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Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
Come visit the Quad Cities during its annual Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard weekend. While many local residents take advantage of this annual promotion, it is also a great time to explore the Quad Cities as a visitor. Enjoy discounts on lodging, attractions, dining and shopping during the Martin Luther King Day weekend. Go online to take advantage of the discounts or pick up a coupon booklet at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau visitor center - Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in beautiful downtown Galesburg, Illinois, just blocks from the Amtrak Station and the Seminary Street Shopping District. Q’s Cafe offers homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts. They also offer wonderful vegetarian fare. Special orders and catering are also available.
Country Morning Coffee
No chain store coffee here! Country Morning Coffee is the only artisan coffee roaster in Henry County, offering 30 different premium coffees plus organic coffees from around the globe. Every coffee batch is roasted daily and packaged by hand including personal handwriting on each coffee label. Pick from an assortment of coffee drinks, tea, hot chocolate, and iced drinks. Morning offerings include fresh home-baked pastries, and for lunch there’s homemade breads and soups or Panini’s and wraps. Fill your travel mug and grab some freshly blended bags of coffee to take home with you!
Geneseo Art League
The Geneseo Art League fosters the arts by showcasing area artisans works featuring one of a kind gifts including, Paintings – Wood Art – Photography – Jewelry – Sculpture – Glass – Mixed Media. A creative work space is available for viewing when classes are in session. Visitors are warmly welcomed!
The Quilt Box
Celebrate the art of quilting and visit the store to become inspired. Visit the showroom offering over 2,000 bolts of fabric, quilt, embroidery and notion supplies. Join in the sit ‘n sews, pick up a block of the month or shop for locally handmade gifts.
Main Street Eatery
Try the top-secret honey-poppy seed dressing on top of the apple, celery, and chicken salad, it is a local favorite. Sandwiches, Panini’s are just a few of the delectable offerings. Breakfast is available.
Mary’s Family Dining offers affordable home-cooked meals served on white table cloths. Lunch specials and a salad bar are offered daily. Enjoy the friendly lounge area while you wait for your seat.
A delightful shopping experience awaits you! Choose from home decor – home scents – crystal – gourmet foods and coffee- jewelry and much more. Heartfelt also offers custom floral creation, framing and gift baskets.
Breedlove's Sporting Goods
The drive will be worth it when you visit with the engaging sales associates, view their vast name brand apparel and shoes, and hear the “locals” story. They also personalize sports clothing upon request. It’s all about the sports lore and offerings.
Richmond Hill Players Theatre
Barn is located atop the bluff in Geneseo since 1968. The group's actors, directors, backstage personnel, support staff, and audience are drawn from 60 mile radius that includes cities in Illinois and Iowa.
PL Damron's Catering Cafe & Banquets
Follow the lunch crowd and dine in a beautifully preserved historic building where everything is homemade from the soups to the entrees. PL Damron’s Café is known for its fresh baked breads, bakery treats (try the cinnamon and caramel rolls!), and pies. PL Damron’s Barbecue is a house specialty with pulled pork, pulled rib, beef, and chicken served in a special barbecue sauce. PL Damron’s Café also offers catering and banquet services.
Run Your Ice Off
Over 200 runners participate in this annual “Hardcore” 5k race held, snow, rain or shine beginning at 11am.
Reiman's Harley Davidson
If motorcycles are your thing, check out Reiman’s Harley Davidson. Roger Reiman, the original proprietor, is a 1998 inductee into the American Motorcycle Association’s Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Daytona 200. A top competitor in the AMA’s Grand National Circuit during the 1960s, Reiman cut back on his racing schedule to manage the family Harley Davidson dealership in Kewanee during the 1970s. It was during this time that he became famous as motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel’s head mechanic. Since Reiman’s death in a racing accident in 1997, the Packee family has owned and operated the dealership. One of the top Harley Davidson dealerships in the Midwest, Reiman’s can meet every motorcycle enthusiast’s needs and desires. Stop by and visit the Racing Museum and check out the history of Roger Reiman and Evel Knievel. Axle will be there to greet you!
Cerno's Bar and Grill
Gather your friends for fabulous food in a warm atmosphere featuring a spectacular 19th century historical bar. The menu selection offers great sandwiches, fantastic pizza, and dinner entrees. Enjoy over twenty different beers on tap at the mahogany back bar imported from Belgium by the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewing Company.
Cambridge Main Street Christmas on the Square
70 plus crafters will be featured at the Cambridge Parent Club’s annual craft show. Visit beautifully decorated homes during the Tour of Homes, area churches will feature “specialty treats.” Stop at Cambridge Community Hall and enjoy a visit with Santa, Holiday Music, supper and view the Festival of Trees. End the day and partake in the Baptist Church Christmas Cantata. Hours: 10am to 8pm.
Christmas Market - Julmarknad
Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of Christmas past. Swedish folk characters roam the village, music plays, shop the Swedish Food specialties, abundance of handmade wares, folk art, antiques. Select homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment at the Steeple Building from 10am to 4pm.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Good's Furniture Showplace
Start your exploration with a visit to Good’s Furniture. America’s Furniture Showplace is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee’s downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It’s a complete shopping experience: visit Good’s Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more! Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good’s lower level. For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A skywalk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambience. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.
Saukie Golf Course
This golf course is a stunning example of a golf course designed from the early part of the 20th century. Saukie was built in 1927 (opened in 1928) and designed by Thomas Bendelow. This public course is considered to be an “executive length" course and is a classic example of a short course that will challenge every golfer. Tee times available 6 a.m to 6 p.m.
CITY: Rock Island
Knox College International Fair
This event is always the last weekend in January. It features food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers. Knox College is a top Liberal Arts College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Ol’ Fashion Christmas
Breakfast with Santa, enjoy the make-it and take-it ornaments for kids, carriage rides, candy cane hunt, view mini-Christmas trees and a taste and buy at the chocolate fair. The parade beginning at 3 p.m. features Christmas themed floats, marching bands and Santa. Tens of thousands of lights make Veteran’s Park downtown Galva a must to drive and see. Enjoy the Galva Arts Council entertainment in the evening. Hours: 10am to 8pm.
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Musicians will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the air will be filled with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Andover Christmas Julotta
For over 160 years this early morning (6:30 a.m.) service has been held at Augustana Lutheran Church. The service is held in a setting similar to that used by the Swedish congregation in 1870. The choir sings a Swedish anthem and the service is in English. Candles in the pews, altar and windows illuminate the sanctuary. Service begins at 6:30am.
Andover Christmas Walk
Andover and Andover Lake Park will glow with decorations. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Join a soup supper, visit Santa and take part in a Christmas tree silent auction. Refreshments & kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5pm to 7pm. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6pm to 8pm.
Casey's General Store
Convenience store chain with pizza.
Christmas Begins at Walnut Grove Farm
Begin your winter holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with festive music, simmering foods, friendly greetings and a visit with St. Nicholas. Take home natural Christmas trimming and exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. End your visit with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the walnut grove! Admission: a generous gift of non-perishable food items for Knoxville Council of Churches’ Christmas baskets.
New China Buffet - Monmouth
Chinese (Szechwan) cuisine.
Station House Restaurant
Right on track to be our favorite destination! Located next to the downtown Amtrak Passenger Station. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Dog Patch Diner
Hot dogs and sandwiches.
Diner/coffee shop serving sandwiches and breakfast all day.
County Market Deli
Deli. Carry out or dine in.
Deli. Carry-out, delivery, or dine-in.
Conveniently located off Hwy. 34/78 in Kewanee with 24-hr. front desk assistance. Guests of the Quality Inn hotel are invited to relax in the sauna or grab a refreshing workout in the exercise room. Other amenities include: free wireless high-speed Internet access, free hot breakfast and free newspaper M-F. All spacious guest rooms offer cable television, a coffee maker, desk, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Some rooms feature a refrigerator, microwave, whirlpool and sofa sleeper. Quality Inn is a pet-friendly hotel with four-legged friends allowed to stay for a fee.
CITY: Little York
Kewanee Lighted Parade and Windmont Park Lighting
View Kewanee’s magical wonderland of vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season. Open daily 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. through New Years Day.
Maple City Family Restaurant
American home cooking. Breakfast served all day.
Family dining. Mexican cuisine. Dine in or carry out.
Genesis Christian Book & Supplies
All types of Christian books and supplies.
Casual dining. Serving Italian style pizza, spaghetti and sandwiches. Banquet room.
The Bishop Hill Gallery
Located at ground level below The Gallery Inn, the Bishop Hill Gallery specializes in artwork and framing. As you enter the gallery, you will notice a great selection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War photographs and documents, as well as other artwork. You can purchase your art and have it framed by skilled crafts people in the same location.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Red Earth Cafe
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner while overlooking the 56-acre lake. Featuring buffalo burgers, vegetarian choices, homemade pie and daily features. Breakfast and lunch served Tuesday through Sunday 8 am to 2 pm. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday, 5 pm to 8 pm.
Family dining. Mexican cuisine.
Family-owned motel and restaurant close to downtown area.
Breadeaux Pizza - Monmouth
Take out pizza.
The Brick House
Antiques and collectibles.
Hawthorn Inn & Suites - Monmouth
The finest acommodations in West Central Illinois, close to downtown area.
Kewanee Motor Lodge
29 rooms conveniently located in downtown Kewanee offering affordable and comfortable accommodations. All rooms offer a refrigerator and microwave.
Super 8 Motel - Monmouth
Variety of room styles available including family rooms. National chain.
Monmouth Soda Works
Serving salads, sandwiches, pies and old-fashioned ice cream treats.
AmericInn Lodge and Suites of Kewanee
Located in Kewanee, off U.S. 34 with great dining and shopping nearby. Amtrak transportation is available in the downtown area. Guests are offered a hot cup of coffee and a satisfying complimentary Continental breakfast. Choose from 49 rooms and two specialty suites. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, pool-side exercise room and heated spa. Other guest services at the hotel include a business center and guest laundry room. 900 square feet meeting space available. A perfect place for a weekend getaway, wedding or any special occasion.
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
Completed in 1885, the church has a 150' spire and neo-Gothic architecture. Only ten Catholic churches in the U.S. have a saint’s body, and Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent, taken out of the catacombs in Rome in 1838.
Holiday Inn Express Galesburg
Holiday Inn Express provides guests with an ideal location in a city known for railroad innovation! Whether you're in town for business or just to relax, we have the quality amenities and knowledgeable staff to make you feel right at home. Leisure travelers are close to local historical sites and attractions, including the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Site, the Galesburg Railroad Museum, Carl Sandburg Birthplace or perusing the Seminary Street Historic Distric shops.
Iron Spike Brewpub
Located in the heart of beautiful Galesburg, Illinois, Iron Spike Brewpub features delightful craft brews. Iron Spike prides itself on original beer, great food, and local entertainment while supporting the Galesburg community.
Affordable family/fine dining and lounge takes you back to the early 1900s when biplanes and barnstorming were all the rage.
Typcial Gyro dishes piled high with all the fixin's. Get a basket order or just order a Gyro.
CITY: Rock Island
Atkinson Motorsports Park
Located in Atkinson, this 216-acre park offers some of the best riding ground around. It is only 30 miles east from the Quad Cities and two hours west of Chicago. Get ready to let your horses run. Gob Hill, the newest DNR OHV park in the great state of Illinois. Trails, hill climbs, mud bogs and timber await your machine. Go on top of the Gob and you will think you're in the desert and travel to the timber and we think you might get lost. Only a few trails have been created by us, but remember, the most fun is making your own. Stop out and go for a ride; you will find some of the most awesome riding in northwestern Illinois. ATVs and Dirt Bikes only.
A Quad Cities tradition for the finest pizza around. Voted a Quad Cities favorite, this restaurant has been around for over 30 years.
CITY: Rock Island
Christmas Market "Julmarknad"
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. You can also participate in the Chocolate Walk, located at the Steeple Building, where you can choose from a variety of chocolate delicacies.
CITY: Bishop Hill
Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival
Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It's an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. A chocolate lover's dream. Being held on the third floor of The Galesburg Antiques Mall. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.
The Hungry Hobo
Deli sandwiches, baked potatoes and salads.
Family-owned Mexican restaurant featuring a fantastic array of homemade recipes.
CITY: Rock Island
Econolodge - Moline
Welcome to the Econo Lodge, a Moline hotel near Southpark Mall The Econo Lodge is conveniently located within walking distance from Southpark Mall. Guests of this Moline hotel will enjoy many full-service amenities, including free continental breakfast, free weekday newspaper, free local calls, seasonal outdoor pool and whirlpool.
Jim's Rib Haven
Family-owned restaurant for over 30 years featuring the best ribs in the Quad Cities. Definitely a favorite among the locals. You can bring your own beer with you to drink at the restaurant. Also features great sides to go with your ribs.
CITY: Rock Island
South Park Mall
If you love it, we've got it! Over 130 specialty stores, five department stores, two sit-down restaurants and a 500-seat food fair. There is something for everyone at South Park Mall!
The founding of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, the first women's sorority, took place at Holt House, which is open for tours. It was in Ada and Libbie’s bedroom at the Holt home that I.C. Sororities came to life.
Pizza House - Galesburg
Pizza, subs, salad, Italian beef and pasta.
Arthur's Garden Deli
Fresh deli sandwiches, soups, salads, salad bar, ice cream, yogurt desserts and more in a contemporary and friendly setting. Just walk up to the long counter, grab your tray and start ordering from a variety of menu items prepared right in front of you. Fresh, delicious and healthy choices!
CITY: Rock Island
Chinese restaurant. No delivery service. Take-out available. Buffet.
Sports theme and 9 televisions. No delivery service. Take-out available.
The Taco Hideout
Mexican food, established 1964. First Mexican restaurant in the area.
Monsanto Learning Center
You're welcome to visit the Monsanto Facility at Monmouth, home to many exciting facets of agricultural research and training.
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery
Family sit-down restaurant. No delivery service. Take-out available.
Fine dining featuring gourmet French Vietnamese cuisine. Family-owned and operated.
Hammer's General Feed Store
Unique dining atmosphere, children's menu available, party room for larger groups, specializing in homemade pizza and pasta, also sandwiches, salad bar and Mexican dinners. No delivery service. Take-out available.
Serving up some of the most tastiest pizzas in the area with a vast array of toppings. A favorite among local Quad Citians. The restaurant includes large dining area and full service bar.
Tournament Players Club Deere Run - Quad Cities
The Midwest's premier semi-private golf facility - in a setting of mature hardwood trees, rolling hills, and the serene Rock River Valley. Designed to host the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic. A la carte & events dining, full service Golf Shop.
Dine-in buffet and restaurant.
Cornucopia Natural Food/Uncle Billy's Bakery
Fresh baked from scratch bread & sweets, vegetarian deli items such as tarts & salads, lasagna & eggplant parmesan, coffee, smoothies, bulk food, organic produce, teas and imported cheese.
People line up for these delicious pizzas. Bring the whole family and have a seat. Choose from a variety of toppings on delicious handmade pizzas. Open since 1955.
Fairfield Inn Galesburg
This Galesburg IL hotel by Marriott offers comfortable guest rooms at a superior value for both business and leisure travelers. Free continental breakfast, including fresh-brewed coffee, cereal and fresh fruit.The hotel is conveniently located across the street from Carl Sandburg Mall which features JC Penney, Sears, K-Mart and Bergner's. This Galesburg hotel just minutes from Knox College, the Galesburg Railroad Museum and offices for BNSF Railroad. We also have free passes to the YMCA down the street for guests looking to utilize a fitness center. We will get you started each day with a delicious deluxe continental breakfast featuring fresh home made Belgian waffles, freshly brewed coffee, pastries, fresh fruit, two kinds of juice and much more. Restaurants nearby include Applebee's, Perkins, Sirloin Stockade and Sully's Pub
Best Western Geneseo Inn
Conveniently located just minutes off of Interstate 80; near downtown Geneseo offering many shopping opportunities. Located only 20 minutes from the Quad City International Airport.
Homestead Room at Best Western Prairie Inn
Italian-American cuisine specializing in seafood, pasta and steaks.
O'Melia's Supper Club
Enjoy dining in an old-style Supper Club setting with delicious steaks, seafood, and traditional American cuisine. Family-owned for over 30 years.
CITY: Rock Island
Galesburg's only 3-diamond full service hotel on 10.7 acres, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, meeting rooms, state of the art fitness center.
Comfort Inn - Galesburg
Completely renovated - offers data ports in all rooms - copy and fax machines available - complimentary continental breakfast
College Hilltop District
Visit this small, unique little shopping district located near the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. This two-block district offers wonderful little antique shops, a quaint coffee shop, wine shop, pub, and several locally-owned restaurants. Check out some of these small businesses for great treasures and wonderful finds. Vintage Rose - antiques, estate jewelery, costume jewelry Fred & Ethels - vintage and retro antiques, clothing, and collectibles Jackson's Antiques - collectibles and seasonal holiday gifts and decorations Estate of Grace - gifts, antiques, and collectibles Gendler's Wine Cellar - National and International wines Cool Beanz Coffee Shop - coffee, tea, lunch, dinner and music on weekends. You will also find a collectible comic book store, more antiques, and quaint neighborhood-style pubs.
CITY: Rock Island
Casual dining for ribs, barbecued chicken, fried chicken, barbecued rib tips and steaks.
The Packinghouse Dining Company
American steak house serving beef, chicken and seafood. Wonderful salad bar with unique selections. Famous for their cinnamon buns. Located in an old butcher plant sitting next to the railroad tracks. Unusual decor.
Cherry Street Bar
Family friendly dining, live music, full bar.
Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area
Features exceptional waterfowl hunting opportunities. The 112 water impoundments offer large-mouth and small-mouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, rainbow and brown trout for fishing. Seasonal restrictions and limited access may apply.
Landmark Cafe and Creperie
A casual bistro-style restaurant serving pasta, sandwiches, crepes, vegetarian fare, stuffed baked potatoes and the world's best spinach bisque.
An elegant eatery in a bistro-like atmosphere, serving current American cuisine with the freshest ingredients.
Osaka Japanese Restaurant
Dependable and delicious Japanese cuisine. Sushi and bar area. Located right across from shopping at SouthPark Mall - serving lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.
1800's Victorian furnished with family antiques, family recipe waffles and muffins made fresh each day.
Fun food, sports, spirits in a casual dining atmosphere. Large beer select, great burgers, sandwiches and appetizers.
CITY: East Moline
Residence Inn by Marriott - Moline
Residence Inn Moline Quad Cities is nestled in the heart of Moline, just off I-74 & I-80 on John Deere Road and just 5 miles from the Quad City International Airport. Residence Inn can provide you with all the comforts of home with all the features of a Marriott hotel; such as free hot breakfast buffet, evening social, indoor pool and fitness center, friendly staff, and so much more.
El Mariachi Restaurante
Great home-cooked Mexican Cuisine and family-owned. Open for lunch, dinner and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.