Life In Kenosha

Short commutes, affordable housing, a growing economy, beautiful lakefront, and a vibrant arts scene help residents of Kenosha County find balance. Balance in their work, home life, free time, and personal finances.

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Shopping + Dining


Between popular favorites and locally owned options, Kenosha County offers shopping and dining experiences for a variety of styles and occasions.

Find unique offerings of all kinds at Kenosha’s European-style outdoor marketplace – HarborMarket – held every Saturday morning throughout the summer.

Fresh foods and handmade goods

Featuring vendors, artisans and performers from across the Midwest, Kenosha’s series of European-style public markets offer a unique shopping experience to Kenoshans year-round. The HarborMarket on the coast of Lake Michigan and WestoshaMarket in Wilmot are bustling in the summer with more than 150 vendors offering fresh foods and goods outdoors on a weekly basis, while a smaller indoor market is held during the winter months in the historic Rhode Center for the Arts.

Kenosha HarborMarket

The Jockey Store in Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets is a hometown favorite.

Brand names at outlet prices

One of Kenosha County’s biggest attractions is the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets where shoppers can save big at 90 brand name stores. Nike, J. Crew, Calvin Klein, Coach and Under Armor are just a few of the names you might recognize.

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets

Lulu Birds in Downtown Kenosha blends the old with the new to create some unique finds!

Shopping for that perfect something

Downtown Kenosha is home to a number of local shops and businesses including a locally owned, old fashioned pharmacy, a pet supply store, a men’s fine clothier and shops that feature up-cycled, recycled, and handmade items.  Throughout Kenosha County, you will find unique storefronts that will encourage you to explore and discover something new.

Downtown Kenosha Shopping

Tenuta’s Italian Grocery & Delicatessan has been a Kenosha tradition since Italian immigrant John N. Tenuta took ownership of a small corner store, just larger than a two-car garage, in 1950.  As Tenuta’s grew, it realized they couldn’t compete with the big grocers so they decided to specialize in merchandise that would cater to Kenosha’s Italian community.  Since then, the store has expanded significantly to accommodate its growing selection of specialty merchandise from all over the world.  You never know what you’re going to find at Tenuta’s, but you can bet it will be delicious.

Food for any taste

Wisconsin’s passion for food is well known, and Kenosha County is no different! From the classic Brat Stop and iconic Frank’s Diner for casual fare to the historic Stage Stop and jazzy Sazzy B for something more gourmet, Kenosha is proud of its variety of dining options.   House of Gerhard, Big Star, Wine Knot, Waterfront Warehouse, Ashling’s on the Lough, The 1844, La Fogata, The Spot, Hob Nob – these are just a few of the exciting spots to embark on a culinary adventure. There’s so many to explore that every February, Downtown Kenosha hosts the popular Restaurant Week, giving people a chance to come out and try something delicious.

Dine in Kenosha

The Stella Hotel & Ballroom is the successful revitalization of a historic, 100-year-old building into a premier destination boutique hotel. Our state-of-the-art amenities meet the needs of both leisure and business guests at this luxury hotel located in downtown Kenosha.

Kenosha’s knows its Italian

Kenosha has historically been a very Italian city.  Every neighborhood can boast of a favorite local pizzeria and a popular local event is the annual Pizza Bake Off that crowns the best pizza in town.  Villa d’Carlo’s, Casa Capri, Tuscany Bistro, Renzo’s, Luigi’s, Infusino’s, DeRangos’s are just some of the family favorites that serve heaping portions of  pasta, pizza, calzones, meatballs and more. If you like Italian, you’ll love Kenosha!

Mangia Wine Bar in Downtown Kenosha is owned by award-winning chef Tony Mantuano.
The Hob Nob is a quintessential Wisconsin Supper Club.  You’ll find fish fries on Friday night, Prime Rib on Saturday, and steaks, fresh seafood, legendary cocktails and their signature ice cream drinks every night of the week. Known for their vintage decor and beautiful views of Lake Michigan, Hob Nob is a Kenosha County experience not to be missed.

Explore more

Find out more about shopping and dining throughout Kenosha County:

Downtown Kenosha

There are lots of exciting and unique places to shop and eat (and repeat) in Downtown Kenosha:

Downtown Kenosha