Moline

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Moline is one of the Quad Cities in Western Illinois.

Understand[edit]

Moline is located in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States, with an estimated population of 43,016 in 2007. Moline is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa. The corporate headquarters of Deere & Company is located in Moline, as is Quad City International Airport, Black Hawk College, and the Quad Cities campus of Western Illinois University. Moline is a retail hub for the Illinois Quad Cities, as Southpark Mall and numerous big-box shopping plazas are located in the city. In the mid-1990s, the city undertook major efforts to revitalize its central business district, which had declined after suburban growth and retail changes after the 1950s and 1960s. Today, Moline's downtown again serves as one of the civic and recreational hubs of the Quad Cities; many events take place at the 12,000-seat i wireless Center (formerly known as The MARK of the Quad Cities) and at John Deere Commons.

Visitor information[edit]

  • Quad City International Airport2200 69th Ave. +1 309 757-1773. Staffed: M-Th 8AM-4:30PM; Doors to the visitor center remain open for accessibility to brochure racks, maps, and visitor guides when the airport is open. The airport visitor center is located diagonally across from the gift shop, near the hanging monocoupe plane, and assists visitors and passengers with information about the airport as well as Quad City visitor information.
  • RiverStation / Bass Street Landing1601 River Drive, Suite 110 +1 309 277-0937. M-F 8:30AM-5PM, year-round. A full-service visitor center and gift shop located on the John Deere Commons in downtown Moline. It offers visitor information, maps, gifts, souvenirs, postcards, locally-made food and drink, Quad Cities merchandise, and bike rentals.

Get in[edit]

Moline is located approximately 165 miles west of Chicago and midway between Minneapolis to the north and St. Louis to the South. 37.4 million people reside within a 300-mile radius of Moline, which comprises almost 13% of the nation’s population. Moline and its neighbors help form the largest urban concentration between St. Louis and Minneapolis along the Mississippi River. Major interstates I-80, I-88 and I-74 provide ready access in all directions, making the region a preferred location for logistics and distribution facilities.

The Quad City International Airport, the third largest airport in Illinois is proudly located in Moline and serves the regional Quad City area. Currently, five airlines offer non-stop flights to twelve cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Fort Myers, Phoenix-Mesa, and Tampa, with hundreds of domestic and international connections available beyond those cities. On-site fueling and ground handling services are available. To track a flight, log onto www.qcairport.com, and click on flight tracker or click the “arrivals and departures” button for a list of on-time flight status.

Get around[edit]

See all of the Quad Cities from the Channel Cat Water Taxi, an open air boat that transports people and bicycles to Iowa and Illinois shorelines.

The LOOP is a riverfront circulator bus that crosses two bridges in two states and services downtown Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Bettendorf. Ride for $1 per trip, during these hours: Thursday - Saturday 5 pm - 1:30 am; Sunday 11:30 - 6 pm. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes.

See[edit]

  • John Deere Pavilion1400 River Drive, Moline, IL +1 309 765-1000. 9AM to 5PM. A fun place to learn about John Deere and climb on a Combine. Free.
  • Deere & Company World HeadquartersOne John Deere Place Moline, IL 61265 (The Deere & Company World Headquarters is located at One John Deere Place in Moline, Illinois, just off IL-5/John Deere Road. It's approximately 3.5 miles east of the intersection of I-74 and IL-5.),  +1 309 765-8000. Daily 9AM - 5PM. The Deere & Company World Headquarters is located on 1,400 acres of beautifully kept land and is home to a variety of wildlife including white tail deer, ducks, geese and swans. The display floor of the World Headquarters is open to visitors 365 days a year, from 9AM-5PM Visitors can look at displays of antique John Deere equipment, and get up close and personal with a variety of the company's new equipment offerings. They'll also find a selection of product literature. Free.

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Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • Bass Street Chop House1601 River Drive +1 309 762-4700fax: +1 309 736-0235. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Located near the i-wireless Center downtown. Excellent steaks, chops and seafood. $11-50.
  • Bierstube415 15th Street +1 309 797-3049. M-Su 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-10PM. Serves German favorites; beer garden. $6-17.
  • Bud's Skyline Inn2621 69th Avenue +1 309 764-9128. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa 4PM-10PM. Located near the entrance to Quad City International Airport with a view to the main runway and flight tracking monitors. Features prime rib, catfish, steaks and seafood. $7-38.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Hampton Inn & Suites2450 69th Avenue (At the entrance to Quad City International Airport off Airport Road.),  +1 309 762-1900. Hotel features an indoor pool and a breakfast room.
  • Holiday Inn Express2100 69th Avenue (At the entrance to Quad City International Airport off Airport Road.),  +1 309 517-6400, toll-free: +1 800 315-2621. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. New construction in 2014. Hotel features an indoor pool, fitness room, social hub with fireplace, free smart start breakfast and free Wi-Fi.
  • La Quinta Inn5450 27th Street (Near Quad City International Airport),  +1 309 762-9008. Hotel features an outdoor pool, fitness room and a breakfast room. There is also a restaurant and lounge adjacent to the property.
  • Stoney Creek Inn101 18th Street (Downtown near the i-wireless Center),  +1 309 743-0101. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, lounge and a breakfast room.

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Routes through Moline
DavenportBettendorf  N I-74.svg S  GalesburgPeoria
DavenportRock Island  W I-280.svg E  END
DavenportBettendorf  W US 6.svg E  Peru-LaSalleJoliet
END  W US 150.svg E  GalesburgPeoria
ENDRock Island  W Illinois 5.svg E  → becomes I-88.svgSterling-Rock FallsChicago


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