When you travel the world, it’s no secret that people will ask you where you’re from. If you say Moline, Davenport, Rock Island, Silvis, East Moline, or Bettendorf or anything beyond the Midwest, the natural response you will get is, “Oh, is that near Chicago?” As you attempt to explain that you live nearly three hours from the city, you finally just give in and respond that it is close to Chicago. While we face these travel frustrations and own where we’re from, we can’t help but wish that a little bit of Chicago cuisine could move just a little bit closer to home. Dish-deep pizzas, Italian beef, Chicago dogs and more. But what if our wishes had finally come true? The long-awaited Portillo’s has been packed in Davenport.
It’s going to be a Red, White, and Blue long weekend in the Quad Cities with many patriotic events to celebrate including a lot of fireworks!
With the Quad Cities located on the fourth largest river in the world AND settled in and around many other waterways and bodies of waters, it’s a great place to fish! June is an especially fun month to get started because there are some fun fishing events, including FREE fishing days both in Illinois and Iowa. Being so close to the border, we can take advantage of both states’ license free weekends.
Summer nights in the Quad Cities are made for sitting outside, enjoying the warm evening, watching kids play games, and chatting with friends and family. Because the Quad Cities has so much great local music talent, we can make your 2019 summer evenings even better with live music every night of the week at these free outdoor summer concert series for all ages. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!
Escape Rooms are becoming quite popular around the nation and the Quad Cities has followed suit now with five different locations. An escape room is an interactive, mystery solving, group activity filled with puzzles and clues following an adventurous story line. You and your teammates enter into a room with a mission, some guidance, and have to solve your way out. They are very fun and great team-building, bonding experiences.
Though the motive for each establishment is the same – fun and excitement – how they deliver the games is a bit different at each location. There are some things to keep in mind before showing up to play.
During the 2019 Flood in Davenport, Iowa, our family like many others in the Quad Cities headed towards the wettest places. We found other Quad Citizens supporting the businesses near the flooded streets. Our family safely checked out the flood from the downtown Davenport Skybridge and then headed to a Quad Cities local favorite: Antonella’s Ristorante.
Family friendliness is one of the top factors that sets the Quad Cities apart from other areas. In the last 20 years, many new store fronts, restaurants, and activities have blossomed. New families have moved to town and the number of people visiting the Quad Cities has increased.
What we do here, we do with joy and compassion, and what impresses me the most, as a teacher and as a life-long QC resident, is how many families head out to family-friendly activities that support a worthy cause. During the upcoming spring and summer seasons, there are plenty of opportunities for such fun, starting with the Sunrise Village event!
When you think football, you, of course, think Quad Cities, right? Well, maybe not, but perhaps you should!
SOME PRETTY FANTASTIC FOOTBALL MILESTONES TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE.
In just a few weeks, schools will be ending for the year and transitioning into summer break. During this time, many parents scurry to find ideas to keep their child engaged, interactive, excited, and avoiding excessive screen time during the summer. It’s important that anything their child does provides learning experiences and/or some sort of physical activity. We are fortunate in the Quad Cities to have multiple opportunities for individuals of all ages in every season — especially, with our local Putnam Museum and Science Center.
One of the best things about living in the Quad Cities is the vast number of Easter egg hunting opportunities for all ages and even for pets! Check these out and join the fun!