New Beautification Awards to Recognize the “Best of the Best” All Year Long

The mission of the South Milwaukee Beautification Committee is “to promote, encourage, and work to enhance the beauty of the City of South Milwaukee.”

Our new Beautification Awards program will bring that mission to life, one local property at a time, all year long.

We are proud to unveil the Beautification Awards, a series of honors for the “best of the best” homes, businesses and organizations when it comes to making our city beautiful. Details below, with much more to come.

Start planting and decorating now, and get ready to submit your entries!

June: Garden Tour Awards
These awards are only open to those already chosen to take part in the South Milwaukee Historical Society Garden Tour and Art Fair on June 22.

The Beautification Committee will select the winners, ahead of the event. Grand prize is $75, and that winner also receives a proclamation, decorative signage, recognition on city/mayor digital platforms, and additional Historical Society awards.

Congratulation to our 2019 Garden Tour Award Winner: Wil-o-Way

August: Curb Appeal Awards
The South Milwaukee Curb Appeal Awards are presented annually to South Milwaukee businesses, homeowners and civic organizations who devote extra effort to their property’s beautification, through landscaping and other street-facing efforts. Judging criteria include utilization of color, appropriateness for the architecture of the structure, originality, lawn upkeep, and decorative exterior structures. Properties also will be judged on the overall exterior appearance of their buildings.  Current-year Garden Tour entrants are also not eligible.

The recipients of the Beautification Awards are selected by the Beautification Committee in early August. The Beautification Awards are nomination-based, with nominations being solicited using Facebook and this online form. Each of the homeowners will receive a yard sign.  The businesses will receive everything but the cash prize.

Congratulations to our 2019 Curb Appeal Award winners:  

  • 628 Hawthorne Avenue
  • 612 Lake Drive
  • 1410 17th Avenue
  • 1214 17th Avenue
  • 1732 Oak Street
  • 216 Menomonee Ave
  • Taco Stop, 513 N Chicago Avenue
  • South Milwaukee McDonald’s, 2715 S Chicago Avenue
  • Friends of Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse, 100 Hawthorne Avenue


October: Rocketober Awards
The Rocketober Awards will recognize those with the best fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving-themed decorations on their homes or businesses. All decorations must be up by October 21, recipients are selected by the Beautification Committee the following week. The Rocketober Awards are nomination-based, with nominations being solicited using Facebook, SM Works app, and an this online form. Up to three winners will each receive a sign, and recognition at a city council meeting or on city/mayor digital platforms. Additional details to be determined.

Congratulations to our 2019 Rocketober Award winners: 

  • 517 Michigan Ave
  • 1720 Manitoba Ave
  • 1384 James Circle
  • 1412 Manistique Ave
  • 1612 Manistique Ave

December: Light Up South Milwaukee Holiday Lights Awards
We are bringing back the successful 2017 program. The awards honor the South Milwaukee homes and businesses with the best outdoor holiday lights displays. Winners will receive a yard sign and digital recognition.