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Mars Cheese Castle – Road Trip from Chicago

Mars Cheese Castle Wisconsin Sign

Mars Cheese Castle, a castle off Interstate I-94 near Kenosha, Wisconsin. It’s very hard to miss the place, if you are visiting Milwaukee or Lake Geneva. Mars Cheese Castle’s history goes years back in the past! It was first opened in 1947 by Mario and Martha Ventura in schoolhouse in Kenosha. Later in 2011, due to I-94 highway expansion project, Mars Cheese Castle had to relocate further west near the same corner off I-94. I recommend you to at least stop by once during your trip. You can easily spend over an hour exploring Mars Cheese Castle.

Mars Cheese Castle Kenosha Wisconsin

Name says it all! Yes, Mars Cheese Castle is the place to explore selection of aged Cheese from all over the world. This historical place features over 700 hundred different variety of Cheese. Throughout the Cheese section you will be able to try bite sized Cheese chunks from the sample tasting displays.

Cheese Display at Cheese Curds at Mars Cheese Castle

Don’t forget to checkout their cheese curds packs. You can purchase cheese slabs at Mars Cheese Castle and ask one of the guys working behind the counter in Cheese section to cut them into small bite sized chunks. Other than selection of Cheese, there are different kinds of unique sauces and jams that you cannot find at any other stores.

Cheese Curds at Mars Cheese Castle

Mars Cheese Castle also specialize in variety of Sausages and wines. At Mars Cheese Castle you can explore different kinds of local and international wines. Check out photo perfect dining room near wine section, featuring old style huge dining table. This grand dining room features 14-ft dining table and chandelier that creates unique medieval castle theme at Mars Cheese Castle. Medieval castle themed dining room is also available for rent for private events.

Grand Dining Room at Mars Cheese Castle

It’s fun to enjoy draught beers at the bar located inside the Mars Cheese Castle. I recommend you to try New Glarus. It’s one of the best beers. At bar you get cheese spread with Ritz crackers for munching while drinking! It was pretty relaxing to spend some time drinking couple of beers at the bar. They also allow shopping while drinking! Yup, you can get your drink in plastic cup and shop around the store.

Cheese Spread and Ritz Crackers at Mars Cheese Castle Bar

If you are hungry then order food from the kitchen and relax at the table or at the bar until your order is ready. When I went there our bar tender, Lisa, suggested their #1 sandwich called reuben, made with homemade recipe using corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. Not to mention but the Food Network Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro, has listed Mars Cheese Castle’s grilled cheese sandwich on his top eight sandwiches in U.S. This place has been visited by famous people including Al McGuire, John F Kennedy, Johnny Cash and U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden.

I recommend you to make a quick stop if you are passing by Mars Cheese Castle on I-94 . If you do not travel north from Chicago then it’s worth planning a road trip to Mars Cheese Castle from Chicago one of these weekends!
Mars Cheese Castle is located at 2800 W. Frontage Rd., Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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