DESCRIPTION: Located on the southern edge of Downtown Kansas City, Crown Center offers fine hotels, entertainment, dining, shopping, offices and residential living in the city’s burgeoning cultural arts and professional services district. The 85-acre complex, which opened in 1971 and serves as the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, attracts more than 5 million visitors each year with two world-renowned attractions, SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, and boasts one of the largest flexible meeting spaces in the Midwest at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel and The Westin Kansas City. Crown Center is home to two theaters, MTH Theater and nationally acclaimed The Coterie, and more than 40 shops and restaurants. Crown Center Square hosts large festivals and events and features a seasonal public outdoor ice skating rink.
ADDRESS: 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 64108
LOCATION: Southern edge of Downtown Kansas City.
HOURS: Summer hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m Sun. Attractions and theater hours vary. Visit crowncenter.com for hour updates, holiday hours and closures.
ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: More than 5 million visitors each year.
HISTORY: Crown Center is a mixed-use redevelopment project, one of the earliest in the nation, filling an 85-acre site adjacent to the international headquarters of Hallmark Cards, Inc. It has been a catalyst for change in the city’s urban core, replacing blight with quality working, living and entertainment facilities to breathe life back into the city. Crown Center is the result of the vision of Hallmark’s founder, the late Joyce C. Hall, and his son, current chairman Donald J. Hall, to replace the rutted parking lots, abandoned warehouses and remains of failed businesses. Ground was broken in 1968 on the first projects, a five-building office complex, a central square and a parking facility. The Crown Center Shops, The Westin Hotel and The American came next, followed by residential, a second hotel and more office buildings. Today, Crown Center thrives as a place where people live, work, play and stay.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Eating options range from the moderately-priced Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant—where meals are delivered by miniature train—to local favorites SPIN! Pizza and Unforked.
WHAT’S NEARBY: Union Station and the National WWI Museum & Memorial.
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DID YOU KNOW: Crown Center's six-acre urban residential neighborhood includes more than 200 condominium units, a social clubhouse, tennis courts, swimming pool and landscaped garden area, all located just south of the Crown Center Shops. At the southern end of the complex is Gallerie, a luxury apartment community built in contemporary fashion with exciting, modern living spaces and classic designs.
DON’T FORGET: Your blankets and lawn chairs. Crown Center’s WeekEnder series features a live local music show followed by a crowd favorite film on a huge outdoor screen in Crown Center Square on Fridays in July.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX to the Crown Center stop (Pershing & Grand) or take the KC Streetcar to the Union Station stop (Pershing & Main).
PARKING: Parking is free for the first two hours with validation in the Crown Center Shops garage, 2450 Grand Blvd. An additional 3 free hours is available when receipts of $50 or more are presented to Customer Service, Level 2, during regular shop hours.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Anne Deuschle, integrated marketing manager, 816-274-5916 or firstname.lastname@example.org