Here they are! The results of the 2018 CHATTER MATTERS.

We polled people in a variety of locations this year, as well as online at madisonessentials.com. We also included questions relating specifically to the home environment this year. Listed here are the top 2 to 3 most popular answers. As always, Madison is thoughtful, creative, and fun! Thanks for caring about what makes Madison tick!

We look forward to next year’s CHATTER MATTERS. Keep speaking up Madison!

THANK YOU!

CHATTER MATTERS 2018 Winners

(most popular answers)

ESSENTIAL CHANGE (One thing you'd like to see):

  • More Parking
  • Less Traffic
  • Fewer Potholes

ESSENTIAL GRUB (Best thing you recently ate out):

  • Poutine @The Great Dane
  • Mexican Food @El Poblano
  • Gyros @Parthenon

ESSENTIAL PURCHASE (Best thing you recently bought at a LOCAL store):

  • Gnome Ornament @Gingko Tree
  • Paddling Accessories @Rutabaga
  • Jewelry @Twigs

ESSENTIAL WORK OUT (Favorite way/place to exercise):

  • Bike Trails
  • Biking to Breweries
  • Walking/Running on Bike Trails

ESSENTIAL WORLD FLAVOR (Best ethnic food recently tried):

  • Ramen @Umami
  • Hummus from Bunky’s
  • El Poblano

ESSENTIAL EDUCATION (Best recent experience):

  • Wisconsin Film Festival
  • Culinary Classes @vomFASS
  • Yoga

ESSENTIAL POLITICS (Name one positive thing):

  • People becoming more vocal/active about their political beliefs
  • Paul Ryan retiring
  • Paul Soglin remaining an old hippie

ESSENTIAL WEATHER (Describe our Wisconsin climate):

  • Feels more and more like ALASKA!
  • Something Bipolar (Dentist, Schizophrenic, Egomaniac, etc.)
  • A dice roll in a bar

ESSENTIAL ANIMALS (Favorite animal-related things):

  • Dog Walk: Dog Parks
  • Zoo Exhibit: Polar Bears
  • Wildlife: Cranes
  • Pet Shopping: Mounds

ESSENTIAL “FIRED UP” (What got you excited recently?):

  • Badgers any sport
  • Breese Stevens Field concerts
  • Summer Boating Season

ESSENTIAL KIDS (Favorite activity with kids):

  • Boating/Renting Boats
  • Children’s Museum
  • Zoo

ESSENTIAL SOUND (Best recent music experience):

  • Union Terrace Live Music
  • Breese Stevens Field Concerts
  • Overture Center

ESSENTIAL SURROUNDINGS (Favorite spot near Madison):

  • Devil’s Lake
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Taliesin

ESSENTIAL SPORTS STORY (Most inspiring recent sports news):

  • JJ Watt’s Philanthropy
  • Wisconsin beats Iowa (football)
  • Frank Kaminsky

ESSENTIAL WATERS (Favorite body of water):

  • Lake Monona
  • Lake Superior
  • Wisconsin River

ESSENTIAL DATE NIGHT (Favorite spot/activity):

  • Brunch Downtown
  • Union Terrace

ESSENTIAL CHEESEHEAD (Favorite way to cook with LOCAL cheese):

  • No Cooking: Just Eat it Plain!
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Fry it!

ESSENTIAL ICONS (What comes to mind first/word association):

  • Beltline…Annoying
  • State Street…Shopping
  • Willy Street…Restaurants
  • East Wash…Emerging
  • John Nolen Drive…Beautiful

ESSENTIAL VISITORS (One thing visitors to the area must see):

  • Union Terrace
  • New Glarus Brewery
  • Capitol Building

ESSENTIAL “IFs” (If Madison were a ?) :

  • Pizza…main topping would be CHEESE
  • Cake…frosting would be CREAM CHEESE
  • Race Horse…name would be SIR DRINKS A LOT
  • Song…title would be “JUMP AROUND”

ESSENTIAL PRIDE OF PLACE (What are you proud of?):

  • Charitable People
  • Our Dairy Farmers
  • UW Madison

ESSENTIAL INSPIRATION (What/who inspired you recently?):

  • Madison’s Poet Laureate
  • Frank Kaminsky
  • Paul Chryst

MY HOME SWEET HOME

FAVORITE GARDEN THING:

  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Basil

MY OUTDOOR SPACE NEEDS MORE…

  • Trees
  • Paved Areas
  • Privacy Fencing

FAVORITE SNOW DAY ACTIVITY:

  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Snowshoeing

AS SOON AS WINTER IS OVER…

  • Open the Windows!
  • Get the Bike Out
  • Sweat Profusely!

FAVORITE HOLIDAY DECOR:

  • The Christmas Tree
  • Anything Stars & Stripes
  • Fireplace Mantel Décor

FAVORITE COOKOUT FOOD:

  • Brats
  • Burgers
  • Shrimp

RECENT SMALL HOME PROJECT:

  • Painting
  • Furniture Refinishing
  • Raised Beds for Gardening

NEXT HOME PROJECT:

  • Building a Deck
  • New Kitchen Cabinets
  • More Insulation

FAVORITE KITCHEN THING:

  • Crockpot
  • Dishwasher
  • Water Filtration Device

I NEED TO GET RID OF…

  • My Sofa
  • Old Clothes

ONE RECREATIONAL TOY I WOULD LIKE:

  • Kayak
  • Inner Tube for River Rafting
  • Stand Up Paddleboard

I WANT TO PAINT MY…

  • I Want to Paint my Bedroom Light Blue/Grey.

MOST UNUSUAL OBJECT DISPLAYED IN MY HOME:

  • Apothecary Medicine Cabinet
  • Fossilized Wood
  • My Husband!

FAVORITE HOME GOODS STORE:

  • Century House
  • Orange Tree Imports
  • Odana Antiques

MY LIVING ROOMS NEEDS…

  • Bigger, SMART tv
  • Less Furniture
  • More Pillows

LEAST FAVORITE MAINTENANCE JOB:

  • Cleaning the Gutters
  • Yard Work
  • Dusting

FAVORITE SPOT IN MY HOUSE:

  • Kitchen
  • My Bed!
  • Patio or Deck

LAST THING I PURCHASED FOR MY HOME:

  • Pillows
  • Area Rugs
  • A Puppy!

BEST THING ABOUT MADISON'S NEIGHBORHOODS:

  • They are Safe
  • Bike Paths Nearby
  • Unique Architecture

IF I COULD CHANGE SOMETHING ABOUT THE AREA WHERE I LIVE:

  • Better Snow Plowing in Winter
  • More Neighborhood Restaurants in Suburbs
  • More Sidewalks

IF I HAD TO MOVE, I WOULD GO TO…

  • Colorado
  • Seattle
  • The South