A Municipal Partner: City of Kenosha
The City of Kenosha is Wisconsin’s fourth largest city and a harbor town. Bordered by Lake Michigan to the east, the harbor is home to a thriving sport fishing industry, along with sailing and boating opportunities. With a population of around 100,000 and conveniently located between Chicago and Milwaukee, the city is an ideal destination to live, visit, or work. Kenosha is made up of business districts such as Downtown Kenosha and Uptown Kenosha, historic districts, established neighborhoods, and newer housing developments.
Throughout spring and summer months, weekends are filled with festivals, outdoor concerts, and classic car shows paying homage to the City’s rich automaking history. Its flourishing arts scene is evident in the city’s many galleries, public art pieces, performance venues, and cultural events that celebrate creativity and collaboration.
Five museums educate, entertain, and inspire visitors. The Civil War Museum, Kenosha Public Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Museum are each a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, offering world-class exhibits and programming. On Simmons Island, the Kenosha History Center preserves and shares Kenosha’s early settlement, industrial, and automotive history. Next door is the seasonal Southport Light Station Museum where you can learn about our local maritime history and climb to the top of the Southport Lighthouse tower for great views of our lakefront.
Kenosha is a business-friendly community that’s home to several major corporations, including Amazon, Ocean Spray, and Uline. Kenosha is the global headquarters for Jockey International, Inc. and Snap-on, Inc. Over the years, Kenosha has been the hometown of a number of famous people such as actors Mark Ruffalo, Don Ameche, Al Molinaro, and Daniel J. Travanti — as well as famed actor, writer, director and producer Orson Welles. Many more actors, musicians, entertainers, inventors, and athletes have also called Kenosha home over the years.