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PURE WAT ER DAYS ANDREA PAULSETH

C HIP P E WA FA L L S : A T R UE W I S C O N S IN C O MM UNI T Y O V E R T H E P A S T F E W D E C A D E S , Chippewa Falls has quietly done what countless other Midwestern towns and cities haven’t: It’s flourished. What’s more, it’s done so on its own terms. Tucked into the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Chippewa Falls has never been content to bank on its smalltown charm. Yes, it’s a charming place to live or visit, but it’s so much more. Chippewa Falls is a true community. We love referring to this region as “The Chippewa Valley,” but doing so often hides the individual experiences each city has to offer. Each burg has its own history, its own vibe, and its own path forward. And Chippewa Falls has what many consider to be the area’s most unique sense of self. Few places in the Valley offer the same blend of natural beauty and urban comfort.

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The people here take pride in their city and in each other. The downtown area alone is one of the Chippewa Valley’s crown jewels, mixing the small town ambience everyone raves about with businesses and experiences exclusive to Chippewa Falls. The signature industries in town – ranging from a historic brewery to modern manufacturers – generate a thriving atmosphere. Chippewa Falls maintains some of the best parks you’re likely to find anywhere, and the city’s beloved annual events pull people together in the best of ways. Through all of this, the idea of a “Wisconsin life” rings clear. Chippewa Falls is a town built amid the woods and the water. This gives it strength, depth, and a touch of adventure.  Check it out. See what you find.

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ABOVE: This drone photo, taken last fall, shows the layout of Riverfront Park in downtown Chippewa Falls. BELOW: Many park elements are already in place, including trails and riverside steps.

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onsidering that Chippewa Falls was born along the river, it’s fitting that its next chapter is taking root there, too. Work is ongoing to transform what was once an underused commercial and industrial plot next to the Chippewa River into Riverfront Park, a seven-acre recreational area with an amphitheater, fountains, pathways, and stone steps that reach the water. The park, which is expected to be finished early in 2018, is the culmination of 20 years of work by community leaders who had a vision for what downtown Chippewa Falls could be in the 21st century. Phase I of the project was completed last year, and the park has already become a community asset. Riverfront Park is a triangular swathe of land bordered by Bridge Street (Chippewa Falls’ bustling, traditional downtown), River Street, and the mighty Chippewa River itself. While the trees are tiny and the grass is still taking root, with a little imagination Riverfront Park’s final form can be discerned. Trails wind their way around the green landscape, the amphitheater lawn slopes toward the future site of a covered stage, and stone steps invite visitors to cast their lines or dip their toes in the water. The park is an embodiment of the dual nature of Chippewa Falls, where the natural and industrial worlds blend together: Listen closely, and beneath the lapping of the water and the call of the birds you’ll hear the steady hum of the Xcel Energy hydroelectric dam.

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ter, thanks to the dam – were the site of a succession of lumber mills, including the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Company’s “Big Mill,” reputed to be the largest sawmill in the world under one roof. After the lumber era, commercial uses persisted. Before the city acquired the future park property, it held a gas station, a used car lot, a roofing company, and a fast-food restaurant that eventually became the (now former) Chamber of Commerce building. It was also the site of a man-made lagoon that sometimes was filled with untreated sewage when heavy rains overwhelmed the city’s combined sanitary and storm sewer system.

On a sunny spring morning, the park is mostly quiet, save for a biker, a few dog walkers, and a couple fishing in the chilly waters. While low-key, these activities are already a far cry from what you would have seen in the same spot just a few years ago. “(Chippewa Falls) was like communities and cities all over the country: Rivers like that were used for industry and business,” explained Jayson Smith, the Chippewa Falls city planner and one of the driving forces behind the project. Beginning in 1836, the falls that give the city its name – which are now underwaCHECK OUT CHIPPEWA FALLS 2017

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“It was an area that was blighted, dilapidated,” Smith said. Like their counterparts in cities around the country – including just downriver in Eau Claire – community leaders in Chippewa Falls began to reconsider the riverfront as the 20th century ended. In 1994, the city created a Tax Increment Financing district downtown to begin to raise money for redevelopment, and in 1999 an update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan suggested creating a riverfront festival park. At the time, however, Highway 29 was still bringing thousands of semitrucks a day passed the spot, making it less than idea for a park. That changed when a highway bypass opened in 2005. Two years later the Minneapolis-based Cunningham Group, which had been hired by the city, released a riverfront plan, which also called for the development of a park.

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Over the next few years, the city began to take action, buying and demolishing buildings, many of them vacant, at the site. Environmental contaminants were removed, and the cit sewage system was upgraded so the overflow pond on the site was no longer necessary. Finally, after a 12-month planning process, numerous focus groups, and hard work by a steering committee, local engineering firm SEH issued a final concept plan in 2014. Phase I of the park project was completed last year; it included the con-


struction of elements such as pathways and the amphitheater and the planting of hundreds of shrubs and trees. Through last year, city spending on the park totaled $12 million, which includes buying the land, razing buildings, and transforming the property, as well as rebuilding nearby River Street. All the city funding came via the TIF district. The fact that part of the land is in the flood plain was taken into account in the park’s design, Smith explained. Electrical infrastructure was only installed above the flood level, and restrooms will be built on higher ground, too. To complete Phase II of park construction, which is slated for this year, community leaders turned their eyes toward private donors. To date, the Current Campaign has nearly reached its $2 million goal. In early May, the Chippewa Falls City Council voted to grant a bid for Phase II construction – which will include the amphitheater stage and canopy as well as restroom infrastructure – to Heartland Contractors. By the end of the year, Smith expects the park to be able to host programs, although he added that it probably won’t be the site of large events until 2018. While Heartland’s bid came in at $2.3 million – more than what has been raised by the capital campaign – Smith anticipates that fundraising will exceed its original target. “Every dollars we can raise over our goal is a dollar the city doesn’t have to come up with,” he said.

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Even though it is still taking shape, Riverfront Park is already being used by residents and visitors, explained Teri Ouimette, executive director of Chippewa Falls Main Street, a downtown revitalization organization. For most of her life in Chippewa Falls,

Ouimette said, the river was virtually inaccessible. Now that’s changed. “We’re in a good position to focus on the riverfront,” Ouimette said. The park, she said, “provides a beautiful visual entrance into the downtown.” While the parks will have a different feel and function, Riverfront Park could open visitors’ eyes to downtown Eau Claire in the same way that Phoenix Park drove a revival in downtown Eau Claire, Ouimette said. Not that downtown Chippewa Falls needs a lot of reviving: The city’s commercial core never suffered the same kind of decline seen in many cities across the state and nation. In fact, Ouimette said, the current problem in downtown Chippewa Falls is a relative lack of available commercial properties. Downtown Chippewa Falls remains a place where you can shop in boutiques, buy groceries, enjoy fine dining, and go to the eye doctor. Mayor Greg Hoffman, who has led the city for nearly a decade, is also excited about the prospects for the downtown park, which he calls “a tremendous addition to the community.” Such amenities add to the quality of life in the community and are important elements in attracting young people to the city, he said. “I talk to a lot of younger people who are extremely excited about this park,” Hoffman noted. Smith, the city planner, also knows of a young person eager to see the park completed: His daughter is planning on getting married there in the summer of 2018. “I’m under the gun to get this thing done and get those bathrooms in,” he joked. To learn more about the project and find out how you can donate online to the current Campaign, visit secure. paperlesstrans.com/CityofChippewaFalls.

Chippewa Falls Cit y Planner Jayson Smith speaks at a park fundraising event earlier this year. ANDREA PAULSETH

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ABOVE: Students visited Spectrum Industries in Chippewa Falls as part of the Chippewa County Manufacturing Boot Camp. BELOW: Breaking ground on Dove Healthcare's new facility in Bloomer in 2016.

F O S T ER ING T HE B USINE S S E C O SYS T EM for t he C h ip p e w a C ou nt y E c onom i c D e v e lop m e nt C or p or a t ion , c o op e r a t ion i s ke y t o g r ow t h words by TOM GIFFEY

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he story of Chippewa County has always been one of entrepreneurs and innovators, from people with household names like Jacob Leinenkugel and Seymour Cray to scores of unsung business owners whose hard work generated the economic growth that has helped the community thrive. And while business is often seen as the solitary realm of self-made men and women, a healthy economic requires teamwork among businesses, governments, and community leaders. In Chippewa County, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation serves as the hub of a wheel of beneficial relationships that drives businesses forward. A nonprofit public-private partnership headquartered in Chippewa Falls’ Riverside Industrial Park, the Chippewa County EDC exists to attract new businesses to the county, boost existing industries, and advocate for the overall economic health of the county. “It is a team activity,” explains Charlie Walker, who has served as the agency’s executive director for 11 years. “It takes a lot of cooperation, a lot of different players, a lot of different puzzle pieces. It’s very dynamic and unique in how different projects come to realization.” Consider, for example, two of the EDC’s recent successes: attracting Star Blends and Mills Fleet Farm to build facilities in the fast-filling Lake Wissota Business Park. Together the projects, both of which are now under construction, will bring an estimated 355 new jobs to the county. Each followed its own path to success, and along the way the Chippewa County EDC and its partners were there to foster the process. Star Blends, a Spartabased blender of cattle feed, was seeking to build a location in western Wisconsin that would allow it to move into new markets. Mills Fleet Farm was conducting a multi-state search to find the site for a Midwest distribution facility to fuel its stores’ growth. Fleet Farm’s consultant contacted the Chippewa County EDC, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and Momentum West, an economic development group that serves 10 counties in the region. In such situations, the EDC receives a request for proposal from the business, and then works to identify and promote suitable locations within the county

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– in this case, a 70-acre parcel in the Lake Wissota Business Park. “Our goal in that world is to provide them with the information and the expertise that keeps us on the final list,” Walker explained. And Chippewa County made the final list: In March, Mills Fleet Farm announced it had chosen the business park at the site 1.1 million square-foot facility worth $69 million. “The county has put a lot of financial resources into making Lake Wissota Business Park Wisconsin Certified Shovel Ready, (and) these investments are paying off,” Chippewa County Administrator Frank Pascarella said, noting the infrastructure was in place to meet the “aggressive growth timeline” of the company. “The county staff and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation worked hand-in-hand with the City of Chippewa Falls and the company to get this project accomplished with a quick turn-around.” Walker said the EDC receives 20 to 30 requests for proposal a year, some of them from foreign investors

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looking to locate in Chippewa County to take advantage of its workforce, resources, and business climate.

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The Chippewa County EDC doesn’t solely exist to court potential new businesses. Its 113 private investors – which range from A-1 Excavating to Xcel Energy – count on it to help them solve problems and find ways to flourish. Each year, the Chippewa County EDC conducts 30 to 40 confidential retention visits with local businesses in which it identifies factors that might be inhibiting the firm’s growth and creates a game plan to overcome them. Because it works closely with businesses across the county – not only in Chippewa Falls and Lake Hallie but also in Bloomer, Stanley, Cornell, and beyond – the EDC is in a unique position to find synergies between businesses. “There’s just all kinds of matchmaking we play,” Walker said. “We put one business in touch with another business to help solve a supply chain issue, for instance.” In addition, the Chippewa County EDC helps existing businesses by connecting them with tax credits, revolving loan funds, and other beneficial programs, as well as assists new entrepreneurs with business planning and referrals. The EDC also aids entrepreneurs

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by coordinating with angel investors, working with agencies such as the UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center, and maintaining (with its Eau Claire County counterpart) the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center, a facility on Eau Claire’s north side that provides low-cost, short-term incubation space for startup companies.

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The Chippewa County EDC also plays an advocacy role for businesses in the county. One example: After hearing from businesses who were in need of specialized training for their employees, the EDC pushed for the creation of the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program, which was sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie. Since it became law in 2013, the program has issued more than $18 million training grants and helped hundreds of employers statewide. In addition, the Chippewa County EDC pays visits to elected officials in Madison and Washington, D.C., to speak in favor of policies that will help foster growth. The EDC has frequently hosted Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and state cabinet officials on their visits to the area.

EXPLORING CAREERS

The Chippewa County EDC doesn’t focus solely on employers. It’s also trying to help create a new generation of skilled employees. In the fall of 2015, in cooperation with the Chippewa Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America, it established the Chippewa County Explorer Program. The program helps young men and

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women between the ages of 12 and 20 explore careers at local businesses, particularly manufacturers. “We established the Explorer program because there was a need to continue to reinforce the fact that manufacturing isn’t dirty, dangerous, and dumb,” Walker noted. Working with local school districts, the program links young people with possible career paths.

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product that is marketed to potential businesses, and Chippewa County’s inventory is beginning to run low. Riverside Industrial Park in Chippewa Falls – which is home to the likes of TTM Technologies, WOW Logistics, and Advanced Laser Machining – is nearly full, and nearby Lake Wissota Business Park (future home of the Mills Fleet Farm distribution center) will soon follow. The county’s Economic Development Committee has hired a consultant to look at the issue and make recommendations, and Walker expects a plan within a few years to create a new industrial park. In the meantime, the EDC will continue to market remaining properties in other business parks around the county, including those in Lake Hallie, Bloomer, and Cornell. Considering its diversified economy, natural resources, geographic location, and hard-working population, Chippewa County’s economic future seems bright. “We’re blessed to have the support that we have not only from the business community and from the elected officials but more importantly from the citizens as well,” Walker said. This article was produced in partnership with the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation. To learn more about the EDC and its programs, look for an enhanced version of this article at VolumeOne.org/ ChippewaFalls, or visit the EDC’s website at chippewawi.com. You can also find the EDC on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn, or reach them by phone at (715) 723-7150, via email at info@chippewa-wi.com, or in person at 770 Technology Way in Chippewa Falls.

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CHEERS T O OK T OBER F E S T

a beer-lovers' German cultural celebration in the heart of Chippewa Falls words by MARIE ANTHONY

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don’t know what it is, but there’s something about Oktoberfest that gives me the urge to throw on a dirndl. I’m pretty sure I could rock the Alpine cap as well (though that's not traditional for us German women). Yes, if I could, I’d sport my dirndl with pride. And I’d spin around my home singing, “Warm, salted, pretzels and bratwurst with kraut – these are a few of my favorite thiiiings!” While I could give Julie Andrews a run for her money, I can promise you that Chippewa Falls’ rendition of Oktoberfest promises to be far more entertaining than any German-Austrian Sound of Music remix I can dream up. Chippewa Falls is celebrating its 15th Annual Oktoberfest Sept. 15-17 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, and this year will be their biggest celebration to date. The festivities kick off at the Leinie Lodge on Friday, with the Golden Keg Procession and the tapping of the keg at the fairgrounds to follow. The festival will feature more than 30 entertainers for all ages as well. Chippewa Falls is also excited to welcome back The Swing Crew – and yes – Crazy George the Accordion Man will be there. (You didn’t seriously think they'd throw a party without George, did you?) Crazy George will be hosting all sorts of friendly hijinks with sing-a-longs and tons of accordion-pumping fun at the Famileintreff (Family Fun Tent). For those who aren’t into sing-alongs, there’s much more to do and see to keep the party going. If dancing’s more your thing, be sure to check out the Pomeranian Dancers. Or, if you have a competitive spirit, give Hammerschlägen (the nail-driving com-

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petition) a whirl. And for those with a knack for strategy and risk, there will be a sheepshead and euchre tournament on Saturday. And let’s not forget about the beer stein holding or sauerkraut eating competitions. I could go on for pages about all the fun and exciting things in store for festival-goers this year. There’s a reason they’ve compared Chippewa Falls’ Oktoberfest to “the happiest place on earth!” With that in mind, I think I’m going to place my dirndl in safe-keeping for now, stop twirling around the house, and get to work on building up my sauerkraut eating skills (maybe – for my husband’s sake – I’ll keep it to sheepshead and euchre). We look forward to seeing you all at Oktoberfest this year. Prost!


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hen asked if he imagined achieving the kind of success he and his partner, Kurt Schneider, have found one year after opening the Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Bros. Brewing Co., Jim Stirn says, “You hope for success through all the planning and implementation, but you’re never sure what’s going to happen.” Fortunately, their hard work has paid off. The brewery and distillery first opened in March 2016 at 402 W. River St., and recently won a Wisconsin Main Street Award for “best adaptive reuse project” for its $1 million renovation of the old Celebrity Video building. Not only that, three of the distillery’s spirits took home awards in the 2017 Denver International Spirits Competition: a silver medal for Trumie’s Vodka and bronze medals for Chippewa River Distillery Vodka and Chippewa River Distillery Rye Whiskey. Both the Chippewa Falls business and consumer communities have embraced the unique production brewery and distillery, the first (and to date, only) of its kind in the Chippewa Valley. “We’re excited to be a part of these positive developments in the community,” Stirn says. Among his favorite reasons for having a business in Chippewa Falls, Stirn cites small-

town values, the city’s infrastructure, and new developments that are making Chippewa Falls even more of a tourist destination. And because the microbrewery/distillery is on a main drag, the staff gets to meet a lot of interesting people. And what about Leinenkugel’s, the giant beer neighbor? “Leinie’s has been very supportive, as they are with all of Chippewa Falls,” Stirn says. “We have a number of people who’ve taken the Leinie’s tour and the guides tell them to stop in here when they ask about other things to do in Chippewa.” Going forward, the team at CRD & Brewster Bros. will continue to make the same great beers and award-winning spirits, as well as seasonal and new beers. Pub crawls, release parties, tastings and other engagements will keep going as well. The business currently distributes beer and spirits in northwest Wisconsin and has plans to expand into the northeastern part of the state. Look for them in local bars, restaurants, and stores. Chippewa River Distillery and Brewster Bros. Brewing Co. • open Wednesdays-Sundays • tours Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 3pm and 7pm • 402 W. River St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5100 • chippewariverdistillery.com • info@crdistillerybrewery.com

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he Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is celebrating an incredible milestone in 2017: 150 years of brewing beer in Chippewa Falls. Leinenkugel’s has an immaculately rich history of turning Chippewa’s fresh spring water into world-renowned beer since the 19th century. There’s been five generations of Leinenkugels heading up the family business, and in this special landmark year, we got the chance to catch up with Dick Leinenkugel who grew up in the business and now serves as president and Chief Beer Merchant. We talked with Dick about fostering such an incredible business in the city of Chippewa Falls, what’s in store for the next 150 years, and how the torch will be passed to the next generation of Leinenkugels. Volume One: Congrats on the big 150 year anniversary. That’s a pretty amazing thing. How does it feel to know that you’re a part of something with such a rich history in this town? Dick Leinenkugel: It’s humbling in a lot of ways to be in this chair, at this time during our company’s history. I’m the fifth generation, the sixth generation is starting to work in the business now. But I think about the previous four generations and they probably had it much tougher than I do. You think about that second generation taking the business up to Prohibition, they had to be resourceful. Then coming out of Prohibition, the third generation mortgaged their homes to raise the capital to get to the brewing equipment back operating. My dad was with the business for over 40 years after World War II coming back and running the brewery through some pretty lean years

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where most family-owned breweries in the U.S. were going out of business. I think at one time we were down to less than 50 brewing companies in the country, and Leinenkugel’s was one of them. Now there’s over 5,000. When you think about it in the context of all those years, it’s gratifying and also very, very humbling.

site but also the people. There’s a real sense of family, not only among our workers, but certainly among the people in this town. People always point with pride to the brewery in Chippewa Falls, and I just think it’s really cool that local folks will bring their friends and relatives to visit the brewery. It’s a real testament to this city and community as well.

The Leinenkugel family and this business has had a pretty big impact on the city of Chippewa Falls. And obviously, the brewery has a lot of Chippewa Falls pride. What makes you feel that sense of place here? Well we’re certainly connected to the community, not only the physical

You started working in the business in the ’70s, right? When I was 17 before I could work in the brewery proper (you had to be 18), my dad asked me if I wanted to give tours for the summer, and I said sure that sounds great. The previous sum-

mer I had worked at the local A&W root beer stand, slinging a different kind of beer across the bar. When I wasn’t giving a tour, I’d be selling T-shirts, hats, glasses. When I could work in the brewery, I was stapling cases. The following year, I worked on a route truck as a driver’s helper. That was a great job. We’d go to the local county bars or country bars and deliver beer – we’d deliver kegs and cans and bottles up to Bloomer, New Auburn, Cornell, Ladysmith, Holcombe, all these little towns. It was terrific to deliver beer and also interact with drinkers at the bar throughout the day. The following summer I worked in the bottle shop, and in the keg racking room.

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"WE JUST WANT A HEALTHY, STRONG COMMUNITY WITH GREAT AMENITIES, AND WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE A GREAT PLACE TO ENJOY A BEER WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY." DIC K L E I N E N K UGE L , P R E S I DE N T OF L E I N E N K UGE L'S

Wow, it really sounds like you’ve really done it all. Well, my dad always said, “Remember, you’ve got to work harder than everyone else because your last name is Leinenkugel, and everybody’s going to be watching you.” There’s a lot of truth to that. And that’s the case even today in the role I’m currently filling at the leader of the company.

of Chippewa Falls develop into a technology hub, in a way. When Seymour Cray came back from Control Data Corporation in the ’70s and brought a few of his engineers with him to start Cray Research, that was really the development of something besides the mainstay companies of Chippewa Boots and Mason Shoe and the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Fast forward to today, and you’ve got a lot of things going on in this city. You’ve got the new park, the waterfront redevelopment, got world-class health care, you have a terrific public and private school system, major universities nearby, technical colleges, Illinois Tool Works in here, Cray, SGI, TTM Technologies, all happening right here in Chippewa Falls.

In the context of being in this city, Leinenkugel’s has been around for almost the entire history of Chippewa Falls. The brewery and your family have been able to see the brewery and city evolve at the same time. As you’re building up this brewery over the years, what's happening to the community around you? While we’re building up the brewery, it was almost cool to watch the city

it might mean some other experience. We know we’re one of the major tourist draws here in the Chippewa Valley, but we want more and more people enjoying our hotels, our restaurants, our bars, our parks, Lake Wissota. I want to make sure they get to see everything there is to see here in Chippewa Falls, and I want them to have a great experience while they’re here. Personally, I want to step out of my role within the next five to six years, and I’d love to see the next generation of the family step in. I want to make sure we have continued involvement by the next generation of Leinenkugels and the Leinenkugel family to run this business. What new beers are you working on? We’ve got a Pomegranate Shandy coming this summer, it’s tested well and people seem to like it a lot. Then we’re cautiously optimistic about this Cherry Blonde Lager, which is currently part of our Summer Explorer variety pack. We’re going to continue to focus on interesting German styles, primarily lager beers that we can add a certain twist to.

Now that you’ve hit this huge landmark anniversary, what do you think the next 50 years look like? How about the next 150?

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Yeah absolutely, what do you think the next 150 is going to look like? Well, we’ve got something special here in Chippewa Falls. The brewery attracts people who want to see where one of their favorite beers is made. So first and foremost it’s about the beer and continuing to brew quality beers. But we also want to be able to delight our beer drinkers – surprise and delight, I like to say. One of the ways we do that is really right here at the Leinie Lodge. It’s gotta start with people, and the physical building, and the brewery tour, and what they see here. We’re going to continue to build that experience, whatever that might mean. It might mean lodging, it might mean other hospitality, it might mean food,

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Jun. 17, 9am • Leinenkugel’s, 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • leinie.com The Leinenkugel brothers invite you to an annual celebration at the Leinie Lodge to say thank you to Leinie loyalists. Enjoy family, food, beer sampling, and entertainment. Check the website for specific events and times.

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ties start 10:30am and go all day • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • 1 Day: $18 advance, $20 at the gate | 2 Day: $35 Advance | Parking $5 • 21+ • The two days will be filled with live music, food, shops, games, craftsman showcases, and beer. Headliner concerts both days with Jerrod Niemann on Friday and Collective Soul on Saturday. Fish fry at 4pm on Friday. Don’t forget to stop by the Leinie Lodge for tours of the historic brewery.

Leinenkugel’s has always been kind of synonymous with Chippewa Falls. Now you look around you, and the city has a lot going for it. How would you like to see it grow? We’re excited about the development of our riverfront. That’s a terrific project that the city has embarked on. We’ll continue to be involved in that. We just want a healthy, strong community with great amenities, and we want to be able to make sure that people have a great place to enjoy a beer with their friends and family.

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Bill Leinenkugel creates Hospitality Center for travelers visiting the brewery

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Leinenkugel's celebrates 100-year anniversary

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Bill Leinenkugel becomes president

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Leinie's Light is introduced

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ABOVE: The accessible fishing pier and boat launch that will be built at Erickson Park. BELOW: Donna Lowe (left) of Special Friends, a nonprofit that offers activities to people with disabilities, spoke at an April press conference about how the accessible features are needed.

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y next year, a vacant piece of land across from Chippewa Falls’ famed Irvine Park will be transformed into a new park complete with a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and boat launch, a family area and pavilion, walking and biking trails, and a pedestrian bridge across scenic Duncan Creek. The volunteer-led $1.7 million project to create Erickson Park on the eastern shore off Glen Loch will open up the joy of fishing to everyone, including those who use wheelchairs or have other handicaps. Providing such opportunities is important to Ron Bakken of Chippewa Falls, who helped lead the project. The name of his organization – FISH CHIPPEWA! Access For All! – encapsulates the goal of the effort as well as its backers’ enthusiasm. Bakken and other supporters were all smiles during a press conference in April when it was announced the city of Chippewa Falls had received an $851,000 matching grant for the project through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. The grant – the largest received from that fund in Wisconsin history – will pay about half the cost of the project. After applying for the federal grant program – which is meant to help acquire and develop public parks – “We kept getting positive feedback that, ‘It looks like you’re gonna get it,’ ” Bakken said. “When we finally got the official notice, it’s like, ‘Holy cow, this is great!’ ” Supporters now must raise the remaining funds. In Bakken’s words, they’re “fishing for $450,000,” having already raised about $400,000. If the fundraising goal is met, construction is expected to begin Sept. 1 with a park dedication planned for August 2018. Bakken explained that the push for the new park came from several quarters. Some community members were interested in creating a better spot to fish from shore, and the effort grew to CHECK OUT CHIPPEWA FALLS 2017

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encompass other groups who would benefit from such opportunities, such as those served by Special Friends Inc., a nonprofit that offers social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Advocates discovered that Erickson Park, a 4.4 acres plot on the north side of Chippewa Falls, had been donated to the city in 1960 but had remained untouched since. Other than one ruined building – which was decorated with a mural last summer – the property has been virtually vacant since a tornado struck in 1958. On one visit to scope out the future park, Bakken came across a group of boys fishing and asked one of them to try to catch something from the existing boat landing. “Within a few casts, the guy had a nice Northern,” Bakken recalled. The lake is also teeming with brown trout, perch, crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass, he added. Phil Johnson, a landscape architect with Ayres Associates, said the engineering and architectural firm was asked to develop a facility that was accessible for people with limited mobility. When it’s completed, it will

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be the first handicapped accessible boat launch in the region, he said. (There’s an accessible fishing pier in Eau Claire’s Carson Park, but it doesn’t include an accessible boat launch.) The project includes the redevelopment of the existing boat launch, the addition of an accessible kayak launch, and the construction of a boardwalk that will be able to hold up to 150 people in chairs. (That’s a lot of anglers!) On the north end, the park will include a new family area with pavilions and portable rest rooms, while at the south a pedestrian bridge will be built over Duncan Creek into Carson Park, just downstream from the dam that forms the lake. “It’s an eyesore right here, so we’re really looking forward to giving it a facelift and making it beautiful,” said Dick Hebert, the city’s parks director, said of the goal for Erickson Park. Donations for Erickson Park are being collected by the Community Foundation of Chippewa County. They can be sent to Community Foundation-Erickson Park, P.O. Box 153, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. For more information, call (715) 723-8125 or email info@yourlegacyforever.org.


O UR S TAT E FA IR IS A GR E AT S TAT E FA IR

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hen the smells of cotton candy and popcorn fill the air, you hear the cheerful sounds of a carousel, and get a sight of the top of the Ferris Wheel, you’ll know the fair is here. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls has been a historic part of the community for 120 years. Since its start in 1897, the fair has brought fun and exciting new attractions and events to the Chippewa Valley. The fair originally belonged to 27 counties in northwestern Wisconsin, who supported it financially until the Great Depression struck. The fair wasn’t held in 1932 or 1933, but the following

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year 12 investors bought the fairgrounds and revived what became known as the Northern Wisconsin District Fair. In 1966, the fair was renamed the Northern Wisconsin State Fair. Its private owners put it up for sale in 2007, and now the fair is owned by a nonprofit association. Despite the changes and the passage of time, much remains the same. Each summer at the fair you’ll find thrilling carnival rides, delicious food, domestic and exotic animals displays, and lots of family entertainment. This summer’s fair is slated for July 12-16 and features main stage performers such as the Beach Boys, Clint Black, Granger Smith, and Dennis DeYoung with the

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music of Styx. Rusty Volk, the fair’s executive director, said new features for 2017 include a permanent stage, an updated grandstand, great white tigers, a bat conservation exhibition, and an expanded home brewing competition. However, Volk says, the animal exhibits – including horses, cows, pigs, goats, chickens, and more – remain the most popular family attraction. Some suggested “must dos” when you attend the fair are sampling delicious food (cheese curds, French fries, and Pronto Pups are favorites) support-

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ing the 4-H and FFA youth exhibits, checking out the main stage acts, and having fun – as Volk says, they will always make more! As far as the future goes for the fair, Volk says the plan is to continue to grow (attendance topped 90,000 last year), attracting national acts and the newest innovative agricultural and technological ideas. “We try to change 30 percent of the annual fair attractions and displays so it remains ever-changing,” Volk says. To learn more about the fair, visit nwsfa.com.


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A DDING ON F OR A GRO W ING FA MILY

C h ip p e w a Va l l e y Fa m i ly Y MCA p on d e r s a ne w c ap it a l c a mp a i g n for r e no v a t ion , e x p a n s ion words by HANNAH MUMM

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he YMCA is a gathering place for the whole community. It is meant to be an inclusive space – it’s not limited to those who can afford membership at an upscale gym – that promoting wellness and opportunity on a large scale. The Chippewa Valley Family YMCA has provided just that to the people of Chippewa Falls for years, but with a growing population, they’ve begun to outgrow their facility. “In the past three to five years, we have consistently dealt with deficient space for our programming and member needs,” explains Jennifer Sherbinow, the YMCA’s executive director. The solution: Build bigger. After 10 years of talk about expansion and renovation, the YMCA’s executive board has begun to make tangible steps toward a comprehensive expansion plan. The project is still in its infancy as a feasibility study is under way. With the help of Crescendo Fundraising Professionals, the YMCA has distributed surveys to community members and stakeholders, held focus groups, and conducted exploratory interviews to determine the practicality of their $10 million budget. When the campaign finds ample financial support, the board will take steps toward brick-and-mortar implementation. The project consists of four key components: aquatics, school-age space, gymnasium, and fitness and wellness areas. The proposed additions to the aquatic center would benefit swimmers and spectators alike. The board hopes to add a larger pool, zero-depth entry for young families, a slide, warm water areas for swimming lessons and aquatic therapy, and a seating area for parents and families. Space constraints are a pressing issue for schoolage children in the YMCA facilities. After-school care has diffused into Chippewa Falls elementary schools, and their summer camp Chip-a-Y-a filled up just four hours into registration this year. Much of the extra space included in the expansion plan would be dedicated to young kids, opening opportunities to a larger population.

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A new gymnasium would allow for more open-gym time, and expanded fitness facilities would give community members opportunities to work out however they choose, from utilizing the Y’s personal trainers to lifting weights basked in natural light. The renovations would benefit the bodies and minds of people across Chippewa Falls. Wellness surveys conducted in the local hospital identified mental health, substance abuse, and lifestyle-related issues

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such as obesity and diabetes as key health problems plaguing the community. According to Sherbinow, improving the YMCA is an important step toward bettering community health. “The hope is that this new and improved Y could serve the community for well over 30 to 50 years and be a benefit many generations to come,” she said. Learn more about the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA at chippewaymca.com.

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A DA M F INE HIS T ORY

L a ke W i s s ot a a n d t he d a m t h a t c r e a t e d it t u r n 10 0 t h i s ye a r words by BARBARA ARNOLD

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ake Wissota, one of Chippewa Fall’s crown jewels – which sparkles like hundreds of diamonds on a sunny day – and the dam that created it celebrate their 100th birthday this year. The occasion will be marked with the publication of a commemorative book and the debut of a special musical/visual extravaganza. One hundred years ago, the Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power Company (later known as Northern States Power and now as Xcel Energy) hired 700 workers, created a temporary village, and built the hydroelectric dam that created Lake Wissota. The dam took only 18 months to complete, from November 1915 to May 1917, and cost almost $6 million. Manpower, a horsedrawn steam shovel, and seven little locomotives were used to build the dam, spillway, and powerhouse. All still stand today. The utility company also hired a professional photographer to shoot more than 500 black-and-white work-in-progress photos, which are now archived at the Chippewa County Historical Society. The dam and the lake became part of the area’s economy and were nicknamed “The Niagara of the Northwest.” At the time, the dam was considered the largest earthen dam in the world, measuring 67 feet high and 4,390 feet long. The Chippewa River drops nearly 700 feet in elevation along its length, which is ideal

for hydropower. Lake Wissota covers 6.4 acres, has 56 miles of shoreline, and has a maximum depth of 72 feet. The Chippewa County Historical Society will soon publish Lake Wissota: The Dam Story. The new pictorial history book celebrates the lake’s 100-year anniversary with approximately 300 photos and hundreds of newspaper clippings and memoirs of the building of the dam and the lake as well as the people who lived, worked, and played there then and now. Volunteer authors Donna Bourget, Anne Keller, and Jim Schuh compiled the volume. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Chippewa Area History Center Capital Campaign. The money will help build the new home of the Chippewa County Historical Society and the Chippewa County Genealogical Society next to the south entrance of Irvine Park on Bridgewater Avenue. Beginning in early June, the book will be available for $20 from the Chippewa County Historical Society, 123 Allen St., and five other locations, including Foreign Five, 123 N. Bridge St.; Gordy’s Market Lake Wissota, 17158 County Highway J; Pine Harbor Campground, 7181 185th St.; Sand Bar & Grill, 17643 50th Ave.; and Wissota Café, 17255 County Highway X. The visual history of Lake Wissota and the dam inspired retired music teacher and entertainer Jerry Way to

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create Wissota in the Making, which tells the story of the building of the dam and the creation of the lake in words, music, and slides. It will be performed at the Heyde Center for the Arts at 7:30pm Aug. 10-11 during Chippewa Fall’s Pure Water Days. The Swampers – a musical lumberjack aggregation featuring Amanda Tanzer, Kathy Danielson, Judy Brist, Tim Danielson, Rob Kuchta, along with Swamper Jer – will perform the story playing a vari-

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ety of folk instruments and singing a unique blend of three-and-a-half-part Swampgrass harmony. This debut will mark the group’s 16th original Pure Water Days production celebrating the Chippewa Valley past and present. Tickets will be $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for youth. To learn more about the Chippewa County Historical Society, visit chippewacountywihistoricalsociety.org or facebook.com/ChippewaCountyHistoryCenter.


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WILLIAM IRVINE

HISTORY’S FUTURE HOME

Where you’ve seen his name: Irvine Park William Irvine was born in Mount Carroll, Illinois, in 1851. When he was only 15 he moved to Chippewa Falls and was employed by the sawmill. At age 22 he married Adelaide Beardsley in Mount Carroll and the two made their home at Chippewa Falls. They had one adopted daughter. His career continued in the lumber industry where he became a lumber expert. In 1881 Frederick Weyerhaeuser bought the Big Mill in downtown Chippewa Falls and Irvine became manager. He served in that capacity until the mill closed in 1911. In 1886 the mill was destroyed by fire but was immediately rebuilt as the largest in the world under one roof. Beyond his business successes, he had a dream that there should be in the midst of Chippewa Falls a park where people could get away from the noise and stress of city life. As manager of the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Co., he was instrumental in arranging for the donation of property from the company to the city, making this dream a reality. He personally donated property adding to the size of the park and gave thousands of dollars for improvements to the park.

just the beginning of a very successful partnership. Together they were involved in some of the largest most successful pine deals in the country. After his wife died in 1910, Edward created the Hannah M. Rutledge Home For the Aged, which was to be used as a home for the worthy aged and poor. When Edward died the following year he left $1 million in a charitable trust. Though Edward died more than 100 years ago, Chippewa Falls residents continue to benefit from his generosity.

EDWARD RUTLEDGE

HIRAM STORRS ALLEN

Where you’ve seen his name: Rutledge Home, Rutledge Charity Building, CookRutledge Mansion Edward Rutledge was born in 1834 in Ireland, and his family emigrated to Canada when he was 11 years old. As a teenager he and two brothers left home to work in the woods of Michigan. When he moved on to the Chippewa Valley he was first employed by Daniel Shaw and later as a timber cruiser for Ezra Cornell. When Edward was around 37 he found summer lodging at a boarding house owned by Hannah Gregg. When he returned the next summer he and Hannah fell in love and were married. Edward Rutledge’s skills in the lumber industry came to the attention of Frederick Weyerhaeuser and they became officially associated in 1873. When Weyerhaeuser bought the Chippewa Lumber and Boom Co., Rutledge served as chief officer. This was

historical groups plan new building in Chippewa Falls — The Chippewa County Historical Society, established in 1969, and the Chippewa County Genealogical Society, formed in 1980, work together to provide a glimpse of the area’s rich history and its impact on past and current generations. The current Area History Center houses the two societies in the former convent of the Notre Dame Catholic Church at 123 Allen St. By 2006, the center was experiencing increased interest and attendance in the evergrowing museum and the extensive library of the genealogical society. In December 2015, an ideal location for the proposed History Center became available next to Irvine Park’s south entrance. The historical society secured donations to buy the property at 12 Bridgewater Ave. A capital campaign executive committee has been formed and an architect hired to provide a concept design for the Chippewa Area History Center. The capital campaign is scheduled to begin this fall with completion of the center in 2020. Learn more about the historical society at chippewacountywihistoricalsociety.org.

Where you’ve seen his name: Allen Park Hiram Allen was born in Vermont in 1806. He moved to the Chippewa Valley about 1834 and married his wife, Marie Desmarie, daughter of Angeline and Louis, in 1838. They were married almost 50 years and had 11 children. Over the years Hiram contributed much to the prosperity of Chippewa Falls. In 1848 he rebuilt the mill at the falls after it had been destroyed by a flood. He built the first hotel, a flour mill, and a water-powered sawmill on Duncan Creek. He was the first postmaster, the first jail was in his root house, and the village was first surveyed and platted under his direction. In recognition of Allen’s many accomplishments, when he passed away in 1886, Mayor T.J. Cunningham made a proclamation closing all businesses during the funeral while William Irvine lowered the flag on the Big Mill to half-staff. CHECK OUT CHIPPEWA FALLS 2017

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n Chippewa Falls, the calendar is filled to the brim with annual events, celebrations, and more! Here’s a compilation of can’t-miss happenings for the next 12 months, including Leinie’s Family Reunion, Pure Water Days, and Oktoberfest. Through all four seasons, there are plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, and be merry in Chippewa Falls, so get these events on your calendar.

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• July 12-16 • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St. • nwsfa.com • (715) 723-2861 • When the summer heat arrives, head down to the fairgrounds for the state fair, where carnival rides, farm animals, and cotton candy are all a part of the experience. And this year, the main stage lineup includes Clint Black, the Beach Boys, and more!

LEINENKUGEL’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY C E L E B R A T I O N E V E N T • Aug. 11-12 • Leinie Lodge

& Brewery, 124 E. Elm St., 10am-8pm • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., 10:30 ammidnight • gochippewafalls.com/events/leinenkugels150 • If you’re 21 years or older, join the Leinenkugel family for a party to celebrate 150 years of brewing heritage. Participate in dart, billiard, or video game tournaments, meet the Leinenkugels themselves, listen to a big lineup of local and national bands (including Collective Soul and Jerrod Niemann), and – of course – enjoy an ice cold Leinie’s!

PURE WATER DAYS PARADE AND RIVERFEST • Aug. 12 • Downtown Chippewa Falls • Parade at

1pm, RiverFest at 2pm • chippewafallsmainst.org • Floats, fireworks, and food – need we say more? Enjoy a parade including more than 65 floats, fire trucks, and performers of all sorts during the Pure Water Days Parade. Food vendors, live music, and arts and crafts will provide fun for all ages, and at the end of the day settle in for some fireworks framed by the beautiful river.

15TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST •

Sept. 15-17 • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St. • gochippewafalls.com/events/oktoberfest • What’s autumn in Wisconsin without a brat in one hand and a glockenspiel in the other? Celebrate our state’s German heritage with a beer and some polka music all the while you’re wearing your favorite lederhosen. Viel Spaß!

IRVINE PARK CHRISTMAS VILLAGE •

Nov. 23-Jan. 1 • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls • open 5-6:30pm Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day) for walk-through only • open daily 7am-9:30pm Nov. 24-Jan. 1 (lights turned on at 3:30 or 4pm) • Tens of thousands of lights create a Christmas fantasyland with larger-than-life scenes representing holiday tales and Chippewa Falls’ early history with a Victorian sensibility. Christmas Village has been dazzling park visitors for more than a quarter century.

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SANTA’S ARRIVAL & SANTA’S HOUSE •

Santa’s Arrival: 10am Friday, Nov. 24 • BMO Harris Bank parking lot, 411 N. Bridge St. • Santa’s House: Saturdays Nov. 25-Dec. 23 • Rutledge Charity Building, 404 N. Bridge St. • chippewafallsmainst. org • Get in the Christmas spirit with Mrs. Claus, Christmas elves, and St. Nick himself. Make sure you’re on the Nice List this year! Hot cocoa and a special ornament is available for the kiddies as they’re waiting for Santa, and don’t forget your Christmas list before he heads back to the North Pole to pack his sleigh.

BRIDGE TO WONDERLAND PARADE •

Saturday, Dec. 2, 6pm • Downtown Chippewa Falls • chippewafallsmainst.org • Continue the Christmas tradition with the 28th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade. This year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland.” The parade features more than 50 floats laced with lights, glitz, and glam for your enjoyment. Bundle up for the winter celebration as the night is illuminated with Christmas spirit!

SPRINGFEST 2018 •

Late April • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St. • springfestchippewafalls.com • Held each year at the end of April, SpringFest helps visitors shake off the winter cobwebs with family fun, music, and events, including a kubb championship, the Springfest run/walk, a tractor pedal pull contest, and much more.

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5-9pm; Jul. 22, 5-9pm • Downtown Chippewa Falls, • chippewafallsmainst.org Chippewa Falls Main Street is proud to host Cruise In Night in beautiful downtown Chippewa Falls! Stop down and check out all of the vintage cars and trucks while enjoying music. The streets will be closed off so you can safely check out all of the amazing cars.

5 1 S T A N N U A L B U T T E R C U P W H I T E W AT E R S L A L O M R A C E - C H I P P E W A R I V E R Aug. 13, 10am-4pm • Old Hwy 178

CRUISE IN CAR SHOW S May. 20, 5-9pm; Jun. 17,

3RD ANNUAL CHIPPE W A F A L L S P A R K V I E W C O L O R R U N

May. 21, 8-11am • Irvine Park Main Pavilion, Chippewa Falls • $20/person; Families: $75/4, $85/5, $95/6 | Register before 5/1 to get a free shirt • All ages • eventbrite.com All money raised from this fun and healthy event will be used to fund extra activities, projects and field trips not covered by school budgets. Online includes free t-shirt and color pack. After the event, there will be a Color Blast After Party with music and Big Blasts of Color.

THE OZ RUN - 5K RUN / W A L K A N D H A L F M A R AT H O N May.

27, 8am-1pm • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • $30-65 for adults; $20-30 for kids • All Ages • This annual Wizard of Oz-themed 5K Run/Walk and Half Marathon benefits Irvine Park and the new Southview Elementary Barrier Free Playground. Registered runners get race shirt and medal. Finish line festival with runner costume contest, prizes for top finishers, live music, hot dogs and brats, beer and root beer, petting zoo, bounce house and more.

LEINENKUGEL’S CHIP P E W A V A L L E Y C E N T U R Y R I D E May.

28, 7am-6pm • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls • $35; $40 after 5/12, family rates available • All Ages • chippewavalleyride.us Starting at Irvine Park, Chippewa Falls, WI. Century Ride (35, 50, 75, or 100 miles). Rest stops with food and water, sag wagons, and brat feed. Go online for more information and the registration form. The entry fee includes brats and all the ‘fixins’, soda and Leinenkugel’s beer.

2ND ANNUAL PAINT T H E T O W N U P A N D D O W N Jun. 9,

4-7pm; Jun. 10, 10am-4pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net Celebrates talented artists showing and selling their art at the Heyde Center for the Arts and downtown Chippewa Falls. All the art is original and of very fine quality, including paintings, drawings, pottery, fiber art and jewelry, to name just a few. In collaboration with Chippewa Falls Main Street and the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

14TH ANNUAL LEINEN K U G E L F A M I LY R E U N I O N Jun. 17,

9am • Leinenkugel’s, 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • 21+ • leinie.com The Leinenkugel brothers invite you to an annual celebration at the Leinie Lodge to say thank you to Leinie loyalists. Enjoy family, food, beer sampling, and entertainment. Check the website for specific events and times.

FATFAR - FRENCHTOW N A N N U A L T U B E F L O AT A N D R EGAT TA Jun. 18, noon • Loopy’s Grill and Saloon, 10691

Business 29, Chippewa Falls • 21+ • (715) 723-5667 • 723loop.com The world’s largest tubing and float event starting at noon. Join the fun and float down the Chippewa River. Loopy’s and will have food and entertainment all day, along with tube rentals.

NORTHWOODS BLUES F E S T I V A L Jun. 30-Jul. 1, • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • 1 day: $15-30 | 2 day: $30-60 | VIP Tickets: $175-195 • This year’s festival features performances by Howard Guitar Ludtke, Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, Albert Cummins, Bernard Allison, , Left Wing Bourbon w/ Sue Orfield, Sena Ehrhardt, Duke Robillard, and Tinsley Ellis, and many more. VIP tickets include food. Arena and bleacher seating available. Camping options can be purchased.

NORTHERN WISCONSI N S TAT E F A I R 2 0 1 7 Every Day

from Jul. 12 to Jul. 16; • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • Ticket pricing information available online • (715) 723-2861 • northernwistatefair.com Annual fair with food vendors, carnival, livestock exhibitions, crafts, homemaking and educational exhibits, and outstanding 4-H displays. More than a mile of midway thrills, great food stands, and free grandstand entertainment.

LEINENKUGEL’S 150T H A N N I V E R S A R Y C E L E B R AT I O N Aug.

11, & Aug. 12, Festivities start 10:30am and go all day • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • 1 Day: $18 advance, $20 at the gate | 2 Day: $35 Advance | Parking $5 • 21+ • The two days will be filled with live music, food, shops, games, craftsman showcases, and beer. Headliner concerts both days with Jerrod Niemann on Friday and Collective Soul on Saturday. Fish fry at 4pm on Friday. Don’t forget to stop by the Leinenkugel Lodge for tours of the historic brewery.

across the street. Santa’s House is open every Saturday after his arrival until Christmas.

Aug. 12, 1pm • Allen Park, S. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • chippewafallsmainst.org Head down after the Pure Water Days Parade for live music, giant inflatables, kids games, prizes, food, a beer tent, arts and crafts vendors, fireworks, and more. Parade starts at 1pm, Riverfest starts at 2pm.

2 8 T H A N N U A L B R I D G E T O W O N D E RL AND PARADE Dec. 2,

6pm • Downtown Chippewa Falls, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • chippewafallsmainst.org Enjoy over 50 illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse drawn wagons as they light up the winter sky. Don’t miss this beautiful winter parade and beloved Chippewa Falls tradition.

Bridge, Hwy 178 North, Jim Falls • (715) 226-0842 • swswis.com/buttercup Class II whitewater slalom race. A citizen level race that draws competitors from across the United States and as well as abroad. Great spectator viewing from the foot bridge that crosses over the coarse or from the shore line. Practice day on August 12th.

4 7 T H A N N U A L F R I G I D 8 A N D T H E RMAL 3 Will be held in

early December • Our Saviours Lutheran Church, 1300 Mansfield St., Chippewa Falls • indianheadtc.org An eight-mile and three-mile run. Through the open fields, rolling hills, and dairy farms west of Chippewa Falls. Each participant receives a long sleeve shirt. There will be several prizes, food, beverages, and home-cooked chili. The race may be cold, but that just makes you the hottest thing out there.

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3-11:30pm; Aug. 19, 10am-11:30pm; Aug. 20, 10am-2pm • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • Free for the Truck Show/Tickets for the Monster Truck Show $20 for adults $12.50 kids $10 pit pass • (715) 832-6666 • ECTruckshow.com Truck Show features over-the-road semi-trucks from across the United States and Canada. Light show Friday night & Saturday evening after a Monster Truck Show. Military and law enforcement vehicles. Antique trucks. Free rides. Truck parade. Beer gardens, food & vendors, outdoor exhibitors, live music and more.

C H I P P E W A F A L L S H I G H S C H O O L J AZZ JAM Usually held

second Friday in February • Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $7, Seniors $6, Youth $4 • All Ages • cvca.net This is the annual big band dance put on by the Chi-Hi Jazz Department of the Chippewa Falls Senior High School as a fundraiser for the Chippewa Falls High School Music Department. The dance features classic and modern big band music by the Chi-Hi student and alumni jazz ensembles.

J U R AS S I C Q U E S T Aug. 26, 9am-8pm; Aug. 27, 9am-8pm • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • $20-$29 • jurassicquest.com Jurassic Quest features over 80 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Activities include, walking dino rides, animatronic dino rides, fossil digs, science stations, cinema, dino bounce houses, bungee pull, crafts, face painting, and much more.

A N N U A L J I G ’ S U P B L U G O L D I C E F ISHING CONTEST Usu-

ally held the second Saturday in Feb • The View on Lake Wissota, 17779 County Hwy X, Chippewa Falls • $25 per ticket • All Ages • 715-836-3377 • jigsup. org Weigh-in locations at The Edge Pub & Eatery and The View on Lake Wissota. Prize distribution will take place at The View starting at 3pm. Over $80,000 in cash prizes. Win a Ford F150 if you catch and register the tagged fish. Raffle prizes.

AUTUMN HARVEST WINERY & ORCHARD FALL FESTIVAL

Every Day from Sep. 9 to Sep. 10, 10am-6pm; • Autumn Harvest Winery, 19947 Cty Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • 715-720-1663 • autumnharvestwinery.com There will be live music and refreshments all day. Fun for the whole family. More details available on the Autumn Harvest website, and as the date approaches.

A N N U A L M I D - W I N T E R M A R D I G R AS Usually held the sec-

ond Saturday in February • McDonell Area Catholic High School, 1316 Bel Air Blvd., Chippewa Falls • $140 Two Person Dinner and Raffle Package • 21+ • 715.723.0538 • mcdonellareacatholicschools.org Fundraising event with Troppo Big Band Jazz Orchestra, delicious dinner, casino style and carnival games, cash raffle, and prizes throughout the night. Purchase tickets online by Feb. 5th. Raffle tickets and other dinner packages available. Costumes welcome!

U N I T E D W AY C O M M U N I T Y B L O C K P A R T Y Sep. 9, 11am-5pm

• Irvine Park, Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • chippewafalls-wi.gov An afternoon of fun for all ages. Games and activities, great prizes, comedy acts, musical entertainment, and food will be throughout Irvine Park. There will be great opportunities to engage with local nonprofits and receive free services that promote a good quality of life.

C H I P P E W A F A L L S M A I N S T R E E T : PAINT THE TOWN RED

Late February • Downtown Chippewa Falls, • (715) 723-6661 • chippewafallsmainst.org Head downtown for an evening filled with fashion, positive energy, heart health, and a scavenger hunt. Browse the sales and specials in over 30 businesses. Drawings and giveaways, food and refreshments, free blood pressure screenings, and information from HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital health professionals.

1 5 T H A N N U A L C H I P P E W A F A L L S O K T O B E R F E S T Every Day from Sep. 15 to Sep. 17; • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • Admission information available online • All Ages • The Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest celebrates its 15th iteration with new events and features. Check out two biergartens, live music and entertainment, family entertainment, fun competitions. Celebrations of German culture with food, dress, and music.

C H I L LY C H I P P E W A 1 M / 5 K Usually held the first Saturday

in March • Chippewa Falls Senior High School, 735 Terrill St., Chippewa Falls • $20 before race day, $25 day of race, $60 immediate families • sites.google.com Run one or both races. The 5k begins at 10am and the one mile begins at 11am. The races are chip timed by Chicken Chased Timing. Pick up packets as soon as 8:30am. Awards held 11:30am. Complementary chili served inside the school following the race.

C H I P P E W A F A L L S A N T I Q U E S H O W & S A L E Every Day

from Sep. 29 to Sep. 30 • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • $5 • (715) 617-4310 Featuring members of the Northern Wisconsin Antique Dealers Association and guests. Selling quality antiques and collectibles. Call for more information.

S TA M P E D E A N N U A L P E O - S TA M P ING AND SCRAP BOOKING E X P O Usually held the third Saturday in March • Eagle’s

TAST E O F T H E N O R T H - F O O D AS A R T Nov. 9, 6-9pm • The

Club, 2588 Hallie Rd., Chippewa Falls • $4 • Featuring Make & Takes, Demonstrations, Stamps, Embellishments, Scrap booking ideas, Inks & Papers. Enter the 2017 Stampede card contest. This year’s theme is “Monochromatic”. Meet creative expert Barb Pladziewicz. Experience the Card Buffet. Door prizes awarded throughout the day. 10+ exhibitors.

Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • $30 • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net Two floors of incredible food, drink and enjoying the company of friends. Many of the Chippewa Valley’s best culinary artisans come out to share their skills and talents all the while raising money for the Heyde Center. The funds raised will benefit the Heyde Center’s.

A N N U A L S P R I N G F E S T Usually held the last weekend in

P A I N T T H E T O W N P I N K Oct. 5, 4-7pm • Downtown Chippe-

April • Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, 225 Edward St., Chippewa Falls • $12 for 3 day advanced sale tickets, $15 for 3 day at the gate. $8 for 1 day at gate, Kids 12 & under FREE • All Ages • springfestchippewafalls.com Get ready for Springfest 2017; back this year and bigger than ever. Three days of fun in Chippewa Falls with a huge live music schedule, family-friendly entertainment, Happy Hour at the Leinenkugel’s pavilion, food vendors, Kubb Championship, and a 5k Fundraiser for the Chippewa Area Boys and Girls Club mentor program. See the full schedule online and celebrate all that is spring in the Chippewa Valley.

wa Falls, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • chippewafallsmainst.org Head downtown for this award-winning event! Enjoy food, wine, live music, sales, drawings, freebies, a car show, a silent auction, photo ops, and more. Health specialists from Marshfield Clinic will be onsite with free information and demonstrations in support of breast cancer awareness.

C H R I S T M AS V I L L A G E Every Day from Nov. 23 to Jan.

1 2018, 7am-9:30pm; • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls • FREE • chippewafalls-wi. gov Irvine Park Christmas Village will be open from dawn to dusk. The display will include more than 100,000 Christmas lights and over 100 life-size Christmas scenes that replicate the Victorian era and the city’s early history. The park becomes a Christmas village. Bring your family and friends to view this spectacular scene.

C H I P P E W A F A L L S D O W N T O W N E A RTH DAY CLE ANUP Held

on Earth Day • Harmony Courtyard, 219 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • chippewafallsmainst.org Join 150+ volunteers to clean up downtown. Preregister online or at Harmony Courtyard the day of the event. All supplies will be provided for the cleanup. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt (while supplies last). Central Lutheran Church (28 E. Columbia St.) also provides a free breakfast before the cleanup for volunteers and the community.

S A N TA ’ S A R R I V A L Nov. 24, 10am • BMO Harris Bank

Parking Lot, 411 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • chippewafallsmainst.org Sip on hot chocolate while enjoying the anticipation of the arrival of Mr. and Mrs Claus. All children will receive a special ornament. After his arrival, visit with Santa at his house

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Saturday in April • Chippewa Area Ice Arena, 839 First Ave., Chippewa Falls • $40 • 21+ • Sponsored by Gordy’s Valley Spirits and the Chippewa Falls Hockey Association. Come try over 100 different craft beers.

ANNUAL “THE PAST PASSED HERE” LIVING HISTORY EVENT Usually held mid-May • Allen Park, S. Bridge St.,

Chippewa Falls • $3 or $10 Family; FREE for 5 or younger • All Ages • facebook.com Experience the 1700s and 1800s through living history in authentic fur trade camps, and a mobile lumbering museum. Hands-on activities and games. Blacksmith, porcupine quill artist, beading and weaving artists, and more. Shop trader’s row for oldfashioned toys, furs, leather goods, and clothing. Rustic food, root beer floats, popcorn, and rock candy.

SUMMER OUTDOOR MUSIC SERIES Looking to catch some tunes outside during the dog days of summer? Check out these great outdoor music opportunities in Chippewa Falls.

CHIPPEWA FALLS MUSIC IN THE PARK Every Sunday

from Jun. 5 to Sep. 4, 1-3pm; • Irvine Park, Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • chippewafalls-wi.gov A series of local music acts ranging from acoustic cover classics to rock ‘n’ roll bands running throughout the summer.

SUMMER CONCERT SUNDAYS Jun. 11, 1:30-4pm; Jul. 9,

1:30-4pm; Jul. 23, 1:30-4pm; Aug. 6, 1:30-4pm; Sep. 10, 1:30-4pm • River Bend Vineyard & Winery, 10439 33rd Avenue, Chippewa Falls • riverbendvineyard.com Bring you friends and enjoy live entertainment from our patio or lawn, steps away from the vineyard and a world away from the everyday. Concerts are outside, so bring lawn-chairs and blankets as seating is limited.

HEYDE CENTER EVENTS —

A-Z FAMILY BOOK BASH CHIPPEWA VALLEY LOCAL AUTHORS Jun. 3, 10:30am-noon • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • cvca.net Members of the Chippewa Valley Local Authors are planning a fun activity that will appeal to diverse and multi-generational families. Local authors of books for children and adults will use their books, a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, and readings to help you learn and have fun in the nooks and crannies of the Heyde Center.

2ND ANNUAL PAINT THE TOWN UP AND DOWN Jun. 9,

4-7pm; Jun. 10, 10am-4pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net Celebrates talented artists showing and selling their art at the Heyde Center for the Arts and downtown Chippewa Falls. All the art is original and of very fine quality, including paintings, drawings, pottery, fiber art and jewelry, to name just a few. In collaboration with Chippewa Falls Main Street and the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jul. 21, 7:30-9pm; Jul. 22, 7:30-

9pm; Jul. 23, 2-3:30pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $14, Seniors $13, Youth $7 • All Ages • cvca.net Set in the little village of Anatevka, the iconic play Fiddler on the Roof centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

THE SWAMPERS: WISSOTA IN THE MAKING Aug. 10, 7:30-

9pm; Aug. 11, 7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $11, Seniors $10, Youth $5 • All Ages • cvca.net A century ago, the Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power Company hired 700 workers, set up a temporary town, and build the hydro dam that creates Lake Wissota. A visual history of this time, now archived by the Chippewa County Historical Society, inspired Jerry Way to create the words, music and slide show telling the story of “Wissota in the Making.”

ROBERT BRUEY - SINGER, SONGWRITER, FINGERSTYLE GUITARIST Sep. 23, 7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for

the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $13; Seniors $12; Youth $6 • All Ages • cvca.net/ events/robert-bruey Singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Robert Bruey grew up in rural New England and lives on Long Island’s North Fork. Robert Bruey’s music is honest and real, raw and meaningful, gritty and naturalistic.


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the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $15, Seniors $14, Youth $8 • All Ages • cvca.net A warm welcome back to New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host Michael Perry who returns to the Heyde Center with a new batch of humorous and heartfelt stories based on his life in rural Wisconsin. This night will be special, so he may wear a clean shirt.

M A R K L U N D H O L M - R E C O V E R Y C O MEDY Sep. 30, 7:30-9pm

• The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $20, Seniors $19, Youth $15 • All Ages • cvca.net/events/mark-lundholm Clean and sober since 1988, Mark Lundholm is a former criminal, mental patient, homeless wino, resident in a halfway house who started poking fun at the insanity his life had become. This process continued and gained momentum, and in a short time an incredibly talented and energetic entertainer emerged.

D U E L I N G D U M M I E S – D AV I D M A L MBERG - VENTRILOQUISM A N D M O R E Oct. 6, 7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $13, Seniors $12, Youth $6 • All Ages • cvca.net Comedy, voice tossing, story telling, and music - a veritable cornucopia of entertainment that will keep you talking and laughing for some time to come.

F I R E & R A I N - A T R I B U T E T O T H E MUSIC OF JONI M I T C H E L L , J A M E S TAY L O R , A N D CAROLE KING Oct. 14,

7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $15, Seniors $14, Youth $8 • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net/events/fire-rain Folkpop duo Swearingen & Kelli return to Chippewa Falls with their tribute to the most beloved songs of the ‘70s and the artists who performed them. The term “singer – songwriter” came into use in the early 1970s to define folk-inspired acoustic performers who made personal statements in their songs.

H E E B I E J E E B I E S - G L E N E V E R H A R T’S FAMILY COMEDY MUS I C S H O W Nov. 5, 2-3pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts,

3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $10, Seniors $9, Youth $5, Family (2 adults, 2 youth) $25 • All Ages • cvca.net/events/heebie-jeebies Kids will laugh, move, and dance their way through Glen’s forty-five minute show full of original kids comedy songs from his acclaimed CD Young People of the World. The show includes songs with great titles like: I’ve Got The Heebie Jeebies, Camp Ishy-fishy-stinky! The perfect entertainment for families with elementary school children.

TAS T E O F T H E N O R T H - F O O D AS ART Nov. 9, 6-9pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • $30 • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net Two floors of incredible food, drink and enjoying the company of friends. Many of the Chippewa Valley’s best culinary artisans come out to share their skills and talents all the while raising money for the Heyde Center. The funds raised will benefit the Heyde Center’s.

A T R I B U T E T O T H E M U S I C O F J O H N DENVER L AYNE YOST A N D F R I E N D S Nov. 11, 7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for

the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Adults $14, Seniors $13, and Youth $10 • All Ages • cvca.net Layne Yost’s “Tribute to the Music of John Denver” is a faithful tribute that pays homage to the music and the man. Yost & Shimoda capture the simple soul of Denver’s music through guitar and upright bass arrangements. Woven within the music are stories that give insight into Denver’s life and legacy.

L AS T L I S T S O F M Y M A D M OT H E R - BY JULIE JENSEN Nov.

16, 7:30-9pm; Nov. 17, 7:30-9pm; Nov. 18, 7:30-9pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Show only Admission: Adults $14, Seniors $13, Youth $7 ----Buffet dinner and show: Adults $32, Seniors $31, Youth (under 13) $19 • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net A humorous yet poignant look at Alzheimer’s disease. It reveals the humor within the tragedy, without taking away from the seriousness of the issue. Ma cares about ribbons and bows, intransitive verbs and keeping to her rigid schedule. Her daughter Dot attempts to understand her mother.

3 R D A N N U A L H O L I D AY T E A : A Q U INTESSENTIAL ENGLISH A F T E R N O O N T E A Dec. 14, 2-3:30pm • The Heyde

Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • $20/person • All Ages • (715) 726-9000 • cvca. net/events/holiday-tea A quintessentially English tradition. Along with the traditional tea service, enjoy delicious finger sandwiches accompanied by freshly baked and desserts fundraiser for the Heyde Center. The auditorium will be decorated for the holidays and complimented by music.

P R E L U D E T O A N E V E - T R O P P O B I G BAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Dec. 31, 6:30-10pm • The Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High St., Chippewa Falls • Admission: Adults $16, Seniors $15, Youth $9 • All Ages • 715-726-9000 • cvca.net Big band jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Ring in the New Year with the Chippewa Valley’s best big band jazz orchestra. This year come early and enjoy a variety of appetizers along with a full bar to start the evening off right. 

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1ST AND GOAL SALOON 29 E. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 723-7822 • A place for all types of people to gather, 1st and Goal has a modest-sized dance floor, happy hour specials, occasional free snacks, and five tap beers. Their dart and pool leagues tend to attract a younger crowd. Four big screen TVs show all the relevant football games.

BRESINA’S HOMETOWN BAR & GRILL 12037 County High-

way B, Chippewa Falls • (715) 288-6303 • facebook.com • This friendly hometown bar in Tilden features a number of daily specials from burgers to chicken wings and a Friday fish fry. Offers tap beer and specialty beer in bottles. There are two private party rooms and an outdoor pavilion perfect for throwing a party.

BRIDGEWATER RESTAURANT & PUB 1009 W. Park Ave.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6941 • avalonhotelchippewafalls.com • Enclosed within the big square-shaped bar at Bridgewater are an impressive 19 beers on tap (and one root beer). The happy hour taps deal runs 3 to 6pm and is practically famous. Plug in the jukebox and use the dance floor, then nab some free popcorn for a latenight pick-me-up. Party room available.

THE BROWN HUT 2525 N. 110th Ave., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 835-5880 • facebook.com • A no-hassle bar without the fanfare. Come for the horseshoe pits. Or, if weather doesn’t permit, hang out inside and play pool. Check out the happy hour Mondays 11-close and TuesdayFriday 11am-6pm. Known for fantastic burgers.

BURLY’S 19 E. Canal St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-

9148 • This recently-remodeled sports bar has a smoking deck, pool table(s), darts (with leagues for both), and happy hour specials 3-6pm Monday through Thursday. Fifteen different specialty beers are available in bottles

BYE THE WILLOW 501 N. High St., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 559-0468 • byethewillow.com • If you need a spot to host your private party, or are simply looking for a good way to spend the night with some friends, Bye the Willow beer and wine lounge may be what you’re looking for. Offers special events like live music and wine and beer sampling.

CANCUN MEXICAN GRILL 475 Chippewa Mall Dr.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7007 • cancunmexicangrillwi.com • This family owned, sit-down Mexican restaurant and bar is known for its loud, happy atmosphere. Order a margarita in strawberry, raspberry, mango, peach, banana, tamarindo, or regular – happy hour runs all day Monday and Tuesday. If you’re a beer drinker, they have two specialty choices and six on tap. Party room available.

CASA MEXICANA 324 N. Bridge St, Chippewa Falls

• (715) 726-2315 • The bar is separate from the family-oriented restaurant, and, not surprisingly, their margaritas are a popular beverage, especially during their Monday night special where margs are only 99 cents.

CHEERS BAR & GRILL 19845 Co Hwy X, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-3223 • Previously known as Italiano’s Pizzeria, Cheers Bar & Grill is a pub just down the highway from Lake Wissota. They have 2 for 1 burgers on Tuesday, a Friday Fish Fry, prime rib on Saturday night, and happy hour from 2-6pm and 8-11pm. They also serve up breakfast daily and homemade pizzas.

CHIPPEWA RIVER DISTILLERY & BREWSTER BROS. BREWING CO. 402 W. River St., Chippewa Falls • (715)

861-5100 • chippewariverdistillery.com • A brewery and distillery in Chippewa Falls with a gorgeous taproom/bar and regular visits from area food trucks. Customers are also able to bring food in or order food there. Check out their rotating selection of delicious beers and high-quality spirits.

CHIPPEWA VALLEY E AGLES CLUB 2588 U.S. Hwy. 53,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0172 • foe.com • Plunk yourself down at one of the high top tables and ogle their eagle decor. Their extensive seven-hour happy hour runs from 11am to pm Monday-Friday. The Eagles Club serves food and has multiple specialty beers available, plus six on tap. This bar offers horseshoe and softball leagues, but feel free to join in. Enjoy pool, darts, Wii, and touch-screen games. Two banquet halls are available to rent. Pizza can be ordered after 10pm.

CHRISTINE AND TIM’S SLIM’S L AKE HALLIE TAVERN 1979

County Hwy OO (4881 Joles Ave.), Chippewa Falls • (715) 832-9303 • Great fun, food, and atmosphere! Daily food specials, music bingo and bean bags on Tuesdays, free pool Mondays-Fridays available. Wednesday meat raffle, $1.50 domestic beers 5-9pm. Free food and drink specials after Packer games.

DUNCAN CREEK’S FARM STORE GRILLE 213 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7000 • duncancreekwinebar.com • With a wine list composed of roughly 80 bottles (from France, Spain, Portugal Australia, and more), it’s no surprise that this is one of the area’s most popular wine bars. The bar in this bistro-style eatery overlooks Bridge Street and has specialty beers as well as wine, champagne, sake, and dessert wine. Food served late on weekends, outdoor patio, party room available for 40.


THE EDGE PUB & E AT E R Y 9504 Cty Hwy S., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-2400 • theedgeonwissota.com • The Edge and summer go hand-in-hand. What with their ridiculously enormous patio right on Lake Wissota,  and is a known stop for boaters. Their happy hours, from 4-6pm Monday through Thursday, include great drink deals. They have a handful of specialty beers, eight taps, and a party room to accommodate about 100. Pool, foosball, and darts available, with the latter having a league.

EVERY BUDDY’S BAR & G R I L L 19 W. Central St., Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 861-3838 • everybuddyscf.com • During the day Every Buddy’s is a bar and grill, but they’re just as well known for being a nightlife spot. They have a variety of live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursdays also feature an open mic. Every Buddy’s serves food late, allows smoking in the beer garden, and has a dance floor, a Wii, touch-screen games, and leagues for pool and darts. They offer 28 specialty beers and 16 taps.

FALLS BOWLX 9 W Columbia St, Chippewa Falls • (715)

723-3347 • Happy-go-lucky people frequent this bar-within-a-bowling alley for deep fried food and five tap beers (plus tap root beer). Also available are various Leinenkugel brews.

FILL INN STATION 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6551 • fillinnstation.com • Fill Inn Station is famous for homemade pizzas and curds as well as Bloody Marys served with fresh shrimp, but the bar recently added a 20-line draft system so they’ve got all your favorite beer right at your disposal. Happy hour (weekdays 4-6pm) includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres. There’s free popcorn any time you want it and an outdoor patio. The banquet facility holds 275.

FOUR CORNERS 14982 Co. Hwy. S, Chippewa Falls

• (715) 723-6783 • Four Corners serves up classic diner fare in a homey, family atmosphere. The fried chicken is a hit with the locals, and other favorites include the Friday night fish fry, prime rib on Saturdays, and build-your-own pizzas. Check out the large, well-stocked salad bar and weekly breakfast. Reservations suggested for large groups. Private party room, and banquet services.

HALLIE BAR & GRILL 1713 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-3870 • facebook.com/hallie.bar • With big portions of just about everything, Hallie Bar & Grill will satisfy your hunger and your thirst. They even put out free bowls of bacon on Thursday nights. In balmier parts of the year, hang out on the outdoor patio. Try your voice at karaoke Thursday through Saturday nights, or join a pool league on Tuesdays. Happy hours are weekdays 3-6:30pm. Ten beers on tap.

HIGH SHORES SUPPE R C L U B 17985 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-9854 • highshores.com • High Shores is a classic Wisconsin supper club, so expect a full range of beers and cocktails, including favorites such as Old Fashioneds, Manhattans, and ice cream drinks. Enjoy your beverage with a hand-cut steak or seafood while you enjoy the view of Lake Wissota from their beautiful outdoor seating area.

IRVINE DEPOT PUB A N D G R I L L 130 Fleet St., Chippewa Falls • 715-861-3288 • A local hangout complete with jukebox, a few TVs, and beer signage. Enjoy the outdoor patio in the summer and happy hour weekdays 4 to 6pm. There’s always free popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels, plus pool and darts. They serve frozen pizzas and have six taps.

L AKE HALLIE GOLF C O U R S E 2196 110th St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5442 • lakehalliegolf.com • A horseshoe bar is within a window-lined room so you can gaze at the greens. Or watch the game on four flatscreen TVs while munching on free snacks. With an open, casual atmosphere, Lake Hallie Golf Course serves food and has pool, darts, and golf (of course), plus leagues in all three activities. Outdoor pavilion and indoor party room available. Fifteen specialty beers, seven on tap. Wednesday nights are for karaoke.

L AKE HALLIE SPORTS M A N ’ S C L U B 2910 109th St, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 726-1050 • lakehalliesportsmansclub.com • Stop by Sportsman’s and check out their Monday- Wednesday-Friday happy hour 4:306:30pm, (it’s 2-6:30pm Tuesdays), and pool table with leagues available. Stop in Monday nights for bingo! Eight beers on tap and a few specialty beers available. Free popcorn. Enjoy summer concerts in the outdoor pavilion and free horseshoes, bean bags, and kubb in the summertime. Don’t forget to come in on your birthday for a free drink.

LEROY’S ON SPRING S T R E E T 24 W Spring St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 720-0976 • facebook.com • Come on down to LeRoy’s and visit the “best jukebox in town!” It is said LeRoy’s on Spring Street has the cheapest beer in town, and they are proud to now have a dozen different kinds of tequila. Choose from a Leinenkugel’s specialty brew or two tap beers. Happy hours are from 7-11pm Sunday through Thursday. Indoor games include pool and darts, with leagues for both. If you’re hungry late at night, LeRoy’s serves pizza and pretzels after 10pm. Come in every Saturday for a costume party (whatever you’d like!) and on your birthday for a free shot as well as your name on their TV.

THE LODGE 1200 W River St., Chippewa Falls • (715)

720-7708 • The Lodge is known for a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, two volleyball courts, and a DJ, karaoke, or live music every Saturday. Serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

L O O P Y ’ S S A L O O N & G R I L L 10691 Business 29, Chippewa

T H E S N O U T S A L O O N 13 W. Central St., Chippewa Falls

Falls • (715) 723-5667 • 723loop.com • Loopy’s isn’t a bar; it’s a complex. With volleyball leagues and bean bag tourneys overlooking the river (along with a tiki bar and fire pit), Loopy’s also has a heated dome for indoor leagues. They have tube, kayak, and canoe rentals plus pool and dart leagues. People hit the dance floor on weekends and karaoke mics on Saturdays. Happy hour is weekdays 3-6pm with 14 taps and nine specialties. Some free food on game days, party room for up to 400. Named Best Bar for Outdoor Games seven years in a row by V1 readers.

• (715) 723-4848 • The Snout Saloon is a place for specials. Choose to participate in their punch cards (buy nine drinks, get the 10th free), enjoy happy hours from 4-6pm every day, and be sure to come in on your birthday. There are many specialty beers and four taps. Saturday nights feature live music from blues, rock, and country bands. For games, pool and darts are an option with leagues available.

S W E E N E Y ’ S B A R & G R I L L 201 E. Canal St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-9905 • facebook.com/sweeneys.bar. grill/ • Every Saturday from September to April enjoy karaoke at this sit-down bar and grill. (The crowd tends to skew a bit younger when these activities commence). Expect to find free peanuts, pool (league available), and darts. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday 7am-9:30am and 3-6pm. The full menu is served until 10pm. Try 16 specialty beers as well as seven on tap.

M A R G O ’ S S U N B E A M TAV E R N 1310 E Park Ave, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-4137 • facebook.com • Sunbeam Tavern is known for its games, with indoor options like pool and darts, and outdoor options like bean bags, volleyball, and horseshoes – many of which have leagues. Happy hours are Monday to Thursday, 6-9am and 3-5:30pm. Yes, they are open at 6am. They serve food past 10pm and have eight specialties beers and three taps.

T H I R S T Y B A D G E R S P O R T S B A R & GRILL 3077 Cty. Hwy.

O J I B W A G O L F & B O W L 8140 136th St., Chippewa Falls

OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-7402 • thirstybadgerbar. com • Looking for a good place to watch the game? This sports bar in Lake Hallie has 16 flat-screen TVs and offers a 3-5pm happy hour every day of the week. Slake your Badger State thirst with one of their 10 tap beers or order off a menu full of  burgers, sandwiches, wings, a Friday fish fry, and more you’ll find special deals during Packer and Badger games. Oh, and when the train goes by and blows its whistle, the whole bar gets $1.50 Yukon Jack shots.

• (715) 723-8823 • ojibwagc.com • Obviously best known for nine holes of golf and eight lanes of bowling (both of which have leagues), Ojibwa is also home to JimBob’s Pizza. Enjoy their family fun facility, which includes a video archery simulator and a gorgeous deck overlooking the course. Ojibwa lays claim to the friendliest service around and the best Bloody Marys in the area.

R E D Z O N E S P O R T S B A R 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 726-3030 • This laid-back and friendly sports bar is host to live rock Friday and Saturday nights and provides a constant shuttle service for overindulgers. Try the Windshield Washer Fluid shot - it’s blue, but the ingredients are a secret. Redzone is equipped with a dance floor, outdoor patio, pool tables, darts, a Wii, bean bags, horseshoe pits, and beer pong. Happy hour is 4-6pm Monday through Friday, and food is served after 10pm. Fifteen specialty beers, three taps, free snacks for big games.

T I P T O P 310 Allen St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-8211

T H E R I T Z 114 W. River St, Chippewa Falls • (534)-220-7020 •

This small bar situated right in downtown Chippewa Falls caters to a low-key, older crowd. Their fenced-in patio is just the place to enjoy a beer (eight on tap and one specialty) with summery yellow umbrellas and white wrought-iron furniture. Toss some beanbags and ask for the free snacks – they’ll bring ‘em. Happy hour runs twice a day during the week: 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm.

• (715) 861-5052 • facebook.com • Situated within a brick building is this classic Chippewa bar with a friendly staff. Stay for a game of pool, a round of darts, or try your hand at the old-school foosball table. Happy hour runs 4-6pm weekdays. Pool and dart leagues available. They have an ever-rotating selection of 14 delicious craft beers on tap, which will satisfy beer snobs and normal drinkers alike.

R I V E R I N N B A R 10418 County Highway X, Chippewa Falls

T H E V I E W O N L A K E W I S S OTA 17779 County Hwy X,

• facebook.com/tiptopbar84/ • Fun and laid back, Tip Top mostly plays host to a crowd of regulars at its U-shaped bar. They carry four to five specialty beers and four beers on tap. Pool and darts are available, as well as leagues for both. Happy hour is from 11am-6pm weekdays. They also have pizza available and free snacks during Packer games.

T O M A H AW K R O O M 306 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 723-9481 • facebook.com • River Inn offers four beers on tap plus some specialties including most of the Leinenkugel collection. They also have video games and a dining room. Main menu served 11am-9pm with pizza after 10pm. Amp trivia Monday 7-9 pm.

Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5200 • facebook.com/wissota.view.5 • You can enjoy the food and drink inside, but if the weather’s right you’ll probably want to be outside on one of the spacious patios enjoying the view (get it?) of Lake Wissota. The beer flows from 16 taps, while a rotating array of specialty brews can be found in bottles. Happy hour runs 3-6pm weekdays. They’re constantly booking live entertainment from hip-hop to standup comedy.

R O O K I E S P U B 616 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (534)

220-7027 • facebook.com/rookiespubcf • Big enough to hold parties for 130 people, Rookies Pub is a mixed crowd bar with Leinenkugel’s memorabilia and daily specials. The historic downtown building has housed taverns since the 1890s, and is known for the Leinie’s mural on the outside. Play pool or darts (leagues available), and select from four tap beers and a number of specialty brews. They have happy hour every night of the week from 3-6pm and an outdoor patio.

T H E V I L L A G E TAV E R N 32 W Spring St., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 723-3009 • facebook.com/thevillagetavern/ • A nautical theme gives this bar an extra bit of charm. Try the Village Bomb: a shot of cherry Dr. McGillicuddy’s mixed with orange pop. They have DJhosted karaoke Thursday nights, pool (free Tuesday nights), darts, Wii games, and different nightly specials starting at 4pm every day. Free food during Packer halftimes. Three to four specialty beers rotate seasonally and six beers flow from the tap.

T H E R U M O R M I L L P U B & E AT E R Y 465 Chippewa Mall

Drive, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5600 • rumormillpubandeatery.com • The Rumor Mill serves up a variety of drinks, including “Happy Meal” Bloody Marys, and 18 tap beers plus other speciality beers and wine. Happy hour runs 4-6pm Monday through Thursday. They are open until 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10pm Friday and Saturday.

W A N D E R I N N 6020 Cty. Hwy. X, Chippewa Falls • (715)

874-5590 • Find it on Facebook • Their sign says “the coldest beer in Chippewa County.” Whether it’s true or not is up to you to decide. Choose from four beers on tap plus tap root beer. Happy hour is 4-6pm Monday through Friday. Pool and dart leagues are offered as well as the newly added outdoor game of bean bags.

S A N D B A R & G R I L L 17643 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 723-1266 • lakewissotasandbar.com • The SandBar and Grill, located on Lake Wissota, offers a relaxed bar atmosphere with great burgers and sandwiches plus the self-proclaimed “best fish fry in town.” Also features live music and comedy nights, trivia, volleyball and bean bag leagues, and more. Happy hour runs 3-6pm Monday-Thursday, and there are nightly drink specials, too.

W E E K E N D AT B E R N I E ’ S 353 E Canal Street, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-9959 • Find it on Facebook • When you visit this friendly, small-town place, formerly known as The Dam Bar, be sure to see what the bar itself is made out of: The surface contains actual seashells and coins! Plug the jukebox or check out pool and darts (leagues for both). Happy hour is 3-6pm Monday through Friday, and daily drink specials include $1 domestics, $2 Coronas, and $2 Windsors on Tuesdays. There are four taps – two domestics and two specialty brews – plus a wide range of bottled beer. Frozen pizzas are available, and there’s karaoke periodically.

S H E E L E Y H O U S E S A L O O N 236 W. River St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 726-0561 • sheeleyhousesaloon.com • This historic restaurant/bar is mostly patronized by conversationalists and music lovers. The Sheeley House touts “distinctive pub dining amid timeless architecture” and hosts live music and comedy, Wednesday night trivia, wine tastings, painting event with Cheers Pablo, and more. The 19th-century building is on the state and national registers of historic places. Second and third floors can be rented for private parties.

W E S T H I L L B A R & G R I L L 250 W. Elm St., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 720-9281 • facebook.com • This is a cozy, clean neighborhood bar, decked out with mirrors on the wall. You’ll be pleased to find video poker, a heated indoor smoking room, multiple specialty beers, and ten taps. Their happy hour includes free snacks and runs Monday through Friday from 3-6pm, and  “world famous” hot beefs, pizza, and most other menu items (except burgers) are served until bar close.

S H E R R I J O ’ S W AY S I D E B A R & G R I L L 18091 County High-

way X, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-2777 • Find it on Facebook • This hometown bar and grill just across from Ray’s Beach on Lake Wissota will welcome you with good food and great people. With eight TVs to watch the game, they boast there’s not a bad seat in the house. Considering that their three decks offer views of both the little and big lakes, there isn’t a bad seat outside, either. Happy hour is 3-6pm Monday-Thursday, free pool on Tuesdays, free trivia on Wednesdays, and domestic bottles are just a buck from 6-7pm Thursdays. The menu features burgers, tacos, chicken, and a Friday fish fry.

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W O O D F I R E B A R & G R I L L 1300 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 861-2111 • woodfirebarandgrill.com • Come see what’s shakin’ on the dance floor, or play some pool, darts, or foosball. Leagues are open for pool and darts. They offer specialty beers, six beers on tap, and free peanuts. Happy hour 5-7pm Monday through Friday.

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their margaritas or their highly popular cheese dip. Vegetarian friendly, private party room. On Sundays, one child for each adult may eat for free.

Cod is hand-dipped and fried to a golden crisp. The super-thick, creamy custard is made fresh throughout the day. Outdoor seating, open late.

C AS A M E X I C A N A 324 N. Bridge St, Chippewa Falls •

D A I R Y Q U E E N 124 E. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715)

• (715) 720-6165 • facebook.comKnown for their signature Coffee House Salad, homemade scones, wraps, various baked goods, and nifty little drive-up, 4:30 AM is a coffee mainstay of Chippewa Falls. Delivery over $30, breakfast, vegetarian friendly. $4-$8.

(715) 726-2315 • facebook.comA Mexican restaurant featuring a festive vibe and all of your south-ofthe-border favorites, including seafood, fajitas, chimichangas, and more. On Mondays margaritas are only 99 cents. There is a separate bar attached. Vegetarian friendly.

ARBY’S 1456 Kennedy Rd • (715) 720-8888 // 307

C H EE R S B A R & G R I L L 19845 Co Hwy X, Chippewa Falls

4:30 AM COFFEE HOU S E 608 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls

Prairie View Rd • (715) 726-8888 • arbys.comRoast beef sandwiches and more.

BIG DADDY’S DOGS 17183 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls

• (715) 379-8313 • facebook.com/big.daddys.dogs/Big Daddy’s hot dog stand – right next to the Wissota Meat Market – is a prime place to grab a quick dog or a brat for lunch. Sausage not your thing? Big Daddy’s offers plenty more, including Italian beefs, burgers, and – for the sweet tooth – more than 10 different flavors of Slush Puppies. It’s the perfect summer stop. Open seasonally.

BOMB TACOS 504 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • facebook.

comBomb Tacos is Chippewa Falls’ newest fix for Mexican food. The tiny eatery has no indoor seating, but that shouldn’t deter taco-seekers. They pull their ingredients from local farmers markets, and they plan to have seafood tacos available in summer with locally caught Wisconsin fish. Bomb Tacos serves up tacos of the week and month, and features traditional Mexicanstyle tacos alongside American ones.

BRESINA’S HOMETOW N B A R A N D G R I L L 12037 County

Highway B, Chippewa Falls • (715) 288-6303 • facebook. comThis friendly hometown bar features a number of daily specials including burgers, chicken wings, homemade pizzas, soups, and a Friday fish fry. They are happy to host special events in their two private party rooms, or outdoors in their large pavilion with a private bar, capable of seating over one hundred Delivery accommodations can be made.

BRESINA’S OLD HOM E R E S TA U R A N T 704 E. Grand Ave.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7973A quality, plain Jane, working-class joint where everyone is welcome. Known for good home cooking, homemade hash browns, and their potato dumplings.

BRIDGE ST. BREW 114 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 861-3334 • instagram.com/BridgeStBrew • A Midwest coffee house open from 6am-3pm.

BRIDGEWATER RESTA U R A N T A N D P U B 1009 W. Park Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6941 • avalonhotelchippewafalls.comThis relaxed and casual yet upscale restaurant is known for cut-to-order steaks, varying specials throughout the week, and Bloody Marys ($3 all day on Sundays). They’re open late on weekends and have an attached bar. Vegetarian dishes are available upon request, Private room available.

(715) 833-2233 • debscafe.comDeb’s fast, casual dining offers all-day breakfast, wraps, grilled paninis, sandwiches, salads, pizza, coffee, and smoothies. They feature their own brand of soup and salsa and offer catering services to boot. In addition, they serve a small selection of local beer and wine. Outdoor seasonal seating, huge gluten free menu as well as vegetarian friendly, breakfast and delivery available. Coming for a meeting? Deb’s offers an enclosed room that seats up to 9 as well as a banquet room for parties above 20.

C H I N A B U F F E T - C H I P P E W A F A L L S 475 Chippewa Mall

Drive, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-9886A plentiful buffet of classic Chinese food guaranteed to send you home full. Try the House Fried Chicken, the coconut shrimp, and other tasty seafood offerings. Private party room, vegetarian friendly.

D O M I N O ’ S P I Z Z A - C H I P P E W A F A LLS 354 Chippewa

Mall Dr, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-2626 • dominos. comDomino’s delivers a wide selection of thin, handtossed, and deep dish crust pizzas right to your doorstep, now crafted with their newer recipe. They’ve also got breadsticks, chicken wings, and desserts.

C H I P P E W A C A N D Y S H O P 322 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-7880 • chippewacandyshop.comOK, so the Chippewa Candy Shop may NOT be recommended by your dentist, but it’s just the place your sweet tooth needs. Select from a massive assortment of candies, chocolates, and coffee. Gazing upon jar after jar of sugary treats will make you feel like a kid (or at least an adult) in a candy store. They’ve got weigh-and-pay soft-serve ice cream, too.

D U N C A N C R E E K ’ S F A R M S T O R E G RILLE 213 N. Bridge St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7000 • duncancreekwinebar.comCustomers have compared their dining experience at Duncan Creek’s Farm Store Grille to that of a casual metropolitan bistro. This eatery features a nightly special along with signature dishes such as Steak and Gorgonzola, the Scallops Benedict (sautéed diver scallops, bacon crumbles, grilled baguette, and hollandaise) or the fried banana with caramel and ice cream dessert. More than 70 varieties of wine to choose from, vegetarian options available, and outdoor seating.

C H I P P E W A F A M I LY R E S TA U R A N T 1701 Kennedy Rd,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4751One of the area’s big breakfast spots, the Chippewa Family Restaurant cracks open more eggs than a clumsy farmer. Breakfast is served all day, but regulars of all ages show up for lunch and dinner as well. Check out the daily specials and Sunday brunch. They offer a selection of vegetarian dishes including a veggie melt and stir fry, and many breakfast items can be made vegetarian-style as well. The plentiful comfort food is available for carryout. Head in on your birthday to receive a free piece of pie.

T H E E D G E P U B & E AT E R Y 9504 Cty Hwy S., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-2400 • theedgepubandeatery.comThis casual restaurant offers a spacious bar and outdoor deck overlooking Lake Wissota. Whether you come here to experience the fish buffet every Friday or the lunch buffet from 11am to 2pm Monday through Friday, The Edge is a relaxed gathering spot that in summer even allows customers to park their boat and eat. Private party room, vegetarian friendly.

C H O P S T I C K S AS I A TAS T E 3030 Commercial Blvd.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-2266 • chopstickslakehallie. comOpening in mid-March 2017, Chopsticks Asia Taste offers a wide array of authentic Chinese Food, such as Hunan Chicken, Moo Shu Pork, Orange Beef, Kung Pao Shrimp. Come in for a Chinese Lunch Special or during evenings for a delicious Chinese style dinner.

E V E R Y B U D D Y ’ S B A R A N D G R I L L 19 W. Central St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-3838 • everybuddyscf.comLocated in the heart of downtown Chippewa, Every Buddy’s features food provided by local businesses, including the freshest meat and produce. Specials from 3-10pm include all-you-can-eat wings on Thursdays, homemade 16” pizzas with up to seven toppings for $10 on Wednesdays, Friday Fish Fries, and Tex-Mex Tuesdays.

C O N N E L L ’ S S U P P E R C L U B 18525 50th Ave, Chippewa

River St. • (715) 726-1772 // 2752 120th St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-8780 Burgers, fries, soft drinks, and more.

CANCUN MEXICAN GR I L L 475 Chippewa Mall Drive, Suite

C U L V E R ’ S 2573 Commercial Blvd, Chippewa Falls • (715)

105, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7007 • cancunmexicangrillwi.comA classic Mexican restaurant featuring a south-of-the-border atmosphere and all your favorite dishes including fajitas, chimichangas, and more. Try

D E B ’ S C A F É 1120 122nd St., Suite 3, Chippewa Falls •

• (715) 861-3223 • facebook.comPreviously known as Italiano’s Pizzeria, Cheers Bar & Grill is a pub just down the highway from Lake Wissota. They have 2-for-1 burgers on Tuesday, a Friday fish fry, prime rib on Saturday night, and happy hour from 2-6pm and 8-11pm. They also serve up homemade pizzas and breakfast daily.

Falls • (715) 723-5656 • connellssupperclub.webs.comA classic supper club just off the beaten path serving BBQ ribs, chicken, sandwiches, and seafood – but they’re really known for their steaks and big portions of just about everything. Open late on weekends. Private party room and carry-out options.

BURGER KING - DOWN T O W N C H I P P E W A F A L L S 228 W.

723-7911 • dairyqueen.comWhether you’re craving some hot food or cool tasty treats, they’ve got both. (This is a seasonal location, so they’re only open during the warm weather.)

F I L L I N N S TAT I O N 104 W. Columbia St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-6551 • fillinnstation.comA former gas station turned casual neighborhood bar, the Fill-Inn Station is known for its amazing homemade cheese curds (some of the best in the Valley, according to our 2015 reader poll), specialty pizzas, and burgers. They also have sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and Bloody Marys served with fresh shrimp and a beer chaser. Delivery and private party hall available.

726-9343 • culvers.comWith a wide range of hearty homestyle eats, Culver’s invites you to “taste how much we care.” The trademark ButterBurgers are never made with frozen meat and the North Atlantic

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FOUR CORNERS 14982 Co. Hwy. S, Chippewa Falls •

(715) 723-6783Four Corners serves up classic diner fare in a homey, family atmosphere. The fried chicken is a hit with the locals, and other favorites include the Friday night fish fry, prime rib on Saturdays, and build-your-own pizzas. Check out the large, well-stocked salad bar and weekly breakfast. Reservations suggested for large groups. Private party room, and banquet services.

THE GOAT COFFEE HOUSE - CHIPPEWA FALLS 2829 County

Highway I, Suite 1A, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-3858 • facebook.comLocated inside Wissota Health and Regional Vent Center. A relaxed, full-scale coffee house offering an eclectic selection of fresh sandwiches, The Goat sports an interesting mix of furniture and décor. Breakfast options include homemade scones and muffins made daily, and The Goat’s rich soups are a popular lunch dish. Check out the fruit smoothies and cold, blended coffee drinks. Outdoor seating, breakfast served, vegetarian friendly.

GOLDEN E AGLE RESTAURANT 16760 Co. Hwy. X, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-2948A family-style restaurant cooking up food the whole family can enjoy. Check out the Friday noon fish fry. Their breakfast and Sunday brunch keep the locals happy, especially the pancakes.

GOLDSMITH COFFEE BAR 22 S. Prairie St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 379-3458Located inside the Parish Life Center adjacent to the Heyde Center for the Arts, Goldsmith Coffee Bar offers specialty coffee drinks, non-coffee energy drinks, baked goods, homemade scones, and gluten free options. Join their cup club and have your clean cup ready for you every time you go, and feel free to grab lunch, too.

GOODIES SWEET TRE ATS & MORE 18220 Cty. Hwy. X,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-7654 • goodies-wissota. comThe name is a perfect indication of what you’ll find at this bakery and candy store near Lake Wissota: delectable fresh-based cupcakes, cookies, scones, cakes, and much more! Stop by for an old favorite or a new creation from the bakery case, then enjoy it in one of the rocking chairs outside.

HALLIE BAR & GRILL 1713 Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls •

(715) 861-3870 • facebook.comA popular game day spot, Hallie Bar and Grill also has a full pub menu. Between cheers and boos, grub on over 20 different burgers. The Western Burger gets a cheer, with a half pound of ground beef, bacon, cheese, onion, and barbecue sauce. Specials include 2-for-1 burgers all day Monday and BBQ ribs on Wednesdays. Also check out the Friday night fish. Bar open late on weekends. Open every day for breakfast.

HECKEL’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 2621 Hwy. 53, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-0844Heckel’s has a comfortable hometown atmosphere with friendly service. Family-style classics like broasted chicken, creamed corn, and big, hearty muffins fill the menu. Breakfast served all day, vegetarian friendly. Free birthday dessert.

HIGH SHORES SUPPER CLUB 17985 Co. Hwy. X, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-9854 • highshores.comHome of “fine dining in a casual atmosphere,” High Shores is nestled on the edge of Lake Wissota. The kitchen cuts the trademark steaks by hand and menu favorites like their BBQ Ribs and Honey Pecan Turkey Medallions might just turn you into a regular. Seafood options like perch, king crab, tiger shrimp,


and salmon won’t hurt, either. If the weather’s nice, motor up to one of the restaurant’s lake docks. Ask about the dinner cruise. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, private party pavilion.

HORIZONS LOUNGE & B A N Q U E T C E N T E R 10764 Cty. Hwy.

Q, Chippewa Falls • (715) 724-1444 • horizonslounge. comHorizons Lounge & Banquet Center offers a full menu of appetizers, soups, burgers, pizza, sandwiches, wraps, salads, broasted chicken, pasta, steaks, fish, and shrimp. Daily food specials available every week as well as a Friday Fish Fry. Carryout available. Two private dining rooms. Breakfast served Sunday 9-noon.

JIMBOB’S PIZZA SHO P 3636 Melby St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 836-0909 • jimbobspizza.netJimBob’s tosses up a variety of gourmet pizzas, including BBQ Ranch Chicken & Bacon, Philly Steak, and Gyro Guy (a pizza with gyro meat). They have a signature Manjare Roll (a “pizza egg roll”), and an impressive bunch of subs as well as wraps. They offer dine-in, carryout, and delivery services. Outdoor seating is available, as are gluten-free and meatless pizzas. Has a considerable ice cream selection with more than 20 revolving flavors and prepackaged pints available for carry out or delivery. They also make ready-to-order take and bake pizzas.

JIMBOB’S PIZZA – OJ I B W A G O L F & B O W L 8140 136th

St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-0909 • jimbobspizza. netLocated inside the Ojibwa Golf & Bowl, JimBob’s tosses up a variety of gourmet pizzas, including BBQ Ranch Chicken & Bacon, Philly Steak, and Gyro Guy (a pizza with gyro meat). Features not only 18 specialty pizzas but a grill menu that includes burgers, fish, and pork sandwiches. Able to accommodate large groups and parties. Bowling, golf, and archery available. They offer dine-in, carryout, and delivery services. Gluten-free and meatless pizzas are available. Pre-packaged ice cream selection available for carry out or delivery. Take and bake pizzas also available.

JIMMY JOHN’S - CHIP P E W A F A L L S 424 Bridge St, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 720-7200 • jimmyjohns.comA quick stop for tasty subs, Jimmy John’s aims to please with its food and quirky in-house signage. The shop’s signature sandwich is the J.J. Gargantuan – an intimidating sub packed with Genoa salami, capicola, smoked ham, roast beef, turkey, provolone, and all the fixin’s. Chips, cookies, and pickles are on hand to round out your meal. Catering services, delivery, vegetarian friendly, online ordering.

KFC 1017 Woodward Ave, Chippewa Falls • (715) 7234771 • kfc.comHome of America’s favorite fingerlickin’ good chicken, served with their homestyle sides and delicious buttermilk biscuits.

L AGRANDER’S DRIVE - I N 18143 Co. Trk. X, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-0672Nothing says summer like a trip to the drive-in. A local landmark located right across from Ray’s beach, LaGrander’s makes their own root beer and scoops up country-style ice cream in addition to their classic drive-in fare. Eat in your car or one of the gazebos. Open May 1-September 1, seven days a week, and weekends in April and September, weather permitting.

tic Thai food in a comprehensive and diverse menu. Experience their small-town bistro atmosphere while enjoying their most popular dish, Pad Thai. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary be sure to try their pad kee maow. In most dishes you’ll find noodles, meat, and a vast array of veggies that are sure to fill you up and leave you smiling.

S A K U R A J A P A N E S E R E S TA U R A N T 360 Chippewa Mall

Dr., Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-2222 • sakurawi. comStop by Sakura in Chippewa Falls to enjoy some of the Valley’s best sushi and hibachi dishes. Grab a pair of chopticks and a Sapporo and get ready to dive into a Wisconsin roll (tuna, salmon, and avocado topped with yellowtail jalapeno chef special sauce) or a Chippewa River Roll (spicy tuna, crunch, cream cheese, and avocado topped with seared white tuna and eel sauce). And if you’re feeling saucy, grab the Sexy roll (yellowtail, tuna, salmon, avocado, cucumber) or bring a pal and gorge on the Sakura Love Boat (16 pieces of sashimi, 12 pieces of sushi, chef special roll, California roll). Also serves lunch.

M C D O N A L D ’ S - C H I P P E W A F A L L S 100 Prairie View Rd,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7187 • mcdonalds.comHome of the Big Mac. This location has a drive-thru open 24 hours a day.

O L SO N ’ S I C E C R E A M A N D D E L I 611 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4331 • olsonsicecream.comHeading down to Olson’s for some homemade ice cream is a favorite local pastime. Their fresh ingredients and tempting sundaes have kept people coming back for decades. (How else could you sample all of the 28 ice cream varieties?) Now you can grab their famous soup and breadbowls along with a deli sandwich prior to dessert. They have a menu featuring even more wraps and sandwiches. An employee favorite is the Hot and Beefy Sandwich. Vegetarian friendly wraps and salads are also available. Winter hours 10am-7pm. Summer hours 10am-9:30pm.

S A N D B A R & G R I L L 17643 50th Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-1266 • lakewissotasandbar.comThe SandBar and Grill, located on Lake Wissota, offers a relaxed bar atmosphere with great burgers and sandwiches plus the self-proclaimed “best fish fry in town.” Check in for daily lunch specials and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Also features live music and comedy nights, trivia, volleyball and bean bag leagues, and canoe and kayak rentals in the summer.

P A P A M U R P H Y ’ S TA K E ‘ N ’ B A K E P I Z Z A 3042 Commercial

Blvd., Chippewa Falls • (715) 738-1165 • papamurphys.comMade fresh the moment you order, Papa Murphy’s prepares a variety of unique pizzas that you pick up, take home, and cook yourself. Six-time winner of “Best Pizza Chain in America” consumers’ choice award. They also offer cookie dough and a delightful cinnamon wheel for a fresh-baked dessert. Vegetarian friendly.

S H E E L E Y H O U S E S A L O O N 236 W. River St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 726-0561 • sheeleyhousesaloon.comThis historic restaurant and bar offers unique gastropub dining using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. They tout their “distinctive pub dining amid timeless architecture,” and the full menu features sandwiches, steaks, and salads, as well as seafood like fried calamari, crab cakes, and a Friday fish fry. The 19th-century building is on the state and national registers of historic places. The Sheeley House also hosts live music and comedy, wine tastings, painting event with Cheers Pablo, and private dinners and parties.

P I Z Z A H U T W I N G S T R E E T 225 Prairieview Road, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-9800 • pizzahut.comA popular pizza chain, Pizza Hut WingStreet offers a family atmosphere at its dine-in locations. A variety of popular crust styles, chicken wings, and sides are always available. Meatless pizza and pasta sauces available, open late for carry out and delivery, vegetarian friendly, senior citizen meal deal.

S H E R R I J O ’ S W AY S I D E B A R & G R I LL 18091 County

Highway X, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-2777 • facebook. comThis cozy lakeside spot serves up drinks and a variety of menu items like flavored burgers, pita tacos, chicken, appetizers, and daily deals. Come by for Mexican Monday, Fish Fry Friday, or enjoy the views of Lake Wissota from one of three outdoor patios.

R E D Z O N E S P O R T S B A R 2071 S Prairie View Rd, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 726-3030This down-to-earth and friendly sports bar offers food that goes beyond run-of-the-mill bar food. While their burgers are worthy of many compliments, the bar favorite is the Philly cheesesteak. Also serves appetizers such as cheese curds and wings, and homemade soups. Outdoor seating and open late.

S U B W AY 17168 County Highway J (Gordy’s Hardware

Store) • (715) 720-1703 // 2986 Commercial Blvd. • (715) 726-3933 // 2786 Commercial Blvd (Lake Hallie Walmart) • (715) 720-1703 // 2029 Cty Hwy I • (715) 726-1662 // 860 Woodward Ave. • (715) 723-0399 • subway.comTasty build-your-own submarine and breakfast sandwiches.

T H E R U M O R M I L L P U B & E AT E R Y 465 Chippewa Mall

Drive, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5600 • rumormillpubandeatery.comThis casual, family-friendly restaurant and sports bar has an old-school antique feel. It boasts a unique menu that includes local cuisine and unique appetizers like Leinenkugel’s battered pickles, Shrimp Kisses, and Rumor Stoppers (a hard boiled egg wrapped in bacon and deep fried with a sweet chili sauce), as well as hand-crafted ice creams. Weather permitting, you can enjoy dinner on the outdoor patio. Lunch buffet and Friday fish fry.

S W E E N E Y ’ S B A R & G R I L L 201 E. Canal St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 723-9905 • facebook.com/sweeneys.bar. grill/A classic Wisconsin bar and grill where the locals go to get a burger or a homemade pizza. Sweeney’s boasts 25 kinds of half-pound burgers, and its relaxed atmosphere puts customers at ease. Open late and vegetarian friendly.

L AKE WISSOTA GOLF & E V E N T S 16108 97th Ave.,

Chippewa Falls • 1-888-382-4780 • lakewissotagolf. comLake Wissota Golf & Events features four docks where boaters can tie up and stop in for a bite to eat. The dining area enjoys a gorgeous lake view and a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a meal after a game of golf. Outdoor seating, private party room, open late.

THE LODGE SALOON A N D R E S TA U R A N T 1200 W. River St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-7708The recently remodeled bar and grill features American casual dining, and is known for its burgers, chicken, and Friday night fish frys with salad bar. The Lodge also has a full blown tiki bar, outdoor games, two volleyball courts, and a DJ, karaoke, or live music every Saturday. Serves breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

LOOPY’S GRILL AND S A L O O N 10691 Business 29, Chip-

pewa Falls • (715) 723-5667 • 723loop.comA log cabin atmosphere sets the stage for casual eating at Loopy’s. Located right on the Chippewa River, the fish fry and homemade pizza are popular menu items, but make sure to check out the terrific nachos. Weekday lunch buffet, outdoor seating, outdoor private party area, banquet services, and vegetarian friendly. Loopy’s is also a venue for weddings and receptions.

LUCY’S DELI 117 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-

9800 • foreign5.com/lucysBringing a slice of New York to downtown Chipppewa Falls when they opened up their full-service deli and sandwich shop, the owners of Lucy’s have all the locals buzzing. One look at their famous reuben or hot beef sandwiches (made with Boar’s Head meat) and you’ll see why. Soups, salads, and personal pizzas are all made from scratch. Breakfast is now served until 11am, and be sure to check out Lucy’s Gooeys (caramel rolls) or a delicious omelette. Also offering a variety of local beer/wine, espresso drinks, and a kids menu, this is more than just your average deli. Outdoor seating, vegetarian friendly, and delivery available on orders over $25 to the Chippewa Falls area.

MAHLI THAI 212 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • (715)

861-5333 • mahlithaicuisine.comMahli Thai Asian Cuisine features a comfy café dining met with fantas-

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TA C O J O H N ’ S - L A K E H A L L I E 2982 Commercial Blvd. •

(715) 726-2335 // 257 W. Prairie View Rd • (715) 7235011 • tacojohns.com• tacojohns.comOriginal Tacos, Burritos, Potato Oles and more. Entrée: $5-$8.

T H I R S T Y B A D G E R S P O R T S B A R & GRILL 3077 Cty. Hwy.

OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-7402 • thirstybadgerbar.comLooking for a good place to watch the game? This sports bar in Lake Hallie has 16 flat-screen TVs and offers a 3-5pm happy hour every day of the week. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, wings, a Friday fish fry, and more, and you’ll find special deals during Packer and Badger games.

T O M A H AW K R O O M 306 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 861-5052 • facebook.comSituated within a brick building is this classic Chippewa bar with a friendly staff. The Tomahawk up bar food like jalapeno poppers and sandwiches like the hot beef and ham. They have an ever-rotating selection of 14 delicious craft beers on tap, which will satisfy beer snobs and normal drinkers alike. Happy hour runs 4-6pm weekdays.

T O P P E R S P I Z Z A 475 Chippewa Mall Drive, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 720-2800 • toppers.comTopped with everything from buffalo chicken to mac ’n’ cheese to asiago and hand-pinched Italian sausage, Toppers pies are legendary, whether you order for lunch or late at night. Likewise, the cheese-coated Topperstix are an appetizer standard in these parts (don’t forget to choose among the more than a dozen dipping sauces). Toppers quirky flyers and on-hold marketing spiels are a hoot. Vegetarian friendly, delivery available, open late.

T H E V I E W O N L A K E W I S S OTA 17779 County Hwy X,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-5200 • facebook.com/wissota. view.5You can enjoy the food and drink inside, but if the weather’s right you’ll probably want to be outside on one of the spacious patios enjoying the view (get it?) of Lake Wissota. A fish fry is available Friday, and the beer flows from 16 taps (as well as in a rotating array of specialty bottles). Rooftop seating available.

W E S T H I L L B A R & G R I L L 250 W. Elm St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 720-9281 • westhillbarandgrill.comA neighborhood bar and grill serving up burgers, pizzas, and wraps, as well as their “world famous” hot beef sandwiches and their signature deep fried ham and swiss sandwich. There’s outdoor seating, a private party area, fish fry on Friday, and most of the menu is available through bar closing time.

W I S S OTA C A F É 17255 County Highway X, Chippewa

Falls • (715) 861-5615 • facebook.comThis authentic breakfast, lunch, and coffee joint serves classic American comfort food. Open Mondays-Fridays 6am-2pm and weekends 7am-2pm. A classic home-style breakfast is available weekdays until 10:30am and all day Saturdays and Sundays. When lunchtime rolls around, stop by for the coveted hot beef sandwich or a burger. Dine-in or call ahead to pick up through the drive-through window.

W I S S OTA C H O P H O U S E ( I N S I D E C OBBLESTONE HOTEL & S U I T E S ) 100 N. Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls •

715-720-0550 • wissotachophouse.comWith classic American chophouses in mind, Wissota features USDA Angus Beef, an excellent variety of fresh seafood, and creative sides. Their steaks start with excellent cuts of meat, seasoned simply and cooked to perfection, delivered to your table bursting with flavor. They offer over 20 wines by the glass, 20 beers on tap and over 50 bottle beer selections. Located inside the new Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in downtown Chippewa Falls.

W O O D F I R E B A R & G R I L L 1300 Jefferson Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 861-2111 • woodfirebarandgrill.comA casual saloon serving burgers, sandwiches, homemade pizzas, and a wide array of deep fried food.

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C A B I N R I D G E R I D E S 4271 220th St., Cadott • (715) 723-

9537 • cabinridgerides.com Offering wagon and sleigh rides through beautiful woodland scenery for groups of all sizes. Gatherings of 16 or more can enjoy bonfires, picnics, and meals in the woods. Two pavilions allow groups to sit around a bonfire to toast marshmallows and sip hot chocolate. (Hot dogs and potato chips optional.) Private cabin and lodge parties available, along with a wide range of catered meals.

C L U B M T C M A K E R S P A C E 128 W River St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 438-2040 • clubmtc@machinetoolcamp.com • clubmtc. net Club MTC is a community workshop for hobbyists, crafters, inventors, educators, and tinkerers of all ages. We provide you with the tools and technology necessary to build, hack, fix, or create just about anything you can conceive. Become a member and receive access to our equipment and space for a flat monthly fee. Basic training and operation is included with a membership, advanced training and workshops are also available.

R O S E & L I LY G A R D E N S 1 Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls • See nature’s beauty of over 500 roses, teas, floribunda, grandifloras, miniatures and climbers.

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CHIPPEWA MORAINE INTERPRETIVE CENTER Tuesday

through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 13394 County Hwy M, New Auburn • (715) 967-2800 • dnr. wi.gov Exhibits and videos explain the glacial history of the region. Live and stuffed native animals are also on display. Visitors can also hold a snake, pet a turtle, dig for fossils, or snowshoe. Part of the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State Recreation Area FREE (but donations welcomed).

L AKE WISSOTA STATE PARK 18127 Cty. Hwy. O, Chippewa Falls • (715) 382-4574 • This 1,062 acre park combines pine and hardwood forests, lake, prairie, and marshland. Visitors to the park will enjoy the scenery, and if you’re a bird watcher, you can find up to 200 different avian species throughout the year.

CHIPPEWA ARE A HISTORY CENTER 123 Allen St.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4399 • Tour a 50-room museum and research local history in the extensive library. Exhibits include Rutledge history, Native Americans, Children’s, music, prohibition, logging, railroad, tools & home appliances, nuns, civil war, military history, and more.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY GENE ALOGICAL SOCIETY 123 Allen

St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-4399 • The mission of the Chippewa County Genealogical Society is to provide education and assistance to those who are tracing their family roots; to collect and maintain genealogical and historical materials; and to provide access to all materials and educational programs for members and the general public.

CHIPPEWA FALLS MUSEUM OF INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY Appointment Only • 21 E. Grand Ave., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 720-9206 • info.cfmit@gmail.com • cfmit. org The museum was an idea that sprang from local citizens who wanted to record and preserve the history of important, unique and ground breaking innovations in industry and technology that were developed right here in the Chippewa Valley. It opened in May 1998 and now has a variety of exhibits that include the Seymour Cray Supercomputer Collection, Leinenkugel’s, Mason Companies Inc., and other area historic exhibits.

COOK-RUTLEDGE MANSION One tour at 2pm Thursday-

Sunday, June-August; group tours available throughout the year: call for details • 505 W. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-7181 • info@cookrutledgemansion.com • CookRutledgeMansion.com The Cook-Rutledge Mansion, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the finest examples of High Victorian-Italianate architecture in the Midwest. Extraordinary hand-painted ceilings and walls, ornately carved woodwork, parquet floors, handcrafted silver doorknobs and hinge plates, and crystal chandeliers enhance the beauty of the interior. The grand staircase of carved golden oak provides an elegant setting for the cathedral stained glass window on the landing- Adults $5, 18 and under $1.

JAMES SHEELEY HOUSE 236 W River St, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-0561 • The James Sheeley House is a local hot-spot for supernatural explorers and ghost hunters. Built in the 1860s, is allegedly haunted by the spirits of its original owners. Currently operates as restaurant serving up-scale dining in a historical setting.

LEINENKUGEL’S BREWERY TOUR Tours Every Half Hour

- Monday-Thursday & Sat; 9:30am-4pm, Friday; 9:306:30, Sunday; 11:30-3 • 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls • (888) 534-6437 • leinielodge@leinenkugels.com • leinie. com Tours and beer tastings cost $5 for those 21 and older and includes a souvenir glass. A portion of our sales will be donated to water conservation efforts for Little Lake Wissota, our hometown lake.

RAY’S BE ACH 18124 County Highway X, Chippewa

Falls • Located on the south side of Lake Wissota off of County Highway X, this newly developed beach provides a sandy beach, picnic areas, restrooms and is handicap accessible.

SKOOLZ BAY Lake Wissota, Chippewa Falls • Skoolz Bay,

also known as Moon Bay, is located on Lake Wissota. It is a popular spot for families who are looking for a dual purpose location to unload a small group to play on the beach while the rest of your crew wake boards and wake surfs. It is located just south of where the Yellow River merges into Lake Wissota.

WISCONSIN CANOE HERITAGE MUSEUM 312 N. Front Street, Spooner • (715) 635-5002, 715-635-2479 •

info@wisconsincanoeheritagemuseum.org • wisconsincanoeheritagemuseum.org Featuring displays

comprised of canoes and canoe related ephemera, plus a 2500 square foot canoe shop.

IRVINE PARK ZOO Open daily year-round from dawn

until dusk. Petting zoo open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 10am-6pm. Christmas Village open Thanksgiving Day to New Years Day from 7am to 9pm • Bridgewater Ave., Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0051 • Info@ irvineparkzoo.org The mission of this park is to foster public support for the animals of the Irvine Park Zoo by: educating the public about their preservation, creating a positive environment for the interaction of humans and animals, and to provide funding for the animals’ living quarters.


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PA R K S —

A D A M S P A R K Summit Ave., Chippewa Falls A L E X A N D E R M C B E A N P A R K Marshall and Grand Ave, Chippewa Falls

ty.com/maps/wissota.asp If you live in Chippewa Falls, you’ll find this campground very close to home. The park offers all the watery fun associated with a big lake, but also has a lot of secluded trails for hikers and mountain bikers, a playground, picnic area, and more. It has all the amenities of home (toilets, showers, electricity) and is perfect for families. The season runs from April-October, but they are occasionally open for off-season weekends.

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L O O N L A K E C A M P G R O U N D S 10279 280th Ave., New Auburn

Falls • (715) 839-4783 • co.eau-claire.wi.us Located in the town of Seymour, the trails at Big Falls cut through mixed coniferous/ hardwood forest on either side of County Highways Q and K.

• (715) 967-2148 • loonlake-campground.com 13 sites. If you are looking for a place for you and your family to enjoy the summer, look no further! This campground is tucked away on quiet Loon Lake in New Auburn, Wisconsin. This lake is shallow and quiet, which makes it the perfect lake for paddle boats, canoeing, and kayaking.

A L E X A N D E R W I L E Y P A R K High St. and Spring St., Chippewa Falls

A L LE N P A R K S. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls B A L L A N D K N I G H T P A R K Loffler Ct., Chippewa Falls B U C H A N A N P A R K S Main Street, Chippewa Falls C AS P E R P A R K 440 Old Eau Claire Road, Chippewa Falls H A R M O N Y P A R K Bridge St., Chippewa Falls • I R V I N E P A R K Bridgewater Avenue, Chippewa Falls •

O ’ N E I L C A M P G R O U N D 14912 105th Ave., Chippewa Falls

(715) 723-0051 • chippewafalls-wi.gov

• (715) 723-6581 • office@oneilcreek.com • ONeilCreek. com You can camp, fish, or just relax. They have plenty of activities for both you and the kids, if you are so inclined. They have a general store, and there are two golf courses within 5 miles of the campground.

L C S TA N L E Y P A R K Dwight and Terrill Streets, Chip-

OT T E R L A K E C O U N T Y P A R K 35309 170th Ave, Stanley •

M A R S H A L L P A R K Bridgewater Ave, Chippewa Falls M AS O N P A R K High St. and Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls N O R T H E R N W I S C O N S I N S TAT E F A I R G R O U N D S 331 Jef-

P I N E H A R B O R C A M P G R O U N D 7181 185th St., Chippewa

(715) 726-7882 • reservations.co.chippewa.wi.us

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Falls • (715) 723-9865 • pineharborcampground.com 45 sites (half RV, half tent). Offering organized activities such as Christmas in July, Halloween, Bingo, Pancake Breakfasts, and more. Clean flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities. Two play grounds: one 5 and under, one 5 and over. Pet friendly (on a leash). Hiking and biking trails. Free wireless internet.

ferson Avenue, Chippewa Falls

R I V E R F R O N T P A R K Bridge St. and River St., Chippewa Falls S I M O N LY B E R G P A R K Garden and Lynn St., Chippewa Falls T H A D D E U S P O U N D P A R K West South Ave., Chippewa Falls

P I N E P O I N T C O U N T Y P A R K 27699 256th Street, Holcombe • This park’s 48 wooded camp sites are located on a peninsula projecting into 3900-acre Lake Holcombe. Many campsites offer scenic vistas of the lake. The park is located 2.5 miles west of the Junction of County Highway M and State Highway 27.

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R O C K L A K E L O D G E & C A M P G R O U ND 23015 153rd St.,

Bloomer • (715) 568-4370 • 117 sites. Go swimming in the heated, outdoor pool, play in the game room, take a walk and see elk and peacocks, go fishing on Rock Lake, bring your ATV’s/snowmobiles, and ride the trail or just relax around the campfire or at the lodge. The lodge has a full bar with homemade pizzas and sandwiches.

B R U N E T I S L A N D S TAT E P A R K 23125 255th St., Cornell •

(715) 239-6888 • Many campers are drawn to Brunet Island State Park’s quiet lagoons and channels, perfect for fishing, canoeing, swimming, or just watching wildlife (the park is well-known for its roaming deer population). If you’re an adventurous camper, check out the Old Abe State Trail, a 20-mile abandoned railroad grade that connects Brunet Island with Lake Wissota State Park. You won’t leave disappointed.

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B R U N E T I S L A N D S TAT E P A R K open year-round from 6 a.m.

to 11 p.m. • 23125 255th S., Cornell • (715) 239-6888 • dnr. wi.gov Many campers are drawn to Brunet Island State Park’s quiet lagoons and channels, perfect for fishing, canoeing, swimming, or just watching wildlife (the park is well-known for its roaming deer population). If you’re an adventurous camper, check out the Old Abe State Trail, a 20-mile abandoned railroad grade that connects Brunet Island with Lake Wissota State Park. You won’t leave disappointed.

A U T U M N H A R V E S T W I N E R Y & O R CHARD Open May-Octo-

ber • 19947 Cty Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1663 • winer@autumnharvestwinery.com • autumnharvestwinery.com Starting in July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.

C H I P P E W A M O R A I N E S TAT E R E C . A R E A The Interpretive

Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 13394 Cty Hwy M, New Auburn • (715) 967-2800 • dnr.wi.gov Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the 3180-acre Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area offers unspoiled beauty with kettle lakes and many glacial features. The Chippewa Moraine is one of nine units of the Ice Age National Scientific Reserve.

B U S H E L A N D A P E C K M A R K E T 18444 County Hwy OO,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0133 • apples@bushelandapeckmarket.com • BushelAndaPeckMarket.com Open in early August for pick-your-own apples, raspberries, and plums. Gift shop and bakery on site featuring honey, jams, jellies and syrups.

C O N N E L L ’ S F A M I LY O R C H A R D 19372 County Hwy OO, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-5889 • conorchard@aol.com • facebook.com/connellsfamilyorchard Forty acres of fruit and veggies. Pick tart cherries, blueberries in July, and apples starting in August. Pies, ice cream, carameled apples, jams, honey, and salsas are also available.

C O U N T R Y V I L L A M OT E L A N D C O U N T R Y C A M P I N G 10765

County Hwy Q, Chippewa Falls • (715) 288-6376 or (877) 459-3263 • countryvillamotelandcamping.com 34 sites

D U N C A N C R E E K C A M P G R O U N D 12528 102nd Ave., Chippewa Falls • travelwisconsin.com 35 sites. Campground offers spacious campsites, electrical hook-ups, playgrounds, fishing in Duncan Creek, canoe access, nestled the cool of large deciduous and coniferous trees.

M A C ’ S B E R R I E S 10439 130th Ave., Bloomer • (715) 568-1672 • They have both u-pick and pre-picked strawberries available. We also have pea pods for picking. If you want pre-picked strawberries, call and we’ll reserve them for you to pick up at the farm.

L A K E W I S S OTA S TAT E P A R K - C A M P I N G 18127 County

Highway O, Chippewa Falls • (715) 382-4574 • chippewacoun-

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BIG FALLS COUNTY PARK 11998 N 110th Ave, Chippewa

CHIPPEWA RIVER STATE TRAIL • (715) 839-5032 or (715)

232-1242 • fcrst@chippewa-river-trail.com • chippewariver-trail.com 26 miles - This former railroad corridor parallels the Chippewa River and including river bottoms, prairies, sandstone bluffs, wetlands, and more. Trailruns from Phoenix Park in Eau Claire to Caryville. Joins the Red Cedar Trail in the Dunnville Bottoms near the confluence of the Red Cedar and Chippewa rivers.

DEER FLY TRAIL • (715) 726-7920 • co.chippewa.wi.us A hiking trail located in the County Forest in Northern Chippewa County. From the north, the trail entrance is located two miles west of junction of County Rd. M And E.

DUNCAN CREEK PARKWAY TRAIL Chippewa Falls • (715)

723-0331 • chippewacounty.com 5 miles - This trail winds through the city of Chippewa Falls. Trail begins at the parking lot off 225th Avenue. Ideal for biking, hiking, and inline skating. Connects to Old Abe State Trail.

HICKORY RIDGE TRAIL • (866) 723-0331 • 9 miles - This trail winds through the quiet and scenic oak and aspen forest. If consists of three challenging loops. Located in northern Chippewa County in the County Forest - the trail begins in a parking lot off of 225th Ave.

HOFFMAN HILLS STATE RECRE ATION ARE A • (715) 232-

1242 • travelwisconsin.com Numerous hiking trails throughout park: traversing prairie, woodland, and wetlands. A 60-foot tower provides viewing of a four county area.

IRVINE PARK Bridgewater Ave.,, Chippewa Falls • (715) 723-0051 • enjoyeauclaire.com/irvine-park.html 2 miles - This is a gently rolling trail for bikers and hikers. The trail is located in Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls on Bridgewater Avenue. Also features three miles of groomed cross country ski trail.

L AKE WISSOTA STATE PARK 18127 County Hwy 0, Chippewa Falls • (715) 382-4574 • dnr.wi.gov The park offers over 11 miles of scenic trails that pass along Lake Wissota’s shoreline and through woodland, prairie, lowland, forest, and marsh areas. Bikes are permitted on all but three of the trials. Also features 7.5 miles of groomed and tracked crosscountry ski trails. There are also campsites located in the park. A State Park sticker is required.

OLD ABE TRAIL 711 North Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls • (715) 726-7920 • dnr.wi.gov 20 miles - A paved, multi-use trail running from Chippewa Falls to Cornell. It winds through agricultural and forestland while following the Chippewa River. Located just north of Eau Claire, one of the trailheads is northeast of Chippewa Falls on 97th Ave. It connects with the Chippewa River Trail in Eau Claire and the Red Cedar Trail in Menomonie.

RIVERVIEW RESERVE TRAIL Seymour Cray Sr Boule-

vard, Chippewa Falls • Paved and unpaved trails cris-cross through the Reserve and provide great viewing opportunities of the Xcel Energy Dam. This trail connects to Duncan Creek Parkway Trail and the Old Abe State Trail and is located east of Seymour Cray Blvd and south of County Highway I.


LOCAL MARKETS — CHIPPEWA FALLS MA I N S T R E E T F A R M E R S M A R K E T Across

from the Chippewa Falls Area Visitors Center, Chippewa Falls • ChippewaFallsMainSt.org Thursday afternoons from noon to 5:30pm head for fresh grown vegetables, fruits, and flowers, as well as locally made baked goods, brick oven pizzas, salsas, jams, jellies, soaps, wood carvings, crafts, and much more. Runs from June 15 to mid-October.

KLINGER FARM MARK E T 12756 132nd St., Chippewa

Falls • (715) 288-6348 • klingerfarmmarket@yahoo. com • klingerfarmmarket.biz In addition to 18 greenhouses full of flowers, vegetable plants, herbs, shrubs, trees, hanging baskets, water plants, and house plants, Klinger offers a swath of freshly grown produce, home and garden ornaments, bird baths, jams, honeys, and organic gardening products. They are open year round.

SOKUP’S MARKET 624 N Bridge St., Chippewa Falls •

(715) 723-4953 • facebook.com Located in Downtown Chippewa Falls. Fresh meat, cheese & produce. The best prices around for great quality. Family owned and operated for over 100 years.

WISSOTA ME AT MARK E T 17183 50th Avenue, Chippewa

Falls • Locally owned full-service meat market with meat, deli and seafood. Carries locally raised beef and pork weekly.

YELLOWSTONE CHEES E 24105 County Highway MM,

Cadott • yellowstonecheese.com Yellowstone Cheese offers homemade cheeses, wine, jams & jellies, mustards, maple syrup, gifts, take-n-bake pizzas, and so much more. They pride themselves on using milk from the Kenealy farm to create the over 30 flavors of cheese.

BREWERIES, WINERIES, & DISTILLERIES —

AUTUMN HARVEST W I N E R Y & O R C H A R D Open May-

October • 19947 Cty Hwy J, Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-1663 • winer@autumnharvestwinery.com • autumnharvestwinery.com Produces 13 varieties of wine including many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio seating, or peruse the gift shop.

CHIPPEWA RIVER DIS T I L L E R Y & B R E W S T E R B R O S . BREWING CO. 402 W River St, Chippewa Falls • (715)

861-5100 • chippewariverdistillery.com A brewery and distillery in Chippewa Falls with a gorgeous taproom/bar and regular visits from area food trucks. Customers are also able to bring food in or order food there. Check out their rotating selection of award-winning delicious beers and high-quality spirits.

JACOB LEINENKUGEL B R E W I N G C O M P A N Y 124 E. Elm St.,

Chippewa Falls • 888-534-6437 • leinielodge@leinenkugels.com • leinie.com Brewing since 1867, Leinenkugel’s is one of America’s oldest craft breweries, boasting a portfolio of several distinctive, flavorful beers inspired by its natural Northwoods surroundings. The brand has put Chippewa Falls on the map for their adventurous array of full-flavored brews in small, high-quality batches.

MUNSON BRIDGE WIN E R Y W6462 Bridge Rd., Withee •

(715) 229-4501 • munsonbridgewinery.com Offering a large variety of fruit wines including raspberry wine, elderberry wine, boysenberry wine, plum wine, blackberry wine, crabapple wine, cranberry wine, maple syrup Wine as well as many other seasonal favorites.

O’NEIL CREEK WINER Y Open May-December • 15369

82nd St., Bloomer • (715) 568-2341 • oneilcreekwinery. com O’Neil Creek Winery was built in the heart of the Chippewa Valley by Joe and Dorinda Wynimko featuring an assortment of fruit wines that are crisp and refreshing. Come and enjoy the scenery along with the relaxing atmosphere on our patio while you have a glass of wine.

RIVER BEND WINERY & D I S T I L L E R Y 10439 33rd Ave.,

Chippewa Falls • (715) 720-WINE • riverbendvineyard.com Visitors to the Tasting Room enjoy complimentary samples and may purchase wine by the glass or by the bottle. Gourmet foods, gifts and accessories for the wine enthusiast are also available. Attendees enjoy the view from a comfortable patio overlooking the vines.Riverbend’s debut line of Craftsman spirits are hand-made in small batches in an on-site, “grain-to-glass” distillery.

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