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We are a bi-state, multi-community, regional destination driven by the QC’s creative energy. On behalf of the nearly 500,000 Quad Citizens that live, have fun, learn, create, work and move our region forward, your experience is important to us. Be sure to share your moments and memories with any one of our social media platforms. And, tell your friends. The QC is fortunate to have an indescribable live music scene, diverse arts & culture, thriving downtowns, special events & festivals, authentic culinary experiences, gaming, award-winning craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, incredible golf courses, outdoor & lifestyle adventures, museums, shopping, and much more. Known for our Midwestern spirit, we are within a short 300 miles from six major metropolitan areas and are at the crossroads of several interstates and highways. In addition, the Quad Cities International Airport (MLI) offers multiple daily flights and non-stop direct flights to hub/connecting cities. There is a transformation happening in the region with unique economic development initiatives such as I-74 Bridge project which will feature one of the highest bread basket handle bridge designs in the world. Couple that with the country’s oldest lock and dam system along the big and bad Mississippi River showcases our rich history and our region’s bright future. Thank you for your time and we are excited to hear about your unique QC moments.
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venue housed in an old factory reimagined into a cool industrial concert venue with a capacity of 4,000. The Rust Belt has recently hosted such popular artists as Bon Iver, CeeLo Green, Jimmy Eat World, and Fred Armisen. Classical music is well- represented in the QC by the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (Davenport). The QCSO presents a full season of major concerts, and employs an orchestra of nearly 100 professional musicians – not to mention its youth orchestras and choirs. Founded in 1916, it’s one of the oldest symphonies west of the Mississippi. Community groups like the Quad City Wind Ensemble , Handel Oratorio Society , Big River Brass Band , and others mean there is always an opportunity to hear great orchestral and concert band music. Summer visitors get the best of the Quad Cities music scene, with numerous major festivals taking place throughout the warmmonths. In June, the streets of downtown Rock Island come alive with Caribbean music and culture during Gumbo Ya-Ya . July is the month for the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival , which brings
F rom its earliest days, the provided easy transportation for agricultural and industrial goods, it also was a conduit for culture— most notably music. The popularity of riverboat travel in the early 20th century spread jazz, blues, and folk music along the river, from New Orleans and the Delta in the south to Chicago and the Twin Cities in the north. Hometown hero Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke started his career on the riverboats. The cornet player, pianist, and composer from Davenport played a large part in the development of the jazz styles of the early 20th century. Bix is regarded Quad Cities music scene has benefitted from its position on the nation’s largest river. While the Mississippi River as one of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s, and is remembered as an icon of the local music scene.
As the years passed, the Quad Cities continued to serve as the hub of a burgeoning regional music scene. Country music legend Suzy Bogguss was born in nearby Aledo. Louie Bellson – whose father owned a local music store – gained national notoriety as a drummer and bandleader. Current up-and- coming musicians from the area include singer-songwriters Lissie and Margo Price. Live music can be found day or night, year-round. Today the music community holds a wealth of variety – both in genres and venues. The café/bar Rozz-Tox (Rock Island) presents an eccentric mix of underground concerts, outsider art exhibits, and poetry readings. Spots like Gypsy Highway (Davenport) and Cool Beanz coffeehouse (Rock Island) are home to bands and open mic nights throughout the week. Grab a beer and catch a hard rock band at Rascals Live (Moline), or sip
wine while listening to a jazz trio at The Grape Life (Davenport). For concerts in a larger setting, music lovers turn to the River Music Experience’s Redstone Room (Davenport), which offers local and touring bands of all genres – often for free. Rock Island Brewing Co. (Rock Island) – known to locals as “RIBCO” – is a stalwart of the music scene, having hosted bands for the past three decades. National and international touring acts frequently stop in the QC to perform at one of the area’s large-scale theatres and arenas. The TaxSlayer Center (Moline) is a 10,000-seat arena where patrons can frequently see big stars. Recent concerts include Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Miranda Lambert, KISS, and Bryan Adams. The historic 2,400- seat Adler Theatre (Davenport) hosts concerts and nationally-touring Broadway musicals. The Rust Belt (East Moline) is the area’s newest
come together for “Quad Cities Music Month” in August. Led by Visit Quad Cities and the River Music Experience , this month-long celebration of the local music scene will highlight the vibrant and varied offerings available in the Quad Cities, from festivals and major concerts to open mic nights and weekly outdoor shows.
nationally-known blues musicians to the Quad Cities. August is a busy time, with the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival , the QC Symphony’s Riverfront Pops , and the Alternating Currents music and art festival in downtown Davenport. In addition to festivals, summer is the time for free outdoor concerts, which happen almost every night of the week. This year, for the first time, the regional music community will
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a kitchen, you can bring food in from other surrounding businesses. Geneseo Brewing Co . is one of two breweries located in the town of Geneseo. It has a comfortable atmosphere, with welcoming staff, a nice kitchen, and great brews on tap.
they offer a few other drink options as well as mead slushies. The Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire is a fun place to visit. They offer free hourly tours in the afternoon that take you through the whole distillery and lands you at their full bar where you’ll have the opportunity to try different cocktails made with their award-winning spirits. There is a merchandise area where you can also take bottles home to enjoy. Radicle Effect Brewerks opened as the Quad Cities’ first nano brewery, meaning they make small batches of beer. Their operation uses a 4-barrel system as a way to be a bit more creative with their brews, such as their most popular release: Roasted Garlic Stout. As they make smaller batches of beer, Radicle Effect in Rock Island typically has 3-4 beers of their own on tap then a variety of well crafted, often hard-to-find brews and the constant staple of Schlitz. They offer a nice selection of spirits, a variety of bottled and canned craft brews, and make one of the best Bloody Mary’s you’ll have. Rebellion Brew Haus in downtown Moline is also a nano brewery, operating on a one-barrel system. They typically have three beers of theirs to taste and offer craft brews on tap as well as in bottles. Their kitchen has a delicious revolving menu of eclectic bar fare. Green Tree has caught the local beer lovers’ attention with their Mintery Knight, a coffee mint stout, and the Mango Me Hoppy IPA. The taproom in LeClaire overlooks the river and has outdoor seating, with the occasional live entertainment. Though the brewery doesn’t have
Lionstone Brewing is located just off the Interstate in Geneseo and is a great place to visit whether as a destination or as a stop off the beaten path. They offer a wide range of their brews on tap, as well as packaged goods to go, and have a big wood-fired oven in the corner. And while they do serve pizza, they also have a wide selection of other menu items. Wake Brewing is a great spot for well-crafted beer and conversation. Wake typically has 7-8 beers of their own on tap as well as a nice selection of spirits. There is indoor and outdoor seating. Their taproom is free of any televisions, games, or jukeboxes with a heavy metal theme to most of the tunes played. 5ive Cities is the first brewery to open in Bettendorf. Same owners as nearby Central Standard Craft Burgers & Beer and Crust Stove Oven Pizza, so while 5ive Cities doesn’t serve food, you can order from either establishment while there. 5ive Cities has a cool atmosphere with various, free games like picks, darts, and foosball. There is some seating outside that’s dog and kid-friendly, with their own brewery dog hanging around. Crawford BrewWorks is the second brewery to come to Bettendorf and is one of the biggest in the QC. It serves as a showcase for Crawford Brew Tanks, and has so much more to offer. It is situated on the bicycle path and
favorites of the brews are the Kinda Kolsch-ish and Raspberry Wheat. Big Swing Brewing Company is housed in the old Blue Cat Brew Pub in Rock Island. There are still some nods to the old brewery with some newer ideas taking hold. They have a full kitchen and bar with a few classics on tap, like the Big Bad Dog and the Wigged Pen Wheat. Galena Brewing Company opened up a second location in downtown Moline. It features several of their brews on tap and a limited spirit line-up. It is a big, beautiful space that could accommodate big groups. It does not have a kitchen, but guests are allowed to order in food. Midwest Ale Works is one of the many businesses located in the same building as The Rust Belt livemusic venue in East Moline. Its hours of operation aren’t dependent upon themusic schedule though, so stop in. Midwest AleWorks has a nice selection of beers, wines, and spirits and allows customers to bring in food. The local craft beverage industry of the Quad Cites has not only been a reflection of the nation-wide movement, but also of the eclectic mix of the area’s residents. From thrill-seeking adventurists to those seeking times of the olden days, each establishment offers a taste of something different that you’d be hard pressed not to find a drink you enjoyed that was made locally. (see pg. 50 for listings)
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T he Quad Cities has a vibrant craft beverage industry that continues to grow and expand to all of the corners of the bi-state area. It is indeed a reflection of what has been happening nationwide; an interest sparked by hobby that created a trade and is now a full- fledged industry. It employs over 300 people in the Quad Cities area with many breweries, two wineries, a distillery, and a meadery. The growth in the craft beer industry has inspired the new QC Ale Trail (qcaletrail.com). Blaze your trail through numerous craft breweries on both sides of the big and bold Mississippi River and taste the top-quality pints from the QC’s current batch of brewers to earn cool prizes. The modern craft beer movement began with Front Street Brewery , the oldest brewery in the Quad Cities and the second oldest in the State of Iowa. Known for its Old Davenport Golden Ale and their Cherry Bomb Blonde; Front Street always has a nice line-up of delicious
Fast forward to the early 2000s when the craft beverage boom was really taking hold across the country, the QC was right up there with the rest. You’ll find craft beverages throughout the region, and not just beer either! Lavender Crest Winery is a beautiful place to visit. It offers wine flights, a delicious lunch menu, and gift shop with bottles of wine for purchase. It is a great way to spend an afternoon enjoying the scenic drive and vineyards just outside of the metro area. Wide River Winery is a nice place to visit to try their local wines. They offer tastings for $8 where you try 5 wines and keep your complimentary glass. They feature wine slushies and offer bottles of wine for sale to enjoy in the tasting rooms or at home. Visit them in the Village of East Davenport, LeClaire, and their original location and vineyard in Clinton, Iowa. Bootleg Hill Honey Meads in downtown Davenport specializes in honey wines—a strong, sweet beverage. In their tapping room,
brews on tap and a kitchen that serves fantastic food. Because of its popularity and growth, Front Street has expanded to a second location in downtown Davenport with its Tap Room in the Freight House Marketplace, just down the bike path from the original spot. Both are on the river, with outdoor seating, and are family friendly. Bent River Brewing Company came along in 1999 and is now the Quad Cities’ largest brewing company, for amount produced per year and the width of their distribution network. Bent River is known for its Mississippi Blonde and the Uncommon Coffee Stout—the Quad Cities most popular, locally brewed beer. This inspired the opening of their second location in Rock Island, where their bottling line and distribution center is located. There is a taproom, a dog-friendly patio and a special event hall available to rent. Both locations have outdoor seating and are close to the bike path, but Moline is the only one that serves food.
attached to Healthy Habits Bicycle Shop, encouraging the already strong culture of bicycles and craft brews. Crawford has a small food menu and a regular food truck presence. Children are allowed until 10 pm. They have a huge outdoor
patio as well as plenty of seating inside. Fan
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one of the least-disturbed forests in Illinois. Six miles of hiking trails are now in the area once settled by the Sauk nation. Take in views of the Rock River, rocky outcroppings, and an abandoned coal mine. Illiniwek Forest Preserve is another popular place to hike onmiles of wooded trails with Mississippi River views. In 2020, The Black Hawk Hiking Club celebrates its 100th anniversary and nearly 3,000 hikes without a cancellation. Nahant Marsh is one of the last urban wetlands of its size on the upper Mississippi River. Encompassing about 500 acres of high-quality wetland offering fantastic bird watching opportunities, and a look at the past when primordial wetlands dotted the river landscape. Take the boardwalk through the marsh and explore this wild habitat. The education center can introduce you and your family to different animals you might find during a visit to the marsh. Our location on the Mississippi River and its tributary, the Rock River, adds up to some fun paddling experiences. Plus, several lakes offer beautiful settings to explore.
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The Mississippi River’s water trails are great for seasoned paddlers. For those looking for calmer currents, the Rock River is a fun alternative, too. On the Rock, you can launch from Ben Williamson Park and paddle down to the Black Hawk State Historic Site . Or, for a longer paddle, put in at Veteran’s Parkway . You can easily Uber back to your vehicle. Also, the Sylvan Slough is a beautiful backwater of the Mississippi that’s removed from the main channel and great for all skill levels. Kayaks and paddleboards can be
rented here in the summer months. The beauty and accessibility of Lake George in the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve should not bemissed. And, it’s easy to get on the water because you can rent a variety of personal and group watercraft. The tree-lined lake is protected from the wind andmakes it a peaceful place to paddle. Lost Grove Lake is a larger lake and another great place to paddle. (see pg. 46 for listings)
F rom the Mississippi River and its tributaries to their floodplain wetlands and backwaters, from the wooded bluffs, forests, parks to the paths that cut through them, we love the outdoors. The miles of trails and acres of wild areas beckon to be explored. Forget the four wheels. Grab your bicycle and explore the miles of riverfront paths on both sides of the river. The river views are amazing! You’ll find amenities for water and restrooms along the way, and the navigable trails connect so you can easily get to your destination. Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline is a popular place to ride. The Great River
Trail on the Illinois side is a 62-½mile stretch of hard surface bike trails that runs fromRock Island to Savanna, Illinois. For a long ride, you can go to Savanna and back in a day, or peddle the number of miles you want on this flat path. You can cross the river using the Government Bridge bike path or Centennial Bridge. During the summer months, the Channel Cat Water Taxi will take you and your bike across the river. The RiverWay Trail that runs through the Iowa Quad Cities offers a variety of unique art projects and info kiosks along the way about the area’s history. This 20-mile recreation path takes you through Bettendorf and Davenport. It also connects to the Duck Creek bike path. There are people of all ages on the trails walking their dog or biking. You’ll often hear a friendly “on the right” as people pass. It’s an excellent experience for families and professional cyclists. The QC is at the crossroads of national trails systems. The American Discovery Trail is a 6,800-mile trail that reaches east to west across the U.S. from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The Mississippi River Trail is a 10-state network of bike trails and bikeable roads that follows the river from its headwaters in Minnesota down to the Gulf. The paved paths aren’t the only option in the Quad Cities.
Bring your mountain bike and check out our trails! In partnership with the parks, QC Friends of Off-Road Cycling have built eight trail systems for over 40 miles of singletrack with features like bridges, curved wooden berms, and other technical features. Scott County Park is the longest at 11.5 miles. Many of the trails take you through wooded areas with plenty of twists and turns, climbs and descents to make it interesting. Bring your fat tire bike for winter biking at Sunderbruch Park or Credit Island Park . You should also check out the new Ninja Park at Sunderbruch Park . With play equipment, just like the obstacles from the popular TV show, this is a fun adventure for older kids and adults. During the winter months, you can explore a different type of trail. Hit the slopes of Snowstar ! Bring your skis or snowboard or rent them at the lodge. You’ll also love the tubing hill complete withmassive tubes and multi-colored lights. If snow is sparse, don’t worry, they canmake snow too. Explore Sylvan Island on the Mississippi. It’s perfect for walking or biking. This former industrial property has been turned into a natural area with native plantings, bioswails, and permeable paving. Buildings were strategically deconstructed to form the architectural features of the natural area. Timeless trails at the Black Hawk State Historic Site lead you into
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more at the John Hauberg Indian Museum …another favorite of mine. Located in the heart of Black Hawk Historic Site, this museum tells the story of the Sauk and Meskwaki Native American Indians that once lived here. You’ll love the museum building; it’s a large stone lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Another stop on your museum adventure should be Rock Island Arsenal Museum . This is the Army’s second oldest museumand home to a fascinating collection of U.S., foreign, military and civilian small arms. The museumoffers a retrospective of the island’s militarymanufacturing history. Other island sites to visit include the Confederate and National Cemeteries, Colonel Davenport House, Fort Armstrong, Mississippi River Visitor Center, and Lock & Dam 15. Not many people know about The Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Rock Island. Visit this beautiful historic building and view manuscripts and documents that bring history alive. Past exhibits I have visited included the writings, letters, and books of Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. This is the first Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Illinois. There are 11 of the museums across the country, which together house the world’s most extensive private collection of valuable manuscripts and documents. If you are into antique trucks, I suggest a visit to the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum . The museum was the dream of Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, Bill Moon. Over 100 rare and one-of-a-kind trucks are on display, and each one has a story to tell.
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Ever wonder what it was like when people traveled by Stagecoach? Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village includes 19 historic buildings at this 1860 stagecoach stop. Take the kids and explore the buildings and see how people lived during this critical time in our history. Historic homes have great stories to tell, and there are a few to choose from in the Quad Cities. The Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House and The Atkinson-Peek House in Moline; Hauberg Estate in Rock Island; Colonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island should be on your list. Check their websites or call ahead for home tour dates and times. Just a short drive from the QC, you can discover some other very interestingmuseums that are worth the trip. Up-river in the Iowa riverfront towns of LeClaire, Princeton, and Clinton, you will find the Buffalo Bill Museum , Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead , and Sawmill Museum . Buffalo Bill Museum features, of course,
Native American artifacts, 1900’s ladies fashion, and the museum’s newest exhibit, a recreated 1920’s one-room schoolhouse exhibit. Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead , the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody, government Scout, and Wild West Showman, is located in the Wapsipinicon River Valley. The 1847 farmhouse, built by Isaac Cody, Buffalo Bill’s father, is restored and furnished with items typical of the mid-19th century. And yes, actual buffalo graze on the land surrounding the house. The Sawmill Museum in Clinton, Iowa, is an interactive adventure dedicated to showing how our area became the king of lumber. Tour the cabins of lumberjacks, navigate log rafts down their water table, captain a floating log raft simulator, meet animatronic lumber barons, watch a log be sawed in the vintage sawmill, and take in the rich history of when logging and sawmills ruled the Mississippi River and the rails of Iowa and Illinois. Some other museums of interest that are open select times and seasons include the Fryxell Geology Museum on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island, and the Horse and Buggy Museum in Biggsville, Illinois. (see pgs. 52 & 53 for listings)
T he Quad Cities boasts of a past rich in history and culture. Preserving the past, creatingmemories, and looking forward to the future have been an essential dynamic of life in this region. As a result, there is a wide range of museums throughout the region. As a child, I visited the Putnam Museum and Science Center and still have fondmemories. As an adult, I’ve seen this museum change and expand to meet changing audiences and interests. Today, this museum offers unique, immersive, hands-on learning experiences. You can discover the science behind sound, light, design, andmore at the Science Center. Check out the cool augmented reality exhibit. Learn about our area history and our eco-system. Plus, a favorite of mine, take in a movie at the GIANT Screen Theater. They also have an impressive
traveling exhibit schedule. The Putnam is a Smithsonian Affiliated Museum. I can’t deny my love for art! The Figge Art Museum offers a world- class collection and year-round traveling exhibitions that make each visit a memorable experience. The museum’s permanent holdings include many nationally and internationally known objects and bear witness to more than seven decades of philanthropy and civic pride. The collections offer a distinctive look at regional, national, and international art from the 15th century to the present. The German American Heritage Center & Museum , housed in an 1861 immigrant hotel, celebrates the German immigrant experience, history, and culture. The museum features interactive exhibits, traveling exhibits, and special events throughout the year. Their gift shop
has beautiful handblown, German ornaments! The Bix Beiderbecke Museum presents a comprehensive exhibit on the life andmusic of Davenport- native 1920s jazz legend, Bix Beiderbecke. Located on the lower level of the River Music Experience, this museum is a must-stop for jazz and history lovers. Learn of his life at the dawn of the 20th century, view rare films, and listen to his incomparable music. Visit during the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in August and experience the music live! If you have young children looking for a fun place to burn some energy, the Family Museum in Bettendorf is filled with interactive exhibits. This museumwill keep children busy for hours and they won’t want to leave. Our Native American Indian history is a significant part of our region’s history. You can find out
Buffalo Bill. However, that’s just part of the exciting things you will find here. This eclectic museum also has a wooden hull steam-powered
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paddlewheel, named the Lone Star. You’ll also find
EXPERIENCE German immigration to the Quad Cities. EXPLORE our gift shop, historic site, and banquet hall. ENJOY our programs, events, and three exhibitions.
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F rom factory and historic home tours, to distillery and winery tours, the Quad Cities offers an array of guided and self- guided tours that provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about our region. Agriculture, Manufacturing & Production Tours Manufacturing and production tours are just one of the ways we tell our QC story. While visiting, make a reservation to experience one of these amazing tours. • Isabel Bloom Studio – sculpture production tour – ibloom.com • Wide River Winery - production and tasting - wideriverwinery.com • Lavender Crest Winery – production tour and tasting - lavendercrest.com • Mississippi River Distilling Company – production tour and tasting – mrdistilling.com • John Deere Harvester Works – combine production tour - visitjohndeere.com • Cinnamon Ridge Farms – robotic dairy tour and farm tours - tourmyfarm.com
Historic Homes Tour Your next tour begins at the front door! Visit the historic Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House of the Deere Family and the Hauberg Estate . Take in the history of the Colonel Davenport House built in 1833 and be amazed by the B.J. and Mabel Palmer mansion – the founder of Chiropractic. Working River & Ecology Tours Don’t miss a fun and educational tour of Lock & Dam 15 . This guided walking tour takes you right out on the Lock & Dam, and up close to one of the largest Roller Dams in the world. Tours are held Sat. & Sun. fromMemorial Day through Labor Day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations are required through the Mississippi River Visitor Center. To learnmore about the river, and the region’s ecosystems try River Action’s Channel Cat & Riverine Walks . Available during the summer, they offer tours aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi and at various parks around the QC. Self-Guided Tours If self-guided adventures are more
your style, here are a few to choose from that include virtual, QR code, and brochure-guided tours. • Rock Island History, Architecture and Neighborhood Tours - rigov.org • Gold Coast & Hamburg District – davenportgoldcoast.com • Downtown Moline Heritage Tour – mobile phone tour - molinecentre. org/about/history • Rock Island Arsenal – QR coded tour brochures at Visitor Control Center, Arsenal’s Moline Gate, and Mississippi River Visitor Center.
YOU belong here! Launch rockets or play tic-tac-toe with a robot in the hands-on, 10,000-square-foot Science Center, unmask the mystery of mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt or touch the untouchable with the region’s first Augmented Reality exhibit.
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• OMg! Elements of Surprise: Discover the building blocks that shape YOUR WORLD through an exhibit about the weird and wonderful Periodic Table! Discovery at Every Turn!
• Regional History Comes to Life: Explore what life was like for the Quad Cities’ earliest inhabitants and key milestones that defined the region’s history! • The Science Center: Experience the way physics, aeronautics, earth sciences and more impact your life in this inspiring, hands-on exhibit for everyone!
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T he Quad Cities’ arts and cultural scene flows throughout the region like the currents of the Mississippi River. The QC is home to hundreds of talented artists whose work is on display and for sale at numerous galleries. Plus, a premier art museum features amazing collections and exciting traveling exhibits. Live theatre entertains audiences in small intimate venues, large art deco-style, and historic vaudeville- era theatres. From local community theatre, to professional dinner theater and ballet, and touring Broadway productions, the growing performance schedule in the Quad Cities is a popular entertainment option. Visual Art Experiences The Figge Art Museum is the premier art exhibition and education facility. Its landmark glass building on the banks of the Mississippi, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections, and hosts world-class traveling exhibitions. Just down the street from
There are many galleries throughout the Quad Cities region that are worth exploring including the eclectic RutabagA Art Gallery and Smith Studio and Gallery in Geneseo, Illinois, just a 30-minute drive away. Catch a show! The Quad Cities’ theatre scene continues to expand and offers up comedy, drama, Broadway, contemporary theatre and beautiful ballet performances. Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island is set in an amazing, historic Vaudeville-era theatre that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is one of only a few theatres in the country that still offers a dinner theatre experience with performing waitstaff. Built during the Great Depression, the Adler Theatre in Davenport reflects the Art Deco style. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre presents their Broadway at the Adler series each year and hosts numerous concerts and shows. Since 1949, Quad City Music Guild has been presenting community theatre musicals in the Prospect Park Theater located in a beautiful park setting. Still need a musical fix? Since 1983, Countryside Community Theatre has produced community theatre summer musicals in the area. The Spotlight Theatre is housed in the towering, former Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline. Bucktown Revue is a live music-and-humor variety show in the spirit of the Grand Ole Opry and A Prairie Home Companion. The show features various styles of folk and Americana music, singer-songwriters, roots music and humorous skits. Situated inside a building that was once a dairy farm, Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline has been entertaining audiences with great dramas and comedies for decades. Richmond Hill in Geneseo also performs in a former dairy barn in its namesake park. New Ground Theatre focuses on contemporary plays at the Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport. The Black Box Theatre , an intimate theatre venue in downtown Moline, does a mix of plays and musicals. The theater departments at St. Ambrose University and Augustana
Founded in 1956, this theatre group provides free, open-air summer community theater. Its repertoire includes Greek tragedy inmask, opera in English, Shakespearean comedies and tragedies, and Greek comedy in contemporary re-writes. The more contemporary, edgy Prenzie Players also bring Shakespeare to the stage in the same space as QC Theatre Workshop. Ballet Quad Cities is one of our Midwest region’s premier arts organizations. Launched as a professional dance company in 1996, Ballet Quad Cities has garnered critical praise for its stunning performances. Ballet Quad Cities is the longest-running resident professional ballet company in the entire state of Iowa and western Illinois, one of only 100 in the nation. Their award-winning classical and contemporary performances and interactive school and community programs are accessible for everyone. (see pg. 52 for listings) Contributed by Jonathan Turner, Arts Reporter for the Dispatch/Argus and Quad-City Times newspapers
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College also present plays and musicals, and the latter’s new Brunner Theatre Center hosts the professional summer-stock company, Mississippi Bend Players . The semi-professional QC Theatre Workshop transformed a former school gym into a venue for electrifying contemporary theater. Children’s theater is also strong with Davenport Junior Theatre , the second-oldest children’s theater in America, and the Center for Living Arts , in its new home at the Establishment Theatre in Rock Island. Shakespeare anyone? Lincoln Park is home to the historic, unique and beloved Genesius Guild .
the Figge, you’ll find Bucktown Center for the Arts , operated by MidCoast Fine Arts. This historic building houses unique shops and studios where you
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and unusual works of art. MidCoast also operates Gallery West in Rock Island.
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original artwork frommore than 75 area artists. Art @ The Airport , at the Quad City International Airport, is a contemporary gallery with 1,600 square feet of rotating exhibit space. Local artist Isabel Bloom studied under the famous American artist Grant Wood. Her recognizable, cement-cast sculptures are now designed by Isabel’s protégé Donna Young. Guests can watch artisans from the Studio Showroom window or go on a behind-the-scenes free tour to watch the handcrafted sculptures created step-by-step.
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Two blocks west of the Figge is Hot Glass Inc. Stop in for a visit and
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watch the glass artists working in front of the glowing oven. Browse their gallery and find a beautiful hand-blown piece to place in your home. Another stop should include Bereskin Gallery where you’ll find local artist Pat Bereskin, who operates her own gallery featuring area and regional artists.
Island. This local arts organization presents prodigious amounts of visual art indoors and outdoors throughout the region. Its main gallery in downtown Rock Island has over 1,500 square feet of rotating exhibit space and a gallery store where people can browse
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J ohn Deere’s evolution from blacksmith to manufacturer began when he developed the first self-scouring steel plow in 1837. His journey took him from running a small blacksmith shop on the Illinois prairie, to a partnership in a new factory just over a decade later, to eventually helming his own company with an expanded product line. Today the company that bears his name continues his legacy of delivering products and services that support those linked to the land. You can celebrate our company’s evolution from horse-drawn to horsepower at our family-friendly John Deere Attractions sites. Each includes a wide range of activities that take you from plow to “wow!” Trace the history of our company from our founder’s steel plow to modern and smart working agricultural, construction, and forestry machines at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois. Enjoy a collection of rare and innovative equipment at the site of the very first Deere tractor factory at the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. And relive our origins by standing in the spot where our story began at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, Illinois. When you visit our free John Deere Attractions, you won’t just learn about the evolution of John Deere the company — you’ll experience it firsthand. And there’s even more to explore on your John Deere journey. At the distinctive, award-winning Deere & Company World Headquarters in Moline, you can get behind the wheel of legendary John Deere machines on the display floor and
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Attractions passport program is a great way to embark on your unique adventure through our company’s rich history. Collect seals and stamps in your passport booklet for visits and designated events to earn gifts and discounts on John Deere merchandise. Redeem your discounts at the John Deere Store and gift shops at select factory locations, which are stocked with Deere apparel, accessories, replicas, toys, home decor, and more. As with admission to all John Deere Attractions sites, participation in the passport program is always free. For more information about the John Deere Attractions passport program, our Attractions locations, facilities tours, or additional John Deere experiences of a lifetime, go to VisitJohnDeere.com. (see pg. 53 for listings)
marvel at a three-dimensional timeline mural featuring authentic Deere memorabilia. For a behind- the-scenes look at some of the most modern and efficient factories in the world — John Deere Harvester Works and John Deere Seeding Grou p in Moline, and John Deere Tractor Cab Assembly Operations , John Deere Engine Works , and John Deere Drivetrain Operations in Waterloo — you can take informative tours that let you see how all the pieces come together to create some of the most advanced machines available today. And you can step into the scenic settings where four generations of John Deere descendants once lived at the Deere-Wiman House and the Butterworth Center in the historic Overlook District of Moline. Plus our new John Deere
The Quad Cities boasts some of the best community pool water parks. Chug your family to Whitewater Junction Aquatic Center in Rock Island or make a splash at Splash Landing Aquatic Center in Bettendorf. One of the best places to see the river and have a great time is at Modern Woodmen Park, home to the Quad Cities River Bandits . Often ranked one of the best places to watch minor league baseball, we promise a fantastic view and lots of entertainment choices. Besides watching the game, you can ride the Ferris Wheel, a carousel, bounce in inflatable houses, climb on the jungle gym, and enjoy other rides. For indoor sports check out QC Storm hockey and Steamwheelers arena football at the TaxSlayer Center. You can find shows for every age and interest. Families are especially delighted by shows at the Center for Living Arts in Rock Island , The Spotlight Theatre in Moline, and Davenport Junior Theatre in Iowa. They usually offer popular musicals in an hour-long “junior” version. Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse , Adler Theatre , and TaxSlayer Center also often host performances for kids. Consider taking time to explore the Figge Art Museum and the German American Heritage Center and Museum . Interactive exhibits, famous artwork and hands-on activities are available at both museums. And, don’t miss one of the Quad Cities best kept secrets: the Karpeles Manuscript Museum . This museummay be better for older kids, but it is really fascinating because it houses amazing writings, letters and drawings from and about famous people and events (and admission is free). After all those fun adventures, you certainly are ready for some dessert. Consider one of our local favorites: Steel Plow with elaborately decorated shakes, Whitey’s Ice Cream offers nine locations and dozens of flavors, and Lagomarcino’s Confectionery where you can try the hot fudge while deciding which of the delicious candies and chocolates you need to take to-go! (see listings at back of guide)
world any day of the week. For a unique competitive adventure, check out Combat Dartz . Players bring or rent “Nerf” guns and divide into teams to play combat games. The arena for ages 6 yrs. and older has obstacles and blockades to hide behind and different challenges are explained for different games. The Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island offers tons of exploring. In the summer, the Children’s sun garden is open for a mini-River experience where kids can splash around in the water. There are a ton of other outdoor activities including a fairy garden, obstacle course, instrument collection, a model train garden (runs on Sundays) and more! You can explore the Tropical Sun Garden, an atrium full of tropical plants, feed the fish in the pond and play in the sand (during Winter). Exploring the parks, paths and pools in the area is a must for any family. Enjoy the 4th largest river in a variety of ways. Rent bikes at both the Moline and Davenport Visitor Centers to enjoy the riverside bike routes. All ages will enjoy the Channel Cat Water Taxi that provides shuttle-like service at four different stops along the Mississippi River. Fun parks are in abundance. In Illinois, check out Schwiebert Riverfront Park’s splash pad, Ben Butterworth Parkway which usually has various waterfowl to feed, and Empire Park’s amazing wooden playground. In Iowa, explore the Architectural Sculpture Park or Centennial Park . If you’re looking for more rigorous hiking, biking, and playing visit Sunderbruch Park known for its extensive trails and Ninja warrior- like play equipment. Black Hawk State Historic Site offers hiking along the Rock River and the John Hauberg Indian Museum is an interesting place to learn about the Native American history in the area. Scott County Park and Loud Thunder Forest Preserve are favorites for renting watercraft (paddle boats, kayaks, pontoons, canoes, etc.) to take out on smaller lakes in the region. Fishing is available as well in many of these locations.
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E xperience the power and mystique of our world- renowned Mississippi River—one of the five top recognized attractions in the world. The river captivated Mark Twain as it sweeps around the riverbend and runs east to west through the QC. The Celebration Belle riverboat is the largest excursion vessel on the upper Mississippi River. Head to the top deck and enjoy the wind in your face or choose the beautiful, air-conditioned interior. You have a lot of options to choose from aboard the Celebration Belle: themed excursions, musical entertainment, overnight packages, lunch or dinner cruises, narrated tours, and fall foliage cruises. The choices run as short as an hour or two to multi-day adventures. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy trips on the Mississippi! The three-decked Twilight riverboat is a replica of the lavish Victorian steamboats of a century ago. Her unique rounded stern and ornate architectural detailing are reminders of those classic riverboats that Mark Twain called “Floating Palaces.” The Twilight offers two-day overnight cruises from LeClaire to Dubuque, Iowa,
T he perfect place to raise a family is also an amazing place to visit with your family. Whether it’s summer or winter, big kids or small, we offer something for every day and age. What type of adventure are you looking for? From drop-in kids’ cooking classes to playing pizza parlor to permanent bridge exhibits, the Family Museum is a magical paradise of fun for children. There’s a think-shop where older kids can build with real tools and an airplane playground in the outdoor area. Also, the Putnam Museum and Science Center has tons of interactive STEM fun. You’ll also see Egyptian mummies, get chased by dinosaurs, and enjoy a Giant Screen movie! If your family loves animals, go to Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. The giraffe feeding, meerkat tunnels, octopus antics, and cheetah prowling are some of the favorite activities. Be sure to ride the zoo train and animal carousel! Deere & Company , in Moline, boasts two locations to climb and “drive” the big farming machines. The John Deere Pavilion has tractors, a combine, and two feller bunchers among other vehicles on
with entertainment onboard from May to October. Along the way, you’ll travel through two locks and dams, enjoy fabulous food, and the captain informs you of all the attractions, points of interest, history, and wildlife you pass. What a fun adventure for all ages! Travel on this open-air boat around the Quad Cities via the Mississippi River. The Channel Cat Water Taxi takes passengers to four landings around the QC in a continuous loop throughout the day. The Channel Cat docks at Ben Butterworth Parkway—Celebration Pier and John Deere Commons Landing in downtown Moline, Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, and near the Village of East Davenport. The daily ticket is for unlimited use on the day of purchase. The boats are handicap accessible, stroller, and bike friendly. The Channel Cat service runs Memorial Day through October. Along with these local options, you can travel the Mississippi River on longer cruises on boats like the Queen of the Mississippi , American Queen , and American Duchess . These cruises on the upper Mississippi make a daytime stop in the Quad Cities as part of the excursion. (see pg. 53 for listings)
display. All ages have fun climbing in the cab of these giant farming machines. Also, don’t miss the showroom at the Deere & Co. World Headquarters . Michael’s Fun World offers a jungle tunnel, bouncy obstacles, batting cages, go-karts (outdoors) and more. River’s Edge is an indoor ice skating rink and sports arena. QC Family Entertainment entertains with bowling, laser tag and an arcade. TBK Bank Sports Complex is 75 acres of fun, both inside and out with escape rooms, laser tag, bowling, dozens of athletic courts and playing fields, restaurants, and more. If jumping is your family’s thing, there are three fantastic trampoline parks in the Quad Cities. Elevate Trampoline Park has a zipline and ninja-warrior obstacles. Helium Trampoline & Indoor Adventure Park has a laser maze, jump tower, and air bag jump. Altitude Trampoline Park has a reaction wall, a wipeout arm, and performance trampolines. Virtual Reality experiences await you! Paradigm in Davenport offers 19 Virtual Reality stalls that run the gamut of affordability and quality, giving you the opportunity to play the most popular games in the VR
Contributed by Meghan Cooley, Quad Cities’ Blogger
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