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Touring the Madness: Cleveland, Ohio

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | March 24, 2015

Touring the Madness: Cleveland, Ohio

Ok, you made it!  Your team is off to the Sweet Sixteen and maybe the Elite Eight. You have booked into Cleveland, Ohio for the end of the week.  Here are some other activities that you can partake in while perusing some basketball.

West Side Market

Opening up in 1912, West Side Market has been selling everything from meats to produce to hard-to-find ethnic foods. More than 100 vendors peddle their wares here with some of the tenants even dating back to the opening.  Specializing in everything from flowers to pickles, they are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. They are closed Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Established in 1983, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 1986 and opened its doors to visitors in 1995. Check out memorabilia, permanent history and interactive exhibits and temporary exhibits as well. Of course, you can see the signatures of the inductees and check out who the most recent additions are.  Admission is $22 for adults and they are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

A Christmas Story House

This may be only my guilty pleasure, but I think this should be the number one attraction in Cleveland. Fully restored to exactly what it looked like in the movie, the house is right across from the A Christmas Story Museum. Tours of the house are available year round, seven days a week. Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop and take home a leg lamp for yourself.

Platform Beer Company

When Platform Beer Company opened they worried about competition. Worried about training them that is!  And they still do as part of their mission statement. They want to, “Brew tasty beers for sale in our tasting room and at your favorite bar and/or restaurant,” and “Create opportunity for those who wish to begin a career in the brewing industry.” Stop by and check out their brews and each of the six nights a week that they are open Platform teams up with local restaurants to bring you eats are well.

Sokolowski's University Inn

Sokolowski's University Inn opened in 1923 and is a city-wide favorite.  They proudly boast they are Cleveland's oldest family owned and operated restaurant. The menu here is definitely Eastern European and they have been visited by the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Michael Symon and about 150 people a day who will wait in a long line for pierogi. 

Rock and roll, beer, pierogi and A Christmas Story? Makes me excited enough to shoot my eye out!  Good luck to your team this week and have a great time where the heart of rock and roll is still beating.


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