesome community.
There’s so much to know about Kenosha County – this site is just the beginning! Interested in learning more? Click through to visit one of our partners for more information about the Kenosha Area. Or send us a note and someone will get back to you soon to answer your questions, connect you with someone who lives or works here, schedule a tour, or whatever it is you need!
When is the last time you were greeted with a smile and given friendly, one-on-one customer service at a retail store? At Chiappetta Shoes, we offer real service. Since 1921, we've specialized in men's and women's comfort footwear, custom orthotics made entirely in-house, a full in-house repair shop, and the very best customer service. Foot pain? Give us a call to set up a free consultation.
A bustling European-style market with 150+ vendors each week
Kenosha HarborMarket is an open-air, European-style, mixed market that operates year-round. During the summer months, the market can be found in Downtown Kenosha along the shores of Lake Michigan. In winter, the market moves indoors to the historic Rhode Center for the Arts. Fresh organic vegetables, meats, cheeses, artisan bakery goods and so many more handcrafted items are available along with chef demonstrations,live entertainment and more .
Dining in the Kenosha Area can be a wide range of experiences, depending on what you're in the mood for. There's an old train car-turned-diner, sazzy, jazzy bistros, gourmet hot spots, a true Wisconsin supper club (or two, or three...) and competing, cross-town drive-ins that both claim to be the best in the city. And that's not even bringing the abundance of family-run, scratch Italian restaurants into the conversation! Buon Appetito!
Locally recognized as a historic landmark and great breakfast joint, Franks Diner is now nationally famous! Featured with Guy Fieri on the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Franks also has been in the limelight on numerous TV specials and in various travel magazines. The unusual lunch car diner is celebrating more than 80 years in business.
Each of our restaurants are different but maintain a common theme of dedication to quality of food, drink, and service. We create places that we want to enjoy and since we dine at them too, the customer experience is always fresh in our minds. So whether you are looking for a unique culinary & cocktail experience, a perfect cup of coffee, or a monster burger & a beer, we’ve got a place for you.
The 1844 Table & Mash features a tempting menu that pays homage to supper clubs of days gone by but with a fresh and modern twist. The 1844 presents a diverse selection of whiskeys, signature handcrafted cocktails, and a showcase of craft and domestic beers. Seasonally, our rooftop bar, The Crow’s Nest, is the place to meet and enjoy the views of Kenosha and Lake Michigan.
Waterfront Warehouse & La Fogata Mexican Restaurant
Roots Hospitality Group has two unique and exciting restaurants in the Kenosha Area: Waterfront Warehouse has a large selection of draught Beer and signature drinks as well as amazing food, flatbreads and french fries. La Fogata features Mexican enchiladas, fajitas & tacos paired with a variety of margaritas & beers. You can't go wrong! Stop in and visit soon.
World-class museums, inspiring downtown murals, galleries and art fairs, outdoor concerts, incredible shows, and one lakefront sculpture walk. Those are just some of the artsy finds throughout Kenosha County, where all things creative are valued and celebrated every day. Kenosha is the type of community that turns its alleys into vibrant community celebrations and its green spaces into live theater venues.
In 1919, 46th Street in Kenosha was named Lemon Street...
That's where Lemon Street Gallery derives it's unusual name. Lemon Street Gallery & Artspace provides art education, exhibitions for local artists, and support for community events that celebrate the arts. This funky fine art collective is a great spot to browse for unique, one-of-a-kind finds.
The Kenosha Creative Space in Downtown Kenosha is a co-working space for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and their partner organizations. It also provides arts and cultural programming to the community. Beach parties, pop-up galleries and mural painting parties are just some of the interesting and fun events hosted by this dynamic collective of creatives.
The Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities
State-of-the-art instructional facilities and stunning performance venues
The Rita at UW-Parkside is the newest and largest facility of this type in the area. It features a 340-seat music recital hall, a 120-seat “black box” studio theatre, galleries for both professional and student art exhibitions, instructional studios, and expanded and upgraded general classrooms. Community members are welcome to come enjoy outstanding music, theatre, and art exhibitions.
"Wonderful very good exhibits and really nice people. Free parking and donate what you can afford to view everything. Has a really nice hands on area for kids and those young at heart." - Heidi J.
Kenosha has four great museums in close proximity along the lakefront: the Kenosha Public Museum, The Civil War Museum, The Dinosaur Discovery Museum, and the Southport Light Station Museum. Most are free! Come explore!
Bike, hike, swim, sail, kayak or run...however you like to get moving, Kenosha County has the trail for you on water or land. The Kenosha County Parks System is adding miles of trails each year to take you where you want to go. Take a mountain biking adventure at Petrifying Springs County Park, followed by a cold beverage at the Pets Biergarten. Sweat it out at the RecPlex - the nation's largest municipally-owned recreation facility in the nation. Say salutations to some sunrise yoga, boat or paddleboard on one of the 10+ inland lakes. Adventures abound in Kenosha County.
Petrifying Springs Park is one of the largest and most widely utilized parks in Kenosha County and offers something for every one looking to be active and get moving or just relax outdoors . This approximately 350-acre park features an 18-hole golf course, bike and hiking trails, playgrounds, sand volleyball, lighted sledding hills, picnic pavilions, a dog park, an outdoor biergarten, one of the State’s natural hardwood forests, and so much more!
There is something to activate and engage the entire family. We’re more than a fitness center or pool. We’re a world-wide, non-profit organization helping members improve their spirit, mind and body, while building a stronger sense of community. You can gain energy, reduce stress, lose weight and strengthen family bonds at the Y. A great place to improve health, have fun and meet new friends. We’re more than a gym, we’re a community!
The Club at Strawberry Creek offers a host of amenities to our members. You and your family can enjoy our 18-hole Championship level golf course, pool and tennis courts, state-of-the art fitness and spa center, and our world-class restaurants. Our professional meeting spaces & ballrooms offer the perfect mix of elegance and comfort for your next meeting or special occasion. The event venues are open to the general public. Contact us for details.
The RecPlex is the largest municipally owned recreation facility in North America. Located on the shores of Lake Andrea in Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie, the park encompasses 425 Acres and the main recreation building is 302,000 SF. The beautiful facility - which features Ice & Aqua arenas, Fitness Center, Fieldhouse, and a staff of over 300 individuals committed to enhancing your quality of life.
The Kenosha Area has so many things to do no matter what the season. Try out one of the many festivals including Taste of Wisconsin, Grill Games and Tall Ships. Take a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory, experience jolly old England circa the sixteenth century or visit Elvis at a Kenosha Kingfish baseball game.
Check out these local favorites
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Taste of Wisconsin
Kenosha Kingfish Baseball
Jelly Belly Visitor Center
See more at Visit Kenosha
See more at Visit Pleasant Prairie
Did you know?
The Washington Park Velodrome is the oldest operating velodrome in the country
The Washington Park Velodrome opened in 1927 and is the oldest operating velodrome in the country. It’s the only track in the state. It’s a 333 meter track with 28 degree banked corners. The track has produced many National, Olympic and World Champions over the years. In 2015-2016 the velodrome had a much needed renovation, changing the surface to concrete and increasing the corner banking.
Host an elegant-yet affordable-private event aboard one of USA's rare, authentic, wooden tall ships, the schooner Red Witch. Or join us for a public sail! The Red Witch, with past home ports in San Diego, Maui & Chicago, was voted Chicago's "Best Tour and Charter Boat" (2009, 2010, 2012). Share a majestic day or evening sail with clients, staff, vendors, friends and/or family. Red Witch accommodates 49 guests.
The Kenosha Kingfish are members of the Northwoods League and feature elite collegiate baseball. Join us for affordable, family-friendly entertainment that's guaranteed to keep the entire family engaged!
Any more fun and you’d need to sign a waiver! The Kingfish are your one stop shop for affordable family fun each summer! The Kingfish are members of the Northwoods League and feature elite collegiate baseball. In addition to baseball, there is plenty of entertainment, food and shopping to keep the entire family engaged! Trust us when we say, these are #MemoriesWorthMaKING. Tickets start as low as $8 – plan your next trip to the ballpark today.
Shenanigans and tomfoolery........every weekend this summer
It's the ultimate party at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and you're invited! This year's celebration will include thousands of artisans, merchants and performers including jousting knights and ravishing rogues. The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games & rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. Open Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day July 6 – Sept. 2.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Kenosha, The Stella Hotel & Ballroom is a modern renovation of a historic landmark that was home to the Heritage House Inn and The Kenosha Elks Club. The Stella is just blocks
from Lake Michigan, shopping, museums, dining and the waterfront harbor. Plan your wedding or banquet with us, or just stop by for dinner or a drink.
Your home away from home with everything you need.
The Doubletree by Hilton Pleasant Prairie Kenosha located just off I-94 between Chicago and Milwaukee offers great amenities including complimentary WiFi, a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, on-site dining or room service at The Chancery Bar and Grill, a business center and 24-hour fitness center. Also, enjoy complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotel.
Travel with confidence at Fairfield Inn & Suites Kenosha Pleasant Prairie
Experience outstanding service for an easy and comfortable stay-at an exceptional value
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel will keep you connected during your stay and our pool and fitness center will help you stay on track. Jump-start each day with free breakfast, now with more hot choices like scrambled eggs, sausage and oatmeal, plus favorites including fresh fruit and yogurt. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Kenosha, you'll always find the courteous service you deserve, plus all the little things you expect from Fairfield.
Located between Milwaukee and Chicago, Hampton Inn & Suites Kenosha makes traveling in the area enjoyable. Our spacious rooms include desirable amenities. Stay connected with free WiFi and browse free in-room movie channels. Start your day with Hampton's free hot breakfast, and don’t forget about our 24-hour business center. Explore the shores of Lake Michigan, or visit our museums, restaurants and famous Farmers Market during your stay.
You can always find something exciting and unique in Downtown Kenosha. Steps away from the lakefront, you can jump on and off the historic streetcar and explore the shops, restaurants, wineries, galleries, coffee shops and more interesting places that are popping up everyday. There is currently $40+ million invested in major projects throughout Downtown Kenosha, including an historic boutique hotel, new housing developments and a co-working space.
Live outdoor music can be found throughout Downtown Kenosha nearly every night of the week
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful lakefront while listening to live music at a variety of venues throughout the downtown area. Peanut Butter & Jam, Twilight Jazz, Lincoln Park Live, Tuesdays at the Band Shell and many more programs fill the summer night air most nights of the week while festivals like HarborPark Jazz Fest, Taste of Wisconsin, Bloomin' Bands and Grill Games make the weekends a great time to get down or kick back.
Wisconsin's Professional Acting Studio
Also teaches Public Speaking & Improv Comedy
You will receive top-notch training from highly-trained professionals! Empower yourself with acting techniques used by Academy Award winning actors, Public Speaking strategies used in Fortune 500 Companies, and Improv Comedy taught by a 30 year veteran. Programs are available for Adults, Teens, Children, Seniors and Special Needs Adults.
Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. is a not-for-profit volunteer based German Shepherd Rescue, Community Outreach and Search & Rescue Resource. Many of our rescued dogs give back to our community by becoming a Search & Rescue K9, Service Dog, Therapy Dog, Detection K9, and School Resource K9. We also work with youth in our community through our Operation K9 Truth for Youth Program. In addition, Rettungs-Haus offers All Breed Obedience Training.