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With racks of brochures, Cleveland imagery on the walls and large, flat-screen monitors featuring interactive maps and video highlights of the region, the Downtown Cleveland Visitors Center is the perfect place to start your visit. Knowledgeable CLE concierge ambassadors staff the center and are available to answer questions, give directions and provide maps, help plan itineraries, sell attraction tickets, offer cost savings coupons and book dining, hotel, and car rental reservations. So, stop in. We’ll give you personal attention, let you in on “insider” travel tips and give you everything you’ll need to get started exploring Cleveland and the surrounding region.
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In Cleveland, “soda” is referred to as “pop.” If you hear “Burning River” or “Holy Moses,” it’s just someone ordering a craft beer made locally by Great Lakes Brewing Company. Many Clevelanders identify themselves as being either eastsiders or westsiders (the division being the Cuyahoga River), but all seem to claim downtown.
Cleveland has a proud history that is 227 years in the making. General Moses Cleaveland of the Connecticut Land Company came to the Western Reserve and founded the City of Cleveland in 1796. The name changed to its current spelling in 1831 when the “a” was dropped in order to fit the city’s name on a newspaper masthead.
Cleveland is the home of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman, as well as a filming location for major motion pictures, including “A Christmas Story,” “The Avengers” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Oscar winners Paul Newman and Halle Berry hail from the region. So does Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Walsh, who honed his craft with The James Gang in the 1970s with the popular single “Funk #49.” LifeSavers candy, the modern golf ball and the electric streetlight are all Cleveland firsts invented right here in Cleveland.
Location + Population
Cleveland, located in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) in the State of Ohio within Cuyahoga County, is on the southern shore of Lake Erie, part of the Great Lakes Region.
Cleveland-Akron-Canton comprises the 15th largest combined metro area in the United States with more than 2 million residents in the Greater Cleveland metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and nearly 400,000 in the City of Cleveland.
Cleveland has a $238 billion annual economy and is home to a number of companies that are on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 industrial and top 500 service companies in the United States, including KeyCorp, Sherwin-Williams, Eaton Corp and Progressive Insurance.
Tour de Force
Get to know Cleveland from the ground upBY ANNIE ZALESKI
TOURS OF CLEVELAND
Choose from the two-hour Downtown Highlights tour— which kicks off in Public Square and features Downtown’s greatest hits—or an extended, private VIP Downtown
Experience package with plenty of hidden gems along the way.
CLEVELAND CYCLE TOURS
Grab between nine and fourteen of your closest friends and saddle up on the Cleveland Cycle Tours bike to pedal your way through tour routes that include Downtown, Ohio City and Tremont.
TAKE A HIKE TOURS
Slip on comfy shoes and join one of the weekly, seasonal Take a Hike Tours. These laid-back, 90-minute walks zone in on the city’s historic legacy in six different areas (including the Warehouse District, University Circle and Playhouse Square).
NATUREVATION OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Prefer to have someone else plot the perfect adventure? Get by with a little help from your friends at NatureVation Outdoor Adventures. With a focus on exploring nature via recreation, their guided tours can satisfy even the most severe cases of wanderlust.
Tours of Cleveland
Get started exploring The Land by signing up for one of the free curated passports. Then, you’ll be on your way to adding a touch of the unexpected to your next Cleveland visit.
The Land THE LAY
Roam the Land
CHOOSE THE PERFECT ITINERARY TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAY
History Buff Hidden GemsBY ILONA WESTFALL BY JEN JONES DONATELLI
WESTERN RESERVE FIRE MUSEUM
Five-alarm fun awaits inside this painstakingly restored Cleveland fire station, which takes a deep-dive into the history of fire departments around Northeast Ohio.
SOLDIERS & SAILORS’ MONUMENT
A Public Square staple since 1894, this stately Civil War monument pays homage to the 9,000+ Cuyahoga County residents who fought in the war.
A historic landmark and delicious eats? Win-win for hungry history buffs. Do your gourmet food shopping in the former Cleveland Trust Rotunda, topped with a Tiffany-style-stained glass ceiling.
BASEBALL HERITAGE MUSEUM
Explore the Hough-based museum packed with treasures from the Latin, Caribbean, Barnstormer, Negro and Women’s leagues, then see the spot where the Cleveland Buckeyes clinched the 1945 Negro League World Series.
Cleveland’s historic tower is known for its ever-changing uplighting on the outside—but the incredible 360° city views from its 42nd-floor Observation Deck remain gloriously the same.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
Take a deep-dive into the library’s Special Collections Department, featuring rare curiosities such as the world’s largest chess library and a collection of miniature books.
5TH STREET ARCADES
Marvel at colossal cupcakes, sample some gourmet popcorn, peruse a nostalgic candy shop or grab an Ohio-themed keepsake at the two arcades stationed between Euclid and Prospect avenues.
Play OnBY ANNIE ZALESKI
Book a tee time and get your swerve on at this killer driving range with a really cool restaurant and bar.
BOSS PRO-KARTING & AXE THROWING
Hey, Andretti! Quench your need for speed at this slick indoor go-kart track that facilitates lively racing competition among friends.
Full of WWII-era technology, the submarine memorial moored on Lake Erie is a National Historic Landmark that you can tour to learn about wartime submarine combat.
NOBLE BEAST BREWERY
Tip your glass at this family-owned brewery with both traditional and experimental craft beers. (Heather in the Fog Scotch Ale, anyone?)
Pro tip: Stay sated with a Noble Boy kielbasa sandwich.
Built in the “Roaring 20s” by the architects who designed Severance Hall, the one-time United Bank Building is now a glamorous, modern-day supper club.
Post up at Pioneer, a campingthemed sports bar inside Ohio City’s new INTRO complex. Grab a cold one from the Airstream bar and hunker down for a hearty meal.
Play ball! Head Downtown and cheer on the Guards at Progressive Field, where local faves such as Happy Dog and Ohio City Burrito provide the menu.
PINS MECHANICAL COMPANY & 16-BIT BAR+ARCADE
Grab a nightcap and round out your day with pinball or duck pin bowling—then get your joysticks ready for retro video games like “BurgerTime” and “Frogger.”
Cleveland Bucket List
YOUR SUMMER-LONG GUIDE OF WHAT TO DO IN THE LANDBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
1. If our city was a sandwich, it would be Michael Symon’s “This is Cleveland” at Mabel’s BBQ.
2. Don’t miss the Rock Hall’s immersive “The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be” exhibit, extended through 2023.
3. Take your pick of six Cleveland Script Signs for your next Instagram post.
4. Sip your way to 44 stamps around the city with the Cleveland Brewery Passport
5. Launch your kayak into the Cuyahoga River for a true taste of Cleveland recreation.
6. Go Guards! Watch the A.L. Central Champs defend their title at Progressive Field.
7. Go on a public art frenzy to see murals throughout Downtown, MidTown and other urban neighborhoods.
8. It’s Chinese New Year all summer at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, thanks to the Asian Lantern Festival
9. Help Great Lakes Brewing Co. blow out its 35th anniversary candles by ordering its new Vibacious Double IPA.
10. See Hall of Fame inductee Madonna go on a hit parade at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (August 2).
11. See the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soar at the Cleveland National Air Show (September 2-4).
12. Hot pink sunsets paint the sky over Lake Erie nearly nightly—see them from Lakewood’s Solstice Steps
Check out the latest and greatest openings
NEW & NOTABLE
Bookmark ThisBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
What do Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Moulin Rouge and Six The Musical have in common? They’re all part of the popular KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square.
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2023
Get a glimpse of life and landscape in Northwest India circa the year 1700 with A Splendid Land—Paintings for Royal Udaipur at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
JUNE 11 TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2023
here’s the dishBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
Dine at Lakewood’s Muze Gastropub for inspired American bites with a side of fun; daily diversions include karaoke, trivia and drag performances. Ice or Rice Café has your cravings covered in AsiaTown—whether salty or sweet. Choose from snacks like teriyaki-and-seaweedslathered West Coast Japanese hot dogs, Hawaiian Spam specialty musubi or cool shaved ice desserts.
Check out one of seven big-budget Broadway Series shows arriving direct from the Great White Way.
Watch the top women in tennis as Cleveland holds court for the third year in a row with Tennis in the Land (part of the U.S. Open Series).
AUGUST 19-26, 2023
Ambitious Gen-Z’ers and Millennials, take note: the 2023 Forbes Under 30 Summit is rolling into The Land with programming aplenty for young entrepreneurs and gamechangers on the rise.
OCTOBER 8-11, 2023
Cleveland’s future is so bright we gotta wear shades! You won’t want to miss the epic total solar eclipse in this prime viewing spot.
APRIL 8, 2024
If it’s vibes you’re craving, let The Judith deliver. This Detroit Shoreway café drips with Parisian-inspired boho charm, but it’s the artful drinks, pastries and tempting tartines that will leave you saying, “Ooh la la!” Same goes for Ohio City’s Pearl Street Wine Market & Café —maybe it’s the farm-to-table noshes or the soft sage-hued interior, but you’ll find yourself lingering for yet another glass.
All Bets Are OnBY KEVIN CARPENTER
With sports betting now legal in Ohio, parlay your fandom into big bucks at the many state-of-the-art sportsbooks popping up all over The Land.
Wager on favorite teams and players at betJACK Sportsbooks (inside both JACK Cleveland Casino and Thistledown Racino)— or throw down at MGM Northfield Park’s BetMGM Sportsbook .
On game day, hit up Caesar’s Sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse or Bally’s Interactive Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium to lay down a little action in between plays. May the odds be ever in your favor!
HOTELBY ANNIE ZALESKI
The Land is teeming with new construction and renovations. The circa-1918 Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is poised for a $62 million transformation into Hotel Cleveland. The Marriott chain is also behind a proposed $35 million conversion of the vacant University Hotel & Suites into the 189-room Delta Hotel—as well as plans to build Ohio’s first W Hotel inside the 40-story Erieview Tower near the Rock Hall.
Several of Cleveland’s historic buildings are providing the foundation for new hotels. What was once Union Trust Bank will become The Centennial, a boutique hotel that’s part of an ambitious mixed-use project, while the Baker Building is being converted into the 97-room Fidelity Hotel with a throwback feel to the Gilded Age. The rapidly expanding Midtown District soon will have another hotel option: a 125-room Dream Hotel built adjacent to the Masonic Temple.
Shiny New ObjectsBY VINCE GUERRIERI
West Side Market
Cue the masterplan—the West Side Market is now under nonprofit management, and change is afoot (including liquor licenses, infrastructure improvements and a restoration of the Ohio City landmark’s iconic clock tower).
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Grin and bear it this summer at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new $7.7 million Bear Hollow area, nearly triple the size of the previous exhibit. See all four new habitats from an immersive treehouse with 360-degree views.
Some of the region’s most venerable venues have new developments in the works 1 3 4
For more than 100 years, theatregoers have flocked to Playhouse Square, one of the performing arts gems of the Midwest. To mark the centennial, new marquees along Euclid Avenue will beckon even more.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Celebrate work in progress at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where a $150 million renovation is happening in real time. See for yourself at the reimagined Smead Discovery Center, or catch a 3D flick at the updated Murch Auditorium.
Cedar Point Amusement Park
What’s old is new again at Cedar Point. Drawing on the park’s 153-year history, a new lakeside Boardwalk will feature a Grand Pavilion invoking its 1888-built predecessor—plus reimagined classic rides like an allnew Wild Mouse roller coaster.
West Side Market
The Land is serving up this summer’s greatest hits
Through May 29, Disney Animation: Immersive Experience. Lighthouse Artspace. lighthouseimmersive.com/ disney/cleveland
Through June 11, Nina Chanel Abney: Big Butch Synergy. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
Through June 11, Sam Falls: We are Dust and Shadow. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
Through June 11, Amber N. Ford: Someone, Somewhere, Something. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
Cleveland Guardians MLB Baseball
May 16-Sept. 29, Square Sounds Lunch Break. Live music on Public Square. downtowncleveland.com/events
May 20, Cleveland
International Tattoo. Cleveland Public Hall. clevelandtattoo.org
Through December 2023 / The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. rockhall.com
Select dates, Ales on Rails Beer Tasting Excursions. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. cvsr.com
Select dates, Grape Escape Wine Tasting Excursions. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. cvsr.com
3rd Wednesday each month, Classical Revolution Cleveland. Happy Dog, Detroit Shoreway happydogcleveland.com
1st Friday each month, MIX at CMA. Cleveland Museum of Art. clevelandart.org
1st Friday each month, Walk All Over Waterloo. Collinwood. collinwoodscoop.org
2nd Friday each month, Walkabout Tremont. Tremont neighborhood. walkabouttremont.com
3rd Friday each month, Third Fridays Art Walk. 78th Street Studios, Detroit Shoreway. 78thstreetstudios.com
Through June 4, Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species. Cleveland Museum of Natural History. cmnh.org
Through Sept., Black Moses: The Art of Reverend Albert Wagner. Cleveland History Center. wrhs.org
Through May 20, The Cleveland Orchestra 22|23 Classical Season. Mandel Concert Hall at Severance. clevelandorchestra.com
Through Sept. 27, Cleveland Guardians MLB Baseball. Progressive Field. cleguardians.com
Through Jan. 28, 2024, Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession. Cleveland Museum of Art clevelandart.org
May 1-31, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Lake Citywide events. asiatowncleveland.org
May 16-Sept 29, Food Truck Tuesdays. Food trucks on Public Square, Downtown Cleveland. downtowncleveland.com/events
May 20-21, Cleveland Asian Festival. AsiaTown, Payne Ave. & E. 27th St. clevelandasianfestival.org
May 20-21, Union Home Mortgage Cleveland Marathon, ½ Marathon and 10k. clevelandmarathon.com
May 20-21, HorseFest. Lake Metroparks Farmpark. lakemetroparks.com
May 20-Oct. 21, 1st & 3rd Saturdays, Open Air in Market Square. Ohio City. clevelandbazaar.org
May 26-29, Tremont Greek Fest. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. tremontgreekfest.com
May 26-29, Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. berearib.com
May 26-Sept. 4, Dinosaurs of the Sahara. Great Lakes Science Center. greatscience.com
May 27, Station Hope. St. John’s Episcopal Church. cptonline.org
May 27, Little Italy Artisan & Farmers Market. Tony Brush Park, Little Italy. littleitalycle.com
May 27, Cleveland Pops
Orchestra’s American Salute. Mandel Concert Hall at Severance. clevelandpops.com
May 27-28, Reggae Fest Cleveland. Voinovich Park. reggaefestcleveland.com
May 27-Sept. 4, Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects Made with LEGO® Bricks. Holden Arboretum. holdenfg.org
June-Sept., Take a Hike Tour Downtown Walking Tours. Various locations. takeahikecle.com
June 2-5, Little Italy Summer Art Walk. Little Italy. littleitalycle.com
June 3, Pride in the CLE. Mall B & C. lgbtcleveland.org/ pride-in-the-cle.html
June 3-4, Brick Fest Live. I-X Center. ixcenter.com/events
June 6-Aug. 29, North Coast Namaste. Voinovich Park, Downtown Cleveland. northcoastharbor.org
June 10, The Hooley. Kamm’s Corners, West Park. westparkkamms.org
June 11-Sept. 10, A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur. Figure. Cleveland Museum of Art clevelandart.org
June 11-Oct. 15, Sundays, Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market. West Park. westparkkamms.org
June 14-Aug. 16, WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays. Wade Oval, University Circle. universitycircle.org
June 16, Towpath Twilight: 5k, 10k & 10-Mile Races. Sokolowski’s Overlook, Tremont. towpathtrilogy.com
June 16-17, Juneteenth FreedomFest. Mall C, Downtown Cleveland. juneteenthcle.com
June 16-18, Avon Heritage Duck Tape Festival. Mercy Health Stadium duckbrand.com/duck-tapefestival
June 17, Cleveland Yoga Fest Live. Edgewater Park. clevelandyogafest.com
June 17-18, Disney Pride in Concert. North Coast Men’s Chorus @ Breen Center for Performing Art. ncmchorus.org
June 17-18, Crooked River Festival. Hale Farm & Village. halefarm.org
June 18, Father’s Day Car Show. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. stanhywet.org
June 24, Larchmere PorchFest Music Festival. Larchmere. larchmereporchfest.org
June 25, Edgewater Neighborfest. Clifton Blvd., Cudell/Edgewater. cudelledgewater.com/enf
June 10, 2023 / Parade The Circle. Wade Oval, University Circle. clevelandart.org
July 7-9, Cain Park Arts Fest. Cain Park. cainpark.com
July-Aug., Rock Hall Live! Summer Concert Series Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. rockhall.com
July 1-Sept. 9, The Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival. Blossom Music Center. clevelandorchestra.com
July 5-16, Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists. Cleveland Institute of Music. pianocleveland.org
July 7-Dec. 31, A Soft Place to Land. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
July 7-Dec. 31, Andrea Bowers: Exist, Flourish, Evolve. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
July 7-Dec. 31, Don’t Mind If I Do. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
July 7-Dec. 31, Erykah Townsend. Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). mocacleveland.org
July 8, FarmFest. Lake Farmpark. lakemetroparks.com
July 8-9, Wonderstruck in Cleveland with Khalid, Walker Hayes, Nelly, Flo Rida. Lakeland Community College. wonderstruckfest.com
July 8-9, Music in the Valley Fork & Wine Festival. Hale Farm & Village. halefarm.org
SPRING/SUMMER CONCERT SLATE
The Agora agoracleveland.com
May 25, Ugly Kid Joe
June 4, Death Cab for Cutie
June 11, The Flaming Lips
June 13, Fleet Foxes
July 11, The Smile
July 17, Le Tigre
Sept. 16, The Mars Volta
Sept. 28, Explosions in the Sky
Beachland Ballroom beachlandballroom.com
June 3, Panchiko
June 15, Josh Meloy
June 21, Deer Tick
July 1, Black Midi
July 13, Altin Gun
July 25, Reverend Horton Heat
Oct. 4, Boy Pablo
Blossom Music Center
June 3, Dierks Bentley
June 11, The Cure
June 13, Matchbox 20
June 16, Weezer
June 21, TLC, Shaggy, En Vogue & Sean Kingston
June 28, Robert Plant & Alison
Aug. 17, Pentatonix
Aug. 20, Goo Goo Dolls
Aug. 27, Disturbed
Sept. 10, Duran Duran
Sept. 30, Jelly Roll
May 21, Pedro The Lion
June 1, Subhumans
Oct. 24, Mudhoney
House of Blues
July 9, Candlebox
July 13, Jenny Lewis
July 14, Red Wanting Blue
Oct. 1, Eric Johnson
Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 20, Lynyrd Skynyrd
June 9, Cody Jinks
June 13-14, Billy Strings
June 20, Illenium
June 21, Young The Giant & Milky
June 22, Noah Kahan
July 8, Dream Theater
July 10, Dirty Heads
MGM Northfield Park
May 11, Stryper & Kix
May 28, Puscifer
June 25, Santana
June 29, Counting Crows
Aug. 3, Diana Krall
Aug. 4, Tesla
Aug. 11, Three Dog Night
Aug. 24, Parliament Funkadelic
Sept. 16, Skid Row & Buckcherry
Box Supper Club
May 12, Richard Thompson
June 20, Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
July 3, Jesus Jones
Aug. 18, The Smithereens
May 13, Natalie Merchant
May 25-26, John Mellencamp
Aug. 18, The Smithereens
Sept. 25, Nick Cave
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
June 22-23, Tri-C JazzFest.Playhouse Square. tri-cjazzfest.com
June 23 & July 14, Grape Escape Wine Tasting Excursions. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. cvsr.com
June 30, Shania Twain
July 12, Yellowcard
July 18, Fall Out Boy
July 19, Tedeschi Trucks Band
July 20, Jason Aldean
July 21, Barenaked Ladies
July 24, Foreigner
Aug. 9, Nickelback
July 11, Yungblud
Aug. 6, The Revivalists & Band of Horses
August 9, The Beach Boys
Aug. 10, Mastodon & Gojira
Aug. 11, Rufus Du Sol
Aug. 19, Buddy Guy
Sept. 16, Cake
May 12, Lizzo
May 16, blink-182
June 2, Zach Bryan
June 4, Paramore
June 15, Bryan Adams
Aug. 2, Madonna
Aug. 12, LL Cool J
Sept. 27, Peter Gabriel
July 13-16, Kaulig Companies Championship. Firestone Country Club, Akron, OH. kauligchampionship.com
July 14-16, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. clevelandirish.org
July 16, Taste of Tremont. Tremont. tasteoftremont.com
July 16, Medina Art in the Park. Courthouse Square, Medina. medinacountyartleague.com
July 21-22, Blazing Paddles Paddlefest. Rivergate Park on the Cuyahoga River. sharetheriver.com/blazing-paddles
Aug. 3-5, BorderLight: Festival of International Theatre. Playhouse Square. borderlightcle.org
Aug. 8-13, 123rd Cuyahoga County Fair. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea, OH. cuyfair.com
Aug. 11-13, Ohio Burlesque Festival. Beachland Ballroom. ohioburlesque.com
Aug. 12, Glenville Live: A Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop. Glenville neighborhood. famicos.org
Aug. 12, RuPaul’s Drag Race WERQ The World Tour. Playhouse Square. playhousesquare.org
Aug. 12, Tri CLE Rock Roll Run. Cleveland, OH. rockrollrun.com
Aug. 12, Karamu House Second Line Parade & Sneaker Ball. Lake View Cemetery. karamuhouse.org/ second-line-2023
Aug. 12-13, Civil War Weekend. Hale Farm & Village. halefarm.org
Aug. 12-15, 124th Annual Feast of the Assumption. Little Italy. holy-rosary.org/feast-info
Aug. 13, The Real Black Friday. Downtown Cleveland. therealblackfriday.com
Sept.-Jan. 2024, Cleveland Browns NFL Football. FirstEnergy Stadium. clevelandbrowns.com
Sept.-April 2024, Cleveland Classical Guitar International Series. Plymouth Church UCC and Maltz Performing Arts Center. cleguitar.org/internationalseries
Sept. 1-3, Made in Ohio Arts & Crafts Festival. Hale Farm & Village. halefarm.org
Sept. 1-4 & 8-9, Labor Day Oktoberfest. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea, OH. bereaoktoberfest.com
Sept. 16-17, Chalk Festival. Cleveland Museum of Art. clevelandart.org
Sept. 16-17, Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival. Tremont. experiencetremont.com
Aug. 3-6, Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Enshrinement Weekend. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH. profootballhof.com
Aug. 4, Buzzard Fest. Victory Park Ohio. wmms.com
Aug. 4-5, Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. I-X Center. 216.676.6000. ixcenter.com
Aug. 5, 46th Annual Lakewood Arts Festival. Lakewood, OH. lakewoodartsfest.org
Aug. 5, WGAR Country Jam. Victory Park Ohio. wgar.com
Aug. 19, Whiskey Island Paddlefest. Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. Clevelandmetroparks.com/ paddlefest-1
Aug. 19-26, The Cleveland Open WTA250 Tennis Tournament. Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Tennisintheland.com
Aug. 26-27, Cleveland Garlic Festival. Shaker Square. clevelandgarlicfestival.org
Aug. 27, One World Day. Cleveland Cultural Gardens. clevelandculturalgardens.org
Sept. 2-4, Cleveland National Air Show with U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Burke Lakefront Airport. clevelandairshow.com
Sept. 3, Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic 2023: Morehouse College vs. Virginia Union University. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Tom Benson Stadium. profootballhof.com
Sept. 9, Fresh Fest Cleveland. Rid-All Green Partnership, Kinsman. freshfestcleveland.com
Sept. 9, Cleveland Dragon Boat Festival. Black River Landing, Lorain, OH. cledba.org
Sept. 10-Jan. 7, 2024, China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta. Cleveland Museum of Art. clevelandart.org
Sept. 14-23, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival. Shaker Square Cinemas, Shaker Square. gcuff.org
Sept. 14-Oct. 29, Thurs.Sun., HalloWeekends. Cedar Point. cedarpoint.com
Sept. 15-Oct. 15., Hispanic Heritage Month. Citywide events. facebook.com/ CleveHispanicHeritage
Sept. 16, Rocky River Fall Arts Festival. Rocky River, OH. rrparksandrecfoundation.com
Sept. 21-May 25, 2024, The Cleveland Orchestra 23|24 Classical Season. Mandel Concert Hall at Severance. clevelandorchestra.com
Sept. 22-23, Carmen & Other Works. Cleveland Ballet at Playhouse Square. clevelandballet.org
Sept. 22-24, IngenuityFest of Art + Technology. Hamilton Collaborative. ingenuitycleveland.com
Sept. 22-24, Cleveland Gaming Classic. I-X Center. gamecleveland.com
Sept. 29-Oct. 8, Cleveland Beer Week. Various locations. clevelandbeerweek.org
October & Beyond
Oct. 1-31, LGBTQ+ History Month. Citywide events. lgbtcleveland.org
Oct. 5-8, Ohio Mart. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. stanhywet.org
Oct. 6-8, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: The Greatest Show on Earth. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com
Oct. 7, The Towpath Marathon. Canal Basin Park, Cleveland. towpathtrilogy.com
Oct. 8-11, Forbes Under 30 Summit. Cleveland, OH. forbes.com/connect/ event/2023under30summit
Oct. 7-8 & 14-15, Harvest Festival. Hale Farm & Village. wrhs.org
Oct.-Feb. 2024, CSU Vikings Men’s & Women’s NCAA Basketball. Wolstein Center at CSU.
Oct.-April 2024, Cleveland Monsters AHL Hockey. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. clevelandmonsters.com
Key Bank Broadway Series:
April 25-May 14, 2023: Tina:
The Tina Turner Musical
June 7-July 2, 2023: Moulin
Aug. 8-Sept. 10, 2023: Six:
Oct. 3-22, 2023: The Wiz
Oct. 31-Nov. 19, 2023: Girl from the North Country
Jan. 9-28, 2024: Mrs. Doubtfire
Oct.-April 2024, Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Basketball. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. cavs.com
April 5-7, 2024, NCAA Women’s Final Four. Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. clevelandsports.org
April 8, 2024, Total Solar Eclipse. Cleveland, OH. eclipse. aas.org/eclipse-america-2024
July 12-21, 2024, PanAmerican Masters Games. Cleveland, OH. clevelandmasters2024.com
Feb. 20-March 10, 2024:
April 30-May 19, 2024:
June 11-July 7, 2024: Back to the Future: The Musical
July 16-Aug. 11, 2024: MJ: The Musical Featured Performances
May 16-21, 2023: Dear Evan Hansen
July 25-30, 2023: Come From Away
Oct. 24-29, 2023: The Book of Mormon
Dec. 4-10, 2023: Hairspray
Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2024:
March 19-24, 2024: Annie
Cleveland Play House
April 29-May 21, 2023:
Ken Ludwig’s Moriarty
Great Lakes Theater
April 28-May 21, 2023:
Sept. 22-Oct. 8, 2023:
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Oct. 20-Nov. 5, 2023: Dracula:
The Bloody Truth
Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 2023:
April 21-May 14, 2023: The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
Sept. 22-Oct. 15, 2023: Clyde’s
Dec. 1-17, 2023: Langston
Hughes’ Black Nativity
Jan. 26-Feb. 18, 2024: The Breakfast at the Bookstore
Beck Center for the Arts
May 26-June 25, 2023: Doubt: A Parable
July 7-Aug. 6, 2023: Once On This Island
big events of The Land
NCAA D1 women’s basketball final four
Total Solar Eclipse
April 8, 2024
Pan-American Masters Games
July 12-24, 2024
April 5-7, 2024
ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition
August 10-13, 2024
NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball
March 21-23, 2025
National Association of Black Journalists Conference
August 6-10, 2025
EXPLORE THE SUBURBS & BEYOND
CITY OF BEACHWOOD
25325 Fairmount Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
One of Cleveland’s premier destinations, the City of Beachwood is the place to go for food, fun and fashion. Indulge with a wide variety of restaurants ranging from exquisite fine dining to casual and unique Cleveland area favorites. Beachwood is also Northeast Ohio’s destination for upscale shopping and home to the region’s only Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Beachwood Place has several luxury brands and stores including Coach, Kate Spade New York, Dior, Diamonds Direct, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ticknors and Tumi. Beachwood is also home to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, a collection of exhibits which celebrate the history of the Jewish community of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, as well as the diversity of the human experience which attracts students, adults and groups from the community and around the country.
Stay with confidence and comfort knowing that Beachwood’s hotels are committed to providing the best hospitality, accommodations and personal services. In Beachwood, fitness opportunities are widely available with 1.6 miles of multi-purpose trails for bicycling, walking, running, and skating along with leading athletic clubs and luxury fitness centers. Beachwood is truly a destination for Ohio’s visitors and those exploring the Cleveland area.
P.O. Box 2365
Streetsboro, Ohio 44241
Want to get outside? The inviting, southeast suburb of Streetsboro boasts three nearby state parks, including prime wildlife viewing and marshland hikes through Tinkers Creek State Nature Preserve. Or, get a quick nine in at Boulder Creek Golf Course, one of the top courses in Ohio. Kayaking, hiking, birding and even the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park, it’s all here for you in Streetsboro.
Do you like a little retail therapy with your recreation? Visit nearby Aurora Farms Premium Outlets (home to Michael Kors, The North Face, Under Armor and more), or hunt for treasures at Amelia’s Vintage & Thrift and Streetsboro Antiques with more than 45 vendors on-site. Pure Passions Farm and TimberBeast Axe Throwing offer fun for the whole family.
Streetsboro Family Days (July 27-30) delivers old-fashioned summer fun with four days of live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and plenty of festival fare. On August 19, the Portage County Craft Beer Festival raises a glass (or many) to Northeast Ohio’s stellar craft brewing scene.
With numerous hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds, Streetsboro is conveniently located between Cleveland, Akron, Canton, and Youngstown, putting it in close proximity to some of Northeast Ohio’s most popular attractions and a gateway to endless opportunities.
EXPLORE THE SUBURBS & BEYOND
Add adventures along your way to Cleveland and enjoy the rustic beauty of the region. Picture this: picturesque green spaces, treetop views, presidential history, wine! Grab that sunblock and come with us…
LAKE COUNTY, OHIO
105 Main St., B101 Painesville, OH 44077
Hey, music lovers! The Rock Hall isn’t the only place to find your groove. On July 8-9, bookmark the Wonderstruck festival at Lakeland Community College to see acts such as Khalid, Walker Hayes and Nelly do their thing, or visit the Center for Pastoral Leadership on August 6 for The Fest—a free, family-friendly Christian music festival featuring holy hitmakers like Jeremy Camp and Chris Tomlin.
Lake County’s ample nature and recreation scene also paves the way for easy, breezy summer fun. Historic lighthouses, sandy beaches, and Lake Erie life are what’s on tap at Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park and Headlands Beach State Park. Holden Arboretum also beckons with 3,600 acres of botanical gardens and beauty.
Need to wine down a bit? Make your way to the Grand River Valley wine region (Northeast Ohio’s version of Napa with 30+ award-winning wineries), and don’t miss the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival on August 4-5 at Lake Metroparks Farmpark. Plus, don’t forget that it’s Taco Tuesday every day, thanks to the new Lake County Taco Trail—which highlights 20+ local Mexican restaurants and invites taco aficionados to unlock fun prizes by trying them all.
2101 Hall of Fame Way NW, Suite 2B, Canton, OH 44708
A short drive south from Cleveland, head to Canton for football, history and a whole lot of fun.
The birthplace of the NFL, Canton is the proud home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Explore America’s game and marvel at the iconic bronze busts that line the Hall of Fame Gallery, check out the Lombardi trophy and other Super Bowl memorabilia in the Lamar Hunt Super Bowl Gallery, or step into the Game for Life holographic locker room experience. Head down for the Enshrinement Festival in the summer and welcome the newest class of Inductees. The “Hall Pass” combo offer with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gets you entry to both. Canton’s more than football, though. Downtown Canton sports public art, live music entertainment and special events all year long. Wander for hours through the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum’s hands-on history exhibits and the MAPS Air Museum’s restored aircraft and exhibition galleries commemorating American heroes, or get away from it all in idyllic Amish Country. Unwind with a variety of wineries, bars and breweries including Maize Valley, UnHitched Brewery and Gervasi Vineyard, a 55-acre campus featuring multiple dining venues, boutique accommodations, a wine bar, and distillery.
Shores & Islands Ohio is more than just a place... it’s a feeling. Play along 150+ miles of rejuvenating shoreline, choose from over 25 beautiful beaches to relax on, or explore 100+ inspiring nature areas in our region. Discover all of these, plus find more fun things to do, savory local cuisine, and unique places to stay yearround at SHORESandISLANDS.com. Make memories that’ll last a lifetime.Golf carting around Kelleys Island
BEST LOCATION IN THE NATION
BIG DEVELOPMENTS AND THRIVING NEIGHBORHOODS ARE MAKING A GREATER CLEVELANDBY VINCE GUERRIERI
AmbitiousBY VINCE GUERRIERI
Downtown Cleveland is one of the area’s fastest-growing neighborhoods. Significant renovations are slated for Erieview Tower, which is set to reopen as part of Marriott’s W brand with hotel and event space, offices and apartments. (The modernist skyscraper is designed by I.M. Pei, much like the nearby Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.) 45 Erieview is also in the works, converting the 16-story former Ohio Bell headquarters into a luxurious live-work community with lake views. Adjacent to SherwinWilliams’ new headquarters, 55 Public Square will house chef Rocco Whalen’s fully-reimagined Fahrenheit. Nearby, the City Club Tower is rising above Euclid Avenue as a 23-story apartment complex.
ROCKIN’ THE SUBURBSBY KEVIN CARPENTER
Head to the West Side and explore Lakewood restaurants, shops, culture and parks. Grab a paddle and hit the water in Rocky River. Westlake is home to Crocker Park’s stimulating lifestyle center. Bay Village is home to Huntington Beach and must-see sunsets.
Places Outside the 216
Venture beyond the city limits and see why Greater Cleveland more than lives up to its name.
The East Side is culture central. Beachwood’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates the rich history of our Jewish community. Cain Park in Cleveland Heights has a summer arts festival and outdoor concerts. Hit up a trifecta of luxury retail at Pinecrest (Orange Village), Van Aken District (Shaker Heights) and Legacy Village (Lyndhurst).
Our southern communities rock, too. Tap into the Old-World energy of Parma in its Ukrainian and Polish Village districts. Savor the outdoors in Brecksville and Independence —both connect to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Swing from the trees in Strongsville at Go Ape! Zipline and Adventure Park.
Cleveland is surrounded by communities rich with their own history and character.
SHORES & ISLANDS
OUR BEACH TOWNS ARE A SHORE THING IN EVERY SEASON.
AKRON DISCOVER 20+ BREWERIES AND A LIVELY ARTS SCENE.
HIT UP THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME AND THE MCKINLEY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM.
WINE, CHEESE AND LOCAL BREWS PLUS BED-AND-BREAKFASTS WITH PASTORAL VIEWS
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GRAND RIVER WINE COUNTRY
NO NEED FOR NAPA WHEN OHIO WINERIES ARE A SHORT DRIVE AWAY.
Exciting projects point to Cleveland’s future growthBY DOUGLAS J. GUTH
Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network’s (MAGNET) tech-heavy innovation center unites Downtown Cleveland’s drive with Midtown’s creativity. Cleveland Foundation’s HQ also finds a home in Midtown, making this neighborhood a vital hub for business and ingenuity.
Innovation Square is set to bring jobs and new residents to Fairfax’s Opportunity Corridor. A centerpiece Meijer grocery store will be boosted by 700–800 market-rate housing units, bringing even more diversity into this historic area.
Construction is underway for Circle Square, an ambitious complex overlooking University Circle. The 24-story Artisan Tower, located near Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, will be the tallest building in University Circle. Construction of the mixedincome Library Lofts coincides with that of the Artisan.
Did You Know?
Cleveland landed the #2 spot on Zillow’s list of hot housing markets in 2023, thanks to “high market velocity and job growth.”
HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTERBY ROXANNE OCASIO
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
More dorms, an upgraded arena and a new quad are the cherries on top for future students.
A Foundation of InnovationBY DOUGLAS J. GUTH
Haven’t you heard? A series of projects is cementing Northeast Ohio as an invigorating epicenter for development. Cleveland giant Sherwin-Williams is painting a bright future Downtown with a new global headquarters. The 36-story tower will utilize the “square point” aspects of neighboring buildings while making its own mark on the city skyline. The glass-sheathed HQ—along with a 600,000-square-foot R&D facility in Brecksville—is slated to add 400 jobs to the region.
Meanwhile, the Opportunity Corridor is living up to its name with the arrival of Canon Healthcare USA , a medical imaging facility projected to bring another couple hundred jobs to the city.
center Cleveland as a world-class city for development.
Japan tech behemoth Canon Inc. is investing $300 million into a burgeoning Cleveland development site already bursting with quality jobs and innovative businesses. (Yep, the same people who make cameras!)
Not to be outdone is the Cleveland Clinic , which recently announced $1.3 billion in capital projects (including a forthcoming Neurological Institute on its main campus). An expanded Cole Eye Institute and a new 400,000-square-foot pathogen research space are also on the way for the world-renowned health provider, helping to solidify Cleveland as a trailblazer city.Sherwin-Williams Headquarters Cleveland skyline
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY
Double majoring in science and humanities? A recent $2 million “Experimental Humanities” pledge will help make that easier.
BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY
Flex your problemsolving skills, build your own lab equipment and collaborate with the community on projects.
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
In-person classes not your thing? Their online MBA ranks among the nation’s best in 2023.
CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Two-year colleges are just as valuable, and Tri-C’s four local campuses prove that—with plenty of degree options.
R CREATIVES CLEVELAND
icky Smith is all about paying it forward. In 2013, the Cleveland native was divorced and homeless in Los Angeles. He used what money he had to buy pizza for some other homeless people. Smith shared the experience online, and soon people in other cities were following his lead.
Enter Smith’s nonprofit R.A.K.E. (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere). Each year, Smith embarks on a nationwide tour of spreading kindness—from surprising teachers in Arizona with a pizza lunch to DJ-ing a “senior prom” at a retirement center to hosting comedy shows to raise money for nonprofits.
“I do it with passion, or I don’t do it at all,” says the charismatic comedian. “And that comes from Cleveland. That comes from representing our city.”BY BRITTANY MOSELEY RICKY SMITH Writer, Comedian & Founder of R.A.K.E
I do it with passion… And that comes from Cleveland.Ricky Smith with his Really Amazing Food Truck
THIS LAND IS Your Land
Celebrate the World
THESE CULTURAL FESTIVALS CELEBRATE WHO AND WHAT MAKE CLEVELAND... WELL, CLEVELAND
TO HONOR THE HOLIDAY THAT COMMEMORATES THE ENDING OF SLAVERY, JUNETEENTH FREEDOM FEST WILL INCLUDE SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCES, MUSIC, INTERACTIVE ART DEMONSTRATIONS AND BLACK BUSINESSES ON MALL C IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN. (JUNE 16-17)
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
Catholics, calzones and crowds, oh my! The annual Feast of the Assumption lines the streets of Little Italy with specialty foods, carnival games, music and parties. (August 12-15)
“ The Feast” is celebrating its 124th year in Little Italy.BY SARAH PARR
PRIDE IN THE CLE C
elebrate the LGBTQ+ community with the annual Pride in the CLE march and festival. Join the joyous throngs on Malls B and C in Downtown Cleveland to enjoy live performances and empowering queer voices at the Speak Out Stage. (June 3)
With a rich immigrant population, Cleveland has always been a multicultural mecca—and One World Day puts its diversity in the spotlight with an inspiring takeover of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. (August 27)
Find out why AsiaTown’s Cleveland Asian Festival is Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing fest—from real-deal cuisine to artisan goods to cultural performances and demonstrations on two outdoor stages. (May 20-21)
Several tribes of Indigenous people lived in the region that became Greater Cleveland
Long before General Moses Cleaveland found his way to the banks of the Cuyahoga River in the 1790s, Indigenous peoples thrived in Ohio and especially enjoyed summering in Cleveland by the Cuyahoga. Agricultural towns were fortified with earthen walls and complex mounds that were mostly, unfortunately, destroyed by the 1800s.
After frontier wars and forced relocation decimated the population, only a handful of American Indians remained in Cleveland. New York-transplant and businessman Chief Thunderwater created the Supreme Council of Indian Nations (a restoration of the Iroquois
Confederacy) in the 1930s. About 30 years later, Russell Means of the Lakota founded the Cleveland American Indian Center to offer job assistance and preserve American Indian identity. By the 1970s, Means had become an activist, organized public protests, and made Cleveland a launching pad for the American Indian Movement.
As Greater Cleveland’s population grew, the Lake Erie Native American Council formed in 1990 to preserve their culture in Northeast Ohio. Its membership includes people from the Delaware or Lenape, Seneca and other nations within the Iroquois Confederacy. Alongside the 500-Year-Committee, 20 years of
• Herbie Hancock
• Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
• Angélique Kidjo
• Richard Bona Presents ASANTE Trio Featuring Osmany Paredes (Piano) and ÍIario Bell (Drums)
• Dominick Farinacci and Triad
• Samara Joy
• Christian McBride
• Dan Wilson: 7 Decades of Wonder: The Genius of Stevie
• Braxton Cook
• Norman Brown
• Gerald Albright
BY AJA HANNAH CHRISTOPHER& JOHNSTON
Chief Thunderwater with U.S. Congresswoman, Frances Payne Bolton protests succeeded in changing the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians and retiring the Chief Wahoo logo.
CLEVELAND’S BLACK COMMUNITY IS DEEPLY WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF THE CITY
CELEBRATING BLACK CULTURE Heritage Comes AliveBY ILONA WESTFALL
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL GARDEN
Located within the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, architect Daniel Bickerstaff designed this space to convey the past, present and future of the African American community, as well as promote the education and interest of its culture and heritage.
Long regarded for its important role on the Underground Railroad, the Cozad-Bates House stands as the only surviving pre-Civil War structure in University Circle. Its new indoor-outdoor interpretive center underscores the area’s significance in the abolitionist movement with relics including photos, newspaper articles, engravings and more.
Who needs Broadway with world-class theatre in our own backyard? Cleveland is an epicenter of arts and culture, boasting the nation’s oldest African American theater. Founded in 1915, this cultural staple sits on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy professional theatre productions and arts education while honoring the Black experience.
DJAPO CULTURAL ARTS INSTITUTION
Bringing West African dances to Cleveland since 2008, Djapo has been putting on colorful choreographed performances alongside the sounds of traditional drum beats. Catch one of their shows or bring some main character energy and take one of their courses. Participants of all ages are invited to attend.Karamu House
FORKIN’ GOODBY ANGEL WALLACE AND LISA SANDS
Authentic African, Caribbean and Creole dishes are within reach— no passport needed! An exciting roster of restaurants and talented chefs serve up the delicious cuisine of the African Diaspora at various restaurants around Downtown Cleveland. Head to Primo African Quisine to delight your taste buds with traditional African dishes like Egussi Soup and lamb stew over fufu. For Afro-Caribbean fusion, make a stop at Yum Village (CSU Campus) for oxtails, jollof rice and peanut stew.
Craving jambalaya, gumbo or seafood
étoufée? House of Creole brings low country, coastal specialties from the bayou to the lake. Zanzibar is the place for classic Black American comfort food like chicken-andwaffles, grits and collards, while Filter serves up an array of favorites in a highly stylized setting.
SHOP THE CITYBY SILK ALLEN
Cleveland’s stylesetters make it easy to embrace your bold style. Incorporate bold, African-inspired prints into your wardrobe with a pair of handcrafted mules, sandals or slides from Kiri Chic. Pair your new kicks with accessories from House of B Jewels, home of custommade, timeless jewelry collections by former nail tech Brittany Matthews. And, of course, don’t forget to smooth it out with organic skincare products from Ginger & Honey (such as the Honey Sugar scrub and Honey silk lotion).
Share in Black culture through art, music and food.
Start Me Up
isn’t just a hashtag
House of B JewelsBY DAIRIAN HEARD
Coco’s Chalky Paints only has three rules: pour, mix and paint. DIYers can use their chalky powder to chalkify their own paint. Or go down under(neath) 5th Street Arcades to get inspired by freshly-painted furniture and 100+ chandeliers.
Didn’t you hear composting is cool now? Get some “black gold” from RID-ALL Green Partnership to nourish your garden. Plus, this urban farm is planting seeds of knowledge with youth training programs.
Chateau Hough is a pretty grape place if you ask us. This urban vineyard and winery grows its grapes in the heart of the historic Hough neighborhood—resulting in bold, crisp wines you’ll love to taste.
A rising star championing innovation in the Black community, ThirdSpace Action Lab & Reading Room prototypes creative solutions to socioeconomic issues. And their new bookstore in Glenville? As if they could’ve made it any better.
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The Real Black Friday is for people who make it their business to support Black-owned businesses. Lift up local entrepreneurs by browsing the online listings and attending events such as TRBF’s Juneteenth scavenger hunt in June and Business Expo on August 13.
Coco’s Chalky Paints
Rooted in Tradition
Hispanic culture shines bright at these lively community eventsBY ROXANNE OCASIO-LEVINE
Shall we dance? These Latin dance parties are turning up the heat at local venues such as Music Box Supper Club and Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar. Don a wig for a theme night, or just wig out over the live band lineup. Ongoing
PUERTO RICAN PARADE
Let your Puerto Rican flag fly high at this popular two-day event, slated for August 5-6. Dance, music and delicious food converge for this lively tradition, which has celebrated Puerto Rican arts and culture in Cleveland since the 1960s.
August 5-6, 2023
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
As of 2020, the city of Cleveland’s population was 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, and this month-long celebration amplifies the traditions and contributions of this vibrant community. Take part in free events all month long fromBY TRICIA L. CHAVES
MEET THE LAND’S HISPANIC COMMUNITY
SPICED AND DICED
Salvadoran seekers: Head over to West 25th Street where Pupuseria y Antojitos Guanaquitas presents perfect pupusas and empanadas. Make a pitstop in Parma for Puerto Rican fare from Jibaro, including mofongo and mammoth tripleta sandwiches. In Old Brooklyn, step into the world of Mariela Paz at Sabor Miami to savor the chef’s flavorful cuisine, artsy outlook and chimarrão (a traditional tea service from the south of Brazil). For handcrafted, award-winning arepas and libations, Barroco boasts three locations in Lakewood, Willoughby and Westlake. And for tacos at twilight? La Plaza at Re:Bar on East 9th Street stays open until 2 a.m. on weekends for the Downtown crowds.
Art of ExpressionBY ROXANNE OCASIO-LEVINE
Take your chance to check out Ohio’s first independent Latino theater company with LatinUs’ production of “Los Soles Truncos” from September-October, 2023. As part of Cleveland Public Teatro Público de has also been imparting the Latino experience since 2013. And if you’re looking to stretch your own performance wings, sharpen those talents through year-round classes at Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center, which include tango, guitar, flamenco and Latin social dance.
Global Roots, Local Culture
We are the Guardians of Your History
Dig into Cleveland’s diverse historyBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
CLEVELAND HISTORY CENTER
The keepers of Cleveland’s treasures tell stories through artifacts spanning sports, industry, fashion and pop culture. Don’t miss exhibits on women in politics and pioneering Black politicians Carl and Louis Stokes.
The nation’s oldest African American theater is stronger than ever. Swahili for “a joyful gathering place,” an impressive array of provocative and memorable performances have graced the stage of Karamu.
MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE
Everyone is welcome at “The Museum of Diversity and Tolerance,” a striking museum in Beachwood. Exhibits expose dark episodes of the past and shine a light towards a brighter, kinder future.
INDIAN MUSEUM OF LAKE COUNTY
For more than 40 years, this museum has kept Native American history alive in Northeast Ohio. Marvel at 26,000 prehistoric artifacts, or browse Native American crafts from the years 1800 to 2008.
Cleveland History Center
Pride Guide Spend Those Pink Dollars
SUPPORT THESE LOCAL LGBTQ+-OWNED BUSINESSESBY ALYSSE DALESSANDRO
Cleveland’s industrial past meets modern home decor at Him&His. Stop by to stock up on re-imagined antique treasures, or consult this Ohio City design duo for home refresh and styling tips.
From rainbow glass butter dishes to mini crochet cactus, you’ll find a range of goods as diverse and colorful as the local LGBTQ+ artists who craft them at this gallery and marketplace inside Studio West 117.
Driving through the Waterloo Arts District, it’s tough to miss the vibrantly painted Pop Life headquarters (featuring the stylings of world-famous muralist Camille Walala). High-vibe design rules here with yoga and wellness classes, a juice bar and retail.
CLEVELAND’S LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY IS OUT AND PROUD
OUT ON THE TOWN
Start your day at LGBTQ+-owned Brewella’s , where coffee, crepes and collectibles beckon along with friendly “Brewistas.” Come dinnertime, taste the brilliance of James Beard semifinalist Jill Vedaa at Salt+ in Lakewood. Keep the party going at Twist Social Club, or saddle up at the historic Leather Stallion Saloon (one of the oldest gay bars of its kind in the Midwest). On Wednesday and Sunday nights, warm up those pipes with karaoke at Cocktails Cleveland . Once a month, alternative drag takes center stage at the Grog Shop with GlamGore, while the BLACK MASS punk-rock drag showcas e rules at The 5 O’Clock Lounge.BY ALYSSE DALESSANDRO
Thriving HubBY ILONA WESTFALL
How many places can you catch a drag brunch, play a game of pickleball and watch the sunset from a private rooftop cabana? At Studio West 117’s 300,000-square-foot complex in Lakewood’s east end, you’ll find all this, plus dining and retail. Next up for the immersive LGBTQ+ hub (where all are welcome) is a health clinic, apartments and the renovation of the iconic Phantasy Theatre into multiple entertainment spaces (all slated for completion by 2026).
When Bella Sin struts onto the legendary Beachland Ballroom stage, the audience immediately knows that royalty has entered the room. Cleveland’s Queen of Burlesque has built a veritable empire of entertainment, regularly selling out monthly shows and the three-day International Ohio Burlesque Festival. Far from a Cleveland-guarded secret, Bella has twice been voted onto the Top 50 Most Influential Burlesque Figures in the world.
As a Mexican immigrant and member of the LGBTQ+ community, Bella is committed to featuring a diversity of backgrounds and bodies on stage. Whether it’s a Star Wars-themed show or a celebration of Latin culture, each performance is another step in Bella’s epic journey: “Every show is a reminder of what I came to this country to achieve.”
BELLA SIN BURLESQUE PERFORMER & PRODUCER
Every show is a reminder of what I came to this country to achieve.
World class is always in session.
Immerse yourself in our globally renowned art collection–from ancient treasures to the work of modern masters–at the Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the top museums in the United States. General Admission is always free.
The House That Rock BuiltBY ANNIE ZALESKI AND JEN JONES DONATELLI
Stodgy museums, step to the side: The glass-enclosed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a hip-shaking, guitar-flinging reminder of why Cleveland is ground zero for world-famous music. Memorabilia immortalizes the radio DJs and recording artists who invented the genre, while special galleries honor those who paved the way (such as Cleveland native Leo Mintz, the former Record Rendezvous owner largely considered one of the founding fathers of rock). And much like rock-and-roll itself, the multilevel museum just keeps on evolving.
ROCK HALL INDUCTEE EXHIBIT
Celebrate the newest crop of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees with an in-depth exhibit that features gear, clothes, memorabilia, music and more. Whether you’re a Duran Duran devotee, Lionel Richie stan, Eurythmics enthusiast or a card-carrying fan club member for any of the other members of the class of 2022, you’ll find aweinspiring fare on display.
HIP-HOP, IT DON’T STOP
Hey hip-hop, 50 looks good on you!
In June, the Rock Hall will celebrate “50 Years of Hip-Hop” with a brandnew exhibit of the same name—along with events, concerts and other programs. The exhibit will celebrate inductees such as Jay-Z, N.W.A, Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, and more, while also exploring the musical and cultural impact of the genre.
Did You Know?
Celebrate 50 years of Hip-Hop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Local radio DJ Alan Freed is credited with playing rhythm and blues records on air and coining the term “rock ‘n’ roll” in the 1950s.
The heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll is beating louder than ever
Clevelanders are music fanatics, so it’s no surprise the best spots to catch live music are banging. Looking for sweeping views of Downtown and award-winning jazz and blues tunes? Head to the BOP STOP, stat. The jazz keeps on going at local staple Nighttown, set to receive an exciting facelift under new ownership, and Frederick’s Wine & Dine, which keep things smooth in Warrensville Heights with a robust menu and upbeat jazz.
We can’t blame you if you get starstruck taking in a show at The Agora; after all, the club is a bona fide rock history legend. Likewise, the Grog Shop is a longtime favorite hosting everything from hip-hop to indie rock. Hit the dancefloor in the mega-hip B Side Liquor Lounge, conveniently located downstairs from the Grog Shop. And cult favorite No Class is a dive bar perfect for catching an underground band or up-and-coming rapper.
Would-be DJs and vinyl aficionados, and rock are your My Mind’s Eye Records, which does double-duty as both retail shop and record label. More into reggae, hip-hop, and jazz? Smooth it out at Brittany’s Record Shop. For used LPs, music memorabilia and retro tees, let Blue Arrow point the way, or hit up Bedford-based The Vinyl Groove for vintage equipment, along with used and new records.
C’mon. This is Cleveland.BY MATT MITCHELL
Tri-C JazzFest (June 22-24)
Held in the majestic venues of Playhouse Square and surrounding streets, Tri-C JazzFest will welcome a diverse lineup of global jazz musicians to Cleveland—including Grammy Award-winning pianist Herbie Hancock and multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty.
Larchmere PorchFest (June 24)
No “get off my lawn” vibes here. This family-friendly event actually welcomes audiences of all stripes to gather in the Larchmere neighborhood for live music across a wide variety of genres (from country to hip-hop to Zydeco).
Rock Hall Live (July-August)
Music appreciation doesn’t only happen inside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during summer. Join the crowds on the Plaza to enjoy not just the outdoor concert series, but also goodies from local beer and food trucks.
Wonderstruck (July 8-9)
Cue music! Over two days, this festival favorite at Lakeland Community College will feature headliners R&B star Khalid and country phenom Walker Hayes. Global food and artisan vendors will also offer their greatest hits with unique cuisines and creations.
Let music fill the air at these festival favorites 1 2 3 4 5
Fresh Fest Cleveland (September 9)
Now that’s fresh: this free event celebrates urban agriculture, local food and cultural unity in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood. Expect live music, a farmer’s market, art installations and, oh yeah, stuff for the kids.
Musical MilestonesBY ANNIE ZALESKI
MUSIC’S RICH HISTORY LEADS BACK TO CLEVELAND
1918 / THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
PIANIST ADELLA PRENTISS HUGHES FOUNDS THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA. ONE OF THE “BIG FIVE” AMERICAN ORCHESTRAS, THE GROUP MAKES BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AT THE EQUALLY MAJESTIC SEVERANCE MUSIC CENTER
Not only does Trent Reznor record demos for Pretty Hate Machine here at Right Track Studio, but Nine Inch Nails also plays their f irst-ever show at Lakewood’s Phantasy Theatre, now part of Studio West 117
It don’t matter if I’m out of town/ Everywhere I go I let‘em know I’m Cleveland bound ...
-Machine Gun Kelly
While performing in Cleveland, rapper Eazy-E signs Bone Thugs-N-Harmony to his record label after a backstage audition. To see where the eventual Grammy winners grew up, visit the Glenville neighborhood (home to GlenVillage).
2002 / The Black Keys
Just eight people watch Akron’s The Black Keys play their first live show at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom in the Collinwood neighborhood’s Waterloo Arts District.
Brittany Benton is Cleveland’s own music icon. Not only is Benton the owner of Brittany’s Record Shop in Ohio City and record label yesplsrecords, but she’s also the talented “DJ Red-I;” a member of S.Y.S. Band; and a Spanish and music teacher at Mastery School of Hawken.
If Benton isn’t at the shop, she’s usually working on music. “I buy it, sell it, produce it, teach it. I’m surrounded by doing something I love,” said Benton.BY AJA HANNAH
Benton first fell in love with mixing music in the 90s. She would save her lunch money to buy cassettes at the now-closed Nikki’s Music on Buckeye Road. Nikki himself began to give her promo copies with remixed versions of songs, inspiring her to learn about samples and beat making.
After graduating from Ohio University, Benton became a DJ. Her record-buying habit spun from her desire to sample from vinyl, eventually leading her to open her own shop. Benton’s been in her groove ever since.
DJ, PRODUCER & MUSIC STORE OWNER
I’m surrounded by doing something I love.
Brittany’s Record Shop at City Goods
CONNECT WITH ART, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE
Art GatheringsBY ANGEL WALLACE
MIX IT UP
First Fridays mean sellout crowds at the Cleveland Museum of Art, thanks to its regular MIX @ CMA event (held in April, May and August-December). Putting the “funk” in function, each event arrives with new vibes—and creative themes—for the 21+ crowd.
COLOR US EXCITED
University Circle marks the spot for endless creativity on Saturday, June 10, with the annual Parade the Circle event in Wade Oval. Create your own wow-worthy costumes, masks and even giant puppets in advance with the help of public workshops hosted by the Community Arts Center.
SPRING (AND SING) INTO SUMMER
Music blooms at Blossom from July 1–September 9 — it’s all part of the Blossom Music Festival . Catch classics like Jurassic Park on a giant screen, with the film score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra. Or join Broadway’s Audra McDonald for every theatre kid’s dream concert.
Themed “Biologies & Geologies,” this year’s IngenuityFest (September 22-24) installment promises an awe-inspiring journey through the wonders of Planet Earth. Hundreds of musicians, sweet tech and plenty of food round out this renaissance of human innovation at the Hamilton Collaborative.MIX at The Cleveland Museum of Art
Indie CredBY AJA HANNAH
In the cozy space of Transformer Station, a hook and crane still hang—an ever-present reminder of the past amid a thoughtfully curated array of contemporary art. Set in a 1924 railroad substation, this free museum has become a highlight in Hingetown. At nearby SPACES, the conversation between local and global artists ignites into enduring, provocative work (with a neon “ART” sign leading the way).
Across town in University Circle, a giant silver hand beckons art aficionados into moCa’s four-story geometric feat of architecture. This contemporary art museum continues to push the envelope with several new exhibitions each year. Film buffs are free to geek out at Cinematheque, which the New York Times hailed as “one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters.”
And for those who enjoy a good poetry slam, Twelve Literary Arts delivers with socially conscious programming and events for all ages.
RAZZLE DAZZLEBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
When the stage calls, head for the bright lights of Playhouse Square Second only to New York’s Broadway Theater District in scope, this performing arts center boasts a bevy of dazzlingly ornate, historic theaters—including the Connor Palace, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in November. Once a vaudeville house, it’s now home to the KeyBank Broadway series (with hits like “Tina” and “Moulin Rouge” on tap for 2023). Grab a playbill and satisfy your lust for live theater.
Make the rounds of Cleveland’s museums with these eclectic experiences
IndieBY AJA HANNAH
The Art of Reverend Albert Wagner @ Cleveland History Center
Show up for visionary outsider artist Reverend Albert Wagner, who was called to the profession on his 50th birthday. By the time of his death at 83, Wagner had created over 3,000 paintings and sculptures. (Through September 2023)
Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession @ Cleveland Museum of Art
Learn how Egyptian-influenced fashion choices impact our thoughts on ancient Egyptian culture. Join dialogue about cultural appropriation of the past and present through gowns, jewelry and even videos of fashion shows. (Through January 28, 2024)
A Splendid Land:
Paintings from Royal Udaipur @ Cleveland Museum of Art
Dive into vibrant depictions of South Asia from 200 years ago. Artists in Udaipur— located in what’s now northwest India— attempted to capture the mood and life of their city’s landscape on large cloth and paper paintings. (June 11September 10, 2023)
Exist, Flourish, Evolve @ MOCA
Not your usual art exhibit, this show is a multi-city social practice project created by Andrea Bowers, an activist artist raised in Ohio. Her works focus on the Rights of Nature movement in Lake Erie.
(July 7-December 31, 2023)
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Rube Goldberg @ Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Get hands-on with the latest touring exhibit highlighting the endlessly creative mind of Rube Goldberg. Though Goldberg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, he’s probably best known for his overcomplicated, wacky machines.
CLEVELAND CREATIVESBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
As a child, Rashaun Dillard first explored art by drawing comic book heroes. Since then, his path has followed that of a traditional artist, working in acrylic and as a digital creator. Dillard’s paintings often contain social commentary, and he hopes his Voices of CLE work will stimulate productive conversations and a sense of togetherness.
A graduate of Cleveland School of the Arts, artist and muralist
Rashaun Dillard knows the power and importance of using art as a platform for messages of hope and change. “I’d like to use my art to share the message of unity, our community experiencing tough times yet coming together in the aftermath to promote a change that we can use to teach and heal each other.”
Artist & Muralist
I’d like to use my art to share the message of unity.
Tattered Heart, Tenacious Soul; mural on canvas
Supporting homegrown boutiques never goes out of style
If looking the same as everyone else sounds like your worst nightmare, you’ve found your happy place. Artfully arrayed with clothing, home goods, jewelry and accessories, this Tremont mainstay boasts an earthy, boho flair that’s anything but hippy-dippy. Two exclusive, in-house clothing lines—designed by owner Christine Murdoch and handcrafted by Bali-based artisans—ensure that your wardrobe will be as unique as you.
Cleveland fashionistas know that the must-have handbag around here isn’t Prada or Coach—it’s Fount. Fount’s collection of crossbodies and carryalls (plus wallets, belts, keychains and more) is crafted in full-grain Italian leather, derived from hides reclaimed from the meat industry. All are lovingly stitched in Ohio, as well as fair trade workshops in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. So, if ethical, sustainable sourcing is clutch for you, you’re totes covered.
STYLES OF IMAGINATIONBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
Flights of fashion fancy are the main attraction at designer Diane Linston’s Beachwood boutique. Think denim in unexpected silhouettes (or decked with flounces); suits in shimmery brocades and bold prints; and blinged-out sneakers. With full outfits that are creatively belted, slashed and studded, Liston’s signature style is always a little extra. It’s extrainclusive as well—with plus-friendly sizing and tops specifically tailored for breast cancer survivors.
One of Cleveland’s hottest imports is straight outta France. Having moved “across the ocean” to Cleveland two decades ago, jewelry designer Anne Harrill has made her mark in The Land with Oceanne. With locations in both Pinecrest and Detroit Shoreway, this brick-and-mortar boutique offers chic minimalist modern pieces designed to last. (No, really! One of their most popular lines is “Forever Jewelry” welded onto the neck, wrist or ankle.)
Let your imagination go wild at these artsy sitesBY TRICIA
Think of this Coventry Road showplace as Candyland for creatives! Showcasing the city’s most talented makers from Love, Anji to Fiber and Gloss, this newish shop is stacked with every conceivable kind of locally handmade goods. Want to wear your Cleveland pride on your sleeve? Made has shirts, stickers, mugs and miscellany sporting Cleveland slogans and motifs. The shop also features art, jewelry, candles, personal care products and games. Coming soon: an all-local grocery.
CITY GOODS AT THE CREATIVE HANGARS
Ever wonder about that curious-looking cluster of Quonset hut-style structures hugging the hip Hingetown enclave of Ohio City? Inside the new City Goods, hop between hangars to discover a compelling collective of local artisans, including ILTHY and Funktiniland, or get your shop on at twicemonthly outdoor markets from May to September. Cap off your day at The Hangar—a purveyor of beers, wines and craft cocktails all produced within two hours of Cleveland.
Love, Anji at Made Cleveland
78TH STREET STUDIOS
If you’re the type to steer clear of stuffy art events, you’ve found your people. Get that muchneeded dose of eclecticism in the Gordon Square neighborhood at Third Fridays—where all kinds of art aficionados gather to peruse more than 60 galleries and diverse creative spaces (from Bent Crayon Records to Cleveland Film Factory to Bruce Buchanan Design). Little wonder Third Fridays was named “Best Arts Event” by Scene in 2017!
Your new hobby starts here. Want to build a guitar? Check. Hammer out your home renovation plans on Sketchup or learn the basics of carpentry, electrical and plumbing? Check. Bang out a sword while blacksmithing? Checkitycheck. Inside the Osborne Manufacturing Building in St. Clair-Superior, artisans, apprentices and everyone in between will find space to create—whether for a day, the duration of a project or year-round in a studio.
WHERE THE LOCALS GO
Clevelanders can’t keep secrets! It’s the reason our supposedly “underground” indie theaters, blue-collar brewpubs and cool art galleries are increasingly cult hangouts. Just follow the crowd and go where the locals go, discovering Clevelander’s still cool un-secret side.
ETON CHAGRIN BOULEVARD
28601 Chagrin Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44122
Experience the most exclusive mix of national retailers, local specialty boutique shops, while enjoying the fine dining alongside the award-winning outdoor gardens at this picturesque open-air lifestyle center on Cleveland’s east side.
B.A. SWEETIE CANDY CO.
6770 Brookpark Rd. (at Ridge Rd.) Cleveland, OH 44129
ONLY in CLE! The largest candy store in North America! 40,000 square feet, $4,000,000 in inventory, nostalgic toys, soda pop, ice cream parlor, miniature golf park.
KERNELS BY CHRISSIE
Downtown – Gateway
530 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
A locally owned Downtown favorite for over 10 years! Dozens of hand-crafted popcorn flavors, roasted nuts, seasonal treats and the best fresh-squeezed lemonade! Gift packs, tins and party favors. Shipping available. In-store FREE SAMPLES!
1390 W 65th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
The historic Capitol Theatre — the only movie theatre on the city’s west side — is celebrating 100+ years! See the latest blockbusters and indies on the three digital screens, and get your cocktails and treats in the beautifully restored lobby.
177 Market St.
Westlake, OH 44145
Shop, dine and play at the premier, outdoor lifestyle center on Cleveland’s west side! Featuring over 150 shopping and dining options plus many fun, family and pet-friendly events and attractions. It’s All About the Experience.
CLEVELAND CLOTHING CO.
Downtown – East 4th St.
342 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
A one-stop-shop for Cleveland themed t-shirts, apparel, accessories, gifts and more! We are independent, local and family-owned. Four locations around Greater Cleveland – Downtown, Crocker Park, Shaker Heights and Summit Mall. Shop local!
25001 Cedar Rd
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Legacy Village is Northeast Ohio’s premier lifestyle center located in the Cleveland suburb of Lyndhurst. Legacy Village features more than 45 restaurants and retailers plus family events and a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area. Discover something special at Legacy Village!
15711 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland, OH 44110
Rocking as a concert venue for 23 years, the former Croatian social hall hosts national & regional performers in two intimate music rooms. Enjoy a wide beer selection and a locally sourced menu or shop the basement vintage/record store.
THE LAND ARTISTS Culinary
Bite into Cleveland’s culinary culture
Where to Eat Right Now
CORDELIABY TRICIA L. CHAVES
Clevelanders had lofty expectations for the successor replacing “Iron Chef” Michael Symon’s Lola last summer, and Vinnie Cimino’s team came in hot—delivering in both portion size and prowess in the kitchen. Take the time to meander through the “Bellie Up” menu for an adventurous experience at the chef’s whim and see why Tasting Table crowned Cordelia one of its 22 best restaurants in 2022.
Any sadness over Crop Bistro shuttering likely subsided as the buzzy Bartleby inhabited the space in Fall 2022. Located in Ohio City, the project brought a maximalist decor overhaul to the historic United Bank Building that Cleveland Magazine called “otherworldly.” Restaurateur Morgan Yagi promises “fun dining, not fine dining” as patrons enjoy accessible yet upscale American dishes in cozy banquettes beneath the limbs of a sprawling ficus tree.
With a jaw-dropping dining room crowned by a canopy of foliage and a retractable roof that’s unfurled to welcome the summer temperatures, a trip to this splurge-worthy steakhouse will transport you to an entirely different time and place. Intimate groups can devour decadent shareable meat platters charred atop a 20-foot Argentinianstyle wood-fired grill, or pick their poison from the craft cocktail menu imagined by award-winning mixologist Jeremy Owen Barrett.
LULO KITCHEN & JUICE BAR
When warmer weather calls for lighter fare, head over to the Warehouse District for Latin fusion. Make a date of it: You can score affordable parking near this restaurant and cold-pressed juicery, located on RTA’s complimentary trolley route— making it a perfect jumping-off point for some Downtown exploration. Hydrate for your journey with your pick of six hand-crafted lemonades.Jaja
Rise & DineBY REBECCA FERLOTTI
Let’s be honest: any breakfast spot you choose in this foodie town is sure to be egg-cellent. For a taste of newness, eat with your eyes first at Sophie la Gourmande, bringing strong Parisian vibes to the Cedar-Lee Arts District. Sip on a honey lavender latte alongside your croissant at this café and patisserie. More of a meat-and-potatoes type?
Try Tremont-based Martha on the Fly’s potato crispies—topped with sausage and a fried egg.
As the sun rises over the Playhouse Square chandelier, order The Sunrise at Yours Truly: eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast and coffee. Nearby in the Warehouse District, Luna Bakery & Café’s
EPICENTERS OF EATSBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
That package of local gourmet goodies you just shamelessly devoured? It probably came from Central Kitchen—a craft food incubator where startups like PUR Spices and Holmes
Mouthwatering Applesauce first got things cooking. Drop into its retail storefronts for carry-out cravings like a malty Cleveland Bagel, gooey pizza from Mulberry’s or a family feast of plantbased Panamanian fare from Vegan Vybez.
Landing soon in AsiaTown will be YYTime —a bustling, modern food hall packed
Best of the FestsBY TRICIA L. CHAVES
One decade in, and the food trucks are still rolling into Perk Plaza every year. On Wednesdays from May through September, join the weekly lunch bunch that gathers Downtown for good eats, giveaways, trivia and live entertainment.
Tremont Greek Festival
Over Memorial Day weekend, follow the golden domes of the Greek Orthodox Church of Annunciation to West 14th for one big fat Greek feast. Come hungry, as traditional recipes are served both a la carte and in fullcourse meals.
Taste of Lakewood
Bring your whole crew (including your pooch) to Madison Park, which marks the spot for the city’s annual celebration of music and cuisine each June. Bonus: your patronage not only supports local restaurants, but helps provide scholarships.
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Taste of Tremont
Sunday street party? Yes, please. Every year in mid-July, a portion of Professor Avenue closes down for this family-friendly Sunday celebration of Tremont’s best entertainment and dining destinations.
Cleveland Garlic Festival
Move over, Trader Joe’s: ample sampling opportunities await as top chefs and vendors serve up the city’s most delectable garlic recipes during this late August celebration benefiting the North Union Farmers Market.
Taste of Tremont
Satiate your appetite for a skyline view at these rooftop restaurants and bars.BY ALYSSE DALESSANDRO
Situated on the (wait for it) 32nd floor of the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, this contemporary bar and restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor patio showcasing those Lake Erie sunsets.
THE GARDEN OF EDEN
Give into temptation and enter the lush rooftop terrace atop the Metropolitan at The 9 hotel. Sip on signature cocktails inspired by the “seven deadly sins” and indulge in delectable share-ables.
Whether served roasted, raw or baked, decadence is the main ingredient at this chic upscale steakhouse. Stop by during baseball season and you may catch fireworks at nearby Progressive Field.
Looking for something casual overlooking buzzy East 4th Street? A broad range of whiskeys and cocktails on Gabriel’s Southern Table‘s rooftop might just be your perfect buzz.BY LESLIE BASALLA-MCCAFFERTY
Indecisive imbibers, rejoice! This sampling lounge is self-serve, so you can try taste after taste.
Dine WatersideBY BRITTANY MOSELEY
Waterfront dining is a breeze in Cleveland—the only tough part is choosing where to eat. In the Flats, Collision Bend Brewing offers a variety of house beers, wood-fired pizzas and specialty cocktails on the Cuyahoga. Down the street, the menu at Alley Cat Oyster Bar resembles an East Coast meets West affair, featuring an array of poké bowls and New England oysters.
Also in the Flats is BrewDog Cleveland , where there’s plenty of room for everyone. (Four-legged friends included.) Choose from one of 28 beers on tap and find a spot on the spacious patio to enjoy river views and outdoor games. Across the
Cuyahoga down in Rivergate Park, Merwin’s Wharf serves comforting pub fare best enjoyed from its expansive patio.
Further Downtown, take in views of Voinovich Park, the Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie while sampling the tacos and house margaritas at Nuevo Modern Mexican & Tequila Bar. In Lakewood, Pier W has been a local favorite since 1965—thanks to its upscale dining experience and panoramic views of Lake Erie. Surf and turf shine on the dinner menu, while Sunday is all about the brunch buffet.
Thanks to its cheekilynamed boutique wine flights and glam vibes, you’ll feel hipper sipping here.
A drink in this romantic, velvet-draped Ohio City classic is a deliciously old-school experience.
THE WINE SPOT
Part bottle shop, part bar, all unrivaled selection, this Cleveland Heights favorite hits the mark.
Spanning six continents and an array of minorityand women-owned wines, representation is what’s on the menu.
Tops of the Hops
Consider these new breweries your beer lover’s bucket listBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
FOUR PAWS BREWING
Set to open this spring, Four Paws Brewing Co. is a labor of love and collaboration with Red Wagon Farm in Columbia Station. Bring Fido and set up shop at a picnic table with some Honey Kolsch or Downward (Hop) Dog.
Local beer lovers are sure to give a hoot when this brewery opens its doors in Shaker Heights— especially with former Goldhorn Brewery head brewer Joel Warger and his wife at the helm.
THE CLEVELAND BREWERY
After outgrowing its location on East 185th Street, this brewery has found its forever home in the Waterloo Arts District. Hang in “The Treelawn” to enjoy live music, and keep your eye out for collabs with other local faves such as R&D Sausage and Six Shooter Coffee.
CLEVELAND’S CRAFT BREWING PEDIGREE IS THE REAL DEAL
BEER GARDEN BLITZBY VINCE GUERRIERI
It’s a scientific fact: Beer tastes better when you drink it outdoors. Ground zero for local craft brewing is Great Lakes Brewing Company, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2023. Nearby is Market Garden Brewery —where an outdoor beer garden and tables out front afford great people-watching on West 25th Street. Closer to Playhouse Square but with a straight-outta-Germany feel is Hofbräuhaus, where dirndl-clad servers make it feel like Oktoberfest every day. And in The Flats, BrewDog’s patio keeps it rolling riverside with fire pits and outdoor games like shuffleboard. Feel more like a throwback to the days of yore? What was once the Atlantic Beer Garden in the late 1800s is now Forest City Brewery.
Brew VoyageBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
From east (Mentor) to west (Amherst) to south (Strongsville), the Cleveland Brewery Passport covers a lot of ground with CLE’s growing craft beer scene—spanning 42 breweries all within a 30-mile radius of Downtown. Check-in to breweries using the mobile passport and rack up points and rewards along the way. Bon beer voyage!
Cleveland Brewery Passport
Local beer is generating a sizable buzz in Northeast Ohio. Blue collar, bearded and brave, Cleveland craft breweries serve up some of the best award-winning brews in the world.
GREAT LAKES BREWING CO.
2516 Market Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113
Visit Ohio’s original craft brewery for fresh yearround, seasonal, and pub exclusive beers on tap alongside a menu packed with Midwest-inspired comfort fare and locally sourced ingredients. Brewery tours are available.
Downtown Cleveland – The Flats
1250 Old River Rd. Cleveland, OH 44113
Award-winning craft brewery and full-service restaurant, featuring crisp, bright beers brewed on site, served alongside freshly prepared seasonal dishes. Enjoy waterfront dining, live music and monthly events. Collision Bend, where expertly crafted food and beer collide.
MASTHEAD BREWING CO.
Downtown Cleveland - Avenue District
1261 Superior Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Masthead Brewing Co. has transformed a 1921 car dealership into a modern downtown brewery. Known for their award-winning beers and pizza kitchen, it’s the perfect place for food and drinks in a relaxed environment.
SOUTHERN TIER BREWING CO.
Downtown Cleveland – Gateway District
811 Prospect Ave. E. Cleveland, OH 44115
Our Downtown Cleveland taproom is a state-of-the-art brewery and taproom located just a short walk from all major attractions. Visit us for fresh Southern Tier beers and bites from a full beer-inspired food menu.
SAUCY BREW WORKS
2885 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113
Come see where it all began over a pint of awardwinning craft beer and the #1 pizza in Cleveland. The SBW Brewpub offers a full-service restaurant experience complete with a comfortable all-weather and dog-friendly patio.
Downtown Cleveland – Theater District
1550 Chester Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
Classic Bavarian Brews crafted on site by our Brewmaster according to the German “Purity Law” or Reinheitsgebot. Enjoy these fine biers in the Munich tradition that’s easy on the palate, yet smooth and refreshing with pure flavor in every sip.
NOBLE BEAST BREWING CO.
Downtown Cleveland – Avenue District
1468 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114
Located in a converted steel warehouse, Noble Beast crafts a seasonal food menu supporting local farmers and producers while their brewery specializes in a mix of traditional and experimental beer styles.
17450 Engle Lake Dr. Middleburg Hts., OH 44130
Award-winning craft brewery with a 250-seat traditional beer hall and patio. Great food – with an emphasis on barbeque and smoked specialties. Visit our website for current hours, latest beer list and weekly food specials.
DELECTABLE DETOURS TO FARAWAY PLACES ARE AS CLOSE AS THE TIP OF YOUR FORK
PICK UP A FRIEND, LEAVE YOUR INHIBITIONS AND ESCAPE TO EAST AFRICA AS YOU BREAK SOME INJERA OVER A COMMUNAL
Thrice as nice: Savor live music, artisanal arepas and tropical libations at the flagship in Lakewood or its east and west outposts in Willoughby and Westlake.
Holy Yumminess! Assad’s Bakery is a gem.- Janie R. (Yelp)
ASSAD’SBY TRICIA L. CHAVES AND LISA SANDS
Find classic recipes from Germany, Hungary and Poland like chicken paprikash, Hungarian goulash and schnitzel. Hard-to-find imported beers pair well with the hearty dishes.
Extreme heat alert! Tip your taste buds off to expect sizzling Szechaun goodness with 300+ meal combinations at this AsiaTown staple dubbed “one of Cleveland’s most exciting restaurants” by Scene.
Pillowy pockets of homemade pita are available to-go—or, if you’re lucky, at the lone table in this lively family-owned Mediterranean market and eatery.
BAKERY©NATHAN MIGAL ©MATT SHIFFLER
FEAST ON THESE SIGNATURE EATSBY KEVIN CARPENTER
ANGIE’S SOUL CAFE
Angie Jeter brought downhome South Carolina cooking to Cleveland in 1986 with her own spin, and she’s been satisfying local soul food lovers ever since with staples such as Carolina-style catfish and collard greens.
In Cleveland, the name Slyman’s is synonymous with corned beef sandwiches so humongous that you might need to unhinge your jaw before digging in. A must-stop for any self-respecting foodie.
This southeast side spot overflows with Old World charm. Try the aptly-named Slavic Village Sampler, complete with stuffed cabbage, city chicken, potatoand-cheese pierogi, kielbasa and kraut. (In other words, Cleveland on a plate.)
FLAT IRON CAFE
Irish pub vibes—and prime Lake Erie perch—await down in The Flats. Bring your brood for family-style perch, fried and served by the half-pound so everyone can get in on the action.
Angie’s Soul Cafe
RISING STAR COFFEE ROASTERS
Sip and savor a cuppa joe at seven Rising Star locations across The Land—including its Hingetown flagship inside an old firehouse. Each cafe serves up craft coffee drinks and seasonal specialties; rumor has it the Cardamom Bomb (with hints of brown sugar) is literally the bomb.
CAFÉ PHIX MIDTOWN
This East Side staple dishes out incredible specialty coffee with a heaping side of MidTown community pride. Grab an iced Caramel Chill espresso and cozy up for one of Cafe Phix’s many showcases of local artists and authors. Gotta run? Curbside pickup is also available.
READY SET COFFEE ROASTERS
This java house takes an inventive approach to creating new flavor profiles, resulting in killer seasonal offerings. Snag a cup of fan-favorite Deep Track Garage Blend (with notes of S’mores, almond and cherry) at its new cafe in Gordon Square. For the DoorDash-minded, RSC also offers home delivery to select zip codes.
SCOOT! COLD BREW
Smooth-tasting cold brews— including fresh flavors like Lavender Vanilla Latte and Honey Cinnamon Latte—deftly sidestep the bitter taste that plagues so many competitors. (Most drinks are available either hot or cold.) This West Side standout even offers a subscription service for its many super-fans.
Named for music’s macabre 27 Club, rap legend Machine Gun Kelly’s coffee shop dazzles guests with its signature Diablo Blend. This delicious combo of African and South American flavors, selected by MGK himself, can be ordered hot or cold. On weekends, stay up late for cocktails and lounge vibes.
Seek out a delicious cup from Cleveland coffee housesBY KEVIN CARPENTER
WHERE THE LOCALS GO
Clevelanders can’t keep secrets! It’s the reason our supposedly “underground” indie theaters, blue-collar brewpubs and cool art galleries are increasingly cult hangouts. Just follow the crowd and go where the locals go, discovering Clevelander’s still cool un-secret side.
TABLETOP BOARD GAME CAFE
1810 W. 25th St., Unit 3 Cleveland, OH 44113
Featuring over 1,000 board games, tasty foods and craft beer. Tabletop is the perfect spot for date night, birthdays, and after work fun. Staff can recommend and even teach you a new game you’ll love.
Downtown –Warehouse District
1390 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113
Bienvenidos a Mallorca! We are downtown Cleveland’s most awarded restaurant. For 27 years a destination spot and icon in the city. Enjoy all your favorites from the Iberian Peninsula including paella, fresh seafood and Monster steaks! Viva Espana!
Downtown Cleveland - North Coast Harbor
825 E 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44114
The best way to experience Cleveland is aboard the GOODTIME III, the largest 1,000 passenger ship on Lake Erie. Sailing May thru September; our sightseeing cruise is a top attraction when visiting Cleveland.
GREATER CLEVELAND AQUARIUM
Downtown – The Flats
2000 Sycamore St. Cleveland, OH 44113
Spot well-camouflaged weedy seadragons, marvel at moon jellies, peer at poison dart frogs, touch stingrays and stand under sandtiger sharks! Explore nearby waterways and faraway oceans without leaving the heart of the city.
6501 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102
Cleveland’s award-winning donut bar where you can belly up to the bar for the most creative scratch made donuts, coffee creations and local beers. Don’t forget to snap a pic with their famous neon sign!
CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD
1630 Mill St. W. Peninsula, OH 44264
Join us for an authentic train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as you travel in a vintage railcar along miles of nature and city skylines. From dining to family excursions, we offer experiences that are sure to entertain.
FLATS EAST BANK
Downtown – The Flats
Cleveland, OH 44113
Experience Cleveland’s premier entertainment district on the bank of the revitalized Cuyahoga River. With numerous award-winning bars and restaurants, our vibrant neighborhood is the soul of downtown Cleveland. Meet us where The Land meets the river.
NAUTICA QUEEN DINING CRUISE SHIP
Downtown – The Flats
1153 Main Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113
Every cruise is a celebration. Spend a sun-dappled afternoon or starry night making memories aboard Northeast Ohio’s premiere dining cruise with stunning views. All brunch, lunch and dinner outings include buffet and musical entertainment.
The Western Reserve and Education Center
3447 STEELYARD DRIVE ♦ CLEVELAND, OHIO 44109
Just 5 minutes from Downtown Cleveland Steelyard Commons is a unique supersized shopping center that features essential shopping and eateries. Enjoy walking a one-mile stretch of the famous Ohio and Erie Towpath Trail and witness the reclaimed architectural features and steel exhibits which pay tribute to Cleveland's rich WWW.STEELYARD-COMMONS.COM
Docent-led tours to help you expereince NE Ohio firefighting history. Located in a historic 1926 Fire Station. Explore the interactive Fire Safety Education Wing along with programs for all ages featuring the latest in fire safety and prevention.
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Adventure lovers are swarming Northeast Ohio. Hikers, bikers, birders, boaters and beyond are indulging their wild sides, whether it’s near the lakefront or deep in the forests of Ohio’s only national park (the Cuyahoga Valley).
TOURS OF CLEVELAND
Tours of Cleveland, LLC offers year-round, exciting and educational walking tours of beautiful and historic downtown Cleveland. Our Downtown Highlights tour explores Public Square to Playhouse Square and everything in between. Other tours offered.
14240 Baird Rd. Oberlin, OH 44074
Zip tree-to-tree on a family-friendly zipline canopy tour in nearby Oberlin. Enjoy incredible views while enjoying seven ziplines, 13 platforms, two spiral staircases, aerial bridges, a unique floating staircase, and a rappel at the end.
12951 Patterson St. NW North Lawrence, OH 44666
Visit a place where family fun is the main attraction and memories are waiting to be made. Clay’s Resort Jellystone Park™ is an award-winning Ohio campground located a short distance away from Cleveland.
OHIO & ERIE CANALWAY
Discover the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area by walking the Towpath Trail, driving the Scenic Byway and experiencing our working river. Head to our website for family friendly events, running races and more ways to explore.
THIS GREAT LAKES CITY IS MADE FOR ADVENTURE
Linking the city via bridges and trails.BY ANNIE ZALESKI
Lace up your sneakers and see The Land by bike or on foot through its many outdoor trails and bridges. The 2.1-mile Red Line Greenway connects two RTA Red Line stations with the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Lake Link Trail, allowing travel from Detroit Shoreway and Ohio City to The Flats. The Centennial Lake Link Trail also connects sections of the scenic Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway and enables access to the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail . A four-stage connection project tying the Towpath Trail to its historic roots is due to wrap up in 2024 at Cleveland’s Canal Basin Park .
URBAN SPACESBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
Cleveland gets it right with its urban sanctuaries and inviting greenspaces. See the proof at Voinovich Bicentennial Park on North Coast Harbor, where the grassy knoll allows you to triangulate your views of the skyline, the Rock Hall and Lake Erie. Take part in the North Coast Namaste yoga series, play some outdoor bocce or snap a selfie with the Cleveland Script Sign.
At the city’s heart is the Cleveland Mall, a series of public greenspaces first designed in 1903 to beautify the city’s civic center. (True story: the Mall is on the National Register
of Historic Places as an example of the “City Beautiful” movement born during that era.) Today this gorgeous grassy expanse is flanked by some of Downtown’s most well-known buildings—but luckily, none of them block the Mall’s prime views of the city and lake.
And who could forget Public Square, one of Downtown’s most iconic outdoor destinations? Grab a healthy bowl from REBoL and soak in the sights—and sounds—this summer with the “Square Sounds” music series on weekdays with the Terminal Tower as your backdrop.
Cleveland gets it right with its urban sanctuaries and inviting greenspaces.
5 Ways to Rock the RiverBy Lisa Galek
BREWBOAT CLE PEDDLE THE PARTY BOAT DOWN THE CUYAHOGA WITH YOUR FUN-LOVING CREW OF UP TO 16 PEOPLE.
CELEBRATE CLEVELAND’S REVITALIZED RIVERFRONT WITH RECREATIONAL PADDLING AND RACING ON JULY 22, 2023.
WATERSPORTS RENT SINGLE OR DOUBLE KAYAKS FOR URBAN PADDLING ON THE RIVER OR LAKE.
GOODTIME III &
NAUTICA QUEEN CRUISE THE CUYAHOGA DAY OR EVENING WITH SIGHTSEEING VOYAGES OFFERING STUNNING SKYLINE VIEWS.
THE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE OLD COAST GUARD STATION IN 2023 FOR LIVE MUSIC AND LOCAL BREWS AS A TOAST TO WATER CONSERVANCY.
POST UP ALL SUMMER AT THESE POPULAR HOTSPOTSBY ILONA WESTFALL
LIVING ON THE EDGE
Relax and watch the sailboats cruise past from the sand or try paddleboarding at Edgewater Park Need a break from the sun? Tip back a cold cocktail in the shade at the Edgewater Beach House.
GOOD ‘OL DAYS
Carvings of rollercoasters decorate the 350-foot pier at Euclid Beach Park , a nod to the area’s former life as an amusement park. Stroll along the pier for views of Downtown or take a dip in the water.
See the beach from another angle by kayaking or paddle boarding at Huntington Beach. The drive-in boat launch and swimming beach tucked at the bottom of a cliff make this a summer staple.
Head to top-ranked Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor to soak up the sun on Ohio’s largest beach.BY ILONA WESTFALL
Dock your boat behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Oasis Marinas at North Coast Harbor, a 53-slip in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.
ACE IN THE SAND
Play sand volleyball and then enjoy a beer, meal and live music at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island
Cycle the CityBY ILONA WESTFALL
Ready to put pedal to pavement?
See Cleveland from two wheels by cruising along the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway. The path follows 17 miles of the lakeshore from Lakewood to Euclid and passes Edgewater Park, stately lakeside homes and the Rock Hall.
Urban biking not your speed? Give the East Rim mountain bike trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park a spin instead. Navigate tight curves, jumps and rock gardens through the woods on four trails ranging from beginner to advanced. Bedford Reservation also beckons with bite-size loops totaling up to 11.5 miles on the Bedford Single Track trails.
For the adventurers among us, catch some air on the pump tracks at Cleveland-Cliffs Bike Park in the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. This new space for mountain and motocross bikers is the only of its kind in the region with an outdoor paved pump track, competition course and professional jump line guaranteed to get your blood pumping.
Finally, kiss gravity goodbye by speeding around the banked track of the Cleveland Velodrome. With 50-degree angles, bikers can reach thrilling speeds on this Olympic-style racetrack in Slavic Village.
CATCH SOME RAYS
Relax while casting a line at the fishing areas or launching a boat at Gordon Park . Then grab a snack at nearby e55 on the lake.
A BIG YEAR
Pack your binoculars for the 88-acre Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, boasting 280 species of birds.
Catch your own Walleye or Steelhead dinner by heading out on a chartered boat ride with Strikemaster Charters
Experience a Lake Erie sunset at the Lakewood Park Solstice Steps. (No Instagram filter needed.)
THE FOREST CITY
Cleveland earns its nickname with picturesque parks
Each spring, Northeast Ohio bursts alive in a dazzling array of natural beauty—and there’s no better place to scope this sensational change of scenery than the Metroparks. Affectionately known as “The Emerald Necklace,” this local gem boasts 18 diverse reservations spanning more than 24,000 acres. Ride bikes on wooded trails, drop a fishing line into the Rocky River or picnic along the shore of Lake Erie.
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Count your lucky stars that Ohio’s only national park is right here on CLE’s doorstep. Hike the Towpath Trail. Feel the cool spray of Brandywine Falls. Stand in wonder atop the Ledges Overlook as trees stretch out beneath you as far as the eyes can see. (Warning: goosebump-inducing views may occur.) Offering unparalleled access to all of this postcard-perfect scenery is the 26-mile Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Besides looking like a real-life Monet painting, this Kirtland wonderland offers something for everyone. Walk among the treetops on the 500-foot-long Murch Canopy Walk, or climb the 120-foot-tall Kalberer Emergent Tower for jaw-dropping views of the surrounding beauty. (Squint and you might even be able to see Lake Erie.) Back on terra firma, those seeking a quieter pace can amble through 3,500+ acres of leafy forests and verdant botanical gardens.
LAKE VIEW CEMETERY
Steeped in history, these grounds are soulfully designed to reflect the healing power and peaceful serenity of the outdoors. From trees that predate the founding of Cleveland to the splash of springtime color on Daffodil Hill, the cemetery artfully balances the somber gravity of remembrance with the life-affirming joy of nature. While exploring the grounds, don’t miss Wade Memorial Chapel (with its Tiffany-designed interior) or the James A. Garfield Memorial.BY KEVIN CARPENTER
THESE High-Energy FUN ZONES OFFER ADVENTURE FOR THRILL-SEEKERSBY ANNIE ZALESKI
WEST BANK GOLF CLUB
Forget worrying about the tee time weather. (Cleveland’s gonna Cleveland, after all.)
Instead, practice your perfect swing at the only indoor golf simulator and bar in The Flats.
COMMON GROUND CANOPY TOURS
Fly like an eagle! This Oberlin-based adventure zone offers a treetop’s-eye view of the world—courtesy of a course with ziplines, aerial bridges, spiral staircases and raised platforms.
CLEVELAND ROCKS CLIMBING
Ever wanted to pretend you’re Spider-Man? Cleveland literally rocks at this 18,000-squarefoot, first-class climbing gym in Ohio City that offers three areas encompassing indoor rope climbing and bouldering.
CROOKED RIVER SKATEPARK
Shred the gnar at this gem in The Flats. Located under Cleveland’s iconic bridges, this ramp-filled skatepark is full of twists and turns beckoning both novice skaters and daredevils alike.
Crooked River Skate Park
There’s No Better Place To Be Than At A Game in Cleveland
The Cleveland Guardians came out swinging at Progressive Field in their first season with the new moniker, clinching the American League Central Division title. The returning core of players includes Rookie of the Year finalist Steven Kwan and perennial MVP contender Jose Ramirez, plus the addition of slugger Josh Bell.
The Cavaliers pulled off the blockbuster trade of last offseason, bringing Donovan Mitchell to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Led by Mitchell, Darius Garland and Evan Mobley, the Cavs made the play-in last year, and this season,By Vince Guerrieri
they scored their first playoff berth since 2018.
Cue the Dawg Pound at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns preseason will start with a celebration as offensive tackle Joe Thomas gets inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The passion of Browns fans will be on full display for induction weekend—and, true to form, throughout the remainder of the season.
There’s nothing like watching hockey in person at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and Cleveland fans have known that for generations.
The latest team to call Cleveland home is the Monsters, affiliate for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. Get in on the action with a packed promo schedule, including the annual Fido-friendly “Pucks & Paws” event.
Traveling with a brood, especially a large one, can be challenging. Whether it’s a group of raucous roller coaster riders or rascals screaming for ice cream, Cleveland can keep kids of all ages entertained.
B.A. SWEETIE CANDY COMPANY
6770 Brookpark Rd., Cleveland, OH 44129
For over seven decades, this Cleveland institution has been supplying candy to stores and consumers from the giant warehouse on Brookpark Road on Cleveland’s west side. This nationally recognized candy distributor stocks over 5,000 varieties of candy from all of the old-time favorites to the new kids crazes. The 40,000-square-foot Warehouse has sixteen aisles stacked 20 feet high showcasing over 5,000 items, weighing over 500,000 pounds and valued in excess of $3,000,000.00!
The candy store has numerous features including a 1932 Ford truck full of saltwater Taffy, a huge section of Jelly Belly jelly beans, Pez toy department, toy truck display, miniature amusement park display, and a wall of 180,000 candy bars. Plus, a huge selection of nostalgic toys, nostalgic sodas (we call it “POP” in Cleveland!), a large ice cream parlor and a miniature golf course.
Pack the van for family adventure day
A TICKET TO RIDE
Call it Cedar Point, or just call it kid heaven. The Sandusky-based amusement park not only has 18 thrillinducing coasters, but also plenty of family-friendly fare. Along with a dizzying array—pun intended—of kids’ rides, families can go panning for real gemstones at Fort Sandusky Mining Co., splash their way through Cedar Point Shores water park, hang with Snoopy or become guest conductors on the C.P. & L.E. Railroad.
PARK N’ PLAY
As America’s oldest “kiddieland,” Memphis Kiddie Park has offered old-school family fun since 1952. With 11 kiddie rides for children under 50 inches tall, a mini-golf course and classic carnival concessions, this landmark is sure to check all the boxes on your little one’s list. Take a spin on the pint-sized Ferris Wheel, ride the train or take a whirl on the Little Dipper (the oldest working steel coaster in North America!).BY SARAH PARR Cedar Point
THE SWING OF THINGS
Choose your own adventure! Swings-N-Things offers interactive activities for kids of all ages— including batting cages, go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, mini bowling lanes, a game room, a Kids Korner playground, paintball and a new outdoor laser tag experience. Sensory overload? Wind down in the taproom and wine bar while you watch the kids do their thing.
MAIN CHARACTER ENERGY
Move over, WWE: the real Main Event is right here in Cleveland (or Avon, to be exact). Play on at the arcade with 100+ games, or get your game on with tried-and-true faves like billiards, shuffleboard, laser tag, bowling or mini-golf. Got some daredevils in the bunch? Rise above it all on the gravity ropes, suspended 20 feet over the venue.
A+ OUTINGSBY LISA GALEK
Mom was right: learning really can be fun. Peek through a periscope and learn about WWII life at U.S.S. Cod Submarine, a National Historic Landmark offering self-guided tours. Hale Farm & Village lets the whole family step back in time to walk through a log schoolhouse from the 1850s or watch a blacksmith heat and shape metal jewelry.
Save your dollars by visiting the free Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Money Museum, replete with a 23-foot-tall money tree decorated with dangling dollars. (And that’s just one of nearly two dozen interactive currency-themed exhibits!) At the Pro Football Hall of Fame, kids can also see how they measure up— literally! Try on football helmets or test referee skills with instant replay.
And located inside a refurbished Victorian mansion, The Children’s Museum of Cleveland provides a one-of-a-kind space where kids can engage in water play, pretend play and everything in between.
SWEET THINGSBY ANGEL WALLACE
Life gets a little sweeter with every visit to b.a. Sweetie Candy Company—aka the largest candy store in America. The nostalgic treats lining their shelves bring back treasured childhood memories.
If candy doesn’t quench your appetite, Mitchell’s Ice Cream will keep you cool in the summer heat. Choose from over a dozen flavors at any of their nine locations around town. And choc out Malley’s Chocolates for the cure to every cocoa craving.
Keep cool in the summer heat with a scoop of Mitchell’s Ice Cream.
Wow your little ones with these STEM-BY LISA GALEK
Ready for something wild?
See more than 2,000 animals at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Family faves include an Australian Outback train ride past bounding wallabies and the thrilling simulated tropical storm inside the RainForest.
Once a historic power plant, Greater Cleveland Aquarium overflows with aquatic encounters. At the stingray touch pool, tiny hands are welcome to feel the rays’ smooth skin as they glide by.
STEM comes to life at Great Lakes Science Center ! Encourage curiosity and experimentation at hundreds of hands-on exhibits, or watch breathtaking natural wonders on the six-story Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater screen.
Currently open during renovations, Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers everything from ecosystem education to a look at galaxies far, far away. Kids explore outdoor walkways while meeting wildlife friends (like “Spaghetti” the bald eagle) along the path.
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Discover the beauty of nature at Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Little ones can learn to care for herbs in the Hershey Children’s garden or frolic indoors at the new Perennial Playspace.
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Greater Cleveland’s growing hotel scene has guestrooms across all major hotel brands, ranging from chic boutiques to luxury hotels. Whether you’re into the thread count of your linens or just a place to crash for the night, we’ve got a hotel room with your name all over it.
Downtown – Civic Center
100 Lakeside Ave. E. Cleveland, OH 44114
Incredible city and lake views from every room await at Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The hotel is walking distance to all sporting venues and Downtown attractions and is home to Cleveland’s premiere lakefront rooftop bar, Bar 32.
Downtown - The Flats
1111 W 10th St. Cleveland, OH 44113
Aloft Cleveland Downtown is a boutique hotel in the heart of Cleveland’s premier entertainment district. Surrounded by stunning lake views and award-winning restaurants, our trendy hotel is the ideal place to experience the best of Downtown Cleveland.
DowntownCivic Center District
777 St Clair Ave. NE. Cleveland, OH 44114
Located on St. Clair Ave., The Westin Cleveland Downtown is your perfect home base when staying in CLE. Enjoy lake and city views just steps away from all the attractions Cleveland is famous for.
SAWMILL CREEK RESORT
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. W. Huron, OH 44839
Set within a 200-acre nature infused playground, Sawmill Creek Resort recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to create an escape that is naturally extraordinary. Features an 18-hole Tom Fazio designed golf course, located near Cedar Point.
MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN AT KEY TOWER
Downtown – Civic Center
1360 W Mall Dr. Cleveland, OH 44114
Check into our hotel and be steps away from Cleveland’s most desired entertainment destinations. Stay relaxed and focused in Ascend Fitness and Spa, a state-of-theart 20,000-sq.-ft. oasis, or join us for outdoor cocktails on the Pavilion or a sumptuous meal at Il Venetian.
RENAISSANCE CLEVELAND HOTEL
Downtown - Tower City
renaissancecleveland.com 24 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44113
The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is an icon in the city, rich in tradition and history. This historic hotel on Public Square is within walking distance of 30 bars and restaurants including our own Lobby Court.
HAMPTON INNAIRPORT/ TIEDEMAN ROAD
10305 Cascade Crossing Brooklyn, OH 44144
The team at Hampton Inn (Brooklyn OH) is excited to welcome you back in June of 2023! Check out our new look; complete with brand-new furniture and linens, carpeting and tile, and state-of-the-art technology.
ARIEL BROADWAY HOTEL
301 Broadway Lorain, OH 44052
The Ariel Broadway Hotel, on the banks of Lake Erie, can be your home while exploring the North Coast. Enjoy fine dining, sports bar, bakery, chocolate shop, gift shops, swimming pool and exercise room on-site.
NoBY LESLIE BASALLAMCCAFFERTY
How’s this for a concept? Just a bar. Opening soon in DetroitShoreway, this nouveau dive 86es the frills and embraces everything that made your grandpa’s favorite corner tavern a great hangout.
PINS & NEEDLES
If you’ve ever wished you could kick it in Red and Kitty Foreman’s basement, you’ll get that 70’s vibe in this kitschy cocktail lounge beneath Lakewood bowling/concert venue, Mahall’s.
DUKES ‘N’ BOOTS
Are you ready for the country? Scoot your booty to Willoughby for chef Dante Bocuzzi’s latest venture—a Southern-accented saloon where twangy tunes and “glori-fried” chicken share the sizzling spotlight.
CLOAK AND DAGGER
Since opening in Tremont two years ago, this cozy joint has kept cocktail lovers on their toes with rotating seasonal menus (most recently the cosmic “Zodiac: An Astrological Guide to Cocktails”).
Cloak and Dagger
thirst traps here: these sipping spots are the real deal
Clevelanders aren’t squares, but we do have two: Euclid Avenue connects Public Square and Playhouse Square. In between, you’ll discover newly built apartments, celebrated restaurants, stay-up-til-dawn spots and family-friendly sites. Get a group and go to The Flats for grub and games, or take the kids on a walking tour and check things off the Cleveland bucket list. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a music mecca by the Lake, and nearby Great Lakes Science Center makes science fun. (Plus, Dippin’ Dots!) Progressive Field and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse offer some of the best in pro sports and entertainment.By Josh Womack and Rebecca Ferlotti
TASTEBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
From sunrise to sundown, the Downtown dining scene is ready to make your day. Wake up at one of two Phoenix Coffee locations, or take a leisurely brunch at Betts inside the Kimpton Schofield Hotel. (Grab-and-go options are also available if you’re headed to a Guardians game. Win-win.) For lunch, go find out why Cleveland Sandwich Co. was hailed “Best of Cleveland” by Cleveland Magazine, or hit the new Geraci’s Slice Shop location for a gooey pizza pie.
Cleveland is a city with world-class experiences without the world-class ego.
Once dinner hits, let your taste buds lead the way to buzzy spots like Goma (sushi); Marble Room (steaks and seafood); Acqua di Luca (Mediterranean cuisine); Jade (New Asian); or Butcher & The Brewer (brewpub). End the day with a “cheers” at always-busy (and rightfully so) Masthead Brewing Co.
SHOPBY SILK ALLEN
Cleveland has “retail therapy” written all over the city. Start at Cleveland Clothing Co., where it’s always tee time. Show off your Cleveland pride—and instill some in others— by gifting souvenirs people actually want. Just down the street, make pour decisions at Heinen’s wine tasting machines, or grab some organic produce or a gourmet readymade dish.
Not in the mood for food? Inside the 5th Street Arcades, DIY inspo abounds at Coco’s Chalky Paints, while Intro Boutique stocks affordable contemporary and business-casual options with accessories to match. Tower City’s revival offers head-turning couture pieces from Infinite Boutique; statement bags in every color from In My Bag Collection; and luxury sneakers for men at The Feet Geeks.
PLAYBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
All three of Cleveland’s pro sports teams do their thing here—tailgate before a Browns game at Cleveland Browns Stadium, or get a doubleheader of Guardians baseball in at Progressive Field. (You can also cheer on the Cavs at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse come basketball season.)
More into shows over sports? Playhouse Square is your spot for Broadway shows, while outdoor Jacobs Pavilion attracts national acts with a side of skyline. Fun is the name of the game in The Flats, with a lively row of riverfront restaurants and nightclubs. Bet on a good time at JACK Casino, or taste your way down East 4th Street with a nightcap at comedy club Pickwick & Frolic
For family-friendly fare, look no further than the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center
If your love of great architecture is rivaled only by your love for unique shopping finds, the historic 5th Street Arcades are calling your name.
Foodies and fans of craft beer call Ohio City’s Market District their urban oasis. Just across the Cuyahoga River, west of Downtown, the city’s yellow-bricked West Side Market has been home to haggle-friendly meat, seafood and veggie vendors for more than 100 years. Yet it’s Ohio City’s Victorian-era homes, boutique eateries and famous craft brewers (like Great Lakes Brewing Co.) that have made the neighborhood one of the city’s symbols for urban renewal (where hip meets heritage). The neighborhood also earns cool points thanks to the entrepreneurial and artsy Hingetown district, and let’s not forget the new kid on the block: INTRO, a massive 297-unit apartment complex with a rooftop pool and instant hotspots like Edda Coffee and modern steakhouse Jaja.
NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHTBY JEN JONES DONATELLI
As the brewery that started it all, Great Lakes Brewing Co. is the perfect gateway to the Ohio City “brewery district.” Ever since GLBC more or less sparked Ohio’s craft brewing movement in the late 1980s, brew pubs and tap rooms have been popping up all around town—from Market Garden to Hansa to Bookmark to North High Saucy Brew Works provides much-needed sustenance with signature pizza and small-batch coffee menus alongside its craft beer lineup. End the night at Nano Brew, where you’ll find 20-some beers on draft and a locally sourced kitchen that stays open until 2 a.m.
This is where you come to pay homage to the brewery that started it all.
What better place to get fired up than at the Glass Bubble Project ? Whether flying solo or hanging out with a group, aspiring glassblowers can make like they’re in Murano.
GOOD MOOD FOODBY BRI OLDHAM
Ohio City is the perfect pick for carefully crafted cuisine with a side of positive vibes. Stop in Juneberry Table for buckwheat chocolate banana pancakes (and stay for the boochy mama kombucha). Want bubbly and a late brunch? Head to Bright Side for unique croissant-waffle entrées, or pick your Parisian delight at quaint Le Petit Triangle Café. Camping-themed Pioneer will also make a happy camper out of you with wood-fired meats and drinks from the Airstream bar.
Top chefs like Jeremy Umansky and Doug Katz also call Ohio City home. Umansky’s Eastern European menu at Larder changes seasonally with delicious offerings like smoked eggplant parm, while Katz’s Amba offers small plates with big flavors for Indian fusion to remember. And no matter where you dine, Mason’s Creamery provides the perfect dessert course, serving up homemade ice cream all summer long.BY SILK ALLEN TREASURE
Visit The Hangar in Hingetown for craft cocktails to-go, then browse the hut-shaped shops at City Goods—home to over 20 diverse brands with a focus on women- and minorityowned businesses. Skincare, vintage paper art and custom lamps are just a few things to snatch up. On select dates, you can also catch the Cleveland Bazaar pop-up at Market Square with live music and one-of-a-kind finds from dozens of rotating vendors.
Spending a day exploring The Land can be hunger-inducing, so why not pop into the historic West Side Market for a bite?
Cambodian, Mexican and Parisian cuisine share space with over 60 vendors selling meats, seafood and exotic spices.
1 Sink your teeth into Larder’s inventive deli food.
2 Enjoy drinks at local favorite Bright Side.
3 Shop the Hangars for local wares at City Goods.
4 Three cheers to Great Lakes Brewing Co.!
This blue-collar neighborhood balances Cleveland’s big city feel with cozy, small town charm. Minutes from Downtown, Tremont is one of Cleveland’s oldest communities, and for all we know, might just be stuck in time. Just look at those old cottages, bygone neighborhood bars, beautiful churches and cordial local characters. Look closer and notice those come-as-you-are bars are sandwiched between Food Network-famous restaurants, modern housing, art galleries and even a pop culture monument (A Christmas Story House and Museum).
Clark-FultonBY ROXANNE OCASIO
It’s all happening in Clark-Fulton. Tune in to La Mega Media or take in a Spanish-language show at LatinUs Theater Co.—both housed within the Pivot Center for Art, Dance and Expression. For fresh air, the MetroHealth EcoDistrict features a 12-acre public park nestled between the major highways.
And to truly get a taste of the neighborhood, pick up some pupusas at Pupuseria y Antojitos Guanaquitas or enjoy empanadillas at Caribe Bake Shop. Clink glasses at Johnny’s Bar as a toast to this thriving area!
The best is yet to come! Set to open in 2024, CentroVilla25 has 40 businesses lined up to bring even more Hispanic culture to Cleveland.
If University Circle is Cleveland’s international art capital, Gordon Square Arts District (along the Detroit Shoreway) is the city’s bohemian quarter. Institutions like the Cleveland Public Theatre and the Capitol Theatre draw the terminally arty and interesting to local stages and indie cinema. The hip and hungry seek out bistros and bars from Happy Dog to Luxe, and urban greenery like the lakefront’s Edgewater Park attracts everyone from dog-walkers to desperate surfboarders, while Gordon Square’s old homes and elegant mansions create a stately backdrop.
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Build your own Bento Box or chow down on pub grub at the funky, Asian-inspired eatery Ninja City. Head to Banter for several different varieties of poutine—including a so-Cleveland-ithurts chicken paprikash variety.
The party moves to Kamm’s Corners after the Downtown parade on St. Patrick’s Day. Irish pubs like Public House attract barflies with Gaelic football, rugby and live Celtic music, while walkers explore hobby shops, the Kamm’s Corners’ Sunday Farmers Market and the historic Alger Cemetery, resting place of Oswald Kamm (that guy the community’s named after). Nestled between Downtown and the airport, it’s a great locale to grab a Guinness or eat everything from Ethiopian (Habesha) to Thai ( Thai Elephant).
Cleveland’s comic book legacy continues with long-time draws like Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop keeping it quirky and homegrown for more than 30 years.
Once the nation’s leading producer of greenhouse vegetables, diverse dining options continue to grow in this west side neighborhood. Sweet tooths can nosh on donuts at Jack Frost, then caffeinate at Metropolitan Coffee. Travel the globe by sampling
“Jah-potle” dishes at Irie Jamaican Kitchen, followed by the flavorful taste of Guatemalan cuisine at El Rinconcito Chapin. Or just cozy up at home by pairing cheeses at Old Brooklyn Cheese Company with the bountiful selection of wines at Opal on Pearl .
Get wicked at Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick. It’s the first occult museum in the country. (We’re not your basic witches here in Cleveland.)
Delicious bites and fun nights are what’s on the menu in AsiaTown. Start your exploration at perennial dim sum favorite Li Wah, followed by a stroll around Asia Plaza to shop for lanterns, tea sets or silk dresses. (Love to cook Asian cuisine at home? Don’t leave without visiting Park to Shop grocery store, where the aisles are lined with rare finds and gourmet staples.) Get your bubble tea fix at Koko Bakery, or try one of Hong Kong’s tastiest street foods at Ball Ball Waffle. Wind it up with karaoke your way in a private room at Galaxy KTV
ENJOY A WIDE SELECTION OF DINING, FROM CANTONESE DIM SUM AND VIETNAMESE PHO TO KOREAN BBQ AND SZECHUAN HOT POT. EXPLORE THE INDOOR SHOPPING PLAZAS OF ASIA PLAZA AND ASIAN TOWN CENTER FOR AUTHENTIC MARKETS, HERBALISTS AND
CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY, CULTURE AND TRADITION OF CLEVELAND’S ASIAN COMMUNITIES DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR AND AT THE ANNUAL CLEVELAND ASIAN FESTIVAL, HELD IN MAY.
Historic buildings have found thriving new life in MidTown—where the dollhouse-like Stager-Beckwith Mansion now houses the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, and music venues like the 1913-built Agora Theatre have undergone rocking renovations. MidTown is also home to the city’s oldest building still standing: Dunham Tavern. Thanks to its plum location on the RTA Healthline, MidTown also has plenty of shiny new buildings dotting its streetscape— with more on the way, such as the forthcoming Cleveland Foundation headquarters.
With its convenient location, Cafe Phix is the easy choice for seasonal drinks and the fan-favorite Breve Bomb—a 3-layer beverage of rich syrup, halfand-half, and espresso topping.
Amid the neighborhood’s rapidly changing landscape thanks to ongoing development by the Cleveland Clinic, Fairfax remains rooted in tradition. Theatre fans can catch a show at Karamu House (the country’s oldest African American theater still in existence), while architecture buffs will want to take in the area’s historic churches. On the foodie front, stop by the new Angie’s Soul Food Café location for real-deal Southern soul food. Central Kitchen’s food hub also recently took root here to empower local craft food entrepreneurs.
Rumi’s Market & Grill invites patrons to snack on Mediterranean favorites, then stock up on groceries at their international market.
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Free to the public, the Cleveland Museum of Art houses some 45,000 art pieces spanning 6,000 years, notably its Asian and medieval European collections.
With a menu focused on authentic and adventurous French cuisine, a first-class dining experience awaits at L’Albatros Brasserie.
The bold and the brainy call the art and educational neighborhood of University Circle their Cleveland capital. The districts of Wade Oval and Uptown have perhaps the greatest concentration of business, botany, medicine and art learning centers on the globe within one square mile — from the campuses of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). It’s all easily accessible from Downtown using the award-winning RTA HealthLine.
Head down to the Uptown District for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA’s) revolving exhibits of cuttingedge art.
If Atlas Obscura were a place, it just might be this near East Side neighborhood—home to some of the city’s most under-the-radar spots. Raise a glass at Chateau Hough, a community-minded, one-of-a-kind urban winery. Next, swing out to League Park and the Baseball Heritage Museum, which shares multicultural stories of baseball’s past and brings it alive on the field where Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio once played.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s quietly Cleveland’s coolest neighborhood! Check out the birthplace of Superman’s creator, or walk along the city’s most multicultural mile, aka the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, with 35+ gardens honoring the many nationalities represented in The Land. And attention shoppers: don’t miss the mixed-use GlenVillage complex, home to Black-owned businesses such as Lioness Barber and Vitiman Kandie
People from all walks of life come together in St. Clair Superior to form an amazing community — one rich with manufacturing, art and design, singular shopping experiences and unparalleled dining options. (Cases in point: Kafela and Marie’s Restaurant.) Artists-in-waiting can find their sweet spot at the Hamilton Collaborative complex, home to woodworking workshop Soulcraft CLE , motorcycle hub Skidmark Garage and more.
This Cleveland neighborhood has been revitalized into a flourishing center of community and commerce. Want an out-of-the-box shopping experience where shipping containers double as stores? Check out BOXSPOT, home to JB Grill (where you can try the Polish Boy). Nearby Rid-All Green Partnership uses urban agriculture to not only bring healthy, locally grown produce to the community, but also to educate the next generation.
Food, faith and the famous Feast of the Assumption Festival all help define this little Italian village, located at the base of Murray Hill. First settled in the 19th century by Italian stonemasons and artisans, Little Italy today is a buffet of Italian eateries and bakeries, including Cleveland’s oldest restaurant (Guarino’s). Community and spirituality also commune in proud religious and social centers like the Holy Rosary Church and the Alta House
BUILD-YOUR-OWN PIZZA AT THE AUTHENTIC SICILIAN EATERY MAMA SANTA’S. IT’S THE STUFF OF MOUTH-WATERING DAYDREAMS.
SNACK ON ITALIAN SWEETS FROM CANNOLI TO TIRAMISU AT PRESTI’S OR CORBO’S BAKERIES.
FROM SKILLED STONECUTTERS TO A CHEF NAMED HECTOR BOIARDI, LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF CLEVELAND’S ITALIAN COMMUNITY AT THE ITALIAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CLEVELAND.
As the oldest shopping district in Ohio, Shaker Square entertains day and night. Minutes from Downtown, take advantage of two light-rail Rapid Transit lines to reach the square’s four quadrants. Just be prepared to argue over where to eat (Edwins or Zanzibar), where to shop (Fashions by Fowler or Dave’s Supermarket) and where to have fun (Atlas Cinemas). Just leave time for Larchmere Boulevard, Cleveland’s art and antiques district (with fine folks like Loganberry Books and Batuqui Brazilian).
Set in a charming old house in Larchmere, the globally-focused Poppy arrives fresh on the dining scene courtesy of revered Salt+ team Jill Vedaa and Jessica Parkison.
With a landscape dotted with historic churches and cultural centers, Slavic Village embraces its rich immigrant past while welcoming residents and visitors alike for culinary delights. Let the “Lady Butcher” of Saucisson delight the carnivore in you, or get a heaping helping of affordable eats at Red Chimney. Craving some muchneeded comfort (food)? Marsha’s Soul Food Café is calling. In one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, it’s impossible not to feel (and taste!) the history everywhere you go.
Known for its industrial roots, Slavic Village keeps the surprises coming with outdoor attractions (such as Mill Creek Falls and Morgana Bluffs).
One look at the vibrant Zoetic Walls murals that adorn the streets of the Waterloo Arts District, and it’s clear that you’ve entered one hella creative community. The neighborhood offers ample opportunity to tap into your own inner artist—from weaving and fabric arts at Praxis Fiber Workshop to thought-provoking contemporary art at Waterloo Arts Gallery. Prefer to appreciate rather than create?
See a show at indie music mecca Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, or take a leisurely stroll through the area’s many art galleries.
Unique public art can be found all over Waterloo.
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Search for vintage vinyl and rarities at Blue Arrow Records, Star Pop and This Way Out Bocce courts, live music and local brews from The Cleveland Brewery are the trio of happenings at Treelawn
Innovative art, street performers and music collide at the annual Waterloo Arts Fest
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CELEBRATING ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY, THIS MOVIE MUSEUM FEATURES PROPS AND MEMENTOS FROM THE ORIGINAL SET OF A CHRISTMAS STORY, SO TREAD LIGHTLY. AFTER ALL, SOME ITEMS MIGHT BE “FRA-GI-LE!”BY BRI OLDHAM
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hat started in a Cleveland basement is now a successful T-shirt and souvenir shop showcasing city pride at four Northeast Ohio locations. (Their belief that “Cleveland is Magical” is contagious!)
Consider these staples of “The Land” a welcome package to Cleveland.
They bottle heart and soul. This collection features woods like Sugar Maple, Apple and Black Cherry to create flavor profiles you can’t find anywhere else.
Bertman Original Ball Park Mustard
The first of its kind and created in Cleveland, this brown, grainy goodness is a fan favorite that deliciously enhances the stadium hotdog experience.
The “Iron Chef’s” claim to fame isn’t just being from Cleveland. Stop by Mabel’s BBQ, where a giant LED sign implores diners to “Eat More Meat” and an award-winning menu makes that easy.