Life in Dubuque

Life in Dubuque

Dubuque is the perfect "big little city." It has everything you could need as far as shopping, restaurants, entertainment, parks and more! If you enjoy shopping in more specialty and one of a kind stores, we are only 20 minutes from historic, downtown Galena, Illinois. The Galena Main street is full of all kinds of neat stores, restaurants and antique shops! However, if it is the big city you crave, we are just a little over 1.5 hours from Madison, WI and 3 hours from Chicago, IL! Our students will often take day trips into the city or even weekend trips to stay with families of new college friends!

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Emmaus students at the Mines of Spain in Dubuque Iowa
Parks & Recreation

Located right off of the Mississippi River, Dubuque is home to many beautiful parks, nature preserves and other recreational opportunities. From open grassy areas at Flora and Eagle Point park to more strenuous hiking trails and bluffs at the Mines of Spain, Dubuque is a great place to get outside and enjoy nature. In addition to these, Dubuque has public pools, boating on the Mississippi and skiing and Sundown Mountain Resort! Explore more of what Dubuque has to offer!

Shopping & Restaurants


From chain restaurants like Chick-Fil-A, Five Guys, Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, Culvers, and more, to the many local, unique flavors that Dubuque has to offer, there will always be new food to try! There is no shortage of cafes, bakeries, fine dining, casual restaurants or places to just grab a quick bite to eat, so come explore them all and claim your favorite places! Visit for more information on food in Dubuque!


In addition to the Kennedy Mall which contains all the stores you've come to know, Dubuque is home to many quaint speciality and boutique stores! Whether you're on Main Street, Cable Car Square or the newly renovated Millwork District you are sure to find great places to browse around. And if Dubuque isn't enough, we are a short twenty minute drive to historic Galena, Illinois which is packed with more shops and restaurants than you can visit in a day!