November 22, 2022

25 Reasons We're Thankful for Cincinnati

We seriously heart Cincinnati, and while this is by no means an exhaustive list, it does capture many of the reasons why. 
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Cincinnati Chili
Nothing beats Cincinnati-style chili on a cold day, and, let’s face it, outside our professional sports teams, its the thing we’re best known for (and maybe the thing we’re most made fun of). From Skyline to Gold Star to the many neighborhood chili parlors dotted around the city, there are plenty of places to grab a coney or a whatever-number-you-want-way piled high with our signature chili and fresh cheese.

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Cincinnati Chili


Nothing beats Cincinnati-style chili on a cold day, and, let’s face it, outside our professional sports teams, its the thing we’re best known for (and maybe the thing we’re most made fun of). From Skyline to Gold Star to the many neighborhood chili parlors dotted around the city, there are plenty of places to grab a coney or a whatever-number-you-want-way piled high with our signature chili and fresh cheese.
The Breweries
Brewing is such a big part of Cincinnati’s heritage, that it just makes sense we have so many great and award-winning craft breweries in the Queen City. Whether you prefer a hoppy IPA or fruity sour, you can find a locally made drink you enjoy while you catch up with family and friends.
Photo: facebook.com/BraxtonBrewingCompany

The Breweries


Brewing is such a big part of Cincinnati’s heritage, that it just makes sense we have so many great and award-winning craft breweries in the Queen City. Whether you prefer a hoppy IPA or fruity sour, you can find a locally made drink you enjoy while you catch up with family and friends.
Goetta
Goetta is a delicious Cincinnati staple made up of meat, oats, broth, spices and sometimes onion, brought to us by early German immigrants to the city. You fry it up (and in the process get to play the fun game of Dodge the Hot, Flying Oats) and can eat it ground up or as a patty.
Photo: Sean M. Peters

Goetta


Goetta is a delicious Cincinnati staple made up of meat, oats, broth, spices and sometimes onion, brought to us by early German immigrants to the city. You fry it up (and in the process get to play the fun game of Dodge the Hot, Flying Oats) and can eat it ground up or as a patty.
The Ice Cream
Graeter’s, Agalamesis Bro’s and UDF form the perfect trifecta of ice cream, and they’re all locally owned and offer something different, depending on what you’re looking for. Graeter’s (which is a favorite of Oprah’s and was served at Naomi Biden’s wedding) is rich and creamy, filled to the brim of your cone with chocolate chunks; nobody makes Italian ice like Agalamesis and UDF has a mix of classic and fun flavors. And with the holidays coming up, all these places have delicious peppermint ice cream…yes, please!
Photo: Jesse Fox

The Ice Cream


Graeter’s, Agalamesis Bro’s and UDF form the perfect trifecta of ice cream, and they’re all locally owned and offer something different, depending on what you’re looking for. Graeter’s (which is a favorite of Oprah’s and was served at Naomi Biden’s wedding) is rich and creamy, filled to the brim of your cone with chocolate chunks; nobody makes Italian ice like Agalamesis and UDF has a mix of classic and fun flavors. And with the holidays coming up, all these places have delicious peppermint ice cream…yes, please!
The Restaurant and Bar Scene
Chili is king here, but we also have a lot more to offer in the food and drink scene. From fine dining to cheap, but delicious street food, we’re a growing foodie city with a lot of flavor and a selection of bars with vibes ranging from chill to raging.

The Restaurant and Bar Scene


Chili is king here, but we also have a lot more to offer in the food and drink scene. From fine dining to cheap, but delicious street food, we’re a growing foodie city with a lot of flavor and a selection of bars with vibes ranging from chill to raging.
The Parks
Cincinnati is blessed with numerous amazing parks. You can walk along the riverfront and enjoy the view before a night on the town at Smale Riverfront Park. Eden Park is home to a theater and world-class art museum, not to mention Mirror Lake. Cincinnati Parks are also home to plenty of walking and hiking trails, play areas for kids and other gathering spaces. We’re also surrounded by Hamilton County’s Great Parks, some of which have fantastic bike trails, lakes for kayaking and boating and programming where you can learn new hobbies and skills, like archery.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Parks


Cincinnati is blessed with numerous amazing parks. You can walk along the riverfront and enjoy the view before a night on the town at Smale Riverfront Park. Eden Park is home to a theater and world-class art museum, not to mention Mirror Lake. Cincinnati Parks are also home to plenty of walking and hiking trails, play areas for kids and other gathering spaces. We’re also surrounded by Hamilton County’s Great Parks, some of which have fantastic bike trails, lakes for kayaking and boating and programming where you can learn new hobbies and skills, like archery.
The Museums
We’re crazy lucky to have the Cincinnati Art Museum and its FREE admission. There’s also always a new exhibit to check out there, the Taft Museum of Art or Cincinnati Museum Center, which also houses the OMNIMAX Theater and the children’s museum. And we can’t forget about the American Sign Museum which is just so glowy and neon and cool AF.
Photo: Devin Luginbill

The Museums


We’re crazy lucky to have the Cincinnati Art Museum and its FREE admission. There’s also always a new exhibit to check out there, the Taft Museum of Art or Cincinnati Museum Center, which also houses the OMNIMAX Theater and the children’s museum. And we can’t forget about the American Sign Museum which is just so glowy and neon and cool AF.
The Arts Scene
We have so much love for Cincinnati’s arts scene, which is one that consistently punches above its weight. Whether it’s a musical at the Aronoff, a modern take on a Shakespeare play at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, a show at the Cincinnati Ballet or a symphony at Music Hall, there is always a show or performance to see. We also are home to some pretty other incredible theaters, like Playhouse in the Park, the Know Theatre, Warsaw Federal Incline Theater and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
Photo: Peter Mueller Photography

The Arts Scene


We have so much love for Cincinnati’s arts scene, which is one that consistently punches above its weight. Whether it’s a musical at the Aronoff, a modern take on a Shakespeare play at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, a show at the Cincinnati Ballet or a symphony at Music Hall, there is always a show or performance to see. We also are home to some pretty other incredible theaters, like Playhouse in the Park, the Know Theatre, Warsaw Federal Incline Theater and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.
West Side vs. East Side “Rivalry”
There’s been a longstanding, all-in-good-fun “feud” when it comes to Cincinnatians and their side of town. West Side, best side, amirite? But the East Side has Zip’s Cafe, so we’re torn. By the way, which high school did you go to?
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

West Side vs. East Side “Rivalry”


There’s been a longstanding, all-in-good-fun “feud” when it comes to Cincinnatians and their side of town. West Side, best side, amirite? But the East Side has Zip’s Cafe, so we’re torn. By the way, which high school did you go to?
The Cool Neighborhoods
It feels like each neighborhood in the Greater Cincinnati area has its own, distinct personality and each are worth exploring: Historic and hip OTR, creative Northside, community-minded College Hill and fun-loving Clifton and Corryville all offer something different – and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of every community here. So much of the city is also walkable, making it easier to get around and experience new things.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

The Cool Neighborhoods


It feels like each neighborhood in the Greater Cincinnati area has its own, distinct personality and each are worth exploring: Historic and hip OTR, creative Northside, community-minded College Hill and fun-loving Clifton and Corryville all offer something different – and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of every community here. So much of the city is also walkable, making it easier to get around and experience new things.