A Municipal Partner: City of Kenosha
The City of Kenosha is Wisconsin’s fourth largest city and has the unique fortune of being bordered by a Great Lake. With a population of around 100,000, it offers small town charm balanced with urban conveniences and big city amenities in nearby Chicago and Milwaukee.
Kenosha’s harbor is home to a thriving sport fishing industry, along with sailing and boating opportunities. Throughout spring and summer months, weekends are filled with festivals, outdoor concerts, and classic car shows paying homage to the City’s rich auto-making 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. While on the island, be sure to go to 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 was long known as a manufacturing town — with the transportation industry having a strong presence in Kenosha for more than 100 years. Today, 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, Incorporated.
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. Inventors Christopher Latham Sholes and Oscar Zerk were from Kenosha. Kenosha is the hometown of Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler. NFL, MLB, and NBA players have hailed from here as well.