Union Station
Developers announce $54 Million project
Renovation of one of Downtown Wichita's most iconic buildings will soon be underway as new plans have been announced. Developer Gary Oborny of Occidental Management identified $54 Million of redevelopment and expansion projects for the Downtown Union Station campus. view all >
Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The WDDC, Wichita Community Foundation and Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Fuel the Fire Speaker Series
The Fuel the Fire Speaker Series will engage the community in discussions about national trends on the topics of talent, opportunity and place to competitively position Wichita for the future. Speakers include Carol Coletta, James Chung and Brad Segal. All three keynotes are open to the public. view all >
Updated Residential Market Analysis
Downtown Wichita can absorb 1,750 new residential units in the next five to seven years.
Zimmerman/Volk Associates has recently completed a study of the residential market in Downtown Wichita. This study has shown that Downtown is seeing tremendous progress in the growth of our residential market and can continue to expand to 1,750 residential units in the next five to seven years.
2013 State of Downtown Report
The WDDC is pleased to present the 2013 State of Downtown Report
The report provides economic data that documents the transformation of our City's center including an overview of Downtown investment as well as activity within Downtown's major markets: residential, commercial, hospitality and entertainment. WDDC initiatives, development project updates and Downtown demographic trends are presented in the document as well. This report is designed to be a resource for those who own, develop, market or invest in real estate. view all >
River Vista
A new mixed-use development project for Project Downtown’s Catalyst Site One on the west bank of the Arkansas River.
Recently approved by the Wichita City Council, the new development, River Vista, will be a 154-unit apartment project with a 20,000 SF two-story commercial building located on McLean Boulevard. Along with this development, the City has committed to make improvements to the river front and adjacent Delano Park. view all >
Old Town Farmers' Market
Old Town Farmers' Market supports local growers through a weekly event in Old Town.
Downtown is a place for community. The Old Town Farmers' Market, a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants from local ranches, dairies, farms and nurseries. The market is a vital part of the community and a wonderful way to experience Downtown. Old Town Farmer's Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday, May 3 through October 11, 2014, in the Old Town Farm & Art Market Square located at 1st and Mosley.
Currently under construction, the new WaterWalk Apartments will offer flexible living choices
The new $10 Million WaterWalk Apartments, located at 411 W. Maple, will deliver flexible living choices with all bills paid, short leases, furnished or unfurnished one, two or three bedroom new apartments on the West bank of Arkansas River and adjacent to the Wichita Ice Center. view all >
New Mixed-use project in Old Town
New Project will transform former Grant-Billingly building in the heart of Old Town
Renovations are currently underway by Old Town developer Dave Burk at the three-story building at 143 N. Rock Island. This mixed-use project includes eight upscale apartments in the top two floors, as well as retail and office space in the ground level floor previously occupied by Suede bar.
Recently purchased warehouses provide opportunity for development
Plans announced for former Liberty Distributors Inc warehouses
Craig Slawson, of Colorado-based Slawson Enegry, has purchased three buildings in the Commerce Street Arts District at 518-520 Commerce. Plans include renovating the warehouses into live/work spaces for artists and customizable commercial properties. view all >
Progress on Macy's Garage
Parking garage repair plan set by Wichita City Council
The Wichita City Council recently approved a $9.68 million plan to renovate the former Macy's Garage at 212 S Market, which the City gained ownership of in November 2013. The repairs will stabilize the structure and will open all nine floors and 550 spaces of the garage, which will benefit nearby businesses and the public.
The LUX is now leasing!
The leasing has begun! The LUX is currently leasing spaces available for move in immediately. The LUX is the redevelopment of the Kansas Gas & Electric Building on First and Market Street. The project will be a mixed-use development offering office, residential and luxury terraces overlooking the City's skyline. view all >
K-State illustrates nine visionary urban site plans that build upon the long-range urban framework proposed in the Wichita Downtown Master Plan, Project Downtown.
Through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and support from local design firms, the WDDC was able to sponsor an urban design studio class from Kansas State University for the Spring Semester 2013. view all >
Jeff Fluhr on St. Francis Street Revitalization
Jeff Fluhr, President of WDDC speaks on St. Francis Street revitalization. Since the conversion of the street from a one-way to a two-way, there have been an influx of public and private investments and new businesses. This success can be attributed to the vision outlined in Project Downtown.

Video courtesy of the Wichita Eagle. view story >

Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center
When is a building more than just a building? When it fosters collaboration. When it aids creativity. When it impacts the lives of Kansans. This video tells the story behind the concept, vision, design and completion of the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference Center, the first new construction along the core of Douglas Avenue in 38 years. view story >
Activate Wichita
Help improve Wichita. Activate Wichita is our online conversation about the future of the Greater Wichita metropolitan area. Add your ideas, support good ideas and share with friends! Sign up now and start contributing. view story >
The LUX "The Essential"
At 538 efficient and lavish square feet, The Essential is simplified living at The LUX, designed for a streamlined lifestyle with the amenities of luxury living. view story >
Sept 18
Wichita is at an inflection point, says James Chung, who grew up here and now runs the New York predictive analytics firm Reach Advisors.
Sept 18
The process to breathe new life into the former Macy’s Corp. parking garage on South Market has begun.
Sept 13
James Chung says it was his formative years growing up in Wichita that first had an impact on his career.
Sept 12
The next phase of the Orpheum Theatre renovation is expected to start in early 2015.
Sept 12
Dawson Grimsley has pledged $1 million to support the historic renovation efforts at Orpheum Theatre.
Sept 11
Five years ago, King of Freight was a new business that consisted of Mike Ricklefs and a laptop in his apartment.
Sept 11
Cabaret Old Town will get new life later this year.
From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Reserved Ticket Pricing: $29 Orchestra, $25 Lower Balcony, $20 Upper Balcony
Go to Warren's Old Town Theatre Grille for $5 movies on Wednesdays! All tickets are $5 on Wednesdays, no other discounts or special ticket offers will be accepted. Excludes Director's Suite. 3D Tickets are $8.00. Sony Pictures does not allow discounts on their films.
In honor of Craft Beer pioneer and trailblazer-Rob Miller, and his Goebel Liquor's 20th Anniversary, River City Brewery will be tapping the 3rd installment of 4 locally brewed, single hop IPA's! RCB's hop variety is CITRA hops, and this IPA will be a hopheads dream. RCB will also tap a firkin of Robtimus CITRA with pineapple at 6pm! Party starts at 5, so come on down and say hi and thank you to Rob Miller and the Goebel crew for offering up America's best Craft Beers for 20 years!!
As the name implies, Final Friday happens the last Friday of each month. Art galleries, museums, restaurants and retail shops around Wichita stay open late and welcome visitors. Recognizing that Downtown is the artistic and cultural center for the region, the Qline trolley service transports art lovers to the concentration of venues in Downtown. The ride is free and allows attendees to park once and visit several galleries. Hours vary between galleries but all are open during the core hours of 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Most galleries use Final Friday to unveil and debut new shows or as a closing reception. All venues are free and open to the public and several galleries incorporate artist demonstrations and/or live music. Not only does this event give guests the opportunity to view creative art space, it also is an excellent time to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork directly from artists.
Don’t miss Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, the one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story and based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.
In honor of the 25th Anniversary Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, September 27, the Wichita Boathouse will be hosting a Pre Party for the Cure! Event admission is free and open to the general public. The event will include shopping, art from local artists and food trucks serving yummy treats! Donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be accepted at the front door. Hours will be from 4pm - 8pm.
Hot, mild or even cold, it's chili weather! With teams from Kansas and surrounding states (70 teams expected in 2014), the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff has been a Wichita tradition for 30 years. Since 2005 when the Wagonmasters took over the event and brought it back Downtown, the event has exploded with a renewed level of enthusiasm by contestants and attendees alike. The Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff is held in the 600 block of East Douglas Street. The crowd is expected to be over 9,000 strong - all of them eager to taste some of the best chili in the Midwest. Additional entertainment includes live music from Lucky People, the Mr. Hot Stuff Contest, the Ms. Chili Pepper Contest and the Pepper Eating Contest! Public tasting starts at noon. $5 admission/tasting kit.
This 25+-year-old Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff brings out the zany and the serious competitors as over 50 teams and 8,000 spectators gather to regale the spicy concoction. The 600 block of Douglas Avenue is closed to create a street party atmosphere, complete with live music. As an official International Chili Society event, a variety of chili dishes are offered according to the society's entry criteria. $5, public tasting starts at noon
Support local (within 150 miles) farms, ranches, dairies and nurseries and have a hoot of a time while you are doing it in our beautiful site in Old Town Wichita! The Old Town Farmers' Market (OTFM), a growers' market, is an exciting and bountiful place to buy your fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, eggs and plants. When you shop at the OTFM, you get the freshest, most delicious foods available from the growers themselves! There are plentiful prepared foods, farm products turned into jams, salsas and honey, and hand-made crafts. Chef's demos and live local musicians make supporting local growers fun!
Wichita Symphony presents Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” joins the Wichita Symphony Orchestra to sing the great hits of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” from his two-volume recordings, “The Sinatra Project.” Performing over 200 shows a year, Michael Feinstein has appeared at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House, and Buckingham Palace. Single tickets go on sale July 1