Rock Island, Illinois is part of the region known as the Quad Cities, located right along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The Quad Cities consists of the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The region also includes smaller communities within a short driving distance.
Rock Island is geographically defined by the unusual path of the Mississippi River - the only place where the Mississippi runs from east to west.
Rock Island, is a city built from the beginnings of steamboats, railroads, lumber, and a taste for fun! Downtown Rock Island, called The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District, features galleries, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and the nearby Jumer’s Casino.
Arts and Entertainment make Rock Island a hot spot for the night owl. Stop in and enjoy a beer and great food at the award winning Blue Cat Brew Pub. You’ll find an interesting selection of micro-brewed beers in a variety of flavors, including hearty dark stouts and ales. Visit Quad City Arts and MidCoast Fine Arts galleries for inspiring works from regional artists. Take in a musical at Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse - set in an amazing vaudeville-era theatre. Or, if comedy is more your style, the entire family will enjoy Comedy Sportz.
There are also a variety of dining choices and a quaint coffee shop.
Live music and dance clubs are also abundant in Rock Island. Visit RIBCO (Rock Island Brewing Company) for great indoor and outdoor concerts. Go to www.ribco.com for a complete calendar of upcoming bands.
The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District is also the hub for seasonal, outdoor music festivals and special events. Take part in such music festivals as Gumbo Ya Ya Mardi Gras in the District, Ya-Maka-My-Weekend Jamaican Fest, various Gallery Hops, Rock Island Grand Prix Go-Kart Races, and riverfront concerts at the beautiful Schweibert Riverfront Park. Take a stroll through this park and enjoy the beautiful views.
Be sure to travel just outside the downtown area to enjoy the Quad City Botanical Center, historic neighborhoods that include downloadable driving tours, water ski shows by the Backwater Gamblers, and American Indian history at Black Hawk State Historic Site’s John Hauberg Indian Museum. The museum tells the story of the Sauk & Fox Indian tribes that once called this region their home, and the famous Sauk Warrior, Black Hawk.
Lodging in Rock Island includes the Rock Island Holiday Inn & Conference Center located in the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District and within walking distance of restaurants, pubs, clubs, galleries, and theatre. Jumer's Casino also offers a beautiful new hotels. Rock Island offers Bed & Breakfast opportunities that include Top O’ the Morning and the Victorian Inn B&B.