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Willoughby Ohio


Downtown Willoughby Ohio

Downtown Willoughby Ohio

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Willoughby, Ohio is located in Lake County along the shores of Lake Erie about 30 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. It's a quiet community of around 22,000 residents and boasts an historic downtown shopping and dining area.


Willoughby has a long and varied history. It was a French settlement called Charlton in the 1750s and later a British enclave called "Chagrin River." As the town industrialized, the name was changed to "Chagrin Mills," but its was Dr. Westel Willoughby who would give the town its lasting name.

Dr. Willoughby established the Willoughby Medical College there in 1834, one of the preminent medical schools in the US at the time. The college would eventually become part of Case Western Reserve University, but the name stayed.


According to the 2000 census, Willoughby has 22,621 residents, 96% of whom are white. In addition, 43% of Bay Village residents are married. The median age is 39 and the median household income is $43,387.

Shopping in Willoughby:

Most of the shopping in Willoughby centers around the historic downtown area on Erie and Second Streets. Popular shops include a variety of art galleries, antique stores, and gift shops.

Willoughby Restaurants:

Willoughby boasts a number of popular restaurants. Among these are:
  • Olivor Twist Martini and Wine Bar
  • Gavi's Restaurant
  • Willoughby Brewing Company
  • Corks Wine Bar
  • Lure Bistro
  • Johnny's Room 24
  • Mullarkey's Irish Pub


The Willoughby Park & Recreation Department maintains 11 parks plus a municipal golf course, swimming pool, and senior center. Facilities include ball diamonds, fishing piers, a football field, picnic areas, tennis courts, and playgrounds.


The Willoughby-Eastlake School District has an enrollment of approximately 9000 students and has received an Excellent rating from the Ohio Board of Education for the past two years. Facilities include eight elementary schools, a middle school, and two high schools.

Willoughby shares the school system with nearby Lakeline, Timberlake, Waite Hill, Eastlake, Willoughby Hills and Willowick.

Willoughby is also home to the Andrews Osborne Academy and Immaculate Conception private schools.


Annual Willoughby events include Frontier Days in July and the July Arts Fest.

Hotels in Willoughby:

Accommodations in Willoughby include the Homestead Bed and Breakfast, located within walking distance of the Erie Street shopping district and the Courtyard by Marriott (check rates) and Fairfield Inn ( check rates, both located just off of I-90, about three miles from downtown Willoughby.

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