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Celebrating 20 Years of Transformation with Valley Bingo

Explore the Menomonee River Valley this summer, its nature & trails, bars & restaurants, public art, and more!

In 1999, visionary partners came together to create Menomonee Valley Partners, a public/private partnership with a mission of revitalizing the Menomonee River Valley for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community. Twenty years later, the Menomonee River Valley is a vibrant and thriving district with a national reputation as a model for economic development and environmental sustainability.     

We put together a fun challenge (Valley Bingo!) for you to explore the Valley—its nature & trails, bars & restaurants, public art, and more!

 

rules & information

  • HOW TO REDEEM

  1. Visit one of the locations listed on the Valley Bingo card.

  2. Get each square of your bingo card marked with a unique marker at the locations below. Use #ValleyBingo on social media - we’ll like and share your great shots!

  3. Get 5-in-a-row to redeem a prize (listed on the back of your bingo card).

  • Bingo runs from July 19 through October 13. Redeem your prizes by October 13, 2019.

  • Pick up your Valley bingo card at any of the businesses listed on the card (also listed below.)

  • BLACKOUT PRIZE RAFFLE

    • If you get every space on your card marked, you can enter the raffle to win one of the Blackout Prizes at a finale event in October (more information coming.)

    • No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

    • One submission per person.

Don’t forget to post photos of your adventure—use #ValleyBingo and tag @MenomoneeRiverValley.


valley bingo locations

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1. Valley Passage • Hank Aaron State Trail just north of the Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley Branch — Visit this restored connection between the Valley and the surrounding neighbors. The paper punch to mark your card is attached to the back of the sign just east of the Valley Passage entrance. Learn more about the Valley Passage and Valley Passage mural.

2. Miller Park Bulbr Station • Just north of the Miller Park Gantner Parking Lot — Use the paper punch attached to the back of the station to mark your bingo card.

3. The People of the Road Monument W Milwaukee Road and W Canal Street — Visit the site of The People of the Road landmark that honors the workers and history of the Milwaukee Road Shops. The paper punch to mark your card is attached under the informational sign.

4. Rain Barrels • W Canal Street and W Milwaukee Road — Located directly beneath the 35th Street Viaduct, visit this innovative stormwater management solution that captures runoff from the viaduct. The paper punch to mark your card is attached to the informational sign near the viaduct stairs. Learn more about the Rain Barrels here.

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5. Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley Branch • 3700 W Pierce Street — Visit the front desk to get your bingo card marked. Visit UEC’s website.

6. Public Art - A Place to Sit • Hank Aaron State Trail along the Menomonee River by Emmber Lane — This public art is located along the Hank Aaron State Trail. Find a paper punch to mark your bingo card attached to the chair in the middle. Learn more about the art here.

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7. Third Space Brewing 1505 W St Paul Avenue — Visit the bar to get your bingo card marked. Visit Third Space Brewing’s website.

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8. Pizzeria 3301 at Villa Palermo • 3301 W Canal Street — Visit Pizzeria 3301 at Villa Palermo. Ask the Palermo’s Pizzaiolo at the cash register to mark your bingo card. Visit Pizzeria 3301’s website.

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9. Harley-Davidson Museum® • 400 W Canal Street — Visit the museum admission desk to get your bingo card marked. Grab a photo with Harley-Davidson Museum’s founders on the wall behind you or at The Shed outside while you’re there! Visit the Harley-Davidson Museum’s website.

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10. BBC Lighting • 2015 W St Paul Ave — Visit the front desk to get your bingo card marked. Visit BBC Lighting’s website.

11. Three Bridges Park - Community Gardens • Hank Aaron State Trail East of the 35th Street Viaduct — There is a storage shed in the middle of the community gardens. You’ll find the hole punch attached to one of the pole’s bases. Three Bridges Park is the results of the Menomonee Valley - From the Ground Up project.

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12. Sobelman’s Pub & Grill • 1900 W St Paul Avenue — Ask the bartender to mark your bingo card. Visit Sobelman’s website.

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13. Materials Recovery Facility Tour • 217 N Emmber Lane — Sign up for a free Recycling and Natural Resources Talk and Tour (first Tuesday at 12 PM or third Thursday at 4:30 PM of each month) here or in person at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (1313 W Mt Vernon Ave). If you register for a tour in person, you can get your bingo card marked then.

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14. Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack • 1200 W Canal Street — Visit the host stand to get your bingo card marked. Visit their website.

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15. 4 Seasons Skate Park • 200 N 25th Street — Visit the front desk to get your bingo card marked. Visit their website.

16. Emmber Lane Boat Launch • 201-263 N Emmber Ln — Visit the Emmber Lane Boat Launch on the Menomonee River. The paper punch is attached to the dock railing.

17. Valley Week Event • Various locations — 2019 Valley Week is full of fun events for everyone! There will be a staff person from Menomonee Valley Partners at each event who can mark your card. Learn more.

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18. Great Lakes Distillery • 616 W Virginia Street — Ask the bartender to mark your bingo card. Visit their website.

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19. City Lights Brewing Co • 2200 W Mt Vernon Avenue — Ask the bartender to mark your bingo card. Visit their website.

20. 6th Street Bike Ramp Informational Sign • Along 6th Street just north of Freshwater Way — Learn more about the Menomonee River at this informational sign. The paper punch to mark your bingo card is attached to the sign’s pole.

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21. Riverview Antique Market • 2045 W. St. Paul Avenue — Stop by the counter to get your bingo card marked. Visit their website.

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22. Antiques on Pierce • 1512 W Pierce Street — This unique antique shop is located on the southern edge of the Valley. Visit the checkout counter to get your bingo card marked. Visit their website.

23. Menomonee River - Menomonee Bridge at 33rd Court • South of 33rd Court over the Menomonee River — View the beautiful Menomonee River and get your bingo card marked with the paper punch attached to directional sign at the north end of the bridge.

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24. The Warehouse MKE • 1635 W. St. Paul Ave — Visit the front desk to get your bingo card marked. The Warehouse MKE, private art museum that is free and open to the public, is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm or by appointment. Visit their website.

25. Stormwater Management Informational Sign • Across from Ingeteam (3550 W Canal Street) — Visit the Stormwater Management informational sign along the Hank Aaron State Trail. The paper punch to mark your bingo card is attached to the pole holding the sign. There are informational signs all along the Trail!

Questions? Contact Ben@TheValleyMKE.org or 414-221-5509.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Blackout Raffle Prize?

Participants who get every space on their card marked can bring it to the October finale event (date and location to be announced) and turn it in to be entered in a drawing to win one of three grand prizes:

  • A Night at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino: gift certificate for dinner and a night in the hotel

  • A Day at the Harley-Davidson Museum: $50 Gift Certificate to MOTOR® Bar & Restaurant, Two tickets to the Harley-Davidson Museum® with two audio tours

  • Lunch at Sobelman’s Bar & Grille: $20 gift certificate for lunch

 

Do I have to buy something at a location to get my card marked?

No purchase is necessary to participate in bingo.

 

Why is bingo happening?

This year marks 20 years of transformation and the 20th anniversary of Menomonee Valley Partners, a local nonprofit dedicated to the revitalizing and sustaining the Menomonee River Valley to recruit strong jobs and companies, restore the environment, and improve connections to surrounding neighborhoods—all to benefit the greater Milwaukee community.

Since 1999, 52 companies have moved to the Valley, over 5,200 family supporting jobs have been created, more than 300 acres of brownfields have been developed, and 60+ acres of trails and parks have been installed. Bingo is an opportunity for Milwaukee residents and visitors to experience the Valley’s revitalization—its nature & trails, bars & restaurants, public art, and more!