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📍 This is Epic (literally)
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The campus grounds are open to the public for casual strolls. | Photo by 608today
While only 10 miles away from the heart of Madison’s isthmus, visiting Epic can feel like traveling to a faraway land.

Founded in 1979, Epic is a software company best known for developing MyChart. Its 1,100-acre headquarters is located in Verona. The company’s unique approach to designing its offices has drawn attention from the likes of The New York Times.

Intrigued? You can check it out for yourself. The headquarters is open for self-guided tours and is currently in the process of expanding.

👟 Self-guided tours

Weekends | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | This campus map includes driving directions for your journey to Epic.

Weekdays | 2:30-5 p.m. | To be mindful of employees, groups larger than seven are not permitted during the week.

Pro tip: Prepare to walk. We toured three of the headquarters’ campuses in four hours (and walked 14,000 steps).

Current campuses:

Central Park | Each building — Heaven, Isis, Juno, and Kohoutek — adheres to a celestial theme. You’ll encounter a slide instead of stairs, a dragon’s lair, and funhouse mirrors.

Farm | This campus boasts a giant red barn office building, and its name is earned with the inclusion of a fully functioning farm.

Prairie | Home to some of Epic’s very first buildings, this is where you’ll start your journey. Once parked, head past Humpty Dumpty to find yourself in Andromeda, where the visitor’s desk awaits you.

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You’ll go down the rabbit hole when exploring the Storybook campus. | Photo by 608today

Storybook | All of your favorite childhood tales come to life in this area of Epic. Think: “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and Jules Verne classics.

Wizards Academy | “Harry Potter” fans can live out their wizarding fantasies in the Dementor tunnel, the observatory, and the Great Hall (keep an eye out for pictures that come to life).

🏗️ Coming soon

Epic is currently constructing its sixth campus, Other Worlds, inspired by “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia.” The campus will feature:
  • Azland, with a giant wardrobe entrance to a lion king’s realm
  • Elvendell, a valley-themed building showcasing elven craftsmanship
  • Floating Forest, a glass-walled building with trees
  • Underhill, an underground cafeteria
  • Black Hole, an underground parking structure
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Epic’s new addition will take inspiration from “Lord of the Rings.” | Rendering via Epic

The buildings should be ready by early 2026.
Victory Homes
Monday, June 10
  • Parks Alive | Monday, June 10 | 5-8 p.m. | Allied Park, 2370 Revival Ridge, Madison | Free | Stop by to get a library card, learn about library resources, and pick up some merch, all while enjoying some time outside.
  • Chamber Music Festival: High Fidelity | Monday, June 10-Sunday, June 23 | Times vary | Hamel Music Center, 740 University Ave., Madison | $10-$53 | Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society’s 33rd summer chamber music festival features nine different concerts spiked with stories about the music, mystery guests, and door prizes over three weekends.*
Tuesday, June 11
  • Afroman | Tuesday, June 11 | 6:30-11:30 p.m. | The Annex, 1206 Regent St., Madison | $25-$160 | Afroman, whose resume includes rapper, singer, songwriter, political candidate, and comedian, is visiting Madison on his “Presidential Tour.”
  • Wine School: Uncorking Spring’s Light & Bright Whites | Tuesday, June 11 | 7 p.m. | Leopold’s Books Bar Caffe, 1301 Regent St., Madison | $30 | Learn about and sample five bright white wines with a local sommelier.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Madison Queer Bike Ride | Wednesday, June 12 | 6-8 p.m. | Law Park, 410 S. Blair St., Madison | Free | Join this party pace bike ride with the LGBTQ+ community and allies.
  • Astronomy on Tap | Wednesday, June 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison | Free | A cosmic night will be had at the art museum where topics such as groundbreaking X-ray astronomy will be discussed.
Thursday, June 13
  • Madison Night Market | Thursday, June 13 | 5-9 p.m. | State Street and Capitol Square, Madison | Free | Browse over 100 vendors and check out food carts and pop-up restaurant experiences in the heart of downtown.
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Let’s hear it for the Dads
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Still need a Father’s Day gift? Head to the H-D Museum to find something as unique as him. | Photo courtesy of Harley-Davidson Museum
Celebrate the father figure who helped steer you through life’s peaks and valleys at the Harley-Davidson Museum this Father’s Day. (Pro tip: All dads get in free.)

A full-throttle family day at the museum features sizzling bites hot off the grill at MOTOR Bar & Restaurant, barley pops from Indeed Brewing Company, and one-of-a-kind treasures at the Harley-Davidson® Shop and H-D® Factory Outlet.

Swap tales and dad jokes as you soak up H-D’s rich history and new exhibits found on the museum’s sprawling 20-acre campus in downtown Milwaukee.
†Receive one (1) Harley-Davidson Museum General Admission adult ticket when you mention the Father’s Day offer. Valid for entry only on Sunday, June 16, 2024, for in-person use at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not valid for online purchases. Non-transferable. Cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer not valid on previously purchased Harley-Davidson Museum tickets. It cannot be combined with any other offer, discount or promotion. Offer is subject to change without notice. Void were prohibited or restricted by law.
News Notes
  • A new Latin-inspired restaurant will open atop the Moxy Hotel this fall. Atico, Spanish for “penthouse,” is owned by Pasqual’s Cantina owner Ben Roberts, and will focus on craft cocktails and a refined food menu. (Wisconsin State Journal)
Plan Ahead
  • Effective Monday, July 1, the City will add a convenience fee of $0.45 for each Park Smarter mobile payment transaction. The fee can be avoided by paying for parking directly at the meter.
  • UW Credit Union’s new corporate headquarters is open. The $65 million, four-building campus is located at 8033 Excelsior Dr. Designed by KEE Architecture and constructed by Findorff, it includes geothermal heating and cooling, solar technology, and bird-safe windows. (WKOW)
  • Tabby & Jack’s is now open in Verona at 301 W. Verona Ave. This is the locally-owned pet store’s ninth location in the area. (In Business)
  • $40,000. That’s the funding the Dane County Board of Supervisors approved to go toward food needs in Madison-area neighborhoods targeted by the City’s Office for Equity and Inclusion. (WKOW)
  • Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells will be a bit more wild come fall, with the addition of the Aquavia Lumina Night Walk. Created by Moment Factory, the attraction will allow guests to travel through a mystical canyon, complete with lighting effects, video projections, and music.
  • Get ready to hop off the plane at LAX. You can book a round-trip, nonstop ticket from MSN to LAX in July. Or visit other (literally) hot spots like Tampa or Orlando.^
Featured Deal
  • Woman-owned business Royal Highnies uses airy, 400-thread count Pima cotton to create luxury loungewear for the whole family. It all began with boxer shorts, and now, trademarked Highnies are sold in over 500 retailers — but you can snag free hats for Father’s Day exclusively online with code ROYALDADDY24.*
  • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: the Horizon hearing aid. (This is not your grandpa’s hearing device.) See if you qualify for a free trial.*
⏳ The rest is history
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The Greenbush neighborhood’s historical marker. | Photo via Historical Marker Database
Calling all history buffs. Dane County is looking to its residents to help create new historical markers, especially ones that are significant to historically underrepresented groups.

How it works

Using the online survey, share a place, street, neighborhood, building, business, or cultural event — past or present — that you believe is significant to your community, culture, or history. This could be an event from a century ago or something happening today.

Be prepared to answer the following questions regarding your marker submission:
  • What group or groups of people is this location important to?
  • What happened at this location?
  • Who was involved in this event?
  • Where did this event take place? Think: Was/is it a specific type of building?
The final decision on which sites receive a physical sign will be up to the Dane County Heritage Preservation Commission. Significant sites that don’t receive a physical marker may be added to an interactive online map that will be posted for the public.
The Buy
Cool off on National Iced Tea Day with refreshing peach iced tea from Oliver Pluff & Co. Plus, you can purchase by the pound.
The Wrap
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From the editor
Did anyone else go to the Marquette Waterfront Festival this weekend? I snagged a good bridge spot to watch the zany boat parade on Sunday. Follow us on Instagram, where I’ll be posting a highlight reel of some of the wacky watercrafts.

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