The Rock Island Gran Prix is happening August 31-September 1 in downtown Rock Island. Kart racing is where IndyCar, Formula 1 and some NASCAR drivers learn their race craft so you may be watching motorsports starts of the future racing through downtown city streets one inch off the ground at speeds up to 80 MPH. Event includes vendors, car show, nightly outdoor concerts and other activities downtown. Event features 16 feature races with practice and heat races Saturday and Finals on Sunday.
Last Saturday, after going to the Freight House Farmer’s Market in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River, I was returning to my car with a load of fresh veggies and other goodies when an interesting historic building caught my eye. I walked across the street and made my first visit to River Bend Retro.
Shopping in the Quad Cities has grown into a diverse array of options for people. From city mall settings to downtown areas or off the beaten path small towns, from new wares or second-hand treasures, there’s something for every type of shopper around.
If you are interested in a day trip, DeWitt, IA, is a good destination less than an hour away. My friend, Abby, and I decided to take a drive to DeWitt, Iowa, which is 30 minutes north of Davenport on Route 61. DeWitt has a population a little over 5,000 and offers interesting shopping, restaurant and museum options at a leisurely pace.
The College Hill District is located around the intersection of 14th Avenue and 30th Street in Rock Island, Illinois. The area has grown from being a small business area supported by Augustana College students to a vibrant retail area of the Quad Cities.
There are over 60 different businesses; from antiques and vintage wares to specialty teas, coffees, and restaurants that one could easily spend an afternoon there.
The Quad Cities is centrally located to allow for interesting day trips less than an hour away. My sister, Barbara, and I decided to take a drive to Eldridge, Iowa, just 15 minutes north of Davenport on Route 61. Eldridge with a population a little over 5,000 is a growing community with several newer businesses to attract day trippers.
Sunday during the summer months is the a good day to go to Rock Island, Illinois, to spend several hours at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques and the Artists’ Market. The artists’ market is a new addition to the farmers market in the parking lot of the mall.
If you are looking for a short day trip for antique and plant shopping, I think that taking Route 6 east from Coal Valley, Illinois, to Atkinson, Illinois, is one perfect straight shot.
On the top of the hill in Rock Island, Illinois, near Augustana College is a wonderful neighborhood shopping and dining area called the College Hill District. This area is perfect for eclectic shopping and dining. It is also an excellent area for serving your other daily needs through numerous service related businesses. It is easy to walk from place to place while enjoying the ambiance. Continue reading College Hill District: Neighborhood Businesses with Eclectic Vibe