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Welcome to My City:  Cincinnati Has Something for Everyone

05/23/2014

ANBE Nichi Schupp works in the Cincinnati field office. She has been with the OCC for nearly five years.

What I love most about Cincinnati is . . . that it’s big enough to give you an urban lifestyle without losing that hometown feel. The city is going through quite a revitalization, and it is exciting to see neighborhoods developing and people moving back into the downtown area, which had struggled for so many years. We are seeing boutique-style restaurants, bars, and retail stores pop up all over the place. It’s a great time to be a Cincinnatian!

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

The best-kept secret in Cincinnati is . . . definitely its many parks. Cincinnati has always shown a commitment to maintaining lots of green space for outdoor activities and events. Over the past several years, the city has renewed that commitment in the downtown area by developing the Smale Riverfront Park and rehabbing Washington Park. Smale Riverfront Park is 45 acres of green space along the Ohio River, plus a large water fountain that children can play in and rows of giant swings. Washington Park is in the heart of the revitalized Over-the-Rhine neighborhood overlooking the Cincinnati Music Hall. The park has become a hot spot for outdoor concerts and a monthly flea market. In addition, the city boasts scores of bike trails, playgrounds, and public sports facilities.

Whatever you do be sure to . . . check out some of the local food favorites you won’t find anywhere else. Cincinnati is famous for its own style of chili. It’s served over spaghetti or on a hotdog and topped with a generous helping of shredded cheddar cheese. There are chili parlors in many Cincinnati neighborhoods, but Skyline Chili is arguably the most popular. Also, be sure to try a goetta (a breakfast meat invented by German immigrants that has become so popular that there are entire festivals devoted to it), La Rosa’s pizza, Montgomery Inn barbeque, and Graeter’s ice cream.

Deciding on three favorite restaurants is tough. I am a total foodie and like to try all kinds of places throughout the city. However, as a true Cincinnatian, I would have to pick Skyline Chili as one of the three. I probably eat there once a week and get cravings for it when I am on the road. A second favorite is Bakersfield, a new restaurant in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood that serves up unbeatable tacos and margaritas. Finally, the Christian Moerlein Lager House has incredible food, unbelievable house-brewed beers, and an amazing view of the riverfront.

Finally, I would add . . . that Cincinnati has something for everyone. We have great food, great athletics (Reds, Bengals, Cyclones, and Bearcats), and great music and arts (Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Playhouse in the Park, the ballet, and the symphony orchestra). We are the home of two U.S. Presidents and a bridge that was a model for the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition, Cincinnati is home to the Union Terminal, which was inspired by the Hall of Justice that was featured in the Super Friends cartoon of the 1970s. Cincinnati also served as the primary crossing point to freedom for the Underground Railroad. With so much to offer, who wouldn't want to live here?

Last Updated: 05/23/2014