DESCRIPTION: The Crossroads Arts District is an artistic downtown neighborhood where once-vacant warehouses now house a variety of eclectic, locally-owned boutiques, unique restaurants and a thriving arts scene.
ADDRESS: The heart of the District is located at 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue, but the community stretches from 15th Street to 22nd Street, and from I-35 to Troost Avenue.
LOCATION: The District is located south of the downtown area and just north of Union Station.
WEB SITE: www.kccrossroads.org
HOURS: 6-10 p.m.
HISTORY: Once a neglected commercial area, the Crossroads has been recently transformed into a vibrant and sophisticated artistic community. Eclectic boutiques, trendy restaurants and art galleries now fill the streets.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: There are numerous dining choices in this district. Try Manny’s Restaurante Mexicano, known for its traditional Mexican fare. Webster House has the unique atmosphere of a restored schoolhouse and Lidia’s serves authentic Italian fare. For food with a side of fun, check out Tapcade, a bar, grill and arcade located at the Screenland Theater.
WHAT’S NEARBY: While the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts lies in the Crossroads, Crown Center is nearby, along with Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Downtown is also close–including the Power & Light District, Sprint Center and much more.
DID YOU KNOW: The sinful desserts at Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates were named one of the “Best Chocolates in the U.S” by Food & Wine Magazine.
DON’T FORGET: Children are welcome for First Friday events. However, galleries and streets tend to become crowded and most galleries cannot accommodate strollers.
GROUP TOURS: Tours of the Crossroads are offered through the Second Saturday program on the second Saturday of each month. The tour is $10 for adults and free for children.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Crossroads stop at the corner of Main and 19th Street or take the KC Streetcar to the Crossroads stop (19th & Main).
From the north: Take I-35 south to exit 1D. Turn left onto West 20th Street and turn right onto Baltimore Avenue. This is the heart of the District.
From the south: Take I-35 north to exit 1C. Make a right onto Pennsylvania Avenue and make a left at Avenida Cesar Chavez. Keep left onto Baltimore Avenue and continue to 20th Street. This is the heart of the District.
From the east: Take I-70 west and continue onto I-670 west. Take exit 2Q and make a right onto Truman Road. Turn left onto Baltimore Avenue and continue to 20th Street. This is the heart of the District.
From the west: Take I-70 east and continue onto I-670 east. Take exit 2T to merge onto I-35 south. Take exit 1D and turn left onto West 20th Street. Turn right at Baltimore Avenue. This is the heart of the District.
PARKING: There is an abundance of on-street parking and small lots throughout the area. Be prepared to walk between venues on First Fridays. It can be crowded.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-994-9325