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Welcome to the Heart of America! It is with great pride that we welcome you to Kansas City. Along with traditions like mouthwatering barbecue, jazz and friendly Midwestern hospitality, you’ll find a vast amount of cultural influences in KC. From the Quindaro Ruins Underground Railroad to the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District and the Latino/Hispanic community in Greater Kansas City on both sides of the state line. Our cities are proud of their rich ethnic fabric, and we know how to celebrate it, too—with well-established festivals like Fiesta KC, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival and the Kansas City Dragon Boat Festival. Once you’ve tackled the traditions, be sure to check out all that’s new around town. That’s easier said than done when you consider the boom of new and exciting venues around the metro. Included on that list is the magnificent Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Power & Light District and our successful professional sports teams. Whatever you do in Kansas City, we hope you’ll find this guide a helpful resource along the way and experience as many of KC’s cultural flavors as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back many more times. Enjoy your stay!

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Mayor/CEO Mark Holland

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THANK YOU Visit KC would like to thank the following organizations for their invaluable assistance in providing the content for Kansas City’s Multicultural Guide, DIVERSE KC.

• African Chamber of Commerce • Asian-American Chamber of Commerce Of Kansas City • Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce • Heart of America Indian Center • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City • Kansas City Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The following sponsors provided financial support in the production of this guide and multicultural conventions in Kansas City.

Visit KC would like to also thank the staff of the Arce Communications, Inc. of Kansas City for their assistance in design and editing the guide. Special thanks to William Fambrough Photography for some of the images contained in the guide. While every attempt was made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication, Visit KC does not assume responsibility for its accuracy. No recommendation regarding the quality of goods and services is expressed or implied. For free copies of the guide, please contact Visit KC at 816-691-3800.

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Discover KC! When you come to Kansas City, there are certain things that you just have to do. These uniquely KC experiences separate a trip to Kansas City from anywhere else in the world!

• Eat Kansas City-style barbecue. We have more than 100 barbecue restaurants from which to choose.

• Listen to live jazz in one of the city’s many jazz clubs like The Blue Room or The Phoenix. After all, Kansas City gave jazz its swing.

• Discover the pioneers of black baseball at the nation’s only Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

• Learn about an original American art form at the American Jazz Museum, the first jazz museum in the country.

• Shop the nation’s first outdoor shopping district, the Spanish-inspired Country Club Plaza.

• Tour one of Kansas City’s world-famous fountains. • Attend a Kansas City Chiefs football game, but make sure you arrive early—the parking lot transforms into the world’s largest tailgate party.

• Join the thousands that head to the Crossroads Art District for a First Friday Art Walk.

• Visit the National World War I Museum at the Liberty Memorial and travel to the top of the 217-foot tower for a bird’s-eye view of the city.

• Picnic next to an 18-foot tall Shuttlecock, a sculpture that is part of the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

• Watch how your Hallmark greeting card is made at the Hallmark Visitors Center.

• Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush of NASCAR and open-wheel racing at Kansas Speedway.

• Experience the eventful and triumphant life of America’s 33rd President at the Harry S. Truman Museum & Library in Independence, MO.

• Explore the lives of the Eastern European Immigrants that settled the historic Strawberry Hill neighborhood at the Strawberry Hill Museum and Ethnic Center.

• Relive your childhood with a trip to the Moon Marble Company Store in Bonner Springs and play with machine-made and handmade marbles galore.

• Relive history at the 172-acre National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, a museum chartered by Congress to honor America’s farmer.

• Visit a medieval town in the fall and mingle with knights, kings, queens, knaves and wenches at the Renaissance Festival of Kansas City.

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African As Kansas City grows into the great metropolis of the plains, its fortune will be inextricably bound with its immigrant communities. Over its history, an influx of diverse groups have contributed to the communal fabric. The last 25 years have seen an explosion of immigrants from the continent of Africa. Visitors and residents are surprised to find that the metropolitan area is home to one of the largest communities of Africans in the Midwest. The first waves came from Nigeria followed by Sudanese with Somalians making the latest and largest addition to the cultural fiber of the city. The Somali contingent alone numbers about 6,000. Significant populations from Kenya and Ghana have made the area home. At present, there are 34 African countries represented in Kansas City out of 54 nations in the African continent.

crafts and textile work as well as the musical and culinary treasures of the various cultures. Though lacking a central cultural center or location, the African community is making a mark. The annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival held at Swope Park in August provides ample opportunity for the many communities to display their cultural heritage. Ethiopian cuisine can be found in such restaurants as the Blue Nile Cafe, Addis Ababa Ethiopian CafĂŠ and Nigat Ethiopian restaurant. Halal markets and Somalian restaurants are to be found along Lexington and Independence Avenue in the Northeast.

CELEBRATIONS The Annual African Heritage Festival and Economic Summit, sponsored by the African Chamber of Commerce, is the signature festival and is held in alternating locations in early October. The festival showcases the

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QUICK FACT Residents from over 34 nations in the continent of Africa call the Kansas City metropolitan area home. In the Old Northeast area, the latest immigrants from Somalia are transforming sections of St. John, Lexington and Independence Avenues, with a lively mix of shops and restaurants.

English serves as the unifying language among all the groups but a rich mixture of regional and indigenous languages can be heard in the city especially on the Saturday market day in the River Market area. Religion is a significant part of the community with many Africans belonging to either Christian or Muslim organizations. Key worship areas are the Sudanese Community Church in Kansas City, Sheffield Assembly of God and the Kansas City Baptist temple in Raytown, Neema Community Fellowship

and Breakthrough Community Church in Johnson County, as well as the Islamic Center of Kansas City. Many Africans have been gravitating to the nursing field though there is a growing business class in the city. Stores serving the needs of the various communities can be found along Independence Avenue and Lexington Avenue in the Northeast area and in strip malls throughout the city. The African Chamber of Commerce serves as a key liaison among many of the communities and as an introduction hub for visitors to the area. The 12-year-old chamber serves as a link to unite people and foster a relationship between Kansas City and the different countries of Africa. The Chamber runs humanitarian, cultural and economic delegations to Africa geared to educate area residents about the continent and its people.

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The history of the African-American community is an important component of the history of Kansas City. The first settlers of African descent were slaves brought into the area in the years before the Civil War. Following the abolition of slavery in 1865, Black communities were found along the East and West Bottoms and in the Westside area of the city. Many came to the area lured by the prospect of jobs with the railroad, stockyards and packinghouses that sprouted along the West Bottoms. By the 1920’s, the population of African-Americans in Kansas City had increased to more than 30,000, with an additional 14,000 in Wyandotte County. According to the 2010 census, one third of the population of Kansas City was African-American, with 137,540 residents in the region.

As the African-American population grew so did its entrepreneurial presence in other parts of the city. The 18th and Vine area became a major focus and business hub for the African- American community. The area, later known for its nightclubs and jazz, held significant African-American businesses including the Kansas City Call Newspaper, which published its first edition in 1919.

CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS The African-American contribution to the fame and fortune of Kansas City is indelible. The storied Kansas City Monarchs won more championships than any sports team in Kansas City history. Explore the history of the League, and the men who

QUICK FACT John “Buck” O’Neil John “Buck” O’Neil, born in Carabelle, Florida, was manager and first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1938-1955. In 1942, his team won the Negro League World Series. O’Neil was hired by the Chicago Cubs in 1956 and in 1962 was named the first black coach in the major leagues. He helped renew interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. O’Neil died at the age of 94 on Oct. 6, 2006. He was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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made it famous, in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. One of those men was Kansas City icon, John “Buck” O’Neil. Buck became the face and voice of Negro Leagues Baseball when he appeared in Ken Burns’ award-winning documentary on the history of the game. Talk to people around the world about Kansas City and they are likely to mention jazz. From its heyday, the likes of Count Basie, Jay “Hootie” McShann, Joe Turner, Mary Lou

Williams, Benny Moten, Hot “Lips” Page and numerous others took the unique Kansas City sound to the world. Explore the story of jazz told thorough exhibits and interactive music stations at the American Jazz Museum. The museum is also home to one of Kansas City’s finest jazz clubs, The Blue Room. As history tells us, legendary musicians of the area often engaged in nightlong jam sessions. That tradition continues today at the Mutual Musicians Foundation located in the historic 18th and Vine District. One of the greats of jazz, Charlie “Bird” Parker, was born in Kansas City, KS. He has been immortalized by world-renowned sculptor Robert Graham. The sculpture is located on the grounds of the American Jazz Museum. Parker’s gravesite is located at Lincoln Cemetery and a celebration is held each year on his birthday.


The Blue Room presents the best in Jazz at historic 18th & Vine District.

If jazz is the music of the soul, then barbecue is its sustenance. Kansas Citians are unabashedly protective of their reputation as the barbecue capital of the world and the 18th and Vine area was its incubator. A famous businessman of the time was the barbecue king, Henry Perry. His establishment at 19th and Highland was a destination for all members of the Kansas City community, African-American and white alike.

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AFRICAN AMERICAN Kentuck’ in 1946. The restaurant would later be renamed Gates Bar-B-Q. Today there are 6 Gates locations and the award-winning restaurant is renowned for its signature “Hi, may I help you?” hospitality.


Charlie Bryant learned the art of “cue” from Mr. Perry. He opened his first restaurant at 14th and Highland, while his brother Arthur, became an auto mechanic. When Charlie died, Arthur took over the restaurant, renaming it Arthur Bryant’s. The restaurant, now located at 18th and Brooklyn, has been called “the single best restaurant in the world” by New Yorker food critic (and Kansas City native) Calvin Trillin. Just down the road at 19th and Vine, George Gates purchased a restaurant called Ol’

The 18th and Vine area resonates as the cultural center of the community. Once recognized as the African-American movie house for the area, the beautifully restored Gem Theater is now home to the “Jammin at the Gem” Jazz Masters concert series, featuring artists such as Al Jarreau and Harry Connick, Jr. The Black Archives in the 18th & Vine area houses a wide collection of photographs, oral histories and correspondence documenting the history of the African-American community in the Midwest and in particular the Kansas City area. The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center at 3700 Blue Parkway is a prominent cultural resource providing gallery exhibitions, workshops, film series, musical and stage productions.

QUICK FACT Bruce R. Watkins In 1963, he was one of the first African-Americans elected to the City Council of Kansas City, and later the first to run for mayor. In 1989, The Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center was built and named in his honor as a tribute to the artistic, cultural and social history of Kansas City’s early black pioneers.

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Asian The Asian population in Kansas City is approximately 45,000 and growing. No one group can claim a “Koreatown” or “Chinatown” as are found in San Francisco, Chicago or Boston. However, as a mid-size city, Kansas City is known as a destination point. The area’s diverse economy with its growing health sciences and high tech companies, coupled with its affordability and midwestern values, is a lure for many. Conservatively, more than 30,000 Asians with ties to China, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Japan make Kansas City home. The South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh are represented in large numbers with the Indian population exceeding 7,000.

VIETNAMESE There are some enclaves with a uniquely Asian presence. The Northeast area of the city, long a gateway community for many immigrant groups, has a closeknit community of Vietnamese families, in particular the Columbus Park area. The Hmong community, numbering more than 3,000, has strong roots in Kansas City, Kansas. Both groups came to the area following the end of the Vietnam War.

FILIPINO Filipinos constitute one of the earliest immigrant groups from Asia. In one form or another, a Filipino “association” has existed as long as there has been Filipinos in the greater Kansas City area. History shows there was a significant Filipino pres-

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ence as early as World War I. In subsequent years, many Filipinos came to the area drawn by the growing demand for nurses. From 1950 to 1960 under the Exchange Visitors Program, many graduates and medical professionals took advantage of training in Kansas City and other locations. Following their education many chose to stay in the area taking advantage of the shortage of medical personnel and economic opportunity. The Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City is the large umbrella organization representing Filipino culture in the area. The association has published the Tambuli newsletter since 1971. Through the association’s efforts, the Philippine House was built as a cultural center. Following an arson fire, the center was rebuilt as the Filipino Cultural Center. The Center houses an exhibition space, a rehearsal space for the dance troupe Sinagtala, an education facility and a meeting place for the FilipinoAmerican community.

CHINESE According to the Kansas City Chinese Journal, a Chinese cultural community existed in Kansas City prior to World War II. The early arrivals were mostly men working as laborers. The journal notes that, “… about four hundred Chinese were living in Kansas City, Missouri, most of them were bachelors from the Siyi district or ‘four counties’ in Guangdong province (Taishan, Xinhui, Kaiping and Enping). They were concentrated in the laundry, restaurant and grocery businesses and in traditional Chinese medicine as well. More than 30 hand laundries, 20 restaurants, three grocery stores and three doctors of Chinese medicine were protected by the chief community organization, On Leong.” The Journal further notes that the Chinese population fell sharply after the war when most Chinese moved to the coasts or returned to China. In the 1960s, a new wave of immigrants arrived. Most of them were employed as scientists and technicians in area medical institutions like Univer-

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sity of Kansas Medical Center and the Midwest Research Center at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Other Chinese professionals, architects, engineers, professors, accountants and entrepreneurs eventually joined the community. In 1966, about 150 Chinese gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Out of that event grew the Kansas City Chinese Association. Since then, the association has been the dominant community organization responsible for the Chinese New Year celebrations and other cultural activities. The relatively recent arrival of South Asian immigrants is adding a strong cultural contribution to the metropolitan area. Many of the new arrivals, a strong professional class, are lured by the availability of high-tech jobs by such firms as Garmin, Embarq and Sprint, as well as the blossoming health sciences opportunities in such companies as Cerner and the Stowers Institute.

INDIAN The highest concentration of East Asian immigrants comes from India. Dr. Nirmal Kumar Mitra is acknowledged as the first Indian to settle in the metropolitan area when he arrived in 1955. The Indian population has grown steadily and today numbers more than 4,000 families representing a

large segment of the Indian continent. Many Indian organizations represent the community including the largest, the Indian Association of Kansas City representing the broader community, followed by various regional associations such as Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarathi and others. The variety of religious expression in India finds a similar array in the area ranging from the Hindu Temple in Shawnee, Gurudwara in Lenexa and the Islamic Center of Kansas City. The different faces of the Indian community come alive through the maintenance and celebration of the traditional culture in a variety of social settings, from festivals such as the Hindu Holi, Dasheera and Diwali festivals, to special performances and public events such as the Ethnic Enrichment Festival.

QUICK FACT Dr. Nirmal Kumar Mitra is generally recognized as the first immigrant from India to settle in the area. The East Asian population in Kansas City has grown significantly in the last ten to fifteen years with increased immigration from India. Many of the new residents are lured to the area by the strength of its health research institutions and the growing communications industry.

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Hispanic/Latino The Kansas City area has long been a home to a vibrant and growing Latino community. The earliest visitors of Hispanic stock came to the area along the Santa Fe Trail and were merchants doing business in the bustling town of Independence, Missouri, established in 1821, and later in Westport. In the early 1900s, the Atchison, Topeka, Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroads recruited workers throughout the rural areas of Mexico as a counter to labor issues with the local work force. The Mexican recruits were transported from El Paso to jobs in the Midwest. Strong settlements followed in Topeka and the two Kansas Cities. The majority of early migrants were males who left families in Mexico. Continuing pressures, such as the U.S. labor shortage of World War I following restrictions on immigrants from Europe and the social and political problems in Mexico through the 20’s, led to the move of whole families into the area.

The first migrants provided a hard and dedicated manual workforce that easily moved into other manufacturing and processing enterprises such as meat packing, steel works and seasonal agricultural jobs. The depression led to the forced deportation of many of the early arrivals but a foothold had been established that was to grow. By the end of World War II, many were moving into management level jobs and their families were fully established in specific communities beyond Argentine such as Armourdale in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Westside in Kansas City, Missouri.

CELEBRATIONS The new arrivals were becoming a sizable presence in the area. This was reflected in the celebrations or neighborhood fiestas that began to pop up around the city. These fiestas have been a popular source of heritage and culture that unites the community. Important fiestas include Cinco de Mayo with three major

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The Latino community has grown and now includes pockets

of Puerto Rican, Colombian, Brazilian and other immigrants from throughout Central and Latin America. The strength of the Latino communities is reflected in an entrepreneurial vigor that has served to vitalize areas in the urban core as well as the suburbs.

CUISINE A majority of Latinos in the metropolitan area are of Mexican descent and their influence is evident everywhere. The most obvious is in the many Mexican restaurants. What once was considered traditional Mexican food such as tacos, enchiladas and tamales, has been infused with the regional flavors of immigrants from all parts of Mexico. You can find the tastes of the “Tapatios” of Guadalajara to the “Jarochos” of Veracruz, to the

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ones taking place in the week preceding and following May 5: Fiesta Kansas City sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Aztecas’ Cinco de Mayo celebration in Kansas City, KS, and the Guadalupe Centers Inc., Cinco de Mayo celebration in the city’s Westside neighborhood. Other festivals include the Latino Summerfest in June and the Fiesta Hispana in September, in addition to smaller and equally important celebrations such as the traditional posadas during the Christmas holidays. National American hero Cesar E. Chavez’s legacy is celebrated in Kansas City in the month of April in the heart of the Latino community. For more information, call 816-472-5246.

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QUICK FACT The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) was founded in 1979 by Hector Barreto Sr. 2 yrs. after he founded the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City along with several other business leaders.  The original offices were located in Kansas City, MO for almost a decade before moving to Washington, D.C.

divine flavors of Michoacan and Chihuahua, in restaurants along Independence, St. John’s and Southwest boulevards in Kansas City, Missouri. Similar diversity can be found along Central, Kansas and Metropolitan avenues in Kansas City, Kansas. The culinary contribution also continues with the addition of such major restaurants as the Argentinean Piropos, Rincón Colombiano, Café Venezuela and the Brazilian Em Chamas. The latest additions include the Pupuserias featuring traditional fare from El Salvador and Central America.

RESOURCES In addition to the food and many clothing and specialty shops that accompany the restaurants, are the strong cultural institutions that have risen to provide services to the community. The Guadalupe Centers, on Cesar E. Chavez Avenida in the

Westside, has been providing services continuously for more than 85 years. Other organizations, such as El Centro in Kansas and Mattie Rhodes in the Westside, have established strong presences in the area. Cultural programming is available at Guadalupe Center, which hosts festivals and maintains an art gallery as well as a culinary arts program. The Latino Cultural Arts division of Mattie Rhodes constitutes an art gallery highlighting local and national Latino artists, as well as an art center providing classes, camps, workshops and tours to area youth and adults. The Art Center and Gallery host the popular “Day of the Dead” festival in the first week of October. The Hispanic/Latino population is served by two weekly publications - Kansas City Hispanic News and Dos Mundos, and specialty magazines such as MiRaza and Ñ Magazine.

Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery comes alive during First Fridays

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The rich Native American traditions are celebrated year round in colorful Pow-Wow

Native American The Kansas City area has been home for thousands of years to the American Indian community, the region’s oldest ethnic population. In Missouri, census data estimates the American Indian community at 60,099; Kansas estimates its population at 47,363. Until 300 A.D., the Hopewell tribe hunted the area around Kansas City. The Mississippi tribe occupied the area between 760 and 1290 A.D. These tribes, which were stationary, were joined by the tribes of Kansa, Osage, Otos and Missouri. They spread over the states of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The tribes depended on the large supply of buffalo and wild game for their sustenance. In 1825, the federal government forced the Kansas and Osage tribes to give up their land along the Missouri River and move to reservations in Central Kansas. There are no reservations in Missouri; in Kansas, the Kickapoo and Pottawatomie tribes have federally recognized reservations. The Wyandot tribe, whose original lands extended along Lake Ontario, had been moving west following a bloody conflict with the Iroquois. In 1842, the Wyandot were removed from their lands in Ohio with the lure of 148,000 acres of free land west of the Mississippi. The promise was an empty one. The Wyandot

eventually were awarded a tract of land by the Delaware tribe at the mouth of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. The tribe bought additional acreage and platted Wyandot City that was later to become Kansas City, Kansas. The influence of the Wyandot is everywhere in the area from the namesake of Wyandotte County to such street names as Sandusky and Tauromee. The Huron Indian Cemetery is a nationally recognized historic site. The Oklahoma branch of the Wyandot maintains land in the area where a new casino is helping generate income for the tribe. In 1999, the Wendat Confederacy was re-established and reconciliation of the diverse branches of the tribe was begun. An Act of Congress in 1924 allowed American Indians to leave the confinement of the reservations. Increasing numbers of Native Americans began to move to cities after the end of World War II in search of economic opportunity. In the last 10 years, the Kickapoo and Pottawatomie tribes have successfully begun several Indian-owned and operated corporations to bring economic stability to their tribes. Currently there are more than 98 American Indian tribes in the Kansas City area.

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NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCES The American Indian Council was formed in 1972 to promote economic self-sufficiency, cultural awareness and preservation for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This employment and training system establishes and maintains educational, cultural, economic, recreational and health conscious programs for American Indians. The American Indian Council sponsors Christmas dinners, Toys for Tots and Back Pack Day for the American Indian community. On these occasions, the attendance is more than 200 American Indian families. They have sponsored an “American Indian Symposium” each year since 2004. The Heart of American Indian Center was formed in 1971. It operates as the Kansas City area’s largest social service agency for Native Americans. It has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operated Native American center (of 46 such operating centers) in the nation. The Center began as a social club called the Council Fires of Greater Kansas City. With funding from the Great Society under President Lyndon B. Johnson, the center became a nonprofit entity in order to receive federal, state and local grants for poverty-oriented social programs. Haskell Indian Nations University began as an industrial training school in 1884 for Native American children. Twentytwo American Indian children entered its doors in Lawrence, Kansas, to begin an educational program focused on ag-

QUICK FACT The United States Indian Industrial Training School was founded in 1884 to serve the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native people. From an original class of 22 focusing on agricultural education for grades one through five, the school has grown to become Haskell Indian Nations University. The campus is also home to the American Indian Athletic Hall of fame.

ricultural education for children in grades one through five. Today, Haskell has an average enrollment of more than 1,000 students each semester and continues to serve the educational needs of American Indians and Alaska Native people from across the United States. The Line Creek Archeological Museum at 5940 NW Waukomis Drive in Kansas City, Missouri, is located on a 2,200-year-old Hopewell Indian site and houses artifacts from six prehistoric Native American cultures. It features a life-size village diorama, a replica of a hut room and a theater room. The Huron Indian Cemetery, established in 1843 after the forced migration of the Wyandotte Nation from their traditional homes in the Great Lakes area, sits peacefully in the heart of the Kansas City, Kansas downtown. Adjacent in the old Scottish rights temple is the newly opened Wyandotte Nation Casino. The Shawnee Mission was one of many missions established as a manual training school attended by boys and girls from Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations from 1839 to 1862. Visit this 12-acre National Historic Landmark located at 3303 West 51st Street in Fairway Kansas, and learn the stories of those who lived there.

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and Wyandotte County Visitors to the area are surprised to find that there are two Kansas Cities, one in Kansas and one in Missouri. The two cities have a symbiotic relationship dating back to the earliest days. The Hopewell, Osage, Kansa, Missouri, Shawnee, Delaware, and later the Wyandot Indian tribes all shared the spectacular vistas. The Lewis and Clark expedition camped on both sides of the state line on alternating days in 1804.

and Wyandotte County, are often used interchangeably. This political reordering has led to one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the country. The incorporation of county and city government has led to the vibrancy and growth that has made Kansas City, Kansas, a premier tourist destination in the Midwest.

The two cities lie on a scenic spread of land that drops from cliffs down to the flood plains of the Kansas and Missouri rivers. As river towns, they swiftly grew into major centers during the western expansion of the 1800s. Kansas City, Kansas, rightly celebrates its ethnic diversity. The remains of Quindaro, a stop on the Underground Railroad, are an important part of its AfricanAmerican history. The rich Slavic heritage brought to the area by immigrants from Serbia, Croatia, Poland and other countries from Eastern Europe have left a rich history celebrated in the Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center. This Queen Anne-style home preserves the diverse ethnic cultures that immigrants from Eastern Europe brought to the city in the early 1900s.The city also celebrates a growing Hispanic population centered in the historic neighborhoods of Armourdale and Argentine and along Central and Metropolitan Avenue corridors. In the heart of the Kansas City, Kansas downtown, take a walk along the peaceful glades of the Huron Indian Cemetery established in 1843 after the forced migration of the Wyandotte Nation from their traditional homes in the great lakes area. The topography of the land stretches from rolling farmlands to urban areas and its political system is a unique blend of city and county government. The cities of Kansas City, Kansas; Bonner Springs and Edwardsville make up Wyandotte County and share a commission style of government. The names Kansas City, Kansas,

In 2001, Kansas Speedway opened its doors. The 1.5-mile oval track hosts NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and Indy Racing each year. Between races, the track hosts driving schools, custom car shows, barbecue contests and other events. Now open is the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. This Las Vegas-style casino sits on turn 2 at Kansas Speedway and will offers some of the best gaming in the Midwest. With the success of Kansas Speedway, development began on a hot new retail and entertainment district named Village West. Cabela’s was the first to open with an 180,000-square feet hunting, fishing and outdoor gear store in 2002. The store features a Mule Deer Museum with the world’s largest collection of life-size trophy mule deer that includes two world records and numerous state and province records. The store also includes an aquarium, laser arcade, archery range, art gallery, furniture department, gun library, restaurant and gift shop. The fall of 2003 brought the

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opening of another retail giant, Nebraska Furniture Mart. This 1 million plus square feet home-furnishing store features everything you would need for your home and brings visitors from all over the United States. The Kansas City T-Bones, an independent Northern League baseball team, opened in 2003 at the Community America Ballpark where between inning antics make this ballgame a fam-

Unique lodging in the Village West area includes The Great Wolf Lodge, a family resort and indoor water park with eight waterslides and five pools. Chateau Avalon is a bed-and-breakfast style, themed-room luxury hotel that resembles a French Chateau. Designed for couple’s special getaways, each room is decorated in themes such a Mayan Rainforest, Roman Empire, Camelot and Pirates Cove. Schlitterbahn Waterpark is Kansas City’s new world-class waterpark featuring a thrilling uphill water coaster, huge slides, whitewater tube chutes and the world’s longest tidal wave river.

ily fun and friendly experience. Village West is also the home to Sporting Park, the home of the Sporting Kansas City soccer team. This $200 million venue also hosts major concerts and festivals throughout the year. Legends Outlets Kansas City opened in 2005-2006 as an outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district. Its unique mixture of one-of-a-kind entertainment venues brings more than 20 nationally and internationally known restaurants and specialty stores to the area, including T-REX and Stanford and Son’s Comedy House.

Kansas Speedway is not the only place to find great racing in Kansas City, Kansas. Lakeside Speedway is a half-mile asphalt oval track that highlights regional drivers each Friday night from April to October. Other areas of interest include the Rosedale Memorial Arch, based on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which pays tribute to soldiers who served our country in WWI. The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, chartered by Congress, honors America’s farmers with a 172-acre setting that contains Farm Town USA, 30,000 agricultural relics and the National Farmers Memorial. More than 30 annual festivals celebrate the cultural diversity in this community. Each fall, The Renaissance Festival of Kansas City, one of the top 100 events in North America, highlights full armored jousting, costumed characters and food fit for a king. You can visit Kaw Point and see where Lewis and Clark camped in 1804. This beautiful park setting is located at the point where the Missouri and Kansas (Kaw) Rivers meet and has a wonderful view of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

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Annual Events & Festivals For additional information on attractions and events around the region, go to

January/February Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration (913) 338-0774 January Kansas City Restaurant Week (816) 691-3800


Celebration at the Station Union Station, Kansas City, MO (816) 471-0400 Guadalupe Center Cinco de Mayo Festival 1015 Avenida Cesar E Chavez on the Westside (816) 421-1015 Maifest Celebration Turners German American Hall, 512 Bong Ave., Belton, MO (816)322-4202

Kansas City Chinese Film Festival (913) 897-8613

Heart of America Indian Center Pow wow Line Creek Community Center (816) 421-7608

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Downtown Kansas City, MO (816) 931-7373

Polski Day Parade 8th & Vermont Ave. (913) 721-0081

Cesar E. Chavez Celebration (816) 472-5246

WYCO Ethnic Festival Kansas City Kansas Community College. 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112 (913) 288-7314

APRIL Northland Ethnic Festival (816) 270-2141

MAY Brookside Art Annual Brookside area, Kansas City, MO (816) 523-5553

JUNE/JULY Croatian Festival 708 North 4th Street (913) 788-9758 Dragon Boat Festival

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Celebration at the Station

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Festa Italiana Zona Rosa, 8640 N. Dixson Ave. (816) 587-8180 Fiesta Filipina Filipino Cultural Center, 9810 W. 79th St., Overland Park, KS (816) 695-1464 Fiesta Kansas City Crown Center, Kansas City, MO (816) 472-6767

KC Riverfest Berkley Park, Kansas City, MO (816) 960-3400 Live at The Legends Outlets Kansas City 1843 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS (913) 788-3700


Greek Festival St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church, 8100 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS (913) 341-7373 Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Southmoreland Park, 47th St. & Oak St., Kansas City, MO (816) 531-7728 Juneteenth Parade & Celebration Big Eleven Lake, 11th & State Ave. (913) 548-8479 Kansas City Pride Berkley Park (816) 960-3400 Kansas City Scottish Highland Games

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Crown Center

Indian Council of Many Nations Pow wow Leavenworth County Fair Grounds, 405 W. 4th St., Tonganoxie, KS 66086

Plaza Art Fair Country Club Plaza Kansas City, MO (816) 753-0100

Jazz by the River 10th Avenue, Leavenworth KS (913) 682-8772

Santa-Cali-Gon Days Independence Square, Independence, MO (816) 252-4745

SEPTEMBER African Heritage Festival & Economic Summit (816) 753-3219 africanchambergreaterkc Autumn Fest 4th & Blake St., Edwardsville, KS 66111 (913) 441-3707 American Royal Parade Downtown Kansas City, MO (816) 221-9800 GKC Japan Festival Polsky Theatre in the Carlsen Center Heart of America Hot Dog Festival Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (816) 221-1920 Kansas City Irish Fest 4049 Central Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 561-7555

Fiesta Hispana Barney Allis Plaza, 12th St. & Wyandotte, Kansas City, MO (816) 452-4712 Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City (913) 383-8500

OCTOBER American Royal Barbecue Arrowhead Stadium (816) 221-9800 American Royal Livestock Show American Royal Complex, Kansas City, MO (816) 221-9800 Kansas City Renaissance Festival 628 N 126th St., Bonner Springs, KS 66012 800-373-0357

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Annual Events & Festivals Kansas City Indian Market & Cultural Festival Line Creek Community Center, 5940 Northwest Waukomis Drive. Jewish Art Festival Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City 5801 W. 115 St #101, Overland Park KS 66211 (913) 327-8000 KC’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival (816) 474-8463 Shawnee Oktoberfest 13817 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS WaterFire Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO Weston Irish Festival 500 Welt St. Weston, MO.

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER The Northern Lights at Zona Rosa Zona Rosa, Kansas City, MO (816) 587-8180

Christmas in the Park Longview Lake Park (816) 503-4800 Country Club Plaza’s Season of Lights Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO (816) 753-0100 Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Crown Center, Kansas City, MO (816) 274-8444 A Legendary Holiday: The Legends Outlets, Kansas City at Village West Legends Outlets Kansas City, Kansas City, KS (913) 788-3700 Kwanzaa Celebration (816) 333-7700

On-Going Events First Fridays in the Crossroads Arts District Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, MO First Friday of Every Month KCK Second Friday Art Walk Downtown Kansas City, KS (913) 371-0024

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Arts AMERICA’S CREATIVE CROSSROADS Touted by Elle Décor as “a bastion of urban chic,” the Kansas City region is a vibrant, active and cultural community where the arts are distinctive, accessible, leading edge, widespread and deeply established. You’ll find the arts are integral to the very fabric of Kansas City, influencing almost every aspect of life here.

VISUAL ARTS Recognized internationally as one of the finest art museums in the United States, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art houses a collection of more than 33,500 works of art, from antiquity to the present day. In 2008, Kansas City joined the short list of American cities its size to offer two contemporary art museums when the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art opened in Overland Park, Kan. It joined the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses a virtual who’s who among contemporary artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns and Robert Mapplethorpe. KC also boasts one of the most concentrated gallery districts in the country with more than 60 art galleries and shops in the Crossroads Arts District. Once-vacant warehouses have been replaced with artist studios, trendy shops and innovative restaurants and a First Friday gallery program that regularly attracts thousands of visitors.

THEATER & MUSICALS With more than 65 performing arts organizations, theater is well represented in Kansas City. The Kansas City Repertory Theatre is the city’s premier professional company with performances at Spencer Theatre near the Country Club Plaza and its new downtown Copaken Stage. Midtown’s Unicorn Theatre offers contemporary and thought-provoking,off-Broadway-style productions. Or, catch what’s playing on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station. 30 Diverse KC 2015

ARTS Crown Center, home to Hallmark Cards, is the address for three live stages: Coterie Theatre, which Time magazine called one of the top five children’s theaters in the nation; and the new Off-Center Theatre, which showcases edgy and innovative productions by the area’s finest theatre troupes. Broadway’s best touring musicals are presented by Broadway Across America at the Music Hall, while the Quality Hill Playhouse presents professional musicals and cabaret revues in an intimate downtown location. Dinner theater delights audiences at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, KS. Summer brings outdoor theater to Southmoreland Park with the annual Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Or, enjoy Broadway’s hottest musicals performed under the stars on Starlight Theatre’s grand outdoor stage in Swope Park.

DANCE AND CLASSICAL PERFORMANCES Dance enjoys a solid following in Kansas City. The highly regarded company of the Kansas City Ballet performs at the Lyric Theatre and Music Hall, as well as at annual free concerts in the park. Kansas City is the second home to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, bringing the award-winning dance troupe to the area every other year. Classical performance is well-represented in Kansas City. The 80-person Kansas City Symphony performs more than 100 concerts annually including masterworks, classical, star-studded pops and family concerts. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies. It produces an eclectic repertoire, and offers one production of an American or contemporary opera most seasons.

ALL-NEW ARTS Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Opened in 2011, the $413 million jewel is now come one of the world’s finest performing arts venues. The privately-funded Kauffman Center was designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie and serves as the new home to KC’s acclaimed ballet, opera and symphony companies. The facility’s soaring dual arches contain two spacious performance halls: a 1,800-seat performance theatre and a 1,600-seat concert hall.

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WaterFire KC

KC CREATES KC Creates enriches Kansas City through producing educational, cultural, accessible and affordable events that connect artists, audiences, businesses and civic organizations. For 10 years, KC Fringe has offered diverse, exciting and unique arts experiences, welcoming thousands of patrons and artists at venues throughout Kansas City. It has routinely served as a successful introduction to the Kansas City arts scene for arts audiences from around the nation, helping to advance the arts throughout the Midwest. The new production company, KC Creates, offers an opportunity for our arts community to represent itself on a national and international scale. Out of a dynamic arts community comes KC Creates.

KC Creates nurtures and orchestrates the following arts and cultural events: KC Fringe Festival – Kansas City’s largest performing arts festival, explodes every July, and showcases innovative theatrical, musical and artistic productions from around the world. From stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater, KC Fringe is a forum for anyone with a story to tell and provides the support to make producing any show feasible. Inspire, KC’s Corporate Arts Challenge - Inspire invites businesses to feature the often hidden creative and artistic talents of their employees, culminating in a city-wide celebration. Various components feature visual arts, music, dance, film and literary arts. KC Fringe Presents - Brings a unique theatrical performance to the city each spring, engaging theater artists, community leaders and audience members. WaterFire - Water and fire, two of the primal elements of life, expressed through more than 50 bonfires blazing on Brush Creek in the heart of the city; music filling the night air and echoing along river walkways; and thousands of people sharing the experience— WaterFire is considered one of the most moving and dramatic expressions of public art in the U.S. KC Feastival - A celebration of both KC’s artistic and culinary scenes will be introduced to the community in 2016. For more information about the arts in Kansas City, go to VisitKC. com or 32 Diverse KC 2015


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Ethnic Enrichment Commission The Ethnic Enrichment Festival enables visitors to experience the world without leaving town. It is one of the largest festivals in the Midwest, held in Swope Park. It is a partnership between Kansas City Parks and Recreation and the Ethnic Enrichment Commission. More than 60 different ethnic cultures sell native foods, crafts and memorabilia. Countries also provide entertainment and demonstrations of their ethnic culture through native dress, music and dance. For more information go to or call (816) 513-7553.

Sister City Association of Kansas City “Bringing Kansas City to the world and the world to Kansas City.” The City of Kansas City, Mo., established its commitment to Sister Cities International about 40 years ago with a steadfast belief in a global network. The City partners with 13 sister cities in 11 countries in four continents. Cultural understandings, friendships and economic development are some of the results of these relationships.

• Seville, Spain - Since 1967 • Kurashiki, Japan - Since 1972 • Morelia, Mexico - Since 1973 • Freetown, Sierra Leone - Since 1974 • Tainan, Taiwan - Since 1978 • Xi’an, China - Since 1989 • Guadalajara, Mexico - Since 1991 • Hannover, Germany - Since 1993 • Port Harcourt, Nigeria -Since 1993 • Arusha, Tanzania - Since 1995 • San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico – 1997 • Ramla, Israel - Since 1998 • Metz, France - Since 2004 For a complete calendar of events and activities with Sister Cities, go to

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NEW HOME Stop by our new Downtown Visitor Center at 1321 Baltimore. We’re standing by to assist you. VISITKC.COM • @VISITKC

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Your guide to quintessential Kansas City



Your guide to quintessential Kansas City MUSEUMS / EVENTS / SHOPPING / SPORTS / MAPS & MORE

MARKETS Patel Foods Indian Groceries 7214 W. 119th St., Shawnee Mission, KS 66213 (913) 696-1950

African Markets Crossland Market 19 East 3rd St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 448-3004

European/ Latino Markets Asian Markets 888 Market 10118 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 341-8700 Alhabashi Middle Eastern Market 313-315 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 421-6727 Ambica Foods 9054 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 901-8700 Ho’s Oriental Market 9530 Marshall Dr., Lenexa, KS 66215 (913) 888-1688 Kim Long Asian Market & Restaurant 511 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 221-8892 Oriental Supermarket 10336 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 341-3345

Carollo’s Italian Deli 9 E 3rd St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 474-1860 Cupini’s Italian Market 1809 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 753-7662 European Delights 8841 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 385-3876 La Posada Latino/Mexican Food Products 722 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 421-0715 La Tiendita Market 350 N. 7th St., Kansas City, KS (913) 281-4791 Price Chopper 4950 Roe Blvd., Roeland Park, KS 66205 (913) 236-6262

A spring day in the City Market



Restaurants Barbecue Barbecue pit masters have been producing the smoky delicacies that have become Kansas City’s signature dish since the 1920s. With a worldwide following, it’s no wonder that you’ll find more than 100 local restaurants offering their own versions of the heavenly “cue.” Many local favorites offer multiple locations like Gates Bar-B-Q, Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue, Backfire BBQ featuring the Orange County Choppers, Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue and Smokehouse Bar-BQue. For blues and barbecue, check out BB’s Lawnside BBQ.

Soul Food If soul food is what you crave, you won’t be disappointed by Kansas City’s offerings. Try the fried chicken, sweet potato cornbread or peach cobbler at restaurants like the Peachtree, Niecie’s Restaurant and Peachtree Buffet.

Steaks The notable Kansas City Strip, and steaks of every cut, trace their genesis to the area’s famous stockyards, which opened in the late 1800s. Today, perfectly grilled beef can be found at restaurants such as Plaza III, Hereford House, Pierpont’s at Union Station, and The Capital Grille.

Restaurants for any taste The city’s culinary options have undergone a tremendous infusion of regional, national and international flavors. Mexican food, Chinese fare and many other ethnic specialties can be found in “restaurant row” along 39th St. to the state line, down Southwest Boulevard on the city’s Westside, the one-of-a-kind Plaza, and in the colorful River Market area. Go Italian at Garozzo’s. Sample the Cajun and Creole creations of Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen. Check out the extensive wine list at J.J.’s Restaurant. Get a taste of Mexico at Manny’s on the Boulevard, or discover the fine Chinese cuisine at one of Bo Lings many Kansas City locations. Sample the flavors of Piropos’ Argentinian cuisine in Briarcliff, the creations at Le Fou Frog in Columbus Park and the Middle Eastern flavors of Jerusalem Café in Westport. For a creative twist, sample the city’s many bistros from YaYa’s on the southern end to Grand Street Café on the Plaza. If it’s traditional American fare you are looking for, then Kansas City is here to serve you with the creative flavors of the award-winning American Restaurant and the Raphael. Other familiar fare proliferates throughout the city, for more information go to the web and You will find the city’s culinary offerings one of the greatest surprises. Bon appetit! 38 Diverse KC 2015

Below you’ll find a great selection of ethnic and signature Kansas City foods. For a more complete listing of Kansas City’s great restaurant choices check out the official visitors guide, Visit KC, or $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)



KC Blues and Jazz Juke House 1700 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 472-0013 • $-$$ Steak’M Take’M 7702 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 361-5200 • $$ Wing Busters 1128 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106 •$

M & M Bakery and Delicatessen 1721 E. 31st St., Kansas City, MO 64109 (816) 924-9172 • $-$$ Strawberry Hill Povitica Co. 7226 W. Frontage Rd., Merriam, KS 66203 (913) 631-1002 • $$


Wing’s and Things Express 5800 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110 (816) 361-9464 • $ HAWAIIAN

Longboards 1173 W. Kansas St., Liberty MO 64118 (816) 454-000 • $ Maui Express 8750 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 649-6284 • $ Bakeries

MeMa’s Bakery 1360 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 283-3939 • $

Arthur Bryant’s Barbecue 1727 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City, MO 64127 (816) 231-1123 • $$ 1702 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 788-7500 3200 N. Ameristar Dr., Kansas City, MO 64161 (816) 414-7474 Backfire BBQ 1855 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 788-3838 • $$ Diverse KC 2015 39

RESTAURANTS $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)

B.B.’s Lawn Side Barbeque 1205 E. 85th St., Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 822-7427 • $$ Big T’s Barbeque 9409 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64138 (816) 767-0905 • $$ Brobecks Barbeque 4615 Indian Creek Pkwy., Overland Park, KS 66207 (913) 901-9700 • $ Brodie’s Backyard BBQ, LLC 203 S. US 169 Hwy., Smithville, MO 64089 (816) 532-9273 • $-$$ Danny Edwards Boulevard Barbecue 2900 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 283-0880 • $-$$ Famous Dave’s Barbecue 1320 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 334-8646 • $-$$ Filling Station Bar-B-Que Restaurant, The 333 SE. Douglas St., Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (816) 347-0794 • $-$$ Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue 101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 472-7427 • $$-$$$ 9520 W. Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 385-7427 4747 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 531-7427

1221 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City, MO 64127 103rd and State Line Leawood, KS 66206 1026 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102 10440 E. 40 Hwy., Independence, MO 64055 1325 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64110 Hayward’s Pit BBQ & Bar 11051 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 451-8080 • $$ Joe’s Kansas City 3002 W. 47th St., Kansas City KS 66103 (913) 722-3366 • $ 11950 S Strang Line Rd., Olathe KS 66062 (913) 782-6858 11723 Roe Ave., Leawood KS 66211 (913) 338-5151 Oden’s BBQ Steak & More 1302 N. Scott St., Belton, MO 64012 (816) 322-3072 • $ Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ 3002 W. 47th Ave., Kansas City, KS (913) 722-3366 • $ 11950 South Strang Line Rd., Olathe, KS (913) 782-6858 LC’S 5800 Blue Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64124 (816) 923-4484 • $$

13441 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64145 (816) 942-9141

Rosedale Barbeque 600 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103 (913) 262-0343 • $

Gates Bar-B-Q 3205 Main (Linwood & Main) Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 753-0828 • $$

Smokehouse Bar-B-Que 7121 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 685-1717 • $$

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RESTAURANTS $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)

19000 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64056 (816) 795-5555 6304 N. Oak Tfwy., Gladstone, MO 64118 (816) 454-4500 8451 NW. Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 587-3337 Wabash BBQ 646 S. Kansas Ave., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024 (816) 630-7700 • $

LL’s Fatter Burger & Pizza 6807 Longview Rd., Kansas City, MO 64134 (816) 765-5522 • $-$$

Central/ South American Em Chamas Brazilian Grill 6101 NW. 63rd Terr., Kansas City, MO 64151 (816) 505-7100 • $$$

Fogo de Chao 222 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112 Winslow’s City Market Barbecue (816) 931-7700 • $$$ 20 E. Fifth St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 471-7427 • $-$$ Piropos 4141 N. Mulberry Dr., Woodyard Bar-B-Que Kansas City, MO 64116 3001 Merriam Lane., (816) 741-3600 • $$$ Kansas City, KS 66106 (913) 362-8000 • $ Chinese

Cajun/Creole Beignet 307 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64106 816-472-0777 • $ Danny’s Big Easy 1601 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 421-1200 • $ Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen 1859 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 328-0003 • $$-$$$ 1823 W. 39 St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-5556 th

Carribean G’s Jamaican Cuisine 7940 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64131 (816) 333-9566 • $-$$ Island Spice Caribbean Restaurant 10 W. 39th St., Kansas City, Mo 64111 (816) 523-3974 • $$

Andy’s Wok 6357 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66209 (913) 469-6788 • $ Blue Koi Noodles & Dumplings 1803 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 561-5003 • $$ 10581 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS 66206 (913) 383-3330 • $$ Bo Lings Chinese Restaurant 9055 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 239-8188 • $$-$$$ 8670 NW. Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 587-7880 7105 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 341-1718 9574 Quivira Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215 (913) 888-6618 20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 841-5465 Diverse KC 2015 41

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4800 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 753-1718 Dragon Inn 7500 W. 80th St., Overland Park, KS 66204 (913) 381-7299 • $$ 3975 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913) 381-1688 Fortune Star Chinese Restaurant 7328 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 451-2555 • $ Genghis Grill 1345 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 472-0699 • $$ Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill 3906 Bell St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 753-3600 • $-$$ Green River Chinese Restaurant 2120 E.12th St., Kansas City, MO 64127 (816) 421-2955 • $ New Peking Chinese Restaurant 540 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-6969 • $ Pak Ling Express 2450 Grand Blvd., Ste. 123 Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 283-3383 • $ P.F. Chang’s China Bistro 102 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 931-9988 • $$-$$$ Po’s Dumpling Bar 1715 W. 19th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 931-0883 • $ Princess Garden 8906 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 444-3709 • $$-$$$

Red Dragon House Chinese Restaurant 312 W. 8th St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 221-1388 • $-$$ Saigon 39 1806-1/2 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-4447 • $$ Savor 7809 W. 151st St., Overland Park, KS 66221 (913) 681-9910 • $$ Stix 1847 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 299-3788 • $$-$$$ Tao Tao Chinese Restaurant 1300 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102 (913) 342-1331 • $

Ethiopian Awaze 3415 Main St., Kansas City MO 64111 (816) 756-5111 • $ Blue Nile Ethiopian Cafe 20 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 283-0990 • $$

European dining Andre’s Confiserie Suisse 5018 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-6484 • $$ Grünauer 101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City, MO 64108-1954 (816) 283-3234 • $$-$$$ Kolache Factory 7112 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 851-2253 • $ Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro 4701 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66209 (913) 345-1111 • $$

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French Aixois 251 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 333-3305 • $$-$$$ Café des Amis 112 1/2 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64152 (816) 587-6767 • $$-$$$ Ca Va 4149 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 255-3934 Europa! A Café 323 E. 55th St., Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 523-1212 • $-$$ Le Fou Frog 400 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 474-6060 • $$$ Tatsu’s French Restaurant 4603 W. 90th St., Prairie Village, KS 66207 (913) 383-9801 • $$-$$$

Greek/Middle Eastern Aladdin Café 3903 Wyoming St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-5982 • $$ Caspian Bistro 8973 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 901-9911 • $$-$$$ Habashi House 309 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 421-0414 • $-$$ Jerusalem Café 431 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 756-2770 • $-$$

KC Pita 536 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-7482 • $ Marrakech Café 4116 Broadway St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 753-7520 • $ Papu’s Café 604 W. 75th St., Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 822-8759 • $ Tasso’s Grecian Food 8411 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 363-4776 • $-$$ Zaina 25 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO, 64106 (816) 842-1800 • $

Indian/Pakistani Chai Shai 651 E. 59th St., Kansas City, MO (816) 260-5203 • $ Chilli N Spice 8562 W. 133rd St., Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 681-3663 • $ India Cafe 9036 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 341-0415 • $ India Palace 9918 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 381-1680 • $$ Kababesh Grill 10140 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66213-1461 (913) 696-1101 • $$ Korma Sutra 4113 Pennsylvania St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 931-7775 • $-$$ Diverse KC 2015 43

RESTAURANTS $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)

Paradise India 7119 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 814-0177 • $$ Ruchi Indian Restaurant 11168 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 661-9088 • $$-$$$ Swagat Authentic Indian Cuisine 7407 NW. 87th St., Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 746-9400 • $$ Taj Mahal 7521 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 361-1722 • $$ Taj Palace 1706 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 756-0134 • $$-$$$ Touch of Asia 6820 W. 105th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 383-1555 • $$

The Dubliner 170 E. 14th St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 268-4700 • $$

Italian/Pizza Anthony’s Restaurant & Lounge 701 Grand Blvd., Kansas City MO 64106 (816) 221-4088 • $$ Artego Pizza 900 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816)960-4787 • $ Avalon Cafe 608 Main St., Weston, MO 64098 (816) 640-2835 • $$ Avenues Bistro - Brookside 338 W. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 333-5700 • $$


Bella Napoli 6229 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City MO 64111 (816) 444-5041 • $$

Browne’s Irish Marketplace 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City MO 64111 (816) 561-0030 • $$

Bravo! Cucina Italiana 7301 NW. 87th St., Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 741-4114 • $$

GAF 7122 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64114-1344 (816) 333-1321 • $

Brio Tuscan Grille 502 Nichols Rd., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-5888 • $$-$$$

O’Dowd’s Little Dublin 8600 NW. Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153 (816) 268-6333 • $$

Buca di Beppo 310 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 931-6548 • $$-$$$

Paddy O’Quigley’s Irish Pub 6312 N. Chatham Ave., Kansas City, MO 64151-2473 (816) 587-0425 • $$

Bugatti’s 3200 N. Ameristar Dr., Kansas CIty, MO 64161 (816) 414-7279 • $$

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RESTAURANTS $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)

Cafe Al Dente 412 Delaware St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 472-9444 • $-$$ Carollo’s Deli and Specialty Imports 5/7/9/11 E. 3rd St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 474-1860 • $ Carmen’s Café 6307 Brookside Plaza Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 333-4048 • $-$$ Carrabba’s Italian Grill 19900 Valley View Pkwy., Independence, MO 64057 (816) 795-9944 • $$ Cascone’s Italian Restaurant 3733 N Oak Trafficway Kansas City, MO (816) 454-7977 • $$

Jasper’s 1201 W. 103rd St., Kansas City, MO 64114 (816) 941-6600 Johnny Carino’s 1706 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS 66111 (913) 299-8253 • $$ La Cucina di Mamma 6227 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 444-1138 • $-$$

6863 W. 91 St., Overland Park, KS (913) 381-6837

Lidia’s Italy Kansas City 101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-3722 • $$-$$$

Ciao! Bella Ristorante 235 SE. Main St., Lees Summit, MO 64063 (816) 554-2442 • $-$$

Mario’s Deli 204 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-7187 • $

Cupini’s 25 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 842-2002 • $-$$

Milano Italian Dining Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 398-4825 • $$-$$$


8 E. Franklin St., Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 415-8832 d’Bronx 3904 Bell St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-0550 • $-$$

Osteria Il Centro 5105 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-2369 • $-$$

Figlio Restaurant 209 W. 46th Terr., Kansas City, MO 64112

Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market 2101 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64108 (816) 612-8333 • $

Garozzo’s Ristorante 526 Harrison St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 221-2455 • $$

Ragazza Deli & Wine 301 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 960-474 • $

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RESTAURANTS $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)

Rosso 901 W. 48th St., Kansas City MO 64112 (816) 437-8420 • $$$ Rozelle Court Restaurant 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 751-1278 • $$ Sienna Bistro 303 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 527-0220 • $$

V’s Italiano Ristorante 10819 E. 40 Hwy., Independence, MO 64055 (816) 353-1241 • $-$$

Japanese Bumblefish 1100 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 447-3371• $ Domo Sushi & Grill 6322 Brookside Plaza Kansas City, MO 64113 (816) 333-6315 • $$-$$$

Sorella’s 7 N. Liberty Dr., Liberty, MO 64068 (816) 781-1200 • $

Drunken Fish 14 E. 14th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 474-7177 • $$$

SPIN! Pizza 6501 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 897-774 • $$

Gojo Japanese Steak House 4163 Broadway St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 561-2501 • $$

1808 NW. Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 (816) 246-7746

Han Shin Japanese Steak House 4817 W. 117th St., Leawood, KS 66211 (913) 327-1118 • $$

8224 Mission Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913) 341-7746 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-7746 14230 W. 119th St., Olathe, KS 66062 (913) 764-7746 4950 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-7746 9474 Renner Blvd., Lenexa KS, 66219 (913) 438-7746 6541 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66209 (913) 451-7746 Trezo Mare Ristorante 4105 N. Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 505-3200 • $$$

Hibachi Japanese Steak House 4745 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 753-0707 • $$-$$$ Hikari japanese Steak House 9058 Metcalf Ave., Suite A Shawnee Mission, KS 66212 (913) 341-2622 • $$ Jun’s Authentic Japanese Restaurant 7660 State Line Rd., Prairie Village, KS 66208 (913) 341-4924 • $$-$$$ Kaiyo Restaurant 4308 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 663-1663 • $$ Kobe Steakhouse 1303 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105-1909 (816) 471-3339 • $$

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KoKo Teriyaki 1100 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 471-2515 • $$ Kona Grill 444 Ward Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 931-5888 • $$-$$$ Kyoto Japanese Restaurant 6792 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 239-8868 • $$-$$$ Nara 1617 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-6272 • $$-$$$

Rachel’s Café Village Shalom 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, KS 66209 (913) 317-2600 • $-$$

Mexican Jalapenos 6318 Brookside Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64110 (913) 523-5462 • $ El Patron Cocina & Bar 2905 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 931-6400 • $-$$ El Pueblito 810 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-5442 • $-$$

RA Sushi Bar 11638 Ash St., Leawood, KS 66211 (913) 850-6260 • $$

La Fonda El Taquito 800 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-1675 • $-$$

Sushi Gin 9559 Nall Ave., Overland Park, KS 66207 (913) 649-8488 • $$

Los Tules Mexican Restaurant 1656 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 421-9229 • $-$$

Sushi House 5041 W. 117th St., Leawood, KS 66211 (913) 663-3333 • $$-$$$

Korean Choga Korean Restaurant 6920 W. 105th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 385-2151 • $$ Sobahn 7800 Shawnee Mission Pkwy., Overland Park, KS 66202 (913) 384-1688 • $ Touch of Asia 6860 W. 105th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 648-9700 • $$

KOSHER Subway Kosher Deli 6312 College Blvd., Overland Park KS 66212 (913) 451-9993 • $

Manny’s Restaurante 207 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 474-7696 • $-$$ Paleteria Tropicana 830 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-0192 • $ 19321 E. US-40 Hwy., Independence, MO 64055 (816) 795-0099 10928 W. 74th St., Shawnee, KS 66203 (913) 631-4900 Poco’s on the Boulevard 240 East Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (913) 802-2753 • $-$$ Ponak’s Mexican Kitchen 2856 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 753-0775 • $

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RESTAURANTS $ Economy (under $10) $$ Moderate ($10-$20) $$$ Upscale (over $20)

Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria 1611 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 931-9700 • $-$$

Jax 4814 Roanoke Pkwy., Kansas City MO 64112 (816) 437-7940 • $$$

Sabor y Sol 542 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103 (913) 362-0817 • $-$$

Mad Jack’s Fresh Fish 6200 Troost, Kansas City, MO (816) 361-6999 • $$

Sol Cantina 408 E. 31st St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 931-8080 • $-$$ Taqueria Arandas 7901 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112 (913) 299-8512 • $ Taqueria Mexico 910 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-1399 • $-$$ 3300 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103 719 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, KS 66105 (913) 281-1120 5920 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64125 (816) 241-4250 Tengo Sed Cantina 1323 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 442-8124 • $-$$ Teocali 2512 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-4749 • $-$$

Seafood Bristol Seafood Grill 51 E. 14th St., Kansas City MO 64106 (816) 448-6007 • $$$ 5400 W. 119th St., Leawood, KS 66209 (913) 663-5777 Couzin’s Catfish Castle 8706 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raytown, MO 64138 (816) 763-8900 • $-$$

1318 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102 (913) 371-3384 Two Fish and Five Loaves 4300 Prospect Ave., Kansas City MO 64130 (816) 924-3474 • $-$$

Soul Food City Fish and More 2704 State Ave., Kansas City, KS 66102 (913) 281-1606 • $ Niecie’s Restaurant 8686 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO 64133 (816) 358-8100 • $$ Papa Lew’s Soul Delicious Food 2128 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64127 (816) 421-3378 • $$ The Peachtree Buffet 6800 Eastwood Tfwy., Kansas City, MO 64129 (816) 923-0099 • $$ YJs Snack Bar 128 W. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816)472-5533 • $

Spanish La Bodega 703 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 472-8272 • $$-$$$

Thai Arun Thai Place Grill 100 E. 7th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 472-8424 • $$-$$$

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Bangkok Pavilion 7249 W. 97th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 341-3005 • $

Café Seed 2932 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo 64108 (816) 561-7333 • $

Hot Basil Thai Cuisine 7528 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66213 (913) 451-3713 • $$

Eden Alley Vegetarian Café 707 W 47th St., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816) 561-5415 • $$

KC Thaiplace 100 E. 7th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 472-8424 • $

Harper’s at 18th & Vine 1601 E. 18th St., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 283-0777 • $$

Lulu’s Noodles 333 Southwest Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 474-THAU • $-$$

Succotash 15 E. 3rd St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 421-2807 • $$

Tasty Thai 7104 Northwest Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64151 (816) 781-7800 • $

You Say Tomato 2801 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64109-1146 (816) 756-5097 • $

Thai Orchid 6504 Martway St., Shawnee Mission, KS 66202 (913) 384-2800 • $


Thai Place 9359 W. 87th Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212 (913) 649-5420 • $ 4130 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 641 (816) 753-Thai I-29 & NW. 64th St., Kansas City, MO 64151 (816) 584-8424 11838 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 662 (913) 451-Thai Thai Treasure Restaurant 7948 W. 151st St., Overland Park, KS 66223 (913) 239-8208 • $$

Hien Vuong 417 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 842-1020 • $ Pho KC 315 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64106 (816) 471-2224 • $ Saigon 39 1806 1/2 W. 39th St., Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 531-4447 • $$ Vietnam Café 2200 W. 39th St., Kansas City, KS 66103 (913) 262-0855 • $$

VEGETARIAN VEGAN/Organic Blue Bird Bistro 1700 Summit Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 221-7559 • $$

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Nightlife In Kansas City, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, and the options are nearly endless. Stop at one of the city’s popular watering holes in Westport or see what’s happening in the new Kansas City Power & Light District. Listen to jazz at clubs throughout the city. Tickle your funny bone at a local comedy club, or head to the area’s casinos for gaming excitement. Live jazz can be found at clubs like The Blue Room and The Phoenix. On weekends, the Mutual Musicians Foundation near 18th & Vine gets started after midnight for fierce late-night jam sessions. For a complete list of jazz venues and nightly performances, contact the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors at (913) 967-6767 or www. Behind the restored 1912 façade of the Gem Theater (1615 E. 18th St., (816) 474-8463) is a modern 500-seat performing arts center, complete with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. In addition to the annual “Jammin’ at the Gem” jazz masters’ concert series, the theater hosts many community events and theatre productions. For a more complete listing of Kansas City’s great nightlife places check out the official visitors guide, Visit KC, or

Dan White

Kansas City Power & Light District

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Points of Interest 33 for Free For travelers on a shoestring budget, Kansas City offers many free adventures. The following list provides 33 free activities that offer something for everyone. Donations are accepted at some locations. 1. 1827 Log Courthouse – Once the only courthouse west of St. Charles, MO, it later served as a mercantile operation, home and gathering place for the early Mormon settlers. 2. Boulevard Brewing Co. – Tour the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Check out the current tour schedule at 3. Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center – A tribute to the city’s early African-American pioneers. 4. Children’s Peace Pavilion – A unique interactive children’s museum designed to teach the concept of peace through creative, fun, child-centered learning. 5. The City Market - Saturday and Sunday mornings bring one of the largest farmers markets in the Midwest. 6. Crown Center Square - There’s always something going on at this entertainment center. Check out the free outdoor movies and live music during the summer months. 7. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead - A great place to see and feed an array of barnyard friends and other animals native to the area. (Free Mon.-Thu.; $2 on weekends) 8. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Money Museum Learn about the nation’s financial system through interactive exhibits. 9. First Fridays - This 40-gallery art crawl in the Crossroads Arts District has quickly become a local and regional favorite, drawing thousands the First Friday of every month. 10. Fountains – With more than 200 fountains sprinkled throughout the metro, Kansas City’s nickname of the City of Fountains is well deserved. Most fountains are located in public areas that are free to view.

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Points of Interest 11. Frontier Army Museum – This museum focuses on Fort Leavenworth’s role in westward expansion. 12. Hallmark Visitors Center – One hundred years in the making, catch a behind-the-scenes peek of the world’s largest greeting card company. 13. Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center & Museum - Preserves the vast history of Haskell’s evolution from boarding school to university. 14. Johnson County Museum of History - See what has lured people to the suburbs for the past 175 years. 15. Kaleidoscope - From the minds behind Hallmark Cards, a free creative workshop for kids aged 5 to 12. 16. Kauffman Memorial Garden - The garden showcases sculptures, fountains and colorful beds of exotic plants. 17. Kansas City Zoo - The Postcard to Adventure program offers three free visit opportunities for Jackson and Clay county residents. Visit for more information. 18. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art - With the famous contemporary pieces it houses, this museum is a city gem. 19. Lakeside Nature Center - Learn about the natural world around us through live native-animal exhibits and workshops. 20. Lanesfield School Historic Site - Practice your penmanship or cipher math problems on a slate with a costumed schoolteacher in a school built in 1869. 21. Legends Outlets - Take a self-guided audio tour of the entertainment district’s tribute to more than 80 legendary Kansans. 22. Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations Tour the facility to see how “hogs” are made. 23. Legler Barn Museum - Built in 1864, this museum stands as one of the few remaining limestone barns. 24. Liberty Jail - Historic site for both Clay County and the LDS Church due to the five months Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, spent here. 25. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary - Experience nature preservation through trails and the Nature Center. 26. Mormon Visitors Center - Learn about the key role the Mormons played in the early and tempestuous history of Independence, MO. 27. National Archives at Kansas City - Research family trees, browse special exhibits, replicate famous signatures or view rare documents from around the region. 28. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Enjoy one of the finest general art museums in the country. 29. Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - Featuring major exhibitions of renowned artists, the Nerman is the only contemporary art museum in Kansas. 30. Penguin Park - This fun and playful park has everything from a 26-foot kangaroo slide to a 23-foot penguin to play inside. 52 Diverse KC 2015

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31. The Roasterie - Tour the Roasterie and find out about their cupping, roasting and blending processes that create the KC-based air-roasted coffee. 32. Shoal Creek Living History Museum - A village of more than 20 authentic 19th-century buildings dating from 1807 to 1885. 33. Sprint Family Fun Days - Bring your kids down to the Power & Light District for free activities and events on the second Saturday of each month, May-October.

Order a Visitors Guide KC’s Official Visitors Guide is the place to find insider tips, local favorites and info on what’s happening during your next visit. Download your free copy at for more fun things to see and do in KC.

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Shopping A Shopper’s Paradise Of course, we don’t want you to shop until you drop, but it’s truly possible with the distinct shopping districts available in Kansas City. Whatever your tastes--small town, upscale, quirky and eclectic--we have it all in Kansas City. From mom and pop shops nestled in delightful neighborhoods with a personality all their own to expansive shopping malls filled with the latest in styles and name brands, it’s here in Kansas City. 

Day 1: Arts, Antiques and fun stuff

1. Crossroads Arts District

More than 60 artists’ studios, galleries and boutiques are represented in this renovated community bordered by Broadway to the west, Cherry to the east, Truman Road to the north and the railroad tracks at approximately 23rd Street to the south. The first Friday of each month, the businesses open their door until 9 p.m. providing entertainment and refreshments. Trolleys provide transportation around the district. For a complete listing of artists, visit

2. City Market

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SHOPPING take a step into the past at Planters, 513 Walnut St., a general store that still uses seed drawers. Antique hunters love the 30,000-square-foot River Market Antique Mall at 115 W. 5th St. Located at 5th and Walnut streets. Call 816-2220302.

3. Brookside

One of the most beloved communities in Kansas City, Brookside has maintained its neighborhood charm since the 1920s with more than 70 locally-owned businesses in a region surrounding 63rd and Brookside Blvd., south of the Plaza. The Reading Reptile, Kansas City’s premiere children’s bookstore, is at 328 W. 63rd. Just a few steps down at 316 W. 63rd, you’ll find the eclectic creations of more than 200 area artisans at Stuff. Visit or call 816-361-8222.

4. Crestwood

Located south of the Plaza along 55th Street between Brookside Blvd. to the east and Oak St. to the west, Crestwood is a collection of about 15 shops that offer upscale and distinctive home décor, European and American antiques and two European style cafes. Bloomsday Books, a Kansas City institution known for its collection of rare and used books, is located at 301 E. 55th.

Day 2: Shopping with Pizzazz

1. The Country Club Plaza

Designed in 1922 as the nation’s first suburban shopping district, today The Plaza is where the top names in fashion and home décor are found in Kansas City. Eddie Bauer and more than 200 boutiques and restaurants in the 20 block district, combined with the fabulous art and architecture make a day at the Plaza a must for any true Kansas City shopping experience. Stores are open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 816-753-0100, or visit

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SHOPPING 2. Crown Center

The home of Hallmark Cards is located on 85-acres on Grand Ave., between 24th and 25th Street. The enclosed shopping and entertainment complex is three stories of specialty shops and boutiques that are as entertaining to visit as they are satisfying to your shopping interests. Crown Center is located in Midtown at 2450 Grand Ave. Call 816274-8444, or visit 

3. Prairie Village Shops

The Prairie Village Shops delights visitors with its unique mix of independently owned clothing, specialty and home accessories shops. The village-style setting plays host to more than 50 shops, restaurants and services where you can still talk to the storeowner. Stop by Curious Sofa, 3925 W. 69th Terrace, which boasts a “less than serious” approach to shopping and decorating. Or visit Mady and Me, 6943 Tomahawk Rd., a children’s boutique clothing store. Located south of the Plaza at 71st Street and Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas. Call 913-652-3306, or visit

Day 3: Shop around the Metro

1. The Legends at Village West

The open-air shopping and entertainment district is not only one of the city’s newest shopping districts, it’s home to many first-ever locations to the region. The Legends features more than 80 tenants, including the city’s first Adidas store, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, ULTRA Diamonds and Cavender’s western wear. End your day with the firstever T-Rex in the nation-a 20,000-square-foot destination restaurant where dinosaurs come to life amongst extravagant theatrical settings including geysers, waterfalls and ice caves. Located at the intersection of I-70 and I-435 at the Parallel Parkway West exit in Kansas City, Kan. Call 913-7883700, or visit 56 Diverse KC 2015

SHOPPING 2. Zona Rosa

Located in Platte County, just 15 minutes north of Downtown, this urban retail center offers outdoor shopping and dining in a unique town-like atmosphere. With national, regional and local stores for the every member of the family, shoppers of any age will find exactly what they are looking for. The town square offers music and special events throughout the summer. And when the shopping day is over, stay for dinner or the nightlife, as many of the city’s well-known restaurants and bars are located here. Call 816587-8180, or visit

3. Oak Park Mall

With more than 185 specialty stores, Oak Park Mall is Overland Park’s fashion destination. Two levels of shopping and dining create a mix of local boutiques and national favorites like Sephora and American Girl Store. Located at Quivera Road and 95th Street in Overland Park, Kan. Call (913) 8884400, or visit

4. Town Center Plaza

Town Center Plaza is an upscale open-air lifestyle center featuring more than 90 national and specialty stores and restaurants. The elegant architecture and mix of upscale retailers create an ambiance that is reminiscent of strolling through a European village. Located at 119th Street and Nall in Leawood, Kan. Call 913-498-1111, or visit

Day 4: Small Town Charm

1. Parkville

Nestled on the banks of the Missouri River within site of the downtown Kansas City skyline, Parkville is a world away with many of its shops and homes dating to the mid-1800s. Once known as an antique-lovers destination, Main Street has recently become home to more distinctive boutiques carrying home décor and wearable fashions. A fun, locally owned establishment is Home Embellishments, 102 Main, which carries the quirky works of numerous local artists and artisans. Take Highway 169 across the Broadway Bridge to Highway 9 and follow it about six miles into Parkville. Many shops are closed on Monday. Call 816-587-2700.

2. Weston

All of Main Street Weston is on the National Register of Historic Places, with most of the buildings dating to the town’s founding in 1837. In these shops, you’ll find everything from European antiques to country primitives and collectables. But more contemporary home furnishings and clothing are making their way into an equal number of stores. Highway 9 north intersects with Highway 45. Turn west or left on Highway 45 and follow it 22 miles to Weston. Call 816-640-2909.

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Arrowhead Stadium.

SPORTS The passion and fire of the area’s sports fans is second-to-none. The celebrated Chiefs tailgate parties at the newly renovated Arrowhead Stadium are justly recognized as one of the great social scenes of the autumn classic. Football gets no better than an afternoon of incomparable dining and cheering with 80,000 of your closest neighbors. Baseball fans celebrate their passion for the game in one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country. Kauffman Stadium, with its brand new renovation, is complimented by, appropriately enough, a beautiful fountain and an extremely fan- friendly atmosphere. Soccer’s grip on the area is growing and a dedicated Sporting Park complex in western Kansas City is the home for the raucous fans of the MLS Sporting Kansas City. If you have not satisfied your appetite for baseball, drive west and check out the T-Bones of the independent Northern League in the intimate confines of beautiful CommunityAmerica Ballpark in the Village West area of Wyandotte County. Kansas City Chiefs Football (816) 920-9300 Ext. 4401 Kansas City Royals/Baseball 800-6ROYALS (816) 921-8000 Kansas Speedway (913) 328-3300 Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club (913) 328-2255 Sporting Kansas City/Soccer (913) 387-3400 58 Diverse KC 2015





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Always a new adventure! OPEN DAILY 816.595.1234 The Kansas City Zoo, a private, non-profit organization is operated in agreement with the Kansas City, MO Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, partially funded by the Zoological District in Jackson and Clay Counties in MO, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Chambers & Community Resources Chambers Asian-American Chamber (913) 338-0774 Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (816) 221-2424 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City (816) 472-6767 Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce (913) 948-7680 Kansas City Kansas Area Chamber of Commerce (913) 371-3070

Global and Multicultural Education Center (GAME) Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone (816) 474-2227 Guadalupe Centers, Inc. (816) 421-1015 Heart of America Japan-America Society Heritage League of Greater Kansas City (913) 722-1604

International Relations Council (IRC) (816) 221-4204 Community Resources

American Indian Council (816) 471-4898 or 1-800-546-4898 Black United Front (816) 523--1671 Center for the Study of the Korean War (816) 886-5371 Latino Coalition of Kansas City Don Bosco Centers (816) 691-2900 El Centro, Inc. (913) 677-0177 Freedom INC. (816) 483-8683

Islamic School of Greater Kansas City (816) 763-0322 Islamic School of Greater Kansas City (816) 763-0322 Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City (913) 327-8000 Jewish Community Relations Bureau (913) 327-8100 Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City (913) 327-8100

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Third weekend in August Swope Park, Kansas City, MO Adults : $3; 12 & Under : Free Free Parking More information: 816:513-7553


Your guide to quintessential Kansas City MUSEUMS / EVENTS / SHOPPING / SPORTS / MAPS & MORE

MULTIFAITH Jewish Vocational Service (816) 471-2808 Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau (913) 321-5800/800-264-1563 Kansas City Parks & Recreation (816) 513-7500 KCMO Mayor’s Ethnic Enrichment Commission of KC (816) 513-7553 Confucius Institute at University of Kansas (913) 897-8612 L’Alliance Francaise de Kansas City (816) 221-2049 La Causerie Francaise (816) 301-4110 Mattie Rhodes Counseling & Art Center (816) 471-2536 Mexican Consulate (816) 556-0800 Mid-America Regional Council (816) 474-4240 Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Missouri-Kansas City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) (816) 421-1191 Native Sons of Greater Kansas City (816) 926-9397 Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (816) 513-3215

Sister Cities Association of Kansas City Sociedad Hidalgo Southern Christian Leadership Conference The Urban League of Greater Kansas City (816) 471-0550 Turkish American Association of Greater Kansas City Visit KC 800-767-7700 • (816)-691-3800

Multifaith American Buddhist Center Gujarati Samaj of Greater Kansas City, Inc. Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Kansas City (913) 631-7519 India Association of Kansas City Islamic Center of Johnson County Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City (816) 763-2267 Sat Tirath Ashram (816) 561-5337 The Community of Mindful Living-Heartland Sangha (816) 333-3043

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MEDIA & LANGUAGE SERVICES The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (816) 453-3835 The Rime Buddhist Center & Monastery Institute of Tibetan Buddhist Studies (816) 471-7073

Publications African-American Kansas City Call (816) 842-3804

QUICK FACT Kansas City Globe After years of living and working in Kansas City, brothers Marion and Samuel Jordan founded the Empire National News in March 1972 to act as the voice of those who wanted to speak out against racism, bigotry and discrimination. Today the award winning newspaper is called the Kansas City Globe and, with a circulation of 10,000, the paper continues to honor and empower African- Americans in Kansas City.

Kansas State Globe (913) 299-0001


The Kansas City Globe (816) 531-5253

Missouri State Post 816) 561-7500


The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Chinese Journal The Korean Journal The Epoch Times VIETBAO Midwest Vietnamese Monthly Magazine Hispanic Dos Mundos Newspaper (816) 221-4747 KC Hispanic News Newspaper (816) 472-5246 KC Hispanic Pages Bilingual Business Directory (816) 472-5246 Mi Raza Magazine (816) 456-0078 Ñ Magazine Magazine/Newspaper (816) 326-7647 JEWISH KC Jewish Chronicle

Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors (913) 967-6767 Radio La Poderosa 1160 AM (Spanish) La Grande 1340 AM Radio Vida 1480 AM La Super Estación X 1250 AM KKFI-FM 90.1 (Variety) KMXV-FM 93.3 (Wilks-Contemporary Hits) KMJK-FM 107.3 (Cumulus Urban Contemporary) KPRS-FM 103.3 (Adult Urban Contemporary) KPRT-AM 1590 (Gospel) Interpreters/Translators All World Languages and Cultures, Inc. (816) 795-7800 Propio Language Services (913) 381-3143 Interpreters, Inc. (816) 761-5334 Spanish Voice Group, LLC Translation Perfect 913) 491-1444

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Taxis Airport Super Shuttle 800-243-6383 • (816) 243-5000 • Atlas Cab, Inc. (816) 421-0999 • (816) 421-2999 Checker Transportation Group (816) 461-8400 • Crown Cab, Inc. (816) 753-9300 Reelax Transportation (913) 599-3639 Transportation Services of KC (816) 918-1048 Yellow Cab (816) 471-5000 •

Public Transportation Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (816) 221-0660 • Metropolitan Public Transit. Frequent service to Downtown, Crown Center, the Plaza and other attractions. All buses are wheelchair accessible. Call for route information. MAX (Metro Area Express) (816) 221-0660 • A great way to see the sights of Kansas City. Exceptional service. No Parking worries or driving costs. MAX connects you with the city from the River Market to the Plaza and all points in be-

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tween. An easy, affordable way • (816) 842-0755 to explore Kansas City. • Passenger rail service to 500 + MEGABUS destinations nationwide. Kansas 877-GO2-MEGA • City-area passenger stations: Low-cost, intercity express bus Kansas City Union Station, Indeservice with fares as low as $1 pendence and Lee’s Summit. connecting Kansas City with other major Midwest cities. Easily book your trip online and receive the lowest ticket price available. Offers high-quality, safe and convenient travel for passengers.

Rail Passenger Service Amtrak 9051 Watson Rd., Ste. 322, Kansas City, MO 1-800-872-1477

Visit KC 1321 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105 800-767-7700 • (816) 691-3800

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