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Cleveland Neighborhoods - University Circle


University Circle is Cleveland's cultural hub. It's also a vital neighborhood, filled with restaurants, parks, and educational facilities.
Cleveland Neighborhoods - University Circle
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The neighborhood is centered around Wade Oval, a tract of landed donated to the city by turn-of-the-century business tycoon, Jeptha Wade. It is also home to the Cleveland Orchestra and many of the city's museums as well as some interesting and diverse restaurants, coffee shops, and nightspots. During the summer months, the area comes alive each Wednesday evening for "Wade Oval Wednesdays," an evening of discounted admissions, free concerts, and lots of fun.

Over 2.5 million people come to University Circle each year to work, play, and/or pray. In addition, approximately 12,000 call this neighborhood home.

Housing in University Circle ranges from early 20th century houses, converted to doubles to luxury condos and apartments. Among the renovation projects in the area is the Park Lane Villas, a former early 20th century Beaux Arts residential hotel being turned into luxury apartments.

Among the dozens of cultural attractions is the University Circle area are:
  • Cleveland Museum of Art - Established in 1913, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the United States' most important art museums and the only major museum in the country to still offer free admission to its permanent collection. (Please note: the permanent collection is currently closed during construction.)

  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History - is a treasure trove of over 4 million specimens, with exhibits that include Dinosaur bones, natural gemstones and fossils.

  • Western Reserve Historical Society - consists of two gracious, late 19th century mansions and extensive exhibits on the settlement of Cleveland (then, Cleaveland) and the surrounding Western Reserve. Downstairs is the Crawford Auto and Aviation Museum, with dozens of vintage and historics vehicles and planes.

  • Cleveland Botanical Garden - See the magnificent glasshouse and ten acres of diverse outdoor gardens, including a special children's garden, an herb garden, and a woodland garden.

  • Cleveland Children's Museum - Established in 1981, this is an interesting and interactive place for kids and adults to learn and have fun together.

    University Circle stays turn to its name by being the host of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

    As you would expect in this college and art-filled neighborhoods, there are a variety of interesting restaurants here. Among them are:
  • Mi Pueblo
  • That Place on Bellflower
  • Sergio's
  • Silver Spartan Diner
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