Moline, Illinois

Small town charm... big city excitement!

Home to more than 43,000 people, Moline along with neighboring communities make up the Quad Cities metropolitan area. This city attracts regional and national visitors because of its strong ties to John Deere and Deere & Company. The city also serves as a model for progressive urban planning.

Downtown Moline has been through a tremendous reformation as a once industrial center that has diversified and expanded into what Moline is today - a recreational, visitor and business-friendly community.

Over $250 million has been invested in the downtown area, now known as Moline Centre. Moline Centre is filled with an extraordinary variety of casual and fine dining establishments, nightspots, entertainment venues, and unique shopping all within easy walking distance. While downtown, pick up a walking brochure from the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 1601 River Drive, Suite 110. The brochure will provide you with the opportunity to experience a leisurely walk back in time and to take in architecture that was popular more than 100 years ago.

The downtown will be home to the future Quad Cities Multi-Modal Station, which will provide passenger rail service from Chicago to Iowa City through Moline. Construction of the downtown Moline station is expected to be completed in 2014.

Within this business district you will find the 12,000 seat i wireless Center. The i wireless Center draws top talent in the music industry as well as special performances by Disney on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The i wireless Center is home of the successful minor league hockey team, the Quad City Mallards.

The Plaza at Bass Street Landing, situated along Moline's revitalized riverfront, is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor entertainment. A fountain gateway leads visitors to a water feature with sculptures depicting children fishing in the Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn era. The fountain's zero-grade entry invites children to cool off during hot summer days.

While in Moline, cruise down the mighty Mississippi River aboard the non-gaming Celebration Belle riverboat. The Celebration Belle docks along Ben Butterworth Parkway and River Drive on the Moline riverfront. Passengers enjoy lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises beginning in the spring and ending in late fall.

You can also see the Quad Cities from a different point of view aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi. This pontoon-style boat provides daily service across the river to five different ports. The Channel Cat operates seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For biking enthusiast, you can take your bike aboard the Channel Cat and enjoy bike trails on both sides of the river, including Moline's Ben Butterworth Parkway which is part of the Great River Trail that runs from Rock Island, Illinois to Savanna, Illinois for a total of 62-miles.

Experience the John Deere Legend by visiting the John Deere Commons, located near the site of the first John Deere Factory. Start with the John Deere Pavilion, one of the largest agricultural exhibits in the world. Climb up into a shiny green combine, and see farm implements old and new as well as interactive agricultural exhibits. Next door, the John Deere Store carries a wide range of clothing, toys and merchandise with the famous leaping-deer logo.

Just a half-mile drive and up the hill from the John Deere Commons, the Deere-Wiman House and Butterworth Center, you will find two majestic mansions built in the late 1800's by Charles Deere, son of John Deere. Both homes offer an extraordinary journey into the past, and are open to the public by appointment. The elaborate gardens of the homes are open year round. Also, be sure to visit the Deere & Company World Headquarters, an architectural gem overlooking the Rock River Valley.

Complete your historic experience with a visit to the Rock Island Historical Society, located across from the Deere family homes. The Historic Society includes a house museum, exhibits, research library, and a patio garden. The museum is open for tours during their spring and fall open houses or by appointment.

Take time to play in Moline's parks! Bring your lawn chair or blanket to Stephens Square Park to enjoy live music and dancing during the free summer concert series. Riverside Park, home of the Riverside Family Aquatic Center, features the area's only SCS Water Playground and the ever-popular Riverside Riverslides. Historic Prospect Park offers pond fishing, disc golf course, Trinity fitness trails, and turn-of-the-century pavilion. Greenvalley Sports Complex, with its acres of baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields and cricket field, provides a hub of activity for youth and adult sports leagues, as well as ASA national tournaments.

Moline's Ben Butterworth Parkway provides the perfect setting for a leisurely walk or bike ride. Two major biking trails, both accessible from the Parkway, intersect the area. The Great River Trail, winding along the Mississippi River in both Illinois and Iowa, as well as the American Discovery Trail, which is a coast-to-coast trail crossing the Government Bridge, are key draws for bicycle enthusiasts.

In the mood for a great movie? Visit the Great Escape, Moline's state-of-the-art first run movie theatre. For live productions, visit the Music Guild and Playcrafters Barn Theatre, which feature musicals performed by local actors and performers.

If you like to shop SouthPark Mall contains numerous stores and is the largest downstate mall in Illinois. Anchor department stores include Dillard's, J.C. Penney, Von Maur, Younkers, Sears and Old Navy. The mall also features a variety of specialty shops, jewelry stores, clothing outlets and a food court.

Moline is host to a variety of festivals and events, including Viva Quad Cities, Quad Cities Marathon, Crimestoppers Run, Race for the Cure, and Lighting on the Commons. The summer season comes alive in downtown Moline Centre with a diverse collection of musicians and their songs.

For more information on business, housing, recreation, schools, and the city of Moline visit www.moline.il.us. For information on downtown Moline visit www.molinecentre.org. For information from their Chamber of Commerce visit www.quadcitieschamber.com.

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