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Content Marketing World: What Is There to Do in Cleveland? [Infographic]

The content marketing world is buzzing with excitement as the annual Content Marketing World quickly approaches. We here at Curata are just as excited as everyone else about the event.  So much so that we have put together a map (not to scale) of Cleveland highlighting the official Content Marketing World events, as well as a selection of restaurants, attractions and stores to visit.


Cleveland, known to many people as the “comeback city”, offers its guests a plethora of options from restaurants to attractions to retail.  Below you’ll find a brief description of many of the things to do during your visit to Cleveland, including its popular (and lesser known yet worthwhile) destinations.

Did we miss any of your favorite spots? Let us know in the comments below.

Official CMW Events

Content Marketing World

Cleveland Convention Center

The main event features hundreds of speakers, sessions and booths showing off the latest technologies in content marketing.

Be on the lookout for these cool giveaways from a few of this year’s sponsors:

Atomic Reach –Atomic Reach swag and the opportunity for attendees to learn their “Atomic Score”.

DemandBase – Chocolate bars, USB wall chargers and cotton candy.

NetProspex – A chance to win a pair of Google Glasses.

TrackMaven – TrackMaven’s booth will be Corgi-themed (yes! the dog) — they will be giving away Corgi swag such as sticker seats and Corgi t-shirts.

Curata –See Curata in action at their Demo Zone and receive a free  signed copy of Pam Didner’s book, Global Content Marketing (Sign up for a time slot today).


In addition to the main conference, there will be events around town:

#CLE Pub Crawl
Ohio City Neighborhood
Monday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Kick off the conference with exclusive access to some of the hottest bars in the Ohio City neighborhood by attending a pub crawl sponsored by Skyword.

Jacobs Pavilion
Tuesday, Sept 9 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Unwind after the first full day of the conference with a concert featuring Cleveland-based Welshley Arms and 1964 the Tribute, dubbed the best Beatles cover band by Rolling Stone. (Sponsored by CrowdContent). Hungry for a late-night snack? There will be more than a dozen food trucks parked by the Pavilion.

ContentFest After Party
Shooter’s on the Water
Tuesday Sept. 9 from 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Keep the night alive at Shooter’s on the Water with food and networking, sponsored by SAP.

What to Visit 

Steamship William G. Mather Maritime Museum – Embark on a self-guided tour of this retired ship that was once used to transport ore, coal, stone and grain to ports throughout the Great Lakes.

USS Cod Submarine MemorialStop by and explore this navy vessel that was first launched during World War II.

Great Lakes Science Center – Make good use of your time by spending a free afternoon to check out some of the educational exhibits or catch a movie at the OmniMax.

Progressive Field – The Cleveland Indians will be playing at home all week. Check out their schedule here.

Rock and Roll Hall of FameIf you have any spare time this week, don’t miss the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and use this discount code that CMI provided for $4 off adult ticket prices.

FirstEnergy Stadium – You can’t miss this stadium that’s host to the Cleveland Browns home games and other college games.

What to Buy

West Side MarketSwing by the market for fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and much more from over 100 vendors at Cleveland’s oldest marketplace. Here are some cool vendors to visit:

  • Crepes Deluxe – Home of authentic, Parisian style crepes.
  • Paradise FlowersWant to congratulate a CMW speaker? Grab them a bouquet of flowers at this full-service florist.
  • The Cheese ShopChoose from over 175 traditional and rare cheeses at this shop that encourages sampling before purchasing!

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Gift Shop: – Stop in the gift store to get rock and roll gear such as these two items:

Great Lakes Science Center: The Science Store: Embrace your inner nerd and buy Kinetic Sand — watch it float and be amazed.

5th Street ArcadesA one-stop destination for shopping in downtown Cleveland. Spend a few hours browsing the shops and restaurants or visit some of our favorites:

  • Chocolate76 Want to satisfy your sweet tooth or bring back a treat to the office? Check out Chocolate76 for homemade desserts and chocolates such as pecan turtles and chocolate-covered oreos.
  • Kernels by ChrissieIf you’re looking for something salty, grab a tin of regional, gourmet popcorn.
  • Colossal Cupcakes Over 50 cupcake flavors and the first-ever cupcake milkshake.

Big Fun Toy StoreThis toy store was recently named one of the “coolest stores in America” by Playboy and is a 15-minute drive from downtown Cleveland. If you have a rental car, be sure to check it out.

Where to Eat

Blue Pointe GrilleThis restaurant is a 5-minute walk from the Cleveland Convention Center and features a wide range of seafood in addition to traditional fare. A Zagat survey named this “Cleveland’s most popular restaurant.”

MallorcaJust a 15-minute walk from the convention center, this restaurant offers a taste of Spain and Portugal in the middle of downtown Cleveland.

The Greenhouse TavernA hidden gem that provides a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options. Curata is hosting a dinner here on Wednesday Sept. 10 (Contact Michael Gerard if you are interested in attending!)

Melt Bar & GrilledIn the mood for a grilled cheese? Make it gourmet at this hotspot. 

Lola BistroPeter Loibl of CMI says this is his favorite restaurant in all of Cleveland. It’s also the flagship restaurant of celebrity chef Michael Symon.

Little ItalyThere are over 20 Italian restaurants to choose from and several fine art galleries to peruse.

Who To See

BONUS: Can you find these Content Marketing World Speakers in the map above ?

Kevin Spacey, Actor

Joe Pulizzi, CMI

Pawan Deshpande, Curata

Ann Handley, MarketingProfs

Julie Fletcher, Kraft Foods

Andrew Davis, Author

Jay Baer, Author

Brian Clark, CopyBlogger

Heidi Cohen, Actionable Marketing Guide

Pam Didner, Author

Jonathan Colman, Facebook

Gini Dietrich, Author

Gurdeep Dhillon, SAP

Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler

Jeff Charney, The Progressive Corporation

Scott Scratten, Author

Lee Odden, TopRank Online Marketing

Jason Miller, LinkedIn

Marcus Sheridan, The Sales Lion

Rebecca Lieb, Altimeter

Katrina Craigwell, General Electric

If you are attending Content Marketing World, stop by Curata’s booth (#61). We’d  love to meet you!

Pawan Deshpande

Pawan Deshpande is the founder and CEO of Curata, a Boston-based company offering content marketing software used by thousands of marketers around the world. He spearheaded the first-ever panel at SxSW on Content Marketing in 2011, and was a 2014 Finalist for MarketingProfs B2B Marketer of the Year. Pawan was an engineer at Microsoft and Google where he was awarded patents in social networking and machine learning. He previously attended MIT where his graduate thesis won top departmental and international awards.

Pawan is also a blogger for The Huffington Post, the Content Marketing Institute,, Forbes, Marketing Profs, and other technology and marketing publications.

  • Gina Hobbs

    Everyone always forgets PlayhouseSquare, the 2nd largest theatre district in the country, 2nd to Lincoln Center! They do about 8,000 performances each year. It’s also the largest theatre restoration in the world. It now has the largest OUTDOOR chandelier in the world. PlayhouseSquare is breathtakingly beautiful and definitely with seeing!

  • Michael Gerard

    Very cool. Thanks for the recommendation Gina. I see at least 3 things to take advantage of at PlayhouseSquare during the week of Content Marketing World:

    1. The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Monday night, 6-8 pm. (free)
    2. A free guided walking tour of the PlayhouseSquare District Tuesday night, 6 pm.
    3. Live entertainment and farm fresh food on Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00 pm.

    Here’s a link to their calendar and more info:

  • DuncanMcDougal

    If you like to test you luck…there is the Horseshoe Casino, which is located in the old Higbee Building – where scenes from “A Christmas Story” were shot.


  • Cool post. Thanks for being our guide 🙂

  • Peter Loibl

    Love this! Thanks for the shout out too (and yes, this New Yorker does indeed LOVE Lola) … great stuff!

  • Lily154

    Love Cleveland and love the infographic!

  • marylees

    Oh wow…there is so much missing here that I don’t know where to start! Check out my Cleveland Pinterest board here for interesting articles on Cleveland and other things to do:

  • Jeff Ryznar

    How did you miss putting Quicken Loans Arena on here?

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  • Deepika Mishra

    ting World:

    1. The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Monday night, 6-8 pm. (free)
    2. A free guided walking tour of the PlayhouseSquare District Tuesday night, 6 pm
    They do about 8,000 performances each year. It’s also the largest theatre restoration in the world.

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