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Circle Connects


Make University Circle a part of your summer with Circle Connects, powered by PNC. Circle Connects features exciting online and interactive activities that are fun for the whole family.  

Read below for a full schedule of activities, or click here to download an event flyer! Be sure to check this page often for program updates.

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Circle Food Tour   Wade Oval Art   Shape Up   

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We are partnering with six of Greater University Circle’s restaurants and talented chefs on cooking demonstrations that you can try at home! 

So, how will this work? Each featured restaurant will create a food kit filled with the ingredients needed to follow the cooking demonstration recipe, plus special surprises for the kids at home. The kits can be purchased and picked up at the restaurant the week prior to the demonstration. Would you rather buy your own ingredients? No problem! An ingredients list will be provided the Friday prior to each demonstration.

All Circle Food Tour demonstrations will be shown on Facebook Live and YouTube. They are designed for beginning to intermediate-level participants.

Meal Kits are on sale now for all dates. Sales will close at 9:00 a.m. the Thursday prior to each cooking demonstration. If you'd like to purchase a kit after sales close, please contact the participating restaurant. You can purchase kits inidivually or in bulk. Meal kits will be available for pickup during business hours of the participating restaurant on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Final details will be shared after purchase. 

Chef Zack Bruell, L'Albatros


Sunday, July 12, 6:00 p.m.
Root Vegetable Risotto with Pulled Chicken
Serves two as an entrée or four as an appetizer 

Chef Seth Bromberg, Kantina

Watch Again   Family Learning Kit   Recipe

Sunday, July 26, 6:00 p.m.
Chimichurri Chicken Breast with Mediterranean Couscous
Serves four as an entrée
Kantina is an all kosher restaurant that follows the Judaism faith. This demonstration was pre-recorded prior to the start of Tish'a B'Av. The recipe was written by Chef Seth Bromberg and demonstrated by Kantina Restaurant Manager and Chef Nathan Helems.

Chef Brandon Chrostowski, Edwins Restaurant & Butcher Shop

watch again   Family Learning Kit   Recipe

Sunday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.
Mediterranean rubbed skirt steak with summer vegetables en papillote
Fresh nutcake for dessert 
Serves four as an entrée, nutcake will come prepared

Chef Tiwanna Williams, PearlFlower Catering

Watch again   Family Learning Kit   Recipe

Sunday, August 23, 6:00 p.m.
Cajun Shrimp and Grits
Creamy buttered stone ground grits with Cajun spiced shrimp, spicy andouille, peppers, and onions in a Cajun cream sauce garnished with cheese, bacon, and scallions
Serves four as an entrée

Pastry Chef Kevin Shlappal, The Coffee House at University Circle

watch AGAIN   Family Learning Kit   Recipe

Sunday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.
French Macarons yields two dozen
This meal kit will include all ingredients for the baking demonstration as well as a $25 gift card to The Coffee House and a 1 lb bag of coffee beans

Chef Doug Katz, Provenance

watch again   Family Learning Kits   Recipe     

Sunday, September 20, 6:00 p.m.

Grilled Peruvian Chicken aji sauce, cucumber, green onion
Basmati Rice annatto, sofrito, lentils
Mexican Spiced Brownie
Serves four as an entrée, rice and brownies will come already prepared

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We are teaming up with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) to work with neighbors and professional artists to create beautiful, large-scale art installations on Wade Oval. These installations will form an exhibit called Voices on View. The art will address timely themes such as immigration, racial injustice, education, and voting. Artwork will be installed in four parts over the course of seven weeks on August 7, August 21, September 4, and September 18.

Professional artists creating Voices on View include Augusto Bordelois and Angelica Pozo. Bordelois is a community teaching artist whose work includes the Shaker Heights Fire Department Centennial Mural, art installations in area schools, and many others. Pozo is best known as the mosaic artist behind Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Plaza, “The Winding Wall of Fairfax” at Quincy Park, and "Marketplace/Meetingplace: An Urban Memorial" in the Gateway District downtown.

Onsite educational signage will accompany each installation to encourage deeper understanding of the art and its subject matter. Click here to download the Voices on View family education packet.

Friday, August 7
Augusto Bordelois, "Building America's Future"

Friday, August 21
Angelica Pozo, "We Must Matter"

Friday, September 4
Augusto Bordelois, "Guarding Education"

Friday, September 18
Angelica Pozo, "VOTE"

Family Learning Kits

Includes chalk, activity books, school supplies, four disposable masks and more

We hope you’re inspired by the works of art! Add your own voice to the Voices on View exhibit by picking up a Learning Kit from University Circle Inc. Find a patch of sidewalk on Wade Oval and use the chalk in the kit to get creative! Each kit will include two packs of chalk, activity books, resources, and education enrichment materials, plus some bonus school supplies.

Pick up your kit from the University Circle Inc. Main Office during business hours or the Wade Oval Information Center on select Saturdays.

University Circle Inc. Pick Up
10831 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

  • Starting Thursday, September 4 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
  • Continues Monday through Friday while supplies last

Wade Oval Information Center Pick Up
Wade Oval Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

  • Saturday, September 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Shape Up in the Circle launched in April through a partnership with One to One Fitness at Case Western Reserve University. Shape Up in the Circle provides free, live-streamed workouts for people of all ages and fitness levels. Workouts are recorded at various locations throughout University Circle.

Each session offers a chance for a viewer to win a $25 gift card to great University Circle retail and food establishments.

Nineteen new workouts will be streamed July 15 through September 16 on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Get ready to get in great shape!

See the schedule


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Stay active and enjoy summer in the Circle by taking part in these outdoor activities on your own or with friends and family. 

Letters of Hope

We have teamed up with Never, Ever Give Up Cleveland to bring the “Big Yellow Mailbox” to University Circle. The mailbox, located on Wade Oval, collects completely anonymous stories and letters and shares them with the public.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project asks individuals to share letters that express gratitude, support, or encouragement. The letters aim to reach Clevelanders and people throughout the world who have been adversely affected by COVID-19 with messages of hope.

Write your letter at home and drop it off on Wade Oval. While you're at it, grab lunch nearby at one of your favorite restaurants in the Circle.

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uGo Walking and Biking Maps

University Circle boasts an extensive sidewalk and path network, as well as useful sign systems to help you find your way. Our suggested walking and biking loops will lead you through some of the most scenic parts of the neighborhood.

Walking Maps

1 MILE LOOP - Nord Family Greenway, East Bell Commons & Fine Arts Garden

1 MILE LOOP - Magnolia Wade Park Historic District & Wade Oval Park

Looking to take a walk at lunch? Grab lunch in Uptown and hit the pavement!

1 MILE LOOP - Euclid Ave, Mather Quad, Nash Walkway, E 115th Street & Uptown Alley

2 MILE LOOP - Euclid Ave, East Blvd, Wade Oval Park, Nash Walkway & E 115th Street

1 MILE LOOP - Euclid Ave, Mayfield Road & UH Campus

Biking Maps

Looking to get out and explore University Circle on two wheels? Check out our recommended bike loops.

4 MILES - Cleveland Cultural Gardens via Harrison Dillard and East Blvd

3 MILES - Harrison Dillard, Wade Oval, Nash Walkway and Euclid Ave

LAKE TO LAKES TRAIL - Shaker Lakes to Lake Erie 

HARRISON DILLARD BIKEWAY - University Circle to Lake Erie

EUCLID AVENUE BIKE LANES - Downtown to University Circle


Why do people like to live, work, and play in University Circle? Along with our partners, we have created CircleWalk, an interpretive self-guided experience that highlights and shares our stories.

Discover stories of innovation in science, the arts, and education. Learn about what has made University Circle the urban place it is today and see how our past and present are shaping the future. 

Use the mobile app and begin your personal tour today! 

CircleWalk App

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Don't miss these innovative programs led by UCI's partners throughout University Circle!

The Cleveland Orchestra

The Lullaby Project
The Cleveland Orchestra will hold digital learning sessions for families interested in the Lullaby Project. In the Lullaby Project, expecting and new parents work side-by-side with Cleveland Orchestra musicians and local music therapists to create, sing, and share a personal lullaby for their babies. The songs express their hopes and dreams for their child and communicate their love for their baby.

Each learning session will include:

  • Lullaby Project overview and demonstration
  • Resources for early-childhood development with a certified music therapist
  • Tips for incorporating music daily in to your family life

Learning sessions will be scheduled for August and September. Dates TBD. Learning sessions are open to all, regardless of parental status.

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Cleveland Botanical Garden

Holden Forests & Gardens’ True Nature Summer Series Virtual Classes
Cleveland Botanical Garden now offers its popular onsite classes virtually, taking cues from the natural world to encourage participants to take a moment to get to know some of the pollinators, native plants, songbirds and wild mushrooms in your own backyard! Northeast Ohio experts teach the courses, ranging from gardening and beekeeping to yoga and painting ,via convenient Zoom video conference technology. Don’t miss these chances to learn more about the magical natural world around you.

Find a Class

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Museum Mondays, Wildlife Wednesdays, Scientist Saturdays
Tune in at Noon every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday to these regularly scheduled programs to discover fun facts about all the things that happen at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Museum Mondays
Virtually tour the galleries with Museum educators.

Wildlife Wednesdays
Learn about Ohio's native species with Museum animal specialists.

Scientist Saturdays
Get the latest scoop on science and research.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Desktop Dialogues
Experience many different ways of telling the story of art. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at noon, curators, educators, community leaders, artists, and other select guests offer ways to look at artworks, special exhibitions, and museum-specific issues through new lenses. Participate in the live online discussion by making comments or asking questions.

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