Best of KC 2021

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Final round voting now open! Click here to vote.

Finalist Voting: Open now to Friday, June 18, 2021

Winners Announced: Winners will be featured in the August issue of Kansas City magazine and posted to our website on August 1.

What is Best of KC?

At Kansas City magazine, we love Kansas City like family. We know what makes it great, we know how it struggles and we know its secrets. Best of KC is a chance for our readers to recognize their personal favorites. The voting process takes three months and involves thousands of participants.

Our poll includes 300 categories organized into groups.

How does Best of KC work?

There are two phases to Best of KC voting. In the first phase, readers have a chance to nominate their favorites in each category. Once nominations are closed, we take a few weeks to tally the submissions, and narrow the field to no more than five finalists in each category. On May 13, we open finalist voting and readers have until June 17 to decide what it worth of being called the Best in KC. We publish the final results in our August 2021 issue.

What do I get if I win?

Winning Best of KC not only gives you bragging rights and a chance to engage with customers and supporters, but the opportunity to advertise your excellence across Kansas City. We’ll help you celebrate victory with a window sticker which we hope you’ll display with pride and advertise your victory in print and online.

This is great. So how do I get voted Best of KC?

Unless you’re Patrick Mahomes, you’ll probably want to campaign. Many winners deploy their email lists and post on social. We’ve made that easy this year by using new software that allows you to refer supporters directly to your category. In order to win, you’ll need to get supporters to write you in during the nomination phase and then vote for you among the finalists. Some businesses find that engaging customers in Best of KC voting pays dividends whether or not they win by using this as an opportunity to rally your most loyal supporters and involve them in a dedicated awareness campaign.

We have Best of KC logos that you can use in emails, on your web site, on social or in print.

Contact your advertising representative or email for more information.

Final round voting now open! Click here.

Unless you’re Patrick Mahomes, if you want to win the annual Best of KC Readers Poll, you’re probably going to need to campaign a little by letting your supporters, customers, friends and family that you’re in the running.

Below you’ll find a variety of downloadable digital assets that you can use on your social media, in newsletters, on posters, or in any other way you see fit. (Just save them to your desktop, them post away.)

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Kansas City magazine will launch its annual Best of KC issue with the opening of the nomination phase on Friday, April 2, 2021.

How do you win?


The most effective way to campaign is free—engage your supporters! Get your friends, family and loyal customers to nominate you. Send newsletters, post on social media, hang posters in your storefront and offer special discounts to customers who help your campaign. We have assets to help you activate your supporters.

However, some businesses also choose to advertise on the ballot as a way of helping their campaign.

Advertise on the nomination ballot

For information on how to advertise on the Best of KC 2021 ballot email

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