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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.

Join us downtown for our monthly night out event Third Thursday! Take a self-guided tour of downtown Davenport’s growing shopping scene and discover the many unique and locally owned shops during this special event from 5 – 9 pm.

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

  • $98M in projects under construction
  • $112M+ in planned projects
  • $400M+ invested downtown since 2000
  • 97.9% occupancy of market-rate housing units
  • Over 1,200 residential units with additional units in the construction and planning phase

At the Downtown Davenport Partnership Annual Meeting, we highlighted some key findings of the downtown Davenport Rental Housing Update – 1st Quarter 2016. Review and download the complete study here!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rental Housing Update – 1st Quarter 2016

    We highlighted some key findings of the downtown Davenport Rental Housing Update at the Downtown Davenport Partnership Annual Meeting.

    Review and download the complete study here!

  • Weekly Newsletter

    Don't miss out on another event Downtown! Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter to get a list of events sent straight to your inbox! Click here to sign up!

  • 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!

  • Shopping

    You might be surprised by how many unique locally owned shops there are to discover in downtown Davenport! From fashion to art to music and more - there is something for everyone when shopping downtown.

    Make sure to join us for a special after-hours shopping event every month on the Third Thursday!

  • 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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  • Jun
    21st

    Sweet treats to try this season at the Freight House Farmers Market

    If you frequent the Freight House Farmers Market in downtown Davenport on Saturday mornings, then you know it’s not all fruits and vegetables.

    There’s plenty of fresh produce from area farms, but fresh homemade doughnuts, cupcakes and cookies also show up on every corner.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Amanda Hancock (Quad-City Times)

  • Jun
    21st

    The Raccoon Motel kicks off a busy summer

    Son Little’s sold-out show on Monday kicked off a busy week for the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport.

    The Quad-City area’s newest music venue is on track to host six shows in seven days this week, bringing in touring musicians from places such as Ohio, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun
    14th

    RME celebrates 13 years during Live@Five concert

    The River Music Experience, or RME, hosted a bigger-than-usual Live@Five concert on Friday to mark its 13th birthday.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun
    14th

    Meginnis, WIlls to face off in Davenport race

    Marion Meginnis and Carlton Wills will be the candidates in next month’s rare general election for a Davenport aldermanic seat.

    Read the full story here.

  • Jun
    9th

    Downtown Davenport Partnership touts growth, plans to continue momentum

    Downtown Davenport has completely different feel from when Kyle Carter first moved to the area to attend St. Ambrose University in 2000.

    Read the full story here. 

  • May
    24th

    Headliner Ben Folds sets tone for new fest Alternating Currents

    Following last month’s announcement that River Roots Live will not return for its 13th year this August, the Downtown Davenport Partnership has fielded questions about the outdoor festival’s replacement, Alternating Currents.

    “Everyone knew about River Roots Live,” Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership, said. “It’s fine to mourn a fest we all loved, but we hope people will have an open mind to this new model and doubts will go away.”

    One step in quenching doubts? Tapping Ben Folds as the headliner of Alternating Currents.

    Read the full story here.

  • May
    24th

    Nombo’s comfort foods and more join food truck scene in the Q-C

    For most of her adult life, Missy Carter did what was expected.

    She went to college and got “big girl jobs” in private security and real estate.

    In the back of her mind, Carter knew she wanted something more.

     

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times) 

  • May
    18th

    The transformation of downtown Davenport

    Investing in the community’s core. Davenport’s downtown has seen plenty of changes over the last few years with major efforts to bring more people to live, work, and visit.

    See the full story here.

  • May
    17th

    Union Arcade Building

    Union Arcade Building apartments have both 1 – bedroom units and 2-bedroom units range from $1,200 to $1,700.   Units come with quartz countertops, Bertch cabinetry, detailed plumbing and electrical fixtures, refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, and dishwasher.   Community lounge and laundry facility will be located on the second floor.

    Located in center downtown at the corner of 3rd and Brady, tenants will enjoy the wonderful views and being part of the bix  7 and the many parades that come by the building.   Parking is in the city ramp next door and will be for an additional fee.

    Check out a video featuring the apartments here. 

    Contact Financial District Properties Management office at 563.324.9898 for more information.

  • May
    12th

    The Tip of the Iceberg: Alternating Currents Joins a Crop of New Festivals Highlighting a Vibrant Music Community

    It was a sign of the times when the Downtown Davenport Partnership announced last month that it would replace the River Roots Live outdoor music festival – after a 12-year run – with a multi-venue indoor festival called Alternating Currents.

    Read the full story here.

  • May
    12th

    7 foodie things to do in May

    Maybe we’re biased, but we think bullets 1, 3 & 5 are pretty good ideas.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook (Quad City Times) 

  • May
    12th

    Freight Hose Farmer’s Market is open: What to check out this season

    During opening day of the Freight House Farmers Market’s outdoor season on Saturday, there were plenty of new foods to sample and old favorites to revisit.

    One thing’s for sure: There’s a story behind every vendor. Read on for a look inside the market’s opening day.

    Read the full story here.

  • May
    12th

    BBQ, bar and beer garden joining downtown Davenport’s ‘campus of fun’

    What pairs well with an eclectic whiskey bar and performance venue?

    If you ask Davenport-based entrepreneur Dan Bush, co-owner of Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, the answer is simple: A barbecue restaurant, bar and beer garden — the plans for a new business, coined Armored Gardens, at 315 Pershing Ave.

     

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: [design] [build] by architects

  • May
    3rd

    Taco ‘Bout It: Me & Billy Edition

    If you’ve ever been downtown you’ve likely patroned or passed by Me & Billy. From the incredibly delicious, ever-changing menu to the Instagram friendly interior, M&B has all the qualities for a perfect night out, which is exactly why we sat down with the Fran Collins Maus and Billy himself to talk about their upcoming Kentucky Derby weekend!

    “I’ve always been a big fan of the derby, ever since I was a kid.” Bill said. “When we opened the restaurant, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate it.”And after a family trip to Churchill Downs, KC for the annual Kentucky Derby, the Collins girls, too, fell in love with the tradition.

    Quad Citizens have the perfect excuse to dress up and pretend we know about horse races, and fortunately, the Collins family knows how to do it right.

    “Its always such a busy weekend and we compete with all these other events, but it’s something special for us.” Maus said. “Unfortunately it means we’ll never go to the Derby again, but that’s ok, we throw a pretty authentic party.”

    all things pink

    The girls go all out for the occasion! Friday night they’ll host the Kentucky Oaks Ladies Social complete with Oaks Lily (the official ladies drink of the derby), pink margaritas (it is Cinco de Mayo after all), and the Most Elegant Woman contest. From 6-8 p.m., women are invited to come in their best pink garb and celebrate all things women, including giving back to those who are less fortunate. Last year M&B encouraged attendees to bring a donation for Humility of Mary, and they were so overwhelmed by the out pour of support, they decided to make it a tradition.

    drinks

    Another tradition the family couldn’t do without is the OFFICIAL Mint Julep glass used for the Kentucky Derby.

    “We use Mississippi River Distillery bourbon in our official Mint Julep every year. We order the shaved so they’re made properly.” Maus said. “We want to make sure it’s special.”

    Going into their 4th year of celebrating the event, the family is prepared to bring guests quite the party. Both the Mint Julep and Oaks Lily will be served all weekend, bets will be placed for fun, the traditional Hot Brown will be prepped for your snacking enjoyment, and the backdrops are ready for the perfect Instagram picture.

    “It’s a party! It’s really fun and people keep getting more and more dressed up every year,” Collins said.

    The party kicks off promptly at 3 pm! Be sure to get there early to get your commemorative glass and thank the lovely Collins family for all their hard work not only to get ready for this classy party, but all year long!

    copllins fam

  • May
    3rd

    It’s QC Craft Beer Week: Get a taste of area breweries

    If there’s one rule during Quad-Cities Craft Beer Week, it’s this: Try something new.

    The fifth annual celebration of local breweries, homebrewers and craft beer drinkers is happening now through Sunday, with events and tappings planned at area venues each day.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times)

  • May
    2nd

    Welcoming yard signs are catching on in the QC

    A trilingual yard sign that began popping up in communities across the country after the U.S. presidential election has made its way to the Quad-Cities.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Jack Cullen (Quad-City Times)

  • May
    2nd

    Excavation reveals rare find in Davenport

    John Hedden, an archaeologist with the University of Iowa, pulled up to a construction site at Davenport’s 4th Street and Western Avenue on April 11, 2016, to scout what would be an emergency excavation.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Office of the State Archaeologist 

  • Apr
    27th

    Live painters bring color to concerts at RME

    As an abstract impressionist painter, Regan Hatfield typically clings to his serenity while he works.

    But the Quad-City artist has, in recent years, grown accustomed to having an audience.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: John Schultz (Quad-City Times) 

  • Apr
    26th

    Bike/beer shop, panini cafe planned for vacant building

    The list of cool new businesses coming to downtown Davenport just keeps on growing.

    Within the next few weeks, work is expected to begin on building a bicycle/beer/brats store as well as a separate panini sandwich shop in a vacant building on 3rd Street, just east of the elevated railroad tracks.

     

    Read the full story here.

     

    Photo Credit: Quad City Times

  • Apr
    26th

    Food Trucks Come out with a bang their first night

    Opening day for food trucks in Davenport turned out to be a hit.
    Several vendors ended up having to turn people away because they sold out.
    Get the full story here.