Life in Cleveland

Check out places of interest in Cleveland!

University Circle, home to Case Western Reserve University, is an intellectual, scientific, cultural, and health care district--the concentration of institutions within its one-square-mile, park-like setting is unsurpassed in the world. Meet a few of our neighbors.

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 renowned 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, 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

At the Institute of Music recitals and concerts--open to the public--by advanced students and faculty, many of whom hold chairs with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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 Playhouse Square 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 Quicken Loans Arena 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 PubZocalo, The Corner Alley, Saigon, Teresa's Pizzeria, Wonder Bar, and Pickwick and Frolic.

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, The Flying Fig, and Great Lakes Brewing Company.

Our Neighbors

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.


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 RainForest are popular attractions.

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 people the public on a day-to-day, year-round basis for walking, photography, painting, nature study, rest and quiet recreation.