Exploring Cleveland: That’s a Wrap
I can’t believe it has already been almost 3 weeks since my visit to Cleveland! When you get back to the daily grind time just seems to fly by. The past few weeks have been crazy, and until pretty much November the craziness is going to continue – but it’s all good craziness, so I can’t complain one bit. Mike made my birthday extra special this year with a great night that included dinner at The Purple Pig and we celebrated my mom’s birthday at Taxim and Mike’s birthday at Ada Street, so there has been a ton of amazing eating going on. Next week Mike and I move to Lincoln Park and the week after that we leave for 3 weeks on Germany. All super exciting things, but lately my mind is running in a million different directions every minute. What that means is that this may be a bit of a ramble-y post, complete with excess exclamation marks and run-on sentences…just getting that out there and apologizing in advance! (You may be thinking to yourself – wait, don’t all of her posts have excess exclamation points and run-on sentences? Yes, yes they do, but I’m totally fine with you keeping that thought all to yourself, thankyouverymuch)
There were several places that I visited on the tail end of my time in Cleveland that didn’t really fall into any of my previous posts, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t just as awesome and deserving of some blog time! Hence the catch-all “That’s a wrap” title of this post. I’ll start where I left off after my Ohio City post….
After our stop at The West Side Market, Charity and I hopped in her car and drove over to the lakefront to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, affectionately referred to by those in the know as the “Rock Hall”. I don’t think I mentioned it in my previous post, but earlier in the afternoon we joined up with a film crew that followed us around to get footage for Positively Cleveland. I am definitely not a fan of being filmed, but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t just a little bit cool when everyone in the crowded market was asking who we were – celebrities for a couple of hours! At the Rock Hall the guys set-up out back for the perfect skyline view for my interview. I’m pretty positive that I went all Will Ferrell in Old School and blacked out for a few minutes while they were asking me questions, but it was a thrill and I’m beyond flattered that I was chosen for such an awesome experience!
Ok, where was I? Back to the Rock Hall. Charity and I were both fairly exhausted at this point, but we were on a mission. Beyoncé recently donated several of her outfits to the museum so exhausted or not, we were going to see Beyoncé’s clothes! There were just a handful of Beyoncé’s outfits on display so we snapped a few pictures of those, perused the surrounding exhibits, then headed out. There were so many cool things to see and I know I’ll be back to spend more quality time here when I’m back in Cleveland!
After the Rock Hall Charity drove me back to my hotel to get freshened up for dinner. I had an hour or two to kill before Charity would be picking me up again so I could’ve taken a nap, but I thought to myself – there will be time to nap when you’re back in Chicago! So I put on a fresh coat of mascara and headed out once again. I walked back to East 4th Street to check out a couple places that had caught my eye the night before. I had one drink on the rooftop of The Greenhouse Tavern and then walked across the street to try out a cocktail at the Society Lounge.
The rooftop at The Greenhouse Tavern was a cool, laid-back scene and all the food I passed on my way up looked and smelled fantastic. Society Lounge is in the basement and they’re going for more of the speakeasy, craft cocktail, secret password vibe (no actual secret password required). The drinks take a bit longer to make here, but they’re well worth it!
After my drink at Society Lounge, Charity picked me up and we headed to University Circle for a fabulous dinner at L’Albatros. After dinner we drove back downtown where I snapped a few quick pictures of the world’s larger permanent crystal chandelier in Playhouse Square before Charity dropped me off to check out AHA! Light Up Cleveland. AHA! was produced by LAND Studio and was a “multi-day festival of lights celebrating the recent development boom and “illuminating” changes to our urban landscape. […] to illustrate what is possible in beloved public spaces through artist installations using light, video projections and live cultural participate on events.” The lighting installations were a great complement to the kick-off of the Gay Games 9 and “magical” is the best way I can describe the atmosphere that night. Between the lights, the people, and the setting, Cleveland was looking pretty impressive that night.
After hanging out for awhile I decided that it was time to walk back to my hotel and get some rest. The next morning I grabbed a cup of coffee at Pour Cleveland (really good and right across from the Holiday Inn Express!) and Charity picked me up along with her husband and brand new baby, Max, so I could squeeze a few more drops out of Cleveland on Sunday morning. We grabbed a quick breakfast at Luna Bakery & Café. I had a delicious crepe, but Charity’s Nest Egg left me with order envy – it was basically a grilled cheese with a sunny egg in the middle, kind of amazing, right?!
From there we drove over to our last stop, the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum was recently renovated and is absolutely beautiful. We didn’t stay long because I had to drive back to Chicago, but I loved what I saw. Even if you’re not an art lover you will love the space, plus admission is FREE! I couldn’t even believe it. This is definitely an area that deserves it’s fair share of exploration in Cleveland.
My trip to Cleveland was short but very sweet and I was sad for it to come to an end. I was so impressed with this city that I had never even considered visiting and I highly recommend a visit to everyone, especially if you’re as close as me in the Chicagoland area. Major thanks to Positively Cleveland for making this weekend happen and to Charity for making it so memorable! Cleveland does indeed Rock.
*My expenses during my time in Cleveland were paid for by Positively Cleveland. As always, all content on Lion + Maven comes from my own, unbiased thoughts and opinions.