University Circle is Cleveland's cultural center. Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Carnegie Boulevard, and Euclid Avenue, this area is home to museums, such as the venerable Cleveland Museum of Art
and the Western Reserve Historical Society
, colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve University
and the Cleveland Institute of Music
, and landscaped green spaces, such as Wade Oval and Rockefeller Park.
The area is centered around Wade Oval, a tract of land donated to the city by turn-of-the-century business tycoon, Jeptha Wade
. It is also home to the Cleveland Botanical Garden
and 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.
A free shuttle circles the area every fifteen minutes and makes stops at all of the area attractions. Walking, though, is the best way to see this fascinating area. Join me on a walk around University Circle.(Last updated on 7-01-07)