Neighborhoods: Tremont

(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)
(photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Life)

Contributed by Emily Poirier

Tremont, one of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhoods, and the former location of the defunct Cleveland University which has since become the lovely Lincoln Park, is an up and coming neighborhood full of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and historic attractions.

Located west of the Cuyahoga River and south of the Ohio City neighborhood and Downtown, the most popular and walkable Tremont area is centered around the Chelsea Building, one of the oldest high rise buildings in the city.

Tremont is home to a number of noteworthy restaurants including Lolita, a trendy spot from the well-known chef and restaurateur, Michael Symon, and more casual eateries featuring sunny patios like The South Side and Fat Cats. No meal in Tremont is complete without a visit to Lily’s Handmade Chocolates, a treat for both chocolate lovers and craft beer devotees, or a stop at one of the two ice cream shops, Tremont Scoops and Churned.

Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)
Lemko Hall (photo courtesy of THD3 via WikiMedia)

Aside from food and sweet confections Tremont boasts numerous other attractions. This includes quirky clothing and accessory stores like Evie Lou and Banyan Tree, a seemingly endless number of art galleries like Brandt Gallery, Eikona Gallery, and Inside-Outside Art Gallery, and The Loop which is in a league all its own as a two story coffee shop with an extensive record store hidden away on the second floor.

The area is also known for its historic churches which offer a range of different architecture styles like St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and Pilgrim Congregational Church.

Movie buffs will especially enjoy A Christmas Story House and Museum, the original home featured in the 1983 film, and adjacent museum that are both open to the public for tours. And Lemko Hall on West 11th Street, a building with a rich history of its own that is now home to retail establishments and condominiums, but is best known for being the location of the wedding reception in the 1978 movie, The Deer Hunter.

(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)
(photo courtesy of Fresh Water)











More information

Tremont City Guide.

Tremont Historic District. National Park Service






Northeast Ohio: Presidential Sites

By Jillian Carney,  Host Committee member

Nicknamed the “Mother of Presidents,” Ohio is home to eight U.S. presidents, several of whom hailed from Northeast Ohio.  While you are visiting, be sure to fit in a trip to one of the presidential historic sites, birthplaces, or museums listed below!


James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

  • Location: Mentor, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:  27 minutes (22.5 miles)

Garfield Monument (Lakeview Cemetery)

  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:  16 minutes (7.5 miles)


Harding Memorial. Courtesy Warren G. Harding Home & Memorial.
Harding Memorial (photo courtesy Warren G. Harding Home & Memorial)

Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding Home

  • Location: Marion, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:  2 hours (117 miles)


Spiegel Grove, Hayes Estate (photo courtesy the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center)

Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

  • Location: Fremont, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:  1.5 hours (86 miles)


William McKinley Monument
William McKinley Monument. (photo courtesy of Alycat via Wikimedia Commons, creative commons license)
William McKinley

McKinley Presidential Library and Museum

  • Location: Canton, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:  1 hour (61 miles)

National McKinley Birthplace and Memorial, Museum and Library

  • Location: Niles, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:   1 hour 15 minutes (71 miles)


And we can’t forget the…

First Ladies

National First Ladies’ Library and Historic Site

  • Location: Canton, Ohio
  • Drive time from Cleveland Convention Center:  1 hour (63.5 miles)

Sports Heritage in Cleveland

By Jeremy Feador, Host Committee member

Sports run through the veins of Cleveland. Not long after the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team, Cleveland responded with her own club. Football was born an hour south of Cleveland in Canton (site of Pro Football Hall of Fame) and the Browns are a beloved franchise. At one point the Browns played in 10 championship games in 10 years! Seriously! It happened! Look it up! LeBron James has reinvigorated interest in Cleveland’s youngest pro sports team, the Cavs and nearly brought home the first title in Cleveland since 1964. (Hey, there’s always next year!)

When you find yourself in Cleveland for SAA this year, there are several sites relating to Cleveland’s sports heritage that you must check out.

Sports Venues

First Energy Stadium
100 Alfred Lerner Way
Home of the Cleveland Browns, First Energy Stadium is located on the Lakefront across from the Rock Hall and can be seen out the window of the Convention Center. If you feel like catching a pre-season game, the Browns will host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, August 20th and will be featured on ESPN. As dreary as the Browns have been since they returned in 1999, they do have a very proud history (see Cleveland Memory’s “The Glory Days of the Cleveland Browns“). Legendary Coach Paul Brown guided the club to 10 straight championship games in a ten year span (1946-1955). The team was relocated to Baltimore after the 1995 season and this stadium was built in an effort to have professional football return to Cleveland. Browns stadium is built on the same ground where Cleveland Municipal Stadium once stood.

League Park, Cleveland, Ohio
League Park, Cleveland, Ohio (image courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

League Park
Lexington Ave & East 66th Street
In 2014, Cleveland’s League Park, “the oldest existing ball park in the world,” reopened after a million dollar facelift. Located in the Hough neighborhood, League Park is perhaps one of the most historic ballparks still in existence. League Park was the setting for many historic moments: Babe Ruth’s 500th home run, Joe Dimaggio’s 56th hit in his hit streak, the Indians 1920 World Series Title. Players such as Ty Cobb, Bob Feller, Nap Lajoie, Hank Greenburg, Lou Gehrig, and the Negro League Cleveland Buckeyes all played at League Park. When the Indians moved to Municipal Stadium full-time in 1947, League Park gradually fell into disrepair. However, due to efforts of the City of Cleveland, the field is now open for visitors and baseball teams. Located inside the original ticket house is the Baseball Heritage Museum. Cleveland Memory has a great online exhibit.

League Park today
League Park today (Image courtesy of Jeremy Feador)

Progressive Field
2401 Ontario Street
Home of the Cleveland Indians, Progressive Field just turned 20 years old last year. The ballpark has hosted two World Series and an All-Star Game. Walking around the ballpark, make sure to check out the Bob Feller, Jim Thome, and Larry Doby statues. Feller, considered one of the best right handed pitchers in baseball history, was born in Van Meter, Iowa and joined the Indians when he was 17 years old. He served in the Navy during WWII and when the war was over, helped the Indians capture the 1948 World Series. The Larry Doby statue will be unveiled later in July and commemorates Doby’s Hall of Fame and barrier breaking career. He was the first African American to play in the American League. (The Indians are out of town during SAA.)

The Q
1 Center Court
Home of the LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Q also hosts rock concerts, arena football games, and other family friendly events.


Devoted to History

Cleveland Public Library’s Sports Research Center
Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Avenue
CPL is a must stop for any library enthusiast. It is also home of the Sports Research Center. As the website notes, it “showcases the best of Cleveland sports history all in one convenient location. The Center houses more than 25,000 books, magazines and primary research materials, including archival photos, scrapbooks, autographs, clippings, oral history recordings, correspondence and more. The Center is free and open to the public year-round.” If you love baseball, the library is also home to the Mears Collection. Can’t make it to CPL? No problem, the library also has wonderful digital collections, such as this one on the history of baseball.

Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library Special Collections
1860 E. 22nd Street
Another archival repository worth checking out for sports fans is CSU’s Michael Schwartz Library. Home to the Cleveland Press Collection, Special Collections contains a vast photographic history of Cleveland sports. Many of these photographs are online in Cleveland Memory.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood
If you can make the trip to Cleveland’s east side, the Maltz is currently hosting the traveling exhibit “Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American.” Organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, it “explores the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities.” See the museum’s Current Exhibitions for more information on it and special events related to the exhibit.

"Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American." Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
“Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American” (image courtesy of Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Jessie Owens Statue
Corner of West 3rd and Lakeside
Although Jessie Owens was not born in Cleveland, his family moved to the city when he was only a child. Jessie attended Ohio State and then competed in the 1936 Olympics. He is most remembered for winning four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics while Adolph Hitler was in attendance.


And, a café…

Hotz Café
2529 West 10th Street
If you happen to be in Tremont (a few minutes south of Downtown) stop at Hotz Café. The bar has hosted such legendary names as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Lou Gehrig. See’s “Hotz Cafe: Legendary Cleveland bar hosted Babe Ruth, tossed Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep”


Additional Resources

Sports and Baseball. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.

Cleveland Rocks for Family Fun as Well!

By Judith Wiener, Host Committee member

Koalas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (photo by Yvonne N via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Koalas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (photo by Yvonne N via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

Heading to SAA in Cleveland and bringing the kiddos along? There will be no complaints about boredom in this family-friendly city, which boasts a ton of activities and sites for children of all ages.

Home to a zoo, science center, and aquarium, Cleveland has the ticket to mix summer fun with learning in a way that the kids will be too busy to notice! The area also boasts great local shopping, food venues, and museums for the kid in all of us, including the famous Big Fun Toy Store and the popular A Christmas Story House and Museum.

Christmas Story House & Museum (photo by Julia Frost via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Christmas Story House & Museum (photo by Julia Frost via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

Theme park lovers will also find a lot to love, with several water parks (Kalahari and Castaway Bay) and Cedar Point, known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” just a short drive away.

Read more about Midwest Living’s top fun things to do with the family in Cleveland at:

Lion fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (photo by George Bannister via Flickr, Creative Commons license)
Lion fish at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (photo by George Bannister via Flickr, Creative Commons license)

Leon Bibb’s “My Ohio”

By Janet Carleton, Host Committee cochair

Leon Bibb is an award-winning broadcast journalist and a Cleveland institution. Bibb has a long-time series of short segments “My Ohio” on WEWS-TV.



Follow the links to watch some of these charming videos.

Americans have long had a ‘love affair’ with their automobiles

Cleveland was once the automotive capital of the world

Cleveland’s Old Stone Church celebrates 160 years as oldest building on city’s Public Square

Lighting giant chandelier in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square prompts thoughts on the theater district

Museum of Divine Statues

Oberlin was a key stop on the Underground Railroad which was an escape route for slaves in the 1800s

Superman wasn’t born on Krypton; Cleveland’s Glenville area is Man of Steel’s birthplace

All Leon Bibb videos on NewsNet5

Shipping and Submarines on the Great Lakes

By Leslie Cade, Host Committee member

The Great Lakes transportation industry has had a major impact on Cleveland, and conversely, the city has played a significant role in its development. Many rivers flow to the south shore of Lake Erie. Historically, a town developed at the mouth of most of them. Only three – Toledo, Cleveland, and Buffalo – emerged as major cities, with water transportation as the focus. For all three, the catalyst was canal construction, with each serving as a terminal point. By the late twentieth century, 115 million tons of cargo were shipped on the Great Lakes by 58 U.S. flagged ships. Stone, cement, coal, and iron ore remain mainstays of waterborne transportation in Cleveland, and the revival of the traffic in bulk cargo, primarily iron ore, has kept Cleveland at the heart of the transportation industry on the Great Lakes.

You can learn about shipping on the Great Lakes at the steamship William G. Mather, flagship of the Cleveland-Cliffs steamship company, now a floating museum berthed at the East Ninth Street Pier right next to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

“A Stern Look” at the William G. Mather, with Cleveland in the background (photo courtesy of Laszlo Ilyes via Flickr, creative commons license)

You can also experience life on a World War II submarine with a visit to the U.S.S. Cod, a GATO class fleet submarine named for the world’s most important food fish, just east of the William G. Mather.  The sub’s five diesel engines were built by the General Motor’s Cleveland diesel plant on the city’s west side. After being decommissioned from active service, the Cod served as a naval reserve training vessel until being reactivated as a museum in 1976. It achieved National Historic Landmark status in 1986.  The Cod is the only U.S. submarine on display with its original stairways and doors so be prepared for a real submarine experience!

U.S.S. Cod (photo courtesy of Cliff via Flickr, creative commons license)
U.S.S. Cod (photo courtesy of Cliff via Flickr, creative commons license)

Enjoy some of the other maritime sites in Ohio while you’re here!

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.