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About Peoria, Illinois


The heart of the region, Peoria is home to the largest population, employers, and attractions in the Greater Peoria area. With a heritage in manufacturing, innovation, and health care, Peoria is connected to the workings of the rest of the globe.

Living in Peoria looks like anything you want it to, from downtown lofts, to historic districts of unique homes, to cultivated suburban drives. Dine downtown or in Peoria’s shopping districts. Spend the day at the zoo, Children’s Playhouse, or the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Shop major retailers and unique local boutiques. Peoria offers big-city amenities with a relaxed, mid-sized city pace.

Settled: 1680
: 1835
Population: 115,828 (2014)

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Peoria Highlights

Considering Peoria? These are some of the most important & exciting things going on in town—

Peoria Parks

Parks and Recreation

Explore Peoria Park District’s children’s playhouse, zoo, fitness centers, pools, golf courses, and so much more. More


World's Earth-Moving Capital

Peoria is home to global earth-moving & mining giant Caterpillar. Don’t miss the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center.

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Warehouse District & Riverfront

Visit Peoria’s red-brick dining, entertainment, shopping, and residential areas for outstanding food, drinks, and atmosphere. More

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Peoria Riverfront Museum

Take in art exhibitions. Enjoy wine & cheese under the stars (of the planetarium!). Take in a movie on the giant screen. More


World-Class Hospital Facilities

OSF Hospital is home to the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and more. More

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Art Parties Every Month

First Fridays are Peoria’s monthly art studio & gallery open house. Support local artists, meet up with friends, & catch live music. More

Explore Other Greater Peoria Communities

*The circle size in the map above corresponds with the population of that city.

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