Kenosha is Wisconsin's fourth largest city and is located in the state's southeast region. Many of its residents commute to jobs elsewhere, leading to its appellation as "Chicago's northernmost suburb."

Get in

By train

By bus

Wisconsin Coach Lines. Service from Milwaukee, Racine, and O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Get around

Street Car in downtown Kenosha

By Car

There are some things to keep in mind when navigating or receiving directions on Kenosha roads. Kenosha is a planned city. Unlike it's sister city Racine, it is laid out in a grid and has a logical order to its addresses. Streets run east-west, avenues run north-south. Any road that deviates from these directions will be called a road, place or circle and these are often named (most have a number as well). All roads are numbered and the number increases the further south and west you travel. Addresses are created by taking the road's number that cuts across the road you are on (to the north if on an avenue and to the east if on a street) and appending the two digit house number. Odd numbered addresses are on found on the east side of avenues and south side of streets. This would be called the "odd" side of the road and the opposite side would be called the "even" side, to use the local parlance.

Most locals omit the street or avenue designation of the road when giving directions, if they are referring to a main artery of the city. Of note is 75th (street), 60th (street) and 22nd (avenue) but this is by no means an exhaustive list. 75th and 50 (the avenue's highway designation) are often used interchangeably.

There is alternate side parking city-wide from December 1st to April 1st, between 1am and 6am. If the day's date is an odd number you park on the "odd" side of the street and on the "even" side if the date is even.

Car Rentals

The majority of car rental services are located on or very near 75th street.

By Bus

By Taxi

Taxi services in Kenosha are not nearly as useful as they are in larger cities. They often quote pick-up times of over a half hour, show up late, or don't show up at all. The situation is especially bad on the weekend. If you are drinking in Kenosha (a traditional and time-honored pastime), ensure you have a designated driver and do not rely on the taxi services. It is more recommended to use a ride sharing app, such as Uber, if you do not have or are not renting a car.

By Streetcar


Kenosha North Pier Lighthouse




Kenosha was founded by successive waves of English, German, Scandinavian, Irish, Italian and Eastern European immigrants. Thus, its culinary institutions are quite diverse. The city has the usual chain restaurants, including Applebees, Chili's, Red Robin, Culvers. It also has a number of very good local restaurants. Kenosha has a high saturation of bars and many serve food far above the usual bar-pizza food. There is a smoking ordinance in effect which prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars unless they have a completely segregated smoking room with separate ventilation.


Common Kenosha pizza is made with a thin, cracker-like crust and served in squares, in contrast to the deep-dish style Chicago is known for. Most locations also offer thicker crusts (commonly referred to as "double dough") and deep dish. Don't ask the locals what the best pizza place is since you will get a different answer each time. Every Kenoshan has a favorite and will fiercely defend it when it's time to order. It's better to ask what isn't a good place for pizza; the answer will be more consistent and have fewer entries.


Kenoshans love breakfast, and that is reflected in a number of unique breakfast places.





Go next

Routes through Kenosha

Milwaukee Racine  W/N  E/S  Gurnee Chicago
Delavan Lake Geneva  W  E  END
END  N  S  Waukegan Chicago

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