Ohio City on a Saturday Afternoon

Ohio City is one of the hottest places to live, work and play in the City of Cleveland. A day out in the neighborhood lets you experience a mix of cultural, historical and recreation options in the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

Start your trip by packing up an empty cooler with ice on Saturday around noon and head for the West Side Market, located on the Ohio & Erie Canalway America’s Byway.

West Side Market, photo from WikiCommons

Explore the beautiful architecture of this 1912 building — located at the corner of W. 25th and Lorain Ave. — while you savor the busy sights and sounds of Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market.

A host of ethnic foods, fresh baked goods and locally grown produce are all available for purchase.

West Side Market, phot0 from WikiCommons

Just up the street from the West Side Market is the Ohio City Farm, one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the United States. The farm offers great views of the Cleveland skyline, while boosting the local food economy and educating the community about the importance of a complete food system.

Ohio City Farm Stand

Once you have stocked up on groceries, wander across W. 25th St. to Great Lakes Brewing Company on Market Avenue. They’ve revived a German brewing tradition that was very much alive in our city of Cleveland before prohibition.

Great Lakes Brewery, photo from Greatlakesbrewing.com

A free Public Brewery Tour starts at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, so join one and check out the brewing process while learning about the history of the site and the sustainable practices employed by this socially responsible company.

Ohio City has an evolving brewery district, and newer entries such as Market Garden Brewery, Nano Brew and Hansa Brewery are all great options for the discerning consumer.

Market Garden Brewery, photo from Marketgardenbrewery.com

When you are ready to soak up some culture, head over to the nearby Transformer Station, a contemporary art and cultural facility in a historic building.

The Transformer Station, photo from Transformerstation.org

The Transformer Station has a strong relationship with the Cleveland Museum of Art and partners with them to present programming such as Ohio City Stages, which features acclaimed global music artists on a neighborhood stage.

Debo Band at Ohio City Stages, photo by Ken Schneider

Ohio City is within the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, which was designated by Congress to help preserve and celebrate the rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites that grew up along the first 110 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Mural in Ohio City, photo by Ken Schneider

View more Canalway Samplers on the Ohio & Erie Canalway website

Ohio City Incorporated (OCI) is the community development corporation responsible for preserving, promoting and developing the Ohio City neighborhood. The work of OCI is aimed at making Ohio City a vibrant and livable community.

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The Ohio & Erie Canalway is a National Heritage Area that preserves and celebrates the first 110 miles of the canal that helped Ohio & our country grow.