6 reasons why we love the Quad Cities

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Emilee Renwick
February 1, 2022

As Valentine's Day approaches, we're reflecting on just how much we love the Quad Cities! Not only is our beautiful campus along the banks of the Mississippi River, but it's in one of the four cities that make up the Quad-Cities area. Here are just a few (okay, more than a few!) of the reasons why we love it here:

1. Always something to do

Even in February, in the Midwest, there is something to do every weekend. Last month was Ice-Extravaganza. See what's happening this month at the Quad Cities Botanical Gardens, and check out upcoming exhibitions at the Figge Art Museum. It's a never-ending community party!

The QC comes even more alive in the summer and fall with festivals and farmers markets every weekend plus live-music and games at the best minor league baseball stadium. 

2. Always something new to eat

Speaking of always having something to do. Try a new local restaurant in town! We love our dining center (shoutout to Gerber!), but if you want to try something different, there are 700+ restaurants in the Quad Cities.

The restaurant scene off campus is full of flavors for whatever you are craving. Of course, old favorites like Whitey'sLa Rancherita and Harris Pizza, or newer favorites, like Me & Billy and QC Pancake House, never disappoint.

There’s always somewhere to get good grub. With a growing number of restaurants on GrubHub, DoorDash or UberEats, it is even easier to dine local with delivery right to your residence hall.

3. The mighty Mississippi River

This river, with its beautiful views, bald eagle sightings and the fact that it runs east to west, is pretty special. But the river gives us more than great views. You can make it your classroom! Yep, you can explore the river on one of our two research boats as part of a class or part of our new minor in geographic information science (GIS) and technology. Have some winter fun and go ice skating — not on, but right near the river!

4. Location, location, location

The Quad Cities is the perfect middle: 2.5 hours to Chicago, 2 hours to Des Moines, 1 hour to Iowa City or Dubuque. It's the starting point for a quick car trip or a little getaway. We even made a Vikings on the road playlist for you. No car? No problem for local adventures. Your Augustana ID lets you ride free on the MetroLINK bus.

5. The Quint Cities

Are we saying that right? Who knows. East Moline is often called the fifth city of the Quad Cities and has a range of restaurants and shops to check out. Just a few miles from campus, it is home to a great live-music scene at the Rust Belt and tons of trails for a riverfront run. And there are 100+ miles of bike trails in the QCA.

6. Twice as nice

Ever heard of Midwest nice? Think twice as (Midwest) nice when thinking about anyone on this campus. Augustana’s environment is so warm and welcoming. We just know you’ll love it here. But don’t take our word for it. Schedule a campus visit and see for yourself! We can’t wait to show you around.

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Emilee Renwick
Digital Content Specialist

Emilee Renwick is originally from Monmouth, Ill., and graduated from St. Ambrose University in 2014. She lives in Davenport with her husband, Kevin, and their two corgis, Bambee and Boomer.