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30 Myths That Define Cleveland

We explore — and attempt to bust — 30 myths, rumors and legends of The Land.

Food + Drink

5 Baklava Takes That Sweeten You Up

There's more than what meets the eye with these desserts from Aladdin's Eatery, Anatolia Cafe, Astoria Cafe & Market and more.

A Dish We Love: The Original Cheesesteak

The Original Steaks and Hoagies serves up a hearty hoagie.

Dagu Rice Noodle Turns Up The Heat

Each bowl of soup from the Payne Avenue restaurant is served at a boiling 300 degrees.

How To Cook With Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Christmas Ale doesn't have to be relegated to a one-time pint. Tap into a new holiday tradition with these four recipes.

Local Ingredients Elevate Element 41's Decadent Dishes

Paul Mendolera does best when rooting his Chardon restaurant in small-town culture and locally sourced ingredients.

Seafood Boils Bubble Up In Cleveland

 We pick our favorite sauces at The Boiler 65, The Sauce and Seafood Shake.

Spice Things Up With Hot Chicken Takeover

The Ohio-based company gets its first Northeast Ohio outpost. 

Three Peppermint Dishes To Indulge In This Season

Skip the milk and cookies, these desserts are a sweet deal.

In the CLE

1941: A Lost Revolutionary War Grave is Found

Two local notables found it at Erie Street Cemetery.

30 Myths That Define Cleveland

We explore — and attempt to bust — 30 myths, rumors and legends of The Land.

BigHearted Blooms Gives Flowers New Life

Owner Sue Buddenbaum repurposes wedding and event flowers into new bouquets for hospitals and nursing homes. 

CLE Myths: Al Capone's Tunnel

Did the mob boss use an underground tunnel to get to Little Italy? 

CLE Myths: Arcade Cleveland

The Arcade Cleveland is grand, but is it the first indoor shopping center in America?

CLE Myths: Babe Ruth's Home Run Ball

Ruth hit his 500th home run in Cleveland, but did a 12-year-old end up with it? 

CLE Myths: Baker Mayfield Handshake

Mayfield is prickly, but did he really snub the 49ers' Richard Sherman?

CLE Myths: Bill Belichick Fired

Did the Browns really fire one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time? 

CLE Myths: Cavs Victory Parade

We'll always be champs, but were there 1.3 million people at the parade? 

CLE Myths: Cleveland Indians Name Origins

Is the Tribe's name based on a former Cleveland Spiders player? 

CLE Myths: Cleveland Municipal Stadium's Olympic Bid

Was the lakefront home to the Browns and Tribe built to attract the 1932 Olympics?

CLE Myths: Dead Man's Curve

Is the terrifyingly named turn really that dangerous? 

CLE Myths: Dunham Tavern Museum

Is the 1824-built former home and tavern the oldest building in Cleveland?

CLE Myths: Eliot Ness Bullet Holes

Are the bullet holes in the bar at Great Lakes Brewing Co. from the law man?

CLE Myths: First Permanent Traffic Light

Turns out the history of traffic lights is a little tricky, but was the first one installed in Cleveland?

CLE Myths: Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks To The Tribe

Could the Cleveland Indians have had all three legendary players?

CLE Myths: Haunted Franklin Castle

We've all heard the stories, but is Franklin Castle's hauntings the result of foul play? 

CLE Myths: Lake Effect Snow

Is geography and Lake Erie all to blame for the East Side getting more snow? 

CLE Myths: Lake Erie Monster

There have been many claimed South Bay Bessie sightings, but does the monster really exist?

CLE Myths: Ohio Bell Building Inspired Superman

Was the building (now the AT&T building) the inspiration for Superman's Daily Planet?

CLE Myths: Ohio City Was Its Own City

Does our East/West divide go back to the fact that Ohio City was once it's own city?

CLE Myths: Ohio's Natural Lakes

Does Ohio really only have man-made lakes? 

CLE Myths: Our Favorite Spooky Urban Legends

From Kirtland's Melon Heads to West Side Market hauntings, we love a good creepy story.

CLE Myths: Polish Boy Origins

Did Hot Sauce Williams invent the almost exclusively Cleveland sandwich?

CLE Myths: Sam Sheppard The Fugitive

Did the Bay Village doctor inspire the Fugitive TV show?

CLE Myths: Suburbanized Cleveland

Is Cleveland really as suburban as we think?

CLE Myths: Sweetest Day's Origins

We love American Greetings, but did they create the October holiday?

CLE Myths: The "A" In Cleaveland

We've all heard the masthead theory, but when did we really become Cleveland?

CLE Myths: Walking Across Lake Erie

Did Dave Voelker really walk across a frozen Lake Erie in 1978?

Cleveland's 2019 Was Really Something

Two editors fire off takes on some of the buzziest stories from the last year.

CourtConnect Helps Users With Confusing Court Systems

Spearheaded by a Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court judge, the phone app lets users pay child support and more. 

Editor's Note: Holiday Beer, Buys And Bites

Editor Kim Schneider writes about how our December issue gets you in the holiday spirit. 

Kalin Bennett Is Defying The Odds

The Kent State basketball player hopes his story is an inspiration to others with autism.

Ohio Cities Fight Firefighters Over Cancer Benefits

The Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act gives firefighters access to workers' compensation in cancer cases. But cities are contesting first-responders' claims. Euclid firefighter Dave Rowell and others are fighting back.

Remembering Nikki Delamotte

A close friend remembers the beloved local reporter, who died last year. 

Why Isn't Cleveland Embracing Its Comics Heritage?

Superman was born here, yet many Clevelanders still don't know it. 


Andy Borowitz Laughs Through Dark Times

The Cleveland native hits the stage at State Theatre Dec. 7.

Belonging Books Prints Inclusive Love Stories

This romance novel publisher fills a hole in the literature landscape by publishing romance novels about people of color and more. 

Canton Art Exhibit Explores Motherhood's Many Faces

Crowns: Crossing Into Motherhood at Canton Museum of Art explores the intersection between mother and artist.

Heart Attack Man's DIY Spirit Draws A Crowd

The West Side emo punks pair serious chops with a jokester online persona.

Indre's Akron-Made Music Video Has Us Smashing Replay

We break down the behind-the-scenes details on the Akron songwriter's winning "Nostalgic Candy" clip.

Kaws To Shepard Fairey, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse's Art Rocks

There's a lot of shiny new things at the revamped arena, but these new art works are making us stop and stare.

Outlandish Press: Three Zines We Love

The zine company, out of a studio/event space on Madison Avenue in the Cudell neighborhood, believes, like us, that print is still good. 

At Home

4 Insta-Worthy Gift Wrapping Tricks

Put that old newspaper down and follow these step-by-step guides from local shops to get creative with your gift-wrapping.

Updating A 1910s Gates Mills Home

Featuring a more functional kitchen and living room, this Walker and Weeks home still has historic details.


Karen Bender Crafts Whimiscal String Art

The creator behind High Strung talks handmade string art, Southwest vibes and dream catchers.

Travel & Outdoors

Embrace the Holidays At These Christmas Events

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Nightmare Before Christmas and Ma & Pa's Gift Shop are Hallmark-worthy holiday experiences.

Find The Perfect Cleveland Volunteer Option For You

From foodies to musicians to sports fanatics, we've got a volunteer opportunity that will make the season of giving last all year long.

Lace Up Your Skates At These Four Outdoor Ice Rinks In Northeast Ohio

Bundle up and head to Crocker Park, Public Square, Wade Oval and Cuyahoga Falls. 

Light Up Your Life With These Three Tree Lighting Ceremonies

The holiday season is just beginning.

Three Holiday Productions With A Twist

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker, Xmas Cuento Remix and A Die Hard Musical Parody are quirky takes on the classic holiday.

Tips For Throwing Your New Year's Eve Bash

Go big and stay home -- you've earned it this year.