Madison Wisconsin is located in south-central Wisconsin and is 80 miles west of Milwaukee and 120 miles northwest of Chicago. It is often ranked near the top of the best places to live in the United States by Money magazine. It has many attractions ranging from museums to architecture to wonderful shopping and dining districts. Major Attractions One of the most visited areas is Mansion Hill. It is one of Madison's first prestigious neighborhoods, north of Capitol Hill, and established in the mid-19th-century. It features stunning Victorian architecture with amazing details. Some of the homes were also built in the Italian and German Romanesque revival styles. Another building to view here is the Governor's Mansion, which was built in classical revival architecture. The Aldo Leopold Nature Center, named after the famous conservationist, offers programs that facilitate hands on activities where they and highlight the interconnectedness of nature and humanity. They have nighttime hikes and wild life identification excursions. The Wisconsin Historical Museum gives an overview of the regional history. It has four floors and information on Native Americans fur trading, politics, and prominent figures. The Olbrich Botanical Gardens named after Michael Olbrich, has many outdoor venues, an authentic Thai Pavilion, and a spectacular glass conservatory full of tropical flowers. The Chazen Museum of Art is a university museum and has works that date back thousands of years from all over the world. The Unitarian Meetinghouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940s is listed on the national registrar of historic places. The structure is crafted of glass, copper, wood, and limestone. Wright's Taliesin is a 600 acre complex of structures that show more of Wright's interest in Asian design. Taliesin means "shining brow". For a great architectural experience, one should visit the Wisconsin State Capitol building completed in 1917, its dome is crowned with a bronze statue. It is a stately structure as it rises between the beautiful waters of Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. Restaurants Harvest is a simple restaurant that uses fresh and seasonal ingredients. It has flavorful dishes such as roasted chicken and sidewalk dining. Johnny Delmoncio's is a sophisticated steakhouse with delectable aged steaks, Moroccan spiced chicken, Maine lobster, and seared sea scallops with candied cashews. L'Etoile might be the city's most renowned restaurant and features the best local Wisconsin ingredients. Some famed dishes include seared wild king salmon, tea smoked quail, tenderloin with a red wine, and herb glazed chicken. Many local cheeses and dairy products complete the dining experience. Lombardino's has been around since 1952, and yet another local Italian favorite. The menu has stood the test of time with amazing dishes including veal tenderloin, pastas, spaghetti's, and a variety of sauces. Bahn Card Thai has many fresh vegetables and lemongrass scented dishes, Madison's first Thai restaurant and the most popular by far. Shopping Dane County Farmers Market on the Square is a year-round local market with incredible foodstuffs. Cheese, preserves, produce, meets, herbs, and many other fresh items are available. State Street is the most well known pedestrian mall and has ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and boutiques as well as art galleries, coffeehouses, and antique shops. Monroe Street is a charming neighborhood near the university. It's spread across more than a mile and offers all sorts of boutiques, art galleries, and antiques stores. Madison is a very attractive city to visit, both ascetically and visually. Beyond what is mentioned above, it is also a city that thrives in music, especially jazz and blues. There are many reasons to visit Madison and many reasons to return to this impressive town.