Marquee lights of the historic Chicago Theater. Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

My City Adventures Guide to a Chicago Vacation – Getting Around Town

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Before I dive into our summer vacation I think I should begin by sharing why I chose Chicago, IL. With 20,000 cities in the United States, the options were almost endless. Yet Chicago has a diverse tapestry of architecture and is boldly pushing the boundaries of culinary art. Not to mention its greatest comeback story. All that made to a top choice. But what really sealed the deal was a quick google of what to do in Chicago during the last week of July. The Roots were playing at Northerly Island Park for the annual Tour de Fat. Whaaat!? I love The Roots! Sold!

Chicago's Riverwalk. Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

Of course, my daughter Lily and I did more than go to a concert and look at buildings. Much more. For your benefit, I divided the post into three sections: transportation, food, and sightseeing. You can start here with “Getting To and Around Town“. Coming soon are sections on food and sightseeing.

When I Say First Things First I Mean Food!

More Fun than We Could Handle in Just Five Days!

Also here’s my first fun fact about Chicago. The city got its name from “Checagou”, the Potawatomi word for wild onions. This tribe of Native Americans were the first inhabitants of Chicago’s terrain.

Riding in a Most Peculiar Style

Some say it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Well, not this time! My goal was to have a fantastic summer vacation so I wanted the journey to be as cheap as possible. Even though I don’t own a vehicle I had plenty of options. Plane, train, automobile, or bus.

Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

Honestly though, I didn’t even bother looking into airline tickets or renting a car. I assumed either would be too much for my budget. Amtrak has free and half price days for children’s train rides. Plus a four-hour layover in St. Louis would have given us some time to explore the Gateway City. However, after calculating the cost of departure to Chicago and arrival back in Kansas City, Greyhound’s bus transit was the least expensive at $153 round trip for both of us. With our tickets booked we were off. And so were the other people who traveled on the bus with us.

I don’t know the Greyhound slogan but “Don’t start none, won’t be none” would be most accurate. This was the primary spiel I heard throughout our bus ride. Actually, the quote from the Greyhound drivers was “If a passenger becomes a problem, Greyhound does not transport them past the point that they become a problem.” Meaning if you act a fool on the bus, you will get left on the side of the road with the police. It could have been because our bus was scheduled to leave at 11 pm. You know who they say comes out at night. Clearly we were in for a colorful journey.

Public transit bus in Chicago. Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

From the moment the bus pulled out of the station, the characters on-board gave me a surreal look into sides of humanity fit for a bizarre reality TV show. There was the woman meeting her boyfriend in St. Louis who spent over two hours in a phone conversation that would make a late night call girl blush. And it wasn’t with her boyfriend. A group of men sitting behind us were heading to a boys weekend and had started the party a little too soon. While traveling back home we met a woman in a nasty custody dispute with her children’s father. She spent most of her time sitting in her girlfriend’s lap sobbing loudly. I’d made the mistake of figuring that if we got a later bus we could simply sleep through the ride and wake up at our destination. I was wrong! But we made it. Safe, sound, and only mildly sleep deprived.

We Hit the Ground Running and Immediately Got Lost

My goal of keeping transportation expenses to a minimum meant using Uber was out of the question. I purchased a Ventra card, accepted on Chicago’s buses and trains. Ventra cards can be loaded with funds for 1 day, 3 days, 7 days, and 30 days. My seven-day pass cost $28. However since our trip was only five days it would have been nice to have a five-day option. No cabs or Uber also meant a lot of walking and quickly gaining some navigational sense of the local transit system. It just wasn’t quick enough. My GPS app was virtually worthless for most of our vacation. To get around we relied heavily on the kindness of local bus drivers and city maps posted throughout the downtown area.

State Street bridge in Chicago. Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

Our hungry bellies dictated the first thing on the travel itinerary was to explore a nearby restaurant. I managed finding the way to Devon Seafood Grill on the Magnificent Mile with ease. After dinner was a different story. God must have decided I was better off lost because my GPS would not work and then my phone died. No big deal. Surely I can reverse my steps back to the train station where we got off. Wrong! The distance from the restaurant to the blue line train was only 10 minutes on foot. After 15 minutes of hopelessly walking up and down unfamiliar streets, I had a slightly panic inducing realization. I didn’t have a clue how to get to where I needed to be.

“Relax, Mama! We’re on Vacation!”

The first and only other time I’ve been to Chicago is with my mother when I was 10 years old. I’m 32 now. Luckily the small amount of research I did in anticipation of our trip began to serve me well. I recognized a few surrounding landmarks from travel guides. Wandering up one street, we came across a finely dressed couple looking in the window of a Maserati dealership. Aahhh! This is the Gold Coast neighborhood. Lily and I continued up that street then turned left. At the corner of somewhere and someplace we noticed a woman steering a horse-drawn carriage past the exquisite Sofitel Hotel. (I later learned it was the corner of Wabash Ave. and Chestnut St.) The stunning sight of the Sofitel’s half crescent-shaped glass first floor exterior left me awestruck.

Horse drawn carriage in front of Sofitel Hotel Chicago. Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

Feelings of panic washed away. I told myself to temporarily abandon any sense of urgency to be at the next place. Switching gears to a more relaxed state and now primed for adventure mode, Lily and I started a game I call Which Way. The rules are simple. We start on a street corner and pick a direction to walk. Left, right, or straight. The way to win is by finding some new place or thing you haven’t seen before. It could be a new mural or a statue or anything. It’s the best way I know to explore sights I would otherwise miss if I stuck to the beaten path.

Feeling the Chicago Blues

Once night fell we got back on schedule. Thank God for those city maps and wi-fi hot spots! We finally found our way back to the “L” station we needed and hopped on the Blue Line. Can I just take a moment to talk about the amazingly wonderful Blue Line!? This train runs 24 hours a day from the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, through downtown, to Forest Park. Luckily, the AirBNB apartment we stayed in was only a five-minute walk from the South Halsted station. Eventually we rode on seven of the eight “L” routes and several bus routes with all we planned during the trip. Yet it didn’t take long to learn that the quickest way for us to get back and forth was on the Blue Line. Take my advice if you’re traveling to Chicago. Remember the Blue Line. It will be your best friend. Side note: The Red Line also operates on a 24 hour schedule.

Kayakers on Chicago's Riverwalk. Some say it's not the destination, it's the journey. Well, our Chicago journey was full of getting lost. Hopefully, this will help you find your way around.

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Kaw Point Riverfront Park. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

Ten Reasons Why There is No Place Like Kansas City, Kansas

This post is sponsored by Kansas City, Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Kansas Tourism.

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson asked Congress for funds to send an expedition from the Missouri River to the Pacific Northwest. This was in anticipation of the acquisition of Louisiana Territory. France sold the 828,000 square miles in this territory to the United States for 60 million francs ($15 million). This purchase doubled the size of the United States. On June 26, 1804, the expedition reached Kansas. For three days, they camped at Kaw Point, where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers meet. Today this is Kansas City, Kansas. Kaw Point also marked the first stop on my day long tour of Kansas City, Kansas.

On that expedition, over 200 years ago Lewis and Clark observed how beautiful the prairie land was and the rich diversity of its wildlife. While Kansas City, Kansas is still as beautiful, it has grown into much more than a grassland. During our day trip, Lily and I explored everything from historical landmarks and sports life to public art and local spots for shopping. Not to mention the delicious restaurants! Follow along as I share the rich, beautiful past and present of Kansas City, Kansas.

1. Breakfast – Bonito Michoacan Bakery

Bonito Michaocan Bakery. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

I have a major sweet tooth so Bonito hit the sugar spot. This Mexican bakery offers the freshest and most delicious pastries you can find in the city.

2. Winkler Clock Tower

Winkler Clock Tower. Kansas City, Kansas is as as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. On a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hotspots.

On our way to the meeting place for the day tour we passed the elegant Winkler Clock Tower. Commissioned by Frank Winkler a German immigrant and jewelry shop owner, this landmark has been a symbol of prosperity in downtown Kansas City, Kansas for over 100 years. The clock was constructed in the Neo-Classical style which grew out of the Chicago’s World Fair. This style gained popularity in Kansas City as evidenced by area street lights and fixtures. The Winkler Clock was originally installed in front of the Winkler Jewelry and Watch Repair Store on Minnesota Avenue in 1915. The clock is now located at the Metro Center Transit Plaza on the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Minnesota Avenue.

3. Kaw Point Riverfront Park

Kaw Point Riverfront Park. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

Kaw Point was part of the land first claimed by Spain, then France, and ultimately bought by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The area served as the basis for the state of Missouri’s western border from Iowa to Arkansas when it became a state in 1821. Kansas officially joined the Union in 1861. Kaw Point features 10 acres of beautiful trails, and outdoor amphitheater, and wildlife. Many special events are hosted here, including an annual paddle boat race.

4. Avenue of Murals

Wyandot Echoes at Avenue of Murals. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

We headed back to Minnesota Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Kansas for an Instagram lovers dream. Here you’ll a four block display of murals from 6th Street to 9th Street. Local high school students partnered with professional artists Joe Faus, Alisha Gambino, and Duane Dudley to create these works of art. Each of the eight murals represents the history and culture of the city. The “Wyandot Echoes” mural represents the migration of the Wyandots’ from Ontario to Kansas and a spiritual journey back to the past.

5. Lunch – Slap’s BBQ

Slap's BBQ. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

You have to know I wouldn’t leave Kansas City, Kansas without some barbecue! More specifically, Slap’s BBQ. This treasure can be found in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood. Slap’s serves up mouth-watering barbecue sandwiches, burnt ends, and ribs.

6. Rosedale Memorial Arch

Rosedale Memorial Arch. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

The Rosedale Memorial Arch is dedicated to the men of the Rosedale neighborhood who served in the 42nd Rainbow Division for World War I. Nearby Rainbow Boulevard is also named for these men. Drawing inspiration from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, local architect John Leroy Marshall designed the memorial. In 1993 a small marker was placed under the arch honoring Rosedale residents who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

7. Sporting Kansas City/Children’s Mercy Park

Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

Sporting Kansas City was  as the Kansas City Wizards by Lamar Hunt in 1995. When the team moved to their home at Children’s Mercy Park it re-branded. Sporting Kansas City has won many titles making it one of the leading soccer teams in America. (MLS Cup in 2000 and 2013, the Supporters’ Shield in 2000, and the U.S. Open in 2004, 2012, and 2015) World renowned architectural firm Populous completed the $200 million Children’s Mercy Park in 2011. The unique design is meant to give the impression of movement with an undertone of urban modernism. Our tour took us through the stadium, media areas, and locker rooms.

8. Legends Outlets Kansas City

Legends Outlets. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

For some shop til we drop action we had to travel no further than the Village West District. This shopping and dining epicenter is home to Legends Outlets, Cabela’s, and Nebraska Furniture Mart. With over 75 name brand stores and over 30 restaurants, the Legends has something for everyone. The outdoor shopping center opened in 2006 and quickly became the premier shopping and entertainment area in Kansas City, Kansas. It’s also the only designer outlet in the region.

9. Dinner – Dave & Buster’s

Dave and Buster's at Legends Outlets.

Parents say not to play with your food. But at Dave & Buster’s it’s required. This arcade and restaurant boasts over 200 of the best and newest games. Plus sharable appetizers and entrees make it a win-win for everyone.

10. T-Bones/Community America Ballpark

T Bones Baseball. Kansas City, Kansas is as beautiful as it was when Lewis & Clark trekked its terrain. For a day trip, I explored landmarks, art, food, and local hot spots.

We topped off the day with a T-Bones game. This minor league baseball team offers up a fun night of America’s pastime the whole family will love. The park features a children’s play area and half time activities that shouldn’t be missed. It’s also budget friendly with most tickets in the $6.50 to $16 range. On Saturdays, Community America Ballpark ends T-Bones games with a fireworks show.

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An Ice Cream Tour of Kansas City for National Ice Cream Day and Month

I could practically hear ice cream lovers scream for joy across the country. July is National Ice Cream Month and July 16th marked National Ice Cream Day. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. In his proclamation, he recognized ice cream as “a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population”. President Reagan called upon the people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Fulfilling my civic duty, I followed the President’s orders.

However, it didn’t seem enough to merely partake of just one ice cream shop in Kansas City. Instead, I decided to GO BIG and went on a self guided ice cream tour around the city. Yes, indeed! Lily and I ate ice cream ALL DAY! How’s that for celebrating National Ice Cream Day? Bring your taste buds along as I share the deliciousness from each tour stop.

Westport Ice Cream Bakery

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. I celebrated with a delicious Ice Cream Tour of Kansas City! Our first stop was Westport Ice Cream Bakery.

What we ate: Ghost Pepper Hot Chocolate and Strawberry Cheesecake

Westport Ice Cream Bakery is a family-owned and operated ice cream shop. The shop features “Vito’s Famous Shalolly & Sorbetto” crafted with a recipe handed down from the owner’s grandparents. They also serve up locally sourced ice creams, fresh baked cookies and brownies, decadent sundaes, and delicious shakes.

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. I celebrated with a delicious Ice Cream Tour of Kansas City! Our second stop was Spin Neapolitan Pizza.

What we ate: Tahitian Vanilla and Blueberry Butter Cookie

Founded in Overland Park, KS, SPIN! was one of the nation’s first Neapolitan-style pizza restaurants. SPIN! serves hand-spun, stone-fired pizzas, fresh salads with house made dressings, soups, Italian deli sandwiches, appetizers, seasonally themed cocktails, and all-natural gelato ice creams. Of course we’re here to talk about the gelato. One taste of Spin’s gelato and you’ll know why we frequently go to a pizza joint for ice cream. The flavors are rich and creamy with fresh ingredients.

Paleteria Tropicana

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. I celebrated with a delicious Ice Cream Tour of Kansas City! Our third stop was Paleteria Tropicana.

What we ate: Mango-Pineapple with Chili and Piña Colada.

Paleteria Tropicana opened with a single concept. To serve authentic Mexican ice cream to a growing Hispanic market. In addition to ice cream and paletas made on site, Paleteria Tropicana offers an extensive menu of fruit cocktails, smoothies, and traditional Mexican lunch and dinner.

Betty Rae’s

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. I celebrated with a delicious Ice Cream Tour of Kansas City! Our fourth stop was Betty Rae's in the historic Waldo neighborhood.

What we ate: Joe’s Burnt End BBQ, Goat Cheese with Walnuts & Apricots and Root Beer

Owners, David and Mary are college sweethearts who got their ice cream beginning at  Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Colombia, MO. Betty Rae was David’s grandmother. Her sense of culinary creativity has been passed down to the shop’s ever-changing menu of unique ice cream flavors.

Miami Ice

July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month is National Ice Cream Day. I celebrated with a delicious Ice Cream Tour of Kansas City!

What we ate: Custard ice with Tiger’s Blood, Lime, & Passionfruit and Pineapple & Cotton Candy.

Miami Ice has been family owned and locally operated in the eclectic West 39th Street district for over 40 years. This shop carries Lawrence based Sylas and Maddy’s ice cream, so you can expect rich and creamy scoops.  The shop features a range of flavorful syrups. Get creative with the ability to mix up to four different flavors!

Now before you sound the alarm, yes I KNOW there are several classic Kansas City ice cream shops not on my list. For the very simple reason that I didn’t happen to visit them on National Ice Cream Day. But they certainly deserve to be mentioned. Maybe you’ll add one or all of them to your itinerary for a Kansas City Ice Cream Tour.

  • Andy’s Frozen Custard
  • Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard
  • Glace
  • Snow and Company

I hope you enjoyed our Ice Cream Tour. Share how you celebrated National Ice Cream Day in the comment section below. You can also stay connected to My City Adventures by subscribing. Thank you for reading!

10 Amazing Companies that Created Unique Sightseeing Tours in Kansas City

Maybe it’s that I love history. Learning about where things got started has always interested me. Lucky for me, where I live, there is plenty to learn and explore. Here are 10 amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City.

1. American Jazz Museum Tour

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through visual arts, interactive exhibitions, films, and performing arts. Public programming for all ages enliven the history and music at the center of the American Jazz Museum. The engaging Museum tours bring Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington to life. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for 65+, $6 for children 5-12. Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more. Tours are perfect for family reunions, corporate outings, networking events, and more. Call 816-474-8463 for scheduling.

2. Boulevard Brewing Company Tour

The Boulevard Brewing Company Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO
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Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty craft beer brewer in the Midwest. The brewery offers two options for tours of its factory. Enjoy free public one hour walking tours of the brewery, which close with samples in their Tasting Room. The entire day’s tickets become available at 10 am each day, and are on a first-come, first-served basis from the Tours & Rec Center Welcome Desk. Public tours are open to ages 6 and older and offered at regular intervals from 10 am to 4 pm. Thirsty for more? Then the Smokestack Tour & Tasting is for you. Join Boulevard for a two-hour experience including the tour plus guided food and beer pairings. Smokestack tours are available Sunday through Friday for guests 21 and older. Tickets are $25 per person and released online the first Monday of each month for the following month’s tours.

3. Chocology Tour

Chips Chocolate Factory, in Crown Center, makes more than 200 chocolate confections by hand including over 40 flavors of Kansas City fudge. Their Chocology tours are a unique experience where you learn the history of chocolate, where is it grown, how is it harvested, and how is it made. You’ll also watch the resident candy makers transform fresh ingredients into a loaf of smooth, creamy fudge. Scheduled group visits are between 10:30 am and 5 pm, excluding Tuesday and Sunday. The cost for the visit is $5.00 per person and includes a bag filled with yummy Chips Chocolate Factory goodies. Tours need a minimum of 10 people. Each visit lasts about 45 minutes. To schedule your group visit, call 816-421-0012.

4. The Gangster Tour

The Gangster Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO
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Kansas City was a favorite spot of the “old timers.” The Gangster Tour puts you hot on the trail of this city’s most notorious Goodfellas. But don’t make the guides twist your arm. Grab your chopper, hop on the bus, and you’ll spend 90 minutes immersed in a melodramatic look at mob homes and hangouts, turf wars and infamous crimes like the Union Station massacre. Tours are held every Saturday year round for $29 per person. Sorry kiddos, adults only. Dinner and a tour is also available for groups of 15 + at $69 per person. For reservations or ticket information call 816-471-1234.

5. Harley-Davidson Assembly Tour

Harley-Davidson has built a legacy of fulfilling dreams of personal freedom. Step into the process of that legacy with tours of the Vehicle and Powertrain Operations Factory. Two tour options feature a series of displays that guide you through the various manufacturing and assembly processes. Classic Factory Tour are free and offer people and small groups an intimate view of Harley-Davidson’s assembly line and fabrication areas. The Steel Toe Tour goes behind-the-scenes through areas previously unseen by the public. Tickets are $38 per person. This is the only Harley-Davidson factory tour where you will see a Harley-Davidson powertrain and vehicle assembled and brought to life.  Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on the tours. Visit website for more information, including tour times.

6. Historic Kansas City Tour

Historic Kansas City Neighborhood Walking Tours and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

Historic Kansas City is the only greater Kansas City nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and rehabilitation of the area’s heritage, neighborhoods and historic built environment. The Historic Kansas City Foundation offers a variety of walking tours featuring the diverse architecture and history of neighborhoods across Kansas City. Trained volunteers lead tours that last between 1 and 1.5 hours. Tour pricing is $10 per person. Members of Historic Kansas receive a 50% discount. Email hkcf@historickansascity.org or call 816-931-8448, at least one week in advance, to schedule a tour date.

7. Kansas City Ballet Tour

The Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity is home to the Kansas City Ballet. Located at 500 W. Pershing in downtown Kansas City, the facility houses the professional company, Kansas City Ballet School, Michael and Ginger Frost Studio Theater, and Kansas City Ballet’s artistic and administrative staff. Kansas City Ballet invites you and your group to come see the company at work. Call to arrange a tour of the studios for groups of 10 or more people. The presentation includes information about productions in progress and you can take a peek at their professional dancers in rehearsal. You’ll also be able to see costumes in the making in their costume shop. For more information about tours, please contact 816.216.5583

8. Kansas City Fun Tours

Kansas City Fun Tours and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

A Kansas City Fun Tour is the best first thing to do in Kansas City. Get acquainted with popular sites, local favorites and hidden treasures that the city has to offer during their fully narrated 75 minute, 15 mile guided tour. Take the tour in style aboard an authentic trolley. Some of the things you’ll experience are art museums, fountains and statues, where to go for the best nightlife and live music, and great restaurants to enjoy cuisine from around the world. Scheduled tours are daily at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for children 12 and younger, $18 for 60+ and military, and $20 for adults. For scheduling book tickets online or call 816-500-5417.

9. The Roasterie Factory Café Tour

The Roasterie Factory Café goes to great lengths to bring you the best coffee in the world. Enjoy tours of the factory that gives you an up close look at their cupping, roasting and blending processes. You’ll learn about the history of the company, get a behind the scenes look at the factory, and experience a manual coffee brewing demonstration along with a Q&A. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for the 45 minutes long tours. The best day for a Roasterie Factory tour is Thursday. Public Cuppings (coffee tastings) are held on the first and third Thursday of the month. On these days, from 5 pm to 6 pm, you can sample a myriad of coffees from all over the world. One hour private tours are best for groups of 15 or more. Here’s a link to my last visit to the Roasterie Factory.

10. Taste of Kansas City Food Tours

The Taste of Kansas City Food Tour and 9 other amazing companies that created unique sightseeing tours in Kansas City, MO

Taste of Kansas City Food Tours started in 2012, becoming Kansas City’s first food and culinary tour company dedicated to helping visitors and Kansas City residents enjoy the best Kansas City food and cultural experience off-the-beaten-path. In addition to tasting deliciously crafted foods, participants will learn about the history, culture, and neighborhood entertainment offerings of the Crossroads Arts District. Whether through the Crossroads, Prohibition, Sunday Brunch, or on the KC Streetcar Line, any of the four Taste of Kansas City Tours are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Ticket pricing starts at $54 per person. Visit website for more tour information and schedule.

Which tour  your favorite? Leave a comment. Thank you so much for reading!

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Show Me Shoes Foundation Gives the Gift of Going to Prom in Style for Teen Girls

Almost 10 years ago, long time friends Shiv’on and Anneka shared a wish to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. As a result of that vision, Show Me Shoes Foundation launched in 2009.

Show Me Shoes Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in Kansas City, MO. They have created a crusade for confidence through self-love, mentors and sisterhood. The organization has served over 3,000 young girls and women in chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the founders hometown of Kansas City. With the support of volunteers and donations, they impact lives by restoring strength and self-love through the “sole”. Show Me Shoes includes several programs which work together to carry out their mission. Teen Master Class, Moguls in Heels, Camp Sole Beautiful, and Prom Project: Prom in the City.

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

I became aware of Show Me Shoes through Prom Project: Prom in the City. Prom Project aids high school teen girls who are unable to financially afford the luxury of the perfect prom. The program accepts donations of new and gently worn gowns, shoes and accessories and distributed to young women in need. The event, in its seventh year, is a fun day filled with giveaways, make overs, and lots of love!

How to Get Involved with Show Me Shoes

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

There are many ways to get involved with the Show Me Shoes Foundation. You can volunteer for all their annual events. Opportunities include event planning, social media management, mentoring, photography/video, and decorating. Donation events are held for Prom Project before prom season. Check the Show Me Shoes Facebook page for details.

The following items:

  • Any size/color/style new and gently worn formal, bridal dresses
  • New and gently worn heels
  • Accessories: shawls, necklaces, jewelry, gloves, clutches

Show Me Shoes also has several fundraising events planned throughout the year. Join the Foundation at Kendra Scott at the Country Club Plaza for an evening of shopping for a good cause on April 25, 2017, 5-7 pm. Jewelry from the new Spring Collection will be available for purchase with 20% benefiting Teen Master Class, Camp Sole Beautiful and Prom Project 2018. Enjoy light appetizers and wine  while you shop. Bring your girlfriends and make the night even sweeter! Moguls in Heels takes places September 17, 2017. This annual fundraiser and networking brunch connects local “Moguls in Heels”. The event highlights women entrepreneurs, community leaders, influencers, and small business owners in their community. Funds raised during this event will go towards the 2018 Camp Sole Beautiful.

Show Me Shoes was launched as a vision of long time friends Shiv'on and Anneka to inspire teenage girls to follow their dreams and help build confidence. -Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Thank you so much for reading! Share this with any women you know who would love to join the Show Me Shoes mission.