The beautiful city of Chippewa Falls sits along the Chippewa River just northeast of Eau Claire where U.S. 53 and Highways 29, 124, and 178 meet up. This town of 14,000 is practically synonymous with Leinenkugel’s Brewery; however, Chippewa Falls offers a wide variety of things to do and see from outdoor recreation to a zoo and park where the buffalo truly do roam, historic mansions, a vibrant downtown for shopping and lodging, performing arts, and celebrations such as Oktoberfest, Pure Water Days, and the Northern Wisconsin State Fair.
In fact, the Northern Wisconsin State Fair just concluded a few weeks ago on the beautiful and fun fairgrounds that bears the event’s name. These Fairgrounds are just north of the Leinenkugel’s Brewery and across the street (Highway 124, the historic U.S. 53 route) from Irvine Park. The city’s Springfest, Oktoberfest, and other major events also take place on these grounds throughout the year.
Check out our State Trunk Tour Podcast on Chippewa Falls with Chippewa Chamber’s Tourism Director Jackie Boos. Find out more about the city, two wineries, a craft brewery on top of the Leinie’s you know already, history, arts, downtown, Irvine Park & Zoo, events, and plenty more:
State Trunk Tour picks include Riverbend Vineyard & Winery, Irvine Park & Zoo, Lake Wissota State Park, the Chippewa River Distillery & Brewster Brothers Brewing Company, the Heyde Center for the Performing Arts, and of course a tour at the Leinenkugel Brewing Company. Chippewa Falls’ downtown has been booming, with the new Cobblestone Hotel & Suites opening up, more new restaurants to go with some of the long-standing classics, boutique shopping, and a lot of walkable blocks that let you explore.