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My Favorite Things About Cleveland by Pam Kozelka

Over the summer, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the CMI/CMWorld team on what they love most about Cleveland, and offer you some thoughts on what you should visit while you are here.

This week’s post is written by Pam Kozelka, CMI’s Vice President of Operations.

Traveling to a new city can be so fun, but it can certainly be a little nerve-racking too.  In 2011, the first year for Content Marketing World, over half the attendees had never been to Cleveland before.  We knew it was important to help those attendees find fun things to do with any free time they had, and with so much happening in our beautiful city, it is important for us to share new ideas each year.

Like Cathy, I am born and raised in the Cleveland area and there are so many things I love.  It is exciting for me to share those things with the 2,500 friends coming to Cleveland this September! 

Part of my love for Cleveland is that we have big city stuff (3 major sports teams, a huge theatre district) without big city traffic. 

VTRVelvet Tango Room

One of my favorite places to go to impress a friend or colleague is the Velvet Tango Room (known to the locals at VTR). This is no bar. This is a true old fashioned speakeasy where drinks are made from scratch and served the way they should be.  Now that drink will cost you (on average around $15) but the experience, the detail and the environment are worth every cent.

Pickwick & Frolic

If you are looking for dinner and a show be sure to check out Pickwick and Frolic.  You may even meet Nick Kostis the owner, also known as the Mayor of E. 4th, the area where the restaurant is located.  This is a very easy walk from any of the #CMWorld host hotels. It also has a beautiful Martini bar and a Champagne bar!

Music Box Supper Club

If comedy is not your thing you may want to try the brand new Music Box Supper Club.  It is located near the water, a nice walk from most of the host hotels for the event. The band X-4 Nights, 4 Albums will be playing the week of CMWorld! See the concert schedule here.

The Bike Rack

If you do want to rent a bike to check out the town The Bike Rack is only $5 per hour or $20 per day.  Great deal! 

Enjoy your visit and let me know how I can help make it the best experience ever!

Find out more about Content Marketing World on our website. Registration is now open! Use CMITEAM for $100 off your registration! 


  1. By far, my favorite thing in the city is Cleveland Public Library. You can read the long story here — — but the short story is this: CPL is the third largest research library in the USA and an incredible treat for anyone who loves books, photography, maps, architecture, chess, history and more. While in Cleveland, be sure to poke your head in and look around.

    • Cathy McPhillips says:

      Cleveland Public Library is a FANTASTIC place to add to any Cleveland list!! And it’s so close to all of the CMWorld hotels. I take the kids there on a semi-regular basis, and I love just walking around in there and getting lost in the books. Thanks for adding that one, Jonathan!

      • And we haven’t even scratched the details, like the amazing southwest-themed tiled circulation desk in the new wing…the sculpture in the turret rooms and in the garden between the two buildings…the garden itself, a wonderful vest pocket park with a fountain and chairs…and so on and so on.

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