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!
Being a bartender for over a decade now, it has become not just a profession of mine but also a passion. I enjoy the art and act of mixology. I also enjoy experiencing what my peers are doing in the community and learning from them. They have inspired me to share what I believe to be the top ten places to have a drink in the Quad Cities.
In June my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 2016, is located in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is within walking distance to many locally owned restaurants, drinking establishments, and hotels. This makes for a good mix of dinner and theatre for both residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.
Summer to our family (and, apparently, our friends, too) means sunshine, water play, grilling, and cold, ice-creamy treats!
Check out these Quad Cities favorite summer ice cream shops:
ComedySportz Quad Cities is a fun evening for the whole family (well, maybe not the babies, but most everyone else). Two teams of comedians square off in a competition of funny. The blue team and the red team compete in a variety of improv games with the audience judging the funniest team in each round. At the end of all the rounds they tally the points and the best team wins! Additional humor is added by the referee, “Mr. Voice” from the sound booth, and hilarious memes and gifs on the big screen.
A few years back father and son duo, Chad and Nieko Summers, started Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in East Moline, Illinois. It’s an organic community garden and garden center. They have recently taken this venture and extended into a storefront in downtown Rock Island.
“You can’t change the world, but maybe you can make a difference for one person,” José Martinez explains. He and his family are hoping to make a difference right here in the Quad Cities, one taco at a time.
Loosely located across from the Quad City Expo Center (on the opposite side of the curve) at 2700 5th Ave. in Rock Island, Taqueria El Pendiente is owned by Hortencia Gonzalez and Agustin Martinez.
The mission behind the restaurant (besides good food) is Gonzalez’s dream – a taco pendiente.
We headed to Rock Island’s Longview Park this weekend – a favorite of ours going back to when my husband and I had our first date together playing disc golf – and confirmed, yet again, why this is one of our very favorite Quad Cities parks. If you have babies or toddlers, you MUST go and check out the Expression Swings!