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Kansas City Crossroads

The Kansas City area is known for many different attractions that draw in tourists and locals alike; great barbeque, a successful baseball team, and the Plaza, just to name a few. One of the most recent draws added to the list is none other than the Crossroads, which boasts a variety of things to do. Located south of downtown between 22nd Street and Oak Street, this district was once comprised of rundown warehouses, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city and many local organizations have worked to rehab these historic landmarks into residential living, office spaces, restaurants, etc. to create a mixed-use environment that provides something for just about everyone while still keeping the originality of the area intact. One of the largest draws to the Crossroads is the expansive entertainment scene, which boasts art and music alike. Here are just a few things you can do while visiting the area:

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Set in the northwest corner of the arts district, the center showcases a variety of performances and concerts as well as guest speakers and conferences. For more information on what’s coming soon, please visit tickets.kauffmancenter.org

First Friday: On the first Friday of every month, the Crossroads hosts this free event. Art galleries, retailers and other participating venues located in the area showcase art from 7:00-9:00 pm. This is a family friendly event too, so bring your kids if you’d like! The event takes place rain or shine year round. For more information on the First Friday events, visit kccrossroads.com/first-fridays

Restaurants: The Crossroads boasts some delicious local eats that range in palate and price. Some of the most notable places to try include Extra Virgin, Grinders, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, and Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop. For more information on the restaurants located in the Crossroads, visit kccrossroads.org/explore/food-drink

Aside from the great entertainment scene and all that it has to offer, the Crossroads also has great lofts, condos and apartments for anyone looking to live in an urban area. The Crossroads also boasts great public transportation, some options are free and others very affordable. The area was also the first to receive Google Fiber back in 2012, which has only attracted more business given the area more notoriety. If you’re interested in learning more about living in the Crossroads, visit their website at kccrossroads.org, or contact me!