Leg Lamps, Pierogi and Polka… OH MY!
An Itinerary Featuring Only-In-Cleveland Experiences
By Lexi Hotchkiss
Anytown, USA, can churn out chain restaurants and big-box retailers like crazy. Cleveland, however, is a city of authenticity built on a strong immigrant history, grown with vast educational opportunities and fed with artistic innovation. Sure, we've got one of the most renowned orchestras, a theater district second only to NYC's, and a free art museum with the likes of Picasso and Monet, but it's the city’s unique attractions, food, and only-in-Cleveland experiences that make a visit to the city not only memorable, but also exceptional.
The West Side Market Café
1979 West 25th St., Ohio City, 44113, 216.664.3387, www.westsidemarket.org
This Cleveland institution offers multicultural fare that fuels you up to enter a food lover’s paradise of more than a hundred vendors in a century-old public market.
Campbell's Sweets Factory
2084 W. 25th St., Ohio City, 44113, 216.965.0451, campbellssweets.com
Get a little sweet and a little salty at Campbell's, which is as known for its gourmet popcorn as it is for its cupcakes. Take a tour of the factory to see how it all comes together, and take a treat home with you.
A Christmas Story House
3159 West 11th St., Tremont, 44109, 216.298.4919, www.achristmasstoryhouse.com
Scrunch yourself up and hide under Mrs. Parker’s Icetrain sink or pose with the "major award" leg lamp and an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle at A Christmas Story House. But be careful or you’ll shoot your eye out.
Sokolowski’s University Inn
1201 University Rd., Cleveland, 44113, 216.771.8967, www.sokolowskis.com
Authentic pierogi, hulushki and other Polish delights come in massive portions of deliciousness in the vintage cafeteria-style restaurant that is the famous Sokolowski’s University Inn.
Dittrick Museum of Medical History
11000 Euclid Ave., University Circle, 44106, 216.368.3648, www.case.edu/artsci/dittrick/museum
After laying eyes on a real amputating set complete with handheld saw at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, you’ll never look at modern healthcare the same way.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
11400 Euclid Ave., Uptown Cleveland, 44106, 216.421.8671, www.mocacleveland.org
Modern art does not stay the same for long, which is why the exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland are always changing, giving you a new experience with each visit.
Corner Alley Uptown
11409 Euclid Ave., Uptown, 44106, 216.678.9256, www.thecorneralley.com
It's part bar, part restaurant, part bowling alley, and all fun. Roll in for a good time on one of the 17 bowling lanes, while enjoying an expansive menu of food and drink.
Lake View Cemetery
12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland Heights, 44106, 216.421.2665, www.lakeviewcemetery.com
At this historic cemetery, you can set a dime on John D. Rockefeller’s headstone for financial prosperity, take in the beauty of Wade Chapel, and enjoy the view from atop the memorial of James A. Garfield.
Sterle’s Country House
1401 East 55th St., Cleveland, 44103, 216.881.4181, sterlescountryhouse.com
After finishing a huge portion of homemade stuffed cabbage or chicken paprikash at Sterle’s Country House, saunter over to the dance floor to polka the night away.
1909 West 25th St., Ohio City, 44113, 216.344.9400, www.townhallohiocity.com
Grab weekend brunch at the spacious and trendy Townhall in Ohio City. Despite an abundance of some amazing vegan and vegetarian menu items, Townhall is no stranger to sausage gravy, braised beef and, of course, bacon. Did we mention the build-your-own crepe station?
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, 44114, 216.781.7625, www.rockhall.org
At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, journey through the storied history of a genre that changed the face of music forever. While there, grab lunch at the new All Access Café, featuring menu items from top Cleveland chefs including Jonathon Sawyer, Fabio Salerno and Rocco Whalen.
Museum of Divine Statues
12905 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 44107, 216.228.9950, www.museumofdivinestatues.com
Marvel at the glorious display of rescued and restored ecclesiastical statues at the Museum of Divine Statues.
Trolley Tours of Cleveland
1101 Winslow Ave., Cleveland, 44113, 800.848.0173, lollytrolley.com
Did you know that Cleveland was named after surveyor Moses Cleaveland? The city dropped that extra “a” in its name after it couldn’t fit the full name in the city’s newspaper headline. It’s fun facts like this that’ll get your noggin ticking aboard the adorable Lolly the Trolley during a guided trip with Trolley Tours of Cleveland.
Pickwick and Frolic
2035 East 4th St., Cleveland, 44115, 216.241.7425, www.pickwickandfrolic.com
American-restaurant-meets-caberet-show-meets-comedy-club-meets-martini-lounge Pickwick and Frolic offers a wide array of entertainment and dining offerings within its one East 4th St. location.
To get started booking your group tour, contact group tour sales manager Jane Tougouma at 216.875.6607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.