Tremont is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Cleveland, originally settled by a hodge-podge of ethnic groups who came to the city to find work in the nearby industrial flats. For this reason, Tremont is full of historic houses, churches, meeting halls and other structures that provided a home base for these workers.
Tremont also was one of the earliest of the Cleveland neighborhoods to undergo a revival after it fell on hard times from the 1960s to the 1980s (during which time residents fled to the suburbs and new freeways limited the neighborhood’s access to downtown and surrounding communities). Roughly a generation ago, artists began moving in—the beginning of a thriving colony of studios, galleries and coffee shops. The monthly Tremont ArtWalk—an event recently reborn as “Walkabout Tremont”—brought visitors to the neighborhood and restaurants followed. So did new residents, as modern townhouses were built next to century homes and loft apartments were carved out of former workspaces.
Some of the original galleries have left but many remain. These have been supplemented by other commercial enterprises—most notably a huge array of world-class food-service establishments. Nowadays, it’s all here, whether you’re looking for a casual or upscale meal, a cup of non-chain coffee, homemade ice cream, craft chocolates or a vintage cocktail. Professor Avenue is a veritable restaurant row. It also is the hub of the new Walkabout Tremont and the site of Taste of Tremont every July. And the biggest tourist destination is The Christmas Story House, from the cherished film (above).
Lincoln Park is the green center of the neighborhood, with a weekly farmers market in the summer, a month-long cultural arts program in August, and the Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival in September. Whether you’re looking for food, drink, art, shopping, culture or green space, you’ll find it in Tremont.
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