Neighborhood guide: Crossroads Arts District

Your go-to guide to the Crossroads.

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The south facing view from the Kauffman Center is a must-see.

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Looking for a vibrant neighborhood with no shortage of entertainment, shopping, and restaurants? We know a place — and it’s formally known as the Crossroads Arts District. From vintage shops to brewery hops, this KC neighborhood has a full day’s worth (or two) of things to do.

Kansas Drone Guy - Crossroads

I Spy: Crossroads edition.

Need to know

You’re not the only one with your eyes set on the Crossroads Art District. The neighborhood is known for First Fridays, numerous art galleries, the craft beverage district, and it has an average walk score of 88 — which is very walkable. It makes sense that 9,000+ Kansas Citians choose this district to call home.

The early days

Before it was called the Crossroads, the area was considered part of Midtown — or less excitingly, “the area between Downtown and Crown Center.” When an influx of galleries came in 1980s, the name Crossroads Arts District became the status quo, with a new neighborhood association making it official in 2001.

Lets take it back even further — the 1930s. When the movie industry needed more centralized distribution points to ship their features nationwide, Hollywood chose KC, creating the Film Row. This included major studio tenants such as MGM, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and United Artists. Today, Kansas City has one of the most intact Film Row districts in the nationwe’re kind of a big deal.

Mean Mule spirit

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere if it means we’re drinking one of these.

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Can’t miss

Running low on time? A trip to Crossroads isn’t complete without a slice of pizza from Grinders and a beer from one of many microbreweries. Not a beer drinker? Try out an agave spirit from Mean Mule Distilling Co. after a stop by the monthly Vintage Flea Market. Plus, our friends at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts are right down the street — try to factor it into your day. You’ll thank us later.

Shop

  • If you’re a Kansas Citian, you probably own a Charlie Hustle heart T-shirt (we do too).
  • Do Good Co. is all about sustainability, ethically curating vintage + contemporary clothing.
  • Gift shopping for a funky friend? Duet is the shop for you, with an array of unique art + objects.
  • Calling all plant parents. Verdant is a botanical gift shop, featuring plants, flowers, ceramics, and gifts.
  • Dear Society is a fashion lovers dream, with a curated collection of modern + vintage clothing.
The leedy

Have you strolled the Leedy?

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Eat + drink

Arts + culture

  • Stroll the Leedy Foundation to check out exhibits from regional, national, and international artists.
  • More of a maker? Hit up the Artist and Craftsman Supply for everything you need to perfect your craft.
  • The Truman is an intimate entertainment venue — and City Editor Bella’s favorite spot to see a concert.
  • Head over to The Bird Comedy Theater if you’re looking for a local laugh.
  • Are there murals everywhere you look? If the answer is yes, you’re probably in the Crossroads. Check out a list of IG-worthy murals here.

Getting around

If you’re traveling by car, where can you leave it? What other ways can you hop from spot to spot? Here’s the 411 on transportation options.

  • The KC Streetcar has two stops in the neighborhood — at 16th Street and 19th Street.
  • Find an array of parking options here.
  • Get your cycle on and locate a Bike Share system here.

If you frequent the neighborhood and have any personal favorites that didn’t appear above, let us know.

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