Plus, a new liquor license ordinance passed in KCMO.
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Spend a day in Union Hill
Union Hill
Say hello to Union Hill. | Photo by @jrw_shoots
Union Hill is a historic neighborhood, situated between 27th Street and 31st Street and Main Street to Gillham Road, with sister neighborhoods like Longfellow and Hospital Hill. And yes, it’s all on a hill.

This neighborhood is full of history and packed with various local businesses, making it an eclectic pocket of KC. Let’s see how you can spend a day in the area, from breakfast to cocktails at Martini Corner.

☕ Start your day

  • A latte and a breakfast burrito from Filling Station. The patio is our favorite part.
  • Stop by Made in KC for a coffee and peruse the storefront for KC gear from local businesses.
  • Stroll the neighborhood and marvel at historic homes + new developments.

🥪 Try this lunch spot

  • Cliff’s Taphouse. We recommend the baked mac n’ cheese with buffalo chicken.
  • The Fix. It’ll fix your midday hunger.
  • Kitty’s Cafe. This iconic KC biz has been around since 1951 — made famous by its tenderloins.

🛍️ Shop around

🍔 Eat dinner

🍻 End your evening

  • Get your shuffleboard on while sipping on a cocktail at Ludo’s.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the summer opening of Barrio Taqueria — featuring a rooftop patio.
  • Sip on a craft beer while watching your favorite sports team at Tower Tavern.
Do you know about something new coming to Union Hill? Have a spot you love that we didn’t mention? Send us a line and we’ll take a look.
Tuesday, May 23
  • Meet Me for Lunch | Tuesday, May 23 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Mo’Bettahs, 806 MO-7, Blue Springs, MO | Free | Network with Blue Springs business professionals over a tasty Hawaiian lunch.
  • Heartland International Fashion Week Season 3 Kickoff | Tuesday, May 23 | 6-9:30 p.m. | The Loretto, 1111 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO | $50 | This fashion-forward party celebrates clothing from across the world — and this year’s gala theme is The MET.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Jammin’ on the Green: Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra | Wednesday, May 24 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Shawnee Town 1929 Museum, 11501 W. 57th St., Shawnee, KS | Free | Listen to the smooth tunes of this 14-piece band.
  • Music Bingo | Wednesday, May 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Kansas City Bier Company, 310 W. 79th St., Kansas City, MO | Do you know TV theme songs? What about rock ballades? If you think you can show what you know, head to this music bingo.
Thursday, May 25
  • Business After Hours | Thursday, May 25 | 4:30-7 p.m. | Chentes on the Hill, 612 N. 5th St., Kansas City, KS | $0-$15 | Join the KCK Chamber in Strawberry Hill for a slice and some networking.
  • Party Pleaser Pic-Nic | Thursday, May 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Boulevard Tours & Rec Center, 2534 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO | $25 | Boulevard is launching its summer mixed four pack with a guided tasting, a barbecue picnic lunch, and stories from the tour guides.
Friday, May 26
  • Little Women | Friday, May 26-Sunday, June 11 | Times vary | City Stage in Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO | $20-$48 | Enjoy this performance about the March sisters growing up during the Civil War, presented by Kansas City Actors Theatre.
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News Notes
  • Mayor Quinton Lucas signed a new liquor card ordinance, removing the requirement for servers + bartenders to get a license to serve alcohol. The new ordinance is intended to remove barriers for Kansas Citians to get jobs and make it easier for local businesses to hire staff. (KMBC)
  • McLain’s Bakery is growing its family. McLain’s Market, the bakery’s sister concept, is expanding to two more locations — one in Overland Park (10695 Roe Ave.) and one in North Kansas City (215 E. 18th Ave.). Both locations will open this fall. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Get ready to rave. DJ and music producer Steve Aoki is coming to KC Live! on Friday, Sept. 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 26
  • The West Bottoms redevelopment plan is moving right along. Tax incentives for the renovation of two historic buildings were approved — one a 77-unit apartment project and the other a small office plan. The apartments at 911 Wyoming St. will be complete in 2026. (CityScene KC)
  • Manor Fest 5 just wrapped up its weekend in Lawrence, KS, which means this weekend is Kansas City’s turn. The festival will feature local artists and musicians at various venues. See the details.
  • Leo Gibson has officially stepped down as head coach of the Kansas City Comets. Gibson was part of the coaching staff since 2017 and never posted a losing regular-season record as head coach. He is stepping away to focus on his family and his charity, Kick for Christ.

  • Yesterday, we told you about the Brush Creek Corridor projects — now, here’s a chance to get involved. Provide input for the future of Lower Brush Creek at the Master Plan Workshop tonight at 5 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Brush Creek Community Center.
Plan Ahead
  • The KC Rainbow Tour, a self-guided driving tour of KC’s LGBTQ+ history, officially launches on Saturday, June 3. To celebrate, the Kansas City Museum is hosting a party from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will include special guests, a live DJ, exhibits, and access to the museum. Tickets are $10.
Fact or Fiction
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. See the answer.*
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🏊 Splash season
Pool pic
Let’s dive in. | Photo by KCtoday
The weather is warming up, and the pools are opening up for business. So, we’re sharing five places to swim in the Kansas City area — all opening this Saturday, May 27.

The Bay Water Park, 7101 Longview Rd., KCMO | All ages | $0-$8 daily admission | Buy season tickets | Bring the whole family out to this kid-friendly spot.

Adventure Oasis, 2100 S. Hub Dr., Independence, MO | All ages | $9 daily admission | Get ready to slide down one of the multiple tube slides.

Club Woodside, 2000 W. 47th Pl., Westwood, KS | Adult pools + family pool available | See membership plans | Enjoy the adults-only pool with full food + drink service, or bring the kiddos.

Castaway Cove, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., KCMO | Ages 21+ | Find day passes | This swim-up bar will make you feel tropical AF.

Nine Zero One Rooftop, 901 W. 48th Pl., KCMO | Ages 21+ | Make reservations | Reserve a private rooftop cabana + enjoy a welcome fishbowl of house rum punch.
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