Peoria Travel Guide

  • THE RIVER AND THE TOWN
    THE RIVER AND THE TOWN
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  • My niece and her family at the Peoria Zoo
    My niece and her family at the Peoria...
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  • Old Town Peoria
    Old Town Peoria
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Peoria Things to Do

  • Frank Lloyd Wright "Little House"

    I've seen numerous Frank Lloyd Wright Homes, and this one fits well within the architect's Prairie style genre of modern residential homes. Unfortunately, this home has been modified by it's owner, action which was cause for anger in the neighborhood. The home is named after the first owner, Francis W Little, and having been built in 1903, is one...

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  • Second Presbyterian Church

    The Second Presbyterian Church building near downtown was a petitioned spin off (1853) from the First Presbyterian congregation that dates back to 1834. Some four other congregations within Peoria, most of which still exist today, spun off the First Church. Indeed, Peoria was mostly a devote Protestant community during the 19th and 20th centuries....

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  • St Mary's Cathdral Downtown

    There's a Cathedral and school near downtown where Mother Theresa once visited. Although most mid-west cities are heavily Protestant, it's not surprising that Peoria would be anchored by a Roman Catholic Cathedral because the town was founded by French settlers. In August 1673, Father Jacques Marquette, a Jesuit priest, performed the first baptism...

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  • Downtown Peoria

    Unfortunately, Peoria still in process of transition from old to new, appears to be short of redevelopment dollars, a common problem for mid-sized American cities. So, the waterfront is not too accessible or friendly for tourists--yet. Old warehouses and empty lots predominate. Catapillar isn't too ambitious about having visitors stop by, having a...

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  • Peoria Zoo: Takin, Giraffe, and Zebra...

    The Himalayan Takin is a rare exhibit for a zoo this size, but appropriate because it can endure the winter climate. The giraffe exhibit is both indoors and outdoors. Despite their large mass, giraffes are sensitive to cool climates and must be brought indoors by the zoo keepers.

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  • Lion Den at Peoria Zoo

    There's a new Africa section to the zoo that includes a pair of mating African lions. These animals have a relatively expansive outdoor area that resembles their African habitat, with access to indoor area in winter.

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Peoria Restaurants

  • Great new Downtown spot

    The decor of the restaurant first caught my eye. As you walk in you see two fantastic murals.One of Lebanon and one of Downtown Peoria. The food was as spectacular as the decor. I had a tenderloin that was spectacular. I definetely will come back again. I had a fantstic tenderloin. It was so good and it did not need anything on it.

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  • Food From Down Under

    This restaurant has an Australian theme to it, but it's a little different from the Outback Steakhouse. It is decorated in an Outback theme, and there are several TVs, usually playing whatever sport is in season. The service you receive at Ned Kelly's is always amazing. Even the hosts are typically very friendly, and I haven't had a bad experience...

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  • Wonderful Ice Cream in a Unique Setting

    The Spotted Cow started as an ice cream store, but now it also has a small food menu. Ice Cream is made right there and is sold by weight. My single scoop cup of Ginger Cinnamon ice cream cost about $1.13!The owner is a long-time Lebanese resident of Peoria, full of energy and very personable. He also makes great stuff!The restaurant is full of cow...

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  • A Local Favorite

    I first discovered Avanti's as a Freshman at Bradley University back in 1970. It was very convenient to campus (about 100 steps from my room) and made a great alternative when you got tired of the same old dorm food.The 3rd picture actually shows the dorm where I lived for 3 of my 4 years at Bradley (Harper Hall) and the small building that you see...

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  • Great Hamburgers in a Unique Setting

    I never actually knew this existed until I was in town on business a couple of years ago. I've been back a few times since for the best burgers in the Peoria area. The following from the East Peoria restaurant descriptions is an accurate description.Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-SaturdayDescription: Family friendly,...

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  • The Cheesiest Place in Town

    A Neighborhood Bar which has been around at least since I was in college in the 1970's. I spent part of my 21st Birthday here years ago. Last Friday night I was back in town and met up with two old co-workers from the 70's. We had a great time remembering all those crazy days selling computers which constantly needed repair. This is your typical...

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Peoria Nightlife

  • Nightlife in Poo Town

    Now reading other reviews recomending that people go to Chicago for nightlife is a no brainer. If you are here visting friends or on buisness you can have a real good time here, the people here are very nice and to have a really good time it is very inexpensive. I live in South Beach, Miami Fl, lived in many metro cities around the US that are...

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  • Party Time in P-Town!

    Hello! For people who live in Peoria and THINK that they have to go to Chicago to have a good time, I have one word of advice for you: Go. Personal opinion is that you take happiness to a place with you, a place cannot bring you happiness. So if you can't have a good time in Peoria, I don't see you having much more fun in Chicago. But I'd rather...

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  • Nightlife Flourishes in Peoria

    Please click photoI always thought of Peoria as some "small sleepy midwestern city", but after visiting it, I realize that I was quite mistaken.Here are some of the places for entertainment, eating, drinking, listening to music available at night in this historic city:Entertainment:Inplay at the Maxam at 316 W. Washington St. is a complex that...

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Peoria Transportation

  • Route I74 Murray Baker Bridge to Peoria

    Murray Baker Bridge is scheduled to be closed from April 2,2005 until October 1, 2005!Murray Morrison Baker, a businessman who sold farm machinery in Peoria, convinced Holt Manufacturing Company to open plant in the city. Later, Holt merged with C.L. Best...to become Caterpillar Tractor Company, the rest is history! Baker also established the...

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  • Sightseeing Cruises

    PLEASE CLICK THE PHOTOIf you want to take an unusual adventure, try the Spirit of Peoria cruise. Spirit of Peoria is the name of a replica of a turn-of-the century sternwheeler that offers cruises along the beautiful Illinois River.These cruises depart from The Landing at the foot of Main Street on the waterfront.They do Narrated sightseeing...

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  • For a Trip Back in Time in Peoria

    May through October, visitors can take a trip back in time down Peoria streets by riding the CityLink's historic Peoria Trolley. Narration is provided by the Peoria Historical Society, and the trolley , depending on the tour selected, takes visitors to many fascinating locations.River City Tour (Formerly Grand View Drive Tour) takes people down...

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Peoria Local Customs

  • A Last View of Robertson Memorial Field...

    Unfortunately, nobody will ever watch another game from the Field House as the last basketball game ever took place in 2008. The Field House was the home of the Bradley University Men's Team from 1949 through 1983 and through 2008 was the home of the Woman's Team. Many nights were spent here during my college years in the early 70's watching...

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  • Caterpillar and Peoria are Synonymous

    Ever since I can remember, whenever I heard the name Peoria, I also thought of Caterpillar Company. It all started back in 1890 when Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best experimented with various forms of steam tractors for use in farming (separately, with separate companies). Holt had the first steam track-type tractor, and the first gas track-type...

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  • Bring earplugs so you will not...

    Bring earplugs so you will not have to put up with all of the lame drivel played on Peoria radio. Always wear your seatbelt. Not for safety. To keep from getting robbed! Avoid McDonalds on University closest to War Memorial. None of the food there is any good. Learn how to blow your nose as loud as you can in every restaurant you go to in the...

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Peoria Warnings and Dangers

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    by akmc40 Updated Jun 26, 2008

    Red lights appear to be more of a suggestion to stop rather than an actual traffic rule to Peorians. I've never seen anything like it anywhere else. Apparently they think that everyone that was in line for the light gets to go, even after the light turns red. Kind of like an Eveready commercial, they just keep going and going and going... So, you might want to NOT be in a hurry to go when your light turns green.

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Peoria What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Ear plugs. Lots of money to appease the money grabbing thieves {local and especially state police}. Well laid out plans on how to get out of town as fast as possible. Why stay? There is nothing to do here. Here to visit relatives? Help them out. Get them out of here! Whatever clothes you have in your basket at home! You need to be told what to...

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  • Packing List

    Ear plugs so you will not have to hear phil collins in every stop you make and mace to scare away the thieves {police} you come in to contact with while here in town. If here for a summer weekend, expect rain. Every time and dress for it. Whatever you need for a hasty departure from the land of complete non- and un- fun.

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Peoria Off The Beaten Path

  • Foxtale Puppets

    The reason I was in Peoria was to attend Steve Plunkett's puppet Workshop in conjunction with the Jim Henson exhibit. Steve sure knows his stuff and the attendees discovered through practicing on small puppets provided that puppeteering is a detailed and exhausting art form. We learned about focus, lip synching, how a character is created and how...

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  • Gargoyles in Peoria??

    I had never seen this before either. While standing across the street taking the last few pictures of the Robertson Memorial Field House (which they are demolishing to make room for new campus athletic facilities) I noticed this ordinary looking house with a Gargoyle on the roof. Now where did the Bradley students get that from???

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  • Historic Homes in Peoria

    I just read some VT member comments about Peoria, & I just can't believe that they lived in or visited the same town that I just spent two days admiring. If you like history, architecture, a renovated riverfront, an active Historical Society, & a community that is working diligently to preserve & improve, then you'll enjoy Peoria...I sure did,...

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Peoria Sports & Outdoors

  • Illinois State Boys Basketball Tourament

    For 2 Weeks in early March the boys state basketball tournament comes to Peoria. Games are held on Friday and Saturday and are held at Carver Arena which is part of the Peoria Civic Center. In conjunction with the state tournament the "March Madness Experience" takes place in the adjoining Civic Center hall. Many different basketball events take...

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  • IHSA Boys State Basketball Tournament

    Every March the original "March Madness" arrives in Peoria for 2 weekends of boys state final basketball. The event is held at the Peoria Civic Center. Along with the tournament games the adjoining civic center area is used for the March Madness Experience which hosts a number of basketball related events including for the last 5 years the state...

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  • First Date with Future Wife Memories

    As I've already mentioned in a couple of pages about Peoria I spent some very formative years here going to college, meeting my wife, having my first full time job after college and buying my first home.When I was recently down in Peoria I stayed at the hotel right across the street from the old Madison Theatre where I took my future wife on our...

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  • The World's Most Beautiful Drive

    Dubbed 'The World's Most Beautiful Drive,' Grandview Drive in Peoria looks over the Illinois River. I think the nickname is a bit of an exaggeration, but it's not bad. :)

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  • Bradley University

    My home nine months of the year between 1997 and 2001! A great mid-sized university, Bradley was very much the focus of Peoria--literally, due to its position on the highest hill in town, and economically, because the university, besides Caterpillar company's headquarters, provide much of the town's income. Bradley is a mid-sized university that...

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