Oberlin is a city in Ohio's Lorain County. The population was 8,195 at the 2000 census. It is known mainly for Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Oberlin is on Route 58 (North/South) between Amherst and Wellington as well as on Route 511 (East/West). Within the city limits, R58 is known as Main Street and R511 is known as Lorain St. Route 20 (where it is also known as Kipton East Road) runs south of town and connects to R58.
Oberlin is approximately 35 miles west-southwest of Cleveland, Ohio.
Downtown Oberlin is served by Lorain County Transit routes 33 (express from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport) and 21 (from Elyria).
Due to its small size (approximately 3sq. mi), it is easiest to walk or bike around Oberlin. Navigation is fairly simple as the streets run mostly east/west or north/south in a standard grid system. There are two major east/west streets (Lorain/511 and College St) which are divided by Main/58 into East/West Lorain and East/West College. North/south streets are divided by College St (ex: Pleasant St. is divided into North/South Pleasant by College St.
Downtown Oberlin is located at the corner of Main and College. The central square, Tappan Sqaure, is located across College St. from downtown and is a square block with corners at Main/College Sts., Main/Lorain Sts., N Professor/Lorain Sts., and Professor/College Sts. The Oberlin College campus is located just west of Tappan Square (the Student Union building, Wilder Hall, is located at 127 W. Lorain St).
- Oberlin College. Aside from being an excellent liberal arts school, Oberlin offers a unique cultural experience in the middle of rural Ohio. The school is known for its liberal and progressive leanings, and the campus sees its share of drifters moving through, particularly within the Bohemian co-ops on campus. The school itself is very beautiful in the Spring and Summer. Oberlin College has always taken great pride in its architectural heritage, and visiting the campus is like seeing a slice of New York architecture in Ohio. Beaux-Arts architect Cass Gilbert designed many buildings on campus. World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki designed the Conservatory. The campus features many Gothic and Victorian specimens as well, all well-preserved. Architecture buffs will be pleasantly surprised with Oberlin. The Conservatory attracts lots of great musicians to the school, which also has a very active cultural life. On any given night, there are usually several attractions or events taking place anywhere in the vicinity.
- Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 North Main Street, ☎ 440-775-8665. The AMAM is a world-renowned art museum. As far as college art museums go, it is in the same league as Harvard's or Yale's, and offers an impressive selection unparalleled for Northeast Ohio. The building was designed by Cass Gilbert and the addition by postmodern architect Robert Venturi. Contains more than 12,000 works of art from virtually every culture.
- Frank Lloyd Wright House, Morgan Street, ☎ 440-775-5999. The first Usonian house in Ohio and one of the few in the nation open to the public.
- The Oberlin Heritage Center, 73 1/2 South Professor Street, ☎ 440-774-1700, .
- Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), 39 South Main Street #38, 1+ (440) 774-7158. An independent, non-profit art organization dedicated to enhancing public appreciation of and participation in the visual arts through exhibitions and related educational and community activities. FAVA presents changing exhibits of high quality artwork in a variety of styles and media.
- Ginko Gallery & Studio, 19 South Main Street, 1+ (440) 774-3117. A working fiberart studio and contemporary craft gallery.
- Dave's Army Navy, 29 South Main Street, 1+ (440) 774-3283.
Chain fast-food restaurants are also available.
- Agave Burrito Bar and Tequileria.
- Black River Cafe, 15 S Main St. Americana with an emphasis on organic foods.
- Mandarin, 82 S Main St. Chinese and Japanese.
- Java Zone, 5 W College St.
- Lorenzo's Pizza, 52 S Main St. Excellent.
- Quick and Delicious, 311 S Main St. The food truly is quick and delicious, the prices are low to moderate, the helpings are very generous, and the owner and staff are friendly and efficient.
- Weia Teia, 9 South Main St. Offers Asian and American ingredients fused with Asian, French, and Italian techniques.
- Presti's of Oberlin, 580 W Lorain St (just outside of town on the west end). Italian restaurant.
- Garden Restaurant at Oberlin Inn 7 North Main Street 1+ (440) 775-1111 - Traditional American cuisine that had recieved recognition for dining excellence.
There are two bars for non-college students in Oberlin.
- Feve, 30 S Main St. Bar and restaurant. A popular local hang out.
- Brewster's (Oberlin Inn bar), (corner of Main and College).
There are several locally owned and operated B&B's.
- Oberlin Inn, (corner of Main and College). The only hotel in town.