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 need to be stuck on your couch. Luckily, with the rising temperatures, pop in your earbuds and go for a walk with songs from these Peoria natives (six feet from others of course!).

"Wouldn't It Be Nice?" - The Beach Boys

This one is pretty obvious; wouldn't it be nice if COVID-19 was gone? What you may not have known was Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys was born in Peoria. 

"God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys

Tell me a better band to listen to than The Beach Boys to help mentally transport you to a happy place, perhaps with a tropical drink in hand? Don't worry, I'll wait...

"Take It On The Run" - REO Speedwagon

For you runners, I'm sure you have your standard routes. But what better time than now to get out of the comfort zone and try a new path? Test your abilities on Grandview Drive or head to East Peoria, home of Gary Richrath of REO Speedwagon and run along their riverfront. 

"Keep Pushin" - REO Speedwagon

Eh? Eh? See what I did there? (Bear with me, I'm on day 10 of shelter-in-place.) 

"Ridin' The Storm Out" - REO Speedwagon

I've got bad jokes for days. But also, this is my favorite REO song.  

"Leader of the Band" - Dan Fogelberg

What playlist featuring famous musicians from Peoria would be complete without a song from Dan Fogelberg? Certainly not this one! 

"Dig" - Mudvayne

Who doesn't want to garden while listening to metal? I know I do! But also, Mudvayne's hometown is Peoria, Illinois! Crank it up to 11 with this song that garnered the band its very own MTV Video Music Award in 2001. 


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.