KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT

Power and Light District

DESCRIPTION: The eight-block Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City links the Kansas City Convention Center to the Sprint Center. The 24/7 neighborhood is home to more than 50 restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and retail outlets.

ADDRESS: Management Office: 1100 Walnut St., Ste. 3000,, Kansas City, Mo. 64106

LOCATION: Heart of Downtown, between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue, and 12th Street and Truman Road.

PHONE: 877-697-5347

WEB SITE: www.powerandlightdistrict.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook-Kansas City Power & Light District, Twitter-@KCPLDistrict, Instagram-kcpldistrict

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • KC Live!, an entire city block of hot spots within the Kansas City Power & Light District, has two levels with more than 14 high-energy entertainment, nightlife and dining establishments.
  • KC Live! features a full-concert stage where national musicians and bands perform weekly during the summer and for special events throughout the year. The KC Live! Block hosts free concert series each year including Hot Country Nights on Thursdays, Friday Night Live (alternative, rock, Top 40 and tribute bands) and District Rhythms (soul, R&B) in the fall. Most shows begin at 7 p.m. Check the website for details.
  • In addition to nationally known destinations, there are also several local restaurants and retailers open in the district, including BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Bristol Seafood Grill, Cleaver & Cork, Johnny’s Tavern, The Mixx, The Dubliner, Balsano’s Gelato Café, MeMa’s Bakery, Polished Edge Fine Jewelry, Posh Blow Dry Bar, Polished Nail Salon and Cosentino’s Market Downtown.
  • The Garment District is a boutique collective featuring nine locally owned boutiques and a full cocktail bar.
  • The Sprint Family Fun Series hosts a variety of free kid-friendly events and activities in the Power & Light District. Events take place the second Saturday of each month and the program runs from the spring to fall. Check the website for details.
  • The Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet Cinema was once a vaudeville and movie house. It now features dine-in service, a six-screen, all-digital movie theater, restaurant and bar.
  • The historic Midland Theatre has also been restored and is now Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland. It is one of Kansas City’s premiere venues for theatrical and live music performance. It also houses Windows on Main, a remodeled banquet room; The Chandelier Bar, a full circle bar surrounding a large inverted chandelier; and Indie on Main, a music-centric bar.
  • The Kansas City-based tax giant H&R Block opened its new world headquarters in the Power & Light District in October 2006. The headquarters has 1,500 employees and occupies a 525,000-square-foot, 19-story office building.
  • The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, one of the Midwest’s premier professional theatres, has one of its two performance spaces, Copaken Stage, in the heart of the Power & Light District. The 300-seat theatre is located inside the H&R Block world headquarters. 
  • Visit KC’s headquarters, including the visitors information center, are located in the district.

HOURS: The Kansas City Power & Light District is an active neighborhood. Most bars and restaurants are open until 3 a.m. Check with individual merchants for specific hours.

ADMISSION: Most events are free. Events held at individual venues may have different restrictions and charges. 

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: 9 million

HISTORY: Developed in partnership with the City of Kansas City, Mo., and the Kansas City Economic Development Council, the first phase of the Power & Light District was completed in spring 2008, totaling approximately 425,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space with an investment of $330 million. Upon completion of the second phase, the $850 million district will also contain 1,500 residential units and approximately one million square feet of office space. One Light Luxury Apartments, the first of four high-rise apartment buildings planned for the Power & Light District, opened late 2015, while work on Two Light began February 2016. The addition of these residential units in the Power & Light District builds on Kansas City’s forward momentum in growth and revitalization and has set the new standard for luxury urban living in the region.  

The Power & Light District was developed by Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies, one of the largest and most respected developers in the world with extensive expertise in almost every discipline of real estate, including entertainment and mixed-use developments, sports-anchored developments, shopping centers, corporate office, residential/student housing, and gaming & hospitality developments.

WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Many restaurants such as The Mixx, MeMa’s Bakery, Chipotle, Cosentino’s Market Downtown and Whopper Bar, are open for quick lunches. Or sit down with friends and coworkers for lunch at 801 Chophouse, Bar Louie, BRGR Kitchen+Bar, Bristol Seafood Grill, Drunken Fish Sushi Restaurant & Lounge, Flying Saucer, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Johnny’s Tavern and Yard House.

WHAT’S NEARBY: Sprint Center arena is across the street from KC Live! and the Kansas City Convention Center is within walking distance.

ANNUAL SPECIAL EVENTS: Urbana is a new downtown street scene happening each first Wednesday, June through October, in the Power & Light District. The District blocks off 14th Street between Main and Walnut Streets.

Dine Downtown, the Power & Light District’s Restaurant Week, takes place in late summer. Experience the flavors of the District as participating restaurants offer pre fixe menus and specials for 10 days. Check the website for dates and menus.

WHAT’S NEW: No Other Pub, a Sporting Kansas City-themed bar, is downtown KC’s newest hangout spot and the premier place to catch a soccer match. The establishment also features party games and a tasty menu. 

DID YOU KNOW: When it opened, the $850 million entertainment district was recognized as the largest new development project in the Midwest.

DON’T FORGET: Visitors must be 21 or over and possess a valid ID for entry to the KC Live! area past 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX bus to the Arena stop or the 12th & Main stop or take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Power & Light stop (14th & Main).

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:

From the north: Take I-35 South to exit 2F. Turn left at Grand Boulevard. The Power & Light District is located between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue and 12th Street and Truman Road.

From the south: Take I-35 North to the Broadway exit. Make a slight right at West Truman Road. The Power & Light District is located between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue and 12th Street and Truman Road.

From the east: Take I-70 West to exit 2Q. Make a slight right at Truman Road and turn right onto Grand Boulevard. The Power & Light District is located between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue and 12th Street and Truman Road.

From the west: Take I-70 East to exit 2D. Merge onto West 6th Street and turn right at Grand Boulevard. The Power & Light District is located between Grand Boulevard and Baltimore Avenue and 12th Street and Truman Road.

PARKING: The District and the City have multiple parking garages and surface lots within and surrounding the District. Parking is available all day, every day in the KC Live! parking garage ($2 with validation from any Power & Light District venue).  

PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Rachel Waller, director of marketing, 816-842-1045 or rwaller@cordish.com.

Media Contacts

Derek Klaus
National & Convention Media:
Derek Klaus
Director of Communications
816-691-3849
dklaus@visitkc.com | Twitter | LinkedIn
Toni Alexander
Regional & KC Media:
Toni Alexander
Communications Manager
816-691-3848
talexander@visitkc.com | LinkedIn
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