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About Shaker Square
An historic shopping area and the heart of a community

Shaker Square is a place for discerning shoppers looking for quality merchandise and personal service, for anyone who wants a broad choice of restaurants for casual or fine dining, and for moviegoers. Many of its restaurants and stores are unique to the Square.

Stroll the Square, shop and dine here. You'll enjoy the diversity and the sense of neighborhood a welcome change from today's impersonal, "big box" shopping.

Shaker Square on a summer day

Shaker Square is at the eastern end of the City of Cleveland, near the city's world-class cultural, educational and health care institutions. It is located where Cleveland meets Shaker Heights. For a map and directions, click here.

Two light-rail Rapid Transit lines stop at the Square. They offer fast (just 12 minutes) transportation to downtown Cleveland, the waterfront and Cleveland - Hopkins airport.

families at Shaker Square

The Square was built in 1927-29 by Otis and Mantis Van Sweringen, the brothers who developed Shaker Heights.

The oldest shopping district in Ohio and the second oldest in the nation, Shaker Square was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. For more on the history of the Square, click here.

What you see at Shaker Square today is a happy combination of nearly 75 years of preservation, enhanced by a multi-million dollar renovation in 2000-2001.

But Shaker Square is more than a shopping area. It is the heart of a lively, diverse neighborhood. Near the Square are more than 4,000 units of high-quality rental and condominium apartments the largest concentration of multi-family housing in Cleveland townhouses and many private homes. Shaker Square and the streets around it are in the Shaker Heights School District.

These words have gone to Washington. To learn how, click here.

Photos: Sanda Kaufman - CSU

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