Living in Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is located in the state capital of Wisconsin. The Greater Madison area is home to a wealth of activities: art fairs, festivals, expositions, theater and other special events. Madison is a city of approximately 208,000 people. There are several major metropolitan areas nearby: Chicago 146 miles, Milwaukee 77 miles, and Minneapolis-St. Paul 258 miles. Madison is home to a regional airport which provides service to each of these metropolitan areas daily. In addition, shuttle bus service is available to both Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Madison is a unique and beautiful city with opportunties for fun, education, and growth. The Chazen Museum of Art is one of the finest college galleries in the country and is currently undergoing an extensive expansion. The museum houses the famous collection of Japanese prints left to the University by J.H. Van Vleck, Nobel Laureate in Physics. There are at least a dozen organizations that produce live theater, dance, symphony, and opera in Madison. Madison is home to 150 parks, including the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, which is open year-round to visitors wishing to explore its 1,200 acres of natural forests, prairie and orchards. Madison also provides extensive opportunities for the sports enthusiast. The city is home to three lakes that provide opportunities for a wide variety of water sports. There are 150 miles of bike trails, 100 miles of cross-country ski trails and 40 outdoor skating rinks. The UW campus is home to several recreation facilities including the South East Recreational Facility (SERF, under renovation to be reopened as the Nicolas Recreation Center in 2020), the Nielsen Tennis Stadium (12 indoor courts), the Natatorium and the McClain Sports Center.  

Visit the following Web sites for more information about living in the greater Madison area:

The Greater Madison Convention and Visitor Bureau
The University of Wisconsin-Madison: About Madison
Official City of Madison Web site
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