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Parking and Transportation

Parking at MIAD

Street parking: The neighborhood surrounding MIAD offers metered street parking; most meters are two-hour maximum. Download the MKE Park app for convenience when paying for metered parking.

Surface lots: Paid parking is available at several nearby surface lots and parking structures.

  • Babcock Auto Springs Lot, 310 E. Erie St. (on the northeast corner of Erie and Young Streets, kitty corner from MIAD).
  • Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street

For more information on parking structures and surface lots, see the Historic Third Ward’s parking information.


MIAD commuter students can obtain paid parking permit for a lot a few blocks from MIAD’s main campus. Overnight parking is allowed, with some restrictions; contact MIAD security for further information.

To register for a permit, visit the MIAD Parking Registration Form.

Historic Third Ward


Bus Transportation

See the Milwaukee County Transit System website for more information on bus routes to transport you to MIAD.


All MIAD students with 12 credits or more can ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses for free through the UPASS program. For information, contact Matthew Stricker, Associate Director of Student Services.


TMJ4 features two MIAD graduates during AAPI month

Stephanie Brown of TMJ4 News featured recent graduates Mengdian Xing ’23 (Product Design) and her sister Lynn Xing ’23 (Interior Architecture and Design) during a month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.

Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy features Illustration faculty

Ever since he was a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Associate Professor of Illustration John Matson has incorporated fantasy illustration into his work. This lifelong fascination has led to a fruitful career as a fantasy illustrator and educator, most recently manifesting in an invitation to attend a Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy as a guest illustrator.

Successful Creative Fusion gala closes Our Creative Future campaign

Raising more than $10 million is no small feat. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) announced it had exceeded its comprehensive campaign goal of $10 million after its annual fundraising gala Creative Fusion: Fashion Forward, where donors generously raised more than $485,000 in scholarship support on May 6, 2023.

2023 Penfield Poster Competition bolsters professional experience

This year’s Penfield Poster winners have been announced! In collaboration with advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt, 80 juniors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) designed posters for the Annual Croquet Ball fundraiser at the Penfield Children’s Center.