Peoria is rich in history and landscape as it is the oldest European settlement in Illinois. It became incorporated as a city in 1845. In the early 1900s, Peoria was known as a popular stop on the Vaudeville tours, which is where the phrase, "Will it play in Peoria?" was the way to see what the public liked and what they were interested in - would it play??? During this time, Peoria was home to Whiskey Barons, who's magnificent homes are still an amazing sight to see in our historical areas of town. From Teddy Roosevelt naming Grandview Drive to Alexander Hamilton's son developing Downtown Peoria, we have many interesting, fun facts to learn and share.
There are so many different aspects of the Greater Peoria community that bring such a cool vibe from the people who live here and to the people who visit. Greater Peoria offers so much in a 25 mile radius! Focused on locally owned business and the grassroots feel, everyone you meet has a story to tell. From business development, local restaurants, and so many things to do, there have been residential developments that have brought a new resurgence to our community.
Looking for a place to hear live music? What about a race to run? Interested in local eats and community events? We have it all. From the Peoria Riverfront Museum and Caterpillar Visitor Center to walking down Water Street to delicious places to eat and fun places to shop; Farmer's Markets scattered around the area (seasonal); Local artists proudly displaying their work throughout for all to enjoy. Home to the Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball team, Peoria Rivermen Hockey, and of course, the Bradley Braves. We are home to way too many things to list!