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Moline is one of the Quad Cities in Western Illinois.

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Moline is in Rock Island County, and has 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 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 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 informationEdit

  • Quad City International Airport, 2200 69th Ave., +1 309 757-1773. Staffed: M-Th 8AM-4:30PM; doors to the visitor center remain open for access 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 Landing, 1601 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 inEdit

Moline is about 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.

By planeEdit

The 1 Quad City International Airport, the third largest airport in Illinois is in Moline. It serves the regional Quad City area. Five airlines offer non-stop flights to 12 cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Orlando, Fort Myers, Phoenix-Mesa, and Tampa. 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.

By trainEdit

  • Amtrak Moline (MLI), 1200 River Drive, Centre Station. Station with waiting room but no ticket office or amenities. As of March 2016, Amtrak is still busing passengers from Moline to Galesburg, Illinois (50 minutes away), to catch onward trains to Chicago; work is in progress to inaugurate Amtrak direct service between Chicago and Moline. A train to Danville has also been proposed but not yet implemented. $40-72 (Chicago, one-way).

Get aroundEdit

You can 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.

Quad Cities MetroLINK serves Moline and the other Illinois Quad Cities.

SeeEdit

  • John Deere Pavilion, 1400 River Drive, +1 309 765-1000. 9AM to 5PM. A fun place to learn about John Deere and climb on a Combine. Free.    
  • Deere & Company World Headquarters, One John Deere Place Moline (just off IL-5/John Deere Road, about 3.5 miles east of the intersection of I-74 and IL-5), +1 309 765-8000. Daily 9AM - 5PM. 1,400 acres of beautifully kept land, home to a variety of wildlife including white tail deer, ducks, geese and swans. The display floor is open to visitors 365 days a year, from 9AM-5PM Visitors can look at displays of antique John Deere equipment, and a variety of the company's new equipment offerings. Free.

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Routes through Moline
DavenportBettendorf  N   S  GalesburgPeoria
DavenportRock Island  W   E  END
DavenportBettendorf  W   E  Peru-LaSalleJoliet
END  W   E  GalesburgPeoria
ENDRock Island  W   E  → becomes  Sterling-Rock FallsChicago



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