Kenosha, Wisconsin is a rapidly growing city of 100,000 nestled between Chicago and Milwaukee. In 2005, the city was ranked among the Top 100 places to live in the United States by Money magazine. Kenosha is also the only city outside of Illinois served by Metra, Chicago’s commuter rail service. This arrangement is in place in order to service the rather large amount of Kenosha residents that work in the city of Chicago. Aside from Metra, Kenosha’s public transit system includes streetcar lines. What makes this particularly interesting is the fact that the streetcars are not relics, but a new addition to the city’s public transit system. Created in 2000, the streetcars connect the city to the downtown area, as well as the Metra station.
For those who happen to find themselves in the Kenosha area, there are many options for entertainment. Summer concerts are typically held at Kenosha's Sesquicentennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park with additional events held at Veteran’s Memorial Park and the Kemper Center. For outdoor enthusiasts, Simmons Island Beach is a beautiful spot to enjoy the sand and sun along Lake Michigan. Two historic lighthouses also dot the landscape near Simmons Island Beach. Kenosha is also home to several popular museums, most notably the Civil War Museum that opened in 2008. Also popular are the Kenosha Dinosaur Discovery Museum and the Kenosha Public Museum, which is home to a prehistoric Wooly Mammoth exhibit.
If you’re looking to visit, learn more about what Kenosha has to offer by visiting the city’s visitor’s bureau website, and be sure to take a look at the site’scoupons page for deals and savings.