Cleveland International Piano Competition and Institute for Young Artists

In the Neighborhood – University Circle

The Cleveland Institute of Music is located in University Circle, adjacent to the Case Western Reserve University campus. University Circle, Northeast Ohio’s cultural center, was named one of America’s prettiest neighborhoods by Forbes Magazine. At the heart of University Circle is the Uptown District, recently called the “new downtown” by The New York Times; the area is home to dozens of restaurants, shops, live music venues and more. We are proud to be part of this amazing community focused on the arts, education and enrichment.

CIM is walking distance from Severance Hall, home to The Cleveland Orchestra. Our campus is also a quick walk to The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Western Reserve Historical Society, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Explore some of the area’s cultural treasures below.

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Severance Music Center

Severance Music Center, home to The Cleveland Orchestra, is a short walk from our campus. CIM orchestra students regularly perform in the world-class performance space and all students can attend Cleveland Orchestra concerts for free all year.

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Cleveland Museum of Art

Boasting a collection of more than 30,000 works of art spanning more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, the Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the world’s top museums. And admission is free.

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Uptown District

In the Uptown District you’ll find the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA); the Happy Dog, a favorite CIM hot dog joint that often features live classical music; the Corner Alley, a 17-lane bowling alley with outdoor fire pits and TVs; plus many more shops and restaurants.

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Little Italy

The brick paved streets of Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood are minutes away from CIM. Dozens of Italian restaurants, eateries, bakeries and artisan food shops line the streets in this culture-rich neighborhood founded in the mid 1800s.

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