Step Into the Set: Filmed in Wisconsin

Wisconsin offers 250 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline—perfect for adventure, historically marked architecture and roaring cities filled with culture. It’s no wonder blockbuster filmmakers picture Wisconsin as a prime set location.  If you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of the movies, this blog is for you.  We’re going behind the scenes to checkout some famous Wisconsin filming locations. 


Filmed Here: Public Enemies

Johnny Depp’s starring role as John Dillinger brought him to the Washington Avenue Masonic Lodge—built in 1924. The masterfully crafted lodge now proudly hosts events around town, including a swing dance ball—a tribute to the big band era-- and gallery nights. Click here for more Oshkosh events.

While you’re in town, make sure to check out:

  •  Ardy and Ed’s Drive In - Tasty treats served up on roller skates from 10:30-10 p.m. Don’t leave without trying a draft root beer—a local favorite.
  • Paine Art Center & Gardens - Considered one of “America’s Castles,” this historic stop features a fruitful combination of horticulture and internationally acclaimed artwork. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children 5-17. Kids 4 and under are free.


Filmed Here: Mr. 3000

Bernie Mac’s lead role as a baseball great brought him to Miller Park—one of baseball’s crown jewel stadiums. Milwaukee’s state-of-the-art stadium (complete with convertible roof) made for a spectacular filming location in between actual Brewers gameplay.

While you’re visiting, stop by these park attractions:

  • T.G.I. Fridays Front Row - Open year-round and daily at 11 a.m.—snag a full view of the Miller Park’s left field and get your game on.
  • Helfaer Field - Located at the site of the old Milwaukee County Stadium playing field, Helfaer Field is a prime spot to gather friends and play ball. Make sure to reserve your field rental 30 days in advance. Catered meals are also available upon request.


Filmed Here: The Last Kiss

Zach Braff and Rachel Bilson found themselves at Bascom Hall-UW Madison, in energetic Madison while filming their big-screen hit.  Built in 1857 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the historic hall stands in a city filled with unique dining options, bustling brewery tours and hundreds of events.

While visiting Bascom Hall, spend some time exploring:

  • The Old Fashioned Tavern and Restaurant -  Smell the wood-burning grill, local cheeses, nightly specials and extensive beer selection.
  • Madison Opera - Recognized as an important regional company in the U.S., you’ll be glad you visited.  Catch this free performance of “Opera in the Park” on July 26th

Have more behind-the-scenes set locations? Make sure to comment below.

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