Kansas City North refers to anything north of the curve in the Missouri River. Glen River, where Justice lives (which is, in real life, Dearborn) is far north of Platte City. Chouteau City (which is, in real life, Platte City), is just outside the Kansas City city limits in Chouteau County (which is, in reality, Platte County).
Knox lives just off I-29, not too far northeast of Eilis and a couple miles south of HR Prerogatives, but within the Kansas City city limits. Chouteau Woods, where Eilis lives, is a teensy little municipality consisting of about two streets (and it is, in reality, Platte Woods).
Now let’s go “south of the river” to Kansas City proper:
Kansas City is enormous and, like most cities, sectioned off by regions and neighborhoods. The major ones, north to south, are River Market, downtown, Crown Center, midtown, Country Club Plaza, Brookside, Waldo.
River Market is where Giselle’s bookstore was, along with her partners Coco and Maisy with their patisserie and chocolaterie, respectively. It’s also where Sebastian brings Eilis to get fresh spices for her new diet. Then we head south over I-35 and run right into Bryce’s offices and the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City (there’s also one in Independence—yes, two county seats). And we can’t forget the Lyric Theater, where Justice gets her first kiss.
Going east from downtown, there is the Jazz District, then the northeast side, where Eilis grew up, and the east side, where Sebastian and Giselle grew up. Continuing east and bearing south is Raytown, where OKH Enterprises is located.
Union Station is in the Crown Center district. Justice and Knox have their bells’n’whistles wedding there under the clock, facing the balcony (where the choir of Justice’s faith plays the recessional).
Half of the story takes place on the Country Club Plaza and in the Brookside neighborhood. Even though the Plaza and surrounds are gorgeous in the spring, summer, and fall, it’s when the lights are turned on for the Christmas season that it becomes ethereal. Many of the images below are by Eric Bowers, a photographer who loves Kansas City as much as I do.