First-Year Adventure Guide 2020

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First-Year Adventure Guide 2020

Our list of fun, healthy, pandemic friendly things to do at CWRU

By Emma Wyckoff ’21

Case is a way different experience this year, what with remote classes, Covid closings and camp chairs suddenly a dining essential. But you’re still at college and in University Circle, one of the most culturally rich square miles in America. Despite pandemic precautions, there’s plenty to see and do. The second annual First Year Adventure Guide from the Case Alumni Association is designed to help you to get started at CWRU (pronounced “crew”).


So lace up, mask up and get ready to head out the door. It’s time to discover your new world.

Student friendly eats

When you’re looking for a change of pace from campus dining, here are some nearby places to grab some tasty takeout. Many of them offer outdoor seating.

Euro Wafel

If you’re looking to satisfy your late night sweet tooth, look no further. Euro Wafel serves light, fresh European-style wafels, crepes and coffee until 1 a.m. They also offer brunch on the weekends. This humble café is tucked behind the Triangle Apartments at 11433 Mayfield Road.

Presti’s and Corbo’s bakeries

Two famously delicious bakeries are located just up Mayfield Road in the heart of Little Italy. Presti’s and Corbo’s are great spots for breakfast pastries and coffee, deli style lunches and gelato, or just to sip a cappuccino at an outdoor table.

Little Italy pizza

Stick around in Little Italy to find your new favorite pizza place. There are plenty of student favorites to choose from, such as La Pizzeria, Mama Santa’s, Valentino’s, and Maxi’s.  Perfect for an outdoor dinner with your friends. 


Located in Uptown, Kenko is your place for sushi and teriyaki. They even have a special Ohio sushi roll. They also offer a wide selection of popular Kung Fu Tea bubble teas.

Otani Noodle

Otani specializes in authentic ramen that is perfect for a college student budget. This casual Uptown spot has lots of varieties to choose from as well as an array of appetizers. 


The folks here have tacos down to a science, as evidenced by the chemical equations on the wall. They have plenty of classic and special tacos as well as burritos, salads, and queso. Tacologist is located at the busy corner of Euclid and Ford. 

Indian Flame

You can find an assortment of authentic and flavorful Indian food at Indian Flame. This no-frills ethnic restaurant can be found on Euclid Avenue between 115th and 116th streets. 


Check out Aladdin’s for Lebanese-American food that is both healthy and delicious. The closest location is near the South Residential Village in the Cedar-Fairmount neighborhood, but the food is worth the uphill hike. 


The safest way to spend time with your friends these days is by exploring the many parks and gardens surrounding campus. Here are some places to visit for outdoor dining, studying and recreation. 


Wade Lagoon

The park necklacing this emerald blue lagoon is a popular location among students for its scenic views, walking paths and many trees perfect for hammocking.


Wade Oval

Wade Oval is a big green field in the middle of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Botanical Gardens. The Oval is a perfect spot for a picnic, tossing a frisbee or playing outdoor games. 


Toby’s Plaza

Located behind the Museum of Contemporary Art (the black cube), Toby’s Plaza is the perfect place to eat and study with some friends as there are many picnic tables. Take a photo in front of Judy’s Hand sculpture while you’re there–you can’t miss it.


Michelson-Morley Fountain

This fountain at the heart of Case Quad honors the famous physics experiment that laid the foundation for Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The picnic tables and shade trees make it a great spot to do some homework or to eat that to-go lunch you bought in the basement of Tomlinson Hall.


Cleveland Cultural Gardens

A chain of 26 nationality and cultural gardens run along Martin Luther King Boulevard and East Boulevard as they radiate out from campus. The gardens, threaded by the Harrison Dillard Bikeway, offer an interesting bike ride through the cultures of Cleveland. 


Nord Family Greenway 

The new Nord Family Greenway connects the Tinkham Veale University Center at the heart of campus to the Maltz Performing Arts Center at campus’s west edge. This 15-acre greenway includes a paved walkway that highlights some of the most beautiful areas surrounding our campus.


Lakeview Cemetery

Lakeview Cemetery is a magnificent park-like cemetery just east of campus. It’s the final resting place of many famous Clevelanders, including John D. Rockefeller, Alan Freed and Francis Payne Bolton. It’s also home to the President James Garfield Memorial, where the observation deck offers a beautiful view of Lake Erie. 


Cleveland Museum of Art

Next time you take a selfie at Rodin’s famous sculpture, go through the doors at the top of the stairs and enter one of the world’s great art museums. The Cleveland Museum of Art offers jaw-dropping exhibits like its medieval Armor Court, a magnificent atrium where parts of Captain America were filmed, and a student friendly price—free!


Student life will look much different this year. However, the many clubs and organizations on campus are excited to introduce you to campus safely. 



Nothing gets a college student’s attention quite like free food, which is why Thwing Tuesdays are such a hit at Case. Typically, the University Program Board collaborates with a student group to introduce students to the organization and provides lunch. This year, Thwing Tuesdays will be held over Zoom and attendants can win gift cards to restaurants. Learn more HERE.



Trivia night is a popular weekly event usually held in The Jolly Scholar. This year, the University Media Board is instead hosting Bingo night on Thursdays in Thwing Atrium. There is limited seating to account for social distancing, and spots need to be reserved via CampusGroups in advance.



Humans vs Zombies is a simulated zombie apocalypse that involves a campus-wide game of tag with Nerf guns. This year, the Big Games Club will be holding the event over Minecraft so all students can participate whether they are on campus or at home. Learn more HERE.



Every Friday and Saturday, the CWRU Film Society shows a variety of films in Strosacker Auditorium for much cheaper than a trip to a typical movie theater. They are still hosting showings this year with limited capacity in the building and masks required. Find showtimes HERE.

Little Italy


Ping pong at Toby’s plaza
Michelson-Morley Fountain
Ethiopian Cultural Garden
Nord Greenway
Alan Freed rocks on at Lakeview
Cleveland Museum of Art

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