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2018-19 Enjoy Peoria Experience Guide

The official guide to the best of the Peoria, Illinois area.

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Family friendly activities
everyone will enjoy! Pg. 24


Check out our thriving arts scene!
Pg. 36


One-of-a-kind dining Pg. 26


Find events & attractions
all year long! Pg. 42

Photo Credit: Aaron Bradley


There is plenty for children and adults to see and do when visiting the
Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center. Learn the history of Caterpillar,
see projects our equipment helped complete throughout the world, watch a movie
in the bed of a massive, two and a half story Cat® 797 Mining Truck, climb in to the
cab of our machines and test your operator skills using our track-type tractor or
excavator simulators. Visit our website and take a virtual tour today.

110 SW Washington Street | Peoria, IL
Monday - Saturday | 10am - 5pm
Last ticket entry at 3:30pm

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Include a visit to our campus when
you visit Peoria.

Learn more at, or call the Office of Undergraduate
Admission at (309) 677-1000 to schedule a tour.

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Head to the Peoria Riverfront Museum and explore
permanent collections, rotating exhibitions and special
programs that connect art and science with history
and human achievement. Plus, the magnificent Dome
Planetarium provides real-time trips from far off galaxies
to stars just above your head, and the giant screen
theater, which has a 52-by-70-foot screen, can show
you the world in a BIG way!

(See pg. 24 for more attractions)

Opened in Peoria more than two decades
ago, One World Cafe features flavors from
across the globe. Their guiding principle,
that "food and hospitality are art forms that
can bring people together", paired with their
expansive menu items suitable for any palate,
has deemed the restaurant a local favorite.

(See pg. 26 for more dining)

“As the popularity of
culinary and appreciation of
food grows [in Peoria], we find
more guests appreciating what
we do, and also have more
freedom to push the limits with
new and exciting flavors.”
- Amy Eid, Human Resources

@ One World


Be sure Explore the animal kingdom at the Peoria Zoo, where animals
tbotoatbhsyaeygnhierewalfelfoes,t from all over the globe call home. Visit the Africa exhibit with its
Zambezi River Village and African grasslands simulation; full
Zara! of lions, rhinos, zebras and much more. Come eye to eye with
the wallaby in the Australia Walkabout and be sure to check out
the Asian Trail, and Tropics Building – housing tigers, meerkats,
tarantulas, spider monkeys and other species.

(See pg. 24 for more attractions)

Learn about Caterpillar's construction
history, from the Panama Canal to the
San Francisco cable car system, at
The Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar
Visitors Center. Eight exhibit galleries,
hands-on equipment simulators, and
over 50 videos and 800 photographs will

awaken your curiosity. Climb aboard a
motor grader or excavator, design
your own Cat machine or
learn what it feels like to
operate big equipment
through simulation.
No matter the activity,
you're in the driver's
seat at the
Caterpillar Visitors

(See pg. 24 for more
attractions) 7


Test your skill in this new and
exciting interactive experience.
Offering your choice of games
designed for family fun, social
groups, team bonding and more!

Gone in 60 Escape Games
is Peoria's newest and most
exhilarating way to spend
an hour!

(See pg. 24 for more

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Shopping Center
emphasizes friendly, personal
service. Here, find locally owned
shops offering everything from home decor to
sporting goods. While shopping, pamper
yourself with a facial, manicure or fresh
hairstyle. Hungry? Check out Junction City's
countless eateries such as Childers Eatery,
Hacienda El Mirador or Novu Sushi.

(See pg. 34 for more shopping)


A quick walk from the Peoria Civic Center is a lovingly
restored 1889 stone church now known as Obed
and Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery. Fill up
on reubens, veggie burgers or loaded pierogies, then
unwind with the brewery's own craft beer and a game
of bocce ball or bags outside in the beer garden.

(See pg. 26 for more dining) 9


Experience the Illinois River
aboard Sail Peoria's 26-foot
sailboat! Watch gulls, herons
and other shore birds along the
Illinois River. Awe at the natural
beauty of a sunset cruise. Or,
for the more adventurous type,
take the helm during a private

(See pg. 24 for more attractions)


Uncle Buck's Jonah's Seafood House is the premier
FishBowl and Grill,
located within the DKindoYwo?u seafood establishment in the Peoria area.
Bass Pro Shops, is a Tfehsaectsuoaarqrleteuwssaa7roti5efu0rbmfgeoaianrulltotthihnfeueslboafr Situated along the banks of the Illinois River,
splash of fun in East tropical fish.
Peoria! Try your hand the restaurant offers breathtaking views
at bowling "underwater" with
nautical themed equipment. alongside the highest quality menu options.
But first, fuel up on some of
their signature dishes like Next door is 2601 Oyster Bar, a casual
Alligator, the World Famous
Islamorada Sandwich or a yet upscale eatery where you can enjoy
classic, Fish and Chips.
appetizers, sandwiches, flatbreads and, of
(See pg. 38 for more sports and
pg. 26 for more dining) course, oysters! (See pg. 26 for more dining)


Whether you're a serious player or just looking for a
unique and fun casino experience, Par-A-Dice has
what you're looking for. Conveniently located off I-74 in
East Peoria, the casino offers more than 900 slots and
30 table games including Live Poker. Enjoy a great dining
experience from fine dining to a traditional buffet at one
of their four restaurants. Par-A-Dice Hotel was voted one
of the Midwest's finest casino hotels, and is just steps
away from exciting casino action. Par-A-Dice is central
Illinois’ place to play! Open daily at 8:00am.

(See page 24 for more attractions)

The Levee District is a vibrant, mixed-use center and major
shopping hub in the Peoria Area. The district has shopping, dining
and service solutions for every need and, with nationally-known
anchor retailers and restaurants such as Target, Ulta, Chipotle and
Red Robin, it is no wonder why the Levee District is a hotspot for
residents and visitors alike.

(See page 34 for more shopping) 11


The pride of the community,
the Pekin Park District
encompasses over 2,500
acres of land developed into 15
parks. Take a day or two to enjoy
some of the many offered activities
such as boating, fishing, golf, miniature
golf, hiking, biking, swimming, horseback
riding, ice skating, disc golf and more!

The sport of paintball has become recognized as one of the
most exciting outdoor participation sports. From beginner to
professional levels, you are going to enjoy every minute of
action at Pekin Paintball Park. Check out their website
for tournaments and special events!

(See pg. 38 for more sports)


Jimbo's Jumbo, a Pekin
mainstay, features great
Italian food including: Italian
sandwiches, pizza, pasta,
wings, fresh salads and
appetizers. Swing by for
lunch, and make sure you try
the legendary Italian Steak n'
Cheese - you won't regret it!

(See pg. 26 for
more dining)

Prepare yourself for an
unparalleled golfing
expereience at

Sunset Hills Golf
Course. This course
offers everything you

need to challenge
yourself and improve
your golf game. While

there, make sure and
have a bite to eat at

Mashie's Pub and Eatery,
located inside the clubhouse!

(See pg. 38 for more golf
and pg. 26 for more dining)

For over 75 years Maurie's
Fine Candies has been a
tradition for locals and visitors
alike, offering up fine candies,
popcorn, nuts and caramel
apples in a warm and inviting
atmosphere. In recent years,
Maurie's has expanded to

offer local ice cream and
gourmet coffee. So,
take a stroll down
Pekin's Main
Street, enjoy the
atmosphere and
stop in for your
favorite treats!

(See pg. 32 for
more coffee & snacks) 13


You can't miss this 5th generation family run pumpkin
farm with over 160 varieties of pumpkins, squash and
gourds. Get lost in Ackerman Farm's family-friendly
corn maze or sit back and enjoy a hayrack ride. Be
sure to check out their beautiful selection of mums and
ornamental corn, as well as the gift shop, stocked with
local, state and regional food products and home decor.

(See pg. 24 for more attractions and pg. 40 for more outdoor adventure)

The Cookery specializes in
fun hands-on cooking classes for
anyone interested in food! They
have ethnic themed classes for the
adventurer, ladies' nights, monthly
kid’s classes and a whole lot more!
The Cookery also offers catering,
group classes and excellent team
building opportunities!

(See pg. 24 for more



Are you ready to satisfy
your sweet tooth? Gourmet
popcorn, homemade
chocolates and fudge,
candies and coffee await
you all under one roof.
With dozens of flavors
offered daily, Morton's very
own Great American
Popcorn Company is
one shop you are definitely
going to enjoy!

(See pg. 32 for more coffee
and snacks)

Providing the Peoria
Area with homemade
breads, goodies and
sandwiches, Great
Harvest Bread
Company fresh
mills their grains
daily and blends
them with simple,

resulting in simply
amazing bread!

(See pg. 26 for
more dining)

Photo credit: @joshuaburch

Candy, shakes and events...
oh my! Sucré Sweets and
Socials is an insanely adorable
and unique sweet shop with
massive event space. Their neon
"Life is Sweet" wall makes for a
picture perfect photo opportunity.

(See pg. 32 for more coffee and snacks) 15

{EXPLORE} WASHINGTON The Caterpillar Performing
Arts Center in Five Points
Blue Boutique is a lifestyle boutique for Washington is home to the
the mindful soul who is inspired by Heartland Festival Orchestra.
travel, nature, culture and Not only does this chamber
fitness. They combine orchestra bring professional
quality and originality musicians and divine melodies
with function and from Brahms, Beethoven, Bach
comfort to create and more, but a portion of
an effortless style. tickets sales from their
performance benefits charities
(See pg. 34 for more all across Central Illinois.
(See pg. 36 for more arts)

Expertly picking and
sourcing their beans
from all over the
world, The Blend
Coffee offers
numerous beverage
blends and the largest
selection of single origin
coffee in the area. This
hometown favorite meticulously
roasts their own beans with their very own
infusion process. So take a trip to this
beautiful space in Washington that exhibits
the heart of the community in every way.

(See pg. 32 for more coffee and snacks)



McMahon's Pints and Plates is a true believer in
making your meal an experience. They serve the food
to curb your hunger, the drinks to quench your thirst,
and the entertainment to lift your spirits.

(See pg. 26 for more dining)

Tucked underground on the LeFleur Floral Design &
Washington Square lies the Events, Inc. is more than just
Blacksmith Steakhouse. a flower shop! They'll exceed
Exposed brick, wood accents your expectations with everyday
and ambient lighting create a fresh floral designs, personalized
warm and inviting atmosphere sympathy and silk designs and a
for you to enjoy a delecta- unique selection of home décor
ble meal. Quality meats and and gifts.
seafood, specialty drinks and
special hosted events make (See pg. 34 for more shopping)
the Blacksmith the perfect date
night choice! 17

(See pg. 26 for more dining)


Featuring hand pressed Wishing Star Boutique is the Peoria
oils, gourmet vinegars and Area's headquarters for the latest trends in
fashion! Channeling Southern vibes with
delectable wines, Olio Midwestern flair, Wishing Star dresses the
and Vino guarantees fashionista, the casual gal and the working
that your tastebuds will woman on the go! New arrivals daily!
thank you! As you stroll
through the Heights, (See pg. 34 for more shopping)
make sure to stop in, try
their samples and Edge is more than just a restaurant, it's an
expereince the most experience that’s new and different every
exquisite flavors around. time you dine. While sipping on wine from
their extensive wine bar or relishing one of
(See pg. 34 for more shopping) their signature cocktails, your server will
acquaint you with the selections on Edge’s
A fabulous boutique for all ever-changing menu. Each farm-to-table
things chic! From gifts and dish has its own story to
gorgeous stationery to party tell - from the local
supplies and decor - So farm where the
Chic Boutique has got fresh produce
it all! And check out their was grown
newest edition, The Pretty to the meat
Little Party Room, for all of hand cut
your hosting needs! (See pg. 34 for more shopping) by Chef
18 himself.

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Dickson Mounds Museum, a branch of the
Illinois State Museum and a National Historic
Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological
museums in the United States. It offers a unique
opportunity to explore the world of the
American Indian in an awe inspiring journey
through 12,000 years of human experience in
the Illinois River Valley.

(See pg. 24 for more attractions)

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creativity! This paint your own
in Dunlap. pottery studio carries bisque-ware
For more than 85 years, people ranging from plates and coffee
have flocked to the Bernardi family mugs to decorative items such as
restaurants to taste authentic Italian cuisine. Stop by gnomes and lamps. They also offer
Mona's Italian Restaurant in Toluca, where it painting on canvas, burlap, wood
all began, and try thier famous spaghetti or tortellini! and other items!

(See pg. 26 for more dining) (See pg. 36 for more arts)


A premier rail-trail conversion in downstate Illinois, The
Rock Island Trail provides 26 picturesque miles
for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. This trail

paints a great picture of Central Illinois as it travels
through friendly small towns, classic Midwestern
farmland and woodlands.

(See pg. 40 for more outdoor adventure)


Emiquon Preserve is one of the largest floodplain restoration projects
in the Midwest. Established in 1993, the refuge was formed to restore and
protect wetland habitats along the Illinois and Spoon Rivers. Through these
efforts, Emiquon brings you the opportunity to enjoy natural beauty through
bird watching, hunting, fishing and hiking. (See pg. 40 for more outdoor adventure) 21


Metamora Fields Golf Club is a versatile
facility just outside of Peoria. Whether you're

Eureka College pays tribute to one
of their most accomplished alumni,
President Ronald Reagan, at the
Ronald Reagan Museum!
Commemorating his childhood, his
time on campus and the road to the
White House, this 2,000+ piece
museum is the second largest
collection of Reagan memorbilla.

(See pg. 24 for more attractions)


Located in rural Havana, Uncle Bob's Homemade Ice
Central Illinois Dragway Cream opened on July 10, 1980, at the
is one of the longest running Heart of Illinois Fair. They now have a
dragstrips in Illinois - featuring permanent location in Eureka, IL, where
drag racing since 1969. You fresh ice cream is made one batch at a
might remember this 1/8 mile, time, all year long. A hometown favorite,
IHRA sanctioned dragstrip Uncle Bob's Homemade Ice Cream works
facility from its prior names, with local dairies, bakeries, and other
Mason County Dragway and suppliers to ensure quality taste, and is
Midstate Dragway. The name often available at community events and
may have changed, but the local grocery stores.
racing is the same.
(See pg. 32 for more snacks)
(See pg. 38 for more sports) 23

Nestled between the sleepy towns of
Manito and Havana, you'll find the
pituresque Sand Ridge State Forest.
This is the the largest state forest in Illinois,
boasting 7,200 acres of extensive pine
plantations, sweeping expanses of native
oak-hickory woodland, sprawling open
fields and breathtaking grasslands and
sand prairies.

(See pg. 40 for more outdoor adventure)

Looking for an action packed day of fun? Or, perhaps
somewhere a little more relaxed to explore with family
and friends? No matter how you want to spend the day,
the Peoria Area has something for all to enjoy!

At Kartville, you'll find
everything you need for a day
so jam-packed with fun you'll wanna come back for
more! Go Karts, mini-golf, bumber boats, batting
cages and everyone's favorite, dune buggies!

Step into a world of imagination at the Peoria Playhouse
Children's Museum! The Playhouse encourages children
to become explorers and creators of the world, promoting play
through exhibits and special programming. Hands-on exhibits
such as "Family Farm" and "By Your River, Gently Flowing,
Illinois" draw on Peoria and Central Illinois, celebrating the
past, present and future of our community.


Jump! Jump! Catch some major air time at Elevate PEORIA
Trampoline Park Peoria. From jousting to cargo Dozer Park
nets, rock walls to dodgeball, Elevate is 30,000
square feet of indoor fun! 309.680.4000
Escape 60 Inc.
Embark on a voyage unlike 309.657.0540
any other with the Spirit of Gone in 60 Escape Games
Peoria! Propelled from Kartville
its bright red 21' diameter 309.676.3628
paddlewheel, this historic Landmark Cinemas
vessel journeys along the 309.682.6350
Peoria Civic Center
lllinois and Mississippi 309.673.8900
Rivers, from Starved Peoria Himalayan Salt Cave
Rock, Illinois to St. Louis, Peoria Playhouse
MO. Looking to stick Children's Museum
around the Peoria Area? Peoria Riverfront Museum
The Spirit of Peoria also 309.686.7000
has day trips and speical Peoria Zoo
themed cruises throughout 309.686.3365
Spirit of Peoria
their season! 309.637.8000
The Doug Oberhelman
Ever wondered how Caterpillar Visitors Center
certain scents can 309.675.0606
simulate your mood? Willow Knolls 14 Theater
At Purple Bubble 309.692.5955
Bar, craft your own
aura to relax, invigorate EAST PEORIA
or bring you joy. With Game On Illinois
over 250 fragrance
oils, create your own 309.229.4032
personalized perfume, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino
lotion, shower gel, scrub 309.699.7711
or hand soap to reflect Sail Peoria
your "scents" of style. 309.620.4461
SMARTpath Educations
& Escapes

Dragonland Water Park

Pavillion on the Lagoon
at Mineral Springs Park

The Cookery


Princeville Heritage Museum


Find more fun in the
Peoria Area on the Arts,
Sports and Outdoor
Adventure feature
pages ahead!! 25

Whether you are looking to grab a quick bite
or seeking the ambiance of an upscale eatery,
the Peoria Area has plenty of mouth-watering,
one-of-a-kind dining experiences.

Take one converted railroad depot, serve
house-smoked barbecue and
fresh tacos paired with craft
beers and cocktails, and
you have Blue Duck
Barbecue Tavern;
the restaurant strives to
bring a unique twist to
the ordinary in a fun and
exciting environment.

Troy Ummel’s Connected combines delicious prCohfiepWleslaasaittnoecnhSbaetelahilnyeBgmasasde
Italian fare with an upscale, romantic ambiance.
With nearly 30 years experience, Chef Troy offers
delectible plates such as Wild Boar and Chilean
Sea Bass alongside a sampling of house made
Limoncello. In true Italian fashion, ladies receive a
rose following their meal.


House-cut, prepared PEORIA Table 19
to order steaks and Alexander's Steakhouse 309.680.2349
chops await you The Fish House
at Jim's Bistro, 309.688.0404 309.691.9358
but their expansive Avanti's Italian Ristorante The Fox Pub and Cafe
menu also offers Main 309.674.4923 309.692.3693
chicken, pasta, salads North Peoria 309.691.2525 Thyme Kitchen + Craft Beer
and more. Whether Rockwood 309.688.6565 309.713.2619
you dine inside or outside Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano Troy Ummel's Connected
on the patio, for lunch or 309.686.8114 309.686.5925
dinner, you can expect a quality Blue Duck Barbeque Tavern Two25
experience. Local secret: On Sundays, 309.981.5801 309.282.7777
Jim's Bistro offers some of the best fried Brienzo's Wood Fired Pizza
chicken in the area! 309.966.4185 EAST PEORIA
Cafe 401 Avanti's Italian Ristorante
With the tag line “Eat. Drink. Be English,” 309.673.2233
Fox Pub and Cafe is Peoria’s only CoreLife Eatery 309.694.6200
British-themed pub. You’ll find bangers 309.643.6364 Bourbon's Lounge, Par-A-Dice
Culver's 309.699.7711
and mash, fish and chips Grand Prairie 309.693.2366 Boyd's Steakhouse, Par-A-Dice
and baps - fresh-baked Peoria 309.693.3579 309.699.7711
sandwich buns filled with Double A's Pizza Culver's
corned beef, beer-battered Sports Bar & Grill 309.698.9240
haddock and more. A 309.692.0800 Firehouse Pizza & Pub
hidden secret?... Sergeant Fairview Farms Restaurant 309.698.9111
Pepper's Soup! 309.697.4111 Granite City Food & Brewery
Famous Dave's 309.699.8080
309.691.7427 Jason's Deli
Flat Top Grill 309.698.5400
309.693.9966 Johnny's Italian Steakhouse
Hokkaido 309.692.3887
309.966.0931 Jonah's Seafood House
Hoops Pub & Pizza & 2601 Oyster Bar
309.637.0525 309.694.0946
Jim's Downtown Steakhouse Nelson's Deli, Par-A-Dice
309.673.5300 309.699.7711
Jimmy John's Options Buffet, Par-A-Dice
Gourmet Sandwiches 309.699.7711
309.637.4444 Panera Bread
Kouri's Pub 309.694.2222
309.688.1971 ROCKS, Par-A-Dice
Lariat Steakhouse 309.694.5807
309.691.4731 Shogun Japanese Restaurant
Longhorn Steakhouse 309.981.5841
309.693.5750 Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl & Grill
Los Cabos Cantina & Grill 309.427.3300
Sommer Dr. 309.692.2710
Downtown 309.966.0141 PEKIN
MD's Sports Bar and Grill Avanti's Italian Ristorante
Moja Southern Kitchen 309.346.3400
& Creamery Jimbos Jumbo
309.839.2086 309.353.9757
Obed and Isaac's Kouri's Pub
Microbrewery and Eatery 309.346.8881
309.306.0190 Sonic Drive-In
One World Cafe 309.347.6642
Bird Blvd. 309.692.8400 Cayenne
Westlake 309.681.0904
Pizza Ranch 309.966.1035
309.839.1420 Jim's Bistro
Red Lobster 309.682.9219
Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe WASHINGTON
309.676.9668 McMahon's Pints and Plates
309.839.8160 309.745.9050
Sonic Drive-In
309.681.7900 CREVE COEUR
Sugar Wood-Fired Bistro Kuchie's On the Water
Suite Fire Bar + Grille 309.427.3000
Kouri's Grille & Bar

309.383.4551 27

Let Cheers! Check out these awesome
the breweries and wineries for a local

flotwim.e.s. taste of the Peoria Area.

Celebrating 20 years of delicious beer,
Rhodell Brewery is a microbrewery
located on magnificant Water Street
in Downtown Peoria. Stop by and
savor the small batch flavor of their
interesting, dynamic beers.

Located in Peoria's
Warehouse district,
Bearded Owl Brewing
is proud to offer a variety
of handcrafted, prairie
inspired craft beers in a
laid back and fun
atmosphere where you are
sure to feel right at home.

Pour Brothers Craft The craft beer at Obed and
Taproom features the Isaac's Microbrewery
only pour-it-yourself wall in and Eatery is some of
downstate Illinois and you'll the best in the area. From
be hooked after just one stouts and IPAs to ales
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Bearded Owl Brewing

Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery
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Rhodell Brewery

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom


Kickapoo Creek Winery


Mackinaw Valley Vineyard


Kickapoo Creek Winery is a family owned
vineyard and winery set on 250 rolling acres in
the Illinois River Valley. Located just eight miles
west of Peoria, their tasting room and cafe is
well worth the visit.

Beautiful Mackinaw Valley
Vineyard occupys 86 picturesque
acres with outdoor deck areas and
walking paths to get away from the
hustle and bustle of today's hectic
world. Sample over twenty wines
while gazing over the amazing
view of the valley and farms below. 29

Looking for somewhere to toss a few back
with good company? Look no further than
these bars, lounges and live music hot spots
for a night on the town!

People from all over the country flock
to the Peoria Riverfront for concerts
and festivals throughout the summer!
This summer, we're proud to welcome
big names such as Kane Brown, Old
Dominion, Nelly and
more during the
Tailgate N'

Nelly in 2017 Kane Brown in 2017

Kenny's Westside Pub A modern day
is Downtown Peoria's place Speakeasy
for music! Whether its Open in the heart
Stage Wednesdays where of Peoria.
YOU make the music or a Taking it back
Saturday night with a band to the “golden
rockin' on stage, Kenny's days” where
has the beat! you actually talk
to people and
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Tannins and Hops has no TVs,
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where people can share food,
stories, and good times. But, like
any true Speakeasy, you must
know the password to get in!


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Peoria Music Live is a
central resource for all
the live music shows
in the Peoria Area! It
promotes a number of
shows – from open mic
nights to big concerts. If
you want in on the Peoria
Area music scene – head
over to Peoria Music Live
on Facebook! 31

Sweet & Savory Crush your cravings
with local coffee,
cupcakes, carmelcorn
and candies.

Located in downtown Peoria, CxT
Roasting Company is a welcome
haven for the coffee lover. This
family-owned small business
focuses on specialty coffee and tea,
with unique and inspiring flavors from
various countries. All coffee is small
batch roasted in house by the
amazing roastmaster, Tristan, using

fresh crops from the
most recent

It's all about the
popcorn at the
quaint Holland's
located on the town
square in Washington.
With popcorn flavors
like Bacon Cheddar,
Oreo and Puppy
Chow Pop you can't
go wrong! Adding
new flavors all the
time, Holland's is
definitely worth a return trip!

Zion Coffee - where
coffee and people come
first. What started as a
small kiosk with the mission
of helping enrich the lives of
small coffee farmers across
the world, has quickly turned
into a Peoria hotspot. Zion's bright,
inviting atmosphere is the perfect place
for a meeting over coffee or to catch up with friends
over hand crafted cocktails. And take it from us, you
won't want to skip the Avacado Toast.


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Trefzger's Bakery


Great American Popcorn
Company of Morton


Holland's Caramelcorn

The Blend

The Coffee Hub


Offering a wide variety of
scrumptous desserts, this
downtown Peoria favorite is a
must! With a mission focused
on cupcakes and converstation,
Riley's Cupcake & Coffee
Lounge is the perfect place to
cozy up with a fresh baked
cupake or warm cookie
and a cup of joe. 33

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The Peoria Area Arts Scene is
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you with a great appreciation for the craft! tent nestled within the trees of Laura
Bradley Park. Featuring five shows
each summer, this is a fun, family
expereience you don't want to miss.


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Take a stroll through Downtown Peoria First Friday is a beautiful
artistic experience.The first Friday of
Peoria's Warehouse District and every month, from 5pm-9pm, local
artists invite you inside their studios
discover creativity with Sculpture to explore their work. Many offer
complimentary wine and appetizers
Walk Peoria, a year-long display to encourage the community to stay
a while, take a look and buy original
of large-scale pieces hand-crafted works of art. Don’t miss this cultural
by sculptors throughout the country.

Free guided tours are held on FOURTH FRIDAY
Saturdays through October and
Also celebrating local art is Fourth
pieces are available for purchase. Friday – Tazewell Art Loop initiative.
On the Fourth Friday of every month,
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art contests, volunteer opportunities,
and everything arts related happening
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Swing, shoot and score - we
know sports in the Peoria area!

What is perhaps Illinois' most
spectacular Championship golf-
course is set in rolling hills and
forested valleys. Weaver Ridge
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grass tees and fairways, fast and
true greens, dramatic elevations

and excellent practice facilities
for those wishing to warm up or

simply improve their game.

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Weaver Ridge Golf Club

The Clubhouse Indoor Golf


Parkview Golf Course

Lick Creek Golf Course

Metamora Fields Golf Club


Peoria Motorcycle Club

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Outdoor Hike, bike, gaze and unique
stays - explore the natural

ADVENTURE beauty of the Peoria Area.

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zoological park allows you
to get up close and
personal to over 50
different species that are
native to Illinois, such as
wolves, bison, elk and
otter. But the fun doesn’t
stop there; ride on the

Prairie Zephyr Train or take an
open-air safari bus ride to get
up close and personal with the
animals. Want more adventure?
Grab a mountain bike and hit the
trail, plan a hiking trip or strike up
a game of disc golf.

At the first Public Observatory in Illinois,
Northmoor Observatory volunteers
will guide you through the stars above,
from sunset to Midnight. The observatory
houses a 9 inch refractor telescope, one
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Company of Springfield, Illinois.


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers /
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Illinois River Road National
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Hornbaker Gardens

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Experience the vintage charm of the
Peoria Area at Wheels O' Time
Museum! With exhibits including 40
historic cars, the Rock Island Steam
locomotive, Caterpillar tractors, antique
washing machines, model airplanes and
more interactive displays, appreciate the
eclectic history of our cities. (May - October)

moCrheemckaorkuetts! You'll find exceptional taste and freshness
all season long at the Peoria Riverfront
Friday. Market. Don't miss out on the best
selection of fresh produce, local meats,
eggs, berries, breads and cheeses grown
right here in Central Illinois! In addition,
local craftsmen and artists display pottery,
blown glass, jewelry, wood turned items,
candles, soaps and more. One of the best
markets in the area! (Saturdays, May - September)

Insider Tip: A fall favorite for many,
DApopnluetsCiadreera Tanner's Orchard is the
perfect place to celebrate
must! the season. With pumpkin
picking, corn mazes, fresh
bakery items, children's
activities and more, it's easy
to see how Tanner's Orchard
attracts thousands of visitors
each year. (August - November)

Located in Peoria Heights'
Tower Park is a 500,000 gallon
water tower. Ride the glass elevator

200 feet up to three observation
decks, where you can "View the
Wonder" of the Illinois River Valley.
Panaramic views of the fall foliage

are truly breathtaking atop this
one-of-a-kind structure. (April - October)


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President Theodore
Roosevelt proclaimed EAST PEORIA
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inside the heated tent.
(November - January) Wheels O' Time Museum


Snowman's Reindeer Farm


Tanners Orchard, Ltd.


Snowman's Reindeer Farm is Be sure to check out our
a magical experience where you can calendar of events on our
learn about and interact with North website for more festivals
and events happening in
Pole Reindeer. Hang out with the area.
Klaus, Kringle and the rest of
the gang, or check some items
off your list at the Jolly Old Elf
Shoppe. (October - December)

Kick off the holiday season with the East
Peoria Festival of Lights Parade

Saturday, November 17th. Then,
Thanksgiving to New Years', ooh and
ahh at the parade floats on display at
FOLEPI's Winter Wonderland!
This drive-through lighted spectacle

features over three-million lights
constructed as animals, toys and

holiday items and more! Smile.
Laugh. Be Delighted!

(November - December) 43


MAY 2018 Civil War Days May 25-27
Summer Camp Music Festival
May 2 May 5-6 Three Sisters Park - Chillicothe, IL
Opening for the 36th season! Morton Civil War Days Summer Camp Music Festival’s first event in
Wheels O’ Time Museum - Dunlap, IL Southwood Park - Morton, IL 2001 brought about 1,000 patrons to enjoy over
Exhibits are spread throughout five buildings at Morton Civil War Days will be held May 5 & 6, 15 bands on two stages during the 2-day event
the Wheels O’ Time Museum! Enjoy interactive 2018 at Southwood Park, 500 S. Nebraska. The at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. Since,
displays, tour steam locomotive, combine, car 2 days are filled with educational displays, a Summer Camp has transformed the grounds
and caboose. Sit in Ford rumble seat and scavenger hunt, a live battle reenactment each annually, welcoming in more fans, more fun and
experience life in a 1938 Latourneau steel day and the ever popular candy cannon. Admis- way more music. This event is now the host of
house! This is fun for all ages! sion is free. more than 20,000 attendees and 100 bands on
seven stages over three days (four if you make
May 4-13 May 6 it to the Thursday Pre-Party!). Summer Camp is
Peoria Players Theatre Presents Peoria Wingfest the biggest event in the Midwest every Memorial
“Mamma Mia!” Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL Day Weekend!
Peoria Players Theatre - Peoria, IL Advanced Media Partners and The Peoria Park
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a teen’s District present: Peoria WingFest, an event for Summer Camp
search for her birth father on a Greek island anyone who loves wings, beer, and music!
paradise. May 26
May 12 Heartland Festival Orchestra, James
May 4-5 Bradley University Spring Bond 007
America’s Favorite Songs, Commencement Five Points Washington - Washington, IL
Hymns and Anthems Peoria Civic Center - Peoria, IL A program of the greatest “Bond” musical hits
Five Points Washington - Washington, IL Approximately 1,000 students graduate from through the years – from movie themes to lead
Presented by Peoria Area Civic Chorale. Enjoy Bradley at the end of each academic year. This songs. Rachel York combines the glamour of a
songs such as What a Wonderful World, Down spring, proud friends and family will join them for “Bond Girl” with the vocal power and beauty to
by the Riverside, America the Beautiful, music by a ceremony at the Peoria Civic Center! ace an Adele tune. You’ll have a blast!
Irving Berlin, Paul Simon and more. The program
will also feature guest artist Michael Jones, a
Peoria native and accomplished classical tenor
soloist and jazz trumpeter who performs
nationwide as a soloist and chamber musician.


Check out for more details and additional listings. ONGOING

May 26-27 Jun 14-17 EVENTS
International Music, Wine & Craft Steamboat Days Festival
Beer Festival Peoria Riverfront - Peoria, IL >> Peoria First Friday
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard - Mackinaw, IL Taking place on the Riverfront in downtown
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will be featuring more Peoria, the annual Steamboat Days Festival On the First Friday of every month,
than 55 wines and 55 craft beers for tasting and combines a carnival, delicious food and drinks, from 5pm to 9pm, join us for an
purchase from around the world! A new addition great musical entertainment and more in a fami- intimate look at studios, galleries
to the festival will be a higher end wine tasting ly-friendly atmosphere! and arts organizations.  Meet artists,
table featuring wines $35-$80 or more per bottle musicians, neighbors and collectors. 
retail. Don’t miss live music and great beverages! Jun 15-17 The tour includes twelve locations
Tailgate N’ Tallboys and spans a breadth of artistic media. 
Good Neighbor Days Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL
Old Dominion, Chase Rice, Kane Brown and >> Fourth Friday
May 30 - June 3 MORE! On the Fourth Friday of every month,
Washington Good Neighbor Days between April and August, enjoy
Washington, IL - Washington, IL Jun 15 local art, mingle with artists, view
Good Neighbor Days is Washington’s community 27th Annual Canton Cruise-In featured exhibits, watch performance
festival, held annually the week following Me- Downtown Canton - Canton, IL demonstrations, listen to live music
morial Day. Five days of festival fun, community The Canton Cruise-In is one of the premier and explore local shops and
activities, live entertainment, and car events in central Illinois! With hundreds of restaurants in the cities of Morton,
so much more! cars, and thousands of spectators converging in Delavan, and Pekin. 
downtown Canton, it’s an incredible event that
continues to grow. >> Peoria RiverFront Market
Every Saturday, May through
JUNE 2018 Steamboat Classic September, Peoria’s RiverFront
becomes an outdoor farmers’ and
Jun 6-9 Jun 16 artists’ market featuring local
Claud-Elen Days The Steamboat Classic produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, fresh
City Park, 2nd & Chestnut Street - Chillicothe, IL Downtown Peoria - Peoria , IL flowers, baked goods, and more.
Carnival Rides, Bags Tournament, Ms. The Steamboat Classic is Central Illinois’ premier Plus local art, live music and
Chillicothe, Parade, Mr. Chillicothe, Beer Tent running experience. But it’s more than a race - demonstrations each week.
and live entertainment and vendors. it’s your community event. Attracting runners
from around the world and around the block, the >> East Peoria Levee
Jun 9 Steamboat Classic is an equal-opportunity athlet- District Farmer’s Market
Jazz & Art Festival ic event, welcoming walkers, joggers and runners
Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL of all ages and ability levels. A variety of locally produced products
The festival will feature several jazz bands from are featured every Friday from June
all over the region! In addition, local artists will be Jun 16 through September in The Levee
on hand featuring their work for sale at the festi- Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail District downtown area on the
val. Bring your friends down to the RiverFront for Court Street - Pekin, IL pedestrian promenade.
a beautiful summer day and smooth jazz tunes! The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hit
the waters of the Illinois River at Pekin, Illinois, >> Morton Fine Arts in the
Tri2Beat MS Kids Triathlon June 16, 2018. This is the opportunity for catfish Park Concerts
anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance June 14th - July 26th
Jun 9 to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat Classic Idlewood Arts Pavilion
Tri2Beat MS Kids Triathlon Championship. This year’s Classic Free concerts every Thursday at
Shore Acres Park - Chillicothe, IL Championship will be held September 14 & 15, 7pm in the Idlewood Arts Pavilion,
This triathlon was created specifically for chil- 2018 on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana. featuring a variety of musical styles.
dren, to foster a healthy lifestyle and sense of Both sites contain new and exciting information Local organizations provide dinner
accomplishment. This triathlon is designed for on our events along with special information for concessions starting at 6pm.
kids who love to have fun – and they don’t need catfish anglers everywhere.
any previous experience to participate. 100% of >> Celebrate Illinois:
proceeds will benefit MS research. Jun 16 200 Years in the Land
Free Day: Robo Rumble of Lincoln
Peoria Riverfront Museum - Peoria, IL Feb 3 - June 3
Experience the exciting world of robotics as Peoria Riverfront Museum
teams compete for the top ranking in this The first and only comprehensive
family-friendly annual event. exhibition celebrating the Illinois bi-
centennial! The exhibition celebrates
our state's influential people, places
and innovations, giving visitors the
chance to discover Illinois'
remarkable history.

>> Mythic Creatures:
Dragons, Unicorns &
June 23 - Sep 30
Peoria Riverfront Museum
The world is full of stories about
brave heroes, magical events and
fantastic beings. See creatures of the
Deep, Earth, Sky and Power come to
life at this unique exhibit! 45


Jun 22-24 Jul 4 Jul 22-26
Olde English Faire 4th of July Backyard BBQ Antique Tractor Display
Wildlife Prairie Park - Hanna City, IL Peoria Riverfront Museum - Peoria, IL Wheels O’ Time Museum - Dunlap, IL
Hear ye, hear ye! Join us for our annual medieval All you can eat! Best seats in town! Indoor-out- Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will
faire June 22nd through 24th. Shop for treasures, door viewing & family fun! have various types of antique tractors on display!
play in the Children’s Kingdom, taste the fine
foods of the Renaissance, sip in Ye Olde Tavern, Jul 9-12 Jul 26
hear the sweet melodies of musicians and so DA Points Junior Open Chillicothe Corn Boil
much more! It will be fun for the whole family! Pekin Country Club - Pekin, IL American Legion Hall - Chillicothe, IL
The 54-hole stroke play event will be held July All you can eat fresh corn on the cob served with
Olde English Faire 9-12 at Pekin Country Club in Pekin, Illinois, your choice of chicken or hot dog, baked beans,
where 96 boys and girls from around the world chips and lemonade.
Jun 28 will compete for the title.The tournament will be
Taste of Chillicothe played at Pekin Country Club, D.A. Points’ home Detweiller at Dark
Downtown, 2nd Street - Chillicothe, IL course. Points grew up on No. 17 at the champi-
Local restaurants allow folks to taste all the good onship golf course and won a state title at nearby Jul 27
foods that Chillicothe has to offer. Food, vendors, Pekin Community High School in 1994. Detweiller at Dark
live music, fun for everyone! Detweiller Park - Peoria, IL
Jul 14 Over 1,000 runners and 135,000 watts of power
JULY 2018 Date Night make Detweiller at Dark one of the most unique
Wheel Art Pottery Studios - Peoria, IL XC events in the country! It all goes down at the
Jul 4 Get down and dirty and create fun memories with historic Detweiller Park – where every fall, the top
Red, White & BOOM! that special someone in your life. Learn how to harriers converge on this fairly flat field located
Downtown Peoria - Peoria, IL wheel throw on the pottery wheel, build a hand north of Peoria in fervent pursuit of treasured
The largest Fireworks Celebration in Central built piece, play games and have lots of fun! Must IHSA state championships.
Illinois! email/call to sign up.
Red, White & BOOM! Jul 27-28
Wheel Art Pottery Studios Summer Harvest Antique Tractor &
Jul 4 Equipment Show
Fourth of July Celebration Jul 15 Princeville Heritage Museum - Princeville, IL
Eureka Lake Park - Eureka, IL Art & Wine Festival The show will run Friday, July 27 from 10am-
An entire day of family fun with breakfast at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyard - Mackinaw, IL dark, and then Saturday, July 28 9am-4pm. Food
park, parade, fishing derby at the lake, all day Local artisans will have the opportunity to show- & demonstrations throughout both days.
food and fun, with fireworks at dusk case their talents and sell artwork. The local Car
Jul 4 Clubs will once again be invited to share their Jul 28
Honor America 4th of July Celebration cars with Festival goers. Wine tasting will be fea- Fiesta en el Rio
Pekin Memorial Stadium - Pekin, IL tured in the Pavillion as well as the tasting room. Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL
Join the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce as The Peoria Park District is proud to host the 2018
we honor America with our 4th of July Fireworks Jul 20-21 Fiesta en el Rio on the RiverFront! This fiesta
Celebration! Find more information at www. Tailgate N’ Tallboys features authentic Latin American and Hispanic Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL food, drink, music and much more. Bring the
The Charlie Daniels Band, Sawyer Brown, Cody whole family down and let the kids play in our
Jinks and MORE! children’s area, complete with arts and crafts,
bounce houses and more! Don’t miss the return
Jul 20-21 of this cultural celebration on the beautiful Peoria
Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown RiverFront!
Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL
This event presented by the Peoria Park District, Fiesta en el Rio
is a KCBS sanctioned BBQ competition that also
features food vendors, a beer garden and top
notch entertainment. The event is free to walk
around and check out all of the KCBS teams,
however, if you want a chance to taste award
winning BBQ, you can purchase a ticket for the
People’s Choice contest.


Open May Thru October
Wednesday Thru Sunday

WHEELSO TIME Noon to 5pm
(including Summer holidays!)
30,000 sq ft of exhibits in 5
buildings including a steel house!
Trains • Cars • Farm Equipment
River and Rails • Fire Engines
Tractors • Clocks• Music Devices
Fashion • Dolls • Toys
Grandma’s Kitchen
Early Ford V-8 Club Display
Interactive Displays
Winter Storage Available!
1710 W. Woodside Dr. | Dunlap, Il 61525
(Corner of N. Knoxville and W. Woodside Dr.) | phone: (309) 243-9020 | email: [email protected]
mailing address: P.O. Box 9636, Peoria, Il 61612-9636

Proudly celebrating 20 years brewing
hand crafted ales and lagers in Peoria.
Come in and enjoy the unique Rhodells
experience with 11 rotating beers on tap.

100 Walnut St - Downtown Peoria | 309.966.1047 | 47


AUGUST 2018 Aug 8 Aug 11
37th Annual Taste of Peoria 16th Annual Havana Car Show
Aug 1-5 Peoria Riverfront - Peoria, IL Havana Riverfront Park - Havana, IL
Peoria Players Theatre Presents Peoria area restaurants provide a taste of popular The 16th Annual Havana Car Show brings a wide
“Grease” menu items to a crowd of more than 50,000! variety of cars to Havana’s riverfront. Experience
Peoria Players Theatre - Peoria, IL Complete with fun activities and live music in a this unique setting to showcase beautiful area
block party atmosphere! cars. Food, games and vendors of various kinds
Aug 4 will be available.
India Fest River City Soul Fest
Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL Aug 18
The Peoria Park District and the Indo-American 72nd Annual American Flat Track Grand
Society are proud to present India Fest at The National Championship Peoria TT Pre-
CEFCU Center Stage. Join us for live music, au- sented by the Country Saloon
thentic Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing PMC Race Park - Bartonville, IL
and much more. Get ready for the Indy 500 of AMA Flat Track
Racing on the legendary dirt PMC track — known
nationally as “Thunder Valley” — is 5/8 of a mile
and includes two jumps on the backstretch.

India Fest Aug 10-11 Aug 18 Grand National TT's
River City Soul Fest
Aug 4 Peoria RiverFront - Peoria, IL
Bratfest with Craft Beer Tasting Heading into its 20th year on the RiverFront,
Hickory Grove Park - Dunlap, IL River City Soul Fest has established itself as a
German festival held in a traditional German Bier premier cultural event in Central Illinois featuring
Garten. Craft beer tasting with over 25 different nationally known R&B acts and local gospel tal-
beers. Arts and craft vendors, hot rods and sports ent. Local merchant vendors selling clothing, art,
car & bike cruis’n. German music featuring Eddie and jewelry, as well as local food and beverage
Korosa. German food and beer. vendors, will be on the grounds.


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