Neighborhoods: Shaker Square Is Neither

By Leslie Cade, Host Committee member

One of the country’s earliest planned shopping districts borders Cleveland and one of its poshest residential suburbs, Shaker Heights. The masterminds behind Shaker were eccentric brothers Oris P. and Mantis J. Van Sweringen, real estate and railroad tycoons who wanted to build an exclusive suburban retreat for Cleveland businessmen with easy access to their offices downtown.  Their plan for a small train station grew into the central terminus known as the Terminal Tower that SAA conference goers will pass through on their way to the Cleveland convention center, and lodge in at the Renaissance Hotel.

The Van Sweringen brother’s home, Shaker Heights. (Via
The Van Sweringen brother’s home, Shaker Heights. (Via

But I digress. Originally designed as a circle in 1927, the plan for the Square changed to an octagon to accommodate parking. The four quadrants are designed in the American Colonial-Georgian style to conform with the “Vans” vision for their suburb. Over the years Shaker Square has remained a community center with shops, restaurants, professional offices, and activities from music and art fairs to the North Union Farmers Market.

Shaker Square. (via
Shaker Square. (via

Two light rail trains transport commuters from the far reaches of Shaker Heights to the Terminal Tower and points in between. Hop on the green or the blue line to Shaker Square and enjoy dinner at James Beard nominee chef Douglas Katz’ Fire or Edwins, the awe inspiring French restaurant managed by formerly incarcerated adults through the Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute.


SAA Week: Cleveland Happenings

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned for so much more!


“Small Ball” Sundays
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood OH 44122
Phone: 216-593-0575
Times: August 16 and 23, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Included with regular Museum admission
Every Sunday, bring the little ones to explore the Chasing Dreams exhibition and create their own make-and-take baseball-themed craft!


Beyond Rubiks Cube
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland OH 44114
Phone: 216-694-2000
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Science Center: $14 (adults), $12 (ages 2-12)
Beyond Rubik’s Cube is a multi-sensory experience that celebrates the world’s bestselling puzzle toy. Visitors will learn why the Cube became, and remains, a phenomenon that resonates with a global audience. Highlights include the poetry composition tool, Haikube; the music-making Cube Symphony; the programming challenge Robot Command; an interactive touch table where guests can collaborate on incredible digital patterns; and a giant working cube that visitors can manipulate.

Branch Out: Treehouses, Adventure and Exploration
Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland OH 44106
Phone: 216-721-1600
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm
Admission: Members free; Non-member adult $11; Non-member child (ages 3 – 12) $6; Children ages 2 and under free
Imaginations run wild at Branch Out where kids can leave behind phones and tablets and explore a magical world of treehouses and adventure this summer. Five locally designed, interactive treehouses will be installed throughout Cleveland Botanical Garden beckoning guests of all ages to come up and play.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood OH 44122
Phone: 216-593-0575
Times: August 16 – 23, 11am – 4pm
Admission: $15 non-member; $10 member
Baseball’s legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and its moments of triumph tell our national story. Explore the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities.

Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits
Floors 5 and 6
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Museum
30 never-before-seen photographs, original video footage, contact sheets with Ritts’ red-pencil markings, new video interviews, and other well-known portraits from this revolutionary photographer and filmmaker’s collection.

Paul Simon: Words & Music
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44114
Times: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm; Wednesday, 10am – 9pm
Admission: Included with general admission to the Museum
Exclusive candid commentary gathered from hours of filmed interview footage that walks the audience through the personal story of Simon’s life and his creative process, as well as video of select performances highlighting Simon’s five-decade career and a collection of more than 80 artifacts spanning his early life and time with Simon & Garfunkel, through his solo career and to the present.


Mötley Crüe
Quicken Loans Arena (the “Q”)
1 Center Court
Cleveland OH 44115
Times: August 18
The Final Tour with Alice Cooper

Music in the Meadow
4040 Riverview Road
Peninsula OH 44264
Phone: 330-657-2909
Times: Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8pm
Admission: Free
Featuring the New Barleycorn (John Delaney and Alec DeGabriele). Raised in Ireland, this duo performs contemporary folk and traditional Celtic songs with vitality, passion, and a touch of humor. Grab a blanket and a picnic dinner, and bring your family and friends to hear free music in the national park!


Guys and Dolls
6941 Columbia Road
Olmsted Falls OH 44138
Phone: 440-235-6722
Times: Sunday, August 16 2:30pm
Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.


Line Dancing
Thistledown Racino
Slush Bar and Patio
21501 Emery Road
North Randall OH 44128
Times: Monday and Wednesday, 7pm
Admission: Free
Bring your friends and dance the night away at ThistleDown Racino’s weekly line dancing party.

Tango Wednesday
Taverne of Richfield
3960 Broadview Road
Richfield OH 44286
Phone: 330-554-8462
Times: 7pm – 8:30pm Tango class; 8:30 – 10pm Practice what you learned!
Admission: $10.00 for the entire evening
Learn to dance Argentine Tango. No partner required, Have fun, meet new people and do something good for you!


Chagrin Falls Farmers Market
Next to the Bandstand & Triangle Park
Chagrin Falls OH 44022
Phone: 440-247-0900
Sunday, August 16 and 23, 10am – 1pm
Admission: Free
This is the 8th year of the market. The Chagrin Falls Farmers Market was voted #1 in the small market category (16-30 vendors) in the state of Ohio and #11 nationally in the same category in a contest held by the American Farmland Trust in 2011. The Market offers seasonal fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, bakery, fresh pastas, meats, cheeses, herbs and flowers. On the last Sunday of each month, celebrity chefs will prepare special recipes with fresh foods from the market.