Life in Cleveland

Welcome to Cleveland!

Believeland. Forest City. America's North Coast. The 216. The CLE. C-Town. The Rock and Roll Capital of the World. The Best Location in the Nation!

Why Come to Cleveland?

We'll admit it. Cleveland hasn't always had the best reputation. But take it from Clevelanders: we love it here and so will you!

Let us explain: Ranked as one of the country's most livable cities and home to more than 2 million people, Cleveland and the surrounding metropolitan area are nestled on the lovely shores of Lake Erie. It's a mid-sized city with great potential for young professionals (and their families) and it's in the midst of a nationally-recognized revival in all of its major industries: manufacturing, finance, healthcare, and biomedicine. We have four distinct seasons, year-round outdoor activities, and summers full of fairs, markets, and festivals. And outside of Cleveland, the story is spreading that our prime waterfront location, innovative and hot new food scene, active green spaces, and diverse cultural and arts centers are worth your attention.

Case Western Reserve University is located on 550 park-like acres in one of Cleveland's most exciting urban areas: University Circle, just five miles east of Downtown. From campus, you are just a 10 minute walk to some of the city's most outstanding attractions (the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra and a literal circle of museums. And that's just a taste of what Cleveland can offer!

What else do we have? Check out our Neighborhoods and Major Attractions.


Cleveland Heights

Our nearest suburban neighbor, Cleveland Heights boasts beautiful homes, excellent student housing options, great food, and 135 acres of park land.


Coventry offers an eclectic assortment of stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. It's a favorite place for students to hang-out.

Shaker Heights

Shaker Heights is a thriving community noted for its Georgian style architecture, sidewalk cafes, and unique gift shops.

Little Italy

Nestled right behind the School of Medicine, Little Italy has been home to Cleveland's thriving Italian-American population since the 1920's. It is also home to many quaint restaurants, bakeries and over 30 galleries.


Located about five miles west of campus on the shores of Lake Erie, downtown Cleveland offers nightlife, shopping, restaurants, the Guardians, Browns, Cavs, Playhouse Square (theater, opera, dance), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.

The Warehouse District

The Warehouse District has upscale bars and clubs, fine dining, milling crowds, outdoor concerts, and comedy clubs; it's the place for nightlife in Cleveland, right in the shadow of downtown.


Tremont, located just south of downtown Cleveland, is one of the city's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Tremont is known for its numerous, hip and trendy restaurants in addition to monthly art walks.

Shaker Lakes

Located just a couple miles from CWRU, The Shaker Lakes are a system of parklands through which the Doan Brook runs. The Shaker Lakes Park is a natural and semi-wild area located at the intersection of three municipalities; Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and Cleveland. It includes two lakes created by the Shakers when they dammed Doan Brook to power their industries. The swamp and woodland areas constitute a small wilderness in the heart of the heaviest concentration of population in Ohio, making it readily available for study and recreation. It has a number of beautiful trails and the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes. It is available to the public on a day-to-day, year-round basis for walking, photography, painting, nature study, rest and quiet recreation.

Ohio City

Just west of downtown and the Cuyahoga River, Ohio City is also known as the Near West Side. A complete, close-knit urban neighborhood, Ohio City is a rich, diverse, walkable neighborhood chock-full of businesses, restaurants, historic homes, and neighborhood events, and contains several Cleveland landmarks, like the West Side Market.

Major Attractions


The Metroparks also known as the "Emerald Necklace" is popular for everything from Sunday picnics to serious bird watching. The parks contains 250 miles of hiking, bridle, and all-purpose trails, plus beaches, pools, toboggan runs, ice fishing, thirteen major fishing areas, cross-country skiing and more! The Metroparks Zoo and Rain Forest are popular attractions.

Cleveland Orchestra

Long considered one of America's best orchestras, the Cleveland Orchestra is today acknowledged among the handful of great symphonic ensembles in the world.

Cleveland Museum of Art

The Museum of Art is rated among the nation's top museums.  It offers a collection of more than 34,000 works of art, from ancient Egypt to the present. It is renowed for its superb quality and cultural breadth.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is a place to explore the natural world. Visitors can "experience" an earthquake or view one of the finest collections of precious gemstones in the country. Favorite galleries include dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Botanical Gardens ponds lined with water lilies and tranquil rose gardens makes for the perfect place to study. The Hershey Children's Garden has playhouses, ponds, watering projects, and more for the little ones.

Cleveland Institute of Music

The Institute of Music offers free concerts throughout the year and utilizes an extensive outreach program of concerts and classes in the greater Cleveland area.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Maltz Museum joins an elite group of world-class institutions as a living testament to the courage and achievements of Cleveland's Jewish community. The museum has a special exhibition gallery featuring important exhibitions of national and international acclaim.

The Playhouse District

The largest theater district outside of New York City's Lincoln Center, Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare is home to the Allen, Hanna, Kennedy's, Ohio, Palace, State and 14th Street theaters. From major traveling Broadway shows to the smallest specialty artists, great entertainment can be found here all year round, with restaurants of all sizes in the surrounding neighborhoods providing food and drink for theater-goers.

East Fourth Street

It's just a block long, nestled between Euclid and Prospect Avenues, in the shadow of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and Progressive Field. But, what a block! East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland is home to several restaurants, the House of Blues concert club, and over 250 luxury apartments, carved out of the district's historic buildings. In the summer, many of the restaurants set up cafe tables along the curb giving the strip a sort of Montreal-like atmosphere. Among the eateries on East Fourth are Flannery's Pub, The Corner Alley, Saigon, Wonder Bar, and Pickwick and Frolic.

The Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Located inside The Powerhouse, a late 19th century landmark, the aquarium has used the historic features to its advantage: saltwater animals and bioluminescent jellyfish live in the smokestacks, and old coal tunnels and steel girders showcase exhibits. With more than 5,000 creatures both local and exotic in sets designed to be interactive and hands-on, the aquarium offers something for every one and every age, including a walk-through tunnel nearly 200 feet in length that allows visitors to walk under and alongside the swimmers.

A Christmas Story House

No, really, the very house in which little Ralphie and his family had their leg lamp in the window in the classic A Christmas Story, is just minutes from downtown. Yes, you can visit, and yes, it's still in the window.

Jack Cleveland Casino

In the former Higbee Department Store downtown, the Horseshoe casino developers renovated everything into an elegant modern play place. The casino is free to enter and includes dining options by several favorite local chefs, including Cleveland native Michael Symon.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad

This long stretch of public greenspace between Cleveland and Akron is just a quick drive out of the city. With 33,000 acres, the park is free to the public and offers an 80-mile trail for joggers and cyclists alongside it's natural beauty and woods. If you want to relax, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a vintage railroad that offers special trips between Independence and Akron (cyclists can get a quick 1-way trip for just $3 in case they don't feel like doing the 80-mile stretch twice). The park also boasts waterfalls, rock formations, and wildlife.

Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center is on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown and offers hundreds of hands-on exhibits, interactive zones, and artifacts dedicated to science, technology, space, engineering, and math for visitors of all ages and interests. Don't feel like walking anymore? Get a ticket to the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theatre surrounded by soaring, six-story-high visuals.

The Flats East Bank

Right on the river and the lake, the Flats East Bank is now a booming riverfront district and a wildly popular destination for locals, especially on summer evenings, and is usually packed with people enjoying the open-air dining, walking pier, fun social scene, and dozens of bars and restaurants. You can cross the river to see one of the outdoor concerts at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, or just hang on the East Bank and listen to the music drift over.

West Side Market

Established in 1840, The West Side Market is Cleveland's oldest operating indoor/outdoor market space. The market attracts a large crowd of both loyal locals and curious tourists. Through the market's history, the tenants and sellers have come from a broad base of backgrounds, representing the cultural diversity of the surrounding neighborhood and Cleveland as a whole. The current roster of tenants includes those of Irish, German, Slovenian, Italian, Greek, Polish, Russian, and Middle Eastern descents, among others. In addition, many stalls at the Market have remained under individual family control for much of the life of the Market, in a few cases dating back to the original opening in 1912. Across the street is Market Avenue's charming cobblestone corridor that is home popular restaurant's like the Market Avenue Wine Bar and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Cedar Point

While technically not in Cleveland, Cedar Point is just an hour's drive away. It's the Roller Coaster Capital of the World and absolutely worth a visit. Or ten. Most locals make a trip at least once a summer, if not more, and then many come back for the park's famous fall Halloweekends. At the tip of a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio, the 360+ acre park has 18 world-class roller coasters, which doesn't count the dozens of smaller thrill rides, family rides, and kids areas, nor the adjacent Cedar Point Shores Waterpark, with another 18 acres of slides and attractions.

Cleveland Sports

Would you rather cheer on a team in the stands than catch a show or visit a museum? Then welcome home. Win, lose, home, or away, we are a sports town and we're proud of it. And we remember Every. Single. Moment in our sports history and we talk about them as though they happened yesterday. The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, Cleveland Browns football team, Cleveland Monsters hockey team and Cleveland Guardians baseball team all play in venues downtown. And each year during commencement, graduates and their families can see the Cleveland Marathon racing through the city. Like a smaller, more relaxed atmosphere? There are thriving AAA, arena, local and social sports teams all over the area that you can visit, cheer on, or join!