Cleveland’s Plans from the Attic – Chris Ronayne


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required
A History of Cleveland City Plans




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Pierogi Soup
    • Chicken Paprikash
    • Napoleon


    Story topic this week…

    Cleveland’s Plans from the Attic: A History of Cleveland City Plans
    Cleveland emerged as an important American manufacturing center, becoming the nation’s fifth largest city by 1920. Industrial jobs were attracting waves of people and businesses proclaimed that Cleveland was the “best location in the nation.” Cleveland was designed to thrive and be a world class city, but what happened? Chris Ronayne has all the answers and he is a driving force behind developing and improving our city.

    Chris Ronayne Bio

    Chris Ronayne is President of University Circle Inc (UCI), the non-profit community service corporation responsible for the development, service, and advocacy of University Circle as a world-class center of innovation in health care, education, and arts & culture. Since becoming UCI’s president in 2005, Chris has developed a dynamic and aggressive agenda to leverage the assets of the Circle’s anchor “Eds, Meds, and Arts” organizations and transform the neighborhood into a vibrant mixed-use district.

    Before joining UCI, he served the City of Cleveland as the City’s Planning Director, Chief Development Officer, and Chief of Staff. He was the chief architect of the City’s Waterfront District Plan, an ambitious effort to reconnect the people of Cleveland to Lake Erie.

    In addition to his role at UCI, he serves on the Port of Cleveland Board of Trustees, is Chairman of the Holden Parks Trust, and is a member of CEOs for Cities, the American Planning Association, and numerous local boards and foundations. Chris holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from Cleveland State University and a Bachelors degree in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

    See all Cleveland Stories dates here.


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