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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

  • $119M in projects under construction
  • $102M 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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2017
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2017
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  • Feb
    10th

    New luxury boutique hotel and apartments opening in Davenport

    The 1910 historic Putnam building in downtown Davenport will soon complete renovations and be transformed into a building called The Current, Iowa.

    Read the full story here.

  • Feb
    6th

    Davenport firefighter answers call to rehab historic downtown building

    Concerned last year that downtown Davenport would lose one of its historic buildings, one resident went out on a whim to save it.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times

  • Jan
    31st

    ‘Event of the century:’ Quad-Citians revel in sight of Cubs World Series trophy

    When Dorothy Gaffney says she waited a lifetime to see the Cubs World Series trophy, she means it.

     

    Read the full article here.

  • Jan
    30th

    Eastern Iowa gets in on ground floor of Virtual Reality

    In a computer lab in downtown Davenport, a group of 14 students is exploring and training for what could be the next generation of digital jobs.

     

    Read the full article here.

     

    Photo Credit: Kevin Schmidt, Quad-City Times

  • Jan
    19th

    Benefit concert to celebrate Ellis Kell’s memory, support his family

    At the Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert slated for Saturday at the RiverCenter, Davenport, dozens of area musicians will take the stage to honor Kell, the Quad-City icon who died in December.

     

    Read the full article here.

     

  • Jan
    16th

    Icestravaganza tradition grows, features medieval ice sculptures

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership presented the fifth annual Icetravaganza on Saturday at the Freight House on River Drive.

     

    Read the full article here.

  • Jan
    16th

    QC Food Hub opens after renovations

    After three weeks of interior remodeling, the Quad Cities Food Hub in Davenport is once again open for business.

     

    Read the full article here.

  • Jan
    16th

    Icestravaganza melts Q-C winter blues

    Ice sculptors created an ice storm of their own Saturday as they sawed and chipped away on huge blocks of ice to create a medieval winter wonderland at Davenport’s Freight House.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook Quad City Times 

  • Jan
    11th

    Urban Campus project gets upgrade

    The new Urban Campus of Scott Community College in downtown Davenport will be even better than originally planned, thanks to an additional — and unexpected — $2 million generated by the sale of tax credits.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt QUAD-CITY TIMES

  • Jan
    5th

    Food Trucks to make permanent stop in Davenport

    The City of Davenport is hungry for food trucks.

    After implementing a successful six-week pilot program, the city has crafted an ordinance that will permit mobile food vendors in designated city right of ways and zones in the near future.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Dec
    30th

    Davenport’s eastern gateway gets a boost

    The eastern gateway into downtown Davenport got a boost Thursday, following a property donation by Russell Construction, the real estate development and property management company based in the city.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo credit: Jeff Cook (Quad City Times)
  • Dec
    30th

    Don’t let the name fool you, new whiskey bar in town won’t be ‘upscale’

    Duct tape, plastic tarp and dust-caked drapes shutter the front door and windows of the old Musicians Union Local 67 headquarters in downtown Davenport.

    The vacant building has seen better days, but a creative crew of entrepreneurs is converting the space at 304 E. 3rd St. into a neighborhood tavern and performance venue.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times)
  • Dec
    28th

    RME staff carries on Ellis Kell’s mission with Winter Blues program

    Quad City Times – Bret Dale knew it would be a rough day at work.

    Monday marked his first day back at the River Music Experience, or RME, after the passing of his boss, friend, mentor and father figure, Ellis Kell.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times) 
  • Dec
    19th

    Gills will debut The Current Iowa, an art-focused hotel

    Restoration St. Louis will showcase the talents of the Midwest’s premier and emerging artists when it takes the wraps off its newest downtown Davenport hotel — The Current Iowa.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin Schmidt, Quad-City Times 
  • Nov
    30th

    Davenport Moves on From Restoration St. Louis riverfront plan

    The city of Davenport is on to plan B after the City Council reviewed Restoration St. Louis’ proposal for the barge and porte cochere on the riverfront.

     

    Read the full article here. 

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times
  • Nov
    28th

    The City Church moves into former Downtown Central Perk space in Davenport

    After nearly a year of holding services at the Redstone Room, The City Church now has a home base of its own. Since the Christian church, which now has about 70 members, opened in January, the Rev. Neil McReynolds said they’ve been scrambling to find meeting places.This past Tuesday, with The City Church’s first services held at their new digs on West 3rd Street in Davenport, the scramble was over.

    Read the full article here.

     

     

     

  • Nov
    18th

    New Business Help Economic Growth in Davenport

    KWQC – Carousel of Delights isn’t the only newer business in the city. RAW, in downtown Davenport had its grand opening Wednesday night and Baked Bread and Beer Company is set to open in the East Village this weekend. Head of Economic Development, Susanne Knutsen, said the growth of businesses helps both the economy and job creation.

     

    See the full story here. 

  • Nov
    15th

    Notes @ Noon: Serving a ‘healthy spin’ on cocktails, RAW preps to impress

    Quad City Times – “If the bulky bag of “organic” rainbow carrots temporarily resting atop the freshly polished concrete bar top didn’t make a statement, the permanent forest green moss growing on the wall definitely does. RAW, a new posh tavern in downtown Davenport is not the place to go for a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and a greasy burger, not that there’s anything wrong with that combo from time to time.”

    Read the full article here. 

    Photo Credit: John Schultz(Quad City Times) 

  • Nov
    14th

    Playhouse on the Block

     

    When staff at Quad-City Arts asked Estes Construction to build and donate a playhouse to be auctioned at Festival of Trees, the Davenport company readily agreed, then used the project as a team-building opportunity.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Nov
    10th

    A new Daytrotter: Comedy shows, local bands arrive to the venue

     Quad City Times – Following the August exit of Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller, things are shaking up for the 10-year-old company that records live sessions of bands for online listening and hosts a steady stream of concerts.

    Read the full article here. 

    Photo credit: Kevin E Schmidt – QCTimes (11/7)