Welcome to South Milwaukee

There's so much to consider when choosing a new place to live. South Milwaukee is a hidden gem with just over 20,000 residents, a top-notch school district with state-of-the-art facilities, a historic main street downtown, a performing arts center and truly a home for nature-lovers with over 25 percent of the city as greenspace. The community is often described as nice, welcoming and caring - it's a secret we thought we'd share!

The City's mission is to deliver exceptional city services to ensure a high quality of life and enable growth in a safe environment.

Business Areas

South Milwaukee business attractions are growing, offering a mix of niche local retail, good eats, and all in a walkable downtown. The city's historic main street downtown is located along Milwaukee Avenue and 10th Avenue.  North and South Chicago Commercial Corridors offer convenience with regional and national stores.

Local Food, Beverage & Retail Guide

Community Involvement

There are many organizations that make this city great, welcoming new members and volunteers to support community growth and fellowship.   


Stay current with community happenings.  There are several ways to know what's going on at the City:

  • News postings on the city website
  • Follow the city's Facebook Page
  • Read the community magazine The Bridge that is delivered to every household twice a year
  • Sign up to receive notifications of upcoming council and other committee meetings. 


South Milwaukee is home to many events.  The vibrant Downtown Market with live music, the city's celebrated Heritage Week, Community Night Out, The Crusherfest and many other events.   Come out, meet your neighbor and enjoy.

Elected Officials

The Common Council is made of up six alderpersons and a mayor with four voting districts.

Emergency Alerts

Sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City.

Garbage Collections and Self-Deposit Station

The City Streets Department provides garbage and recycling collection for its residents, special pick-up services and has a Self-Deposit Station (waste drop off).

2023 Collection Schedule
Garbage Collection Map

Parks & Open Space

The city is home to Grant Park and Beach along Lake Michigan offering 380 acres of outdoor fun including the 100-mile paved regional Oak Leaf Trail.  The Oak Creek Parkway winds through the city with formal and social paths to get lost in nature.

In the downtown is a new Bucyrus Commons outdoor park and event space that is also rentable.  

Parking Regulations

There are winter regulations and general overnight parking regulations that are important to know.  Most areas vehicles may park on the street overnight outside of winter regulations. Refer to code section §28.10  for further information.

Recreation Programs

The South Milwaukee School District has a Recreation Department offering year-around activities for youth and seniors including a fitness center and before and after school care.

See & Report an Issue

Use the city's SeeClickFix “Report An Issue” function on our website or download the App to report any problems you may see. 


Looking at other ways to get around other than by car? The community has the regional Oak Leaf Trail traversing north and south and has two Milwaukee County Transit System bus routes.