Living in Lykins

Located in Kansas City's Historic Northeast Area, Lykins is a vibrantly diverse neighborhood filled with different cultures, languages and circles of friends and families. Bounded on the north by busy Independence Avenue, there are plenty of options for dining, shopping and other necessary services. The Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce provides information in even greater depth. The Northeast News will keep you updated on weekly happenings in the area.

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Lykins is one of 6 Neighborhoods located in Kansas City's Historic Northeast. Located about a five minute drive to Downtown KC, we are a triangle shaped neighborhood of about 4000 people. Click here for a larger map of Lykins!

Lykins is named after the first elected mayor of Kansas City,  Dr. Johnston Lykins. For more history, go to


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The Lykins Focused Development Project

In 2018, the Lykins Neighborhood, with the expertise of Neighborhood Legal Support, took on an ambitious project to address blight, safety, and quality of life in the neighborhood. Working with almost 20 rehabbers and development groups, the Neighborhood has become its own Master Developer with the goal of improving as many properties as possible, developing new ones, and establishing a diverse mix of family incomes that reflects the cultural diversity of the neighborhood. 




Whittier Elementary is located within the boundaries of Lykins and has a remarkably diverse and engaged population. Whittier tops the list for attendance rates in the Kansas City Public School District.  Other public schools serving the neighborhood are Northeast and East High Schools and Northeast Middle. Charter, Private and Parochial Schools are also convenient. 



There are so many great restaurants to explore in the Northeast, especially small, family owned ethnic restaurants that provide both adventure and delicious cuisine. Check out Mexican, Somali, Burmese, Vietnamese. And of course you can get hamburgers and pizzas. The City Market is  just a couple miles to the west (easy on the bus) with lots of interesting options and fresh produce. Check out some reviews.

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Lykins is located 2 1/2 miles due east of Kansas City's busy downtown. Three east-west bus lines serve the Northeast into Downtown. For route and schedules, go to RideKC. 



The Historic Northeast is home to many arts organizations focusing on visual arts, theater, local culture and history, and children's art programs. 

Some of the most prominent are listed below:
Organization Supporting Performing, Visual and Liberal Arts in Northeast Kansas City

An intensive music and mentorship program for low-income children.

Arts programs for children

A professional not-for-profit theater company dedicated to expanding the horizons of the young and young-at-heart through the art of puppetry in an interdisciplinary community of ethnic and cultural diversity.

A street dance school that offers and trains student's of all ages in the proper and correct art forms of street dance styles,