5 Reasons You’ll Love Midtown and Downtown KC
There are unlimited choices for entertainment in the Midtown/Downtown area of Kansas City—whether you enjoy art, ballet, shopping, eating out, microbrews, or just going to a live show.
After several years of municipal development and investment, Kansas City’s downtown is now enjoying a lively renaissance as a “hot” destination for singles, young professionals, and even families alike.
Here are 5 great reasons why you’ll love discovering everything new—and improved—in Kansas City’s Downtown and Midtown area.
#1—Amazing destination for the arts.
First Fridays have become a summer tradition in Kansas City—with food trucks, art galleries, and street shows aplenty. The brand-new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a 316,000 sq. ft. arts center, hosting the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, and Kansas City Lyric Opera.
#2—Award-winning, eclectic eateries.
Locals in the Downtown and Midtown region enjoy a wide variety of dining, from BBQ to fine American cuisine. Restaurants like Bluestem, BRGR, Grinder’s Pizza, Lulu’s Thai Noodle Shop, Grünauer, Lydia’s Kansas City, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue are all excellent stops for lunch or dinner. Try the cuisine of the James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Smith, who owns 2 must-try restaurants in Kansas City—Michael Smith and Extra Virgin, where the adventurous menu features one-of-a-kind items like Roasted Marrow Bones and Crispy Pig Ear Salad.
#3—Plenty of weekend fun.
The 18,000-seat Sprint Center hosts top-tiered music and sports events—as well as the circus, Disney shows, and more—while the new Kansas City Power & Light District has over a half-million square feet of shopping and entertainment, with 50 unique and captivating shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
#4—A thriving business district.
Over 100,000 employees work in the downtown area, where there is approximately 12.8 million sq. ft. of office space—with another 2.8 million sq. ft. under construction. Current investments into downtown now exceed $6 billion. H&R Block, Aquila, DST Systems, HNTB, UMB Bank, and Kansas City Southern all make their headquarters in downtown Kansas City.
#5—Lots of cool, funky living space.
The population of downtown Kansas City has more than doubled since the year 2000, thanks to the development of new, upscale loft and urban housing out of the existing industrial architecture of the area. Almost 20,000 people now live in downtown Kansas City, with 11,790 housing units available, and 1,460 more in construction or in development. Lofts, condos, townhomes, and apartments now make this area ideal for almost any type of living arrangement—including singles, couples, and families. Many of these units also come with outdoor patios, green space, and pools.
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