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A block of rooms has been reserved for ALADN 2017 at:

 Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

127 Public Square, Cleveland OH 44114

(Driveway Entrance on 1360 West Mall Drive)


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When you plan your trip to Cleveland for ALADN, you should definitely plan to come over the weekend or stay an extra day to enjoy the many attractions that Cleveland has to offer, including some special events.  You will find that Cleveland is a transformed city that is on the move. Discover a city that is culturally rich, ethnically diverse, visually interesting, an epicure’s delight, and a fun place to walk around.  In the listings below, unless otherwise noted as being free, see the web sites for any admission charges.

View or Download our guide to Cleveland here or scroll for more information

Special Events

The Cleveland Indians will be out-of-town while ALADN is underway, but there are some other events on
Saturday, May 20, including:

  • Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland) The justifiably world famous Cleveland Orchestra performs in its Art Deco masterpiece of an auditorium, Severance Hall. The evening’s program features Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) and Pierre-Laurent Aimard (pianist) in: Haydn’s Symphony No. 39; Ligeti’s Piano Concerto; a newly commissioned work by Cheung, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 ("The Miracle"). Click here for tickets.
  • Great Lakes Theater (2067 East 14th Street, Cleveland) Forever Plaid Friday, May 19 @ 7:30 pm; Saturday, May 20 @ 7:30 pm. Click here for tickets.
  • Dobama Theater (2340 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights) Hand to God. Click here for more information, or here for tickets.
  • There are also a number of comedy clubs, jazz clubs, and other music venues for every taste. Listings of who will be appearing will become available closer to the date of the conference.


Downtown Cleveland (see map below)

Smithsonian Magazine marvels at Cleveland’s renewal, Fodor’s calls Cleveland a must-see, and Forbes touts the region as a “Great Escape,” saying “it’s happening, and you can’t miss this opportunity that puts you in the heart of this dynamic city.” Here are some of downtown’s walking-around highlights:

  • Public Square, a newly expanded and restored a park and recreational area in the middle of downtown. The Square includes 1894 the Soldier’s and Sailors Monument, which commemorates the Civil War, and that houses in its base a Memorial Room that you can visit. Also located in Public Square is the 52 story Terminal Tower, which was the second tallest building in the world when it opened in 1930. It has beautiful murals in the lobby, and a 42nd story observation deck from which you can see 30 miles in every direction. The Old Stone Church, a Romanesque Revivalist edifice dating from 1855, is also on the Square and worth a visit. All sites (except the observation deck) are free.
  • The Arcade (401 Euclid Ave, Cleveland) The first building in Cleveland and the ninth in the country to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. America’s first indoor shopping center, the Arcade is a Gilded-Age marvel from 1890 that has beautiful brass fixtures and expansive glass skylight. Free admission.
  • Food, Glorious Food! There are numerous restaurants throughout downtown, particularly a number cluster on 4th Street (including two by “Iron Chef” Michael Symon – Mabel’s BBQ and Lola – as well restaurants by other local celebrity chefs, Zach Bruell and Jonathan Sawyer). A few blocks down is Heinen’s Market (900 Euclid Avenue). In the converted lobby of the Cleveland Trust Company, this is new and unique urban market is in an exquisite setting, replete with a domed ceiling, stained glass, and restored murals. You can dine in, and there is a beer-and-wine bar on the second floor balcony.

Key tourist attractions in downtown Cleveland include:

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1100 E 9th St, Cleveland) The Rock Hall is not just a walking tour rock and roll’s extensive history, it is a fascinating social history of the country.. Exhibits are constantly changing, with the 2016 inductees as one of the current themes. In addition to the many regular exhibits, during ALADN there is also a special exhibit on  Mellencamp.
  • Cleveland Public Library (325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland) The Library, which opened in 1925, not only has some spectacular architecture and art, but also features special collections that include a large collection of chess sets, the largest collection in the world of books about chess, and a miniature book collection. Open daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; closed on Sundays.  Free admission.
  • Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum (1455 East Sixth Street, Cleveland) Note: only open Monday – Thursday from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Opened in 1923, this is one of the few Federal Reserve Banks open to the public. It has a free and hands-on museum includes computers to design your own dollar bill or see exhibits about the history of money, and its effects on societies and cultures. The building itself is worth the visit just to see the architecture. Don’t forget to pick up your free bag of shredded money. Tours of the bank vault, which was discontinued in use in 1997 but still ranks as the largest in the world, need to be scheduled in advance. Free admission.
  • Great Lakes Science Center (601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland) Includes NASA exhibits, an IMAX theater, and the William G. Mather steamship. The second floor is all hands-on exhibits. 

University Circle and Environs (see map below)

University Circle is packed with some of the most renowned institutions, from museums to world-class hospitals (such as the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals), and it is the home of Case Western Reserve University.

  • Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland) Business Insider magazine recently ranked the Cleveland Museum of Art the second best museum in the United States, topped only by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and ahead of Chicago’s Art Institute, Washington’s National Gallery of Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. At the Cleveland Museum, Rodin’s The Thinker greets you on the front steps, and you step into outstanding collections in medieval and renaissance art, Asian art, American art, decorative arts, and Impressionist and modern masterpieces. Be sure to see “Gallery One,” a unique technology-enabled exhibition space that is unlike any other in the world. During ALADN, the special exhibits include: Black in America: the Photography of Louis Draper and Leonard Freed; African Master Carvers: Known and Famous; Cutting Edge: Modern Prints from Atelier 17; Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s. The museum is free at all times, and is open until Tuesday-Thursday, and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and until 9 pm on Friday and Wednesday nights.
  • Cleveland Botanical Gardens (11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland) Fodor’s says “The tranquility, vibrancy, and soothing power of six permanent outdoor beds, including a Japanese "dry rock" garden and rose garden, are the mainstays of this sprawling urban horticultural oasis. Two rare ecosystems—a Madagascarian spiny desert and a Costa Rican cloud forest—await you within the confines of the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouse. The staff also reinvents several "living gardens" in odd years as part of the largest outdoor flower show in America, held in May.”
  • Lake View Cemetery (12316 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland). This is a cemetery unlike any other, and a beautiful and placid place to walk for hours. A massive monument to President James A. Garfield, and the graves of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller and John Hay are among the well-known individuals who are buried in the 285-acre cemetery. Of special note and worth a visit is the intimate Wade Chapel, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the few interiors left in the world that was completedly designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. “The Flight of Souls” is an awe-inspiring stained glass window in Tiffany’s “Favrile” style that employs opalescent, iridescent, and translucent pieces of glass.  There are also two mosaics constructed in the Tiffany Studios that are each 32 feet long and 8 feet high, and that symbolize the prophecy and the law of the Old Testament and the birth of Christianity. Free admission.
  • Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Founded in 1925, this 276 acre park located along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and the adjacent East Blvd. is a necklace of 31 nationality and ethnic group gardens that is unique not only to Cleveland, but in the country and the world. Honoring countries and groups that have all called Cleveland home, today the list of gardens includes Armenian, American, African-American, Azerbaijan, British, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Native American, Polish, Romanian, Rusin, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Syrian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese, as well as a garden for Peace of the Nations. On a beautiful spring day this is a lovely two mile path to walk (or to see on a rented bike). Free.
  • The Kelvin Smith Library (10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland) is the host and organizer the ALADN meeting. KSL is the hub of innovation, collaboration, research and scholarly activity at Case Western Reserve University. The library features the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, offering a rich array of technologically advanced hardware and software, including production and editing software for a variety of media, a one-button video recording studio and an equipment-lending counter. Free.
  • Dittrick Medical History Center (11000 Euclid Avenue in the Allen Memorial Medical Library, 3rd floor). Open Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00pm, and M-F from 9:00 am – 4:30, and until 7:00 pm on Wednesday). One of the major medical museums in the world, the museum includes collections on endoscopy, medical images, and contraception. The museum also has notable rare books, including the library of Nicolas Pol, Renaissance physician to the Holy Roman Emperor. Free.
  • Food!  A wide-range of options is nearby, from fine dining at restaurants such as L’Albatros, Michelson & Morley (on the Case Western Reserve University campus), Provenance (in the Cleveland Museum of Art), to casual, such as the array of restaurants throughout Little Italy (from mom-and-pop Mama Santa’s Pizza to bistro-style, such as Valerios and Mia Bella, to very high end at Michaelangelos). And after dinner, make sure to get a pastry at Prestis or Corbos, or go to the Uptown area on Euclid Avenue for some splendid Mitchell’s ice cream.  

Elsewhere in Cleveland

  • West Side Market (West 25th and Lorain, Cleveland). This 115-year old market located in the Ohio City neighborhood is a must-see visiting opportunity for all foodies. On a Saturday, the place is a beehive of activity where you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, fish, and fabulous dessert items. Walk around and take it in before indulging. A fun experience at great prices. The market is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No charge to enter the market, but we bet you will want to buy something to eat!
  • Cleveland Zoo (3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland).  Fodor’s says “This zoo cares for more than 3,000 animals living in naturalistic habitats—giraffes and zebras roam in the African Savanna, kangaroos hop around in the Australian children's area, and gray wolves and beavers dwell in Wolf Wilderness. Rain drenches two indoor acres of tropical Asia, Africa, and South America every 12 minutes in the RainForest. More than 300 reptiles and 10,000 plants live and are on display in the simulated environments, which are spread among three levels. An impressive waterfall spills from 25 feet above the "jungle's" floor.”
  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium (2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland). Located in the Flats section of Cleveland (about a 20 minute walk from the Marriott Hotel), this is a smaller but still significant aquarium, with a wide variety of fish species in well-designed spaces incorporated into an thoroughly renovated old building.
  • A Christmas Story House (3159 West 11th Street, Cleveland in the Tremont neighborhood). Yes, this is Raphie’s house as featured in the annual movie classic, A Christmas Story.  There is a guided tour that includes background information about where the scenes of the movie were filmed, but you can also spend extra time to explore on your own in case you want to soak in the beauty of the leg lamp. We triple dog dare you not to love the place. Just make sure to leave your Red Ryder BB gun at home; we wouldn’t want you to shoot your eye out! Open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


  Downtown Map

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University Circle Map 

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