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Vilas Overview & Neighbor Resources  


introducing Our unique NEIGHBORHOOD

Bordered by Lake Wingra and Vilas Zoo to the south, Greenbush to the east, vibrant Monroe Street to the north, and Edgewood College to the west, Vilas occupies a very unique location in the beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin.  This highly walkable neighborhood is made of up dedicated residents who believe in maintaining this special place as a beautiful, vibrant place to live. 

In Vilas, you'll hear the sounds of Wisconsin football touchdowns echoed by the roaring of lions from the zoo.  You'll enjoy walks and biking along the wooded shores of Lake Wingra, and celebrate the seasons in the Arboretum.  Enjoy Vilas Park and its playgrounds, its tennis courts, and its ice rinks.  Mingle with your neighbors at neighborhood gatherings, and see the best costumes at the Halloween Party or the happiness of the summer block party.  And end the day with an amazing meal at a Monroe St restaurant or food cart.  Welcome to our neighborhood.

Neighbor listserv

In addition to this web site, there are currently two main forums for neighborhood communication.  If you are a neighbor, please join the conversations:

  • Yahoo Group. Please visit and request to join. This group is moderated by neighbor Brad Ricker.

  • Nextdoor. Please visit and search for Vilas. (Note: The VNA does not typically post notices on this listserv.)

Madison Police Neighborhood resource officer

Officer Christopher Marzullo


Nearby are a number of places to eat, drink, be merry, enjoy music, or all of the above.  Please visit our neighborhood establishments.

Learn more about Monroe Street by visiting the Monroe Street Merchants Association.