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Downtown is the heart and soul of Davenport, Iowa, and within this urban core  resides our community’s unique character, history, and future.  Downtown Davenport is a hub for entertainment, business, art and culture, shopping, and civic service.  Whether you’re here to live, work, or play, there’s always something to do downtown!

Downtown Davenport sits proudly on the banks of America’s greatest river where the Mississippi runs east to west in the Quad Cities.  You might be surprised how much our growing neighborhood has to offer.

Check out our event calendar and discover something fun to do. Looking for an apartment?  We now have over 1,100 residential units with more on the way.  If you’d like to open a business here, the Downtown Davenport Partnership is eager to assist you.

Key Stats

  • 223M+ in new announced projects as of January, 2015 ($87M now in construction phase)
  • $52M invested downtown from 2013-2014
  • Over 1,100 residential units with 500 more units planned (168 now under construction)
  • $38M renovation of the Hotel Blackhawk completed in 2010

So dig in to our website, check out the map,  and learn something new about this Midwestern jewel we call downtown Davenport.

See you downtown!

  • Event Calendar

    Check out our weekly calendar featuring a brief description and list of the upcoming week's events!

  • Dining

    Peruse through the River Cities' Reader Dining Guide for a list of the many mouth-watering, taste-bud-tingling, unique bars and restaurants right here in downtown Davenport!

  • Festivals

    Festivals generate excitement annually downtown; see a list of the upcoming Summer and Fall festivals.

  • Apartments

    View our apartment listings! Downtown Davenport offers many unique locations to call home.

  • Available Downtown Properties

    Downtown offers a wide variety of office and retail spaces.

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2015
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  • July
    1st

    Freight House gets colorful makeover

    Quad-City Times– Chloe Thompson is painting a yellow landscape mural before her first year at the Kansas City Art Institute this fall, intending to become an artist.

    Read more here…

     

    Photo provided by Quad City Times*

     

  • June
    24th

    Architect hears ideas for Figge plaza

    Quad City Times – The Bechtel Plaza in front of Davenport’s Figge Art Museum is 20,000 square feet of unused potential, a Chicago landscape architect said Tuesday.

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  • June
    24th

    Bob Lee honored with Governor’s Volunteer Award

    Quad City Times – Robert Lee, a leader with the Hilltop Campus Village and the Downtown Davenport Partnership, has been recognized for his community commitment with a 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

    Read more here…

    *photo courtesy of the Quad City Times

  • June
    24th

    Modern Woodmen Park wins “Best of the Parks”; free tickets available Wednesday

    Quad Cities River Bandits – Modern Woodmen Park has been voted the “Best of the Ballparks” in Class-A baseball by fans and readers of Ballpark Digest, which held a bracketed online voting competition of all 30 Class-A venues across the country over the past two weeks. To celebrate the award, the River Bandits are offering free general admission tickets at the Modern Woodmen Park box office on Wednesday, June 24, for their home game Monday, June 29.

    Read more here…

    *photo courtesy of Quad Cities River Bandits

  • June
    23rd

    River Roots Live Lineup to include Musgraves, Staples, Yonder

    Quad City Times – A country singer-songwriter who’s already won two Grammys and two Country Music Association Awards.

    A progressive bluegrass group that’s big in jam band circles, and a legendary R&B-soul-gospel singer.

    Those are among the headliners for the 11th annual River Roots Live music festival, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 28-29, at LeClaire Park, downtown Davenport.

    Officials from the Downtown Davenport Partnership will announce the lineup today, that includes singer Kacey Musgraves, Yonder Mountain String Band and Mavis Staples.

    Read more here…

  • June
    11th

    West students design, build bike racks for Davenport

    Quad-City Times- When downtown Davenport merchants started asking how to get bike racks in front of their businesses, Ryan Jantzi started looking online for prices.

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  • June
    4th

    Downtown Davenport partnership looks to west side for re-development

    Quad City Times– With investments and developments dotting downtown Davenport’s central core and east side, downtown advocates now are looking west as they begin considering the possibilities for reinventing the city’s western gateway.

     

    Read more here…

    *photo courtesy of Quad City Times

  • June
    4th

    Partnership touts another successful year for downtown

    Quad City Times– New loft housing projects have dominated the downtown Davenport scene in the past year, but there is “plenty of good news” all around, said Kyle Carter, the Downtown Davenport Partnership’s executive director.

     

    Read more here…

  • June
    1st

    YMCA opens new Early Learning Center in downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times– Children giggled as bright sun streamed into the classrooms where the little ones will crawl, toddle and run beginning Monday. The YMCA Early Learning Center, 624 E. 4th St., Davenport, opens at 6 a.m. Monday. The new facility replaces the former location at the Davenport Family YMCA.

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  • June
    1st

    New business banks on idea of arcade games and brews

    Quad-City Times– Davenport businessmen Dan Bush and Kyle Carter believe they have hit on a winning combination — a new destination that combines the childhood fun of an arcade with a bar atmosphere.

     

    Read more here…

    Photo courtesy of Quad-City Times*

  • May
    21st

    RDA awards nearly $900,000 in grants

    Quad-City Times– The Riverboat Development Authority awarded 49 grants totaling $883,000 Wednesday to area not-for-profit organizations.

     

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  • May
    19th

    How An Indie Idea Is Sparking A Renaissance In A Midwestern Town

    Medium.com- There’s no sign. Just an anonymous doorway on a glum street in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, wedged between Huckleberry’s Italian Restaurant and the boxy home of the local CBS affiliate.

    Read more here…

  • May
    11th

    Beaux Arts in Davenport, a Mother’s Day tradition

    Quad-City Times– At its heart, Mother’s Day is a holiday of not just procreation, but creation, of not just a being, but a life, a beautiful artwork. And so it was that human tapestry that was celebrated in the midst of a compendium of creations Sunday, as hundreds of mothers, children and other fans of creative works enjoyed Davenport’s annual Beaux Arts Fair outside the Figge Museum.

    Read more here…

  • May
    11th

    Hanging flower baskets returning to downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times– The greening of downtown Davenport begins Saturday. The Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, has arranged for the usual hanging flower baskets to be up by midafternoon.

    Read more here…

  • May
    8th

    These 30 whiskeys just took gold at an international spirits competition

    Business Insider– Every year, the International Whisky Competition brings together top whiskey experts to rate the best scotches, bourbons, blends, and other delicious spirits from around the world.

    Read more here…

  • May
    8th

    Davenport baker wins small business award

    Quad-City Times– Tiphanie Cannon and her Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie bakery in downtown Davenport have received a sweet award from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

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  • May
    5th

    600+ Flower Baskets Color Downtown for Mother’s Day Weekend

    Nothing says summer is near like the arrival of iconic flower baskets in downtown Davenport on Mother’s Day weekend.  The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is proud to announce there will be over 600 flower baskets lining the downtown streets, ensuring the community looks its best for the summer festival season.  Filled with supertunias, the baskets will be in full bloom come July, with colors of purple, pink, and red.

    “This year, more flowers and plants will line 2nd Street providing more light and color to the downtown,” Manager of Operations for the DDP, Ryan Jantzi, explained.

    A Ribbon Cutting celebrating the arrival of the flower baskets will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 11:00 a.m. on the Figge Art Museum Plaza (225 W. 2nd Street).   The event will also serve to usher in Mother’s Day weekend downtown highlighted by the Beaux Arts Fair and the Freight House Farmers Market.

    DDP is responsible for purchasing and maintaining the flowers throughout downtown.  The staff from The Green Thumbers, who initially grow the flowers, will hang the highly anticipated baskets throughout the weekend.
    Beaux Arts Fair
    The annual Beaux Arts Fair takes place on the Figge Plaza 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Artisans from 7 states in varied media including, pottery, stained glass, copper, and brass garden art will have works for sale.  With free admission, the fair is the perfect place to take Mom for her special day. www.beauxartsfair.com.

    Freight House Farmers Market
    The Freight House Farmers Market will be buzzing with spring activity on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring Mom down to stroll through plentiful local vendors providing fresh baked goods, fresh produce, and local meats, cheeses, and sweets. www.freighthousefarmersmarket.com

    Mother’s Day Promotions Downtown
    Still in need of ideas to thank Mom for all she does this Mother’s Day? Look no further than Downtown Davenport, where you can dine with mom, shop for mom, and pamper mom. Shop downtown or take Mom to a unique local restaurant. Find some spectacular specials for shopping and dining that will show Mom your appreciation at www.downtowndavenport.com.

    Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives.

  • May
    4th

    Union Arcade holds onto history in new life as apartments

    Quad-City Times– The year is 1915. Woodrow Wilson is president. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson make the first transcontinental telephone call. Thomas Edison invents the telescribe to record telephone messages. Ford rolls its 1 millionth car off the assembly line.

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  • April
    24th

    Wells Fargo to anchor new City Square

    Quad-City Times– Wells Fargo Bank will become the office and retail anchor in the renovated Parker Building, part of the new City Square project in downtown Davenport by the Restoration St. Louis development firm.

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  • April
    23rd

    Davenport OKs fire station contracts; 7 go to local companies

    Quad-City Times– The Davenport City Council unanimously approved Wednesday more than $4 million in construction contracts related to renovating the city’s 113-year-old Central Fire Station.

     

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    Photo from Quad-City Times website*