Why Cleveland?

Why Cleveland?

Ariel View of Cleveland

Ranked as one of the country's most livable cities, Cleveland has a vibrant mix of families, students, young professionals and entrepreneurs thanks to growing medical, technology and finance sectors.

The rejuvenated neighborhoods and historical districts of Cleveland are host to many of the midwest's best food and dining, nightlife, art, music and cultural activities.

Residents in the Greater Cleveland area can access an abundance of nature and wildlife both at the city's center and in its suburbs. The Cleveland Metroparks offer 18 reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks and a nationally-acclaimed zoo. Cleveland's Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum also are popular destinations for those looking to reconnect with the outdoors.



Cleveland's Playhouse Square
Cleveland's theater district Playhouse Square

University Circle

Adjacent to Cleveland Clinic's campus is University Circle, the center of Cleveland's cultural life. Encompassing 525 acres, the University Circle area contains the greatest concentration of museums, cultural activities and churches in the United States.

Cleveland Museum of Art

This area also features the Cleveland Museum of Art, which houses one of the most highly acclaimed art collections in the world and several other museums.

Cleveland Orchestra

The internationally renowned Cleveland Orchestra plays at Severance Hall during the fall, winter and spring and at Blossom Music Center, an outdoor amphitheater, during the summer.

Theater District

The Cleveland Playhouse, a premier repertory stage company, has a multi-theater complex within three blocks of Cleveland Clinic. Opera Cleveland has found a permanent home at Playhouse Square, a complex of three theaters restored to their original 1920's elegance in downtown Cleveland.

Nature & The Outdoors

Nature & The Outdoors

Walking path in Rocky River Reservation, part of Cleveland's Metroparks
A walking path in the Rocky River Reservation, part of Cleveland's Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks

Many activities are also available for outdoor enthusiasts. The natural woodland Cleveland Metroparks form an “Emerald Necklace” which surrounds the city and contains 18 reservations spanning more than 23,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks. Cleveland also offers sailing enthusiasts, boaters, swimmers, and fishermen abundant lakeshore to enjoy.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Explore a beautifully landscaped Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, just minutes from downtown Cleveland and the airport with nearly 3,000 animals from around the world.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden is home to 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens and an 18,000-square-foot glasshouse featuring a Costa Rican rainforest full of lush plants, butterflies and birds, as well as to the spiny desert of Madagascar, where prickly plants, out-of-the-ordinary blooms and wonderfully weird plants and animals.



Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (left) and Great Lakes Science Center (right)
Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (left) and Great Lakes Science Center (right)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Located downtown on the bank of Lake Erie, Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes and archives the history of many of rock music's best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures.

Great Lakes Science Center

Featuring hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the steamship William G. Mather, Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. The Museum features a planetarium, observatory, discovery center, live animal shows and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna.

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Founded in 1968, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), a leading force in the cultural life of Northeast Ohio, is recognized nationally and internationally for its vital and creative exhibitions and public programs.



An aerial view of the Case Western Reserve campus and Cleveland
An aerial view of the Case Western Reserve campus and Cleveland

Cleveland Institute of Art

The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. For more than 130 years, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve, a leader among independent research universities, offers world-class academic programs in Cleveland's culturally vibrant University Circle.

Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University provides a contemporary and accessible education in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions, and conducting research, scholarship and creative activity across these branches of knowledge.



Downtown Cleveland's East 4th St. District
Downtown Cleveland's East 4th St. District

Ohio City

One of Cleveland's oldest neighborhoods, and perhaps its most ethnically diverse, Ohio City is a culturally rich community with an eclectic offering of restaurants and nightlife, along with the culinary diversity of the West Side Market, a landmark in this West Side neighborhood. From pierogi to falafel, no place in Cleveland combines more cultures under one roof. There are more than 180 vendors offering ethnic delicacies and an amazing variety of fresh bakery, produce, dairy products, meats and seafood.


Cedar-Fairmount is the Gateway to Cleveland Heights. The business district is situated in a three block area at the top of Cedar Hill. Conveniently located near downtown Cleveland, it is only minutes from Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and University Circle. Along with beautiful architecture, green space and accessibility, Cedar Fairmount offers over 100 businesses, services, professionals and restaurants that are individually owned. These unique services include award winning restaurants, coffee houses, European style bakeries and specialty foods.

The Flats

The Flats enjoys a rich history that began in the late 18th century. The area has undergone a stunning transformation from a manufacturing and distribution center to a unique district that attracts more than seven million visitors to the east and west banks of the Cuyahoga River. Excellent entertainment and nightlife now line the river, highlighted by two outdoor concert venues: The Time Warner Amphitheater and Nautica Pavillion.

Gateway District and East 4th Street

The historic Gateway District offers great entertainment, retail stores, attractive lodgings, wonderful dining and nightlife. Progressive Field, home of major league baseball’s Cleveland Indians, and Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, are both located in this revitalized area of the city. In addition, Quicken Loans Arena features numerous concerts throughout the year and is also home to the Lake Erie Monsters hockey team and Cleveland Gladiators arena football team. East 4th Street is the latest in numerous reinvestments into the downtown area, featuring numerous restaurants, including those from nationally recognized chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer, and ample nightlife nightlife choices that includes an improv comedy club and the House of Blues. Also located in the nearby North Cost Harbor are the Cleveland Browns Stadium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The latest addition to downtown is the JACK Cleveland Casino, complete with upscale dining options, including Iron Chef Michael Symon’s B Spot Burgers.

Little Italy

Little Italy is located at the base of Murray Hill, between University Circle and Cleveland Heights. It provides many of the city’s well-liked Italian restaurants and serves as the center of Italian culture in Greater Cleveland. Its unique mix of galleries, restaurants and bakeries makes it one of Cleveland’s most popular locations. Little Italy is home to many private art galleries and two private schools. It is also within walking distance of Case Western Reserve University, the notable Wade Oval Museums and University Hospitals of Cleveland. During the second weekend of August, the streets of Little Italy are packed with Italian food vendors, rides and a parade celebrating the Feast of the Assumption Festival.


Tremont’s architectural gems demonstrate its rich cultural heritage. Located on the ridge directly above “The Flats,” Tremont offers fine dining, charming shops and an excellent view of downtown Cleveland and the Cuyahoga River. The area has become a favored site for artists’ studios and galleries. It is also one of Greater Cleveland’s prime destinations for dining and entertainment.

Warehouse District

The Historic Warehouse District has emerged as downtown Cleveland’s premier residential and commercial area. Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1982, The Warehouse District is home to a unique mix of restaurants, galleries, shops, businesses and nightclubs. Many of the old warehouses have now been transformed into loft-style condos and apartments. The District encompasses 43 acres and contains more than 70 original structures.