We know how we’re supposed to talk to our visitors. Focus on what’s brand new and shiny. Steer you to the five things that people tend to come to see. Package our neighborhood in an easily digestible little packet.
But to be honest, this isn’t the typical destination. This is North Shore Collinwood. The joy of visiting here isn’t the packaged experience. It’s the unexpected. The authentic. The quirky. The joy of discovering a neighborhood where hard work and creativity are building a new model of urban living … But not at the expense of forgetting our incredible past.
You should definitely come for the indie music scene, the region’s best locally-sourced food and the happy contemplation of looking out from the shores of Lake Erie.
But the real joy will be in sitting down in an unexpected place and striking up a conversation with the police officer, the welder and the curator next to you. This is the real urban experience. This is North Shore Collinwood.
Ready to escape the neat, little tourism package? We’re here to help.
Collinwood believes in … TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY BLIGHT INTO COMMUNITY BENEFIT
Others saw a failing social hall. Collinwood saw the home of one of the country’s top indie music venues. Others saw an eyesore, vacant big box store. Collinwood saw the site of the city’s most popular – and first LEED certified – recreation center. Others saw vacant brownstones that needed demolition. Collinwood saw the launching pad for the region’s very first renter equity program.
Time and time again, our community has demonstrated that blight doesn’t have to stay blight. With a little imagination and a lot of hard work, we can transform spaces that others might write off entirely into new neighborhood assets – places where residents, workers and visitors can all come together to engage in community-building activities.
And now we’re about to tackle one of our most transformative revitalization projects to date – the redevelopment of the long-vacant LaSalle Theater into the LaSalle Arts and Media Center. It’s a bold, multi-million dollar investment in a distressed but beautiful 1927 architectural gem is going to pay off big. When complete, the facility will house three new storefronts; a high-tech, multi-use community room and theater space; and six of the most unique apartments in all of Cleveland.
We just celebrated our groundbreaking, but it’s certainly not too late to get involved in this exciting project. Click here to learn more.
It’s pretty rare that a community is both off the beaten path and super-easy to reach. But then again, North Shore Collinwood is a pretty rare community. Need a little peace and quiet? Settle in along three miles of beachfront parks, explore nature along Euclid Creek or spread out a blanket at one of the city’s biggest parks. Want a little more urban excitement? Stroll through block after block of historic, turn-of-the-century homes. Need to turn up the volume? Visit one of our bustling main streets, teeming with independent shops, natural landscaping and one of the Midwest’s most daring collections of public art
Whatever you’re craving in an urban getaway, we’ve got you covered. And whether you’re arriving by car, bus or your own pedal power, getting here is a breeze.
By car: Despite the small town feel in North Shore Collinwood, we’ve got big city connections. We’re situated just to the north of Interstate 90. Heading eastbound (from downtown Cleveland or University Circle, for instance), you’re just minutes from the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District, using either the East 140th / East 152nd Exit (Exit 180) or the East 156th Exit (Exit 181), and the East 185th corridor is equally easy; just use the East 185th / East 200th exit (Exit 182). Coming from the west – from the wineries of Lake County, for instance? We’ve got easy access for you, too. To hit up the East 185th corridor, once again, just use the East 185th / East 200th exit (Exit 182). And for Waterloo, get off on the East 156th Exit (exit 181), turn right at the stop sign, and you’ll be right in the heart of the district. It’s just that easy.
By public transit: For those that want to ditch the car in favor of public transit, we’ve got a slew of options for you, connecting you everywhere from downtown Cleveland to University Circle to the eastern suburbs.
The #30, East 140 – Lakeshore (Weekday and Weekend Service). A reliable option for those looking to get to North Shore Collinwood from South Collinwood, East Cleveland or University Circle. The route runs from the Stokes-Windermere train station up through the western part of North Shore Collinwood before winding down Lakeshore Boulevard toward the city of Euclid.
The #34 East 200 – Green (Weekday Service). A solid option for those looking to get to or from Euclid Hospital, with a route that connects visitors to several eastern suburbs – and to Green Line trains.
The #37 East 185 – Taylor (Weekday and Weekend Service). This route is all about Cleveland train routes, with service between Cleveland Heights and the 185th Street corridor to – and connections to the Red Line, Green Line and Blue Line along the way.
The #39, Lakeshore (Weekday Service). Fast and frequent service between downtown, North Shore Collinwood and on to Willowick. As a bonus, you’ll get to see the lakefront and the mansions of Bratenahl along the way. It’s also gives you easy access to Waterloo, lakefront parks and the East 185th corridor.
The #39F (Peak Hours, Weekday Service). An even faster version of the #39 route. You’ll miss out on Bratenahl and Waterloo, but if you’re trying to get to the East 185th corridor in a jiffy, this is probably the route for you.
The #94, East 260 – Richmond (Weekday Service). A route that connects North Shore Collinwood to premiere shopping in the eastern suburbs. The route runs between Highland Hills and Euclid Hospital in North Shore Collinwood, with stops at Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus, Beachwood Place, Legacy Village and Richmond Town Square.
By Bike: Shrink your waist and carbon footprint even more by ditching motors for pedal power. Cyclists will find a range of options for biking to and from North Shore Collinwood – including the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway. This 17-mile route runs the length of our neighborhood and on to Bratenahl, Glenville, St. Clair Superior, downtown, Ohio City, Detroit-Shoreway, all the way to the Gold Coast … with spectacular Lake Erie views throughout. For information about this and other Cleveland bike routes, check out this slew of cyclist resources from the Cleveland City Planning Commission.
Looking for Northeast Shores?: Our office is located at East 317 East 156th Street, just a few blocks north of Waterloo and a few blocks south of Lakeshore. To visit us by car, use the directions above to the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District. To reach us by bus, check out the #30, #37 or #39 routes above. And to reach us by bike, consider using the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway.