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Cleveland History Days: June 22 – July 1


Gateway District is a proud partner of Cleveland History Days this summer! 10 Days of events and experiences celebrating Cleveland’s story, immigrant heritage, transforming river valley and restored architecture.  Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation’s Take a Hikes and collaborative Downtown Annual Luncheon Forum are all part of the events planned!  Check out full schedule HERE


Celebrating 10th Year – Take a Hike kicks off May 15th

 2018 marks 10 years of our award-winning heritage program, since 2008 more than 31,000 visitors have participated in Take a Hike! NEW this year is the UNIVERSITY CIRCLE TOUR on Saturdays at 10am, starting at Wade Oval Information Center.  The six Take a Hike tours are free, 90 minute walks that explore our picturesque and historic neighborhoods. See all hike details HERE and follow us on Facebook.


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!



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.

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 on May 5th.
For complete tour details, click here.

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.      




Essential CLE 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. 



366 Things to do in Cleveland in 2016

Happy New Year!

It’s time to say “goodbye” to 2015 and “hello” to 2016 resolutions and plans for fun.
As Laura DeMarco of The Plain Dealer writes, “Think there’s nothing going on? Think again. There’s more happening in Cleveland than any one person will ever have time for. But why not try? Here are 366 things – next year’s a leap year — to enliven your 2016. The list ranges from concerts to Broadway shows to festivals to movies to two big 100th birthdays. Why are you sitting there? Get reading… then get going!”
Check out her article here. 
The Gateway District is pleased to have the following events included in the list:
#201 – Take a Hike kicks off May 15th.
#256 – Walk & Dine is set for  June 29th.

Public Square Transformation and the Traffic and Transit Plan

The transformation of Public Square continues to make progress, and the traffic and transit plan has been created to assist in reducing impact on drivers, transit riders and pedestrians.  

Remember – Use the green and yellow traffic routes to make your way around Public Square and into Downtown Cleveland.  The areas directly surrounding Public Square, marked in pink, are designated for RTA, local valet and necessary local traffic only.  

To view the map and traffic routes referenced above related to Public Square, click here.

Wishing you safe travels this holiday season!




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