Cleveland's Tower City Center

The main concourse: The Avenue at Tower City Center
The main concourse: The Avenue at Tower City Center

A mixed-use development that rivals in complexity and features such great urban assets as Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Station, Tower City Center is the hub of downtown Cleveland.

Tower City Center is anchored by Cleveland’s historic landmark of 1922-1930, the 52-story Terminal Tower office building that rises from its core. (See my related article on Cleveland’s Terminal Tower). But Tower City Center is far greater in expanse and function. The lower levels of the complex house the rail hub of the Regional Transit Authority’s rapid rail transit system, which includes a direct link to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and lines heading east, southeast and southwest. The Avenue at Tower City (pictured above) is a grand public concourse housing a shopping mall of over 110 retail tenants, a food court, multiple restaurants, a parking garage, an ornate historic public lobby onto Public Square, and a soaring atrium with ornamental fountains and posh finishes.

Directly linked to this main concourse are several 11-story office buildings, both The Ritz-Carlton and the Renaissance Cleveland Hotels, a theater complex, additional parking, and a direct pedestrian link to the Gateway area that includes both the Quicken Loans Arena, Home of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field), Home of the Cleveland Indians. Also part of the complex is the Time Warner Amphitheater along the banks of the winding Cuyahoga River, an outdoor events venue.

Owned and operated by Forest City Enterprises, which is headquartered in the Terminal Tower, Tower City Center is a symbol of the City of Cleveland to residents and visitors alike. In recent years, the complex had been a contender for location of the proposed new Cleveland Convention Center. With the passage several years ago of a public referendum permitting the development of a limited number of casinos in Ohio, JACK Casino has been added to Tower City Center’s roster of varied facilities.

Find out more about this great destination at or at the website of its owner Forest City Enterprises at, or simply head on out to rickzworld the next time you're in Cleveland.

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Emmeaki 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

I remember running down the incline inside the entrance and the smell of popcorn in the Terminal Tower when I was 4 and 5 years old. I also remember cutting school to go to Tower City to shop as a teenager. I still love that building!

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rickzimmerman 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio Author

E: You'll love it even more by 2013 when Rock Ohio Ventures new multi-story casino is completed, perched high above the Cuyahoga River just outside the grand atrium of The Avenue shops of Tower City. The Tower's observation deck is also supposed to reopen soon, for great vistas of the city.

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Emmeaki 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

Sounds cool! I'll check out the observation deck next time I'm there. I remember it being closed the last time I tried. The view is great there!

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