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Milwaukee, Wisconsin: World's Only Polka Escalator (Gone)

From 1998 to 2023 you could push a button next to the Polka Escalator to hear foot-tapping favorites while ascending or descending past a wall of photos of polka fans.

Wisconsin Center

Wisconsin Center, 6th St. and Wisconsin Ave., near the Hilton Hotel skywalk.
Ripped out in 2023.

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World's Only Polka Escalator

The polka escalator is in danger!

[Ron Renken, 07/09/2023]

The polka escalator is kaput. Artist Dick Blau, who in 1998 created the "Polka Time!" push-button escalator, said that it was being ripped out as part of a building renovation.

Polka Escalator.

World's Only Polka Escalator

Getting ready to polka up the escalator. Watch out for the old guy guarding the hallway. Seeing the world's only polka escalator is not a good enough reason to be in the convention center, apparently.

[Joseph Klotz, 07/24/2018]

Push to Play Polka.

World's Only Polka Escalator

What a treat! Totally worth a stop. As of 6-23-2018 it is up and running and fun!

[Lindsay, 06/26/2018]
World's Only Polka Escalator

Closed to the public; unless you are there for a convention they will not let you in. Also, it is under construction summer/fall 2017.

[Adventures Of Cluckleberry Hen, 08/19/2017]

The Polka Escalator is only off-limits because of the construction. When the construction work is finished later this year, the Polka Escalator will reopen.

Polka Time!

World's Only Polka Escalator

The polka music was turned off during our visit. Hopefully it will be back on next time!

[Amy, 08/24/2014]

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