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 spring weather, six feet apart from other people of course, and take in some of the sights, plus the murals make for great additives to your social media to help spread positive vibes!
Luckily, Big Picture Peoria has created a Mural Map on their website with pictures of the murals; descriptions of each mural with the artist's name and the year it was painted if known; and the exact address of where the murals are located so you can hunt them down easily.
Here are some of the Enjoy Peoria staff's favorites to get you started:
400 Water Street, "Illinois Traction Railway." Historic, unknown date.
The "Illinois Traction Railway" illustrates Peoria's deep history with the railroad with a backdrop of the scenic Peoria Riverfront which makes for a great walking or biking path.
1311 SW Adams St, "Dawn." Brenda Gentry, 2018.
"Dawn" by Brenda Gentry is a beautiful mural located off SW Adams Street featuring a woman and white wolf. While you're checking out Gentry's mural pop into Sous Chef to help support this local store that is always full of fresh produce, locally sourced meats, dairy, eggs and yummy precooked food you can carry out.
1318 SW Adams St, "Hello Peoria." Joe Gabbert, Nick Carmack, Chelsie Tamms and Big Picture paint flingers, 2018.
The "Hello Peoria" mural has quickly become a hot spot for taking amazing pictures for Instagram by locals and visitors. The vibrant colors speak to Peoria's diverse community and highlights our Peoria pride!
1245 W Main St., "One World Love Wall." Jessica McGee, Jaci Musec, Alec DeJesus, varying dates.
Off Main Street in Peoria across from Bradley University lays an entire wall full of amazing picture opportunities! While it's best known at the "Love Wall", for the mural pictured below, which is full of hearts in all different colors and sizes and makes an excellent picture with your sweetheart for social media, six fee apart of course. This wall is also full of other murals like the "West Bluff" and "Think About Someone You Love" murals pictured below.
Looking for other ways to show your Peoria area pride while at home? Enjoy Peoria has launched the Dreaming of Peoria Art Contest!
What: Create original art of the places or experiences in the Peoria area that you are dreaming about getting to experience with your friends and family! It might be one of our great museums, parks, restaurants, shops, venues or festivals! Whatever you are dreaming about, we want to see it! Draw, paint, digitally design, be creative!
How: Download our official entry sheet (button below) and create your art! Once you have created your artwork, email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it by DM to @enjoypeoria on Facebook or Instagram.
Submit your work by April 15 and we will pick our Top 9 from each age category. The Top 9 winners will receive a $50 gift card to a local restaurant! A list of official prizes and timelines will be announced soon.
Who: Open to everyone! All ages are welcome to submit their entries!
When: Submit anytime between March 18-April 15.
*PACVB reserves all rights to use the artwork for promotion of the Peoria area on social media, website and print brochures.
The Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau continues to monitor the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) regionally and any potential impact it may have on our day-to-day operations, incoming conventions and events throughout the Peoria area. The health and safety of our region's residents and visitors is always our top priority.