About the City Club

Our Mission is to inform, connect, and motivate citizens to take action on issues relevant to our region and beyond.

Our Vision is that The City Club is a national model of civic engagement.


Friday Forums - Held each week and broadcast on a radio network that reaches radio stations in 40 states.
Special Program Series - Special programs that focus on regional issues.


High School Student Program - Where students attend a Forum and meet with the speaker.
High School Debate Championship - The annual highlight of the region's forensic competition.
Youth Forum Series - A series of programs planned and implemented entirely by high school students fostering critical thinking and leadership skills among young people.


100th Year Anniversary - A year long celebration of our 100th year anniversary.
History - A selection of articles on the history and artwork of the City Club.
New Leaders - An affiliate of members under 40 who plan programming on a variety of topics.

City Club Constitution

A Free Exchange of Thought Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club is the oldest continuous independent free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion. The City Club firmly believes in the free expression of all ideas and the benefits of an open exchange. It is non-partisan and does not take positions on issues. All speakers must answer unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience.Each Forum is an hour long program. The program starts with a brief introduction followed by a 25-30 minute address by the speaker. Spirited, insightful and often challenging questions from the audience fill the final half hour of the program.

Today the distinctive sound of the gong can be heard across America on hundreds of radio outlets that bring 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, cablecast on Time Warner Cable and selected shows are televised nationally.The City Club has always welcomed members of all races and religions, and our strength today is reflected in the rich texture of our approximately 1400 members. We invite you to become a member of The City Club of Cleveland--and experience the rewards that free speech and enlightened discourse bring to both the intellect and the community. The City Club also serves as a conference facility with full catering services and a variety of meeting rooms available to members and business or civic organizations.




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.