From our world famous festivals to our numerous family activities and engaging theatre and arts venues, the Quad Cities has something for everyone. The population of the metro area is more than 350,000 people strong, now ranking second only to Chicago in the 2-state area of Iowa and Illinois. Whether it’s a concert with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, watching our Quad City Mallards semi-pro hockey team, or catching the minor league Quad Cities River Bandits at picturesque Modern Woodman Park, there is something sure to catch your interest.
The iWireless Center in Moline and the Adler Theatre in Davenport offer a variety of concerts, with artists like Taylor Swift, B.B. King, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Kanye West, Wilco, and Blake Shelton, just to name a few. Many festivals are held throughout the year, the most famous of which is the Bix 7 Race and Jazz Festival held in late July.
For nightlife, look no further than the District of Rock Island or downtown Davenport. 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 quaint districts to giant shopping complexes, Midwestern treasures aren't hard to find. The Quad Cities is the headquarters of Isabel Bloom, John Deere, and just up the road in LeClaire is Antique Archaeology (home base for The History Channel's American Pickers). In central Davenport, NorthPark Mall features stores including Abercrombie and Fitch, Gap, and Express, and chain stores such as Dillards, Younkers and Von Maur.
One thing you won't find in the Quad Cities, however, is a high cost of living. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the cost of apartments in the area.
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 are available at 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.