Nestled along the Illinois River, Peoria is located between Chicago and St. Louis in the heart of Illinois. As the world headquarters of Caterpillar, Peoria has gained a reputation as a world manufacturing center. More recently, Peoria has become known for its world-class medical facilities, and as a center for higher education, as home to Bradley University, and Illinois Central College. In addition, Peoria is close to Illinois State College.
Peoria’s residents say that the city has many of the advantages and activities of larger cities, while having a small-town feel. At the vibrant Riverfront District, you can enjoy a concert, attend one of the city’s many festivals, or experience Peoria’s fine dining.
Peoria has many acres of parks for its size, making outdoor recreation easy to access. You can take a hike on wooded trails at the Forest Park Nature Center, or play at one of Peoria’s many golf courses. If you prefer to take your children to the zoo, or watch buffalo roam in their natural environment at Wildlife Prairie State Park, you will not be disappointed.
For sports enthusiasts, Peoria is home to the Chiefs baseball team, and the Rivermen hockey team, as well as Bradley University basketball and baseball.
For indoor activities, visit the new the Peoria Riverfront Museum. You can view and learn about the stars in the Planetarium or watch a movie at giant, all digital screen theater, or visit one of the many exhibits. Art, music, and poetry can be had at the Contemporary Arts Center in the Riverfront District, and the Peoria Symphony is one of the finest in the country.
Whatever your tastes and interests, we are sure you will find many amenities, activities, great neighbors, and fun in Peoria.