Everything’s Up to Date in Kansas City!
Food, travel and more! The City of Fountains is practically overflowing with adventure. Whether it’s the scent of smoldering BBQ luring you to a plate of ribs, the sweet echo of jazz welcoming an evening of entertainment or the spray of fountains inviting you to kick off your shoes and make a splash, you’ll sense inspiration in the air – and find it along every boulevard. Consider this just a sneak peek of all you’ll see, hear, feel and taste when you discover KC.
Quick guides to Kansas City:
- Visit KC Guide, app, Web & printed versions available; discounts for local restaurants and other businesses
- Wall Street Journal Insider’s Guide to Kansas City
- Chicago Tribune: Beyond BBQ: Kansas City surprises visitors with treasure-trove of delights
- Travel + Leisure Guide to Kansas City
- Dining Out: Restaurant Recommendations by a Fan, Mike Williams
- Visit KC Restaurant Guide
- KC Restaurant Guide
- TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurants in Kansas City
- The Pitch – Dining (alternative dining ideas)
Visit KC has loads of maps. Their downtown map is extremely clear and helpful.
The Kansas City Convention Center and most of our hotels are located in the northwest region (top left) of this map. We’re in the Metro Center part of downtown KC. The convention center runs from Broadway and 12th down to Broadway and 16th. The Marriott is at the corner of 12th and Wyandotte, the Phillips is on 12th just east of the Marriott. The Marriott tower (former Muehlebach), Aladdin and the Crowne Plaza are on Wyandotte just south of the Marriott. The President Hilton is at the corner of Baltimore and 14th. The Municipal Auditorium is south of the plaza.
The Westin Kansas City and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel are both located in Crown Center, 1.5 miles south of the Kansas City Convention Center. They’re both at the southern end of the free Kansas City Streetcar.
Metro Center is convenient to mass transit, restaurants, an excellent grocery/liquor store, even the famed Alamo Drafthouse.
Kansas City’s new, free streetcar has opened. It will stop within two short blocks of each of our hotels. The streetcar runs on Main Street from River Market about two miles south to the Union Station/Crown Center.
|Library The Kansas City Public Library has a unique exterior.
|Metro Center The stop for the Marriott, Phillips, Aladdin.|
|Power & Light District The best stop for the Kansas City Convention Center – most of our activities will be at the southern half of the CC. Stop here for the Crowne Plaza and the Hilton. This stops right at the Alamo Drafthouse and is within a block of dozens of restaurants and bars.|
|Union Station/Crown Center Stop for Union Station (Amtrak) and for the Westin and Sheraton at Crown Center (Legoland and more!)|
Taxi service to downtown is available – just call 816-243-2345. Uber is also available. Note that Lyft ceased operation in Kansas City in 2015.
You’ll find Kansas City B-cycle racks throughout Metro Center.
KC Neighborhoods – Downtown
Downtown Kansas City has a number of shopping/restaurant areas that run basically north to south along Main St (which is about 2 blocks east of the Kansas City Convention Center/hotels). You can use the streetcar for free to visit these neighborhoods.
The River Market offers diverse shopping with many local restaurants, shops and international food markets. There’s even a beignet shop with dozens of kinds of beignets.
The Kansas City Convention Center and most of the convention hotels surround the Barney Allis Plaza. There is a major public parking lot under the plaza.
Power & Light District
The Kansas City Convention Center and our hotels are just a couple of blocks away from the Power & Light Distract, an area loaded with restaurants, shops, bars & entertainment.
The Marriott is number 57 at the top left of the map, the Phillips is number 59, the Holiday Inn – Aladdin is 58, the Crown Plaza Hotel is 56 and the President Hilton is 6. The Westin and Sheraton Crown Center are not on this map, but are on the southern end of the free Kansas City streetcar.
For the second year in a row, Worldcon will have a deli/grocery store that’s walking distance to the hotels. Cosentino’s is a grocery and liquor store with a deli and coffee bar open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s at 10 E 13th St. and is just a few blocks down Main Street and is open daily from 6am until 10pm.
Dubliner photos courtesy of Beth Welsh.
In addition to the many restaurants and bars in this area, the Alamo Drafthouse is a block down Main St. from Cosentino’s Market. The Drafthouse is a legendary multiplex movie theater with full bar and restaurant service in the theaters.
At the northern edge of Crossroads, you’ll find the Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, 1701 Baltimore, the largest liquor store in the area.
Crown Center/Union Station
The Crown Center/Union Station area has hotels (including the Westin and the Sheraton), stores, restaurants and a cluster of museums:
- Legoland Crown Center 2475 Grand Blvd. (Crown Center Sq.); focused for kids (at least one child under 18 must be part of any visiting group).
- SeaLife Crown Center 2475 Grand Blvd. (Crown Center Sq.)
- Science City 30 E Pershing Rd., between Union Station & Crown Center
- Kaleidoscope Crown Center 2500 Grand, behind Legoland Discovery Center
Where Can I Find…?
Most hotels have an ATM in their lobbies. There is also a Bank of America Financial Center, 12th & Main.
- A grocery store?
Cosentino’s, 13th & Main: Wide range of groceries, liquor store, coffee bar, large salad and hot food bar, sandwich shop and deli open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- A liquor store?
Cellar Rat Wine Merchants, 17th & Baltimore: Wine, beer, spirits.
- A pharmacy?
CVS, 921 Main St.
- A laundromat?
Gates Plaza Ultra Wash, 1200 Brooklyn Ave. (1.6 miles down 12th St. from the Marriott)
- A hospital?
Truman Medical Center, 2301 Holmes St. (on Hospital Hill, near the Crown Center area)