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Food + Drink

5 Ways to Do Fried Chicken

We're all about these finger-licking good options.

Are the Flats Falling Flat?

With restaurants closing in the entertainment district, should we be concerned?

Check In: How Two of Downtown's Hotel Restaurants Rate

The Burnham and Parker's Downtown push beyond free continental breakfast and Cobb salads.

Gather Around: Zoma Ethiopian Restaurant is All About Sharing

The Cleveland Heights restaurant boasts a vegetarian-heavy cuisine and communal approach.

Hatfield's Goode Grub Brings Southern Charm to Kamm's Corners

Try the Hillbilly Philly and other Southern-inspired dishes.

These Are The Stacks You're Looking For

Dive into pancakes and more at Hale Farm and Village's Maple Sugar Festival.

Weekend Project: How to Make Homemade Doughnuts

Whether cake or yeast, we've got you've covered.

Welcome Back, West Point Market

The historic Akron market reopens with plenty of things to fill up your cart.

You So Fancy: A Lunchtime Fav Gets a Makeover

Coquette Patisserie puts a classy spin on the iconic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

In the CLE

1943: Police Raid A Porn Den

Jean’s Funny House was part toy store, part peep show.

Bust Out Your Best Irish Jig For St. Patrick's Day

Learn the moves to impress in three easy steps.

Drink This Now: Parnell's Pub's Fancy Irish Lad

This boozy combo of cola,vodka, Kahlua and Guinness is a delicious St. Patrick's Day cocktail.

Have A Pint Of St. Patrick's Day Inspiration

Get life lessons with this year's parade grand marshal and a few good reasons to pick up on old tradition.

Home Work

In order to make permanent change towards youth homelessness, we must continue to build a network of support for all the challenges ahead.

Homeward Bound

In September, a Cuyahoga County initiative embarked on a mission to house 100 homeless youth in 100 days. By answering the challenge, they built a foundation to help even more.

Let Us Make National Day of Unplugging Easier On You

Take a hike or see the art museum sans smartphone.

Matt Zone Makes the Big Time

The Cleveland City Councilman is the president of the National League of Cities this year.

Memory Games

Does our memory always serve us right?

Read Up: The Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank has Delivered More Than 350,000 Books

Co-founders Judy Payne and Judi Kovach want every low-income kid in Cuyahoga County to have their own books.

Self Image

While artist Derek Hess has always purged his emotions on paper, his struggle with mental illness has remained mostly hidden. Now he’s peeling back the layers by speaking out and hosting an arts, comedy and music festival to raise awareness.

Three Things We’d Like to See at the State of the City

The March 9 speech will mark a turning point in Mayor Frank Jackson’s career.

We Swear It's Almost Spring

Here's how to indulge your sense to celebrate the season.

What’s Happening With Cuyahoga Arts and Culture?

With proposed changes to the way individual artists are funded, the area’s arts community is on high alert.

Why It's Time to Rebalance City Government

With an election season on the horizon, we should rethink how Cleveland is governed.


Cuteness Alert: See These Adorable Pics of Dogs Eating Peanut Butter

Lakewood photographer Greg Murray releases a book filled with cuddly subjects.

How To Draw a Russian Nesting Doll

Artist Dinara Mirtalipova's instructional new book is full of fun creative activities.

Must-Read: Get Dan Chaon's New Book Now

The Oberlin College professor and National Book Award nominee’s newest novel, Ill Will, is a noir thriller set in Cleveland.

Pinpoint A New Hobby

Lake Metroparks’ annual quilt show teaches fresh techniques.

The Mystical World of Pandora Comes to The Q

Cirque du Soleil's new show Toruk: The First Flight will remind you why you loved Avatar.

Three Questions with Director Terrence Spivey

The Northeast Ohio theater veteran on his new gig, putting down roots and Tamir Rice.

What An Honor: A Festival Devoted to Playwright Mac Wellman

The Cleveland native talks to us about three plays to see.

At Home

Complete Your Home Decor Dreams

Finish your room off in style with one of these three accent pieces. 

Don't Fall For The Hype On Every Smart Home Product

With some help from a local pro, we help you figure out which gear is worth the cash.

Get Inside This Boxy, Modern Tremont Home

What was originally designed to be a Japanese-inspired bachelor pad has grown into a family home.

Home Decor How To: Statement Piece Logic

Discover the secrets to selecting the right statement piece and how to decorate around it. 

Home Lighting How To: Switch Up Your Illumination Design

Here are the right ways to use recessed lighting, floor lamps and chandeliers.

Light Up Your Life With These Fixtures

From clean and contemporary to cool and rustic, illuminate your home in style.

Now This Is How You Freshen Up An Older Home

This Shaker Heights colonial is a canvas for design that mixes history, flair and a bit of Paris.

The Case for August Smart Lock

Become the key master with total control over your front door.

The Case For LED Light Bulb

Now you can cut your electric bill without killing your wallet.

The Case For Shiplap

Chip and Joanna made it hot, but here's why it's really cool. 

This Bainbridge Home Seems To Rise Up From The Prairie

The contemporary ranch-style dwelling is designed to be one with the natural world.

This Catawba Island Summer Home Is A Coastal Stunner

The house blends a rustic lodge with a breezy seasside retreat.

Trick Out Your Home With All The Smart Gear

From a Nest Learning Thermostat to full-on automation, step up to a connected home.


O-H-I-O: This Medina Store Celebrates Our State Pride

Antiquation find ways to repurpose scrap woods and books in creative ways.

Save Face Thanks to Swell Skin Founder

Kelli Klus recommends her face oil and beauty bar for ageless skin.


Ask the Experts: Bill Cervenik

President of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School

Ask the Experts: Bob Shurtz

Director of STEMM at Hawken School

Ask the Experts: Eric Evans

Director of career development and experiential learning at Lake Erie College

Ask the Experts: Erica Merritt

Director of culture and strategy at Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Ask the Experts: Erin Mandalscino

Director of primary classroom at Ruffing Montessori School

Ask the Experts: Flo Brett

Founder of Effective Leadership Academy

Ask the Experts: Gregg Good

Head of school at Montessori High School

Ask the Experts: Jason Habig

Director of summer programming at Hathaway Brown School

Ask the Experts: Jerry Isaak-Shapiro

Head of school at Joseph & Florence Mandel Jewish Day School

Ask the Experts: Karen Miller

Interim provost and executive vice president at Cuyahoga Community College

Ask the Experts: Katherine Hatcher

Director of the lower school at Lake Ridge Academy

Ask the Experts: Kathryn Marshall

Pre-kindergarten co-lead teacher at Laurel School

Ask the Experts: Michele Kay

Learning enhancement coordinator at Gilmour Academy

Ask the Experts: Paul Dicorleto

Vice president of research at Kent State University

Ask the Experts: Thomas Polak

Counselor and philosophy professor at Grand River Academy

Ask the Experts: Tim Gorrell

College Advantage executive director

Ask the Experts: Tina Schneider

Executive director at Cleveland Montessori

Ask the Experts: Vanessa Diffenbacher

Associate head at Lawrence School

Ask the Experts: Whitney Zunic

Director of recruitment at Thiel College

Ask the Experts: William Jones

Director of physical education at University School Shaker Campus.

Should Your Child Take a Gap Year?

A purposeful pause between high school and college can mean great benefit and adventure.

The Benefits of Nature-based Learning

Early childhood programs with lesson plans like ‘over the river and through the woods’ provide a valuable foundation.