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Cleveland/Downtown

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View from Lakefront

Downtown is in Cleveland.

Get in

By car

Three two-digit interstate highways serve Cleveland directly.

  • Interstate 71 begins downtown and is the major route from downtown Cleveland to the airport. I-71 runs through the southwestern suburbs and eventually connects Cleveland with Columbus.
  • Interstate 77 begins in downtown Cleveland and runs almost due south through the southern suburbs. I-77 sees the least traffic of the three interstates, even though it is the primary connector of Cleveland with Akron.
  • Interstate 90 connects the two sides (the terms "East Side" and "West Side" have deep root in defining this region) of Cleveland, and is the northern terminus for both I-71 and I-77. Running due east/west through the West Side suburbs, I-90 turns northeast at the junction with I-71 and I-490, and is known as the Innerbelt through downtown. At the junction with the Shoreway, I-90 makes a 90-degree turn known as "Dead Man's Curve", then continues northeast, entering Lake County at the eastern split with Ohio 2.
  • Interstate 480 runs east-west along the southern border of the City of Cleveland and also connects the suburbs of the East Side and West Side. It intersects all three of the above highways, plus it intersects I-271, which serves the eastern suburbs, and I-480 has two connections to the Ohio Turnpike, I-80.

By train

By bus

See

Old Arcade
  • Terminal Tower, the centerpoint of Tower City Center, located on Public Square, is the Terminal Tower, built in 1929 as the second tallest building in the world (now it's the second tallest building in Cleveland). The building was also constructed as the main railroad terminal in Cleveland and currently serves as the main hub of the RTA Rapid Lines (below the retail mall levels). Go to the Terminal Tower's observation deck to observe the surrounding environs (particularly, Lake Erie, the winding Cuyahoga River, and the juxtaposition of downtown against industrial uses to the south and west). The observation deck is only open on weekends.
  • Old Arcade, [49]. Built in 1890 and designed by John Eisenmann. The construction was financed by John D. Rockefeller, Marcus Hanna and several other wealthy Clevelanders of the day. The cost of the project was approximately $875,000 - today it would be impossible to replicate. The inspiration of the project is said to be the Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. Although pedestrian arcades exist in several North American cities, few - if any, compare to the grandeur of the Arcade in Cleveland. The Arcade was the first building in Cleveland to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure features a five-story atrium with extensive metal decorative work. The top floor features gargoyles which circle the entire atrium area. The structure includes the famous skylighted atrium as well as two nine-story towers, one each on Euclid Avenue and Superior Avenue. In the past decade, the structure was renovated as a Hyatt Regency Hotel.
  • Peter B. Lewis Building, Case-Weatherhead School of Business, designed by Frank Gehry with his trademark undulating metal forms.

Museums & Galleries

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 751 Erieside Ave (Downtown, Drive north on East 9th St exit until you reach the Hall of Fame. If you drive into Lake Erie, you've gone too far.), +1 216 781-ROCK, [1]. Located at North Coast Harbor, this distinctive building was designed by noted architect I.M. Pei and houses a massive collection of rock and roll memorabilia. Cleveland was home to the first Rock concert, the term "Rock and Roll" was coined by a Cleveland DJ and many of the music genre's icons used Cleveland as their springboards. As Rock Inductee, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, has been paraphrased - to become a rock star in the U.S., first, you have to be loved in Cleveland. Admission: Adults: $22, Seniors (60+): $14, Children (ages 9-12): $11, Children (8 & under): Free.
  • Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave, +1 216 694-2000, [2].
  • Dunham Tavern Museum, 6709 Euclid Ave, +1 216 431-1060 (), [3]. Hours: W and Su: 13:00 - 16:00.. Dunham Tavern Museum is a restored inn that served as a resting place and stagecoach stop along "Buffalo-Detroit-Post Road," now Euclid Ave. Open M and W, 1PM-4PM and other days for groups by appointment, this volunteer-run historic site offers a glimpse into the lives of early settlers. Admission: Adult: $3, Children (3-12): $2, Children under 3: Free, Groups (15 or more): $2.

Tremont is experiencing an enormous influx of redevelopment that was pioneered by the arts community. Call a gallery to get dates for the monthly Tremont ArtWalk.

  • Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor St (Tremont,), +1 330 304-8528 (), [4]. Hours by appointment only. Often features live music and DJs as well as its art.
  • Doubting Thomas Gallery, 856 Jefferson (Tremont,), +1 513 555-5555.
  • Eye Candy Gallery, 2173 Professor Ave #1 (Tremont,), +1 216 241-2740, [5].
  • Smart T'art Gallery, 2336 West 11th St.

Architecture

  • City of Bridges, particularly view the Hope Memorial Bridge (Lorain-Carnegie Bridge) named for Bob Hope's (the famous actor/comedian and native Clevelander) father, who worked on its construction. The bridge is framed by four art deco pylon sculptures portraying the evolution of forms of ground transportation. In addition to a large number of jack-knife and lift bridges along the Cuyahoga, one of the world's few remaining "Swing Bridges" is still in use, connecting the east and west banks of the Flats entertainment district.
  • Key Tower, the tallest building in Ohio, and between New York City and Chicago for that matter, designed by Cesar Pelli.
  • Cleveland Churches, particularly visit the Tremont district (where the movie, The Deer Hunter, was filmed) and the Church Square district along Euclid Avenue between downtown and University Circle (where you can see a broad sampling of houses of prayer, many of which are currently utilized by their second or third generations of faith). There are also several monumental churches in near east side suburbs of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights along Cedar Road, Fairmount and Shaker Boulevards.

Architecture and Infrastructure

Old Arcade
  • Terminal Tower, the centerpoint of Tower City Center, located on Public Square, is the Terminal Tower, built in 1929 as the second tallest building in the world (now it's the second tallest building in Cleveland). The building was also constructed as the main railroad terminal in Cleveland and currently serves as the main hub of the RTA Rapid Lines (below the retail mall levels). Go to the Terminal Tower's observation deck to observe the surrounding environs (particularly, Lake Erie, the winding Cuyahoga River, and the juxtaposition of downtown against industrial uses to the south and west). The observation deck is only open on weekends.
  • Old Arcade, [50]. Built in 1890 and designed by John Eisenmann. The construction was financed by John D. Rockefeller, Marcus Hanna and several other wealthy Clevelanders of the day. The cost of the project was approximately $875,000 - today it would be impossible to replicate. The inspiration of the project is said to be the Vittorio Emanuele in Milan, Italy. Although pedestrian arcades exist in several North American cities, few - if any, compare to the grandeur of the Arcade in Cleveland. The Arcade was the first building in Cleveland to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure features a five-story atrium with extensive metal decorative work. The top floor features gargoyles which circle the entire atrium area. The structure includes the famous skylighted atrium as well as two nine-story towers, one each on Euclid Ave and Superior Ave. In the past decade, the structure was renovated as a Hyatt Regency Hotel.
  • City of Bridges, particularly view the Hope Memorial Bridge (Lorain-Carnegie Bridge) named for Bob Hope's (the famous actor/comedian and native Clevelander) father, who worked on its construction. The bridge is framed by four art deco pylon sculptures portraying the evolution of forms of ground transportation. In addition to a large number of jack-knife and lift bridges along the Cuyahoga, one of the world's few remaining "Swing Bridges" is still in use, connecting the east and west banks of the Flats entertainment district.
  • Key Tower, the tallest building in Ohio, and between New York City and Chicago for that matter, designed by Cesar Pelli.It has 57 stories.
  • Peter B. Lewis Building, Case-Weatherhead School of Business, designed by Frank Gehry with his trademark undulating metal forms.
  • Cleveland Churches, particularly visit the Tremont district (where the movie, The Deer Hunter, was filmed) and the Church Square district along Euclid Avenue between downtown and University Circle (where you can see a broad sampling of houses of prayer, many of which are currently utilized by their second or third generations of faith). There are also several monumental churches in near east side suburbs of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights along Cedar Rd, Fairmount and Shaker Boulevards.

Art

Cleveland was named a Top 25 Arts Destination by www.americanstyle.com in 2003. In addition to its museums of art, the city boasts a vibrant art community with galleries scattered throughout its trendiest neighborhoods.

  • Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 E Blvd, +1 216 421-7350, [51]. A free art museum offering exhibits of everything from a world-renowned Asian collection, Greek and Roman statue to modern art. The crown jewels of the museum, however, are its stunning collections of medieval armor and an original casting of Auguste Rodin's The Thinker. Closed M; Tu, Th, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM; W, F 10AM-9PM.
Free Stamp with Rock and Roll HOF in background
  • MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, 11400 Euclid Ave, +1 216 421-8671, [52]. Tu-Su 11AM-6PM; Th 11AM-8PM, $4 suggested donation; $3 suggested senior/student admission. Free to all visitors on Friday.
  • Cleveland Public Art - Headquarted in Ohio City, this non-profit organization sponsors art projects throughout the city, including the spires and vegetable wall near Progressive Field, the murals on Tremont School, and the Wade Oval gate at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
  • Free Stamp - This controversial piece of Pop Art, located in Willard Park to the East of City Hall, was commissioned in 1982 and designed by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Other Galleries

  • ArtCraft Building, 2570 Superior Avenue
  • 9th Street Studio, 2173 E Ninth St
  • ArtMetro Gallery, 530 Euclid Ave #43
  • Brenda Kroos, 1300 W 9th St
  • Spaces, 2220 Superior Viaduct
  • The Bonfoey Company, 1710 Euclid Ave
  • Piccadilly's Fine Art Galleries [53], 2253 Professor Ave, +1 888 579-4300. One of the oldest galleries in the greater Cleveland area, representing nationally recognized artists, since 1988.

Other Areas of Interest

  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage [54], an inspirational experience for any American who is one or has descended from immigrant(s). The museum is divided into three sections: the permanent exhibits which focus on Cleveland's Jewish community, its history, and its contributions; a portion of the Temple Tifereth-Israel Judaic art collection; and the temporary exhibits, currently home to the "Cradles of Christianity" exhibit.
  • Rockefeller Cultural Gardens, a picturesque winding road, featuring gardens representative of Cleveland's diverse and rich ethno-cultural mosaic and connecting University Circle to I-90 via MLK Blvd.
  • West Side Market, [55] northeast corner of Lorain Ave (western node of the Hope Memorial (Lorain-Carnegie) Bridge) and W 25th St. An old world produce market directly across the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland's skyscrapers, along with an arcade area containing shops with food of Irish, German, Slovenians, Italian, Greek, Polish, Russian, and Middle Eastern descents, among others.
A Christmas Story House
  • Coventry Road, [56] a funky commercial strip serving University Circle's student population. Home to Mac's Paperbacks, an independent bookstore; Tommy's [57], well-known for its vegetarian food and milkshakes; The Grog Shop [58], a bar and music venue known for its diversity of show styles; and various other locally owned restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, [59] downtown next to the science center on the shore of Lake Erie.
  • A Christmas Story House, [60] This is the actual house used in the 1983 modern-day classic film A Christmas Story. It has since been converted into a museum dedicated to the film - most visitors come during Christmas season.
  • The Childrens Museum, 10730 Euclid Ave, +1 216 791-KIDS, [61].
  • The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, located in the historic former Higbee's department store on Public Square in downtown Cleveland.

Science and Technology

The Great Lakes Science Center and Omnimax Theater
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History [62], located in University Circle, has exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to a working observatory.
  • The Great Lakes Science Center [63] has a lot of very interactive exhibits.
  • Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology, [64].
  • The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum [65] is a great stop for anyone interested in classic cars. Connected to the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum [66] in University Circle.
  • The Cleveland Botanical Gardens Glasshouse [67] is a huge conservatory housing a cloud forest from Costa Rica and a spiny desert from Madagascar, complete with butterflies and other indigenous animals.
  • The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo [68] has monkeys, elephants, and an indoor rain forest.

Parks

  • Cleveland Metroparks, [69].
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden, [70].
  • Cleveland Lakefront State Parks, [71].

Do

For decades, the city has boasted of:

  • a "Big Five" orchestra (The Cleveland Orchestra [72]),
  • the second largest performing arts center in the U.S. (Playhouse Square Center [73]),
  • a world-renowned art museum (The Cleveland Museum of Art [74]),
  • the nation's first health museum (HealthSpace Cleveland [75]),
  • R&D hub of the aerospace and aviation industry (the NASA Glenn Research & Visitors Center [76]) and
  • a number of other first-rate attractions (too many to mention here - read on).

During its "comeback" years, Cleveland has added:

  • the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum [77],
  • the Great Lakes Science Center [78] with Omnimax theatre, and
  • four new sports facilities in the downtown area - Progressive Field (Still known as "The Jake" after a recent corporate name change) for the Major League Baseball Indians, QuickenLoans Arena ("The Q") for the NBA Cavaliers, First Energy Stadium (Recent name change from Cleveland Browns Stadium) for the NFL Browns and the Wolstein Center for the Cleveland State University Vikings basketball team.


  • Tower City Cinemas, 50 Public Square, +1 216 621-1172 (), [6]. Admission: Adults: Matinees (All shows before 18:00): $5.75, Evenings (All shows after 18:00): $8.25; Seniors (aged 60 and over), College Students (with a current valid Student ID), Children (ages 3 - 12): $5.50; Children (aged 2 and under): Free.


Whether you prefer a world-class orchestra, jazz, or small local acts, Cleveland has many music venues to choose from.

  • Cleveland Orchestra, [79] A world-famous "Big Five" orchestra.
  • Severance Hall, [80] Home of the Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Blossom Music Center, [81] Outdoor ampitheatre and summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra.
  • Agora Theater and Ballroom, [82] Landmark Cleveland rock venue.
  • Grog Shop, [83] Smaller touring and local acts.
  • Beachland Ballroom, [84] Small eclectic acts.
  • Pats In The Flats, [85].
  • Peabody's Entertainment Complex, [86].
  • Cain Park, [87] Outdoor live music in Cleveland Heights.
  • Cleveland Institute of Music, [88] a world class music school, regularly has live performances by students. Many are free.


Buy

  • Banyan Tree, 2242 Professor St (Tremont,), +1 216 241-1209 (), [7]. Hours: M-W, 11AM - 7PM, Th- Sa, 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-5PM.. Home decor and jewelery designed to an artwork.
  • The Avenue at Tower City Center, 230 West Huron Rd, +1 216 771-0033, [8]. Hours: M-Sa: 10-19, Su:Noon - 618:00.

Eat

Markets

  • West Side Market, [89].
  • Asia Plaza, asian market in Chinatown at the northwest corner of Payne Ave and E 30th St.
  • Shaker Square Farmer's Market, [90].

Budget

  • #1 Pho, 3120 Superior Ave. Good Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Heck's Cafe, (Ohio City).
  • Johnny Mango's, (Ohio City). Southwestern fare.
  • Mama Santa's Pizzeria, (Little Italy).
  • Paninis, (Gateway neighborhood, Historic Warehouse District).
  • Siam Cafe, 3951 St Clair Ave, +1 216 361-2323. Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • Superior Pho, 3030 Superior Ave. Good Vietnamese cuisine.
  • El Tango Taqueria, 14224 Madison, +1 216 226-9999.
  • Tea House Noodles, (downtown on E 6th St). Offers healthy fast food, where you select noodles or rice, one of their unique and varied sauces, and chicken, beans, or tofu. $5-$7.
  • Yours Truly, (Shaker Square). Consistently mediocre.

Mid-range

  • Balaton Restaurant, 13133 Shaker Blvd, +1 216 921-9691, [9]. Hungarian dishes and wine like goulash, weiner schnitzel, stuffed cabbage and lesco.
  • Bar Cento, 1948 W 25th, +1 216 274-1010, [10]. M-F 4:30PM-2:30AM, Sa noon-2:30AM (Happy Hour daily 4:30PM-7PM). Specialize in pizza, 99 Belgian beers and over 100 wines. $12.
  • Bo Loong, 3922 Saint Clair Ave, +1 216 391-3113.
  • Der Braumeister, 13046 Lorain Ave, +1 216 671-6220, [11].
  • Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant, 6125 Saint Clair Ave, +1 216 391-9400. Serves food community style on large, round trays lined with injera (crepe-like bread).
  • Etna Ristorante & Wine Bar, 11919 Mayfield Rd., +1 216 791-7670, [12]. Original, contemporary Italian cuisine, in a cozy, "old world" atmosphere, featuring fresh seafood specials daily. Located in Cleveland's historic Little Italy neighborhood.
  • The Flying Fig, 2523 Market Ave, +1 216 241-4243.
  • Hard Rock Cafe, (Tower City Center).
  • Melt Bar and Grilled, 14718 Detroit Ave., +1 216 226-3699, [13]. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Locations in Lakewood, Cleveland Heights, Independence, and Mentor.
  • Li Wah, (Asia Plaza in Chinatown). Good dim sum.
  • Mallorca, W 9th St, +1 216 687-9494, [14]. Excellent Spanish and Portuguese food.
  • Phnom Penh, 13124 Lorain Ave, +1 216 251-0210. Cambodian, Vietnamese and Thai fare.
  • Pickwick and Frolic, (co-located with Hillarities Comedy Club on E 4th St).
  • Sushi Rock, (W 6th in Historic Warehouse District).
  • Trattoria, (Little Italy), +1 216 421-2700.

Splurge

  • Michaelangelos, 2198 Murray Hill Road, 216 721-0300, [15].
  • Blue Point Grille, 700 W St Clair Ave, +1 216 875-7827.
  • Brasa Grill, 1300 W 9th St, +1 216 575-0699, [16]. Brazilian churrascaria.
  • Fire Food and Drink, [18].
  • Giovanni's Ristorante, 25550 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, +1 216 831-8625, [19]. 1 of 6 Cleveland restaurants with AAA's four diamond rating.
  • Johnny's Downtown, 1406 W 6th St (Warehouse District), +1 216 623-0055.
  • Lola Bistro/Lolita, [20].
  • Metropolitan Cafe, W 6th St and St Clair Ave (Warehouse District).
  • Pier W, 12700 Lake Ave, Lakewood, +1 216 228-2250.
  • Sans Souci, 24 Public Square (Tower City Center).
  • Vivo, 347 Euclid Ave, +1 216 621-4678, [21].

Drink

  • The Agora, (Midtown-Cleveland), [22].
  • The Barking Spider Tavern, (University Circle), [23]. Popular college student hangout.
  • Beachland Ballroom, [24].
  • La Cave Du Vin, [25].
  • Cleveland Bop Stop, [26]. West-side jazz club.
  • Crop Bistro & Bar, 1400 W. 6th St., [27].
  • Fat Fish Blue, (downtown), [28]. Live music every night, usually blues.
  • Great Lakes Brewery, 2516 Market Ave, +1 216 771-4404, [29]. Its Dortmunder Gold was rated the 4th Best Beer in the Country by American Heritage.
  • Harbor Inn Bar, 1219 Main Ave (The Flats), +1 216 241-3232. This no-frills tavern features a huge selection of beer and excellent Eastern-European food.
  • House of Blues, (E 4th St entertainment district), [30].
  • Nighttown, [31]. The only club in Ohio on Down Beat's list of The 100 Best Jazz Clubs in the World.
  • Wilbert's, (across the street from the Jake and the Q). Live blues music.
  • Winking Lizard Taverns, [32]. Area chain known for its World Tour of Beer, as well as solid local food.
  • Velvet Tango Room, 2095 Columbus Rd, (216) 241-8869, [33]. The Velvet Tango Room is a high-end bar with expertly prepared cocktails.
  • L'Albatros Brasserie, 11401 Bellflower Road, 216-791-7880, [34]. French Brasserie $$.

Sleep

Budget

  • Glidden House Hotel, 1901 Ford Drive (On the campus of Case Western Reserve University), 216 231-8900, [35]. The Glidden House Hotel with its Case Reserve University location places guests in the center of downtown and campus activities and attractions. Reserve one of Cleveland's finest hotels online today.
  • Courtyard Cleveland Independence, 5051 West Creek Road, Independence, OH, 1-216-901-9988, [36].
  • Courtyard Cleveland Airport North, 24901 Country Club Boulevard, North Olmsted, OH, 1-440-716-9977, [37].
  • Comfort Inn - Downtown, 1800 Euclid Ave, +1 216 861-0001, [38].
  • Hampton Inn - Downtown, 1460 East 9th St (Financial District E Ninth St and Superior Ave), +1 216 241-6600.
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 629 Euclid Ave (located in the National City Bank Building, midway between Public Square and Playhouse Square), +1 216 443-1000. In the renovated Historic National City Bank Building.
  • Holiday Inn Lakeshore, 1111 Lakeside Ave (close to North Coast Harbor attractions and on northern end of Financial District), +1 216 241-5100.

Mid-range

  • Aloft Cleveland Downtown, 1111 W. 10th Street (Downtown), 216 400-6469, [39]. Located in Downtown Cleveland's Flats District within walking distance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Browns Stadium, and Great Lakes Science Center.
  • Crowne Plaza-Cleveland City Centre, 777 St Clair Ave NE (across the street from the Convention Center), +1 216 771-7600, [40].
  • Embassy Suites--Reserve Square, 1701 E 12th St (east side of Financial District), +1 216 523-8000.
  • Hilton Garden Inn-Gateway, 1100 Carnegie Ave, +1 216 658-6400.
  • Marriott at Key Center, 127 Public Square (located on Public Square, attached to Key Tower), +1 216 696-9200.
  • Radisson Hotel-Gateway, 651 Huron Rd, +1 216 377-9000. In the Gateway neighborhood.
  • Residence Inn by Marriott, [41]. Part of the renovation of the Colonial and Euclid Arcade complex, originally built in 1898, which joins the Financial District to the Gateway Sports Complex. +1 216 443-9043.

Splurge

  • Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, 420 Superior Ave, [42]. Occupies the two towers and the top three floors of the atrium area. The two lower floors of the atrium area remain open to the public with retail merchants and a food court. In addition, the lobby and offices are located near the Superior Avenue entrance.
  • InterContinental Cleveland Clinic, 9801 Carnegie Ave, +1 216 707-4100, [43].
  • InterContinental, 8800 Euclid Ave, +1 216 707-4300, [44].
  • Renaissance on Public Square, 24 Public Square (on Public Square in Tower City Center), +1 216 696-5600, [45].
  • Ritz Carlton, 1515 West Third St (on Public Square in Tower City Center), +1 216 623-1300 (), [46].
  • Wyndham Hotel at Playhouse Square, 1260 Euclid Ave, +1 216 615-7500 (fax: +1 216 615-3355), [47]. Numerous attractions nearby. (Note: Servers as the stand-in for the fictional store Drew Carrey works in, on sitcom of same name.)

Contact

  • FedEx Kinkos, 1801 East 9th St, +1 216 589-5679, [48]. Su: Closed, M-F: 7:00 - 23:00, Sa.: 10:00 - 18:00.
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