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Public Gardens Around the State of Illinois

Posted on 06/01/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB & Other Illinois CVBs
We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but as we hit the unofficial start of summer, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing 15 destinations acros...

Staycation in Central Illinois

Posted on 05/15/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
“Current findings from a recent “Destination Analysts” Survey suggests that, while Americans historically fear travel through times of crisis, 66 percent of Americans agree they “cannot wait to get out and travel again.” And in, the interim, 55....

Tourism will be Central Illinois' Stimulus

Posted on 04/27/2020 by  J.D. Dalfonso, PACVB President/CEO
With such a long and storied history that central Illinois claims, it is safe to say that our region has witnessed countless successes while, at times, battled incredible adversity. However, when faced with adversity, the result has always been the same - we have always pers...

Gov. Pritzker Kicks Off 'All in Illinois'

Posted on 04/06/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
Governor JB Pritzker has launched a new statewide effort today called 'All in Illinois' to reinforce the state's core message, backed by scientisis and public health experts: stay at home and stay safe.  The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bu...

Peoria Mural Walk While Social Distancing

Posted on 03/30/2020 by  MacKenzie Taylor
With Gov. Pritzker moving back the social distancing orders to May 30, 2020 life in self-quarantine can become quite dull. But thankfully, Peoria is filled with beautiful murals by local artists that can help brighten up your day! Take a walk or bike ride to enjoy the s...

Summer Camp Festival 2020 Rescheduled

Posted on 03/27/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
Summer Camp Music Festival has announced the rescheduling of their 20th anniversary to take place August 21-23, 2020 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL.  A Statement from Summer Camp Directors:  "Summer Camp Family,  We hope t...

Social Distancing to a Soundtrack: Peoria Edition

Posted on 03/26/2020 by  Ashley Randall
Spring is here in central Illinois! And unfortunately, so is COVID-19 and we are participating in the new normal of "social distancing". And while the myriad of activities and attractions the Peoria area provides have been forced to close, that doesn't mean you...

Shop Retail Therapy Thursday to Support Local

Posted on 03/26/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) encourages residents to support local retailers on Thursday, April 2 for "Retail Therapy Thursday".  During "Retail Therapy Thursday", people are encouraged to shop online or call in order...

Scenic Views with Your Pup While Social Distancing

Posted on 03/25/2020 by  Emily Vonachen
Is your favorite dog park closed? Don't fret, here are some scenic walks that you and your pup can still take and maintain social distancing that the Enjoy Peoria Staff loves to take their pups on.  Grandview Drive Grandview Drive is of course at the ...

Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions

Posted on 03/24/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) in conjunction with Arts Partners, is pleased to announce the Enjoy Peoria: The At Home Sessions featuring local musicians and artists. The live performances will be streamed on the @EnjoyPeoria Facebook page at ...

The Great American Takeout

Posted on 03/23/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (PACVB) is encouraging its residents to support local restaurants and order carryout or delivery on March 24, 2020, in "The Great American Takeout".  This movement was created by a coalition of restaurants ...

309 WEEK

Posted on 02/26/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Innovation Alliance and their Peoria on Purpose initiative along with the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau are excited to announce 309 WEEK to take place the week of March 9-13, 2020.  Josh Albrecht, CMO for the Peoria Area Convention and Vis...

2020: The Year of Guitar in Peoria

Posted on 02/25/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
The City of Peoria has officially declared 2020 the Year of the Guitar, a community vibrancy program on Tuesday, February 25 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Peoria 2020: Year of the Guitar" is an open collaboration of organizations seeking to engage and in...

Results of The Big Table: Greater Peoria Announced

Posted on 02/18/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
The findings of The Big Table: Greater Peoria event were announced today, a daylong regional community-building event held on October 15, 2019. Today's press conference at the Peoria Innovation Hub revealed the demographics and trends from conversations of nearly 700 res...

The Business of Art Conference Returns to Bradley

Posted on 01/24/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
ArtsPartners of Central Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University is pleased to present The Business of Art Conference on February 8, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. - 4;00 p.m. at the Michel Student Center on Bradley's campus...

Celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day!

Posted on 01/22/2020 by  Peoria Area CVB
As part of National Plan for Vacation on January 28, the Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Enjoy Peoria) is encouraging all residents to use their vacation days as a "stay-cation" in the heart of Illinois.  More than half of American workers (...

The Santas Return for the 5th Year!

Posted on 11/26/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Enjoy Peoria) will host the 5th annual Santa Cause 5K at Northwoods Mall in Peoria on Saturday, December 14.  This year's race will start at 8:00 a.m. and is sponsored by WMBD, Humana, Kouri's Pub and Northw...

Introducing Peoria Made

Posted on 11/19/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Enjoy Peoria) and the Peoria Innovation Alliance are excited to announce the opening of a retail incubator, learning lab, podcast studio and Downtown Visitor's Center coming to the newly formed Innovation District in D...

Christmas on Court is back in Downtown Pekin!

Posted on 11/14/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Downtown Pekin and Enjoy Peoria ring in the holiday season with the 17th annual Christmas on Court sponsored by CEFCU, Pekin Insurance and Pekin Community Bank.  Downtown Pekin will celebrate the holidays at the 17th annual Christmas on Court shop and stroll...

Peoria Area Holiday Events

Posted on 11/13/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Central Illinois loves the holidays! Celebrate the holidays with us this year by checking out one of the many fun events happening around the area. From the nation's longest-running holiday parade to the new Magical Cirque Christmas coming to the Peoria Civic Center, the...

IHSA XC State Finals Celebrates 50 Years in Peoria

Posted on 11/07/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Cross country State Finals will be hosted at Detweiller Park for the 50th year this Saturday, November 9. The state final has been hosted int he Central Illinois Area since 1969.  "This weekend marks a monumen...

East Peoria's Festival of Lights 35th Anniversary

Posted on 10/30/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
One of the largest lighted holiday events in the Midwest, the East Peoria Festival of Lights is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2019, running from November 23 through December 31.  Millions of lights will sparkle during the Festival of Lights this year a...

Greater Peoria Homecoming Event Announced

Posted on 10/29/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Peoria Innovation Alliance, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (Enjoy Peoria), and Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce are excited to announce a Greater Peoria Homecoming Event aimed at showcasing the region's growth, new ...

HOIHA & Enjoy Peoria Offers Hospitality Training

Posted on 10/08/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association (HOIHA) in partnership with Enjoy Peoria presents "Ignite the Guest Experience". A hospitality training seminar scheduled for October 28. The Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association (HOIHA) in partnership with the ...

Enjoy Peoria Renew's City Cycle for Third Year

Posted on 10/01/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Enjoy Peoria is pleased to announce the renewal of City Cycle by Zagster bike share program for the third year! Launched in May 2017, the City Cycle program offers a unique and affordable way to get around the Peoria Area.  Since City Cycle's arrival in Peori...

BOO! Halloween Events Happening in Central IL

Posted on 09/16/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Spooky season has officially arrived! That means it's time for the best haunts and spookiest events to rise-up in Central Illinois. Have no fear, this blog will make sure you hit all the best Halloween events this October.  Springdale Cemetery Tours: Oct 4th ...

Events & Festivals Happening This Fall

Posted on 08/29/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
The start of fall brings football games, bonfires, and cooler weather to the area. But, in Central Illinois fall also means it is time for new and time-honored festivals and events to celebrate the season! Below you can find a full list of festivals and events to s...

2019 Rockin' Fall Concerts

Posted on 08/23/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Just because the sun is starting to set earlier in the evening doesn't mean the fun has to end! Rock out all night long to these great concerts happening right here in Central Illinois all fall!  The Peoria Blues & Heritage Festival  The 31st...

2019 Taste of Peoria Winners

Posted on 08/15/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
It's safe to say PACE's 2019 Taste of Peoria was filled with fun and delicious food out at Northwoods Mall! But in the end there could only be one winner in each the five different categories judged this year.  Appetizer Country Club BB...

Central Illinois' Local U-Picks & Orchards

Posted on 08/13/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
As the days grow shorter and the air grows crisper, the signs of fall are right around the corner. But the end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of fun! Start your fall off by going to one of the many local U-Picks and Orchards right here in Central Illinois!  ...

Tourism Spending in the Peoria Area Topped $656mm

Posted on 08/09/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Tourism spending in the Peoria Area topped $656 million in 2018! Spending generated more than $16 million local tax receipts and supported more than 5,000 jobs.  Enjoy Peoria is so excited to announce that the local tourism industry continues to se...

The Rivermen's 2019-2020 Schedule

Posted on 07/23/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
The Peoria Rivermen, in conjunction with the Sothern Professional Hockey league, are set to start their 38th season of professional hockey on October 19 at Carver Arena! The Rivermen are set to play at 56-game slate starting in October and running through the beginning ...

The 2019 Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival

Posted on 07/22/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
The 31st Annual Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival is this Labor Day Weekend! With the beautiful Illinois River valley serving as the festival backdrop, the Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival celebrates the foundation of blues music, as well as all genres tha...

The 2019 Peoria Area's Firework Celebrations

Posted on 07/02/2019 by  Peoria Area CVB
Did you know that the Peoria Area is home to one of the largest 4th of July firework displays in the country and the largest in the state of Illinois, UnityPoint Health Red, White, & BOOM! But there are also other amazing firework displays all over the Peo...

Top Things to Do in the Peoria Area This Winter

Posted on 11/09/2018 by  Peoria Area CVB
It’s jingle bell time!  Peoria is all about embracing the holiday spirit.  From extravagant light festivals, traditional parades, and holiday markets galore, learn about the best events we have to offer the whole family to wrap up 2018.  Light Fes...

Top Things to Do in Peoria, Illinois This Winter

Posted on 11/15/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
From spring to summer, fall to winter, there’s always something fun happening in Peoria—it’s the city that keeps on giving! So, don’t let the dropping temperature keep you from exploring all the exciting events taking place this winter. Instead, capit...

Peoria's Fine Art Fair is Not Just for Picasso

Posted on 10/03/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
A total of 143 artists, travelling from over 30 states, spent two days on the Peoria RiverFront a few weeks ago. For the 55th time, the Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Art Fair did not disappoint. At least, that is what we hear- not all of us have been to all 55 combined. N...

The right venue for your meeting

Posted on 09/18/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
What are the first questions that your conference/meetings attendees will have when you send out the invite?  “Where will I be going? What are the amenities? How is the food? Will I get a strong wifi signal?”  Now, we know that your ...

Turn a Sports Weekend Into a Family Vacation

Posted on 06/27/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
Twelve of the Coolest Places to Hang Out in the Peoria Area If your child's sports competition has brought you to Peoria, Illinois, then you're in luck. Peoria is filled with top attractions and activities to explore during your downtime. From beautiful views of the Illinoi...

12 of the Coolest Places to Hang Out in the Peoria

Posted on 06/27/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
Twelve of the Coolest Places to Hang Out in the Peoria Area Planning a trip to the Peoria Area and not sure what to do? Don't worry, this article has your back. With plenty of hip bars, fabulous restaurants and stunning parks, this list has narrowed it down to 12 of the coo...

10 Peoria Activities Before or After a Meeting

Posted on 06/12/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
You’ve planned a jam-packed meeting or convention in Peoria, Illinois, because of its terrific central location, the multi-faceted Peoria Civic Center and other meeting facilities. But what entertainment and activities will your attendees find here, before or after a m...

10 Top F&B Trends for Peoria Meetings

Posted on 06/12/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
Whether your meeting or convention in Peoria, Illinois, draws 50 people or 5,000, local food and beverage professionals are stoked to help you create the best dining and imbibing experiences possible. The food scene is becoming a big part of Peoria’s culture, and the c...

Top Places to Meet in Peoria

Posted on 05/23/2017 by  Peoria Area CVB
Whether you're planning a meeting or a convention for 100 or 10,000 people, consider holding your event in Peoria, Illinois. The centrally located Midwest city, easily accessible via several major interstates, is home to Illinois' largest downstate event facility, Peoria Civ...

Top Places to Eat and Drink in Peoria

Posted on 11/04/2016 by  Peoria Area CVB
Approximately three hours southwest of Chicago, Peoria, Illinois, is the oldest European settlement in the state and named after the Peoria tribe. Today, an expansive arts, entertainment and dining district lies near Peoria’s waterfront along the Illinois River. Whethe...

Events Coming Up! Peoria Area Must-See's

Posted on 09/29/2016 by  Enjoy Peoria
  Wildlife Scary Park Come celebrate the Halloween season with Wildlife Prairie Park! Enjoy two family-friendly, fun-filled weekends including spooky activities, hayrack rides, haunted train rides and trick-or-treating. The fun kicks off this weekend and cont...

Top Events and Festivals This Summer and Fall

Posted on 07/01/2016 by  Peoria Area CVB

Top Places to Eat and Drink in Peoria

Posted on 07/01/2016 by  Peoria Area CVB
Approximately three hours southwest of Chicago, Peoria, Illinois, is the oldest European settlement in the state and named after the Peoria tribe. Today, an expansive arts, entertainment and dining district lies near Peoria’s waterfront along the Illinois River. Whethe...

Top Things to Do This Summer in Peoria, Illinois

Posted on 07/01/2016 by  Peoria Area CVB
A big city with a small-town feel, Peoria, Illinois anchors the greater Peoria area and lies halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. Aesthetically, few places in the area can compare to Peoria. In fact, President Theodore Roosevelt christened Peoria’s Grand View Drive t...

Peoria Perks

Posted on 02/15/2016 by  Aly Clemente
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Welcome to Peoria!

Posted on 12/09/2015 by  Aly Clemente
I have heard many things from many people about Peoria, one of the most common is that there’s nothing to do here.  In which I think that these people must not be looking around.  Peoria is many things; however, boring is not that.   It embodies all the ...

Peoria First Friday

Posted on 12/09/2015 by  Kaci Osborne
Peoria First Friday is a smorgasbord of art for both the novice and the aficionado. With 18 studios to choose from you can make your own masterpiece or marvel at some of the talented work made by some of the amazing artists that choose to make Peoria their home. With so man...

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