Learning is not confined to the lab or classroom. New people and new ideas, and an enriching environment help to open eyes and give new perspective to work and life. CASE is located in close proximity to many cultural institutions and to the city. Cleveland and its nice natural surroundings, which include the Cuyahoga National Park, provide all the means for a comprehensive and satisfying educational experience. There is a lot more to Cleveland than first meets the eye. Just go out and explore!
University Circle is a 500-acre, park-like area that concentrates educational, scientific, medical, artistic, musical, and cultural institutions on the east side of the city of Cleveland.
In addition to Case Western Reserve University, University Circle includes
- the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, in Severance Hall
- Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the finest in the nation
- Cleveland Institute of Music
- Cleveland Institute of Art
- Western Reserve Historical Society
- Cleveland Botanical Garden
- Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The visionary Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Cleveland) is planning to move to University Circle sometime in 2010.
Downtown Cleveland has undergone a renaissance during the past years, and now offers a range of attractions from cultural and culinary offerings to sports events. Marvel at rock paraphernalia at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, learn about science at Great Lakes Science Center, and enjoy first-rate sports events. Night life features a variety of performing art's options in Playhouse Square (see also middle column: performing arts), bars and restaurants at the historic Warehouse district, the Flats and the East 4th area.
Just across the river, try a visit to the trendy Tremont and Ohio city areas.
Cleveland is home to several smaller theater and dance companies, among others:
- Cleveland Opera
- Great Lakes Theater Company
- Dobama Theatre
- Near Westside Theater
- Groundworks Dance Theater
- Verb Ballets
- Inlet Dance Theater
- Morrison Dance
Cleveland's Playhouse Square complex (downtown) and the Cleveland Play House (between downtown and University Circle) present a wide variety of musicals, plays and dance performances.
Dance Cleveland brings several national and international dance companies to Cleveland every year.
More into alternative theater? Try the Cleveland Public Theater (CPT) in Cleveland's Gordon Square Art's District on Cleveland's Westside. The CPT is a great destination for contemporary plays. In April/May of every year they also host a showcase of contemporary works by local dance companies.
The art scene in Cleveland is rich if somewhat scattered. To find out about some of Cleveland's many artists, try the Sparx Gallery Hop. More than 500 local artists show their work in galleries, studios, or through performing art's events on the streets, primarily in Little Italy (right next to Case), Tremont and the Superior Corridor (downtown). To make access to the art districts easier you can board trolleys, letting you take it all in in one day.
Cutting-edge art is shown at Moca Cleveland and the Spaces Gallery, in Ohio City. The Rheinberger Galleries at the CIA are worth a visit as well.
The Art Museum, being in the midst of a major renovation and expansion project, recently opened its new East wing (featuring modernist, impressionist and contemporary art).
Another event not to be missed is the annual Ingenuity festival, celebrating art and technology. It is held every July, a weekend-long celebration designed for audiences of any age.
Into alternative and/or international movies? Catch a different kind of movie at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Cinematheque or the very popular annual Cleveland International Film Festival (held every March).
Check out the art-&international-movie-oriented program at the Cedar Lee Movie Theater (Cleveland Heights), or the soon-to-be open Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Art Complex, on Cleveland's Westside.
Cleveland features a very lively music scene. There are several venues where you can catch bands on their way to & from New York and Chicago.
Biking and running in Cleveland are enjoying increasing popularity. Visit the supercool Ray's Mountain Bike Indoor Park, find information on where to bike below, sign up for the annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Halfmarathon, 10km, 5km.
- Cleveland Bikes
maps, event listings and more
county bike maps that categorize streets according to riding skills needed (basic, intermediate, or expert).
- Critical Mass Bike Ride
every last Friday of the month bikers take over the city streets (Public Square)
Join the Critical Mass Facebook Group
Cleveland is surrounded by an extended Metroparks system, commonly referred to as the "Emerald Necklace". This park system consists of more than 21,000 acres of land in 16 reservations. The Metroparks provide over 60 miles of paved, all purpose trails for cycling, walking, running and in-line skating. Call 216-351-6300 or go to www.clemetparks.com for more information.
A short drive from Cleveland, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is another resource for escaping busy city life. A multi-purpose trail, the Towpath Trail, follows the route of the Ohio & Erie Canal through the Cuyahoga River valley and continues both north and south of the park. To the north the trail stops just short of downtown Cleveland. Planning and construction of the trail's extension to downtown Cleveland and Lake Erie are under way.
There are several beaches in the Cleveland area doting the Lake Erie shore: Huntington Beach Park (Bay Village, just west of Cleveland), Edgewater Park and Euclid Beach (in the heart of Cleveland), Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor, just to name a few.