Made In Cleveland
A Newbie's Guide To The City
By Denise Koeth
The Guardians of Traffic are as cool as they sound. These giant sandstone statues are carved into the Hope Memorial Bridge, each holding different modes of transport in their massive hands. Similarly excellent architecture is all over Cleveland streets and buildings — like the famous AT&T Tower — which is rumored to be the influence for Superman’s Daily Planet building. Get a real Superman-sized view on the Terminal Tower observation deck. The skyscraper is hip enough to have its own Twitter account (@TowerLightsCLE).
Famous local chefs like Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer make art you can eat. Before titles like Food Network and Iron Chef, these culinary artists earned their chops in famous Cleveland restaurants like Lola Bistro and The Greenhouse Tavern. They represent a city full of culinary culture — home to places like the West Side Market — a 101-year-old municipal market with more than 100 food vendors.
Clevelanders bleed brown and orange. Even enduring a 50-year dry spell without a professional sports championship, every fall football season brings new hope — especially with the Cleveland Browns’ addition of rookie quarterback “Johnny Football” Manziel. Die-hard fans, like our Dawg Pound bleacher section, will rabidly cheer on the hard-hitting backfield of Haden, Gilbert, and Whitner. To relive the glory days, check out “1964: When Browns Town was Title Town,” an exhibit running through Feb. 2015 at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s History Center in University Circle.
The quirky side of Cleveland is perhaps its most endearing. Pick up your own “major award” in the form of a leg lamp at A Christmas Story House and Museum, or go south of the city to Medina to find the world’s largest collection of privately-owned Hollywood Christmas movie props and costumes at Castle Noel, open year-round. For more quark, hop on over to the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, or go visit the Superman House, the locale writer Jerry Siegel and illustrator Joe Shuster developed the comic series.
World-Renowned (You Just Don’t Know It)
C-Town offers world-class art attractions with and without attitude. For instance: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is full of macho posturing (plus Elvis’ custom motorcycle, Michael Jackson’s bedazzled glove, and John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper uniform). Other attractions in University Circle celebrate the humility of human creativity — like the renovated Cleveland Museum of Art and The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. Just leave time to watch attitudes collide at Playhouse Square, the second largest performing arts center in America.