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Cleveland, Ohio: From LeBron to the lake, it's a town on the rebound

The list of upcoming visitors is pretty impressive -- Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, a bunch of Republican candidates and dignitaries, and a whole lot of playoff-bound NBA stars.

Are they all heading to some swanky midtown club? A private Caribbean island? Nope.

They're going to Cleveland. Yes, that Cleveland.

Once a laughingstock, the buckle on the nation's Rust Belt, the northeast Ohio city has re-imagined itself as a health care and technology hub, as well as a regional draw for tourism. Locals used to joke about trying to keep the city's high-end restaurants, authentically cool nightlife and world-class art museum and orchestra a secret. Well, that cat is apparently now out of the bag.

LeBron James has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers and constantly sings the praises of "The 'Land," as does "Iron Chef" Michael Symon, a co-host on the ABC talk show "The Chew."

Last year, Cleveland was the site of the international Gay Games. Next year, it will be the site of the Republican National Convention. Later this month, it will host this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, which will honor Starr and Green Day, as well as Long Beach's Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Freeport native Lou Reed, among others.

Here's a look at what will get the VIPs and other visitors to the North Coast talking.


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