Crown Center: A Kansas City Jewel

Upscale Shops, Dining, and Events Find a Home Here

Downtown Kansas city, Missouri with passing rainstorm at sunrise taken from near top of Hyatt Regency hotel, Crown center.
••• Downtown Kansas city, Missouri near top of Hyatt Regency hotel, Crown Center. Getty Images/Don McLaughlin, 3rd Sibing Photography

Crown Center is a mixed-use commercial, shopping, dining, entertainment, and residential destination just south of downtown Kansas City, at 24th Street and Grand Boulevard. Crown Center covers more than 85 acres and is home to a long list of shops that you won't find anywhere else. Crown Center, which is anchored by Halls Kansas City, is owned by Kansas City’s own Hallmark Cards, which also calls the Crown Center area its world headquarters.

The complex also includes the Sheraton and Westin hotels, two of the city's largest,  as well as the iconic American Restaurant, which features established and emerging chefs.

History of Crown Center

In 1967, Hallmark founder Joyce Hall and his son, Don Hall, decided that the run-down and unkempt area surrounding Hallmark’s headquarters, called Signboard Hill, needed a serious facelift, and they set out to launch one of the nation’s first urban renewal projects. The Halls' hope was to develop a "city within a city" -- and with the approval of Kansas City, Crown Center was born, and construction began that year.

Crown Center Today

Crown Center in the 21st century is built on the famous Crown Center Square, which houses the famed Crown Center fountains and is the district's focal point for everything from summer concerts and movies, to festivals, fairs, pumpkin patches, Crown Center’s Ice Terrace, and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.

It’s also on the South side of the Crown Center Square that you’ll find Crown Center’s newest additions, and two of Kansas City’s biggest attractions, the Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center. You’ll also find the amazing Kaleidoscope and Hallmark Visitor’s Center, unique shops, and restaurants.

Crown Center is also home to the Coterie Theatre and the MTH Theater, as well as a special exhibit space.

Crown Center Shopping

With dozens of unusual specialty shops, there is a little something for just about everyone at Crown Center that can't be found anywhere else. Most of these shops, like Halls, are locally owned. 

Where to Eat

Restaurants abound at Crown Center. On the lower level, you’ll find a food court with many options. D ’Bronx is a hometown fave with great sandwiches and pizza, and you’ll also find Einstein Bros. Bagels and Topsy's Shoppes, a KC favorite for popcorn of all kinds. 

A trip to Crown Center is never complete without a trip to Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, where those young and old enjoy having their hamburgers and fries delivered by a railroad car. Chip’s Candy Factory is also fun for an after-meal treat, and you can even sign up for a tour of the factory. If you're on the hunt for fine dining at Crown Center, check out Milano and the American Restaurant.

Parking at Crown Center Shops

The retail parking garage can be reached from Grand Boulevard just south of the Crown Center Shops main entrance. Garages are on each side. Parking is free for three hours with validation from any Crown Center shop or restaurant.