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Country Club Plaza, Kansas City

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The Country Club Plaza (often called The Plaza) is a privately-owned regional shopping center in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri. Opened in 1923, it was the first planned suburban shopping center and the first regional shopping center to accommodate shoppers arriving by car.

Planned in 1922 by J. C. Nichols and designed in Baroque Revival and Moorish Revival style echoing the architecture of Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises high-end retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as offices. The Country Club Plaza is named in the Project for Public Spaces' list 60 of the World's Great Places.
The center consists of 18 separate buildings representing 784,000 square feet (72,800 m2) of retail space and 219,000 square feet (20,300 m2) of office space.
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  • Did not know it was restaurant week was presented with menu seemed to be a great opportunity to try certain dishes @ a great value! Arrived @ 7:30 pm without reservations was willing to wait 30... 
    Did not know it was restaurant week was presented with menu seemed to be a great opportunity to try certain dishes @ a great value! Arrived @ 7:30 pm without reservations was willing to wait 30...  more »
  • As a child going to the Plaza was a big deal. We always got dressed up. The majority of the stores were high end and locally owned...Hall's and Swanson's were the most memorable. Visiting the Plaza.....  more
    As a child going to the Plaza was a big deal. We always got dressed up. The majority of the stores were high end and locally owned...Hall's and Swanson's were the most memorable. Visiting the Plaza.....  more »
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  • I actually grew up in Kansas City but have not lived there for many years. As a teen and in my early 20's, I spent time on The Plaza, mostly just hanging out. It is a beautiful place year round but especially in the summer and at Christmas time. It is a shopping area, not in the downtown area, like today's outdoor mall areas. It opened in 1923 so there are many older, historic buildings but is very beautiful. There is lots of shopping and dining experiences to be had. At one time, there was a movie theater but apparently the last movie theater closed in 2019. On a summer evening, it is nice to stroll around after dining at one of the many restaurants. Shopping is also one of the 'afternoon sports' of The Plaza. One very nice thing in this day and age, there is plenty of free parking, that way you can spend your money on shopping and the restaurants. It can be a nice place to take someone special. Christmas time is a big deal because of the Christmas lights. There is a lighting ceremony on Thanksgiving evening that tends to draw crowds. This has been going on for over 90 years though this year was my first time going to the actual lighting ceremony. I decided to rent some hotel rooms and invite my family to Thanksgiving dinner on The Plaza, followed by a stroll to the lighting ceremony. Even if one does not go to the lighting ceremony, it is worth it to go down to see the lights some time between Thanksgiving night and the first week of January. There are several hotels on and around The Plaza area also. It is definitely one of those places that I recommend seeing if you are ever in the Kansas City area for a few days.
  • So fun and enjoyable waking around. I would recommend anytime of year but the lighting ceremony is something to see and experience It’s very nice but bring $$ The plaza is fun. They keep updating it and making it better. But it is not a cheap area. Bring $$ but worth it.

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