What’s new in the Cincinnati region?
These days, it’s more like what’s NOT new! The Cincinnati region is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. There’s a convergence of new developments, projects and convention wins taking shape that collectively makes this one of the most progressive, game-changing eras in our region’s history. Almost all of this progress will directly impact and benefit visitors to the region.
Cincinnati experienced a similar boom starting in 2003 when the new Reds and Bengals Stadiums, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the renovated Duke Energy Convention Center and new Fountain Square emerged in rapid succession. But this latest surge of activity is even more exciting. These projects bring completely new experiences to the region, change the city landscape, appeal to a broad cross-section of individuals and businesses, and represent more than $1.4 billion in new infrastructure spending from the northern suburbs to the Ohio River.
The following is an overview of some of the major projects now underway or have been recently completed in the Cincinnati region:
New Hotels and Renovations
Andrew J. Brady Music Center — Unique in design and capacity, the $27 million state-of-the-art facility opened its doors in 2021. Designed to fill the community’s need for a year-round, flexible music venue, The Brady Music Center features a general admission main floor and two balconies, and hosts multiple configurations for indoor concerts up to 4,500 capacity and 8,000 at the outdoor space. A-Listers like the Foo Fighters, KEM, the Roots and Jason Mraz have already performed.
Pendleton and the Casino
This small and up and coming neighborhood is full of colorful homes in the midst of the city, but it houses the Pendleton Art Center, lots of murals, a brewery, eclectic restaurants and a cool urban neighborhood vibe. You can play the role of photographer, art aficionado, foodie or craft beer enthusiast all in one district. You can even roll the dice at Hard Rock Casino if you’re feeling lucky. Totally walkable and worth your time.
Hard Rock Casino - Recently rebranded as the Hard Rock Casino. The $400 million, 400,000 square foot casino is located on 20-acres on the northeast side of downtown, just blocks from the city center, most downtown hotels and the Duke Energy Convention Center. The casino has four restaurants, including Brick'd Pizza, Council Oaks Steaks & Seafood, Noodle 8, YOUYU and the famous Hard Rock Cafe. Make your plans now to rock out to A-List concerts in the near future.
OTR is one of Cincinnati's oldest and most historic neighborhoods, home to the country's largest collection, 943 buildings, of 19th century, Italianate architecture. Since renovations began, about $93 million has been invested in the development and creation of the OTR Gateway Quarter starting near 12th and Vine Streets, the development continues north along Vine Street to 15th.
Publications like the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times are recognizing the revitalization of this historic district, noting its collection of architecture, chic atmosphere, and culinary excellence. In addition to long time businesses, an infusion of new faces has come to Over-the-Rhine in recent years. Locally-owned restaurateurs, boutiques, bars and tour companies have opened shop and transformed the area into a most visited destination. These are a few bars and restaruants sure to satisfy any appetite:
Music Hall Renovation — Renovations are now complete for one of Cincinnati’s most iconic landmark structures, the 130-year-old Music Hall in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The building’s last major renovation was in the early 1970s. Renovation of Music Hall is a key piece in the transformation of Over-the-Rhine and will maintain the historic and acoustic integrity of the hall.
Washington Park Renovation — The project included the renovation and expansion of the public park and the addition of a 450-space underground parking garage. It transforms a pivotal civic space in Over-the-Rhine, creating a green oasis for residents and visitors in the middle of an urban neighborhood.
TQL Stadium — This $250 million soccer-specific stadium is home of FC Cincinnati, our Major League Soccer team. The stadium is located in the West End neighborhood, adjacent to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and debuted for the 2021 season. It holds 26,000 spectators and has already hosted the World Cup Qualifier for the U.S. Men's National Team. The dazzling 700-foot motion lighting is featured on the stadium’s east façade, and made of 2.7 miles of LED lights. Every seat is covered by a 360 degree roof canopy, and the closest seat is just 15 feet from the sideline.
Cincinnati North Developments
Sharonville Convention Center Expansion — The Convention Center recently completed a major renovation and expansion in 2012. In total, the Center has been transformed from eight meeting rooms with 28,000 square feet of meeting space to an all-new contemporary meeting facility with 19 rooms and 65,000 square feet of space. With occupancy levels over 70%, plans are approved to expand the Center again by 2023! The exhibit hall will double in size from 20,000 sq. ft. to about 40,000 sq. ft. and will also feature an onsite restaurant and a ticket office. www.sharonville.org/scc
Cintas Center at Xavier University
Additional Developments in Cincinnati North
Northern Kentucky Developments
Ovation Music Venue
Newport on the Levee Bridgeview Box Park
Key Developments and Events in 2022
Black Music Walk of Fame
- Cincinnati Music Festival returns July 21-23, 2022, with the full line-up from 2020 including headliner Janet Jackson.
- “According to recent research by 888 Casino, Cincinnati is ranked the seventh most influential music city in the U.S. and the most influential city in Ohio.”
Taft Museum of Art Preservation
Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial
- Jewish Cincinnati Historic Tours (through Oct. 2022): “A Walk Through History” will offer guided and self-guided tours of Jewish Cincinnati through the 19th and 20th centuries. Augmented reality and photographs by Cincinnati photographer J. Miles Wolf bring to life architectural remnants no longer standing.
- Warsaw Cabaret (April 2022): Cincinnati Opera presents Warsaw Cabaret, an imagined recreation of an evening at the Cafe Sztuka in the Warsaw Ghetto, late in the year of 1941.
- Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival (February 2022): A diverse, inspiring lineup of award-winning films that showcase aspects of the Jewish and Israeli stories in theatres and on screens around the Cincinnati region.
- Jewish Cincinnati Cemetery Tours (March/April 2022): Guided tours of Cincinnati's historic Jewish cemeteries and the noteworthy individuals buried there.
- Our Shared Story: 200 Years of Jewish Cincinnati exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (April 8-Oct. 2, 2022). Explore 200 years of Jewish life in Cincinnati through a new exhibition. Meet ordinary and extraordinary individuals whose innovation, persistence and creativity founded organizations, businesses and movements that shape our region today.