From the farmers market to the film festival to Friday-night open mics, there's so much more to this revitalized, reborn river city than you might expect. It's a little bit of everything that you'd find anywhere else, but flavored by Wisconsin, the Midwest, and its diverse inhabitants. Some would say it's an acquired taste. To them, we say: What, you don't like cheese curds?
But don't just take our word for it. In a spring 2010 interview in Pitchfork Magazine, indie-punk band Titus Andronicus named Beloit, Wis., one of its two favorite places to play on earth. Why? Because it's "full of decent, goodhearted, salt-of-the-earth people, who are free of pretension and just want to have a good time," they said, after playing a gig on campus.
Beloit's only about an hour-and-a-half drive from Chicago and Milwaukee—O'Hare International Airport is just a quick, easy bus ride away—and the state capital, Madison, is just a 45-minute drive on Interstate 90. But with multiple events happening on campus every night, the problem is not usually what to do, but what you'll have to miss.