2015: What’s New In CLE?
Cleveland’s Huge Momentum Continues in 2015By: Lexi Hotchkiss, www.LexiHotchkiss.com
The national headlines say it. The pundits share it. Lebron James proved it. And, we locals knew it the whole time. It's true: Cleveland is BOOMING!"
Did that sound like we're bragging? #sorrynotsorry
Can you blame us? In a span of five years, Cleveland experienced a monumental increase in the number of new businesses, attractions and massive development projects that are quickly transforming the city.
In fact, almost $3 billion of which was tourism-related. We've welcomed eight new hotels, two completely revamped districts and a new convention center. That's not to mention the numerous new attractions including a downtown casino, aquarium and contemporary art museum.
It's no wonder that we've been selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention and the 2017 American Bus Association conference.
And, don't assume the momentum slows in 2015, because we're happy to report that the forecast in Cleveland calls for "Huge with a 100 percent chance of Mind Blown." Check out just some of the many openings, developments and major events expected in 2015.
2015 Major Events
If ESPN liked being perched on East 4th Street for the return of Lebron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers so much, they've got plenty of reasons to return in 2015. NCAA championship basketball just got a little more mad - if we do say so ourselves. The Division I Men's Basketball Championship Midwest Regional will be held in Cleveland March 23 - 26. Experience the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
One of the most significant happenings in 2015 is the return of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18. Happening every three years in our fine city, this star-studded event takes over Cleveland with a weeklong series of concerts and events, as well as the grandiose ceremony - packed with major and legendary rock performers from all generations - held inside of Public Hall downtown.
Music again takes center stage in 2015 when the Alternative Press Music Awards come to the Quicken Loans Arena on July 22. As the go-to source for news about the underground music scene, the alternative press is putting on one heck of an awards presentation right here in downtown Cleveland.
This year's performers and guests will be announced soon, and are expected to be just as (if not more) star-studded and stellar as last year's. Last year's APMAs featured appearances and performances from Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Asking Alexandria, twenty one pilots and more.
Better yet, The Vans Warped Tour will make a stop at Blossom Music Center just two days later on July 23. There'll be live performances by Neck Deep, Palisades, Front Porch Step, Handguns and Kosha Dillz.
In 2014, Cleveland hosted the first ever NEOCycle, an urban cycling festival that drew more than 10,000 people for a weekend of bicycling, bands, good food and, of course, beer. The good news is that this bad boy returns in September of 2015. Stay tuned for updates.
Also in 2015, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Royal Academy of Arts in London are organizing an exhibition centered around the work of Claude Monet Oct. 11 - Jan. 3. As many art enthusiasts know, the CMA boasts one of Monet's Water Lillies within its permanent collection. During the highlighted exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, visitors will get an in-depth look at Monet's work, as well as the garden theme depicted in modern art.
2015 Major Openings & Developments
The Flats are back in Cleveland! Okay - so that's not exactly new news considering that Phase I of this gorgeous waterfront development came online in 2013. However, Phase II of the Flats Redevelopment Project (the larger of the two phases) becomes a reality in 2015.
What's all the hype about? A 1,200-foot riverfront boardwalk, public park, 10-15 new restaurants/nightclubs and 243 upscale apartments - that's what.
With eight new hotels already in place, CLE knows a thing or two about hotel accommodations. In 2015, the city welcomes the luxury, boutique-style Kimpton Hotel Downtown Cleveland in the historic Schoefield Building on East 9th Street downtown.
Cleveland is home to a host of nationally recognized arts and cultural institutions - particularly in University Circle. One of those facilities - the Cleveland Institute of Art - will complete a massive eight-year, $63.5-million expansion in 2015.
The institution will open a sizable new art gallery, which allows students to showcase their work to the public. It also means a new 300-seat auditorium for its Cinematheque, which offers showings of independent and art films.
2015 Food Scene
One thing is for sure, Cleveland's domination as a culinary heavy hitter is only expected to intensify in 2015. And, who can complain? Check out these eateries expected to open in the coming year:
- Lockkeepers (Public Square)
- Mabel's BBQ (East 4th Street)
- Barrio (Gateway District)
- Portside Distillery (Warehouse District)
- Santorini (Warehouse District)
Flats East Bank
- Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
- The Cleveland Beer Cellars
- Flip Side
- Panini's Bar & Grill
- Crop Kitchen & Vine
In 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary here in Cleveland. Add to that, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will commemorate its 40th anniversary. Both institutions will offer events in conjunction with their respective anniversaries. Stay tuned in 2015 for more information.