The Gateway District and Downtown Cleveland welcome you!  Enjoy all that the Gateway District has to offer during your visit by checking out the neighborhood’s fantastic restaurants, bars, entertainment options, nightlife, buildings, landmarks, shopping and other amenities.

Plan to “Take a Hike”  during your visit on one of five, free, guided walking tours. The Take a Hike program was recently featured in The New York Times in the article “36 Hours in Cleveland” written by Elaine Glusac.

For information about downtown activities, be sure to check with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance online!



Walking Tours!

Take a Hike

2017 Tour Season: May 16 – September 17th

Presented by Dollar Bank, Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland!  Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats.  Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past.  Over 26,000 people have enjoyed “taking a hike” to date. Mind you, “taking a hike” is more like taking a leisurely stroll.

Entertaining and educational, these tours offer visitors and residents alike the opportunity to learn about the history, culture and future plans of each tour area. Geared towards adults, the tours also offer younger audience members the chance to explore Cleveland in a whole new way.

Public Transportation and bikeways connect and surround downtown, however if you’re driving – suggested parking can be found across from Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue, in the parking garage of 200 Public Square on Superior Avenue or in the 515 Euclid garage at the corner of East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue.  Street parking is typically also available, and meters are free on the weekends.  Please read any event parking related signage closely to be aware of any special restrictions.

Take a Hike

Take a Hike

2016 Extended Season: October 1 – December 10

Although the regular season has concluded for the year, we are pleased to offer the 2016 Historic Euclid Avenue tour – every Saturday, now through December 10th!  Made possible through support from Playhouse Square, The Metropolitan Hotel at the 9, and The Arcade, the tour occurs weekly – every Saturday at 10:00 am, departing from the Arcade (401 Euclid Avenue).  Beginning with the Gateway District’s unique architecture and history, the tour focuses on Euclid Avenue – one of urban America’s most unique boulevards.  The tour concludes in Playhouse Square – our country’s second largest performing arts center.  Keep an eye out for historic figures from Cleveland’s past who might drop in as well!  Don’t miss an extended hike – reservations are not required!

Suggested parking can be found across from Quicken Loans Arena between Huron Road and Prospect Avenue, in the parking garage of 200 Public Square on Superior Avenue or in the 515 Euclid garage at the corner of East 6th Street and Euclid Avenue.  Street parking in the same areas is available, and meters are free on the weekends.  Please read any event parking related signage closely to be aware of any special restrictions.

Walk & Dine!

Sample Our Local Flavor!

20th Annual Walk & Dine: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

5:30 – 10:00 PM

Experience the excitement of downtown in the Gateway District as you tour fantastic sites, enjoy delicious food from neighborhood restaurants and relax in the company of friends, family and co-workers.  Musical entertainment will add to the festivities at several tour sites.  This annual event sells out every year.

Click here to view the schedule of events!

Tickets are $75 per person.  Proceeds benefit Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation.

Click here to view and download your RSVP form!

Return via mail or fax, or Save a Stamp!  You can pay by credit card online using PayPal.com – send your payment to jduffy@historicgateway.org.

If you have any questions, please call 216-771-1994.

Take a Hike: Downtown Cleveland Walking Tours

Kicking off May 15th, Take a Hike, presented by Dollar Bank, is Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation’s award-winning walking tour program now in its eighth season.  Over 22,200 people have enjoyed the tours to date!  New this year, the character of librarian Linda Eastman is being added to the Civic Center tour, and the tour schedule has been changed to offer more people the opportunity to take different tours on different days of the week.

You, your friends and family are invited to explore Downtown Cleveland’s vibrant neighborhoods, including the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Playhouse Square, Civic Center and Canal Basin Park, on one of five, free, guided tours offered each week through September 18th.  History comes to life along the tour routes as talented cast members portray important Clevelanders from the past.
Don’t miss the special Canal Basin Park tour being offered on Saturday, May 21st as part of the River Day festivities.  (The Canal Basin Park tour is normally offered on Sunday mornings.)  On River Day, meet at the Flat Iron at 1:oo PM.  The tour will end at the Lorenzo Carter Cabin, a replica of the original home of Cleveland’s first permanent settler, which will be open for visitation from 2 to 4 PM.
Take a Hike tours are free, with donations encouraged to help match grants from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Ohio & Erie Canalway. The tours also receive support from Downtown Cleveland Alliance.  Reservations are appreciated for large groups, but not necessary otherwise.  Tours depart rain or shine at their scheduled time.
The tours were featured in an article entitled “Free Take a Hike tours put Cleveland in touch with its history”  by Sabrina Eaton on Cleveland.com on May 5th.
For complete tour details, click here.

14th Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum

Make your reservations today!

We are pleased to announce Peter Kageyama as the Speaker of the 14th Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum, which will be held at The Wyndham Hotel in Playhouse Square on Wednesday, May 31st from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where you Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of “the city.”

14th Annual Historic Downtown Cleveland Luncheon Forum

Wednesday, May 31st
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
at the Wyndam Hotel at Playhouse Square

Individual tickets: $75 per person
Corporate Benefactor Tables: $1500

If you have questions, please call 216-771-1994, or make your reservation online.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation, Historic Warehouse District Development Corporation and Playhouse Square District Development Corporation bring nationally renowned speakers to Cleveland each year at this popular annual event. Past speakers have included Jeff Speck, Mike Lydon, Dr. John Crompton, Honorable Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Stacy Mitchell, Christopher B. Leinberger and many others.



Gateway District Signature Street Furniture Unveiled

Check out the new Gateway District signature street furniture, which was recently unveiled by Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation through the installation of the first two Sidewalk Parks.  A Sidewalk Park is a collection of street furniture installed on the sidewalk to create a public gathering space.  One Sidewalk Park is located near 1010 Euclid, and the other is located on Prospect Avenue near the 5th Street Arcades.
Specially designed for the Gateway District, the street furniture was designed by local artist Tom Hubbard and draws inspiration from the District’s turn of the century arcades and the decorative metal work found throughout the neighborhood.  With names like Arcade, Taylor, Brace, Teller and Balustrade these updated designs, while rooted in history, bring playfulness and functionality to the streets.   
This pilot project was made possible with $40,000 seed funding from Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation and  additional support from Cumberland Development,LLCResidence Inn Downtown Cleveland, Geis Companies and Heinen’s.      




Go Tribe!

Join your friends from the Gateway District and Warehouse District for an Indians game group outing and pre-party at the Thirsty Parrot on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.  The Cleveland Indians take on the Texas Rangers at 7:10 PM at Progressive Field.
Tickets are $16.50 per person.  First come, first served.  With each ticket purchased for this outing, you will receive a voucher for a complimentary sandwich at the Thirsty Parrot to be used before the game (while supplies last).  Pre-party attendees will also enjoy pre-game beer sampling and draft specials featuring Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Tickets are going fast!  Make your reservations today.  An order form can be found here, or call Joe at 216-771-1994.  Reservations with complete payment are due by May 10th.

Cleveland International Film Festival

The 40th Cleveland International Film Festival, presented by Dollar Bank, kicks off May 30 through April 10, 2016 at Tower City Cinemas.

The Festival will offer 192 feature films, including one in 3D, and 213 short films from 72 countries.  
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 18th at 11 AM.  Weekday ticket prices are $14 for Cleveland International Film Festival Members, $16 for non-members and $14 for students and seniors (in-person sales only). 
Friends and supporters of the Gateway District can use discount code “HGNC” to receive a $2.00 discount for ticket purchases.
Use the code online at  www.clevelandfilm.org, on the phone when calling 877.304.FILM or in-person at the Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas Lobby.
For more information about the CIFF, click here.

Essential CLE

Cleveland.com introduced their new Visitors Guide to the “Best of Cleveland” restaurants, bars and things to do.  The Essential CLE guide is a great way to learn more about all that Cleveland has to offer!  Read about the new guide in a recent article here, or check out the guide itself here.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation’s Take a Hike walking tour program, among many other fine recommendations on how to explore Downtown,  can be found in the Downtown Tour section here.  Take a Hike, presented by Dollar Bank, will return May 15, 2016.  Check back soon for more details.

For other information on visiting and enjoying Downtown Cleveland, check out Destination Cleveland’s website here, or stop by the Cleveland Visitors Center located at 334 Euclid Avenue.