Unconventional spaces offer settings for every style
By Jeff Niesel
Productive meetings call for inspirational settings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, which can hold up to 700, regularly hosts mixers and events in its enormous atrium, Severance Hall, home to The Cleveland Orchestra, features the 2,000-seat Main Concert Hall, and Playhouse Square's 10 stages make up the country's second largest theater district. The largest, State Theatre, at full capacity fits more than 3,000.
MEET AND TEACH
Open year-round, the 183-acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a great place for an outing and features the new Stillwater Place with capacity for 300 people. In addition, the Cleveland Botanical Garden offers many gathering places with 10 acres of outdoor gardens and an 18,000-square-foot glasshouse. The Western Reserve Historical Society's History Center holds up to 500 guests in its galleries of vintage cars and planes.
AL FRESCO ENTERTAINMENT
Edgewater Park and Wendy Park are lakeshore destinations with beaches and reservable pavilions that regularly host outdoor events. Located behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Voinovich Park has recently hosted everything from the Gay Games to the Alternative Press Music Awards. A popular riverside concert venue, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica with space for 5,000 is also available as a rental.
BUILDINGS WITH A VIEW
Located in downtown's Global Center for Health Innovation, the HIMSS Innovation Center has room for 200 in its 30,000-square foot space that offers views of Lake Erie. Ariel International Center, a historic building just east of downtown, offers similarly awesome vistas of the skyline for up to 350 people from its events center, as does Windows on the River and Luca Cleveland.