Life in Cleveland
Founded in 1796, Cleveland has historically been a center of manufacturing and business. Its position to the Great Lakes and numerous transportation lines was central for the success of many companies including John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil and the Sherwin-Williams Company. Over the last decade, Cleveland has transitioned into a period of urban renewal and revitalization that helped land the city on The Economist’s list of “most livable cities” in the United States. In 2008, the Chicago Tribune named Cleveland as “America’s hot new dining city.” Whether you’re interested in exploring the rich cultural history of its neighborhoods or eating at one of its many award winning eateries, Cleveland has something for everyone.
When you’re not in the hospital, head over to Little Italy’s highly rated bakery, Presti’s, and enjoy a fresh mocha and a hazelnut gelato. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a late night stroll through the streets of Tremont. If you’re at the hospital and you need to clear your head, walk a few steps and you’re in University Circle, which boasts more cultural and performing arts institutions within one square mile than anywhere else in the country. Or hit the outdoors of Northeast Shores with its two beautiful lakefront state parks, bike and walking trails, swimming, and boat docks.
Here’s a taste of other things happening in Cleveland…
- The Playhouse Square in the Theater District is a great place to see a broadway play, opera, or ballet. It’s also the nation’s first regional theater and the second largest performing arts center in the United States.
- Cleveland is home to a variety of sports teams including the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lake Erie Monsters (Hockey), Cleveland Gladiators (Arena Football).
- Experience the nightlife of the Warehouse District at one its many bars and restaurants.
- The B Spot is a great place to grab Michael Symon’s, a native Clevelander, “Fat Doug” hamburger (named best burger in America by the Food Network). As an Iron Chef, he also serves up nationally acclaimed food at Lola and Lolita.
- Many Cleveland restaurants have been featured on the Food Network including Momocho and Frank Sterle’s.
- Some of Cleveland’s annual festivals include the Cleveland International Film Festival, Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival, Ingenuity Festival, Great Lakes Burning River Fest, and the Feast of the Assumption.
- Cleveland has many venues to experience music all the way from mainstream bands to up and coming acts like the Q Arena, Blossom, House of Blues, and of course, the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
- The Cleveland Metroparks System has over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running, and in-line skating, seven golf courses, 13 major fishing areas in over 26 stream miles of the Rocky River, and participates in the sport of geocaching.
Fun facts about Cleveland…
- Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, creators of Superman, were native Clevelanders.
- The first African-American newspaper, “The Aliened-American,” was first published in Cleveland in 1850.
- The Cleveland Orchestra, noted as being one of the best in the world, is referred to as one of the “Big Five” major orchestras in the United States
- “A Christmas Story,” “Almost Famous,” “Happy Gilmore,” “Air Force One” are some of the movies that have been filmed in Cleveland.
- Eliot Ness, Dr. Harvey Cushing, and 20th US President James A Garfield are some of the notable individuals buried in nearby Lake View Cemetary
- Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Drew Carey, Jesse Owens, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Bob Hope, and Wes Craven (Scream Film Series) are all from Cleveland.
- The modern golfball, the American-made standard gasoline automobile, the American Diesel engine were Cleveland firsts.
Other sites to visit about Cleveland…
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