Welcome To Downtown Rock Island

Where over 175 years of history meets new traditions. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty along the Mississippi River at Schweibert Park, take a bike ride on the Great River Trail and explore the Quad City Botanical Center. Enjoy an eclectic mix of restaurants, sip craft cocktails and pick up some farm fresh produce. Experience a rich local art scene, take in a yoga class or laugh the night away. Please make yourself at home. We do.

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Business

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News

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  • By Sean Leary Family tradition 
and community has kept this shoe shop alive through depression 
and wars since the 1920s. Walk within its doors and you enter a cramped kingdom, a taut narrow expanse of colorful ca...

  • By Tracy Jacks Downtown watering hole leaves the gimmicks and laser light shows behind. A night out in downtown Rock Island offers a multitude of options. There’s live theatre, improvisational comedy, microbrews, ...

  • By Sean Leary History cloaked 
cigar store and 
hookah lounge 
has always been an 
exclusive company. With a history that goes back to 1901, Hickey Brothers is a shop as bold, eclectic and robust as the cigars tha...

Signature events

We host signature events through out the year. These cultural mainstays bring thousands of visitors to downtown and provide fun for the whole family.

Business assistance

Our dedicated staff is here to help you start, develop and grow as a business person.

Available spaces

We can help you find a downtown space not matter if you are a startup, established small business, restaurant or retailer.

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Downtown loft units

Rock Island was the first city of the Quad Cities to create loft housing 16 years ago.

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Population

Don’t just take our word that downtown is a great place to live. Thousands of people call it home.

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Local businesses

There’s an opportunity to shop local and experience our culture on every block.

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Jobs located downtown

Not only is it a great place to live, but Rock Island is a great place to work or start a business.

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Contact us

We’d love to show you around town! Please feel free to stop by our office in downtown Rock Island. You can also reach us by phone or email and on social media.

1821 2nd Avenue, Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 948-2008

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