For those thinking Cleveland offers the usual soul-deadening beige boxes that are typically the norm with convention/meeting spaces, think again. Cleveland has plenty of fun, historic and elegant spaces to host meetings, conferences and events.
The I.M. Pei-designed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum usually tops to-do lists for business and leisure travelers. Help your attendees go there/do that by renting a conference room, a theater or the whole building.
The House of Blues on East 4th Street rents rooms and its concert hall for meetings and private parties. Who doesn't want to see their colleagues letting loose on a little air guitar? The HOB is part of Cleveland's East Fourth Street Entertainment District and within walking distance of many hotels and restaurants.
Also on East Fourth Street, Pickwick & Frolic rents its restaurant, cocktail lounge, comedy club and cabaret for a range of group sizes.
Severance Hall (the Art Deco home to the Cleveland Orchestra, rents meeting rooms and its elegant 2,000-seat theater. The hall is part of University Circle, with nearby museums and restaurants for pre- and post-event entertainment.
Other meeting and event venues with a historic twist include the classically elegant Renaissance Hotel downtown; the gorgeous atrium at The Arcade, one of America's oldest shopping centers; Windows on the River in an old brick powerhouse on the Cuyahoga River; and the recently renovated 1920s Public Auditorium.