Four Cities, Two States

Unlimited possibilities

Welcome to Davenport and the Quad Cities

World famous festivals, numerous family activities, outdoor recreation, and engaging theatre and arts venues.

Yes, the Quad Cities has something for everyone.

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

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Miles of Recreational Trails

No matter the season, the Quad Cities has room for you to frolic outdoors on miles and miles of trails.

Best Midwest University

St. Ambrose University performed exceedingly well when evaluated by U.S. News & World Report and its 15 indicators of academic excellence!

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Pick and Choose

Over 15 theatre, dance, and music venues

The question you'll find yourself asking is, "How will I choose what to do?!" And that number doesn't include regional venues within an hour's drive of the QCA.

QCA Venue Listing

Outdoor Recreation

Go exploring!

The Quad Cities is full of parks, bike paths, disc golf, and other outdoor activities for your enjoyment. Experience the great outdoors with your fellow students.

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About the Quad Cities

Something for Everyone

Our metro area population is more than 400,000 people strong, now ranking second only to Chicago in the 2-state area of Iowa and Illinois.

Whether it's a concert downtown, watching our minor league Champions – the Quad Cities River Bandits – score another win at picturesque Modern Woodman Park, or enjoying the bike trail along the Mississippi River, there is something to capture your interest.

Concerts and Theatre

The River Music Experience, Adler Theatre in Davenport, and the TaxSlayer Center (formerly iWireless Center) in Moline offer a variety of concerts and performance venus featuring artists such as Wilco, Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews Band, Jim Gaffigan, Maroon 5, Kanye West, and Chris Stapleton, just to name a few.

There are also several smaller venues such as Daytrotter, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel, RIBCO, and Rozz Tox.

Just down the road in Maquoketa you'll find Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, where you can relax in an idyllic setting and enjoy performances by up and coming artists. We're also just under an hour away from the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium.

In the realm of music festivals, we've got it covered from jazz and blues to alternative and zydeco. Check out these annual fests happening in the Quad Cities: Alternating Currents; Bix Jazz Fest; GAS Feed and Seed Festival; Mississippi Valley Blues Fest; Gumbo Ya Ya, and others.

As for theatre, the Quad Cities is home to an impressive amount of stages for acting and performance: Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse and Speakeasy (Rock Island); Bucktown Revue (Davenport); Black Box Theatre and Quad City Music Guild (Moline); and many more.

Festivals and Sporting Events

Many festivals and sporting events are held throughout the year, the most famous of which are the Bix 7 Race, Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour, and Quad Cities Marathon, but there's also Festival of Trees in December, Alternating Currents in August, Jazz Festival in late July, and the annual summertime VIVA! Quad Cities festival, among many others.

The River Cities Reader has a comprehensive list


For nightlife, look no further than the District of Rock Island, the Village of East Davenport, or downtown Davenport and Moline. In each, you'll find art galleries and studios, restaurants, brew pubs, coffee shops, nightclubs, and unique shops. 


If you like to shop, we're the city for you. From vibrant downtown scenes to large shopping corridors, there's no shortage of places to browse for treasures.

The Quad Cities is the headquarters of Isabel Bloom, John Deere, Whitey's Ice Cream, Rudy's Tacos, Happy Joe's, and just up the road in LeClaire is Antique Archaeology (home base for The History Channel's American Pickers).

The Village of East Davenport is a favorite with parents featuring dozens of specialty stores and eateries including Lagomarcino's, an old-fashioned ice cream and candy shop. Just a few miles away is Downtown Davenport where you can shop and eat from morning until night at various restaurants, brewpubs, antique and craft stores, 

Downtown Rock Island includes Schwiebert Park, fantastic restaurants of all kinds, and a great nightlife. In Moline's downtown, you'll find John Deere Commons, the TaxSlayer Center, and plenty of places to dine and shop.

Nearby Metro Areas

The Quad Cities is just a few hours away from major metropolitan areas such as Des Moines, Chicago, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. Major airline services serve the Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois. The Quad Cities is right on Interstate 80, one of the nation's major interstates as well as being served by interstates 280, 88 and 74. Rail service is coming soon; Amtrak is expected to begin offering service to and from Chicago in 2018. 

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!