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Airports:
  • CLE is about 15 minutes from downtown and 25-30 minutes from the Jewish community.  It's a focus city for Frontier, Spirit, and United.
  • The RTA (Rapid transit train) at Brookpark station has free parking and is just 1 train stop (3 minutes) to the stop inside the airport. The train costs $2.50 and the schedule is here: http://www.riderta.com/routes/redline/schedules/current#WestboundWeekday
    An uber from Brookpark station to CLE is about $10.
  • Uber between the Jewish community and CLE is about $30.
  • CLE off-site parking is about $9/day, on-site parking is $17-$22/day, and curbside valet parking is $35/day.
  • CAK is ~40 minutes from the Jewish community and located nearby the NFL Hall of Fame.
  • Uber between the Jewish community and CAK is about $45.
  • CAK parking is $7/day for long-term and $15-$18/day for short-term.
  • PIT is ~100 minutes from the Jewish community. It offers nonstop service to London, Montreal, and more.

Hotels:
  • There is a Hyatt Place in Legacy Village within walking distance of the Jewish community, though it's located just outside of the Eruv. It costs only 8K points/night.
  • There is a nice Hyatt Regency downtown for 12K points/night (25 minutes drive) in a unique vintage arcade building and an excellent spa that gives hotel guests 25% off and accepts SpaFinder certs from Costco that can be purchased for an additional 20% off.
  • The nicest hotel in Cleveland is like the Ritz-Carlton downtown. Marriott's Metropolitan at The 9 is also highly regarded, with a bar in an old vault. There is also a Hilton, Westin, and Kimpton downtown.

Transportation:
  • There is a subway/light rail connecting the airport with downtown, University Circle (where the Case campus and many museums are) and the Jewish community area, but renting a car is pretty much required unless you are just going between the airport and downtown.

Minyan times and locations:
  • https://www.localjewishnews.com/minyanim/
  • Walking distance in miles from Hyatt Place Legacy Village:
  • Cedar Sinai 0.5
  • JLC 1
  • Menorah Park: 1
  • Bais Dovid 1.1
  • JFX 1.1
  • Zemach Zedek East 1.3
  • Zichron Chaim 1.3
  • Heichal 1.3
  • Heights Jewish Center 1.4
  • Bais Avrohom 1.4
  • GRS 1.4
  • Young Israel 1.5
  • Chabad 1.5
  • Kollel 1.5
  • Aleksander 1.6
  • Beachwood Kehilla 1.6
  • ZAZ 1.7


CLE Metro Activities:
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Museums:
  • Great Lakes Science Center (Downtown)
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Downtown)
  • USS COD (Downtown)
  • International Women's Air & Space Museum (Downtown)
  • Baseball Heritage Museum (Midtown)
  • NFL Hall of Fame (Canton)
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame. (Akron)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the best in the nation and it's free (University Circle)
  • Children's Museum  (University Circle)
  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (University Circle)
  • Auto-Aviation museum has lots of vintage cars and more (University Circle)
  • Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (Beachwood)
  • Polka Hall of Fame (Downtown)

Amusement parks/Thrill rides/Game Rooms:
  • Cedar Point has been voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for 16 consecutive years. It has the best and several of the top 10 coasters in the world. (Sandusky, open May-October)
  • Chalet Tobogganing (November-March) on the west side.
  • Fun-n-stuff (Arcades, later tag, mini golf, rock climbing, roller skating, mini go karts for the little ones, regular go karts, bumper boats, batting cages, etc.)
  • Whirlyball is a spin-off of Basketball and LaCrosse played on bumper cars and is incredibly fun.
  • Dave & Busters is on the west side near Crocker Park.
  • African Safari Wildlife Park Sandusky
  • Kalahari Indoor Waterpark and Soak City outdoor waterpark in Sandusky.
  • Memphis Kiddie Park (Amusement park for kids)
  • Jumpyard for kids
  • Playground World for kids
  • Swings & Things
  • Make Believe (Parma)
  • Adrenaline Monkey
  • Play Cle

Beaches/Water Activities:
  • North Coast Harbor Marina has Jet skis for 100/hr and 60/half hr. Paddle boats, kayaks, and paddle boards are $25/hour or $15/half hr (Downtown).
  • Edgewater beach park
  • Mentor Headlands beach park
  • Geneva on the lake.
  • Jet Pack Water Adventures in Sandusky

Sports:
  • The Guardians, Cavs, and Browns provide major league sports entertainment in downtown Cleveland along with the minor league hockey Lake Erie Monsters.  Browns games are great with some of the best/craziest fans in the NFL and the Guardians have a glatt kosher hot dog stand.
  • There are minor league Indians teams in Akron and in Eastlake on the east side of Cleveland.

Other activities:
  • Shaker Lakes, duck feeding, nature center and paths
  • Holden Arboretum
  • Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Zoo and Rainforest (Free for CLE residents on Mondays)
  • Aquarium (Downtown)
  • JACK Casino, Smoke-free! (Downtown)
  • Cleveland Orchestra, one of the "Big Five" American orchestras (University Circle)
  • Playhouse Square, second largest theater complex in the United States with Broadway shows at a fraction of the cost on Broadway.
  • East 4th downtown pedestrian street district (bars/comedy shows/bowling/casino).
  • Lake Erie Islands/Put-in-Bay.
  • Chagrin Falls is a quaint village on the east side to walk around and you too can be chagrined by the falls. The village is the birthplace and setting of Calvin and Hobbes adventures: https://www.reddit.com/r/calvinandhobbes/comments/o2wszi/calvin_destroying_a_city_next_to_a_picture_of/
  • Outdoor Ice Skating. (University Circle)
  • Amish country.
  • Horseback Riding

Shopping:
  • Legacy Village is an outdoor mall in the Jewish community.
  • Pinecrest is a new outdoor mall and is a great place to walk around. Graeter's has Star-K parve sorbet and Star-D ice cream. Pinstripes has bocce and bowling and games are just $1 for the last hour of each day. Silverspot is an upscale movie theatre.
  • Beachwood Place is an indoor mall in the Jewish community.
  • Eton is a high-end strip-mall near the Jewish community.
  • Crocker Park is an excellent outdoor mall on the west-side of town. There is a Hyatt Place here as well.
  • West Side Market is a world-renown indoor food and produce market in Ohio City west of downtown (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)

Hiking/Nature:
  • Download Aaron's (fantastic) 2023 Guide to Cleveland by clicking here
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Train rides.
  • The "Emerald Necklace" is a chain of green Metroparks with great hiking that surrounds Cleveland.  October should be perfect to view the fall foliage.
  • Acacia reservation is in the jewish community.
  • Squire's Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.
  • Squaw Rock in South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks.

Nearby Cities:
  • Erie/Presque Isle Beach (1.5 hours)
  • Pittsburgh (2 hours)
  • Columbus (2 hours)
  • Detroit (2.5 hours)
  • Niagara Falls (3 hours)
  • Toronto (4.5 hours)
  • Chicago (6 hours)
  • Baltimore (6 hours)
  • NYC (7 hours)
  • Lakewood (8 hours)

Microbreweries:
  • Bottlehouse microbrewery
  • Great Lakes Brewpub and Brewery in Ohio City
  • Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City
  • Midnight Owl Brewing in Shaker Heights next to Mendel's BBQ
  • Crooked Pecker Brewing Company in Chagrin Falls
  • And many, many more.

Kosher Eateries:
http://www.clevelandkosher.org/establishments

Delivery is available on:
UberEats: Arova, Grand Coffee, Jade, Kantina, Mamilla, Mendel's
Doordash: Arova, Grand Coffee, Grove Pizza, Grove Sushi, Issi's, Jade, Le Chaim, Mamilla, Mendel's, Tibors
Grubhub : Arova, Grand Coffee, Kantina, Mamilla, Mendel's

Arova (South Euclid, 5/10 DD stars)
Good shnitzel, mediocre Shwarma and Falafel.

Jade (South Euclid):
Chinese and sushi under new ownership and chefs
https://www.jadechinesekitchen.com/

Kantina (Cleveland uptown/University Circle, 7/10 DD stars): Burger, Kantina Burger, Shnitzel, Shnitzel fried steak , Cookie Dough Shake, Buffalo chicken, Felafel, and Fries are all very inexpensive.
https://www.kantinakatering.com/new-page

Kinneret Pizza (Cleveland Heights 7/10 DD stars)
Very good plain pizza, order with extra sauce and well done. Avoid the toppings. 
Very good homemade onion rings and cauliflower. Good spicy fries and decent Eggplant Parmesan.  Delicious soft serve Ice Cream with 8 flavor choices.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kinneret-Kosher-Pizza-Restaurant/100882353290369

Grand Coffee (Cleveland Heights, Coffee and milkshakes 9/10 DD stars) sells excellent C"Y coffee, ice cream, and milkshakes, now located next to Grand Judaica.

Grove Market (South Euclid, pizza and sushi 8/10 DD stars)
Cleveland's first full scale kosher grocery and takeout complete with pizza, sushi, and much more.

Issi's Pizza (South Euclid, 6/10 DD stars)
The pizza is made in a conveyor belt oven. You'll either like it or hate it.  Try the felafel pizza with extra sauce and request it made well done.
http://issisplace.com/

Le Chaim (South Euclid, burgers, Israeli food, and Mexican food on some nights 7/10 DD stars)
Very good poppers, poppers hoagie, burgers, kebabs, and Israeli food.
Excellent Mexican food on select Tuesdays.

Mamilla (Downtown)
Newly opened in the Arcade/food court of the Hyatt Regency. Vegetarian menu of felafel, sabich, and soups.
Open weekdays from 10am-3pm.

Mendel's KC BBQ (Shaker Heights, 9/10 DD stars)
A game changer for Cleveland. Excellent BBQ that happens to be kosher.
Don't miss the burnt ends, back ribs, dino ribs, steak, KC burger, fries bowls, pastrami sandwich, smoked fried chicken sandwich, smash burger, or Pecan Pie!

Mendel's Deli and Dogs (Downtown, 9/10 DD stars)
Excellent food options at the Guardians baseball games, located behind section 156.

Milky Way/Bagel Shoppe (South Euclid 5/10 DD stars)
Pizza store, merged with Bagel Shoppe.
https://milkywaycle.com/

Ungers Bakery & Kosher Market (Cleveland Heights, donuts are 10/10 DD stars-the best parve kosher donuts in the world)
My favorites are the custard and cinnamon donuts. Others love the Miami and glazed donuts. Apple fritters are incredible.
Full kosher grocery store.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ungers-Kosher-Bakery-Food-Shop/115920261762129

Chocolate Emporium (South Euclid) has chocolates made on-site as well as other gifts.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ChocolateEmporiumCLE/about

Tibor's (Beachwood) has a deli with lots of prepared food and good spicy homemade salami and beef jerky.  They also carry bakery goods from Ungers. Shabbos takeout is available here as is a small grocery section.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tibors-Kosher-Meats/126208197434026

Boris' (University Heights) is another butcher/deli with small kosher grocery that also carries Pride of the Farm Ice Cream.
http://www.boriskosher.com/

Dave's (Cleveland Heights) is a grocery with a kosher section and C"Y milk.

Heinen's (University Heights) has a great kosher grocery section with packaged prepared meals. P"Y bagels also available in the bakery section.

Costco (Mayfield Heights) has a large kosher section.

Mitchell's Ice Cream (Beachwood and Ohio City, Considered some of the finest ice cream in the world. Cholov Stam under Quality Kosher, which is not a universally accepted hashgocha, so AYLOR).

Graeter's Ice Cream (Pinecrest, Parve and Cholov Stam. Ice creams are under the Star-K, but the actual store is not.).

Speedway (University Heights) Kosher certified slurpees.

Caterers include:
Davis
PKC

Cholov Stam certified establishments include:
Goldie’s Donuts and Bakery
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Nothing Bundt Cakes
NuBeigel
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #3480 on: September 30, 2020, 06:55:47 PM »
Thanks. Do you have another transportation idea for me besides a rental? (Group of 8)

I've rented in CLE with Hertz, pretty fast process. All in all it took about 30 minutes from landing until I was out of the gate, YMMV.

I used a chabad code for Hertz, had a Yukon for like $80.

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #3481 on: October 01, 2020, 01:46:54 AM »
@Dan, sukka party this year?
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« Reply #3482 on: October 05, 2020, 01:08:23 AM »
I booked the $34 sale for my whole family one day Chol Hamoed. Will be in Cleveland from 10:30AM to 4:00PM. Way home I have to take off an hour for the airport. (no luggage). My kids are ages 13-3. We will be a group of 8.

I was looking into the wiki. Based on ages and timing

I was thinking of doing 1 of the following:

African safari wildlife park
Zoo and Rainforest
Aquarium

Any of you that are familiar with the area, which one would you choose or would you choose anything altogether based on the ages of kids.

 Also, for transportation should I rent a minivan or use public or hire a driver. Think that renting will waste too much time for such a short trip.

Thanks for any help.

Also, are any of the 3 above near a public sukkah?

Rainforest is closed.

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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #3483 on: October 05, 2020, 10:59:20 PM »
Thanks. Do you have another transportation idea for me besides a rental? (Group of 8)

Would anyone have the address for the chabad? Is it on yhe way to the zoo?

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« Reply #3484 on: October 05, 2020, 11:00:12 PM »
Would anyone have the address for the chabad? Is it on yhe way to the zoo?
https://www.jewishwestside.com/
I'd suggest contacting them first.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #3485 on: October 08, 2020, 11:27:40 PM »
Westin Downtown Cleveland opens 05/15, will be a category 3.
Like most of downtown Cleveland, it's owned by Optima (Korf).
3rd SPG to open in CLE in the past year.

https://www.cleveland.com/realestate-news/2020/10/owners-of-westin-cleveland-downtown-already-mired-in-fbi-probe-face-mortgage-foreclosure-lawsuit.html

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« Reply #3486 on: October 19, 2020, 11:17:27 PM »
Anyone know of a good lawyer for tickets?
Got a ticket going normal speed in a school zone (when school was in session)
Something like 2 points and 250$.
Is it even worth fighting?

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« Reply #3487 on: October 20, 2020, 01:48:53 PM »
Any sit down restaurants open ? Meat preferred. Sorry if mentioned up thread

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« Reply #3488 on: October 20, 2020, 02:19:55 PM »
Any sit down restaurants open ? Meat preferred. Sorry if mentioned up thread
I think they're all open. See Wiki.
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« Reply #3489 on: October 21, 2020, 06:18:05 PM »
Anyone know of a good lawyer for tickets?
Got a ticket going normal speed in a school zone (when school was in session)
Something like 2 points and 250$.
Is it even worth fighting?
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« Reply #3491 on: October 21, 2020, 06:56:14 PM »
Can maybe try botnicklawfirm.com
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #3493 on: November 01, 2020, 06:22:44 PM »
are there home rentals (or 2) available for shabbos chanukah near a minyan?

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« Reply #3494 on: November 01, 2020, 06:23:20 PM »
are there home rentals (or 2) available for shabbos chanukah near a minyan?
I'm not aware of any. Best bet is the Hyatt Place.
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« Reply #3495 on: November 01, 2020, 06:29:28 PM »
I'm not aware of any. Best bet is the Hyatt Place.

hoping not to go hotel route where i would be renting out 8+ rooms for the long weekend and then have to rent out additional room for eating in.

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« Reply #3496 on: November 01, 2020, 07:42:36 PM »
are there home rentals (or 2) available for shabbos chanukah near a minyan?
are any of these near a minyan?

ETA: these three seem to be about a 20 min walk to Chabad and a 30 min to the rest of the shuls.
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« Reply #3497 on: November 01, 2020, 08:16:44 PM »
are any of these near a minyan?

ETA: these three seem to be about a 20 min walk to Chabad and a 30 min to the rest of the shuls.
Increase your life insurance first.

The address to aim for is 2479 S Green Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122.
Really doubt there's anything suitable within a 30 minute walk other than the Hyatt Place.
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Re: Cleveland Master Thread
« Reply #3498 on: November 01, 2020, 08:29:35 PM »
Increase your life insurance first.
Oh, I get it. I was just comparing the godaven map with the Vrbo map and google maps and it seemed like it would work. But I know nothing about the safety of the neighborhoods in cle, so I would trust you on that.
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« Reply #3499 on: November 01, 2020, 08:43:09 PM »
Oh, I get it. I was just comparing the godaven map with the Vrbo map and google maps and it seemed like it would work. But I know nothing about the safety of the neighborhoods in cle, so I would trust you on that.

thanks for trying.

honestly, Cleveland just happens to be located in convenient location for 20+ ppl to get together with easy access to catered shabbos food + minyan. can always do other cities in "midwest".

if cant find anything then may just fly but rather not.