Iowa City Stories

Events to Look Forward to When the Weather Warms Up

1. Mission Creek Festival: Tuesday Apr 1, 2014 - Sunday Apr 6, 2014

(Photo Credit: Justin Torner Creative Studio)

2. Iowa Arts Festival: Friday Jun 6, 2014 - Sunday Jun 8, 2014

(Photo Credit: Summer of the Arts)

3. Landlocked Film Festival: Thursday Aug 21, 2014 - Sunday Aug 24, 2014

(Photo Credit: Landlocked Film Festival)

4. Iowa City Jazz Festival July 3-5, 2014.

(Photo Credit: Summer of the Arts)

5. Friday Night Concert Series May 16- September 12, 2014

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Iowa City Then & Now

It’s no doubt that the University of Iowa has a beautiful campus. Whether rain or shine, students and visitors alike are no strangers to beautiful scenery. But did you ever wonder what your favorite campus and town locations looked like in the past?

Here are a few campus throwbacks:


In the 1920’s, Quadrangle Hall (shown above) was opened as the first men’s dormitory on campus. The very first dorm building, however, was Currier, which was designed strictly for female students.



In the 1940’s, Stuit Hall was used as the Old Music Building


The building is now used as a branch of the Department of Clinical Psychology. Another fun fact: After renovations in 2011, Stuit Hall was named as the first “green” building on University of Iowa’s campus.


In an anatomy lecture in 1910, professors taught this small class of students through live demonstrations.


It would be an understatement to say that technology has rapidly developed in the last century. Now students study human anatomy digitally.


Now for some sports – University of Iowa students have been cheering on their beloved Hawkeyes since the university first recognized their varsity football team in 1889.


Students pack into Kinnick Stadium the same way now as they did when the program first began. But the attire for football games looks like it may have changed a little since the days of pea coats and hats.


Many sites may have changed, but if there’s one place that’s still recognizable it’s Old Capitol.

*All images courtesy of and University of Iowa library archives

Top Weekend Bars in Iowa City, IA

Written by Cameron Harrison

This list is for the alumni who plan on visiting their favorite college town, Iowa City, for a quick weekend trip and do not want to break the bank. After all, not all recent graduates are rolling in dough (hello, Education majors!)

Presenting the top weekend bars in Iowa City. 


If you’re planning on staying put in one spot then there’s no better bet than Tailgators Sports Bar. Specials on Captain and tea drinks, not to mention the $7 burger special are not to be missed.

Tailgators Sports Bar

Tailgators Sports Bar
450 1st Avenue Hayden Fry Way
Coralville, IA 52241
(319) 356-6914

If you’re just looking for a quick dinner and drink special, then Devotay may be the way to go. Specials go from 4pm-6pm and include 2 for 1 Draft Beer,2 for 1 Well Drinks and 2 for 1 Glasses of Wine. Plus, look at that food!


117 North Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 354-1001


On Saturday, there are a lot of options to consider. From Flannigan’s (2 for 1 Well Drink special from 4pm-6pm) to Deadwood Tavern ($2 Domestic Pints; $2.50 Premium Pints from 4pm-6:30pm), you will have endless options.

Not to mention, Dublin Underground has Saturday specials from open at 3pm until closing time at 2am. Remember, it’s a marathon, NOT a sprint!

Dublin Underground

Dublin Underground
5 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 337-7660


Before you leave town, be sure to stop by the BlackStone for some food and drink. Martinis are half off and the menu features homemade chicken fingers.

Blackstone Restaurant & Bar

What else could you possibly want?

Blackstone Restaurant & Bar
503 Westbury Drive
Iowa City, IA 52245
(319) 338-1770

If you’re planning on staying longer than expected (and are short on cash by this point), be sure to visit Coach’s Corner. Specials go from 3pm-7pm and feature $1 Coors Light draft.

Coach's Corner

Coach's Corner
749 Mormon Trek Boulevard
Iowa City, IA 52246
(319) 358-9080

All photos are courtesy of each establishment's Facebook page

Warm Weather Means More Fun in Iowa City

Written by Audrey Dwyer

While the end of the spring semester looms in the midst for the future of UI's college population, the weather keeps getting nicer while the to-do list of homework gets longer.

It's as if the population of Iowa City has doubled as students and community members have come out from hiding in fear of the chilly weather. If the sun is shining, jubilant faces with a beer or two in hand will sequester porches and roofs throughout the downtown area. 

If you are looking for a nicely crafted brew that is different than the usual fat tire or blue moon, opt for a local Backpocket Brewery, Slingshot, Gold Coin, Penny Whistle, Jacknife, or a Wooden Nickel. These craft beers are now available in all liquor stores around Iowa City.

Not in the mood for a drink?

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Spring into the Season of Spring

Written by Audrey Dwyer

The snow is melting and finally the sun is shinning here in Iowa City.

Question is, what is there to do now that the winter blues have begun to pass?

If you are looking for a patio to sit down have a beer at half price along with appetizers Bo James is just the place. Known for beer and burgers this cozy American restaurant will allow you to relax after a week's worth of school or work. New this spring season is the restaurant's outdoor patio. Inside, booths allow you to feel like you are in a bar yet you get the feeling you and your friends can also have some privacy.

DC's-Allows you to have more than just a few drinks but to also sit outside, enjoy the warm weather, and some free popcorn.

The Mill- also known for live music and great pizza. This restaurant has an outdoor patio in the second half near the stage. The dimmed lights will be sure to allow for a warm spring eve to turn into a good time with friends.

Martinis- one of the other intimate bar venues that has an outdoor patio within walking distance of the other venues.

Gabes- Outdoor seating at the booths

Linn. St. Cafe- more of an upscale restaurant where you take your date if you want a for sure second date. The mixed drinks here are top notch as well as the out door patio- the scene is set for a romantic evening full of flirtatious conversation.

More fun events coming your way the next few months. So get off your butt, get outside, and enjoy the weather.

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