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December 21st, 2012

Cleveland Beyond SHOT

Cleveland Beyond SHOT

When in 2007 The Economist rated Cleveland (tied with Pittsburgh) as the most livable city in the United States, some Americans were surprised, but long-time residents of the city were not.  Many who live here–especially in beautiful inner-ring suburbs like Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and Lakewood–regard the city and its environs as a secret American treasure. The 500-acre district known as University Circle, on the eastern edge of the city–and only five miles from the SHOT conference hotel–is one of the greatest concentrations of cultural institutions in the nation, with numerous museums and arts organizations clustered around the park-like campus of Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland has one of the best orchestras in the world, a leading American art museum, the best university in the state, an unparalleled "emerald necklace" system of parkland, and two world-famous medical centers, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, as well as major league teams in baseball, football, and basketball.

Cleveland has increasingly become a destination city for the culinary arts, and many of the city's best restaurants are close by. In less than ten minutes, you can walk to East Fourth Street, a pedestrian street that features over a dozen fine restaurants with a wide range of specialties and prices–the best known of which is "Iron Chef" Michael Symon's signature restaurant, Lola. A short walk in the opposite direction takes you to the Warehouse District of West Sixth and West Ninth streets, with a number of other terrific choices. The West Side Market, a publicly owned market in a striking 1912 building is possibly the grandest indoor public food market in the country. It features an astonishing variety of foodstuffs that reflects the city's rich multi-ethnic history. In 2010 the Food Network named the West Side Market the nation's best market for food lovers. Across the street is the fine craft brewery and restaurant, the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Today, when Clevelanders now hear the words "Burning River," they think not of a historic embarrassment, but of the name of a highly-regarded pale ale. If you want to go further afield, ask a local about the great restaurants in the Tremont neighborhood, or University Circle, or elsewhere in the city.

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See these Websites for more information about the history of Clevleand:

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Cleveland Museum of Art

Great Lakes Science Center

Cleveland Museum of Natural history

Museum of Contemporary Art-Cleveland

International Women's Air & Space Museum

The Cleveland Orchestra

Cleveland Theater Cooperative

Quicken Loans Arena

A Christmas Story House & Museum

Great Lakes Brewing Co., Brewpub

The Corner Alley Bowling and Martini Bar

Pickwick & Frolic Comedy Club

Westside Market

East Fourth Street: Restaurants, Shopping, Coffee

Zabal Books

For additional information on Cleveland attractions, including events, shopping, and restaurant reviews, try the following Websites:

The Cleveland Plain Dealer Online Edition

Positively Cleveland

Cleveland Magazine



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