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Take a Hike extended – Historic Euclid Avenue Tour

The 2017 Take a Hike tour series continues October 7 – December 9, 2017 with a Saturday only Historic Euclid Avenue Tour.  Combining portions of the Playhouse Square and Gateway District tours from the  summer Take a Hike season, this 90 minute tour travels up Euclid Avenue to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past.  The extended season is made possible with generous support from The ArcadeMetropolitan at The 9 and Playhouse Square.

Already took a hike? Please complete a Take a Hike – Historic Euclid Avenue tour survey HERE

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.

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 – send your payment to

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

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.



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.

NEW Gateway District Signature Street Furniture Unveiled!

The Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation (HGNC) is excited to unveil new Gateway District signature street furniture through the installation of its first two Sidewalk Parks.  A Sidewalk Park is a collection of street furniture installed on the sidewalk to create a public gathering space. 
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.      

sidewalk park invite

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, 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.

Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week

Mark your calendars!  The 9th annual Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week will run February 19 through February 28, 2016, a week that gives you the opportunity to experience Downtown’s thriving culinary scene.

Downtown Cleveland Restaurant Week features $15, $30 and $40 lunch and dinner specials at select restaurants throughout Downtown Cleveland, including many in the Gateway District.

Over the course of the week, more than 50 restaurants prepare unbelievably tasty price-fixed menus to serve to the hundreds and hundreds of patrons.
Register for the Kickoff Event.
And, make plans to dine at some of your favorite Gateway District restaurants, such as  1890 at the Arcade, A Bar + Kitchen, Adega, Barrio, Butcher and the Brewer, Chinato, Chocolate Bar, Corner Alley, Crossroads at House of Blues, Flannery’s Pub, Foundation Room at House of Blues, Geenhouse Tavern, Hodge’s, Lola, Mirch Masala, Pickwick & Frolic, Pura Vida, Red, the Steakhouse, Saigon, Tilted Kilt and Zocalo Mexican Grill.
To view complete details and restaurant menus, click here.

2016 Gateway District Group Outings

Join your friends from the Gateway District and Warehouse District for an upcoming group outing!  You can take your pick of a Cleveland State University basketball game or a theatrical experience at Flanagan’s Wake at PlayhouseSquare .

Saturday, February 6, 2016:  CSU Basketball Game Outing

Men’s Basketball Game at 1:00 PM
Women’s Basketball Game at 3:00 PM
It’s a double header!
Cleveland State vs Oakland at the Wolstein Center
Tickets are $6 per person (normally $10).  
Complete details can be found on the reservation form here.
Make your reservations with complete payment by January 28th!


Friday, February 12, 2016:  Flanangan’s Wake

8:00 PM show at Kennedy’s Theatre at PlayhouseSquare
Tickets are $29.00 each (includes processing fees).

To learn more about Flanagan’s wake, click here.  To download the reservation form with complete details, click here. 

Reservations are due with payment by January 26th.  First come, first served.  Limited amount of tickets available. 

Come mourn the passing of Flanagan with the telling of tales and singing of songs!



Take a Hike

Thanks for a fabulous 2015 tour season!  The tours have ended for the year, but will return on May 15, 2016.  Over 22,200 attendees have enjoyed the award-winning tours in seven seasons to date.  In 2015, the tours were awarded a Public Education and Awareness Award from the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation is pleased to announce that the 2016 Take a Hike program has been awarded a Project Support grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and a Strategic Initiatives Grant from Ohio & Erie Canalway.

Check back in 2016 to learn more about the upcoming tour season.  If you are not familiar with the Take a Hike program, learn more about the five tours offered here.  We hope to see many of you “taking a hike” in Downtown Cleveland next year!


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