Our City

Overview

Case Western Reserve University is located in the heart of beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is a “Small Big City,” ripe for someone who wants to connect with business organizations and entrepreneurs. Exciting yet intimate, Cleveland is a mid-sized city that boomed in the early 20th century. It is experiencing a renaissance that began with sports venues downtown and continues with revitalized historic neighborhoods on the west side, as well as a burgeoning corridor between the city’s center and the east side.

Cleveland's Diverse Neighborhoods

University Circle (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/14965886832/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted
University Circle by Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted

University Circle (The Circle)

The Circle is home to our school and university and is considered a world-class center for education, medicine and the arts.

Cleveland Little Italy (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/14779518519/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted
Cleveland Little Italy by Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0 / Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted

Little Italy

Little Italy was started in the mid-1800s by an Italian sculptor. To this day, the neighborhood holds a strong cultural heritage. More than 20 galleries, 15 restaurants, and much more line Mayfield Road and the connecting streets.

Mac's Backs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Macs_backs.jpg) by Geoffrey Landis (http://www.geoffreylandis.com/), CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en) Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted
Mac's Backs by Geoffrey Landis used under CC BY 3.0 / Cropped, saturated, levels adjusted

Coventry Village

A destination and home for many of our students, faculty and staff, Coventry Village features eclectic eateries and shops less than a couple of miles from campus. Coventry is filled with affordable apartments where many of our students live, and below those apartments are several different types of retail shops and restaurants.

Things to Do in Cleveland

Here are some of our favorite “things to see and do in CLE” … and best of all, they’re free!

  1. Cleveland Museum of Art Baroque Gallery (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/6844608279/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
    Cleveland Museum of Art Baroque Gallery by Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0
    Spend the day at the Cleveland Museum of Art

    The founding mantra of the Cleveland Museum of Art was “for the benefit of all the people forever.” In keeping with this philosophy, the museum offers free admission to its permanent collection. The Cleveland Museum of Art is just a few steps away from Weatherhead.

  2. Brandywine Falls (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/14390577153/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
    Brandywine Falls by Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0
    Explore the Emerald Necklace

    Whether you like to golf, hike, kayak, rock climb, camp, bike, swim, ski, sled or relax outdoors, the Cleveland Metroparks will surely impress you. Known as the Emerald Necklace, the Cleveland Metroparks covers over 22,000 acres in 17 reservations around the city of Cleveland. Various events, outdoor excursions, and educational programs take place every day.

  3. West Side Market (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/17208034085/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
    West Side Market by Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0
    Experience the sights and smells of the West Side Market

    More than 100 vendors provide everything from fine meats to fresh seafood, vegetables, tasty baked goods and much more at the West Side Market. It is about a 20-minute drive from campus, but many RTA routes will get you there as well.

    Tip: While one can enjoy the West Side Market by just walking through it, we encourage you to bring cash (not all vendors accept credit/debit cards). The apple fritters, fresh fruit and specialty spices are always a great buy and a sure bet!

  4. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/18109258591/) by Erik Drost (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo by Erik Drost used under CC BY 2.0
    Visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Free Mondays

    Our zoo is widely considered one of the finest in the region and opens its doors for free to Cuyahoga County residents every Monday (Cleveland and most nearby suburbs are located in Cuyahoga County). The zoo is home to nearly 3,000 exotic animals representing 600 species from six continents. Top attractions include the African Elephant Crossing, the RainForest, and the Australian Adventure.

  5. Edgewater Park Cleveland (https://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/17168563330/) by  (), CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
    Edgewater Park Cleveland used under CC BY 2.0
    Marvel at Lake Erie

    Lake Erie is the 10th largest lake in the world by surface area. Picnic at Edgewater Park or any of the many lakefront parks, take in a sunset out on Whiskey Island, or drive 30 minutes east to Mentor Headlands Beach to walk on the longest natural sand beach in the state.