Facades of Iowa City

An illustrated look into the colorful facades in and around downtown Iowa City.
Complete with comedic narrative.

row of downtown buildings

Atlas

127 Iowa Ave

Atlas

Look at those beautiful blue awnings.

Basta

121 Iowa Ave

Basta

A front door as red as their marinara.

Clinton Street Social Club

18 1/2 S Clinton St

Clinton Street Social Club

An inauspicious front to a retro cocktail bar.

Dublin Underground

5 South Dubuque St

Dublin Underground

It's always a great idea to grab a pint where their signage is the Irish flag.

Englert Theater

221 E Washington St

Englert Theater

A vaudeville-era playhouse that seats over 700 people and boasts two beer and wine bars. I'll go when they show Hamlet.

Frankling Publishing House

115 S Dubuque St

Franklin

The only hot pink facade in Iowa City is sure to catch your eye.

Gabe's

330 E Washington St

Gabe's

Nirvana once played here. That means Kurt Cobain sweat on this stage. Other big names include The Black Keys, Chance the Rapper, Macklemore, and Flaming Lips.

Haunted Bookshop

219 N Gilbert St

Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop, easily confused for your grandma's house that is also probably haunted.

Iowa Chophouse

223 E Washington St

Iowa Chophouse

For your favorite carnivore. (No vegans or vegetarians allowed)

John's Grocery

401 E Market St

John's Grocery

Disclaimer: Owned by John's son, William. So really it should be called John's Son's Grocery. It is only two years younger than the State of Iowa.

Kinnick Stadium

825 Stadium Dr

Englert Theater

The true heart of Iowa City branded with the head of a Hawkeye. If you don't remember what the facade looks like, it was probably game day and you were probably drunk.

Lasansky Gallery and Studio

703 South Clinton St

Lasanskly Gallery and Studio

Never judge a book by its cover. A log cabin on the outside, a funky artist studio on the inside.

Moseley's Barbecue And Provisions

525 S Gilbert St

Moseley's Barbecue And Provisions

Did you know you can eat every part of a pig?

Northside Bistro

203 N Linn St

Northside Bistro

Who knew Iowa City had a Northside neighborhood. Located in the previous location of the Haunted Bookshop, the ghosts might have stayed for the risotto.

Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St

Oasis Falafel

Their store front isn't as savory as their hummus.

Pullman Bar and Diner

17 S Dubuque St

Pullman Bar and Diner

The name Pullman is an ode to the Pullman railway cars.

Quinton's Bar and Deli

215 E Washington St

Quinton's Bar and Deli

I heard they have all day drink specials and bread bowls.

Raygun

103 E College St

Raygun

Helvetica Bold never looked so good. It was also never this witty.

Summit

10 S Clinton St

Summit

The only fraternity bar with classical Greek columns.

Tailgate

30 S Clinton St

Tailgate

The flagship store for Tailgate, a brand now owned by American Eagle. So you can spill your beer on your nice shirt.

Union

121 E College St

Union

It was on Playboy's list of best parties in the USA and won a Girls Gone Wild Wildest Bar contest. And that's something to be proud about.

Velvet Coat

118 E College St

Velvet Coat

In the running for the best dressed mannequins in Iowa City

White Rabbit

112 S Linn St

White Rabbit

Your hipster friend probably shops here.

X Omega

804 Iowa Ave,

Chi Omega

Chi Omega, almost as good as Chi Potle.

Yacht Club

206 N Linn St

Yacht Club

A name as fancy as its facade.

Zombie Burger

206 N Linn St

Zombie Burger

We all know zombies don't eat burgers.