DESCRIPTION: The Brookside area is a metropolitan hub of beautiful homes, unique shops, trendy restaurants and cultural attractions. Home to some of Kansas City’s hippest residents and urban professionals, Brookside was one of the city's first suburban shopping areas. Brookside has more than 70 shops, restaurants and services, located in elegantly preserved architecture with neighborhood appeal.
LOCATION: Brookside is located just a few blocks south of the Country Club Plaza. The residential neighborhood begins at 51st Street and Wornall Road. The retail area is further south and bounded by Wornall Road on the west, Meyer Boulevard to the south, 62nd Terrace to the north and Main Street to the east.
WEB SITE: www.brooksidekc.org
HOURS: Check with individual merchants for specific hours. Most restaurants are open until 10 p.m. On weekends, The Brooksider and Charlie Hooper’s Bar & Grille are both open until 3 a.m.
HISTORY: Brookside, planned and built in 1920, was J.C. Nichols’ first suburban shopping area in Kansas City. Designed to serve the automobile set, it boasted specialty, grocery and drug stores, medical offices, even a special community center, as well as the first south-side combined police and fire station.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Try Jalapeño’s Mexican Restaurant, where the nachos are served spicy and are paired with some of the biggest margaritas in town. Looking for something a little fancy? Check out Carmen’s Café— a quaint Italian bistro that has been a Brookside staple for years. Or explore the exquisite flavors of Europe at Avenue’s Bistro.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Both the Wornall House Museum and the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures are within the neighborhood.
ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: The nationally-recognized Brookside Art Annual is proudly in its 30th year, held on the first weekend in May. It features more than 185 local, national and international artists. Located between 63rd Street and Meyer Blvd. in the heart of Brookside, the Art Fair attracts more than 70,000 attendees.
The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Warm-up Parade is held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day at 2 p.m. A little more tame and family-friendly than its big city counterpart, the Warm-Up Parade starts at 65th Street and Wornall Road and travels through Brookside. The parade is longer than the route!
DON’T FORGET: Get your caffeine fix at chic coffeehouse The Roasterie Cafe. Or check out Bella Napoli, an Italian market that features imported foods, sandwiches and a coffee bar.
From the north: Take US-71 South. Take the 63rd Street exit, turn right heading west on 63rd Street into the heart of Brookside at Main Street.
From the south: Take I-35 North to Shawnee Mission Parkway/56 East. Continue for about five minutes. Take a right at Nall Avenue. Take the first left onto W. 63rd Street. Turn right at Brookside Boulevard.
From the east: Take I-70 West. Exit on I-435 South. Take the 63rd Street exit west. Continue on 63rd Street to Brookside Boulevard.
From the west: Take I-70 East to US-69 S. Merge onto W. 63rd Street. Turn right at Nall Avenue. Take the first left on W. 63rd Street. Turn right at Brookside Boulevard.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Marti Lee, executive director, 816-523-5553 or email@example.com.