Tradition of Debate and Discussion
The City Club is the longest uninterrupted independent forum series in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. Most of the major issues that have affected American life in the 20th century have been discussed here--often with vigor and passion.

Today the distinctive sound of the gong can be heard across America on The City Club radio network which brings The City Club's Friday Forum to listeners in more than 40 states from Maine to Alaska. The Friday Forum is broadcast locally on WCPN 90.3 FM, WCLV 104.9 FM, Cleveland's affiliate WVIZ/PBS ideastream, and cablecast on Time Warner Cable, and selected shows are televised nationally


All reservations must be made 24 hours prior to the start of the program. Reservations will be held 15 minutes past the start of a program, such as 12:15 PM for noon programs. Reservations will then be open to standby ticketing. The City Club of Cleveland requires a credit card number when making a reservation. All credit cards will be charged 24 hours prior to the scheduled event time. Only changes made before that time can be cancelled or changed without penalty. If you fail to cancel or fail to show, your credit card will be charged. City Club members who do not wish to provide a credit card should call The City Club, Toll-Free at 888-223-6786 or locally at (216) 621-0082 to secure a reservation. Tickets will be held at the front desk on the day of the event.


Some of our more Notable Speakers: Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Geraldine Ferraro, Richard Cheney, Robert Reich, Jane Fonda, Henry Louis Gates, Margaret Mead, Lester Thurow, W.E.B DuBois, Marian Wright Edelman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Madeleine Albright, Sandra Day O'Connor, Janet Reno, Robert Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur, William Jennings Bryan, Cesar Chavez, T. Boone Pickens, Ross Perot, Michael Milken, Pat Robertson, Vernon Jordan, Susan Taylor, Rosa Parks, Amory Lovins, Michael Porter, Michael Milken, Lee Bolinger, John Kerry, Donna Brazile, John Chambers, Condoleezza Rice, David Satcher, Cardinal McCarrik, Richard Florida, Susan Rice, Justice Scalia, Henry Kissinger, George Soros, Barney Frank, Vinton Cerf, Hahan Ashrawi, Tim Wirth, Sheila Bair, Ruth Simmons, Ken Burns, Charlie Cook, Goeffry Canada, Marian Wright Edelman, William McDonough, Vernon Jordan, Henry Louis Gates, Francis Collins, and many more


There are several ways to support the work of The City Club and maintain the values of free speech.



The City Club belongs to its members. The members set the tone and facilitate the discussion.