Travel & Lodging


Please be mindful of the workshop schedule when booking arrival and departure flights. We recommend booking your flight to arrive in Kansas City by 2 p.m. on Sunday and your return flight after 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Kansas City International Airport (MCI) is located about 25 minutes from Kansas City’s downtown. We will provide a van transfer between the airport and housing during a limited number of time windows. If your travel falls outside of these windows, you will need to find your own transportation. The metro bus service regularly runs between the airport and downtown, and there are taxicabs and ride shares available at the curb. One way fares are about $40.00 to $60.00.


Workshop participants will have two options for housing accommodations.

(Courtesy of Home2Suites Downtown KC)

Home2 Suites by Hilton Kansas City Downtown

Address: 2001 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone:  816-987-7300
Fax:  816-987-7335 

A reservation link will be provided to participants. We have reserved a block of queen suite rooms at $149 a night plus tax. Parking is free if you stay in the hotel for 5 or more nights. 

The hotel is located in the heart of the Crossroads District with easy access to major attractions and dozens of restaurants in the Downtown area. Participants can easily walk to many venues. There is also streetcar stop, which is free to ride, to additional stops Downtown including Union Station, Kansas City Power and Light District and the River Market area.  

The hotel will provide complimentary breakfast. Each room comes with a working wall with ergonomic desk, free WiFi, and in-suite kitchen with sink, dishwasher, microwave, full-sized refrigerator, cookware, plates, cups and utensils. The hotel also features: a fitness center, guest laundry, heated indoor saline pool, 24-hour business services area, 24-hour Home2 MKT®, and lounge area. Most of our daily trips will leave from this location.

UMKC Hospital Hill Student Apartments (Courtesy of Google Maps)

UMKC Hospital Hill Apartments
Address: 2401 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 235-8840

We have reserved some apartment units at rates that range from $55 to $65 a night depending on the configuration.

  • 1 bedroom – $55 a night
  • 2 bedroom – $60 a night per person
  • 4 bedroom – $65 a night per person

Parking is available at the Hospital Hill Apartments parking garage at $18 a week per person.

The student apartments offer accommodations at a more affordable price, but they are dorm-style apartments. Each unit includes a kitchen and living area, as well as bedrooms with a desk, bed, and en-suite bathrooms. Bed linens, towels, and pillows will be provided, as well as blankets upon request. There is no daily cleaning service and participants would need to bring kitchenware if you plan to cook your meals. Unlike the hotel, there is no breakfast service. The streetcar, restaurants, shops are at a distance.

The biggest difference between accommodations is the location. The Hospital Hill Apartments are located near UMKC’s large medical campus. The student apartments are approximately 1.5 miles from the Home2Suites. The location is up a steep hill and separated from the Downtown and Crossroads Districts. There are few restaurants nearby, so participants would need to walk, drive, or ride share to access a broader range of options.

Please note: participants are welcome to select a different housing option; however, they must be prepared to arrive at the day’s location at the scheduled start time. In addition, we will be running a van transfer between the student apartments to the Home2Suites Hotel 30 minutes before and after the day’s activities. The van will not be available after workshop hours. 

Local Commuters

Local commuters may park at the Home2Suites parking garage for $14 a week, or the Hospital Hill Apartments parking garage for $18 a week.


Participants will be charged a fee of no more than $65 (deducted from your stipend) to will cover 2 dinners, 1 lunch, and snacks. We will accommodate dietary restrictions. 


The workshop will require a fair amount of walking. We will walk to some sites and will walk during our visits to the various historic sites and museums. We will have a van available to accommodate those with limited mobility. All sites (with the exception of the Thomas Hart Benton House) are ADA compliant and have elevators.

Temperature and Clothing 

July temperatures in Kansas City are usually in the 80s and 90s during the day and the 60s and 70s in the evening. The humidity can be relatively high. Bring clothes and shoes that are comfortable for walking.
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