County Clerk of Courts -- Criminal Division Second Floor of the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario Street; 216-443-7985
A cute guy walks up to you at a bar. By the end of the night, he's wheedled your phone number out of you. Before you know it, you've agreed to a romantic interlude in a dimly lit, out-of-the-way place. He seems charming, but so did Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. So if you're smart, you'll march to the Justice Center with his name and birthday, and check out his criminal record. Best of all, this task is made relatively painless by staffers who are cheerful and efficient -- a rare combination at the Tower of Glower.