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The Neighborhood

CIA’s campus is in the heart of University Circle, Cleveland’s cultural district. Chosen by Forbes Magazine as “one of the ten prettiest neighborhoods in the country,” University Circle is home to over 12,000 students from Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and CIA. Here, you’ll enjoy a wealth of art and culture that includes botanical gardens, a symphony orchestra, six museums, and a planetarium.

Our campus is also part of the Uptown Project, an exciting new development that includes restaurants, retail shopping and a grocery store. In short, it’s a fantastic place to live, learn, and be inspired.

78th Street Studios

78th Street Studios

1300 West 78th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102

https://78thstreetstudios.com/

78th Street Studios is the largest art and design complex in Northeast Ohio, featuring 170,000 square feet of art galleries, artist studios, performance spaces, and music recording studios. Primarily known as an attraction for fine art, 78th Street Studios has quickly become an incubator for businesses in the fields of product design, publishing, music and special events. All viewing hours listed below are free and open to the public.

Hours
Third Fridays: A free open house that showcases finished work and gallery exhibits. Voted the BEST ARTS EVENT in Cleveland! Every third Friday of the month from 5 PM - 9 PM.

Agora Theater & Ballroom

Agora Theater & Ballroom

5000 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44103

https://www.agoracleveland.com/

The Agora Theatre and Ballroom (commonly known as the Cleveland Agora, or simply, the Agora) is a music venue located in Cleveland, Ohio, founded by Henry "Hank" LoConti Sr.

Aladdin’s Eatery

Aladdin’s Eatery


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https://aladdins.com/

At Aladdin’s Eatery, we take pleasure in serving our guests healthy and flavorful Lebanese-American foods that align with their dietary preferences and requirements. We believe in treating our guests with Lebanese hospitality by adhering to high standards for quality service and providing an elegant and sophisticated dining experience in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

Hours
Hours vary by location.

Beachland Ballroom

Beachland Ballroom

15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110

https://www.beachlandballroom.com/

Old-school ballroom, live music destination and American restaurant emphasizing locally sourced fare.

Build The Pho

Build The Pho

11440 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://buildthephocle.com/

Experience the authentic flavors of Vietnam.

Hours
Monday-Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday: 12-9pm

Burger IM

Burger IM

11419 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://burgerim.com/

Designed for you to mix-and-match, our selection of signature 3 oz patties, toppings, sauces, and buns promises a burger (or two, or three, or more...) for every personality - including vegetarians!

Hours
Monday-Thursday: 10am to 10pm
Friday: 10am to 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 9pm

The pizza you are about to enjoy will cook for ninety seconds in the oven, just enough time for the cheese to melt and the dough to unevenly brown and bubble. But Vytauras Sasnaukas has been thinking about this pizza, your pizza, for more than thirty years. His search for this elusive perfection has brought him from Lithuania to Cleveland to Naples, and finally home to Citizen Pie.

WELCOME TO OUR PIZZA REVOLUTION!

Hours
Vary by location.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, OH 44016

https://holdenfg.org/cleveland-botanical-garden/gardens-and-attractions/

Artists are often inspired by the beauty of nature. CIA students are fortunate to be surrounded by spacious parks and tranquil lagoons, as well as the uniquely designed Cleveland Botanical Garden, located just across the street. It features five distinct gardens with more than 3,000 species of trees, perennials and shrubs.

Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: 12-5pm

Closed Monday

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Mailing Address:
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://clevelandculturalgardens.org/

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens are one of Northeast Ohio’s oldest and most beautiful treasures. Some 35 dedicated gardens, designed and cultivated by distinct cultural or nationality groups, adorn the drive along Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Boulevard in Rockefeller Park. Depicted in the gardens are the poets, philosophers, peacemakers, composers, scientists and others who have contributed to world culture. Also featured in the gardens are symbolic sculptures and replicas of or tributes to sacred monuments in other lands.

The Cultural Gardens are in Rockefeller Park, which stretches between I-90/East Shoreway (which runs along Lake Erie) to the north and University Circle on the southern end

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland Institute of Music

11021 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://www.cim.edu/

The Cleveland Institute of Music is one of just seven independent conservatories of music in the United States, one of three devoted exclusively to classical music performance. Its faculty and students present a robust schedule of exceeptional performances throughout the year.

Cleveland Metroparks


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https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/

Explore 18 reservations spanning more than 24,000 acres with more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks and a nationally-acclaimed zoo.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, Oh 44106

http://www.clevelandart.org/

For visual art beyond CIA's own resources, students have access to the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art, conveniently located across the street from the Gund Building. The Museum's collection is rich in work from Asia and medieval Europe, along with Old Master, Impressionist and Modern masterpieces.

Hours
Tuesday, Thursday,
Saturday, Sunday
10am-5pm

Wednesday, Friday
10am-9pm

Closed Monday

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://www.cmnh.org/

Ohio's oldest and largest natural history museum is just a short walk from CIA. The Museum includes exhibits on human ecology, prehistoric creatures, and the formation of the earth, rocks and gems. The museum also features a planetarium and an outdoor area that is home to bald eagles, foxes and other wildlife.

Hours
Tuesday through Sunday: 10am"5pm

The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The Museum closes at 4pm on New Year’s Eve.

CWRU-Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus

CWRU-Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus

9501 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://hec.case.edu/

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic’s Health Education Campus aims to provide the highest-quality education experience for our future health care leaders—and, importantly, to encourage them to learn with and from each other.

Our Health Education Campus comprises two buildings, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion and the Dental Clinic. You’ll find multiple dining spaces for our students, faculty and staff, plus high-tech classroom spaces, public areas for gathering and studying, and quiet spots to research or relax—whatever you need at that moment.

Falafel Cafe

Falafel Cafe

11454 Uptown Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://falafelcafecleveland.com/

Colorful counter serve for halal meats & Middle Eastern fare, with many vegetarian & vegan options.

Hours
Monday-Saturday: 11am-8pm
Sunday: Closed

Grog Shop

Grog Shop

2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106

https://grogshop.gs/

The Grog Shop opened in September of 1992 in the Coventry Rd. neighborhood of Cleveland Heights. Though expanded in size when moved to it’s current location in 2003, the club maintains the intimacy and raw character it has always been known for. We have a full bar with an extensive list of micro-brews, imports, and domestic beer, and of course plenty of liquor.

We strive to showcase live music 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Grog Shop has played host to countless local, national, and international touring acts for over twenty years, booking all ranges of indie rock, hip-hop, hardcore, jam, reggae, metal, electronic, comedy… You get the idea.

A few of the acts that have graced our stage are Dead Moon, Swervedriver, Elliot Smith, Rudy Ray Moore, Bright Eyes, The Ex, Supergrass, Turbonegro, GZA, Eek A Mouse, Link Wray, US Maple, Jonathon Richman, Melvins, Hank III, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Boulder, NRBQ, Oasis, The Flaming Lips, Cursive, High On Fire, Le Tigre, Royal Trux, Dick Dale, Mastodon, Guided By Voices, Hold Steady, Meat Puppets, Saul Williams, Sleater Kinney, Antiseen, Whitest Kids U Know, Daniel Johnston, Slint, Crash Worship, Devin The Dude, Failure, Built To Spill, Mike Watt, The New Bomb Turks, Damo Suzuki, Mission Of Burma, Dinosaur Jr., Fu Manchu, El-P, The Church, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, Cloud Nothings, Black Keys, Against Me, Anti-Pop Consortium, Big Freedia, Wiz Khalifa, Stiff Little Fingers, Girl Talk, Converge, Dandy Warhols, Eagles Of Death Metal, Caribou, Animal Collective, Keelhaul, Tinariwen, Lemonheads, Murder By Death, Sebadoh, Dead Meadow, Skatalites, The Locust, The Murder Junkies, W. Kamau Bell, etc., etc.

Coventry, once the counter culture ground zero of Cleveland, is now a family friendly mix of eclectic independent shops and restaurants. If you’re coming by for a show, plan ahead and spend some time on the street. Everything is walkable.

House of Blues - Cleveland

House of Blues - Cleveland

308 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114

https://www.houseofblues.com/cleveland

Rock- & blues-themed restaurant & bar serving Southern-inspired dishes, plus live music.

With access to the world's greatest musical entertainment, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, custom menus and mixology, our unique 65,000 square-foot venue stays true to the traditional Southern House of Blues style accented with small décor elements celebrating Cleveland's history.

Indian Flame

Indian Flame

11607 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

Hours
Monday-Friday
11am-3pm
5pm-10:30pm

Saturday-Sunday
11:30am-3pm
5pm-10:30pm

Kelvin Smith Library

Kelvin Smith Library

Kelvin Smith Library
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://library.case.edu/ksl

The Kelvin Smith Library, completed in the summer of 1996, is the center of information at Case Western Reserve University. This striking building represents the "library of the future." Stressing emerging technology, this library is the latest in electronic information management.

Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-5:30pm
Saturday: 9am-5:30pm
Sunday: Closed

L’Albatros

L’Albatros

11401 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://www.albatrosbrasserie.com/

Set in an old carriage house on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, L’Albatros features beautifully prepared French brasserie fare in a quaint and romantic setting.

Hours
Tuesday through Thursday 4-10pm
Friday & Saturday 4-11pm
Sunday 3-8pm

Mabel's BBQ

Mabel's BBQ

2050 East 4th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

https://www.mabelsbbq.com/

Michael Symon’s Cleveland-style barbecue restaurant Mabel's BBQ East 4th opened in April of 2016. Inspired by his respect and passion for regional barbecue across the U.S., Symon aimed to create a style that Clevelanders can call their own by incorporating Bertman’s Ballpark Mustard into the barbecue sauce, using Eastern European spices and smoking meat over local fruitwood.

Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 9:00pm *
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm *
Sunday: 11:30am-8:00pm *

*Until Sold Out

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://www.mocacleveland.org

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland moved to University Circle with an iconic new building designed by the architect Farshid Moussavi.

moCa is not a traditional collecting museum. moCa is a contemporary non-collecting museum that celebrates the art and artists of our time. Each season moCa showcases an array of fresh voices within contemporary art that reflect the art and ideas of the moment and our time. moCa has the unique privilege of being Northeast Ohio's most recognizable arts organization solely dedicated to contemporary art.

Hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 11am-5pm
Monday: Closed

Peter B Lewis Building

Peter B Lewis Building

Peter B Lewis Building
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://weatherhead.case.edu/about/facilities/lewis/

The facility for the Weatherhead School of Management was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. The Peter B. Lewis Building is equipped with classrooms, study rooms and the fastest computing network at any US B-school. The building depicts "Gehry's vision of a gleaming waterfall splashing over boulders in a mountain stream," according to critic Steven Litt, of The Plain Dealer.

Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square

1501 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115

https://www.playhousesquare.org/

One of Northeast Ohio’s brightest cultural gems, Playhouse Square is where memories are made, dreams are encouraged and excitement never stops. Entertainment is at the heart of what we do and through visionary leadership, Playhouse Square also has become the steward of its vibrant downtown district.

We are proud to be one of Broadway’s premier touring partners, made possible by the region’s enthusiastic Broadway audiences - the largest community of season tickets holders in North America, skilled labor force, knowledgeable and hard-working staff, dedicated volunteers and beautiful venues.

We are a champion of arts education and downtown Cleveland, and delighted to be the home of our resident companies: The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Ballet, Cleveland International Film Festival, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University Department of Theatre and Dance, DANCECleveland, Great Lakes Theater and Tri-C JazzFest.

Presti's Bakery

Presti's Bakery

12101 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://prestisbakery.com/

Presti’s Bakery is an integral part of Cleveland’s Little Italy as well as the surrounding areas which include University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, University Circle and the Cleveland Clinic. Claudia’s son Michael is now the pastry chef and fourth generation using only the freshest ingredients to produce the finest quality baked goods. Fresh bread, donuts, cookies, cakes and pastries are still made by hand using the same recipes and techniques originally created by Rose and Charles Presti. The bakery has expanded its menu to include a full line of fresh deli salads, pizza, stromboli, lunch and dinner specials as well as a catering menu. We look forward to providing you with a “sweet” experience on your next trip to Presti’s Bakery in Little Italy.

Hours
Monday: 6am-7pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 6am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 6am-10pm
Sunday: 6am-4pm

(Seasonal Hours May Apply)

Provenance

Provenance

11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://www.provenancecleveland.com/

The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present Provenance, Provenance Café, and Catering by Provenance, a three-pronged dining concept created through an ongoing partnership between the museum, Bon Appétit Management Company, and celebrated chef Douglas Katz. The name “Provenance” is derived from the French provenir, meaning “to come from.” The word refers to the chronology of ownership pertaining to a historical object or work of art. but can also be used when describing the origin of food—particularly food from local sources. Provenance, Provenance Café, and Catering by Provenance marry the concept of locally sourced foods with the lineages of nearly 45,000 objects in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection

Reinberger Gallery

Reinberger Gallery

11610 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://www.cia.edu/exhibitions

CIA's Reinberger Gallery supports the creative work of professional artists by providing quality exhibition opportunities. It also serves CIA students, faculty and the community as an educational resource, and particularly to encourage artistic growth and experimentation through well-presented exhibitions, events and lectures.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44114

https://www.rockhall.com/

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sometimes simply referred to as the Rock Hall, is a museum and hall of fame located downtown.

Born from the collision of rhythm & blues, country, and gospel, rock & roll is a spirit that is inclusive and ever-changing. The rock & roll hall of fame celebrates the sound of youth culture and honors the artists whose music connects us all.

Hours
January - June
Daily 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Thursday to 09:00 pm

July - August
Daily 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Thursday to 08:00 pm
Friday to 08:00 pm
Saturday to 08:00 pm

September - December
Daily 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Thursday to 09:00 pm
October 26th to 05:00 pm

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse + Arena

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse + Arena

1 Center Court
Cleveland, OH 44115

https://www.rocketmortgagefieldhouse.com/

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is a multi-purpose arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The building is the home of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association and the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Big name artists from around the world host tours here at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Recently artists like Lizzo, The Jonas Brothers, Madonna, KISS, and so many more!

Severance Hall

Severance Hall

Severance Hall
Cleveland, OH 44016

http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/

Severance Hall is home to the internationally renown Cleveland Orchestra. CIA students have the opportunity to see the symphony orchestra perform from September through May. Severance Hall is located just one short block from CIA.

Hours
Monday - Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday, Sunday: 3 hours prior to concerts at Severance Hall

SPACES

SPACES

2900 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

https://www.spacescle.org/

SPACES is the resource and public forum for artists who explore and experiment.

SPACES commissions artists from around the world—at all stages of their careers—to make new work that is responsive to timely issues. We use these projects as a jumping off point to create educational initiatives that help develop a more informed citizenry. We also distribute grants to artists outside of our residency and exhibition programs.

Hours
Wednesday-Saturday: 12-5pm

The Sculpture Center

The Sculpture Center

1834 E. 123rd St.
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://sculpturecenter.org/

Founded in 1989, The Sculpture Center is one of the only 501(c)(3) cultural institutions providing critical resources to sculptors along their journey. We believe that no matter their career stage, artists of all voices and backgrounds are vital for envisioning a better world and contributing to the communities we want to live in.

Through a year-round series of exhibitions, talks, and educational programs, TSC enriches the region’s cultural, historical, and aesthetic landscape with meaningful explorations and interactions with contemporary art, artists, and community.

Hours
Wednesday thru Friday: 12-4pm
Saturday: 12-5pm

Closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Thwing Center

Thwing Center

Thwing Center
Cleveland, OH 44106

http://students.case.edu/thwing

Thwing Center at Case Western Reserve University blends old and new architectural styles into an award-winning facility that includes a food court, school newspaper, and many student organizations. It is often thought of as a social hub, where CIA and CWRU intersect.

Hours
Monday - Sunday: 8am - 5pm

Tommy's Resturant

Tommy's Resturant

1824 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

https://tommyscoventry.com/

No matter what your diet, Tommy’s Restaurant has something that will satisfy you – vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, gluten free, health-conscious and the just plain hungry all have fun dining with us. Whatever category you fall into, Tommy’s will take care of you.

Hours
Monday-Sunday: 12 - 8pm

Wade Oval

Wade Oval

10820 East Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44106

https://www.universitycircle.org/destinations/wade-oval

Wade Oval is one of northeast Ohio's premier public spaces, home to events year-round like WOW! Wade Oval Wednesdays, Parade the Circle & Circle Village, and The Rink at Wade Oval.

An array of lawn games are available to play on Wade Oval during the warmer months of the year. Have fun with bocce, a giant "Connect Four," and the Imagination Playground. Budding musicians can play instruments at Wade Oval's Harmony Park.

Amenities at the park include a seven-acre park, the Kulas Community Stage (100' wide and 20' deep), and on-site access to water and electricity.

Hours
Dawn to Dusk unless event is taking place

Waterloo Arts

Waterloo Arts

15605 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH 44110

https://waterlooarts.org/

Waterloo Arts strives to be a creative hub for the presentation and exploration of thought-provoking art and design. We advocate for a neighborhood where artists live and work and their contribution is regarded as vital to the health of a community. We look forward to a neighborhood where creativity is nurtured in every child and artistic expression is a part of our everyday lives.

The founders of Waterloo Arts believed that the arts could be the catalyst for community building and economic development. With 15 arts-related businesses and over 6 million of direct investment, people are flocking across town to join the excitement and secure available housing and business space—the story of the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District is a testament to the transformative power of cultural investments in our communities.

Hours
The gallery is open to visit on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm, and from 6-9pm during First Fridays Walk All Over Waterloo

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