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Distinct neighborhoods such as vibrant nightlife hotspots, bustling business districts, distinguished museum quarters and charming ethnic enclaves make up the city of Cleveland . Each neighborhood has its own history and character.
Downtown Cleveland - Downtown Cleveland is one of the country’s top ten largest central business districts. Not only is it the region’s center of corporate, legal, banking, and government services it is also the center of entertainment and nightlife. Downtown Cleveland’s attractions and quality of urban life has made it extremely attractive place to live in the past ten years and has the highest downtown residential growth rate in the Midwest.
Public Square – Four landscaped parks make up the heart of downtown Cleveland , and have existed since the city was founded. A variety of skyscrapers now surround the square – including Key Tower , one of the twenty tallest buildings in the United States . Public Square hosts a variety of celebrations, and serves as a nice place to relax. The Fourth of July festivities on the Square draw large crowds and feature a free live performance of patriotic songs by the Cleveland Orchestra.
North Coast Harbor – Stroll along the lake and see some of Cleveland ’s most popular attractions on the northern edge of downtown Cleveland . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center , and the William G. Mather Museum . Head to the end of E.9 th pier to Voinovich Park for excellent views of the harbor and Cleveland skyline
Civic Center – The city’s most important civic buildings surround a manicured lawn overlooking the vast Lake Erie waters and North Coast Harbor . Cleveland ’s Civic Center grew out of the 1903 Group Plan, which was almost fully realized if the Union Terminal Train Station had been built on the Northern end. Despite its unfinished status, it is still the nation’s largest planned civic district outside of Washington D.C.
Theatre District – on the eastern edge of downtown bright lights and marques from Playhouse Square light up the streets. Theatergoers have several fine restaurants and cafes to choose from before and after the show that complete a splendid evening.
Warehouse District – the region’s most swanky restaurants and swinging clubs have all opened up in historic 19th century warehouses in a couple blocks just west of Public Square . Enjoy the chatty sidewalk patios, thumping beats, and street musicians under the stars and streetlights with Cleveland ’s best-dressed crowd.
Gateway – Sports and major events take place year-round at Jacob’s Field and the Q Arena . Sports bars, music venues, fine restaurants, and other establishments make the district a diversified entertainment district perfect for everyone and the whole family.West Side Neighborhoods:
University Circle - University Circle is an extraordinary cultural, medical, and educational district – its concentration of institutions in one beautiful square mile surrounding the pristine Wade Park and Lagoon is unsurpassed in the world. With many of Cleveland ’s treasured museums located here, it is prime tourist spot. Museums include the Cleveland Museum of Art , the Cleveland Museum of Natural History , the Western Reserve Historical Society , the Cleveland Botanical Gardens , and the Children’s Museum . Drop in for a foreign film at the acclaimed Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art , or an esteemed performance by the Cleveland Orchestra in their lavish winter home, Severance Hall . Don’t miss the deconstructionist architectural marvel by Frank Gehry; the Peter B. Lewis Building . After the museums take a walk up Martin Luther King Boulevard through Rockefeller Park . For more information visit www.universitycircle.org.East Side Neighborhoods:
Shaker Square, www.shakersquare.net , www.larchmere.com - Square, the oldest shopping area in Ohio , is an excellent place for dinner and a movie. A broad choice of local restaurants and a beautifully restored 1930s cinema that shows with independent and mainstream films. Saturday mornings during the summer, locally grown produce is available during the Farmer Markets. Stroll one block north to Larchmere Boulevard, Cleveland 's Art and Antique district, is home to more than 40 primarily locally-owned shops, galleries, restaurants and services that create a unique urban shopping experience. Two light-rail Rapid Transit lines stop at the Square offering fast transportation to and from downtown Cleveland , the waterfront and Cleveland Hopkins Airport .