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Memorial Union Terrace

This popular venue was established in 1928 by the University of Wisconsin to provide a space where students can gather and the university can host college fests, alumni events, and other functions. But with magnificent views of the adjoining lakes and an easy-going ambiance, the Memorial Union Terrace quickly became a hotspot for students. Today, it hosts a variety of events, like the popular Annual UW Credit Union Summer Stage concert series and Lakeside Cinema, which is held every Monday throughout summer. In the winter, the iconic Terrace chairs removed to make room for an ice rink. You can even see ice skating and snowboarding competitions. Though the Terrace has undergone several transformations since first being built, it manages to retain its charm no matter the season.

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is a multi-purpose venue ideally located on the banks of the Lake Monona, Madison, WI. Inaugurated in 1997, the convention center is available for meetings, conference, and other types of events and can accommodate up to 4,000 guests at a single time. The main attraction of this luxurious space is the rooftop area which is ideal for thematic weddings and parties with their in-house catering. The venue is available for community events and functions as a meeting point for political and welfare groups.

Kohl Center

The Kohl Center, home of the University of Wisconsin's basketball and hockey teams, provide athletes with fantastic facilities: spacious locker-rooms, a lounge with a sound system, a study room equipped with computers, and a video room! It does not fail to satisfy the fans either; suites, instant-replay monitors, and a high powered sound system make for a spectacular sporting experience. Moreover, the Kohl Center has outstanding facilities for the disabled, including 300-odd seats for the handicapped, and TTY-equipped telephones for the hearing and speech-impaired.

Orpheum Theater

An iconic landmark in Madison, the Orpheum Theater has a history that dates back to the 1920s. A vaudeville venue best known for hosting a variety of concerts and stand-up shows, Orpheum was and still is one of the city's best-known entertainment spots. Containing also a movie theater of its own, this venue is host and sponsor to many local and national film festivals. The hard-to-miss sign that catches each eye coming down State Street is an example of the theater's art deco exterior, and once inside, the statue of Orpheus himself, as well as the staircase and chandeliers, regale the opulence of the French Renaissance period. The captivating ambiance coupled with a lineup of the best acts and artists makes the Orpheum one of the best places to discover in Madison.

High Noon Saloon

Opened in 2004, High Noon Saloon has made a niche for itself in the city's live music scene. Primarily a live music venue, it is also a bar where you can tipple on drinks during happy hours and nosh on pizzas by Glass Nickel. You can also enjoy some bar games for some added entertainment. From local bands to national acts and international artists, their shows offer a wide range of music that keeps it eclectic and engaging. Some of musicians who have played at this popular place are The Breeders, Danny Brown, PHUN and Fishbone. The venue is also available for other musical and private events.

Overture Center for the Arts

Overture Center for the Arts is an advanced performing arts center and among the best of its kind, the city has to offer. This beautiful complex comprises of the opulent Capitol Theater, intimate Playhouse, the grand Overture Hall, elegant Promenade Hall, lobbies, terrace, galleries, and a studio. From operas to theater, musicals to recitals, art exhibits to puppet shows and Broadway acts, there are loads going on to keep you enthralled and entertained at this place.

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